Book review: the art of lucid dreaming
The Art of Lucid Dreaming: The Pursuit of Conscious Dream Control written by Rebecca Turner is a wonderfully condensed e-book that concerns not just the topic of lucid dreaming, but its complete landscape. To us, it was actually kind of a surprise to discover such a nicely packed and yet still complete bundle amidst the many fuzzy lucid dreaming resources out there. No wonder we rated it with 4 stars.
The downloadable e-book deals with all techniques and additionally provides nice background information on various side topics like sleep and dreaming. Though many sections are technically/procedurally structured, Rebecca walks you through the book in a quite informal and easy-going manner. It contains up-to-date information and not merely scratches the surface of the art but also provides in-depth information that you are most likely not bump into when surfing the web. What caused us to leave out a star, was the occasional promotion of binaural beats and other recommendations on how to induce lucid dreams that might mislead students on their quest to lucidity. That said, to us at least, the e-book is worthy of being published as a real book.
We recommend The Art of Lucid Dreaming: The Pursuit of Conscious Dream Control to students who are eager to get their hands on a complete, yet still detailed, overview of the current state of lucid dreaming practice. It is not a course. Nor does it provide any new techniques that you have not heard of before. It is a handbook. Recommended!
Book review: Sleep paralysis – A Dreamer’s Guide
Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer’s Guide deals extensively with a popular – but to many frightening – phenomenon often related to lucid dreaming, called “sleep paralysis”. Ever felt unable to move or breathe while falling asleep? While also experiencing vivid, immersive and sometimes even disturbing hallucinations? Ryan Hurd’s complete guide into the world of sleep paralysis not only explains the current theories about the origins of SPs, but also gives practical tactics for preventing them from happening again. More interestingly, it provides a transformative view on how SPs could actually be used (rather than resisted) as portals to enter – among others – the lucid dream state.
Though this downloadable e-book (PDF) mentions only a few paragraphs on the topic of lucid dreaming as how to apply sleep paralyses to induce lucid dreams, the e-book primarily concerns with covering the psychological and physiological principles underlying sleep paralyses and accompanying hallucinations. That said, in context of learning lucid dreaming, especially with regard to practicing the WILD technique, there is actually quite a lot to learn about the nature of hypnogogic hallucinations from studying the book as to improve your skill in mastering WILD. There is nothing quite like this.
We recommend Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer’s Guide to students who are either suffering from sleep paralyses themselves or to those who are serious about practicing WILD and feel a need to be fully knowledgeable of any hypnogogic hallucinative side effects to (lucid) dreaming. A great read.
Inception. If you haven’t heard of this recent blockbuster movie yet, you should have. The movie revolves around a guy, Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is specialized in entering someone else’s dream state to steal or implement an idea. Sounds radical? Well, just go and rent the movie: it is an awesome complex high-order storyline, packed with good acting and an epic soundtrack. Though the term “lucid dreaming” is not mentioned in the movie, it is clear that the director (Christopher Nolen) uses lucid dreaming as a vehicle to convey his brilliant story concept. Somewhat disappointing to me however: the movie doesn’t go much further than explaining and demonstrating the depth of lucid dreaming other than allowing a few characters to say that they know that they are dreaming. Only two to three scenes of dream control and some semi-Reality Checks. Still, especially for the second part of the movie, we had a great time watching Inception and enjoyed getting a taste of how Christopher gives an exciting twist to the reality of our dreams.
We recommend Inception to anyone interested in lucid dreaming. Although the movie does not provide any useful (and mostly true) information on lucid dreaming, it sure does inspire you to have lucid dreams. Enjoy!
