Poll: Can you enter REM at will, while conscious?
Can you enter REM (rapid eye movement) at will, while fully conscious? I.e. could you sit here right now and enter REM if you wanted?
The second is that I believe REM is a completely overlooked, fundamental basis of personal change. It appears spontaneously during just about any kind of meditation (e.g. eyes flicker during jhana). REM while sleeping is an automated, unconscious process (unless you can lucid dream). But done while conscious and using conscious intent, REM allows you to perform metaprogramming.
REM also appears to have myriad body maintenance functions – e.g. it appears during myofascial unwinding and, I believe, actually instigates it. REM is present during shaking/tremors, and can also be used to instigate them, with a little guidance. REM appears to be a major key in the body’s repair programs.
I believe the ability to enter REM while conscious is perhaps The Answer™, and many of my techniques going forward are going to require this ability as a basis. I’ve been able to make major changes to myself in the shortest amount of time using REM while conscious, and am in the process of running a few strong tests on myself, the results of which I will discuss in a couple of months.
In fact, I think the whole path to enlightenment might simply be a matter of sitting in REM while conscious, programming positive worldviews and equanimity into your unconscious rather than just allowing it to run on automatic using the “default templates and filters” as it does while asleep. This whole “noticing sensations” and other descriptions of meditation practice (which change depending on the school) might all just be different interpretations of simply sitting in REM while bearing in mind either equanimity, or positive worldviews or morals.
Here is a suggested technique for entering REM at will, while awake:
- Roll your eyes back gently in their sockets.
- Drop your jaw slightly.
- “Open your ears” and inhale slightly as though going into a “half-yawn”.
- Let your eyes flicker (REM).