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Lucid dreaming is knowing
that you are dreaming while a dream occurs and being able to consciously
guide its direction.
The Lucidity Institute, Inc. was founded in 1987 by lucid
dreaming researcher Dr. Stephen LaBerge to support research on lucid dreams
and help people learn to use them to enhance their lives. It is a for-profit
On the website of the Lucidity
Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.
This is the seminal
work that first brought lucid dreaming to the attention of the general
public and legitimized it as a valuable field of scientific inquiry.
It is still the best general reference on lucid dreaming and a pleasure
to read. The phenomenon of lucid dreaming is explored from many
angles, beginning with the history of the practice in human cultures.
LaBerge describes the early days of the scientific research and
tells the story of his successful challenge of the established school
of thought in sleep research, which held that awareness while dreaming
was impossible. He discusses many methods of lucid dream induction,
including the way he taught himself to have several lucid dreams
per night. Other topics covered include: contemporary theories of
the function of dreaming "Dreaming, Function, and Meaning,"
applications of lucid dreaming, the relationship of lucid dreaming
to out-of-body and near-death experiences, and the possibility of
using lucid dreaming as a gateway or stepping stone on the path
to spiritual enlightenment.
it from Amazon.
the World of Lucid Dreaming
Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. and Howard Rheingold
A practical guide for
lucid dreamers. The first half of the book establishes a basic understanding
of sleep and dreams, followed by a progressive series of exercises
for developing lucid dreaming skills. These include cataloging "dreamsigns,"
your personal landmarks that tell you when you are dreaming, the
Reflection-Intention and MILD techniques for becoming lucid within
the dream, and methods of falling asleep consciously based on ancient
Tibetan yoga practices. Induction methods are followed by practical
advice on maintaining and guiding lucid dreams. After presenting
the lucid dream induction techniques, Dr. LaBerge explains his understanding
of the origin of dreams, founded on current views in the sciences
of consciousness and cognition. This provides a foundation for the
methods of employing lucid dreams to enhance your life, which are
detailed in the second half of the book. The applications considered
are: adventures and explorations, rehearsal for living, creative
problem solving, overcoming nightmares, healing, and discovery of
expanded awareness and spiritual experience. Many delightful and
illuminating anecdotes from lucid dreamers illustrate the use of
lucid dreams for each application.
it from Amazon.
was published on January 20, 2000.
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