Back Garden Wonderland

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Summerlander
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Back Garden Wonderland

Postby Summerlander » 13 Oct 2013 20:20

Date: 13/10/2013
Method of entry: indirect method
Bedtime: 1.45 am
Awakening: 6.30 am
Return to bed: 6.45 am
Attempt: successful
Phase experience: back garden wonderland

After using the toilet I went back to bed and fell asleep with the intention to enter the phase at the next awakening. The plan was to expect to find, and communicate with, any characters encountered. As soon as I woke up, and became incidentally aware of sleep paralysis, I got up in a bid to successfully separate from my perceived physical stencil. I just moved without wasting time and without worrying about the nature of this action. I did it exactly like Michael Raduga recommends: "robotically." The question of whether I stood in my bedroom in physical form, or as a wraith in the phase, was considered after the effort to enter and engage in the hybrid state.

The environment was darker than expected and I suspectedly took that as an indication that I was indeed in the phase. I frantically rubbed my hands together as I walked out of the room and into the hallway. Then, I huffed and puffed everywhere in a bid to brighten up the mental environment. I had succeeded in literally breathing life into the surroundings and effectively deepened the phase state. The first thing that struck me was a massive blue poster, replete with cartoons, on the wall where the mirror (which sometimes I use as a portal) should have been. This poster was strangely familiar and I believed it existed in the real world as a palm-sized sticker. (To my amazement, I would later discover - in waking life - that the sticker does not exist and would recognise the 'poster' incident as a product of bizarre thinking or false memory in the phase state.)

I entered an altered version of the bedroom where my two sons sleep and headed straight for their closed window. I passed through it like a ghost and beheld a rich expansion of a garden - far more extensive than my back garden in reality - under a sunny blue sky. It was like a multicoloured fairground; full of giant toys; intricately detailed and lifeless human props; tables, chairs and canopies; and the vegetation was incredible. I didn't even know where to look as I scanned the vivid cyclorama. But I was not exactly flying or hovering above this garden (if one can call it that). I was falling, slower than I would in real life, but fast enough to alarm me and make me think that I would break my phantom legs when I hit the ground and feel excruciating pain. My legs buckled under my perceived weight (not such a Casper after all) but no pain was felt.

The grass was thrice taller than it should and many toy-like objects previously observed were now missing. As I scanned the fine soigné shrubbery and burnished fence at the confines of the garden, my audition became gradually and noticeably amplified. Sounds and voices of people behind me having a good time, and, the more curious I got, the louder they got. I turned and saw that the mannequin-like "props" had come to life...

The alfresco socialisation in the lucid dream world was more than what I bargained for. I was excited to get involved. I targeted a smiling, silver-haired old woman wearing black suspended dungarees. "Who are you?" - I said, rubbing my hands to maintain the phase. She had huge, bright blue eyes and not many wrinkles. "Cynthia" - she said, looking directly at me. "Cynthia?" - I enquired to make sure I heard right. She seemed annoyed, like I heard wrong, and corrected me: "No! IN-thia!" I found this unpleasant and I could swear she had said "Cynthia" clearly but now it was "Inthia" or something like that. I regarded her as a nonsensical and faulty animate object and moved on.

I bumped into a tall and colossal man in a black suit. He was dark-skinned and exhibited a massive jaw. It didn't get more masculine than that and he appeared to be some sort of bouncer or security agent. "How you doing, mate?" - he said, looking down at me. "Aw-awright..."
He suddenly seemed to have received bad news through an earpiece and evinced a state of emergency to the socialisers: "Let's go everyone! Start running... NOW!" - Curious, rather than alarmed, I demanded from the bouncer, "What's going on?" This one replied: "It's been two weeks and we've had no results!"

"What!?"

Everyone started running in a panic towards a tunnel, at the end of the garden, which wasn't there before. I was well aware that the phase state could very quickly turn into an ordinary dream so I reminded myself to stay focused and promote consciousness by shouting at the crowd: "Oi! Where are you going? This is my dream!" But they didn't listen as they disappeared into the tunnel along with their colossal bouncer. I chased after them down that well-lit tunnel whilst killing two birds with one stone: demanding that they return to clarify the situation, and, reminding myself that it was all a dream. "Get back here! I am your master! This is my dream! Why are you running?"

