Jason Cassidy, founder of Mind Awake
Mindfulness and Lucid Dream Instructor.
Worked over 8 years in Sleep Medicine as a technologist, researcher, and educator.
I want to teach people to cultivate wisdom and self integration through Mindfulness and Lucid Dreaming.
Mindfulness is about building and strengthening our relationship with ourselves and others. It’s about intentionally getting more familiar with what drives us. The subconscious influences us far more than we know. It entails not only our dreams but our predispositions, memories, emotions, fears, and desires. It is the driving force of who we are and what we do on a daily basis.
The less familiar we are with our subconscious, the more susceptible we are to suffering and causing others to suffer unnecessarily. In our modern culture, we don’t encourage relating with our subconscious mind or the value that can bring us. I want to change that.
We sleep for one third of our lives, and we have very little awareness during this time, so taking a mindful approach to sleep and dreams is the perfect opportunity for getting familiar with the subconscious and bridging that gap.
The practice of Mindfulness-Based Lucid Dreaming can be far more than just recreational. It can help us genuinely improve our mental health by A. understanding & prioritizing healthy sleep and B. strengthening our relationship with our minds.
How I got into lucid dreaming
In college, I majored in Psychology and I absolutely loved it. Amidst all there is to learn about the mind, I I found dreams to be the most interesting and underrated subject in the field. A friend of mine told me about lucid dreaming and I was so intrigued, I made it the focus for a major research paper.
After gathering and reading as much info as I could on the subject, one night I tried the recommended techniques and IT WORKED – I had my first lucid dream. Among other things, this dream revealed to me that I am capable of reaching states of mind which, prior to that experience, I had no idea even existed. I was fascinated, and excited to discover more about this amazing phenomenon.
But nearly all of my classes would only skim the subject of dreams and never covered lucidity. Compared to all other subject matter, they only scratched the surface and never went in-depth. The trend was as follows:
Dreams in case studies, history of psychology, and academic research would be briefly mentioned as therapeutically valuable, useful for self-integration, necessary for healthy development, and phenomenologically one of the most mysterious, and interesting human traits known to mankind… and then we would promptly move on and dive into another subject at-length.
This seemed paradoxical and contradictory – how could dreams be so important and simultaneously so neglected? So, as time went on and I advanced in Psychology, I learn a lot about Buddhism and Mindfulness. It turns out, many ancient Buddhist practices are now scientifically supported as valuable practices for improving and maintaining mental health.
Though we never got to lucid dreaming in the curriculum, I later learned that Mindfulness and Lucid Dreaming are connected through the Buddhist traditions of Dream Yoga.
So long story short, for the past 10 years and have continued studying Mindfulness and Lucid Dreaming and have had countless thrilling dream experiences. The more I learned, the more valuable it seemed to be and so I decided to pursue it professionally.
In my pursuit to find a career in dreams, I wanted to first learn and understand Sleep. Fortunately, Sleep Medicine has been rapidly growing and career opportunities were available.
I began in Sleep Medicine as a technologist and an analyst of Polysomnography (sleep study) data. I’ve done some research in Sleep and Dreams as well. All of which has been fulfilling and interesting work, but wasn’t quite scratching the ‘Lucid Dream career’ itch.
By the grace of awesomeness, I had the opportunity to create a Mobile App in the Mindfulness space. Now, my highest priority is developing the Mindfulness-Based Lucid Dreaming course content in the app and to get this otherwise privileged information out to millions of people.
My course material primarily stems from guidance from Stephen Laberge’s Lucidity Institute and the work of Dr. Kristen Lamarca. I am always receptive to feedback and continuing to learn more so please feel free to reach out. I also stay current with the latest academic literature and draw from my favorite resources on dreams and mindfulness.