By Brian Aherne © 2016
Asking questions (usually out loud) in lucid dreams about ‘Life, the universe & everything’, or even just where exactly you left your lost house keys (D’oh!), is a sure-fire way to access the subconscious mind and to pull information from it!
Incredibly interesting, confusing or just plain weird; the answers when they come, necessarily couched in the symbology of the subconscious mind, aren‘t perhaps always as clear as we would like them to be. And although rather cryptic and difficult to interpret on occasion, now and then the answer is (or gradually becomes) unexpectedly startlingly clear in a manner that literally rocks you to your foundations!
One such example goes back to my early days of WILDing, in which the dream began as an otherwise completely ordinary WILD. Through diligent practice in learning to consciously relax I‘d quickly gotten to the precise place in awareness where the hypnagogia start to appear, watched them changing and morphing for a little while, before finally seizing a nice clear one of what looked like some kind of geometrically designed white disk covered in ancient cuneiform writing, and allowed myself to be pulled right into it… Zing! I was in!
Having already accomplished this entry a few times by now, I deliberately ignored the bodily jolt that accompanies this and instead looked around at what appeared to be a plain dusty orange room devoid of furniture. I had been a regular visitor to this particular room, for here had I initially learned to hone my dreaming skills and also to strike just the right balance between being excited and being calm as an express means of prolonging the experience.
On this particular occasion, I had prepared a short list of questions beforehand to ask out loud that I wanted answers to. I had been watching nature programs on the TV and one of my questions was about the incredibly long annual migration of turtles to their traditional breeding grounds, a journey involving thousands upon thousands of miles. Why do they do it, was what I really wanted to know; why do they travel so very far indeed just to breed? Other animals on land also migrate for various reasons, usually for better food resources and the chance to breed, and they too often cover many hundreds of miles in the process, but turtles actually travel thousands of miles! Why? No one, not even David Attenborough seemed to know the answer! Apparently, it‘s a complete mystery!
Anyway, the dream began, and after adjusting myself to the now fairly familiar surroundings of the dusty orange room, I quickly asked out loud: “Why do turtles travel so very far in their migrations compared to other animals?”
For a few moments nothing happened, no response… I prepared myself to ask the question again as sometimes it takes two or three times to begin to get any answers, but before I could actually voice anything I suddenly found myself looking at what seemed to be an older map of the Earth comprised of a single continent… And then, in open-mouthed amazement, I watched as it broke up into several continents in a slow time lapse.
Turtles, breeding only several hundred miles away originally, gradually being forced to travel farther and farther as these land masses gradually drifted apart over what must have been countless thousands of years. Until by now, these poor turtles are literally travelling several thousand miles each year just to reach their original breeding grounds! I was astounded to say the least!
There were no words to this series of images, just the images themselves that appeared to be self-explanatory. And to this day I still don‘t know if this revelation is actually correct or not, but it certainly was a completely unexpected plus very startling result at the time. One that really made me step back a bit, as in like: whoa!
Brian Aherne is author of: The WILD Way To Lucid Dreaming. Lucid Dreaming On Demand