The First Global Lucid Dreaming Experiment

The First Global Lucid Dreaming Experiment

First Report: GLiDE #1 04.29.07
Type: Lucid
Subject: Universal Mind
Objective for this Study:  to establish a baseline for lucid dreaming realities amongst a widespread and diverse group of dreamers.

The premise of this experiment is that lucid dreaming is a universal experience for homo sapiens. The experiment enables a forum to prove that lucid dreaming occurs around the world across cultures, religions, races, ages, and nationalities.

Who: People of all ages

When: Sunday, April 29, 2007 6-9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Where: Across the globe

What: Lucid Dreaming

How: Entering the sleep state and awakening into a dream during the designated three-hour period.

Why: To further humanity’s awareness of common Mind experiences and stimulate dialogue and further research and development into humankind’s super-normal potential

Researchers at the College of Metaphysics in Missouri include Project Coordinator Barbara Condron, Teresa Martin, Daniel Condron, Christine Madar, Kimberlee Otto, Karen Mosby, Tad Messenger, Laurie Biswell, Megan Lytle, Natalie Axberg, Aisha Causey and members of the avatardreams.org staff. This project is sponsored by the School of Metaphysics, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational institute of higher learning with branches in the United States and a worldwide membership. The experiment is open to all people on the planet. There is no cost for participation.

Level Four Lucid Dreamers

Our dreaming participants are divided into four levels according to the frequency and lucidity of their dreams. Participants who identified themselves at Level 4 are those who frequency experience awareness that they are in the dreamstate.

For the purposes of this experiment:

Lucid dreaming is the conscious perception of one’s state while dreaming.

Four Dream Levels  were identified for participants: Infrequent, Occasional, Frequent, Lucid. Dreamers rated themselves going into the experiment. Results: 5% Level I, 18% Level 2, 57% Level 3, 17% Level 4, indicating that most people participating are sincere dreamers who seek to remember their dreams, and do!

These participants were emailed special instructions on Saturday, April 28, the day before the experiment time. These instructions were designed to aid dreamers in cataloguing their experiences through synesthesia. Synesthesia is a term describing the heightened ability to draw upon the senses for extra-sensory perception. It is a function of undivided attention. The results in some cases were remarkable (see below INTENTIONAL DREAMING: COMING TOGETHER IN DREAM SPACE)

In our first experiment Level Four dreamers were asked to identify elements of their dream experience. Of the two dozen Level Four participants, 100% recalled one or more dreams with half of these reporting lucid dreams.

Of those experiencing lucid dreams, 70% recognized these as dream experiences and 30% reported inner level experiences in the dreamstate. Dream experiences are induced by subconscious mind and observed by the conscious mind. Inner level experiences occur in subconscious mind under the direction of the conscious mind. The distinction is similar to the difference between watching a movie and creating one. Watching a movie is similar to “having” a dream that is consciously remembered. Creating a movie is similar to writing, filming, editing, and producing what you consciously imagine. Those reporting inner level experiences in the dreamstate revolved around an intentional dreaming suggestion in the special instructions.

INTENTIONAL DREAMING:
COMING TOGETHER IN DREAM SPACE

How space was created for Level 4 Dreamers to Congregate

The Peace Dome was lovingly prepared several hours before the experiment began at 5 am local time. The dome resides on the campus of the College of Metaphysics in the countryside bordering on the Ozark Mountains. To the east is an orchard of over 100 trees. To the north and west hills fall into ravines that then rise again to wooded hillsides. To the south is pasture and the main campus building.

The Peace Dome consists of two levels. The lower level contains a main circular room whose focal point is the eight-foot in diameter tile mosaic, which has been in the making since dedication day October 11, 2003. The mosaic is opened for the experiment. Dozens of framed peace proclamations from mayors, governors and heads of state line the surrounding walls. A potted holy basil plant is placed in the foyer and its pungent aroma fills the air. The Lucid Dreaming CD produced by SOM plays softly in the background.

In the upper chamber of the Peace Dome, small 5′ x 4″ flags of all the nations on the planet are arranged in two concentric circles surrounding a globe of Earth which is placed in the exact center of the dome. Two rows of eight-foot-long, red cushions lie on the ecru carpet. They mark the four elemental points of east, south, west, north. The day is bright and sunny, allowing the chamber to be flooded with light.

During the duration of the experiment, College of Metaphysics Director Daniel R. Condron is present in the Peace Dome where he often leads group meditations and teaches his innovative classes on the Still Mind. He is the only active influence physically present in the dome the morning of April 29, 2007.

This describes the scene visited by those subconsciously projecting to the Peace Dome during the first Global Lucid Dreaming Experiment.

