hypnogogic state

Related to hypnogogic state: Hypnagogic hallucinations, Hypnagogic imagery

hypnogogic state

A state between waking and sleeping or vice versa, often characterized by hallucinatory images.
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I believe that, when I'm on the verge of fainting, the patch(es) of maze-or computer chip-like grid pattern that invade/s my inner mental imagery is in fact the abstract pixel board or canvas that all visualisation is built upon, only visible in that hypnogogic state.
Whereas the "standard ganzfeld" places the participant in a relaxed hypnogogic state that is designed to facilitate spontaneous internally generated imagery, our own IVR system places the participant in an increased state of arousal and sensory alertness and is based on external, stimulus-influenced imagery.
But Atsuko's lab is thrown into uproar when one of the four prototype DC-Minis goes missing and someone starts using it to invade Atsuko's colleagues' minds, planting a dream so powerful the victim falls into a permanent hypnogogic state in which he or she is still capable of walking around zombie-like and spouting nonsense.
Finally, even though Dali, who rested his chin upon a spoon in order to wake himself from a hypnogogic state (Mavromatis, 19 87), Edison, who claimed to hold two steel balls in his hand which woke him from his hypnogogic state (Mavromatis, 1987), and Freud, who used his dreams to develop a model of the mind (Freud, 1900/1976), all used their mental images in extraordinarily creative ways, the actual images themselves did not differ in extraordinary ways.
The use of hypnosis or hypnogogic states in pain reduction is quite prolific.