Worlds Within Us: Exploring Lucid Dreaming

When I turned 28 this summer, I decided that I would make a hobby of exploring lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is the act of “waking up” within your own dreams. While I have not yet become lucid, I have had other profound experiences. Sleep no longer feels like wasted time, but more like a mystical practice and a source of great pleasure. I am remembering my dreams more clearly, and finding them more meaningful. Instead of half my life being an unconscious blackness, I now see life as divided between the waking world of the sun and the dreaming world of the moon, and both are full of activity, both are engaging, both are wonderful.

Here are a few resources on lucid dreaming that I’ve found helpful.

1. Fringe-ology by Steve Volk

Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain the Unexplainable-and Couldn’t by Steve Volk was the first book that introduced me to the concept of lucid dreaming. Covering all sorts of odd phenomena, his chapter on lucid dreaming was by far the most mind blowing, and dreams and the subconscious have fascinated me ever since. Here is a conversation interview with Steve Volk on the Joe Rogan Experience. It’s long, but well worth watching in full:

2. Lucid Sage Podcast

Lucid Sage is a website and podcast run by lucid dreaming enthusiasts. I find their commentary fascinating, down to earth, and very informative.

3. Robert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner is a psychologist, author, and lucid dreamer. His book Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is a challenging, fascinating,  trippy read. His central thesis is that within lucid dreaming, we come into direct contact with the creator of dreaming itself: the wise, powerful, and incredibly intelligent subconscious self, and that we are able to interact with this higher self. Make of that what you will, but it’s still fun to think about. He also writes at great length about our cultural bias against dreaming, in contrast to earlier cultures that saw dreaming as a crucial experience of life. He writes:

This cultural bias towards the waking state as ‘real’ and any other state as ‘unreal’ – and therefore unworthy of attention or study – exists as a mental block for many. Yet if we presume that little can be learned from any state other than waking, we largely ignore any state other than waking and thus perpetuate the bias.

4. A Beginner’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming (With Some Terrifying Animation)

This video outlines the 3 primary methods to attain lucid dreaming.

5. Conscious Dreaming

Conscious Dreaming is a lovely documentary featuring some of the world’s foremost experts on lucid dreaming.

 

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  1. Hello.

    I’ve been studying this for a long time. I’ve had some serious lucid dreams which I was able to wake and write down. Nowadays, they usually come at the end of a sleep cycle, within the last hour or minutes of my alarm going off. I usually get caught by the bell, and miss the end of them, UGH.

    I can see, in a dream, people, places and things. In technicolor. There is one dream that confuses me though, My paternal grandparents house, no longer exists. But I go there in my dreams. I can walk around the house, but in the dream I cannot open any of the doors in the house if they are closed. Instead of being unable to open doors, I can relocate myself INTO those spaces, by seeing the space in my minds eye. It’s almost like the door represents something that I am not supposed to see or am unable to access some part of the dream (i.e. closed doors).

    I see a static room as I saw it as a child, because that’s when I was in the house. But real time access to closed doors is always forbidden to me, I feel like it is preventing me seeing into the past in certain cases, through the doors I can’t open ? I’ve never been able to find someone who would know what that means.

    Jeremy

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