Hypnagogia — A Fertile Land for Psychic Events
I keep a journal of all the psychic/supranormal events that I experience. The purpose of this is to gather enough evidence to convince myself that these things are real, in order to reduce my own “Field of Disbelief” in magick and the powers. Your own self-doubt is always the biggest hurdle on the path towards any achievement.
Yesterday I had a rather strong experience to add to the collection. Last week I was thinking about a guy I went to university with and whom I haven’t had any contact with in 12 years, just wondering what he’s up to these days. Yesterday I got a missed call from an unknown number. It turned out to be him; his phone had “accidentally” called mine. No big deal there — that’s standard intention-manifestation stuff. We texted a couple of times then he didn’t reply for a while. I went for an afternoon nap in my bed, having had quite a heavy night of drinking the night before.
In these light rest states, I get a lot of hypnagogic imagery. That’s the seemingly random visuals and dream fragments you get in the phase between wakefulness and sleep. For me, they often start as swirls which then coalesce into people’s faces, seemingly at random (although I can “intend” to see someone specific and they’ll usually show up at some point during the minutes afterwards). Suddenly it coalesced into a clear image of the guy’s face, and I had certain knowledge he was texting me. I looked at the phone and it just went off, and of course it was him.
Now you could say, since we had been texting an hour before that anyway, that I just assumed he would text at some point and the timing of the imagery and the phone going off were just coincidence. If you’re not interested in exploring psychic phenomena, of course that would be the party line, and your doubt would be reflected in reality as a lack of psychic events. However, I’ve had enough of these experiences personally to be approaching certainty that they are real. Combined with the extremely strong emotional sense of the impending event seconds before it happened, this one really got my attention.
I had toyed with the idea for some time that the faces I see in the hypnagogic state are actual real clairvoyant images of what those people are doing in that moment (they are frequently doing everyday activities in the visions). Now, I’m going to test that theory. The next time I’m in the hypnagogic state in the daytime, I’m going to invoke images of a handful of people I know well (and who won’t mind getting crazy texts off me), and ask them immediately if what they are doing matches what I’ve seen in the vision.
The hypnagogic state has coincided with many other events recorded in my journal, and could be a fertile land for sowing magick seeds.
To read more about magick and the powers, and the Field of Disbelief, visit Daniel Ingram’s Magick and the Brahma Viharas. This model very closely mirrors (well, is actually the same) as my Model of Consciousness as Creator of Reality.
Does anyone have any good book recommendations for cultivating psychic powers?