Book: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
This one, is a must-have. Stephen LaBerge’s Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (1990) deals with the full range of topics you will ever need to know about when starting to become a lucid dreamer. It actually justifies the 5-star rating: it’s complete. Moreover it reads instructional, almost procedural even, like a manual. More than LaBerge’s Lucid Dreaming in 1985 which reads more like a story that Stephen is telling you about. Now, you could prefer Lucid Dreaming over Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming just for this reason. As we do. For example, LD provides a very well written historical view on lucid dreaming, discussing how various induction techniques came into existance. ETWOLD skips this part however and replaced it with a very useful Frequently Asked Questions chapter. This difference between both books clearly advocates their different target audiences. Practically speaking, you would for example get ETWOLD out of your bookshelve just to revisit the MILD or WILD procedure to look it over again while LD would be the number one choice if you would rather like to spend an hour reading about lucid dreaming.
We recommend ETWOLD to any lucid dreamer. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming provides all induction techniques, ample exercises and many chapters about various applications of lucid dreaming. It is the most complete and core resource on lucid dreaming we know of and should really be a part of your lucid dream literature collection. Buy it now!
Book: Lucid Dreaming: The paradox of consciousness during sleep
Lucid dreaming: The paradox of consciousness during sleep is extensive material. It reads like excerpts from scientific articles and is more descriptive than prescriptive in approach to lucid dreaming: defining lucid dreaming, lucid and non-lucid dreams compared, perceptual qualities of dreaming, etc. All interesting topics, but we think they are not all relevant for learning lucid dreaming. This book talks about lucid dreaming rather than “talking” lucid dreaming. That partly justifies our 2-star rating, viewing its usability specifically for novice lucid dreamers. However, we think Green’s & McCreery’s Lucid dreaming is quite useful for university students who are searching for more scientific background on lucid dreaming in general. All chapters are information dense, addressing a wide range of physiological and psychological issues that are quite interesting to read in depth about.
We recommend Lucid dreaming: The paradox of consciousness during sleep to students who are searching for more scientific background information on the characteristics of lucid dreaming and dream control. Not primary learning material for inducing lucid dreams, though.
Book: Lucid dreaming for Beginners
A good one. Lucid dreaming for Beginners is a nicely and personally written piece of material to start learning lucid dreaming right away. Actually, we think it is also a nice accompaniment to more advanced lucid dreamers. We particularly like the structure: every chapter starts with a “in a nutshell” section and ends with a “what’s next” section. We also like all the secundary support Mark provides for improving your chances of becoming lucid (dream buddies, visualizations, healthy sleeping, dream journaling, etc). An idea that we came across while reading is the “Lucid Dreaming Profile” which shows you your potential as a lucid dreamer (…). Why we rated Lucid dreaming for Beginners with 4 stars, is because we found it quite difficult to be able to prioritize and structure all the various tips and tips that are mentioned. In particular Stephen LaBerge’s material clearly surpasses most literature for this very reason: adequately “problematizing” learning lucid dreaming by structuring core issues from secundary ones.
We recommend Lucid dreaming for Beginners not just to beginners. We think it is quite a nice addition to any lucid dreamer’s collection of lucid dream literature for one main reason: the amount of supportive measures for learning and enjoying lucid dreaming.
Book: Creative Dreaming
An interesting supplement to your collection of lucid dreaming, relating to it from a more cultural perspective. Creative dreaming mentions some techniques concerning dream incubation and how to keep a dream journal. For the most part it deals in particular with integrating lucid dreaming in everyday life practices. Patricia refers to the Senoi who practice and more importantly “live” lucid dreaming their whole lives. The book specifically focuses on applications of lucid dreaming in overcoming negatively charged dreams. The advice: confront and conquer danger. We like the summaries at the end of each chapter that list up all things learned from that chapter. Still, it lacks the body to get any lucid dreamer start learning lucid dreaming from scratch. The support it provides is concerned with dream incubation, which is quite elaborate and interesting.
We recommend Creative dreaming to lucid dreamers who are searching for its cultural roots. We believe it is not an essential but certainly an intriguing supplement that shows how lucid dreaming could be part of life.
