There is a state that occurs right before one falls asleep that is perhaps one of the oddest and trippiest experiences one can have without the use of drugs. This is called Hypnagogia and it occurs every time we fall asleep. Our perceptions become very strange and we can experience many different sensations; sometimes amazing and sometimes terrifying. And yet this state has been utilized by inventors, artists, mystics and prophets to great effect. Joining WMiT? on this episode is friend of the show and fellow onieronaut, The Mad Sorceress Samantha Giacalone!
Samantha Giacalone is a Blogger, Published Model, and Draglesque Artist. They can be found lurking on Twitter, as well as Instagram. If you are a fan of Synthwave then you absolutely have to check out their Patreon only program Heavy Retro – A Synthy Retro Variety Show! For all that Samantha gets up to have a click on the pic!
- Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edge of Sleep by Jennifer Dumpert – this is THE Book for Hypnagogia and Hypnopompia
- Urban Dreamscape
- Liminal Dreaming – Lots of interesting excercises as well as guided audio hypnagogic sessions
- Dream Tripping
- Hypnagogia: The Unique State of Consciousness Between Wakefulness and Sleep by Andreas Mavromatis – Another very good book but a bit more technical
- Hypnagogia – Fortean Times article by Gary Lachman
- A Secret History of Consciousness by Gary Lachman – A whole chapter in this book deals with Hypnagogia but this book is certainly worth a read
- The Wisdom of Sleep from the Mad Sorceress Grimoires – A post by my Guest Samantha on why sleep rituals and dreams are so important to them!
- Yoga Nidra
- Louis Ferdinand Alfred Maury
- Herbert Silberer
- Hidden Symbolism of Alchemy and the Occult Arts by Herbert Silberer – This is Silberer’s magnup opus. A very wild ride
- Sleep Paralysis: Understanding the Nightmare – YouTube Documentary
- The Nightmare – A pretty spooky Documentary
- Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night by Ryan Hurd
- The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions by David J. Hufford