I could not believe my eyes when, the other day, I noticed that this long out-of-print and much sought-after book is back in print. The few copies that were around were selling for $100 plus. If you have any interest in knowing far more about the experience of inner imagery get this book before it disappears again.
In 1987, Andreas Mavromatis published Hypnagogia: The Unique States of Consciousness Between Wakefulness and Sleep. In 360 pages, he summarized major and minor writings and added his observations on this powerful experience and easiest path to high-quality inner imagery. Although we are a few decades out from that publishing date, the information is still highly relevant since so little discussion of hypnagogia has occurred in the intervening years. Dreams and dreaming have soaked up most of the research and creative studies around inner states.
He splits his research into three helpful categories:
- the phenomenology of hypnagogia (sensory, cognitive, and emotional characteristics)
- hypnagogia compared to other special inner states
- brain function as related to hypnagogia
He spends a bit of time on methods but this is cast in a more general rather than specific way. You will find the how-to-do-it steps here at Fireball Imagery rather than in Mavromatis’s book.
Bottom-Line: Get this book while you can. A must read for those who want to know much more about this inner state.
Where to get it: Note – The following link goes straight to the bookseller and I in no way receive any payment for recommending this book.
Experience Hypnagogia for Yourself
- Tonight, linger with relaxed wakefulness rather than following straight asleep.
- Bring up a memory or some idea you want to explore.
- Relax more until you start to feeling additional ideas, feelings, and imagery is strongly present.
- Hang out in that place and take in the experience.
- Hold a few things you want to remember later by making a clear mental intention that you will remember such-and-such item.
- Fall asleep anytime you want.
- In the morning, recall that which you wanted to remember and contemplate that item.