Book: Lucid dreams in 30 days
It sounds promising and it kind of is. Lucid dreams in 30 days starts by clarifying that it does not guarantee that you will actually have your first lucid dream within that time frame. We agree. This is because it does not adequately deals with the essentials. On the other hand, it is a great accompaniment to your existing collection of lucid dreaming literature. For one, it provides a helpful time-based framework to structure your training. And two, there is very little irrelevant chitchat which we obviously love. Everything is structured and presented in day-by-day overviews and each day is summarized with “dream alerts”. The book is very prescriptive and attempts to guide you through a preset learning program. It provides excellent secundary support, exciting things like acting, scripting and using lucidity symbols to immerse yourself into the art of lucid dreaming.
We recommend Lucid dreaming in 30 days to beginners. Although it does not provide the core techniques to induce lucid dreams, it provides excellent methods for making a great start.
Book: Advanced lucid dreaming: The power of supplements
Advanced lucid dreaming: The power of supplements deals mainly with the biochemical foundations of sleeping, dreaming and lucid dreaming. It aims to support lucid dreaming by promoting supplements for inducing lucid dreaming (after a big medical disclaimer). Lucidipedia does not promote supplements for inducing lucid dreams. We love the sport of growing critical awareness to attain lucidity by raw mental effort. Still, Yuschak presents very in-depth physiological approach in order to explain the supplements he recommends. It reads practical, almost technical and provides ample graphs and neurochemical formulas to describe which neurotransmitters foster which dream functions (vividness, dream length, dream control, etc). Make sure though that the title has nothing to do with ‘advanced’ induction techniques or applications of lucid dreaming: here, it’s all about biochemics.
We recommend Advanced lucid dreaming: The power of supplements to any lucid dreamer who is interested in the biochemical basis of dreaming and lucid dreaming.
Book: Lucid dreaming: The power of being awake & aware in your dreams
This is a no-brainer. If you can still get your hands on it, buy it. Original old-school literature and honestly our favorite. In Lucid dreaming Stephen provides an overall view on lucid dreaming from beginning to end. Although WILD is not mentioned as “WILD” yet (but is described), all techniques from dream recall to MILD are adequately described and related to one another. A chapter is dedicated on the history of lucid dreaming and how all techniques and methods for inducing lucid dreams came into existance. It is one of the most well-written pieces of material we have got our hands on: well structured, properly paced (almost relaxed in a way) and spot on. Stephen talks about sleep stages, physiological basis and function of dreaming (and lucid dreaming), motivation and expectation, and much more. The only thing that Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming did better, was providing exercises in the application chapters. In Lucid dreaming this is somewhat lacking which results in a bit too much talk about lucid dreaming rather than “talking” lucid dreaming.
We recommend Stephen’s Lucid dreaming to anyone. Get it right away.
Book: Out of Body experiences: How to have them and what to expect
In Out of Body experiences: How to have them and what to expect Robert tells about his OBEs and teaches you how to have them too. We have been searching for literature on Out-of-body experiences that provides step-by-step descriptions of how to induce them. Many books merely tell about OBEs rather than helping the reader to experience one or two themselves. In this respect, Robert does a fine job. The book reads easy and deals with a number of related topics such as lucid dreaming. Be sure to understand that OBEs have not yet been directly linked to lucid dreaming. You don’t have to know anything about OBEs in order to learn lucid dreaming. For many, it is just another (related) field of interest.
We recommend Robert’s Out of Body experiences: How to have them and what to expect to learners who want to know what OBEs are all about and how to induce them. Note: not necessary learning material.
Book: The conscious exploration of dreaming: Discovering how we create and control our dreams
Essential learning material for advanced lucid dreamers. The conscious exploration of dreaming deals with guidelines and insights on dream control. No induction techniques here. A much more thorough investigation on the topic than Stephen LaBerge’s material. Chapters include degrees of lucidity, self-control, the role of thoughts and emotions while being lucid, etc. The book earns a 4-star rating because it does not provide any support to help the reader structure all the methods that are mentioned throughout the book. Although the authors provide a lot of information, only a little is directly applicable in step-by-step structured support. Still, because the book is mainly concerned with dream control (elaborated with ample personal dream accounts of the authors), the most part of all this information will probably be completely new to the reader.