One Level 4 Dreamer’s Experience
DREAMER: Male 59, teacher/geologist, single
LUCIDITY FACTOR

Level 4

DREAM REPORT

I awoke in the dream at 6:00 A.M. (EST). There were loud voices, like a conflict. There was water cascading upward. From the water emerged a distinct shape, like the Chevrolet symbol with four protruding sharp forms from the center. It was light blue and white, hard and smooth. I arose from this lucid dream, wrote it down, went to the bathroom and went back to bed and the Experiment, focusing on the symbol.

Then, in the dream state again, I cooked and ate some delicious pork steak. I could hear it sizzle as I was turning it over in the skillet and I could taste it.

Later, about 7:30 A.M. (EST), I received another dream of the upper chamber of the Peace Dome. I saw trees that were on a white paper or card board. They were green and were symmetrical all around a central object of the world. There were two rows of the trees forming two circles around the world. Every tree was the same shape. As I observed it in the dream state, it reminded me of a picture of people holding hands around the world. Then I awoke from the dream state.

DREAM STATE

This was a lucid dream. I was awake, noting each thing that occurred, observing it, having thoughts about it, and noting the details. I was able to move my attention as desired to different parts of the dream. For example: at one point I placed extra attention on the taste of the steak, noting the amount of salt and pepper that I tasted, and the aroma of the steak in my mouth.
DREAM CONTENT

What I realized later, in my waking hours was that in the first part of the dream, I experienced the emotions of anxiety and excitement of all the people who were making their way to the Peace Dome in their dream state. The image of the Chevrolet symbol emerging from the cascading waters was the energy of the mandala, which was exposed in the lower level of the dome. The trees in the second level represent subconscious existence in Universal Language of Mind. The world represents the whole Self. When I looked with my physical eyes the configuration in the upper part of the Peace Dome was actually flags from different countries all over the world, laid out in two circles around a central globe of the world. Food represents knowledge in the Universal Language of Mind. So, the part of the dream with the steak represented my preparation and receiving of knowledge.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

What is Lucid Dreaming?

“I can only say that I made my observations during normal deep and healthy sleep, and that in 352 cases, I had full recollection of my day-life and could act voluntarily, though I was so fast asleep that no bodily sensations penetrated my perception.

If anybody refuses to call that state of mind a dream, he may suggest some other name. For my part it was just this form of dream, which I call “lucid dreams” which aroused my keenest interest and which I noted most carefully.”

Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden was the first to coin the term lucid dreaming. The year: 1913. Since that time, giant steps have been taken to understand consciousness and increase humankind’s awareness of Self.

Dreaming remains a part of every culture. There are always those present in the tribe, race, or organization who revere their dreams in uncommon ways. There are those who possess second sight, a proclivity for interpretation, and even display extraordinary healing abilities.

Evidence of becoming aware in the dreamstate has been recorded for years. Tibetan Buddhists have practiced a form of yoga to maintain conscious alertness in the dreamstate for centuries. In more modern times, we learn of increasing numbers of people who are experiencing conscious awareness in the dreamstate. This is the result of two primary factors:

ONE

Mass communication enables a dreamer in France to learn of similar dreams in the life of someone from Brazil, the Philippines or Canada. What a hundred years ago may have appeared to be a unique and isolated ability is now proving to be an advanced use of consciousness exhibited by people all over the world. Research conducted since 1973 at the School of Metaphysics, indicates that the incidences of lucid dreaming are on the rise. Based upon yearly research conducted during the National Dream Hotline in April, the percentage of people who report experiencing lucid dreams is between 15% and 20% of the population. Lucid dreaming is defined here as the conscious perception of one’s state while dreaming.

TWO

There appears to be a corresponding acceleration in humanity’s development as a species. As we have moved from industrial revolution to the age of computers, we have multiplied the stimuli in our world a “google”-fold. The need to pull away from the physical environment has grown stronger as the desire to understand the inner self has improved. These two factors cause the attention to be drawn inward where lucid dreaming can take place. In the present day, people are more inclined to talk about their dreams than they were fifty or even twenty years ago. The advances in the area of psychology and sleep research have affected our beliefs about what happens when we sleep. Although some deny the meaning and even the existence of dreams, advances in scientific sleep research conducted at colleges and universities around the world have verified both. Yet, the reasons why we dream remain largely unanswered. Pioneering research into the Universal Language of Mind being conducted at the College of Metaphysics seeks to change this. Lucid dreaming contributes to this effort.

(by Dr. Barbara Condron, author of The Dreamer’s Dictionary and contributor LUCID DREAMING edited by Dr. Teresa Martin.)