"Look behind you!" - A voice from the running crowd said.

I did and could not believe my eyes. A giant man-monster, a sullen aberration thrice bigger than the running bouncer, was furiously gaining ground. But I was not scared. I was annoyed at the human monster for intruding in my phase world, for making the socialising crowd that had aroused my curiosity disappear, and, mostly, I was annoyed at myself for failing to control my mental environment. I turned and tackled the monster's legs. This one fell. BANG! I heard a loud noise and fouled...

The kids were playing in the rooms already. One of them must've dropped a heavy toy and disturbed my sleep. I related my OOBE to my wife while it was still fresh in my memory instead of writing it down in my journal. I was pleased with the experience but I was also puzzled by the "two weeks" and the "no results" uttered by the bouncer. What sort of conflict could be brewing in my mind?

The phase (or "phase state"): A hybrid brain state that compounds dreaming and wakefulness; conscious mind active, body asleep; i.e. lucid dreaming, out-of-body experience...
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby Peter » 14 Oct 2013 00:47

Its always amazes me at what can get randomly created for us and how we deal with it.
Enjoyed the post
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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby rami elhaibe » 14 Oct 2013 18:47

You know, I love reading lucid dreams that are 6,7 or 8 paragraphs. They are so descriptive and cool! I don't have dreams that are clear, heck if I'm in a lucid dream its all the same like a normal dream. Just knowing I'm dreaming. Nice dream btw.

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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby HAGART » 15 Oct 2013 19:20

Summerlander wrote: I was pleased with the experience but I was also puzzled by the "two weeks" and the "no results" uttered by the bouncer. What sort of conflict could be brewing in my mind?


There's an uncanny similarity to the Remote Viewing experiment I posted two weeks ago with no results. Perhaps you were subconsciously thinking of that. (I don't know, and it's just a thought).

I know what it's like for dream characters to contradict themselves too. I asked one once if they knew it was a dream. They said, yes. I then asked if they knew me or anybody else and they said, no. I asked, how do you know it's a dream then and who is the one dreaming this? They said, "I never said it was a dream." Which was a complete lie because they already admitted it no more than a moment earlier. But you can't argue or reason with them sometimes and I just let it slide and moved on.

When it comes to the names they give you, I like to write them down phonetically. How do you know it was spelled, Cynthia? It could be Sin Thea or Synthea. I will sometimes ask them how to spell it just to clarify. But I guess it doesn't matter because her real name was IN-thia. :lol: They say the darndest things and are like a representation (or a bridge) to our illogical, subconscious, dream-thinking minds. So although dream characters can seem to provide great insight and profound knowledge... other times they really are just mindless idiots aren't they! :lol:
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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby LucidLink » 15 Oct 2013 21:40

HAGART wrote:
Summerlander wrote: I was pleased with the experience but I was also puzzled by the "two weeks" and the "no results" uttered by the bouncer. What sort of conflict could be brewing in my mind?


There's an uncanny similarity to the Remote Viewing experiment I posted two weeks ago with no results. Perhaps you were subconsciously thinking of that. (I don't know, and it's just a thought).

I know what it's like for dream characters to contradict themselves too. I asked one once if they knew it was a dream. They said, yes. I then asked if they knew me or anybody else and they said, no. I asked, how do you know it's a dream then and who is the one dreaming this? They said, "I never said it was a dream." Which was a complete lie because they already admitted it no more than a moment earlier. But you can't argue or reason with them sometimes and I just let it slide and moved on.

