I read, with interest, Tom COSM's account of a lucid dreaming experience that he had last night. Lucid dreaming is something I always had an interest in... I even investigated building a lucid dreaming machine at one point, but I'm not sure how effective it would be as I very rarely remember dreams now. It still annoys me but for some reason, around 2000/2001, I gradually lost the ability to remember dreams like I used to. Before that my dreams were always very vivid but now I'm lucky if I can even remember a segment in a kind of fuzzy cloudy "low-definition" memory.
What gives me hope though is something that happened to me just over a year ago. I was doing some experiments on my mind (as you do). I have always had quite a hyperactive imagination before falling asleep. It's not quite hypnagogia as I don't hallucinate, but I do get a lot of random imagery in my mind. They just pop into my head by their own, like hyperactive bunnies. It's a bit like my brain is flipping through tv channels. Anyway, I decided I'd just try take account of what I was "seeing", just to mentally make a comment on everything that was going on. Then I got the thought, would it be possible to catch myself falling asleep. It didn't work the first night, but the second proved quite interesting.
All I did the following night, was to repeatedly question myself, "Am I awake?". It went on for a few minutes, and then... then came "the great red cliff". A menacing blade of a crimson diviing the blackness above from the blackness below. The image only lasted a second, I watched myself leaping from it into the blackness, and that was it, I was gone; asleep, but aware of what had just had happened. Anyway, that's the closest I've ever gotten to lucid dreaming. I guess it means I could easily lucid dream if I tried but I really have to start sleeping properly first. I pretty much stay awake until exhaustion every night so I rarely get time to think between sleeping and the time my head hits the pillow.
Oh I almost forgot, I've had great success with achieving hallucinations and profound thoughts, from my experimenting with left hand path mastrubation magick, but I'll save that for another post :)