Common steps and sub-activities

Hypnagogia

 

Hypnagogia and hypnagogic are not, strictly speaking,  methods - they are states.

The adjective "hypnagogic" is a term coined by Alfred Maury for the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. 

It is such a key state for many experiences, however, that we have placed it here, meaning the methods by which one can reach these states, which include hypnosis, befuddlement, relaxation  or during meditation.

It is possible to measure whether this state has been achieved using biofeedback mechanisms and generally corresponds to a 'theta' brain state - not quite asleep but very nearly so.

The types of spiritual experiences that have occurred during this "threshold consciousness" phase include visual and audio hallucinations, invisible input such as inspiration, improved and pure perception and out of body experiences – so the full gamut.

 

The person can control the duration of the experience, remember the experience and also, in well-practised individuals, induce the experience at will, but it differs from lucid dreaming – which is not dissimilar in effect, by being a technique which is used while you are awake, whilst in lucid dreaming you are asleep.

NOTE:  There are some sources who now make the distinction between spiritual experiences had on going to sleep and those had on waking up, calling them hypnagogic and hypnapompic.  As the original term was intended to be a state and not an indication of a time of day, I have not made this distinction. 

Given that some people have these dozing on the couch with no intention to go to sleep; and some people have had them in the middle of the night and have no idea whether they were waking or about to go to sleep; and some people have had them at four in the morning after they have got up to go to the toilet, we could be inventing terms until the cows come home. 
Hypnagogia means not quite awake and not quite asleep and this trance like state can happen at all sorts of times of day - even at work.

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