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#1: Fast Flashing Hypnopompic Dream Still Images Author: Cosmic Claire PostPosted: Fri 23 Apr, 2010
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Hey I would like to ask if there is anyone here who has a similar experience to this, which I have been getting quite often lately.

As I am beginning to wake up I get a myriad of fast images flashing before my eyes, through my mind. I can often remember a lot of them, but can't seem to find any special meanings. This can go of for quite some time. This morning it went on for nearly an hour and a half, intermittently between drifting in and out of regular non REM sleep.

When this happens I really can't wake up properly, my head is still thick with sleepiness and it feels that I should sleep it off, although to be honest when I do come round I am usually left with a headache for several hours and it takes me half the day to be properly awake.

This often happens if I have woken early, lay awake for an hour or so and then drifted back off to sleep.

I have good dream recall and have kept diaries for many years, but this kind of thing is quite wearying. I know it is dream imagery as one part of my mind is awake, but the more somatic part of me is still asleep and wants to remain asleep and sleep off the tiredness and drowsiness.

I have had M.E. for quite a few years and this seems to be related to it, although I have always had a need for a lot of sleep. It seems to have been exacerbated this week because I had some kind of minor bug and felt rather unwell at times.

I have wondered whether I should get up when I wake early and not aim to go back to sleep, but say it is five a.m. I don't feel I have the energy to do this, although I am beginning to consider it as this fast flashing image thing is a bit of a drag and definitely not pleasant like regular dreaming. One way to describe it is like I am channel hopping at a rate of knots, even flipping between multiple different dimensions.

I do holosync every night when I go to bed, I had some sleep trouble a couple of years ago when I had a stressful situation in my life. It has really helped with that, and I get off to sleep much better. Usually when I sleep through till morning I just have regular dreams, but it seems to be if I get early waking that when I go back to sleep this flashing images thing happens and the subsequent drowsiness after. It is a little like migraines, but not the classic form.

I wonder if anyone on LD4all has any experience like this and maybe has any advice on how to get a better handle on it and feel better and more awake afterwards?

Thanks!

#2:  Author: mattias PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr, 2010
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hmmm, when I saw the title I thought "OMG!" because I've had this fast image things a few times and was actually thinking about posting a topic. But after I read your post I think it's a bit different... sadblauw

What I got (twice, I think) was at the end of a dream, many still images flashing one after the other really fast. No headache or drowsiness though neutral What I really find interesting is the speed, it seems like something around 7 images per second, maybe more. And I feel like I "register" all of them (although I can't remember them), differently than if I saw something like that on tv, for example, where it would just seems like random flashes...

Sorry I can't really help though eh These two things might be related though, I'll pay attention if it happens again.

#3:  Author: Cosmic Claire PostPosted: Tue 27 Apr, 2010
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Hey Mattias,

Thanks for your comments. Well I don't know if they are entirely different, the fast flashing images sound very similar. I don't think it was as fast as 7 a second maybe a little slower but it could have been, hard to tell when you are in that kind of state! Also I don't think the headache and drowsiness is necessarily a part of it, at least not the headache, that is more like I just can't wake up.

I've tried doing a search for something on this but there is virtually nothing on hypnopompic dreams that I can find anyway.

There are two ways of looking at this, one is medical the other psycho spiritual, they could overlap. I am inclined to believe that there is some kind of meaning to my personal path here, and that it may just be triggered by medical/somatic issues I have.

I have gone through a tremendous learning and personal growth curve over the last year or so, really related to doing the Holosync, and I don't think I have had this fast flashing thing before, only in the last few months or year. It is like I am reviewing all kinds of information that I have previously experienced. Also it reminds me of quantum reality where we are connected to everything in the entire universe/ multiverse and it is like I have gone beyond the veil which keeps it all apart as separate things.

Well I will keep on thinking about this!

#4:  Author: Perpetual Lucidity PostPosted: Tue 27 Apr, 2010
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I wanted to reply to share a "similar" experience, though it has only happened once and may be unrelated. One of the dreams I had last night was basically just me recognizing a set of random images one after another in a serial fashion (though much slower than you two are describing). There didn't seem to be any normal dream sequences or activities. It was basically as exciting as sitting back and watching flashcards of different pictures and saying the name outloud....I don't even know if I would classify it as a dream. Anyway, just came across this topic and found it interesting since I just woke up from this experience a few hours ago.

#5:  Author: mattias PostPosted: Tue 27 Apr, 2010
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Cosmic Claire wrote:
I don't think it was as fast as 7 a second maybe a little slower but it could have been, hard to tell when you are in that kind of state!


yeah, exaclty I'm guessing here, trying to remember how it was.

And I find your interpretation pretty interesting.

For some reason this reminds me now of another recurring hypnagogic (or hypnopompic) experience, where I see random text and my eyes move fast left to right reading it... sort of. It's like I read it without understanding. The randomness is the same as the images, I believe.

Maybe these both experiences are related to the formation of dreams? The start or end, that is. The little bit of randomness that we have in dreams, like our SC is still putting in meaning to all that... stuff. eh

#6:  Author: Mew151 PostPosted: Wed 28 Apr, 2010
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Hmm... I've had a similar experience in a dream once. Images kept flying at a rapid pace, but I felt like I got all the images. Then at the end there was an image of a monster, and I heard a scream.

#7:  Author: joseph714 PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012
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this morning as i was waking up, so many images came pouring like, flashing so fast, it was an odd experience. i dont know what any one of those images was about, there was too many. maybe my mind was flushing out past thoughts, or experiences. i have no idea.

