Last night I was struggling to fall asleep, so I decided to do some mantra meditation. I don’t normally do meditation at bed time, because it can actually interrupt the process of falling asleep. Although meditation relaxes you, it also seems to increase your consciousness, and subsequently keep you awake longer.
But I sometimes meditate if I’m already having trouble falling asleep, because I’d rather experience some relaxing meditation than just keep worrying about not falling asleep.
So anyway, after a couple of hours of not falling asleep, I did some mantra meditation. Then afterwards I lay down. At some point I must have lost consciousness, but then regained a bit of consciousness. Suddenly I felt a strange feeling in my body, like vibrations or something, which I know can be the moment just before a lucid dream.
But something scared me. It’s hard to describe, but I felt like I was about to sink into something, beyond some kind of inner threshold, and I felt scared of going through it consciously. Kind of like being scared of being pulled under water, even though you knew you would quickly emerge again somewhere else. I let go, and lost consciousness again, so I didn’t experience falling into it.
The next thing I was aware of, I was stood in a dream. My memory of it is all rather blurry now, but I think I was outside. I was walking around the streets outside at night, and everything was kind of vague and out of focus, so I made a conscious effort to focus my attention, and things became visually clearer.
I don’t really remember much after that. I know it doesn’t sound particularly exciting or interesting, but I think that was my first lucid dream in a while, and I think it was caused by the late night meditation. It must have given me an increased level of consciousness which I somehow carried through into my sleep.
I want to experiment with this more. I want to get back into lucid dreaming. Maybe I could experiment with a few weekends of meditating loads at night, and see if a similar thing happens again.
Anyway, I will now leave you with some interesting videos:
Stephen Laberge: Lucid Dreaming (excerpt)
This guy is the expert on Lucid Dreaming
Find Yourself – Joe Rogan
Warning: this guy swears, so if you are offended by the word fuck, don’t listen to it
Tristraum – Shiver
Just because I love this song!