The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass

The Department of Psychology

Continued . . .

Rick Rodriguez

(This article is a continuation from the original in the Spring edition)

Sight and hearing are the two senses of the lucid dreamer that work as well in the lucid dream as they do in the body. The typical lucid dreamer sees clearly in color, and can hear and talk by means of telepathic communication, although conversation during a lucid dream is typically infrequent. In contrast to sight and hearing, the other senses are noticeably absent. The lucid dreamer has no sense of taste, touch, or smell. Any attempt to use these senses during a lucid dream causes an automatic rejoining of the split mind. Also apparently absent from the mind-piece is the ability to understand writing. Fox remarks that he always had trouble reading whatever writing he saw. He could see the writing, and he knew it was writing, but he could not read it, except occasionally and with difficulty. According to Fox, other people told him they had this inability to read lucid-dream writing.

Instead of being an idle spectator watching the world go by, the lucid dreamer is frequently in motion. He or she might be moving slowly by walking or floating, or moving more quickly by flying. However, the most spectacular motion for the lucid dreamer is a sudden acceleration to a great speed. At first, the lucid dreamer might be at a relative standstill, or flying, when the sudden acceleration begins. As the acceleration quickly builds, the sight goes black and there may be a loss of consciousness. The next thing the lucid dreamer is aware of is a change of the location in the dream. Apparently, the sudden acceleration happens when a large distance has to be traveled.

The esoteric literature has many lucid-dream stories in which transcontinental and transoceanic distances are quickly traveled by the lucid dreamer. Thus, there is reason to believe that the projected mind-piece can quickly accelerate to a speed of roughly several hundred kilometers per second. In general, for any movement of the mind-piece, the motive power of the mind-piece is the learned-program translate statement used by the intelligent particles composing that mind-piece.

Although the motion of the lucid dreamer is an impressive clue that there is an external dream world, additional evidence comes from encounters with people known to the lucid dreamer. These dream encounters are sometimes independently confirmed when the awakened dreamer later talks with the people in question. For example, Fox tells the following story: He was discussing dreams with two friends. The three of them then agreed to meet together that night in their dreams. Fox remembered meeting only one friend in a dream that night. The next day, the three friends compared experiences. The friend whom Fox met in the dream also recalled meeting Fox. Both Fox and this friend agreed they never saw the third friend who claimed to have no memory of his dreams that night.

The experience that most convinced Fox that there is an external dream world involved a girlfriend of his when he was nineteen in the summer of 1905. Fox had talked about his lucid-dream experiences with the young woman, and her attitude was that such things are wicked. Fox tried to overcome her objections by claiming she was ignorant and he could teach her. However, her reaction was that she already knew about such things and could appear in his room at night if she wanted. He doubted her claim, and she became determined to prove it. That night Fox had what he calls a "False Awakening," where he becomes self-aware very close to his body, having both his lucid-dream vision and lucid-dream hearing. While he was in this condition, his girlfriend made a sudden, dazzling appearance in his bedroom. She appeared fully formed, wearing a nightdress. She said nothing, but looked about the room. After a while, Fox tried to speak to her, but she disappeared and Fox awoke.

The following day, Fox met with his girlfriend to compare experiences. She greeted him enthusiastically with the news of her success. Without having been in his room before, she successfully described both its appearance and contents. The description was sufficiently detailed to convince Fox of the reality of her visit. Fox remarks that his girlfriend said his eyes were open during the visit. In describing his projections, Fox often shows an apparent confusion between dream-world objects and physical objects. For example, he seems to think his girlfriend saw his physical bedroom, and that is why he makes the remark about her saying that she saw his eyes open during the visit. He is quite sure his physical eyes were closed. He finally concludes she probably saw the open eyes of his dream appearance.

It seems to be a rule that the things seen during a lucid dream are objects composed of d-common particles. When Fox's girlfriend visited his room that night, she was having a lucid dream; she saw a d-common replica of his room which occupied the same space. In a lucid dream, d-common objects often duplicate the shape and coloring of physical objects. For example, the appearances of other people seen during a lucid dream are typically imitations of the physical appearances of those people. When Fox's girlfriend made her appearance that night, probably the only thing in that room that was her was the mind-piece. Presumably, her mind-piece occupied a smaller volume of space than the volume of her brain. If Fox had seen only the real her that was present, he probably would have seen a small, oddly shaped object which he would never have recognized as his girlfriend.

A valid question is what causes d-common particles to assume shapes and colorings that imitate physical objects? Probably what shaped, colored, and clothed Fox's girlfriend during her visit, was the girlfriend's mind-piece. Specifically, the bions of the girlfriend's mind-piece constructed out of d-common particles the appearance that Fox saw. The observed replica room was probably part of a larger replica house or building. Probably these replicas are constructed by the bions of those people who are associated with the physical objects in question. The replica of Fox's room was probably done by Fox himself, unconsciously.

Fox mentions the existence in the external dream world of an entire city -- an imitation London which he visited and explored. By analogy with Fox's replica room which shared the same space as his physical room, this imitation London which Fox visited shared the same space as the physical London. Besides imitation buildings that looked familiar, there were also buildings and monuments that Fox knew had no equivalent in the real city of London. Fox says it was his experience that his repeated trips to the same dream-world town or city showed the same buildings and monuments, including those that had no counterpart in the real town or city.

Once made, a d-common object seems to remain in the same location and retain its form until intelligent particles move, change, or destroy it. Although the actual manipulation of d-common particles is normally done unconsciously, sometimes a lucid dreamer consciously orders a change in some nearby d-common object and sees the change happen.

In spite of often similar appearance and location, there is no linkage between d-common objects and p-common objects. For example, an experiment often reported by lucid dreamers is that they successfully move some d-common object that they think corresponds to a familiar physical object. But, once they are awake and check the physical object, they always find it unmoved.

Fox remarks how the memories of his lucid-dream projections were fleeting. To counter this, he would often write down an account of his projection when he was awake. In his book, Fox wonders why such memories are not more permanent. Of course, for most people the memory of ordinary dreams is very fleeting, too. Occasionally a projection or dream makes an impression on long-term memory, but that is the exception not the rule. It seems the learned programs that manage the mind's memory, when deciding long-term retention, assign a comparatively low priority to both dreams and lucid dreams.

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