Lucid Dream Explorers is a lucid dreaming DVD made after months of research by Richard Hilton, an avid fan of lucid dreaming and alternate realities. This short documentary may only be 12 minutes long, but there are 45 minutes of extended interviews with key lucidity experts, including Dr Stephen LaBerge himself. It's worth checking out for expert insights into Dream Yoga, hypnagogia and more.
Dr Stephen LaBerge received his PhD in Psychophysiology at Stanford University in 1980. He created the popular MILD technique and founded the Lucidity Institute. As Researcher and Director of the Institute, LaBerge is now a leader in the scientific study of lucid dreaming. He is the author of Lucid Dreaming and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, and delivers courses on the art of lucidity to the general public.
In this lucid dreaming DVD, Stephen LaBerge discusses the meaning of oneironauts, why humans find it necessary to dream, and the life changing benefits of lucid dreaming. Most lucidity fans are well aware of Dr LaBerge and have read at least one of his instructional books, so this is a good opportunity to see him chatting about his life's passion.
Dr Alan Wallace is a scholar and prolific writer on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He trained as a Buddhist monk for 14 years, was ordained by H H the Dalai Lama, and studied a degree in physics and the philosophy of science. He also gives a fascinating interview.
In Lucid Dream Explorers, Wallace talks about Dream Yoga, a form of meditation through lucid dreaming which has been practiced for at least a thousand years. From his studies of the original form of lucid dreaming, Wallace describes the different levels of lucidity in dreams, and the ultimate liberation of consciousness: to dissolve the dream state while lucid and simply observe your own awareness.
Dr Fariba Bogzaran is an Associate Professor and founder of the Dream Studies program at John F Kennedy University. She is the co-author of the book Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work With Them, and the Executive Director and co-founder of the nonprofit Lucid Art Foundation.
In this lucid dreaming documentary, Bogzaran describes how she spontaneously became lucid as a child and developed a passion for lucid dreaming. She also explains how beginners can explore hypnagogia (the "sleep gate") as a way to access meditation and the inner creative flow.
A lucid dreamer and avid meditator since his mid-teens, Dominick Attisani practices yogic and Monroe Institute methods of reproducing border states of consciousness. He works at the Lucidity Institute as a lucid dream training program facilitator and experimental lab subject.
In Lucid Dream Explorers, Attisani introduces us to sleep cycles and the best time for lucid dreaming. He also explains the WILD technique in terms of hypnagogia, and how you are likely to be predisposed to either waking or dreaming initiated techniques based on your own natural sleep patterns.
While the main feature is only brief, the DVD includes 90 minutes of special features. Not all of these features are related to lucid dreaming, and the most valuable by far is the Extended Interviews. Other features include:
The Lucid Dream Explorers DVD is available via Richard's website for a $12 donation via PayPal. This also gives you access to an archive of lucid dreaming MP3s and media, with audio tracks from Celia Green, Stephan Laberge and others.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?