In the episode "In Your Dreams" we see Merrill using one of her powers Dream Sliding, a unique gift of penetrating someones mind while they are sleeping.At the end we are left in a dilemma did someone follow Drew and Merrill when they slid into Sherry's dream, who followed them and why? Could this have been malicious planning or just mischief?And could this have contributed later to the death of Sherry?
Dream walking or dream walking is a form of psychic projection where you leave the barriers of your mind and travel beyond them while you are asleep. To do this, you must be able to lucid dream at will.
Where you go is only limited only by your own imagination. Just as easily as you were able to form your dreams, you can travel via the astral plane through the earthbound planes of existence and even into the dreams of other sleepers.
Going into another person's dream, without permission is likened to mind rape. While you can manipulate another's dreams as easily as you can in your own lucid dreams, it is important to remember that you are not the one ultimately in charge in another personís dream. Using Dream walking as a weapon puts you at an EXTREME disadvantage and is ill-advised.
The difference between Dream walkers and Astral Travelers is that Dream walkers take a big shortcut into the astral realms. They are asleep. Because of this, Dream walkers don't snap back to consciousness immediately when threatened on the astral.
Typically, when an inexperienced Dream walker is threatened, they will invariably fall deeper into sleep and begin to dream on a more subconscious level. Regaining control after this happens is unlikely without going through the relaxation process all over again.
In a Dream Walk you are projecting yourself psychically. True astral travelers have the full-blown astral vehicle with them that they can pull more energy through on an "as needed" basis. Dream Walkerís have only what they walk in with.
Excerpted from: Psychic Dreamwalking: Explorations at the Edge of Self
Written by: Michelle Belanger
Deeply personal and often inscrutable, dreams nevertheless continue to fascinate us. No matter how surreal the images get, our nightly visions resonate with a profound sense of meaning that lingers always on the edge of understanding.
As compelling as the memory theories of dreaming can seem, they do not account for all dreams. Many dreams seem far too organized and meaningful to simply be stories built up around a data processing function, and certainly not all dreams focus on specific clusters of memory. Some thematic dreams recur again and again among diverse people separated by time as well as distance. Dreams of flying, dreams of being caught naked in public, dreams of falling, and dreams of pursuit are all archetypal dreams that have been reported by sleepers from Kansas to Canton. These dreams seem less involved in processing raw data and more involved in transmitting a message from our subconscious minds to our consciousness. These message dreams give vivid expression to fears and anxieties we have failed to admit to ourselves.
The imagery in these dreams is reviewed in terms of the dreamerís waking life, and cues are sought that reveal the source of undifferentiated anxieties, stress, and tension. Compellingly, the dreams themselves often provide the solution to the problem. This suggests that there is a part of the human mind that knows far more about our waking lives than we can ever consciously realize.
Thomas Alva Edison very consciously harnessed this subconscious effect. Whenever he was stumped about an invention, he would sleep on it, literally. Sitting in his chair, Edison would loosely hold two large ball bearings in his hands. Metal pans were placed strategically beneath him. When he fell deeply enough asleep, his hands would relax their grip on the ball bearings. The balls, in their turn, would drop into the metal pans, causing such a clatter that Edison would snap to full wakefulness. The brief sojourn that this allowed him to take to the realm of dreams almost always yielded some crucial insight to the problem at hand.
Some dreams seem neither concerned with data, messages, or problem-solving. These dreams, vivid and engaging, tell us a story while we sleep. These are the dreams that will cast the dreamer as the main character in his or her own private night-time movie. Filled with romance and high adventure, such story dreams seem to be conjured up for sheer entertainment. Many people have recurring entertainment dreams, experiencing them as if they were night-time serials. Itís not uncommon to dream one vivid installment and then pick up the storyline in a subsequent dream months or even years later.