...Auditory Visual Stimumation Devices use sound and/or light to alter the user's brainwave frequency resulting in an altered state of consciousness comparative to meditation and shamanic exploration.
Dream Machine...make your own:
~Originally created by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville in response to William Grey Walters' book, The Living Brain.
Everything you'll need:
obtain a cylindrical shaped object. place the cylinder on a record turntable. hang a light bulb in the center of the cylinder and then set the turntable's rotation to 78 or 45 revolutions per min. and ta-da! your very own dream machine. NOTE: dream machine is to be experienced with one's eyes closed. "The pulsating light stimulates the optical nerve and alters the brain's electrical oscillations. The 'viewer' experiences increasingly bright, complex patterns of color behind their closed eyelids. The patterns become shapes and symbols, swirling around, until the 'viewer' feels surrounded by colors. It is claimed that viewing a dreamachine allows one to enter a hypnagogic state." (vivid sensory experiences occurring in the space between sleeping and waking/ being awake and falling asleep.)
i am envisioning a sensory deprivation suit of some sort. the participant would be suspended in the air rather than in a tank of water. the suit is the same temperature as skin, just as the water in the tanks. suspension is achieved by equal force being exerted on the body in each direction. (think a complicated web of lines attached to the suit and connecting it and the wearer to the walls, ceiling, and floors.) the room is filled with dream machines of different sizes, all spinning at the same rpm. white noise is being played in the background.
"Wake-initiated lucid dreaming occurs when the sleeper enters REM sleep with unbroken self-awareness directly from the waking state.The key is being able to recognize the hypnagogic stage.
During the actual transition into the dream state, one is likely to experience sleep paralysis, including rapid vibrations, a sequence of loud sounds, and a feeling of twirling into another state of body awareness, 'to drift off into another dimension.' There is frequently a sensation of falling rapidly or dropping through the bed as one enters the dream state. After the transition there may be the sensation of entering a dark black room from which one can induce any dream scenario of one's choosing, simply by concentrating on it."