We recommend The conscious exploration of dreaming: Discovering how we create and control our dreams to advanced lucid dreamers who are looking for techniques that enable them to boost their lucid dream adventures up to the next level. Buy!
Book: An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming
An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming is not essential learning material for lucid dreaming. However, it is the best of the best concerning the psychology of dreaming. Providing an excellent conceptual structure: ending each chapter by referring back to the three main aspects of dream psychology: dream formulation, function and interpretation. A history of dream interpretation is provided concerning all traditional and modern forms of psychology, clinical theories on dreaming, physiology of dreaming and what that might tell us about the function of dreams, and even a short paragraph on lucid dreaming. All information is based on scientific research and very well-written. Unlike we expected, it reads very easy while addressing all sections in full-depth.
We recommend An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming to any lucid dreamer who likes to analyze and validate his (lucid) dream accounts in more depth and from a wider range of psychological avenues. A very enjoyable piece to add to your collection of (lucid) dreaming material.
Book: Carlos Castanada: The Art of Dreaming
We had heard of Castaneda’s book on lucid dreaming for a long time even before Lucidipedia was created. Many lucid dreamers (even movies) still refer to the book when addressing “looking at your hands” for becoming lucid. Well, to be quite honest, we have read Carlos Castanada: The Art of Dreaming twice to make sure, but this is one of the least useful books you can buy on lucid dreaming. First of all, it is a story about Don Juan who meets a teacher that tells him about dreaming. Secondly, it offers no grounded techniques whatsoever other than talking about “energy bodies”, “gates of dreaming” and “looking at your hands”. The latter would be the most interesting technique as one of the many Reality Check procedures that are around today. But from our range of knowledge and insight on lucid dreaming, even ‘looking at your hands’ would be a second rate RC because it is not grounded on any physiological underpinnings of dreaming (i.e. reading a bit of text and re-checking to see if it is changed). The book is more entertaining than useful.
We recommend Carlos Castanada: The Art of Dreaming to any lucid dreamer who likes to read a bedtime story about dreaming.
Book: Lucid dreaming: A concise guide to awakening in your dreams and in your life
Stephen LaBerge’s latest edition of Lucid dreaming: A concise guide to awakening in your dreams and in your life is a nice synthesis of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and Lucid dreaming from 1985. As the title tells you, it is really a ‘concise guide’ rather than an elaboration on the “world” of lucid dreaming. We think that this is the very reason why you should buy it. It provides all core techniques, with ample exercises across many different topics like nightmares, self-integration and other dream adventures. It even includes an audio-cd. This cd is nice, but a little bit too mystical and spiritual in nature (trance inductions, and stephen’s voice strikes as being too spooky at certain moments during the recording). The same goes for the design of the book itself. Because lucid dreaming is often associated to mystical practices, we prefer the more down-to-earth representation that Stephen LaBerge’s first editions eminated. Then again, all chapters are all well-structured, very well-written and most of all: concise.
We recommend Lucid dreaming: A concise guide to awakening in your dreams and in your life to any lucid dreamer. Get it now!
Movie: The Matrix
Amazon.com: In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel and mentor Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.
We recommend The Matrix to any lucid dreamer who likes to combine the genres of action and philosophy into one top rated movie. Although the movie is concerned with “overthrowing” a computer simulation, the whole story (and journey of Neo) is one big metaphor for lucid dreaming. Just as a lucid dreamer, Neo must learn to overcome the boundaries of reality in order to become stronger to confront his enemies. A lot of the scenes in this movie can be translated literally into lucid dream lessons. A must see!
