Seeing Faces? How Pareidolia Can Influence Your Lucid Dreams
Or Richard Dawkins in a coffee spot?
This funny quirk of human psychology goes by the quite wonderful sounding name of Pareidolia.
Many great scientists have pondered the origins of the peculiarity. The explanation is evolutionary: being able to discover bodies and predatory faces amid background noise gives you a higher opportunity of surivival.
In the animal kingdom, pattern recognition makes the difference between death and life. And natural selection, as it does, pushes against such a susceptibility to maximum use. After all, it is better to have a false positive (to see a face where there’s none), than a false negative (to wind up as lunch).
With an inclination to seeing patterns and faces in the everyday, nature has imbued us all as the descendants of outstanding facial hallucinators. Even when they are not actually there.
This is a little known fact that we can take advantage of pareidolia as a means to hack on our lucid dreams.
At its heart, the principle is simple: use its natural impetus to move us towards our chosen goal, and choose an established and powerful psychological predisposition, in this instance pareidolia.
I want to show you two strategies to using pareidolia in your lucid dream experiences:
#1. Our dreams could be extremely varied, occasionally we’ll dream of busy city streets with dream characters.
There will, almost surely, be occasions where you’ll wish to socialize with a dream character but there will be none to be found. In these scenarios pareidolia is the ideal means to readily conjure a fresh dream companion.
The option is self evident: search your surroundings for pareidolia- inducing content. This ought to be unbelievably easy, so simple in fact, that you ought to have the ability to do it now.
Look about and hunt for faces in your environment. Good areas to search are: clouds, trees, rock formations, crumpled materials like curtains and carpets, or anything that produces arbitrary patterns. As it’s now while you are conscious, it’s as simple to do in the lucid dream world.
In your lucid dream, give your full attention to it. Really invest your time into seeing this pareidolic face, plus concentrate. Unlike the awakening world, your dream will rapidly start to imbue this phantom-face with more and more detail, until it shall spring into life.
Should you fight, try engaging your pareidolic companion in dialog. This is an effective and surprisingly quick process, which can lead to all manner of fascinating and unexpected results!
#2. Inducing Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD) are among the trickiest of all lucid dreams to induce. They need focus, patience and perfect timing. The best time to try a WILD is during a Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) practice.
Unavoidably, before you enter a full fledged dream, you will first have to wade through the amnesia-inducing maze of hypnagogia (the fleeting half dreams and psychedelic imagery you will see as you fall asleep).
One of the issues into dreaming, with traversing hypnagogia, is the time it takes for hypnagogia to coalesce into a dream surroundings that is stable. Commonly this may take considerably longer than your capability to keep focus and consciousness.
To expedite this process, we can again turn to our pal pareidolia.
As you watch the kaleidoscope of hypnagogia play out before your mind’s eye seek for anything in the imagery that resembles a face or living creature.
Our heads are voracious inside their urge to search for such imagery. This helps with focus, and it will likewise permit you to ride the wave of this natural inclination that is pareidolic.
You will realize that since you’re working in accordance into a solid and full fledged dream, your hypnagogic vision should settle far more rapidly, with a natural instinct. Our minds wish to hallucinate faces. We just need to let them.
As a side effect that is useful, you’ll also find your lucid dream will likely start with a company that is ready made.