How many times have you awoken to recall a particularly vivd dream, and wondered why you acted in it the way you did in it? Instinct? suppressed desire? Your bad side playing out its fantasies? Or perhaps you’ve had a nightmare and wished you could have assumed control and avoided that falling, falling, falling to wake with a start?
Well there’s a product on the market that may be able to make you a dreamweaver. To realise you are dreaming within a dream, and take over the action. Imagine no longer being a puppet dancing in a dream to the erratic tunes played by your untamed mind?
The Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask is worn like a regular sleep mask, but it has built-in LEDs that flash in a series of patterns. The concept is that the sleeper recognizes the lights as visual anomalies, and they trigger consciousness within the dream. He or she realizesthey are sleeping, and then takes control of the dream.
The mask can be programmed to suit your sleep pattern. The LED sequences and the delay before the lights begin will be customizable through a Web site. There’s also a dimmer control so the LEDs don’t wake you up by blaring through your eyelids. Consequently, whether you be a heavy or light sleeper, and whether you start snoring in a deep sleep once your head hits the sack, or you toss and turn for an hour before enetering a light doze, the mask can be tweaked to work for you. Imagine a sort of Google Glasses for night-time.
There have been previous masks that work on the same principle- for example, the REM-Dreamer (around $190), but the Remee is half that price.
I haven’t tried the mask, but I have occasionally been able to exercise some control over a dream’s direction, and resume a dream after a short waking spell, so perhaps the Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask will work for me.
The Remee promotional video shows interviews with various people talking about their lucid-dreaming ambitions. It seems everyone wants to fly. I still think that in dreams and in reality, we are land-based bipeds, so flapping about in a dream is likely to end up with an Icarus-sized stain on the concrete, and a sweaty pillow!
Obviously there’s no cast-iron guarantees that it will work with you. And if it does, it will take some time to learn how to control it and you on the B-side of consciousness. It should be available this Summer.
The intriguing thought for me was whether you could connect two masks together and lie side by side with your dream partner and see if you can meet up in a dream. But some may say they see enough of their partners in the daytime, and much prefer to roam free and uninhibited and alone, in the land of Nod.
Another thought is what happens if you find a Remee Lucid Mask in your dream, and put it on….
I leave you with the words of Edgar Allen Poe: “All that we see or seem, is but a dream withing a dream” ….Sleep tight!