Movie: Vanilla Sky
Amazon.com: Vanilla Sky reunites director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) with uber-playboy Tom Cruise, adds another sexy Cruz (Penelope) and Cameron Diaz for good measure, and delivers a wildly entertaining, bizarre venture into erotic science fiction. Adapted near exactly from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar’s 1997 romantic thriller Open Your Eyes, the film follows David Aames (Cruise) as he falls from his graceful Manhattan perch of inordinate wealth, good looks, and newfound love with Sofia (Cruz) because of severe facial disfigurement in a car accident caused by a suicidal ex-lover (Diaz). What at first promises to be a conventional allegory of redemption via true love is turned on its head as Cruise’s character, reduced to wearing a latex mask and spurned by his friends, wins back his princess only after a miracle of plastic surgery restores his former beauty. A series of plot twists follows as waking life, technological advances, and nightmares flip-flop to dizzying effect and David ultimately comes face to face with his own mortality. Despite a final conceit to some vague morality, the appeal of the film is the wonderfully callous message conveyed by the rest of it (money and physical beauty equal happiness) through an unabashed vanity perfectly embodied by Cruise and Cruz. A delicious, decadent treat.
We recommend Vanilla Sky to lucid dreamers who are interested in the topic of life and lucid dreaming: What is life all about? What is dreaming all about? How can lucid dreams teach us something about happiness and self-actualisation? What does ‘being awake’ truly mean? Although this movie has very little direct content on lucid dreaming (until at the very end of the story), the message that it conveyes is one to remember. Nice one to see with your friends!
Amazon.com: Director David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ is a stew of corporate espionage, virtual reality gaming, and thriller elements, marinated in Cronenberg’s favorite Crock-Pot juices of technology, physiology, and sexual metaphor. Jennifer Jason Leigh is game designer Allegra Geller, responsible for the new state-of-the-art eXistenZ game system; along with PR newbie Ted Pikul (Jude Law), they take the beta version of the game for a test drive and are immersed in a dangerous alternate reality. The game isn’t quite like PlayStation, though; it’s a latexy pod made from the guts of mutant amphibians and plugs via an umbilical cord directly into the user’s spinal column (through a BioPort). It powers up through the player’s own nervous system and taps into the subconscious; with several players it networks their brains together. Geller and Pikul’s adventures in the game reality uncover more espionage and an antigaming, proreality insurrection. The game world makes it increasingly difficult to discern between reality and the game, either through the game’s perspective or the human’s. More accessible than Crash, eXistenZ is a complicated sci-fi opus, often confusing, and with an ending that leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Fans of Cronenberg’s work will recognize his recurring themes and will eat this up. Others will find its shallow characterizations and near-incomprehensible plot twists a little tedious.
We recommend ExistenZ to lucid dreamers who are interested in the ethics of lucid dreaming: Is there any morality concerned with how you behave as a lucid dreamer in your lucid dreams? Or even as being a lucid dreamer, wanting to escape from reality? This movie provides some very interesting ideas about your identity as a dreamer, about the nature of reality itself and even something about how to guide your dream explorations. All from the metaphor for next-generation gaming.
Movie: Waking Life
Amazon.com: Waking Life is a film that never settles down. Or maybe it never wakes up. Regardless, Richard Linklater’s animated meditation seems to strike a perfect balance between the plotless meanderings of Slacker and the unquenchable knowledge-seeking of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Any way you look at it, this is a weird, original movie. As he attempts to figure out what separates dreams from reality, the protagonist (Dazed and Confused’s Wiley Wiggins) hears an earful from everyone he stumbles upon. Ramblings range from the scholarly (Linklater’s former college professor Robert C. Solomon gives a monologue) to the banal (of which there are plenty). Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh, and Adam Goldberg all get animated cameos, basically playing themselves. The dream-centered dialogues eventually grow mind-numbing, but that’s OK; the animation steals the show. Each frame of the movie, which was first shot with live actors, was painted over, and the process renders a distorted and trippy collage of sights and sounds. Linklater’s film is ultimately quite poignant, but, as with any good journey, you’ll need to sit through some fairly tedious moments before reaching the destination.
We recommend Waking Life to all philospher lucid dreamers who want to learn more about the self-actualization aspects of lucid dreaming (or that of ‘being truely awake’). The main character meets a lot of friends and others who share their ideas on life and reality. One of these guys is actually a lucid dreamer, who tells about reality checks and the applications of lucid dreaming. The rest is heavy material though; you might want to see this one a couple of times to be able to process all of its information.
