Moving through nature
Soon after going to bed I began to see beautiful nature scenes. I then started moving through the scenes… I wasn’t quite fully in the scene…more like a camera moving rapidly… In all, I experienced 2 or 3 minutes of very enjoyable hypnogogic imagery. (this was a real treat for me) I moved quickly over beautiful snowy fields and icy waters. I was fully aware of what I was seeing and experiencing. The scene ended and I became aware of my body on my bed.
I am a big fan of hypnogogic imagery but it seems to be quite elusive for me in general.
I seem to have the most success when I am quite overtired. I lay down in bed and even though I am really tired I make myself stay awake for 5 to 10 minutes. For some unknown reason, this seems to work much better for me upon first going to bed and much less with wbtb or taking an afternoon nap…and I don’t know why this is. In an attempt to observe HI, I have also tried propping up my arm and the like without success. I also meditate daily and have done so for years.
I think I remember Andrew saying that when he has an occasional bout of insomnia that he can watch images rise and fall for hours. I wonder if seeing hypnogogic imagery comes much more easily for some than others. At times I have waited patiently for an hour…simply observing the blackness behind my eyes without a single image appearing.
I have experienced one wild over the years and once again tiredness seemed to play a major factor.
I had slept for about 4 -5 hours and then stayed awake for 3 before returning to bed. I was so tired…the images started almost immediately and I found myself stepping right in quite naturally and easily. That being said I did try repeating this pattern a few times without success.
I feel that if I could find a way to observe hypnogogic imagery consistently I would eventually be able to wild consistently.
Has anyone experienced improved ability to observe HI? If so…what helped.
Is observing HI a skill that can be improved etc?
Perhaps just being able to hold/focus one’s awareness for longer periods of time?