Fast Flashing Hypnopompic Dream Still Images

This is experience is something I can do during the day… It’s a light meditation phase i can enter, which prompts it to begin. It’s difficult to maintain because i do get slightly dizzy and eventually nauseous, and my vision is blurry when I open my eyes again.

This is something that I’m currently exploring majorly with some other people. Although it is not the same as partial awareness due to dream transition, it has the same tune. If I find anything out about this that may shed some light on what it actually is, I’ll be sure to contribute.

I’d like to add that this isn’t something that works all the time. Some days I’m able to, other times it doesn’t work. The images are not vivid at all. It’s as if looking at object, places, or even people in a dark room, with light yellow/white auras outlining most of what I’m seeing. Every once in a while I can capture an image and remember it, but it happens too quickly to recall most of them.

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I made a post about this recently, I think I had the exact same thing! Although, this occurd as I was attempting WILD before bed. It was as if I was scrolling sideways along an image database extremely fast, although it felt as if these were still images from memories that i’ve had because they all seemed to register in my mind, like a sense of “knowing” them.

I have a really good theory about this. If anyone has these dreams with fast flashing images, we need to talk. If we are looking on this forum already, then we probably know how to have lucid dreams.

Please give me an email, I really think I know what’s going on here, but I need more similar stories. As for myself, I have had this happen to me twice.

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How about sharing your theory here? That’s what this forum and this thread are for :razz:

I have a theory about this also. I have experienced these quick flash card images upon waking out of a dream state a few times. Different from a mind image- it’s a real physical image. These flash images about as fast as a movie projector and seemingly slow down until each image is within just a few per second and just fade away. I can’t make out these images and I don’t recal feelings. Mostly blurry outline in black and white and grey. But I do see them within a “flash card” style with edges. I can barely make out but each flash card has a completely different blurry image then the one previous. Indicating that each image is totally different from the other. So what I suggest is… that I am experiencing consciously what is occurring in my subconscious. I think dreams may be a series of fast moving frames. Each frame being individual and out of succession or sync with the previous. No two images alike. If this happens while dreaming then what we must be experiencing is split secound visuals that seem to last munites or sometimes hours. Each image is a story all by itself.
Well I tried to explain my theory best I could- I would enjoy some feedback.

I have been experiencing this for many years, and have wondered about it. For me it happens like this; I am aware of myself dreaming and it seems like I am out of body, when I “re-enter” I get the flashing images. They are very fast and look like the still frames of a movie. Every time I’ve had this happen it feels like I am coming back into my body. At the end of the “movie” reel I am instantly wide awake. It is like being thrown back down.
My theory is; I am either downloading or up loading information while dreaming. It is like I get a “glimps” of the process, a peak behind the curtain. Because I am aware and am coming “back down” the information has to be accelerated to be completed.

:woo: Son of a seabiscuit. I deleted my whole message accidentally.
I’ve been dreaming the same way others are talking about for years. My dreams can often seem to be in another time, in the past, and often not my own past but seemingly someone else’s.

My most recent dream was of an ocean side place that seemed similar to a peninsula where two oceans met. It didn’t even seem Earth-like to me. I’ve never been to a place like this. It wasn’t an island, but the housing seemed more like San Francisco which I’ve never been to but am using what I’ve seen on tv as a reference. It also seemed like a different physical time than I am in now, and I don’t think I was even looking through my own eyes as I was there.

Upon becoming more conscious, the fast images started but were gray in color and had lines and such, for what I could make out. The best explanation I’ve come to is climbing a lighthouse staircase backward, or seeing it that way. I was standing still, but the images coming to me were flashing from right to left and seemed similar to stairs and lines that I would equate to a room or seeing the traveling in reverse if that would be possible. So hard to explain, but this is what it felt like or looked like. I’m always wishing that the images would slow down so I could make them out properly. I want to see them and feel agitated that they are moving so fast.

As I’m waking, I feel very groggy and tired and can’t seem to get fully awake. I often wake this way, but the fast images are more rare than the dreams of another time/location. I feel tired a lot and seem to need a lot more sleep/rest (often feeling that I’ve been conscious all night long). My dreams have been very vivid and real to me even as a child, but these fast images are something that I’ve only remembered for the past four years or so. They make me very curious as well as where my dreams take me (wars, houses I’ve never been in before, seeing through a man’s eyes, etc.).

I’m not lucidly dreaming on purpose, but I’m thinking I need to do some more research on this.

Yeah, I remember this phenomena from some time ago. Almost like a blurring, staccato-fast slide show of still dream images/pictures. This underlying agitation or flickering sensation in my mind seemed to be a part of if, as I remember. Over time, it seems to have slowed and settled down, where I can hone in on one image at least long enough to see what’s what…and sometimes be able see the image unfreeze and start to move, like a small movie clip…and then, other times be able to go into the moving dream scene, briefly, and act upon it…and then, more rarely, other times be able to go fully into a WILD as I step into the dream scene completely.

All this to say, yeah…I’ve been there. And that, for someone who has had some kind underlying mental agitation/disruption for most of my life making things like meditation or slowing down the streaming, chaotic dream images enough to enjoy them seem impossible, it is possible. It just takes time and persistence. I remember hearing or reading something someone said or wrote one time which went something like “Nothing can stand in the face of persistence”. It made an impact on me, given what I have to work with. I’m your classic hard-case. I’m all over the place, mentally…ADD if your looking for a medical classification. I can barely focus on what someone else is saying to me for even a few seconds at a time, much less focus on something like meditation for any reasonable stretch or the intent to have an LD. But, I’ve made progress! I guess what I’m saying is that, if I can do it…hell, ANYone can :happy:

I experimented this too! :exclamation::no_mouth:

Sometimes, (the last time was like~ 1 week ago!) Im able to see a very fast slide show of still images (about 5/sec) when im awakening from a dream.