Movie: The Good Night
IMDB.com: Gary Shaller is at a crossroads in his life: his job is going nowhere, his wife, Dora, drives him crazy, and he passed his thirtieth birthday four years ago. Add to that his best friend Paul seems to become more successful every time he breathes. Gary is feeling depressed and dejected… until he meets Anna. She’s beautiful and smart; she’s sexy and funny. Best of all, she’s crazy about Gary. Anna is the girl of Gary’s dreams…literally. And that’s the problem. Gary can only see Anna in his dream life, so he’s got to find a way to carry on the most satisfying relationship of his life, in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques introduces Gary to some crazy characters who ultimately give him a new perspective on life.
We recommend The Good Night to anyone who is interested in lucid dreaming. Sadly, the only induction technique that is shown is the one of Castaneda’s looking at your hands. The reason why you could watch this one is because it deals with one of the personal applications of lucid dreaming, but still it is only very superficially dealt with. Don’t expect any in-depth scenes about lucid dreaming, fancy special effects of people flying or new techniques to practice. The movie also strikes as being not completely in favor of lucid dreaming. That’s OK if it adequately provides the grand picture of the use and potential of lucid dreaming (as being highly dependent upon the applications that the particular lucid dreamer holds as true and useful), but is does not.
Movie: The Cell
Amazon.com: Schizoid serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has been captured at last, but a neurological seizure has rendered him comatose, and FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughan) has no way to determine the location of Stargher’s latest and still-living victim. To probe the secrets contained in Stargher’s traumatized psyche, the FBI recruits psychologist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez), who has mastered a new technology that allows her to enter the mind of another person. What she finds in Stargher’s head is a theater of the grotesque, which, as envisioned by first-time director Tarsem Singh, is a smorgasbord of the surreal that borrows liberally from the Brothers Quay, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, Hieronymous Bosch, Salvador Dali, and a surplus of other cannibalized sources.
We recommend The Cell to lucid dreamers who are interested in nightmares and overcoming them. During the movie there as some interesting scenes in which Catherine does a technology-supported “WILD” and explores the dream state of the serial killer by flying and calling on dream friends. Be sure though that this a horror movie! Less than half of the movie is spend in the dream world. Lucidity is not explicitly mentioned although obvious in actions and behaviour of Catherine. Still, the movie provides beautiful ideas on dream exploration and confronting fears.
Book: Dreaming while awake
Arnold’s Dreaming while awake is a nice supplement for those lucid dreamers who are interested in the mystical and spiritual side of lucid dreaming. It deals extensively with prescriptions and methods concerning ways to practice “lucid dreaming” as a metaphor of self-actualization (enlightenment) in everyday life. As such, this book has nothing to do with inducing lucid dreams at night. This is somewhat dissappointing, due to the subtitle of the book: ‘techniques for 24-hour lucid dreaming’. We argue for ‘techniques for 16-hour lucid dreaming’ after we have read the book. Although it is helpful to practice grounded exercises in daily life (like Reality Testing) to acquire a reflective attitude towards reality (which might be incorporated by your dreaming mind), we feel that the quest for enlightenment is taking this aim a bit too far. The book actually uses lucid dreaming as a way to teach the reader how to become more aware (i.e., “lucid”) in everyday life; not to become a better lucid dreamer in our context of learning. It relates much to Dream Yoga in this way, but lacks the direct relationship to lucid dreaming. It reads more like a book on enlightenment than one about lucid dreaming.
We recommend Dreaming while awake to advanced lucid dreamers who are interested in transferring their skills of lucid dreaming to increasing their everyday life quality. Especially those who are interested in the domains of Buddhism, Taoism and other related practices are sure to be spoken to. Don’t expect much talk about lucid dreaming (as in our context) though!
