Carnival of Dreams, Mysticism, Near Death, and Out of Body Experiences: First Edition for October 2007

5 Oct

Welcome to the First Edition of Dreaming Life’s newest Carnival. I got many awesome entries this time around that I’m psyched to share with you. I was much more selective about what was included and what was not, so rest assured, you’re only getting the best of the best here. Thanks to all the bloggers who submitted such quality posts! Everyone please check them out and be sure to leave them some comments 🙂

First up, Will Mitchell presents an Introduction to Lucid Dreams and the Lucid Dream Experiment posted at

This is a well written piece on lucid dreaming, including some interesting historical bits. I challenge the author though on the claim that although lucid dreaming has been scientifically proven, it still resides in the “speculative realm.” The concept and experience of lucid dreaming is far from speculation. Was this a typo or something?

Eric Michael Johnson submitted The Feeling of What Happens posted at The Primate Diaries, a post that’s sure to piss off some readers of this blog and intrigue others (I find myself in the latter camp.)

To give you an idea of where he’s going with this, I’ll give you some quotes:

“It’s not too much of a stretch to link such phantom limbs with a feeling for God. What’s more likely? That an invisible world exists that controls our destiny (but that people around the globe interpret in vastly different ways) or that all humans have similar neural networks that, under certain circumstances, engender a feeling of the divine?”

And this one below is a great talking point. Interesting how he uses the word “trick”…

“A further argument in favor of the view that the divine is an internal state is that people in cultures all over the world shock their systems through fasting, rhythmic prayer, chanting or even with hallucinogens in order to trick their brains into a mystical experience.”

At the other end of the spectrum,, we have a story about an out of body experience titled My Astral Encounter With a Tribal Shaman posted at Season of Shadows Blog, by John Wolfe. John submitted this entry saying, “A story of my out-of-body encounter with a Native American healer, during (what was possibly) the 19th Century.”

I don’t know what to think of OOBE, but I love to hear about them from all perspectives; the personal subjective perspective, as above, and the neurological happenings of the brain, too.

In other strangeness:

Dream precognition weirds me out because doesn’t it pre-suppose that there’s no such thing as free will? If that’s the case, I guess I have no choice but to share with you Tristan Sullivan’s account at Imagine, titled simply Dreams.

Next up we have a clevel post by Dr. Martin W. Russell called The Quicksand Guide To Professional Help. Martin invites us to post a “NDE” take on the scenario he’s presented. (It’ll make sense when you read it.) Check it out and give it your best shot.

Don’t stop reading!

These last two entries are certainly worth your awhile.

Both posts come from Erin Pavlina (partner of famous lucid dreamer and blogger Steven Pavlina), posted at Erin Pavlina’s Blog, and address different aspects of lucid dreaming.

In Enhancing Dream Recall, she shares the skills she uses to remember her dreams, including the clever act of remember a dream by becoming lucid and talking about it with a dream character in the dream that follows.

In this post she also mention the lucid dreaming podcast posted on Steve Pavlina’s blog. This podcast is free to download and has some great info on lucid dreaming. (While you’re there, check out the other podcasts, they are awesome.)

Finally, Erin hits us with an awesome story of how she “used lucid dreaming to conquer a major fear,” in Embracing Your Fear.This is a fascinating account of being haunted by the popular horror figure from Nightmare on Elm Street! Erin relays how Freddy haunted her – even in her lucid dreams! – for nearly a year, how she tried to stop him, and ultimately, how she was able to succeed in conquering her fear.

A fascinating account of dream symbolism and the personal growth made possible through lucid dreaming. (And probably my favorite link in the whole carnival.)

Hope you enjoyed this edition of the carnival. The next one will be coming out before Christmas (Yikes! Guess what – Christmas isn’t all that far away now is it!)

If you found something here really interesting, let me know by leaving a comment below with your thoughts.

3 Responses to “Carnival of Dreams, Mysticism, Near Death, and Out of Body Experiences: First Edition for October 2007”

  1. Rupa Abdi October 22, 2007 at 11:16 am #

    I have had some interesting experiences while sleeping and awake as well as during,what I call the ‘threshold consciousness’ state. Please check it out at my blog:

  2. Liara Covert October 29, 2007 at 6:33 am #

    All of these dream-related posts are really fascinating. Thanks for taking the initiative to compile and promote some articles and websites worth exploring. Expanding our horizons can be very educational.

  3. Tristan L. Sullivan May 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Thank you. It’s great to be featured here. I agree with Rupa Abdi that this “threshold state” just before falling asleep or fully waking seems to be rich with information and insight. I’ve gotten amazing information by paying attention to stuff that drops in at this time.

    Your question about free will is a good one. I guess what was about to happen was so vivid that my consciousness picked up on it beforehand. Again, proving that this information can go either way on the linear timeline. The choice to blast my student’s CD on the way home was a free will one; or it certainly felt like it. The choice to go to work that day and drive home were, too. Then again, as you imply, what if I had left five minutes later? Maybe precognition organizes all of these forces and gives us a glimpse of what’s going to happen based on those free will choices. It’s a great question. Thanks.

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