Meet the team:
The year was 2008. After quitting my job as a journalist in London, I moved to New Zealand and had that uncomfortable feeling that I wasn't doing anything useful.
So I decided to start a website - a place where I could write about lucid dreaming and consciousness and all the gooey stuff in between.
WOLD started small, but quickly snowballed. Today, it receives millions of international visitors, all with the common goal of experiencing the exhilaration of lucid dreaming.
I've written 300 articles on this site, delving into sleep, dreams, consciousness and reality. For beginners who want to get lucid as soon as possible, I've written an intensive online course.
Although we actually start dreaming in the womb, the earliest dream I can remember is when I was 4 or 5 years old.
I fell asleep in front of the TV one afternoon watching a Tom & Jerry cartoon... and had an exceptionally long, vivid dream about a cat chasing a mouse.
Even more bizarrely, the entire dream was in cartoon.
I woke up confused, unsure of what had been a dream and what was real.
Years later, at age 14, after reading an article on lucid dreaming, I actively sought to have my very first lucid dream.
It took a few weeks, working with basic induction methods, but I got there.
I can remember it vividly:
It was like a light switch had turned on in my head.
Suddenly I existed in a hypersensory alternate reality, in which anything I could conceive of came true.
What was this phantom place?
The Magic Gateway by Jeremiah Morelli
At first, I was stunned by the realism of my dream reality. For the first time in my life, I was awake and aware in a completely separate reality. It was like a science-fiction movie. I couldn't get my head around it.
At the same time, I was overjoyed by the realization that I could control and direct my awareness within my supersensory dreamstate. Anything was possible.
I practiced more advanced lucid dreaming induction techniques so that I could have more of these dreams and explore further into the depths of my mind.
Sometimes I can lucid dream every night, or even multiple times per night. It can be as easy telling myself to lucid dream as I go to sleep. It'll just happen spontaneously.
In all my lucid dreams, I know I am dreaming and I increase the intensity of the dream at will. I can turn up my level of consciousness, allowing me to see, hear, feel, taste and smell everything as vividly as waking life.
I can create my own dramatic scenery, teleport to anywhere in the dream universe, interact with dream figures and speak directly to my unconscious mind.
This is where I start to get lost for words. Which sucks as a writer. Because no matter what I say here, I can't convey the beauty and emotion of a truly inspired lucid dream. I'll just start to sound fluffy and hippy. But the feelings are real - and it's extraordinary.
A great lucid dream can change the way you view the waking world. Imagine then, summoning a lifetime of lucid dreams.
They Came From The Sky by Dawid Michalczyk
The most exciting type of lucid dream is a Wake Induced Lucid Dream - or WILD. It's cool because you can induce a lucid dream directly from a waking state, with no lapse in consciousness.
This makes it the most vivid kind of lucid dream experience possible.
The WILD method requires good focus and visualization, so anyone well versed in meditation may find it comes naturally. If you have no experience of meditation, that's ok. This is a learnable skill.
The onset of a WILD is marked by allowing your physical body to fall asleep in bed, while your conscious mind remains awake. Soon, you will "pop" into the lucid dreamscape with complete immersion:
I'm not alone. There are millions of people who have these intense and exotic dreams. Fortunately, every one of us is capable of lucid dreaming. So don't hold back!
Chris likes to wander through the bush lands of Australia, stroking his chin (did I mention that already) and pondering upon life's many dualities. He's a father of two small children, who drink away all his spare time - when he's not writing articles for WOLD, quoting Nietzsche or barbequeing goat.
Chris still remembers his first consciously invoked lucid dream, which involved the careful inspection of a giant, inert rubber 'weeble' - covered all over with tiny rubbery antenae. After invoking lucidity and recovering from the shock, he thought of no better way to interact with his newly uncovered subconsicous mind than kicking it. To this day he still remembers the feeling of the rubber impacing on his toes - as real as anything he ever experienced - and proving that he had wilfuly entered the realm of dreams.
Daniel Love is an internationally respected dream researcher, author and futurist. He has authored best selling guidebook Are You Dreaming: Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide. He has taught, researched and appeared in media around the globe. Daniel is currently working in the development of a new series of books, "The Lucid Dreamer's Guide to the Cosmos" and their on-line counterpart "Reality Nomad". Daniel approaches lucid dreaming from a rational, scientific and modern perspective - dispensing with the usual commercial-spiritualism that so often taints the subject. He wishes to offer an antidote to fuzzy, new-age thinking and instead turn the focus towards our exciting future and the true marvels of the human mind - embracing the human spirit for exploration and discovery.
Discovering lucid dreaming was a life-changing process for all of us. It evolved our perception of reality and consciousness. It gave us new ways to explore our identities, to find freedom and inspiration, to create music and digital art, to solve problems and develop muscle memory - even to develop characters for fiction.
We hope you choose to join us on a scientific approach to one of the most exciting mental skills that you can learn. To wake up in your dreams and discover another world within.
The WOLD team
PS - If you're interested in learning how to lucid dream, check out Rebecca's lucid dreaming course. This contains 30 illustrated tutorials, interactive quizzes and meditation audios to help you master the art of dream control.