Robert Moss



Active Dreaming > Spend More Time in the Twilight Zone

The easiest way to become a conscious dreamer is to spend more time in the twilight zone between waking and sleep, or between sleep and waking. If you can develop the ability to enter and remain in a state of relaxed, free-flowing awareness, images will come. You can simply observe them as they rise and fall, or engage with one of these images or scenes and enter into what may be a full-fledged dream journey. Experiences in this twilight zone are very similar to those of psychics when they “open up” and let impressions come, and of creative people when they enter a flow state. Indeed, both psychic discoveries and creative breakthroughs come almost effortlessly in the half-dream state if you are willing to let them come – and (of course) to catch them and use them.

A word about words: the hypnagogic area is literally the state leading “towards sleep”; the hypnopompic state leads “away from sleep”. Researchers lump the two together and call them hypnagogia.

Andreas Mavromatis cites impressive evidence that “hypnagogia is significantly conducive to paranormal events”, including precognition. “Psi states and hypnagogia…are related in their respective psychophysical induction and phenomenology…Hypnagogia is indeed conducive in the production of psi states, and, vice versa, the deliberate/experimental induction of psi states tends to render the latter hypnagogic.” [Mavromatis, Hypnagogia, p. 131]

Go to a psychic development class, and they will start by directing you to relax, drop your awareness of your body and clear your mind. A well-known English psychic trainer (H.A.Edwards) counselled would-be psychics to “place their minds into a condition of receptive abandonment.” Reduced sensory distraction, inward focusing of attention (either by single-pointed awareness, by clearing the mind, or by simply following the rise and fall of images), emotional detachment, and the loosening of ego boundaries are all crucial to entering a state of psychic awareness

The process of drifting towards sleep (or back towards daylight consciousness) allows psychic impressions and fresh visions to form, just as figures and landscapes subtly emerge from a cloudy or watery void  in Japanese screen paintings.

You’ll do better by wishing than willing the impressions to come.

When you let yourself slip into the twilight zone, you may have the impression that someone is waiting for you or has something to tell you. When I lie down and close my eyes, I sometimes have the impression of a whole cast of characters waiting for me to arrive.

Visitations are common in the liminal state on the cusp of sleep.

As you begin to surface from sleep, you may find you are still strongly connected with the energy and imagery of sleep dreams. If you can allow yourself some undisturbed time to stay in bed, you may be able to slip back into the dream space, fully conscious, and develop the arts of dream reentry and astral travel through your personal dreamgates.

Robert Monroe observed correctly in his seminal work Journeys beyond the Body that the practice of holding the borderland state “indefinitely without falling asleep” results in “consciousness deepening” and provides the smoothest access to out-of-body experiences.

We should all spend more time in the twilight zone. You’ll find many specific techniques for experimenting in the twilight zone – and thrilling first-hand accounts of what is possible from many active dreamers, as well as my own journals – in my book Dreamgates.



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