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Word Nerd: Hypnagogic

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyhypnagogic definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyHypnagogic means of, relating to, or occurring in the period of drowsiness immediately preceding sleep. Hypnagogic derives from the Greek root hypn- (sleep) and -agōgos (inducing). Hypnagogic is also borrowed from the French hypnagogique.

Hypnagogic or a hypnagogic state is a state of half-sleep, that lull between consciousness and unconsciousness where the mind is half-dreaming and half-awake. Hallucinations, lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis can occur when one is in a hypnagogic state. Many a scientist has attributed alien abduction stories to a state of hypnagogia.

entering a hypnagogic state via LaWhimsyHypnagogic, that place that lies between. The space of not quite dreaming, not quite waking. It’s a lull the soul yearns for since it is there it touches upon the essence of true home…scary, bizarre, real or not…it’s for you to decide…

Hypnagogic is a state I am all too familiar with, but in a way it’s a place I find comfort in. I like the weird, otherworldly quality it has. That sweet spot right before I drop off completely, where I feel soft, comfortable, and ready to release my consciousness for a bit. I am utterly in love with the word and state of hypnagogia. How about you?

Namaste ~ Ella

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