Dreams

and lucidity

Integrate with your dreams & gain insight, creativity, and wisdom.  

What is lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is conscious awareness reactivated during the dream state.  Lucidity means Clarity – mental clarity of the fact that you’re dreaming during the dream.

Is this considered mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice of enhancing mental clarity and awareness.  Lucid dreaming is a very similar skillset, just during a different state of consciousness.

How do I practice lucid dreaming?

There are many steps involved in practicing, but generally it’s simple:  Keep a dream journal, take a mindful approach, learn and practice the techniques and exercises in the app.

About lucid dreaming

Lucidity

Lucid dreaming is when the dreamer is explicitly aware of the fact that he or she is dreaming during the dream.  Lucidity is another word for ‘Clarity’.  It’s that “Ah-ha!” moment of clarity when you know you are dreaming – your mind becomes awake, your body stays asleep (hence the name Mind Awake).

It is important to note here, that lucidity does NOT mean ‘dream control’.  You can be lucid, but have little to no control… OR you can feel in control in a dream, but have no idea that you’re dreaming and therefore you’re not lucid. But, dream control while lucid is a thing… so let’s get to that next.

Dream control is just what it sounds like; it’s the ability to influence what happens in the dream.  I like the term ‘influence’ more than ‘control’, because everything in dreams is the stuff of your own mind, so the idea of ‘controlling’ your own mind is a bit domineering and self-defeating.  

This practice is more about improving awareness and familiarity.  This entails recognizing illusions as such, and the feeling of control is a great example of an illusion.  So influence is a better way to think about it.  Influence is attainable and worth striving for in dreams (and in waking life).

Before you can influence what happens in your dreams, you must get lucid and stay lucid for longer periods of time.  Then you build upon those skills and work towards mastering your dream environment.  Maintaining focus while lucid can prove difficult at first, but this is why we created the lessons in Mind Awake! 

levels of lucidity

Becoming lucid is not as simple as flicking a light switch on and off (although that is a good test to see if you’re dreaming).  

You might have a brief flash of lucidity but then quickly lose it and drift back into the dream, forgetting once again, that you’re dreaming.  Or you might hold onto lucidity for a few moments only to lose it when the scene changes or upon getting distracted by emotion or surprise.  

It’s also common to become lucid but not fully recognize the implications of being lucid – for example, you realize you’re dreaming but you still think you need to run away form someone.  You don’t realize that A. you are creating the person you’re ‘running’ from and B. there’s probably a reason you created that dream-situation and that person likely represents something significant.

There are levels to a good lucid dreaming practice.  You can reach higher levels of understanding, lucidity, and dream-influence with the proper guidance and practice

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Resources

Here are some of my favorite books on Dreams and Lucid Dreaming. These books clarify the value of integrating with dreams, and they provide remarkable insight into the phenomenology of lucid dreaming.

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge.  Dr. LaBerge is the Godfather of Lucid Dreaming in the West.  This is the first book I’ve ever read on Lucid dreaming and it is a strong influence on my work.  A Must read!

Dream Yoga by Adrew Holecek.  This is a great account of how Andrew got into lucid dreaming and how he’s developed and mastered his practice.  Highly recommend this book.

Learn to Lucid Dream by Kristen LaMarca.  Kristen is a clinical Psychologist, Dream Researcher, author, and one of the world’s leading experts in lucid dreaming.  Be sure to get a copy of this thorough, clear, and in-depth guide to lucid dreaming.  Also, check out her online, interactive course Mindful Lucid Dreaming, a personal favorite of mine.

Lucid Dreaming, A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBergeThis little book is short, sweet, and to the point.  Including an audio CD with guided meditations, this quick read incepted my idea for guided lucid dreaming via mobile app!

Dream Work in Therapy  by Clara E. Hill.  This informative and instructional book offers clinical examples and clear methodology of Clara’s cognitive-experimental model for dream work in clinical practice.  Whether you’re a licensed Mental Health Practitioner or just interested in dream work, this book is a useful reference for how & why dreams are valuable tools for personal growth and development.

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