Lucid vs. Reality

SLEEP

2017

Sigma Foxx

Why do we dream? When we go to sleep are we visited by another reality? Are dreams simply the subconscious mind sending us a message or are they just fragments of stimuli that we receive in daily life?

For decades, scientists have been trying to understand the dreaming process and why it occurs. Many theories have surfaced, but like the existence of a greater creator, it all comes down to the opposing ideas that either dreams have a significant role or mean nothing at all. With more scientifically disposed individuals, it seams there can never be a happy medium. I can't go into detail about what others think but I know that what is most important is what we choose to do with what life offers us. If we choose to accept the idea that dreams are just a reflection our emotions, its possible that these nighttime stories can reveal your inner most feelings. If we choose to believe that dreams are just a byproduct of brain activity throughout the night and serve no purpose, we could be missing out on a compelling experience that could make a positive impact on our lives. We'll never learn from our subconscious mind. There are many resources out there that can help you understand what a dream you had meant. The next time you have a dream that you can't seem to get out of your head, you should look into it and see what your subliminal self is earnestly trying to report. 

For artist Sigma Foxx, it was the first time he experienced a "lucid" dream that got him really thinking. Enough to inspire a series that perfectly depicts a state of consciousness that not even Wikipedia has much to say about. Sigma Foxx released the self-portrait series, "SLEEP, LUCID, WAKE," when he published his new portfolio site along with many other incredible pieces. If you're unfamiliar with the term "lucid," it was coined by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in 1913 while studying dreams, long after the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote: 'often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.'

LUCID

2017

Sigma Foxx

Like most things that seem to greet the supernatural, skeptics are convinced that individuals would fake a lucid experience because in fact, there is no way to prove it than their say so.  This explains why Sigma Foxx found it natural to create this series as self-portraits. He himself experiences lucid dreams, some more intense than others. Sigma shared the stories of his most intense lucid dreams that sent him through the phases as you see them depicted flawlessly through his artwork. In one dream, he had looked at his phone and saw a text from someone, he looked at his phone again and saw a completely different text. In that moment everything changed and he realized that he was awake. But, he was still in the dream so he got onto a bus where he saw one of his good friends. He greeted his friend, Nnamdi, but it seemed he didn't know who he was. Sigma yelled to his Nnamdi, "don't you know we're dreaming!" and the entire bus, including his friend, looked at him with disgust. Because Sigma was aware, he was sure his friend was dreaming too. Instead, he was met with an uncomfortable feeling and left the bus.

The way the people on this bus reacted to Sigma's outburst is likely how people would react to that situation in the physical world. Many are not open to the ideas that breach our common knowledge of reality. I feel that in order to expand our knowledge of the world and our minds we should explore these experiences and embrace the freedom of a lucid state. A state of consciousness and reality that allows you to be in control but in another world within your mind sounds like a doorway to another dimension. We may not be sure exactly what the lucid state represents yet but for now we should embrace its possibilities and the messages they come with when they occur.

WAKE

2017

Sigma Foxx

Artwork by Sigma Foxx, @sigmafoxx

Written by Monique Hoilett, @alifemag