Book: Dreaming: A very short introduction
Dreaming written by Allan is a concise and (physically) small booklet that provides all the main scientific findings concerning dreaming. Although Allan is a die-hard dream researcher, his book is readable for almost anyone. While reading we were hesitant to recommend this book just to students, because of this ease of reading, though it deals with complex (scientific) information about the physiological foundations of dreaming that might require some prior knowledge on the subject. Chapters include ‘The visual brain in REM sleep’, ‘How sleep patterns change over our lifetime’, and ‘Data from positron emission tomography (PET)’. It mentions lucid dreaming and other related states of mind. The most fun thing about this book, is how it tells about the discoveries made from REM sleep up to how we learned which biochemical systems govern the brain while we are dreaming. It is complete, in-depth, and supplemented with schematic pictures of the brain. Though it is very interesting material, be sure to know that it is not essential learning material for learning lucid dreaming however.
We recommend Allan’s Dreaming to any lucid dreamers who is curious about how the brain is able to generate such vivid dreams each and every night of our lives. Gain (an even) greater respect of the power of the dreaming mind!
Book: The Tibetan Yogas of dream and sleep
We think this is the best resource on Dream Yoga around. The Tibetan Yogas of dream and sleep deals with ways in how to live a lucid life. In a way that provides hands-on exercises to increase lucid dream frequency. Still, we only marked about five full pages of interesting material, next to the other 200 pages of the book. All these other pages include material on ‘Chakras’, ‘The Energy Body’, ‘Death’, and ‘Karma’ which we did not identify much with and we felt are not very useful. We especially liked the chapters on ‘The Four Foundational Practices’ (core skills to be acquired), ‘The Obstacles’ (like agitation, laxity and distraction), and ‘Developing flexibility while dreaming lucid’. As such, the five pages we liked very much, were actually enough to get the message of the entire book’s philosophy: “Practicing lucid dreaming is to realize that waking life is actually the same as dreaming, that the entirety of normal experience is made up of the mind’s projections”. This message is very true and very helpful. But it can be adequately told in less than 10 pages without mentioning karma, chakras and other mystical jargon.
We recommend The Tibetan Yogas of dream and sleep to advanced lucid dreamers who are interested in delving deeper into the spiritual world of living a lucid life. The book provides nice supplements to the techniques that you might already know about, but does not offer any new “techniques”. Still, it has a very nice approach on how to acquire a reflective attitude towards reality, which (with sufficient practice) could be incorporated by your dreaming mind, resulting into a more ‘lucid’ night life.
Book: Lucid dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self
In Lucid dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert tempts readers to go beyond their ordinary lucid dream experiences by exploring the world of the subconscious inspite of scientific research that is lacking behind in this matter. For this very reason, we recommend Robert’s book to any experienced lucid dreamer who is interested to join in on this pioneering work of lucid dreaming. Although only the appendices of the book provide a (plain) summary of the induction techniques we all know about (MILD, auto-suggestion, etc), the content of the book itself is specifically related to how dream control could be a valuable starting point to explore the spiritual realm of the subconscious. It does not read technical or instructional, rather Robert refers to his own understanding and lucid dreams, including those of others. Though all chapters spring from the vast amount of lucid dream experiences of Robert, the chapters on phenomena like OBEs, precognitive dreams, mutual dreaming, interacting with deceased, etc, are mainly justified on the basis of personal experiences and reasonings. But then again, keeping in mind that the thought that Robert attempts to convey in his book is actually just this; that the lack of scientific findings does not imply that one should be hesitant or not interested to explore the subconscious realm of lucid dreaming. That said, we would have still loved to learn more about how each of Robert’s reasonings and experiences could contribute to or elaborate on past, current and future research on lucid dreaming.
We recommend Lucid dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self to experienced lucid dreamers who are interested in using their dream control skills to delve deeper into the spiritual realm of their lucid dreams. In this respect, Robert’s book is currently the best resource around. The book reads very easy and is adequately supported with a lot of concrete examples of lucid dream experiences that relate to the ideas that Robert puts forth. If you are a student however and are interested in any scientific material on the matter, this book is not for you.