A dangerous new TikTok trend has Gen Z teenagers and children performing extreme lucid dreaming to escape reality and visit Hogwarts.
“Reality shifting” or just “shifting” is a dangerous new method of escapism that Gen Z kids are using to “visit Hogwarts”. Although it sounds harmless, the side-effects can be dire.
Gen Z are evidently so depressed that they are unable to cope with the modern world and are looking for extreme methods of escapism; this includes self induced forced psychosis.
Although “reality shifting” is considered to be mostly safe (especially when you hear Hogwarts) as the methods used appear to be nothing more than guided sleep meditation with extra steps it is already proving to have very serious side-effects in youths. Gen Z kids who wale up after their lucid dream experience talk about being depressed and wanting to “return” for good.
One method in particular required the person to write out a “reality shifting” script which details their abilities, love interests, and friends in Hogwarts. There are many different templates for people who want different “reality shifting” experiences. Once you have your script ready there are several different methods one can use to “shift”.
Gen Z believe this is real magic.
The biggest problem is that a lot of the kids doing this actually believe that they are temporarily shifting realities and have absolutely no concept of lucid dreaming.
Healthline states: “Lucid dreaming is when you’re conscious during a dream. This typically happens during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the dream-stage of sleep. An estimated 55 percent of people have had one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime. During a lucid dream, you’re aware of your consciousness.”
In other words you are aware that you’re dreaming and can then control your own dream and although it’s generally considered safe, there are some risks for people with mental health disorders.
Self induced psychosis.
What has most people concerned about “reality shifting” is that it has a lot of similarities between Tulpamancy; an ancient Tibetan Buddhist concept adopted by 4chan to self induce psychosis and produce an imaginary friend that seems real to the creator. Both methods require the person two write out detailed scripts about their new realities so that they can manifest in their dreams.
However, to create a Tulpa (a hallucination of an imaginary friend) requires many months of extensive self-hypnosis until it tghe person suffers from a Maladaptive Daydream disorder.
The gen z girlies version of when 4chan bronies taught each other how to give themselves a psychotic break to make pony tulpas https://t.co/clrNabCAMG— I don’t have a foot fetish (@SmokeAndSomno) April 16, 2021
The “reality shifting” method of escapism can be very dangerous to inexperienced youths who suffer from any kind of mental health issues. Not only because it can actually lead to disruptive sleep patterns and disorders but because it can — and most likely will — bring on some kind of psychosis. This is especially true if these Gen Z kids believe this practice is real, which most do.
Side-effects can be fatal.
HappyToWander writes: “Adamant supporters of reality shifting believe that when shifting realities, you are indeed shifting your consciousness to an alternate reality that exists for real, much as our current reality is real.” This view is largely shared by the TikTok community.
Gen Z kids who have already practiced this mode of escapism — or reality shifting — are already showing signs of Avatar Depression syndrome. It’s a syndrome where the person experiencing it is depressed and showing suicidal tendencies because they were forced to experience objective reality after a wonderful and colourful depiction of another world.
“Reality shifting” is ultimately a form of escapism through dissociation for TikTok Gen Z youths. Although it seems harmless it can lead to more mental health issues, depression and even suicide. If you’re kid is practicing this method it is probably best you confront them.