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On this site you can find information on the History of Institute for the Development of Dream Research, read the latest Research, check out the Technology  and Testimonials from participants in Virtual Dreaming studies in Australia. You can also check out the Dreamguides, a community organisation already working with the technology.


Virtual Dreaming FAQ

What is virtual dreaming?
Virtual dreaming is a dream that is artificially encouraged to take place within the full awareness of the dreamer. In essence it is no different to a normal dream, except that the conditions for recalling and being aware of the dream are heightened to their maximum potential.

Is it dangerous?
No. Absolutely not. Like sleep, dreaming it a completely natural, positive experience. All our Virtual Dreaming technology does is encourage you to dream. There are no potentially harmful chemicals or drugs, no radiation, nor even any physical trauma. The technology works with the very mild electrical current which is occurring within our bodies on an everyday basis.

What about bad dreams?
The benefits of using Virtual Dreaming is that the dreamer is much more aware and in control of their dreams than is usually the case and so it is a relatively simple matter for the dreamer to take control of their bad dream, or alternatively, simply wake up.

Is it like hypnosis?
In a sense it is like hypnosis, but there is nothing like brainwashing indoctrination involved. Itís a common misconception that hypnosis compel people to do things they donít wish to. This is false. Hypnosis can only be used to help encourage people to do things they are already suggestive to, such as being more outgoing in front of a crowd. And it is essential that they are willing to enter into such a state. Virtual dreaming is the same, it implants a suggestion, what we call Dream Incubation, and only a suggestion. The brain picks up on this suggestion and the dream unfolds on its own.

What can Virtual Dreaming be used be for?
Virtual Dreaming was developed as a therapeutic aid to the healing process, like painkillers, antibiotics and therapy. It is an aid and a viable alternative to many treatments out there. We anticipate it being used to treat a wide range conditions.

How is it Licensed?
The Institute for the Development of Dream Research is a small and independent organization that operates as a hub for the licensing and further development of Virtual Dreaming which is currently licensed out on a case-by-case basis to hospitals and community organizations.

Are any organisations currently working with the technology?
We are currently in trials with a number of organisations. The only organisation working with the technology at the moment is the Dreamguides Community in Sydney and  you can check out their online network at: www.dreamguides.net

Can I get hold of the technology myself?
Our Personal Dream software, turning your PC into a dream unit, will soon be available as a free download. Add your email to the list on the Dreamguides site to be notified of this release.

How do I tell if Iím awake or dreaming?
We teach dreamers a number of methods called Reality Checking, which is exactly what it sounds like. Methods of determining whether or not one is actually dreaming. This can include something mundane like checking the time on your watch to see whether it jumps around to whether or not you actually do have the ability to breathe underwater or fly. The full range of indicators is gone over in detail by qualified staff before any Virtual Dreaming occurs.

Are you sure this isnít a dream?
Yes. The ability to read is almost never found in dreams. So if you are reading this it is unlikely you are dreaming.

Can my dreams be recorded?
Whilst it is theoretically possible to record the amount and type of activity going on in the brain during both normal and virtual dreaming there is no current way to record exactly what is being dreamt any more than it is possible to read someoneís mind. The best we can determine is that a dream is occurring and what sort of Dream Incubation it was based on. Some people like to keep a journal nearby, a Dream-Diary, to record their dreams immediately upon waking. This helps aid in later recall. The usual case when undergoing Virtual Dreaming is that there will be trained staff standing by to assist the dreamer and to discuss anything that occurred while dreaming. Often this is how therapy is integrated with Virtual Dreaming but this differs depending upon the licensee.

Does Virtual Dreaming have any other applications?
Almost certainly. Like any other product, we anticipate in time Virtual Dreaming could be used for any number of things. From recreation to academic training, in much the same way computers have been adapted to all facets of life. However we have chosen to focus our research and resources on the benefits of Virtual Dreaming in relation to therapeutics. Australian, International and US patents pending.

 

On this site you can find information on the History of Institute for the Development of Dream Research, read the latest Research, check out the Technology  and Testimonials from participants in Virtual Dreaming studies in Australia. You can also check out the Dreamguides, a community organisation already working with the technology.

 

Up Research History Technology Testimonials FAQ

This page last updated 17 December 2008

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