#8:  Author: joseph714 PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012
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but i do recall an electricity type of feeling as the images was flashing, my body felt like it was being shocked with electricity, and i jumped out of sleep, first time i ever did that, that i can remember.

#9:  Author: Loah PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2012
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This is experience is something I can do during the day.. It's a light meditation phase i can enter, which prompts it to begin. It's difficult to maintain because i do get slightly dizzy and eventually nauseous, and my vision is blurry when I open my eyes again.

This is something that I'm currently exploring majorly with some other people. Although it is not the same as partial awareness due to dream transition, it has the same tune. If I find anything out about this that may shed some light on what it actually is, I'll be sure to contribute.

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I'd like to add that this isn't something that works all the time. Some days I'm able to, other times it doesn't work. The images are not vivid at all. It's as if looking at object, places, or even people in a dark room, with light yellow/white auras outlining most of what I'm seeing. Every once in a while I can capture an image and remember it, but it happens too quickly to recall most of them.

#10:  Author: Genre PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep, 2012
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mattias wrote:
What I got (twice, I think) was at the end of a dream, many still images flashing one after the other really fast. No headache or drowsiness though neutral What I really find interesting is the speed, it seems like something around 7 images per second, maybe more. And I feel like I "register" all of them (although I can't remember them), differently than if I saw something like that on tv, for example, where it would just seems like random flashes...

I made a post about this recently, I think I had the exact same thing! Although, this occurd as I was attempting WILD before bed. It was as if I was scrolling sideways along an image database extremely fast, although it felt as if these were still images from memories that i've had because they all seemed to register in my mind, like a sense of "knowing" them.

#11: Fast flashing Lucid Dreams Author: jon_was_here PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar, 2013
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I have a really good theory about this. If anyone has these dreams with fast flashing images, we need to talk. If we are looking on this forum already, then we probably know how to have lucid dreams.

Please give me an email, I really think I know what's going on here, but I need more similar stories. As for myself, I have had this happen to me twice.

#12: Re: Fast flashing Lucid Dreams Author: mattias PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar, 2013
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jon_was_here wrote:
I have a really good theory about this. If anyone has these dreams with fast flashing images, we need to talk. If we are looking on this forum already, then we probably know how to have lucid dreams.

Please give me an email, I really think I know what's going on here, but I need more similar stories. As for myself, I have had this happen to me twice.


How about sharing your theory here? That's what this forum and this thread are for tounge2

#13: Physically seeing quick Flash card style images upon waking Author: Toddtjs PostPosted: Mon 29 Jun, 2015
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I have a theory about this also. I have experienced these quick flash card images upon waking out of a dream state a few times. Different from a mind image- it's a real physical image. These flash images about as fast as a movie projector and seemingly slow down until each image is within just a few per second and just fade away. I can't make out these images and I don't recal feelings. Mostly blurry outline in black and white and grey. But I do see them within a "flash card" style with edges. I can barely make out but each flash card has a completely different blurry image then the one previous. Indicating that each image is totally different from the other. So what I suggest is.. that I am experiencing consciously what is occurring in my subconscious. I think dreams may be a series of fast moving frames. Each frame being individual and out of succession or sync with the previous. No two images alike. If this happens while dreaming then what we must be experiencing is split secound visuals that seem to last munites or sometimes hours. Each image is a story all by itself.
Well I tried to explain my theory best I could- I would enjoy some feedback.

#14:  Author: Taken by Dreams PostPosted: Sun 29 Nov, 2015
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I have been experiencing this for many years, and have wondered about it. For me it happens like this; I am aware of myself dreaming and it seems like I am out of body, when I "re-enter" I get the flashing images. They are very fast and look like the still frames of a movie. Every time I've had this happen it feels like I am coming back into my body. At the end of the "movie" reel I am instantly wide awake. It is like being thrown back down.
My theory is; I am either downloading or up loading information while dreaming. It is like I get a "glimps" of the process, a peak behind the curtain. Because I am aware and am coming "back down" the information has to be accelerated to be completed.

#15: Fast flashing dreams and seeming time travel Author: Joygerm5683 PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul, 2016
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I've been dreaming the same way others are talking about for years. My dreams can often seem to be in another time, in the past, and often not my own past but seemingly someone else's.

My most recent dream was of an ocean side place that seemed similar to a peninsula where two oceans met. It didn't even seem Earth-like to me. I've never been to a place like this. It wasn't an island, but the housing seemed more like San Francisco which I've never been to but am using what I've seen on tv as a reference. It also seemed like a different physical time than I am in now, and I don't think I was even looking through my own eyes as I was there.

Upon becoming more conscious, the fast images started but were gray in color and had lines and such, for what I could make out. The best explanation I've come to is climbing a lighthouse staircase backward, or seeing it that way. I was standing still, but the images coming to me were flashing from right to left and seemed similar to stairs and lines that I would equate to a room or seeing the traveling in reverse if that would be possible. So hard to explain, but this is what it felt like or looked like. I'm always wishing that the images would slow down so I could make them out properly. I want to see them and feel agitated that they are moving so fast.

As I'm waking, I feel very groggy and tired and can't seem to get fully awake. I often wake this way, but the fast images are more rare than the dreams of another time/location. I feel tired a lot and seem to need a lot more sleep/rest (often feeling that I've been conscious all night long). My dreams have been very vivid and real to me even as a child, but these fast images are something that I've only remembered for the past four years or so. They make me very curious as well as where my dreams take me (wars, houses I've never been in before, seeing through a man's eyes, etc.).

I'm not lucidly dreaming on purpose, but I'm thinking I need to do some more research on this.



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