Hello! How are you this moment? Hope you are well. I’m a little grumpy and tired this morning but I’ll get over it. I checked on the Next Door thread regarding the incident I shared yesterday and things have digressed and are going in a direction I won’t go. It’s gone from being just about the detention center to blaming Obama and race issues here in the town. They started a separate group just for the detention center and I’m not sure I want to join it. I’m concerned about the direction all this is going. I don’t want this incident to become a wedge between myself and my neighbors who are all different walks of life….diverse!
Why is it so hard for different walks of life to live together in peace?! I think we focus too much on our differences. I have found for myself if I don’t like someone or get mad at someone it’s because they remind me of how I used to be or how I still am and I don’t like it! Mirror selves! The other reason is the almost instinctual habit of attaching negative stereotypes to people without taking the time to get to know them first.
I think it’s important to celebrate our differences. It’s important to preserve culture, language and the special things that make a people who they are in the world. It’s just important to not turn those differences into weapons to be used against each other….and ourselves.
I saw a shirt at the mall yesterday that I almost bought: “We are all Human.” Yes we are! Underneath all the labels and packaging that we are in this life we are all the same!
Now to the epic dream sequence I had last night/this morning! It seemed like such a long dream too but in reality it was probably only minutes long! I’m transcribing my notes and apologize if things are hard to follow. For those who are vivid dreamers, you know things can get disjointed and choppy in this realm!
I’m with my Mom and Dad, then there is this swirling cloud place like I’m on top of a mountain. I seem to have control of the weather/clouds. I bend down to them and blow and they move/change.
Then I’m in a place with reddish rocks and there is a man there. I try to fly like I can in dreams and sense him grab me from behind as I try to get away.
Then I’m in a house like I’m someone else (looking through someone else’s eyes). I’m not in a house I’ve been in before. There is a poodle/puppy dog with light brown curly hair. We are looking at something or someone who isn’t there and reacting to it. I’m scared and tell it to go away over and over again – pointing at it.
Then I run up some stairs. White walls, books on the wooden stairs. I’m yelling for my Mom and Dad. I feel like I was being controlled and couldn’t see clearly. It was hard to move.
When I woke up from this sequence, something happened to me that hasn’t happened before (least that I remember!). When I opened my eyes it was like I was looking at a moving grid pattern like something out of a computer program or the Matrix movie. In this pattern it was like these alien beings were sitting next to the bed looking at me. They looked like the Engineer from the movie Prometheus. I know it was probably just my eyes adjusting to waking from a deep sleep/dream. When I did a search on this, apparently it’s a thing. Could be medical or just like a continuation of a dream, like lucid dreaming after waking.
The Engineer from the movie Prometheus – part of what I saw next to the bed looked like this.
https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/hypnagogic-hallucinations/ – excerpt from interesting article on this. If this resonates with you, please use the link and read the entire article.
It can be an auditory, sensory, tactile or any other sensory experience. Whatever form it takes though, it’s not real and is caused by your amazingly creative brain.
Hypnopompic hallucinations are exactly the same thing, except that they occur while you’re waking from sleep. For the sake of simplicity I’ll refer to the phenomenon as hypagogic hallucination throughout this article.
Both hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations can be very vivid, so can be disturbing in some cases. Especially if you see creatures appearing in your room, voices saying unpleasant things or feeling something touch you.
Symptoms of hypnagogic hallucinations
It’s possible to experience hallucinations that correspond to any of your senses, though visual hallucinations are the most common. They can be experienced from between just a few seconds to a few minutes:
- Visual – for example the geometric shapes in the picture above. But possibly also images of people, animals or other complex shapes.
- Auditory – this can be simple sounds like hissing, humming or whistling. But it can also be more complex sounds like human voices. It may also be extremely loud, similar to the sleep disorder known as exploding head syndrome.
- Olfactory – perceiving smells which aren’t actually there, either pleasant or unpleasant.
- Tactile – this can be very disturbing, such as feeling insects or spiders crawling on the skin. It can also be a strange rubbing, stroking, tapping or tickling sensation.
Furthermore, there can be more complex hallucinations as part of sleep disorders such as sleep paralysis. You may feel unable to move your body, and perhaps see or sense a person or presence in the room.