Here’s a link to a recent study that is causing a small stir in the dream community. It’s about “interactive dreaming,” or the ability for dreamers to be in contact with others in the waking state. I was in touch with several of the scientists involved in this study, who may still join us on a NC interview. Here’s a summary of the study. This research points to the remarkable potentials still awaiting dreamers.
Personally, I’d be most interested in expanding “interactive dreaming” not only to research scientists monitoring the dreamer in the lab, but to others on the “internet of consciousness,” as our friend Yusuf calls it (see my 2nd interview with him). In dreams we can interact with beings from other dimensions, not just those in the lab. Can’t wait for studies proving that.
In all the tests, the scientists verified that each subject was in a state of REM sleep, using “standard polysomnographic methods.” Facial and eye movements were chosen as the means by which the dreamers could “talk back” to the researchers from the dream world, and the subjects were trained in specific ways of communicating. Some, for example, were trained to move their eyes left to right three times (LRLRLR) in response to an audio cue if they wanted to communicate that they were in the lucid dream state. None were trained with the specific questions they’d be asked when they were asleep.