About me

Jason Cassidy

Founder of Mind Awake

Mindfulness Practitioner 

Lucid Dream Instructor 

Sleep Health Educator


My goal

I want to teach people to cultivate wisdom and self integration through Mindfulness and Lucid Dreaming.  

Mindfulness is about strengthening our relationship with ourselves and the people around us.  By familiarizing with our subconscious processes and drives, we familiarize with who we truly are.  Our dreams provide insight into our predispositions, tendencies, fears, and desires, and so much more.  

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 increasing awareness of the subconscious and bridging that gap.  

The less familiar we are with our subconscious mind, the more susceptible we are to suffering and causing others to suffer unnecessarily.  And so, I aim to encourage self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-growth.

The practice of Mindfulness-Based Lucid Dreaming is both fun and healthy.  It can help us genuinely improve our mental health by A. understanding & prioritizing healthy sleep and B. strengthening our relationship with our minds rather than ignoring 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 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 reading as much as I could on the subject, one night I tried the recommended techniques and IT WORKED – I had my first lucid dream.   The experience was unlike any other in my life.  I realized I was capable of entering a sort of hyper-state of consciousness within my own mind, as I slept!  I was fascinated, and very eager to learn more about it.

To my disappointment, nearly all of my Psychology classes hardly touched the subject of dreams and never addressed the lucid state.  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 interesting human traits known to mankind… and then we would promptly move on to the next subject.  

This seemed contradictory – how could dreams be so important and yet so neglected?  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 already connected!  They actually share the same origin: the Buddhist traditions of Dream Yoga.    

So, long story short, for the past 10 years I have studied Mindfulness and Lucid Dreaming in-depth, and I 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.

 

Professional Career

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

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