One of my objectives for starting up Soul Hiker was to reach out to others to share, learn and exchange insights on life, personal development and spiritual growth. A few months down the road, I look back and feel totally exhilarated to see how well I am reaching those objectives and how fast the blog is growing!! Thanks to all of you!

Now I feel that Soul Hiker can give that little extra more if others join in and contribute with further insightful and helpful articles. More interesting content means more sharing, more learning and more knowledge exchange hence better fulfillment of my objectives.

So if you have an interesting article to share you can submit it as a guest post at Soul Hiker. Use the contact page here.

What you get:

Soul Hiker is growing fast and is attracting a very sophisticated and discerning readership in the area of personal development.

  • You get a backlink to your site from a PR3 site (Expected to grow to PR4 or 5 by end of 2010)

  • A short bio about yourself at the end of the post

  • A permanent link and Bio on the contributors’ page if you want to contribute regularly

What I get:

  • More good quality content to share, learn and exchange

  • More free time, more happiness, more motivation 🙂

Guidelines for Guest Posts:

1. The guest post must be related to the general theme of the blog – ex. Personal development, mind & consciousness, inner transformation, philosophy, spirituality, etc

2. The post must be at least 600 words long & in the English language


3. No self-promotion, offensive language, political or religious intolerance shall be accepted.

4. The article should be checked as many times as possible by the submitter for spelling & grammar mistakes before submitting.

5. Keep the structure clean as possible with subheading or lists

6. Pictures related to the article are appreciated. Please use photos under creative commons license only (check Flickr or other photo sharing sites for this feature)

7. Tell me something about yourself and your blog (if applicable)

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  1. Kerry McGlone

    Many people are unaware of exactly what sleep is, and the many stages of sleep that occur in the healthy cycle of sleep a person endures of a night time. Let me tell now: the theory behind sleep is very interesting, and essential knowledge for someone who wants to have a lucid dream. It will allow you to develop a stronger foundation of lucid dreaming, and will allow you to have a greater comprehension of the theories behind lucid dreaming. The standard person will experience five stages of sleep each night. Presuming you’re a typical person – then I am referring to you! These stages are harmless and should help you understand exactly what happens of a night time. Firstly, you should know that it takes approximately 90 minutes to pass through all five stages of sleep. According to my mathematics, if a typical person has roughly 8 hours of sleep, then they should also experience five cycles of sleep.

    That being said, not everyone will experience the same sleeping pattern. In fact, each individual will have a varied sleeping pattern to correlate many factors of their body, such as weight, health, etc. and hence it is not uncommon for people to sleep longer or have longer dreams than other people. It simply depends on the circumstances of the person. Going back to what was being said; there are five main stages a person will go through as they sleep.

    Let’s explain this more thoroughly, shall we?

    The First Stage: Light Sleeping

    So you’ve made it to the first stage. Stage one of sleep is considered to be the transition from being awake and being asleep. This stage is when you’re sleeping, but are extremely sensitive and can be easily awoken. You know when the television is going, and you dream about what you hear? This is exactly the stage you’re in. As a result, you may experience some mild twitching and jerking which will make you vulnerable to waking up. You can have hypnagogic hallucinations (hallucinations right before you sleep); you may see patterns and other peaceful things put your mind at ease as you progress to the next stage of sleep. This stage of sleep will last roughly 5-10 minutes, and if awoken, it might be reported that no sleep actually occurred – which is technically a lie! If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will!

    The Second Stage: Heavier Sleeping!

    Convenient, huh? This stage may sound obvious, but there’s more detail to come. This stage is where you begin to lose all your muscle tone, and therefore your body enters a paralysis stage in order for you to not act out your dreams. Who wants to be a victim of a serious nightmare you’re having? Not me! In addition, you will spend roughly half of your time in this sleeping stage, and you will not dream throughout. This also means your brainwaves have become far slower than before, however, sudden bursts of higher brainwave activity may occur which can wake you up unexpectedly. This stage of sleep will last approximately 20 minutes.

    The Third Stage: Slow Wave Sleep

    You are now entering into a deeper sleeping stage. This is also known as a Slow Wave Sleep stage. If you are awoken from this stage of sleep, you can expect to become slightly confused, and feel dim-witted for several minutes. Let’s face it – we’ve all experienced this! Additionally, your brainwaves have inclined to the lowest frequency you’ll experience of the five stages of sleep. This means those in this stage of sleep will be less likely to wake up to any noise that occurs. That being said, this stage is once again a dreamless stage, but is prone to when sleepwalking will occur.

    The Fourth Stage: Deepest Slow Wave Sleep

    Stage four is considered to be the deepest of Slow Wave Sleep you will experience throughout the five stages of sleep. This stage will restore your energy in both physical and mental senses. Have you experienced a lot of stress and exhausted as a result? This is where stage four of sleep comes in handy. If you aren’t in this stage for a long period of time, then as you wake up, your body will not feel refreshed and you may remain tired throughout the upcoming day. This is why it is crucial to acquire a healthy and consistent sleeping pattern of a night time. This stage of sleep can last up to 30 minutes.

    The Fifth Stage: REM Sleep

    We have finally reached the dreaming stage of sleep! The most exciting part of sleep – the part we all look forward to before we go to sleep. Firstly, it should be mentioned that REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement, and is the stage where you will now experience dreaming, and is where you have emerged from the deeper stages of sleeping. The good thing about this stage of sleeping is that if you are awoken for some reason, you will return to this stage if you return to sleep. Not only does this stage of sleep result in having dreams, but it is also important as it’s healthy for the brain and creates an enhanced ability to develop a long-term memory processor. And most importantly – this stage of sleeping is where you will experience your lucid dreams!

    In conclusion, the average person will experience five cycles as they sleep at night. That means you; your friends; your family, etc. will all go through these stages, whether they like it or not. We all enter into a light sleeping stage and experience the REM stage of sleep. Unfortunately, the REM stage is remarkably short initially, however will increase as you progress in terms of your number of cycles of sleep (the typical person will endure five cycles), and can last up to one hour or more! Tonight, when you find yourself off to bed, think about these sleep cycles intently. Not only are they interesting, but the whole time you are physically unable to move which is a very interesting (but safe) thought.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for
    your next post thanks once again.

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