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Using Mini-Dreams to have chill Epiphanies

This thought experiment explains how micro dreams are a technique to access higher knowledge and a higher % of the brain for a brief time during sleep onset.

Being half-way asleep to get good ideas is referenced throughout history. The subconscious sends key info to the conscious mind,  a seed of an idea that illuminates a new angle of a situation to solve easier.

  • August Kekulé used it to realize benzene in chemistry,

  • Artists and composers had visual / audio imaginings for classical art and auditory compositions

  • Joseph in the bible used his to interpret future scenarios

  • Thomas Edison used it for Inventions

Hypnagogic visions happen with eyes closed and are transient- lasting milliseconds in the imagination. Despite how fleeting, sometimes the complex information within the subconscious arrives as a single image instantly understood at a glance, the subconscious knows how to send messages the conscious mind can decode, and connect the dots of the situation in a new way.

These mini-dreams can inform real life navigation by filling in blind spots of a situation with key ideas. (This entire process is similar how in Rugrats every episode zoomed out. The bigger picture idea clicked into place when the camera zooms out into a broader perspective, that's similar to how these mini dreams  clarify a "frame of reference."


The deeper subconscious knows how to convey complex situations via images and moods that the imagination can decode and interpret. 

There may be some wild and surprising visual&audio phenomenae that the full imagination generates. There are  extra sensory experiences reached from sober mindstates and are adjacent to that of a psychedelic journey. Telepathy, extra sensory, audio experiences, & messages are going to be blended in with the dream scape. Its important to distinguish that dreams do overlap with psychedelics because of their unrepressed & raw nature... The experiment and goal is to use intuition to interpret the audiovisuals the subconscious is bringing up and how it factors into real life situations.


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Supporting Studies


[1] “Where Creativity Resides: The Generative Power of Unconscious Thought” by Ap Dijksterhuis & Teun Meurs, Social Psychology Program, University of Amsterdam 2004

[2] “Think Different: The Merits of Unconscious Thought in Preference Development and Decision Making” by Ap Dijksterhuis University of Amsterdam. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Copyright 2004 by the American Psychological Association 2004, Vol. 87, No. 5, 586–598

[3] “Dormio: Interfacing With Dreams for Creativity” by Grover, Horowitz, and Reynolds-Cuellar, et. al. MIT.  J.4 Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology 2018

[4] “A Self-Observational Study of Spontaneous Hypnagogic Imagery Using the Upright Napping Procedure” by Tore A. Nielsen Ph.D University of Montreal, Canada

[5] “Wakeful Sleep: Hypnagogia” by Gary Lachman Published 2002 by Fortean Times

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