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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Somebody Just Told Me...

that she has trouble falling asleep, because she starts to worry about where her mind goes when she is asleep.

I had never encountered that before.

5 comments:

  1. Is this a child? You might tell her to write her dreams out on paper upon awaking.

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  2. Have you tried this, yourself or with someone else, PSH? How did it work out?

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  3. No, but I have read that everyone dreams—and that if anyone doubts that he dreams, the thing to do is to have him write down what he remembers immediately after awaking.

    I was thinking that the thought of being unconscious might be unsettling to her—too closely resembling annihilation. If so, the knowledge that she dreams might be comforting.

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  4. An interesting idea, worth trying.

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  5. P.S.H.'s method is also used sometimes to induce lucid dreams. This gives the dreamer (1) knowledge that she's dreaming while she's dreaming; (2) control over the "dream world"; and (3) the ability to wake up at will. All of which, I imagine, would be sources of comfort to a person who harbors the fears you describe.

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