virtual dreamer

nextI have written extensively over the years about the process of falling asleep and have sorted my journal into four areas of interest.

Lucid Dreaming: One Heck of a Side Effect


We make audio recordings to help people with insomnia*. However, there is one interesting side effect for some who use our dreamscapes for that purpose. Lucid dream induction. If you dig around on this website you can find references to it. I purposefully do not highlight this use for our sounds, as the subject of lucid dreams is esoteric and some people might consider it as fanciful.  If you have never had a lucid dream then the concept might seem 'out there'.  I have had lucid dreams... too many to count.  It is interesting to note that the original idea for Virtual Dreaming; combining natural soothing sounds with background audio that sets a particular mood,  was based on a lucid dreaming recording I heard seven or eight years ago.


If you follow along with a virtual dream, lets say The Old Lighthouse, and visualize the scene then you would start from the top of the lantern room (where you are turning on the rotating lamp), walk down a long metallic spiral staircase, open the door, and walk outside. Outside you hear, amongst other things, a flag flapping in the wind and a storm blowing in... all done with no narration what-so-ever. It is the audio that tells the  story. Simple enough, right?  It is the act of visualization that stimulate the mechanics of sleep however every now and then something wonderful happens. I start dreaming... and I know I'm dreaming. I am awake in a dream. I am lucid dreaming. If you have never experienced this phenomena let me tell you, it is incredible.

Lucid Dreaming and Visualizing


Why am I writing about this now? Because I had a lucid dream last night. I was listening to Amazon Zip-line  (you won't find it in the regular section but in Specialty Sounds ) I imagined soaring over a rain forest. I visualized the terrain below me and the zip-line itself. I imagined reaching the bottom and briefly walking to my tent. I listened to the jungle sounds and visualized birds and monkeys. I visualized the river flowing and a rain shower beginning and then... I was in a dream and fully aware that it was a dream.  I was not in a jungle, however. I was in a field. There was a Peruvian fellow standing before me in brightly colored old-time garb. He had a young llama next to him. I say 'young' as it was short in stature. I remember thinking the llama was a sheep at first as it had very long hair. The Peruvian gentleman never said a word to me. It was, as far as my consciousness was concerned, real. I felt gleeful. I wanted to fly but know that flying, for me anyway, will hasten the end to the lucid dream. These types of dreams are notoriously short. I walked around the man and his llama taking in detail. The man just stared at me, seemingly not caring. I was amazed at the detail... and then it was over. Lucidity in dreams can be so inspiring and shockingly realistic that you can get sucked right out of them just from the adrenaline rush. Why this side effect occasionally occurs is obvious to me. Soothing natural or peaceful nature sounds induce relaxing Alpha brainwaves. The addition of background sounds that can be visualized induces Theta (daydream) brainwaves. When we imagine we are stimulating the Secondary Visual Cortices. This is the same area of our brains where dreams occur. The fact that the secondary visual cortex is already stimulated brings on dreams faster. So fast that we might technically still be awake when the dream begins. Voila! Lucid dream. 




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*Insomnia can be an indication of a serious underlying health condition. Our opinions are in no way intended to be taken as medical advice. If you feel your insomnia issue warrants it please seek the advice of a qualified physician.

Some of our recordings you might enjoy visualizing:

Sound of Wind ChimesJet and Airliner SoundsMountain Nature SoundsTrain Sound MP3