Telepathy Target Creation
I created the pictures for ASD Conference 2001 to provide clear targets for our inner perception. Their intentional composition is based on findings from several fields of research on how visual sight converts to its imaginal equivalent.
Whether the picture target is at first known consciously, subliminally or psychically, the same brain is processing it. What is (or will be) sighted vision either retains its original form as an inner image, fades away or transforms to something else. The most important point to realize is that the transformation will involve the same tendencies, whether you use telepathy, remote viewing, your conscious memory or are trying to retrieve a subliminal or peripheral impression.
The process can result in a literal copy of the physical object. Manifest, obvious, as displayed, a physical cigar invokes a dream cigar. However, given certain elements, like the chemical composition of sleep, the propensity for dream imagery to vary from the original is quite high. But even in the warp and weave of dream, the same perceptual tendencies occur as will occur in waking imagination. This is true for both lucid and non-lucid dreams.
Although more elements are being uncovered by researchers in other fields, the first four tendencies towards consistency were delineated by the subliminal scientists. They are: color, shape, clang (the propensity for punning) and the propensity to invoke metaphor. In other words, if the subject does perceive the target, sighted color is not likely to transform to another color at the imaginal level (although it might fade to grey). The physical picture may transform to something else associated through metaphor or pun, but its essential line, outline or shape will remain the same.
I call these tendencies in dream perception "Consistent Clues." They can be applied to the dreams of picture targets, but also to dreams in general.
Distinguishing Target Elements
These 4 targets (below) were created with the intent to vividly distinguish one from the others. All of the original list of tendencies were taken into account. In addition, movement, tension and sensation have been found to provoke attention. As a legacy of the Maimonides dream telepathy experiments, all targets have human or humanoid figures and invoke emotion. Metaphor is indicated by the target titles. More subtly, the four images depict the four archetypal elements: fire, earth, water and air.
Dream Interpretation Using Consistent Clues
I've found that my ability to interpret a regular dream took great strides forward when I started using Consistent Clues. The practice requires sharp recall skills and detailed description. First, I recall the dream colors and search in my memory for similar shades of color in my waking life. I don't ask myself, what is red and brown? I'll ask, what is burgundy and milk chocolate brown? Then I try to recall similar shape or movement. I'll ignore the overt "chicken" image for the moment and ask, who or what is oval shaped in the middle and moves with quick jerks? Where was I when I went down a long isle, turned left and then an abrupt right? When I write down my dream and give it a title, does a latent pun leap out at me?
If I identify dream shape and color as my office and its furniture, and remember the time I stomped down the hallway on the way to lodge a complaint, the other symbols begin to fall in line. That bedraggled Big Bird? Oh, of course, it's my boss! When I make the correct link, it's usually very obvious (and often quite funny) as to why I might be dreaming of my boss as a wet, pudgy chicken. And why, out of all the events at the office, my dreaming mind would continue that particular story during sleep. There's a lot of leftover energy yet to process before I come to terms with the issues of my workplace. And now, I can begin to resolve those issues because I know what event the dream is actually describing.
An event is not just physical objects, although that's what my physical eyes see. That may be all I tend to remember, unless I begin to pay closer attention to the fuller components of my existence. My inner feelings, thoughts and sensations were also occurring during the "Big Bird" incident. Even if I didn't tend to them consciously, they were still known to my body/mind.
So my dreaming mind doesn't limit imagery to a reproduction of the waking objects in the office. For my body/mind, life isn't just a movie rerun of surface existence, it's feelie-vision and visualized thought. What I "see" in a dream are the multiple layers of waking experience: feelings, emotions, sensations, thoughts and instincts that are painted in metaphoric form.
And, because I don't stop thinking and experiencing life even while sleeping, I also get concurrent picture-comments as my mind ruminates, vaguely senses my bedroom environment and responds to hiccups in the neural network.
The previous example presumes that my incoming dream information is due to residue of the past. However, if the dream is precognitive, clairvoyant or telepathic, the process still works. I just won't be able to make the match until the event occurs or is later made known to me in conscious terms.
Linda Lane Magall-n, M.B.A., created the Fly-By-Night Club research group, co-founded the Bay Area Dreamworkers Group and helped transform ASD from an informal organization into a non-profit corporation. She authored Mutual Dreaming the Internet course Psychic-Creative Dreaming and the "Dream Trek" column of Electric Dreams. ( http://members.aol.com/caseyflyer/flying/dreams.html ; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org )
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