Monday, 29 February 2016

Dream Incubation Experiment - Serial Killer Dream

I am going to conduct a new Dream Incubation Experiment! This dream incubation experiment was decided upon by accident! I was making a very general Youtube video for my channel, covering topics ranging from my most recent bizarre dreams (lesbian sisters of my friends; my new career as an expensive prostitute; golden showers  from half-human/half-monkey women); lucid dreaming; dream interpretation; and knife/stabbing dreams (see my post 'Interpreting Popular Dream Themes - Knives & Stabbing' by clicking on the title, as this article is very relevant to my new dream incubation experiment) when I came up with the idea of incubating a dream where I am a serial killer! 

I have an interest in true crime, criminal law and criminology as this is my area of professional and academic expertise, as well as being a subject I have always been fascinated by on a personal level. There is not much more to it than that - I know some people may find this distasteful or controversial, but dreams are an area in which fantasy is possible and does not necessarily reflect waking life behaviours or predisposition/desire to act out our subconscious thoughts. 

I do not want to be too prescriptive with this Dream Incubation Experiment - I would rather let my subconscious do all the work - from choosing 'victims' (or 'targets'); mode/method of killing and how I evade detection from law enforcement. 

I am not going to set a particular time frame for carrying out this experiment - I will aim for approximately 14 days (as usual), but will continue to try and incubate a successful dream on my chosen theme until I get some results.

Here is the Youtube video which inspired my latest Dream Incubation Experiment:

I will do the following to incubate my chosen dream theme:
  • Perform the MILD Technique for lucid dreaming on a daily basis. If this dream is a lucid dream, it will therefore be a DILD (Dream-Initiated/Induced Lucid Dream).
  • Incorporate elements of Tholey's Combined Technique for lucid dreaming, which has been reviewed as the most successful (cognitive) method for lucid dream induction. I will adapt the key steps of critical reflection, intention and auto-suggestion so that I not only encourage myself to become lucid, but use these as a way of incubating my desired dream theme.
  • Use visual aids - such as photographs relating to my dream incubation theme - as well as immersing myself in material relevant to my dream incubation during my waking hours. I will also keep the written prompt for my dream incubation under my pillow and make sure I read it before going to sleep each night.
  • Where possible, I will perform the Wake-Back-to-Bed method.
  • Incorporate my chosen dream theme in both my daily reality checks (15 - 20 per day) by thinking clearly and positively about my incubated dream theme after each reality check.
  • Train myself to spot dreamsigns when reflecting on my Dream Journal entries each day following a dream - then hopefully, if my dream incubation is successful, recognising the dreamsigns within the dream (i.e. meeting a dead celebrity would be a dreamsign in the context of this experiment) and reality checking will trigger me to become lucid.
  • Meditate on my incubated dream theme for at least 10 minutes before sleep and perform specific affirmations alongside the normal MILD Technique/Tholey's Combined Technique ones ('I will lucid dream about [incubated dream theme] tonight, and I will remember it') - this should also encourage successful dream recall.
  • Use Dream Visualisation before sleep - using my previous dreams based on the incubated dream theme as inspiration.
  • 100 - 150 mg of 'lucid dream supplement' Vitamin B6 (2/3 x 50 mg pills)

I have had some successful and unsuccessful previous dream incubation experiments, which you may like to read:

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