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.

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12 Responses

  1. Vysotsky says:

    “Does anyone have any good book recommendations for cultivating psychic powers?”

    Do you know David R. Hawkins? He wrote books on this subject.

    “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).”

    Do you see people on seemingly non-English speaking environments? (E.g. street signs, etc.)

    • Illuminatus says:

      “Do you see people on seemingly non-English speaking environments? (E.g. street signs, etc.)”

      Typically I can’t see beyond a very small bubble around them. Sometimes I get activities they are doing if they fall within that bubble — so I’ve seen people doing the dishes or using computers etc. They are mainly black and white images but sometimes coalesce into full-colour, and one time I saw someone playing pool in colour with a slightly increased range of bubble around them. I’ve never seen street signs.

      The people are almost always strangers. To see someone I know I have to “intend” to see them, and it usually takes around 30–60 seconds to “find” them — so it is rarely instantaneous, and the more I will it, the harder it becomes. Relaxation seems important here. The range of the bubble is usually so small that I can only see their face.

  2. Nick T says:

    There is so much you’ve written that I like. But when you talk about stuff like this, I think all those drugs you’ve taken are having a negative effect on your judgement.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Not that I’m particularly swayed by these sorts of comments, but for the record I’ve been having these experiences since LONG before I took any drugs. 🙂

      • Nick T says:

        Ok, it was a flippant comment. I find your experimentation fascinating.
        I know you are very capable of rational thought. But when you talk about things like this, it works against your credibility.
        I also know that you have studied the brain and how it works. Don’t you see your belief in this as your brain WANTING it to be true? The lack of evidence should point to it only going “in” your head instead of “out there”. Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if it were true, but it’s not rational to believe in it, and I know you know this. You might as well be saying it’s due to Jesus or astrology.

  3. hairy_huzzah says:

    “I keep a journal of all the psychic/supranormal events that I experience. ”

    Hope you don’t me mind me pointing out a small typo – I think that should read:

    “I keep a journal of all the experiences that I interpret as psychic/supranormal events. ”

    You are welcome!

    • Illuminatus says:

      This reality tunnel assumes the events are psychic/supranormal, so it is implicit in the context of the post that I am interpreting them in that way. I give some credit to the reader (though admittedly this is often misplaced). The writing would get rather bulky if I inserted that caveat into every sentence in every post. However, I would be writing in E-Prime at that point, which could be interesting.

      You make a fair point though; if everyone would precede every statement they made with the qualifier that this is how events appear to be from their individual perspective, the world would be a much friendlier and mutually comprehensible (though more verbose) place!

      To round off the exercise, you now need to mentally precede any statement you or another person makes pertaining to the scientific materialist reality tunnel (or any other dominant, “the fish doesn’t know what water is”, reality tunnel for that matter).

      It’s easy to pick holes in fringe writing; are you willing to turn the light back on itself?

  4. hairy_huzzah says:

    > It’s easy to pick holes in fringe writing; are you willing to turn the light back on itself?

    The “picking holes” framing of the point was a (funny) joke.

    It seems that interpretation is all about explanation and causality. I have a scientific materialist reality tunnel, in which all events are normal, though some events can be low-probability. You have a reality tunnel in which you class some events as normal and some as supranormal, or “psychic”. So implicit in the context is that you interpret low probability events as supranormal, and they only are seen to be supranormal because you choose to attribute non-normal causes for those (low probability) events. In the history of our race, many events that occurred were seen as supranormal. For example, how did the sun move across the sky every night – an invisible chariot pulling it perhaps? As science has progressed, we don’t have any supranormality left to explain. Because everything becomes normal, as we understand the causal factors at play in the phenomena we experience. We don’t need no magic no more.

    And so I don’t know how well the task works for me – every event that occurs to me appears to be normal from my individual perspective?

    > 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. ”

    It does make sense that the more likely you are to interpret experiences as having non-normal causes, the more experiences you have that have that you interpret to have non-normal causes. Events occur.. Psychic events or phenomena are not inherently psychic events or phenomena, they are events which you have psychic interpretations of. The same events could happen to someone else, like myself, and not be psychic events. They would be just low probability events which I have normal explanations for. So it seems not to be about “exploring psychic phenomena”, but about increasing your propensity to posit non-normal explanations for the phenomena you experience. I suggest trying to limit your understanding of science – that way, you will experience more supranormal events as you will lack normal explanations for phenomena. Turn on the light switch, alerting magic pixies with lights in their tail to wake up and fly around the lightbulb! Turn on the microwave, food gets hot, angry spirits cursing the food with hell-beams!

  5. horay_henry says:

    Ok, I don’t really understand your response based on what I understand what most people mean when they use the word “normal” and the post context – i.e. trying to convince yourself that these “normal” events are “real”.

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