There is a scientific phenomenon called hypnagogia: the state between wakefulness and sleep. For some people, this is entirely a physical experience, and they wake the next morning with no memories of what was flying through their thoughts just before slumber.
For others, this state occurs while they are completely aware of the relationship between mind and body—the hypnagogic state of consciousness in those moments just before the mind begins to dream—and they can feel and sense things that defy our typical, physical, corporeal existence.
Thoughts they wouldn’t normally think and feelings they wouldn’t normally feel are quickened within them as their body and mind coast to a different, almost transcendent, cognizance—a cognizance prized by the world’s most celebrated artists since the dawn of time, as it is within those precious seconds the greatest of human creativity has been reported to unlock. Before I knew what it was called, I referred to it as “the falling.”
I have learned over time that I was of the minority in my circle that experienced this consciousness often. For me, the phenomenon was frequently immediately followed by another I later learned was called the “hypnic jerk”: an involuntary muscle spasm during or after hypnogogia that shocks a person to sudden and full awareness. read more
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