When it comes to the names they give you, I like to write them down phonetically. How do you know it was spelled, Cynthia? It could be Sin Thea or Synthea. I will sometimes ask them how to spell it just to clarify. But I guess it doesn't matter because her real name was IN-thia. :lol: They say the darndest things and are like a representation (or a bridge) to our illogical, subconscious, dream-thinking minds. So although dream characters can seem to provide great insight and profound knowledge... other times they really are just mindless idiots aren't they! :lol:


Well actually, he never directly said "this is a dream", he merely answered your question with a "yes". So the dream entity was not contradicting himself, just being tricky ;)

And great dream summerlander! I enjoyed reading it. For a second, I'd thought you where only here to prove us all wrong haha!
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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby HAGART » 15 Oct 2013 22:00

LucidLink wrote:Well actually, he never directly said "this is a dream", he merely answered your question with a "yes". So the dream entity was not contradicting himself, just being tricky ;)


You're right!
Technically all he said was, "yes".
They are tricky!

(I just looked it up again in the dream character section to make sure my memory is up to speed. You responded to it, LucidLink so you know the one I'm talking about).

But I don't want to hijack this thread, so forget about me. That was a cool dream to read, and as a lucid dreamer myself I can envision it very well. I bet for others who don't lucid dream, these stories may seem a little boring and hard to picture, but not me. (Sharing our lucid dream anecdotes with friends and family that don't lucid dream just falls on deaf ears and blank stares don't they!)
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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby Summerlander » 17 Oct 2013 19:56

Peter wrote:Its always amazes me at what can get randomly created for us and how we deal with it.
Enjoyed the post


Me too. It's there without our say so, beyond our control. Then we may choose to manipulate it. But even this will is not something of freedom and we are not really choosing per se, it is the will of that thing that constructs prior to our observation which, once we observe, is now dictating through us.

rami elhaibe wrote:You know, I love reading lucid dreams that are 6,7 or 8 paragraphs. They are so descriptive and cool! I don't have dreams that are clear, heck if I'm in a lucid dream its all the same like a normal dream. Just knowing I'm dreaming. Nice dream btw.


When you become lucid, really pay attention to the dream content and amplify your senses. Really engross yourself there. Then notice the difference. Perception during lucid dreaming can be far more intense than waking perception - this from experience! ;)

HAGART wrote:There's an uncanny similarity to the Remote Viewing experiment I posted two weeks ago with no results. Perhaps you were subconsciously thinking of that. (I don't know, and it's just a thought).


I need to take a look at that again. I like this theory, Hagart. Very likely! Thanks for getting my attention to it.

HAGART wrote:When it comes to the names they give you, I like to write them down phonetically. How do you know it was spelled, Cynthia? It could be Sin Thea or Synthea. I will sometimes ask them how to spell it just to clarify. But I guess it doesn't matter because her real name was IN-thia. :lol:


Lol! Yeah! "Inthia." The pronunciation is an assumption.

LucidLink wrote:And great dream summerlander! I enjoyed reading it. For a second, I'd thought you where only here to prove us all wrong haha!


Prove you wrong about what? LOL! Lucid dreaming is well established scientifically. It is a hybrid state in its own right. If you are talking about out-of-body experiences, well, there is no reason to believe that they are anything other than just that: experiences. In other words, we may at times have the experience of being out of our sleeping bodies, but, just because we experience it does not make it so. The brain has been shown to possess the power of such illusion when stimulated.

I'd also like to add that lucid dreaming, to me, is the most advanced form of the hybrid phase state. The reason for this is that we recognise the experience to be just a dream (i.e. occurring in one's mind) while it's happening. This allows us a greater degree of manipulation. The belief that we are really out of body is, in my opinion, erroneous, and, by taking the surroundings to be objectively existing in the physical world or an astral plane we are diminishing our chances of witnessing the power of our creative unconscious and overlooking the abstraction. (I won't even mention the wild goose chases that one can embark upon in the belief that what was experienced was a meaningful message or an intelligent transmission of some sort.)

Hagart: That was a cool dream to read, and as a lucid dreamer myself I can envision it very well. I bet for others who don't lucid dream, these stories may seem a little boring and hard to picture, but not me. (Sharing our lucid dream anecdotes with friends and family that don't lucid dream just falls on deaf ears and blank stares don't they!)


I'm glad! :D
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

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Re: Back Garden Wonderland

Postby Summerlander » 21 Oct 2013 01:36

Project Stargate! No results! My god! I might have uncovered subconscious stuff xx :-D

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- Padmasambhava


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