Lucid Dream Healing - AH
AH 4/13-4/14/96: Degree of Lucidity - Fully Lucid
"I walk through what appears to be a museum, it seems dark, like the lights are very low. (I see) small lamps attached to the walls, illuminating alcoves where religious objects sit on display. I weave in and out of the chamber in the flickering light. I realize that while I have visited museums like this, it appears more like a movie set. Something about the light seems strange. I think of my feet because they are hurting me as I walk. So I sit down on a cube, like a wooden cube. Then I remember I can heal my feet (in a lucid dream). At that moment, all of the surrounding room drops away to a black void where I sit. I recall using a ball of white light as I had been visualizing (before going to sleep). Sure enough it appears around my hands. I put my hands on my feet - first, the right one. The light enters the foot and glows golden from within. I hold it there for several seconds and then move to the left foot. Same process. I put both feet down and realize I had done what I had incubated. It seems amazing and terrifying. That feeling is so intense I woke up. The feeling makes my heart pound."
COMMENT: The night before AH could hardly walk because of the pain from 6 plantar warts, 3 on each foot, each about one centimeter across. Before retiring she had checked their appearance, and did a visualization for healing, and a lucid dream incubation. In the morning she felt surprised when she felt absolutely no pain on walking. She checked on the warts - they had all uniformly turned black overnight. All of them fell off within ten days. Note: this dreamscape graphic
illustrates a successful dream healing by a friend who participated in a lucid dream group of mine that focused on exploring healing. I interviewed her as to specific details not included in her original text report, and then created the scene in my minds eye as best I could. Where she had not specified details or effects I used my dream experiences to fill in the blanks. Then I had AH rate the graphic as it developed. She rated my final portrayal of the event at 9.8+ on a scale of one to ten.
BIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF ARTIST:
Ed Kellogg earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University. A proficient lucid dreamer himself, he has a long-standing interest in the phenomenology of dreaming. He has presented numerous papers and workshops on such topics as the lucidity continuum, lucid dream healing, lucid dream incubation, out-of-body experiences, and the use of magic in lucid dream reality. He has developed his skills in the creation of computer art for the purpose of learning how to make accurate representations of the visual element of dreamscapes.
Recent improvements and innovations in computer graphic art software has made it much easier to effectively and accurately reproduce the inner landscapes of dreams. The 'dreamscapes' presented here capture scenes from my dreams with about 90% +/- 10% fidelity. To create these dreamscapes I used Bryce 3D, Poser3D, and Painter 5. I also make use of a file collection of Master Clips images. Computer art definitely requires an integration of the right and left brain - the right to see the final vision - and the left - to understand the complex and sometimes counterintuitive instructions on how to use the computer programs to create the effects that one needs to get there! As I see it, computer art (at least as I do it) requires skills and techniques from at least four artistic disciplines: 1. Sculpture - when the artist creates or customizes 3d images; 2. Photography - where the artist arranges 3d images, camera angles, and lighting to get the effect desired; 3. Collage - where the artist integrates different elements together in a two dimensional framework; and 4. Painting - where the artist works in all of the special effects, make final modifications to colors, background textures and special effects. All of these serve as modalities through which I can create a graphic that matches what I have in mind. In the case of recreating one of my own dreamscapes, I pick a scene from memory that appeals to me - one particular snapshot, so to speak, of the dreamed experience that captures its essence for me - and reproduce it with as much fidelity as possible. As these software programs continue to develop and improve, it will become easier and easier for dreamers without highly developed artistic skills to create quickly and easily "pictures worth a thousand words". No matter how detailed, a dream report consists only of a pattern of words, that at best still fails adequately convey the living reality of the dream as experienced. In my experience, computer software graphics programs can serve as a connecting bridge, through the use of which one can recreate dreamscapes that can convey the living reality of a dream to someone other than the dreamer.