But they’re quite random & that’s why I have problems remembering them when I wake up (I use associative memory as a method of dream recalling), since I can only remember one or two and I can’t relate them to all the others when trying to write them in my dream journal.

Now I think that it really sounds like a common thing amongst people! :grinning:

I joined just because I had the exact description of this. Even down to the grogginess and headaches. Has anyone had any updates? I thought it was an acute seizure of some kind. It’s actually quite painful for me when it happens so I’m really not interested in discovering the “meaning†behind these images. It feels like these are random pictures being ripped from my brain as a small electrical impulse jumps around my memory. I didn’t understand what M.E. is, can anyone update with their thoughts?

I woke up this morning to this phenomenon that happened to me in the past. I think it might happen every morning when I wake up because this morning I noticed it but decided to pay attention to the images because I was very tired.
I focused my attention to the slideshow like photographs that were running from right to left in my minds eye. I related to the post from Cosmic Clair, I too have found the information for awakening and working on this daily. This information for me being, Wayne Dyer, positive head podcast, Abraham Hicks, Alan Watts, Buddhism style thought. I have the information I need but find myself not actually studying it and being comfortable in my old way of thought. I think this information might be associated with this phenomenon. I see color photographs in square picture form of events, people, people in motion. As if looking through photographs from a magazines archives. The images are running left to right. Flashing just long enough to barely see and then move on. I have often naturally came up with the word download for the experience. It feels to me like a download of past or future events that have happened. The images are neutral. Not sad, happy, mad, etc., just could be as simple as a woman handing a red ballon to a child, next image a doorway with a turquoise door, next and old man smiling while eating icecream., the images all seem to be a scene or pleasant human experience.
I don’t know what it is., I think I’m experiencing all the lives I have lived or all lives lived.
Anyone with help on how to understand this or if there is something I’m supposed to be doing with it? Please comment

I notice this from time to time when I wake up. Rapid flashing images, for me they are geometric in nature, sometimes a bit more realistic, looked like outline art. For me they flash in place. They exchange so fast that I can’t remember them. Usually I want to shake them off, I am a bit alarmed of them. I had them this morning, next time I’ll try to hold some of these in my mind.

Ahh,I’ve been wondering if others experience this too!! I began a few searches but never really found much, and I’m kind of unsure how to even search properly for it.

For me, it happens as I’m laying still, slowly waking up and usually when I still feel fairly sleepy before fully waking up. A series of flashing images, more like bright lights really, in such fast succession and mostly in geometric forms, various colours.
Sometimes, though, it’s just one bright flash that peaks in brightness before disappearing.

I’ve noticed something distinct about the experience though: once it’s done, I’m 100% fully aware and alert. It almost feels like the full stop at the end of my sleeping/dreaming journey, kind of similar to the way a shamanic drum journey ends with a faster, more intense rhythm (which, without fail, brings one back to a fully awake state). It’s not ever really linked to the end of a dream, not even the dream state, but more so the end of a sleepy state.

[center][/center]I’ve had this happening for the past couple of weeks now. Just a fast flashing of still images that i can’t find a special meaning to. I will point out though that they only happen when i meditate before bed. I have no idea if that has anything to do with it. Its usually at the end where i am completely aware that im within a dream. Now i don’t know if anyone has experienced a feeling of being lifted up or feeling this warmth or seeing this bright light before this all occurs. For example today the light happened twice until on the final try it took me to go and see these images. I don’t know if im unconsciously controlling it? But i’d love to hear your thoughts!

I am new to this forum but am interested to hear your theory. How exactly can I email you? Or are you able to email me?

spowelson, the post that you quoted is 6 years old. The poster only made one post and disappeared.

Upon waking, before being fully awake, I am aware of a “slideshow”. It used to run left to right, geometric shapes and symbols that I don’t recognize. Then it started to evolve into a 3D presentation of layers of shapes and movement, I could feel myself moving and being swept along. Then the shapes and images started to become scary somehow. I can’t even describe what I saw and felt, it was like nothing I have ever experienced or saw. It started to become frightening, so I asked my higher self to stop showing me these things and then they stopped. I am aware of ascension and I believe this to be an ascension symptom

This phenomena has been happening to me, too - ever since my father passed away (Oct 2017). One thing I have been able to do that I haven’t seen anyone post yet: I have been able to TALK to the image.

For example, one of the images was a still of 2 women. I told the still to “stop.” It stopped. Then I said “Hello.” One of the women in the image “came to life” and said “Hello” back! I woke up in terror, shivering, had to catch my breath. It was so scary!

Anyone else experience this? Please email me at I am writing a short story that will be using this experience as one of the main plot elements.


As I awake i see images flashing in my mind so quick I cannot recognize them. It feels like electric in some way. I find it upsetting like i am having a seizure. It frightens me and my mind stays foggy for sometime after waking.

It happened to ne just 2hours ago and i woke up breathing heavily. When i checked the clock i was only asleep for like 10 or 15 mins. I saw flashes of pics its fast but ive seen all i even saw a name and a number and a pic of a lady i never met before. Before iit happened i remember feeling something heavy on top of me then it started flashing like im trying to recognize it but i dont understand and even the handwritings are weird.