Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life
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What if right now, reading these words, you suddenly realized that you were actually dreaming and that in this domain you could do anything imaginable? That is what it's like to dream lucidly, teaches Stephen LaBerge. With Lucid Dreaming, the author of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (more than 120,000 copies in print; Ballantine, 1991) teaches his simple, tested methods for becoming fully conscious in the dream state. With techniques perfected during LaBerge's 20 years of pioneering research at Stanford University, now anyone can learn to consciously explore and use their dreams for self-discovery, creativity, fantasy fulfillment, emotional healing, and profound spiritual insight. Available for the first time in paperback, this complete mini-course shows you: The fastest and most effective program to awaken in the dream state, How to "re-dream" your nightmares to resolve hidden fears, Ways to use dreamwork for emotional healing, How to use the lucid dream state to more fully awaken in your daytime hours,Features a CD complete with dream induction sessions, exercises, and more.
beginning to sound unnecessarily technical and perhaps of interest only to academics or specialists. Not so. The fact that REM periods get longer and closer together as the night progresses has the greatest practical significance for dreamers: In a night when you get seven hours of sleep, fifty percent of your dreaming time will fall in the last two hours. If you can afford to sleep an extra hour, it will be almost all dreaming time. So if you want to cultivate your dream life, you will have to
impact produced by corresponding actual behaviors. This fits hand in glove with the fact that dreams are normally experienced by the dreamer as fully real, and indeed it is not unusual for dreams (especially when lucid) to seem more real than physical reality itself. This is far from the view prevalent in Western societies, seeing dreams as "airy nothings" devoid of meaning and reality. On the contrary, what we do in dreams (or leave undone) can at times affect us as profoundly as what we do (or
center of action, usually) file:///C|/share/share_topics/LD/(ebook-HTML) Stephen LaBerge - Lucid Dreaming.htm (60 of 164)2/2/2005 11:10:10 PM Lucid Dreaming seems a virtual prerequisite for attaining lucidity. At the same time, a certain degree of detachment seems necessary in order to step back from the dream ego role and say, "This is all a dream." To say this is to observe—with a part of oneself, at least—the dream. So becoming lucid requires the observer's perspective, as well, and the
than speech. Or—since smell is the only sense that does not pass through the relay station in the brain called the thalamus, and thus may not be as inhibited as the other senses during sleep—it may be that scent would function as an especially effective file:///C|/share/share_topics/LD/(ebook-HTML) Stephen LaBerge - Lucid Dreaming.htm (92 of 164)2/2/2005 11:10:10 PM Lucid Dreaming cue. 13 A classic study by Dement and Wolpert examined dream incorporation in several sensory modes. They found
dreaming sleep "appears in species that show increasing abilities to assimilate unusual information into the nervous system." They suggest that the evolutionary development of the dream state "has made possible the increasingly flexible use of information in the mammalian family. That this process occurs during sleep seems to fit with current thinking about programming and reprogramming of information processing systems. Thus, several authors have pointed out the advantage of a separate mechanism