Transcendental consciousness wakes up in dreaming and deep sleep

Lynne I. Mason, David Orme-Johnson

Abstract


Researchers present evidence in support of a model of consciousness that includes lucid dreaming, witnessing/transcendental consciousness during dreaming and witnessing/transcendental consciousness during deep sleep.  Due to the potential for confusion between subjective reports of lucid dreaming and witnessing dreaming or witnessing sleep the authors suggest researchers screen for them all.  The authors review electrophysiological findings in the night sleep of subjects reporting a peaceful inner awareness- witnessing/transcendental consciousness during dreaming and deep sleep and the implications for lucid dreaming research. Findings included EEG tracings of theta alpha (7-9 Hz) simultaneously with delta during deep sleep stages 3 and 4, decreased chin EMG, and highly significant increased theta2 and alpha1 relative power during stage 3 and 4 sleep as compared to controls. The authors discuss alpha synchrony during witnessing deep sleep and gamma during lucid dreaming.

Keywords


consciousness; lucid dreaming; witnessing; transcendental meditation; transcendental consciousness; higher states of consciousness; cosmic consciousness; meditation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2010.1.595