Sep 23, 2019
If our reality - and hence our life experiences - are shaped by our perception and limitations of our imagination, then what can our dreams teach us about consciousness and our Selves?
In this episode, we’re talking with Jennifer Dumpert, a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, and consciousness hacker to help us answer this question. She’s the author of the recently released Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep. Jennifer teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming—surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states.
We discuss liminal dreaming as the doorway between waking and dream consciousness, how it differs from other kinds of dream & sleep states, and the healing benefits of liminal dreaming and yoga nidra being applied globally. We also talk about one of my favorite topics - imagination as a faculty of perception (and perhaps the most important one!) and what’s actually happening in the brain and body when we experience common collective experiences such as sleep paralysis, falling sensations and jerking, and “hallucinations.”
Jennifer also dives into oneirogens - what they are, how they work and how to use them, including herbs, sounds, smells, and technology we can use for enhancing dreams, divination, & healing. Jennifer is the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind.
This was such a fun and fascinating interview, and I loved how Jennifer wove tons of practical tools and exercises into her book...
That’s why I’m excited to announce that we’re doing an Instagram giveaway of Jennifer’s book Liminal Dreaming! 3 lucky winners will receive a free copy of her book - go to Instagram @wildlyrooted to find out how to enter (before it ends this week)!
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