Both Pete and Rebecca actively produce content for WOLD, as well as running their very appropriately priced and elegant web design business out of their home office in New Zealand.
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!
Hello, you. I'm Pete Casale, I designed this website, World of Lucid Dreaming, and I write some of the content. I'm a professional UX designer, which is a fancy way of saying I spend a lot of time trying to design clever websites and mobile apps. I'm tempted to start harping on about my list of life acheivements and credentials, but then this page would be far too long and would slow down your internet connection to a crawl. A crawl! Then you'll get a call from your ISP asking why you're trying to use all their bandwidth, and everyone will generally be quite upset. Instead, I'll tell you a bit about my experience with lucid dreaming.
I had my first lucid dream spontaneously at the age of 10, after spending a few evening hours playing an old video game called Wolfenstein 3D. In my dream, I found myself in a castle, being chased by Hitler, which was the gist of the Wolfenstein game. The dream did not look much like the game; instead of 256 colour VGA graphics, the dream was richly detailed. The cold stonework walls towered high above me, adorned with blood red swastika drapes, shimmering in the dim light of ornate candleabras. I pushed my way through heavy wooden doors with oiled hinges, running into the echoing room to escape my predator.
The room was a dead end, no exits. I had nowhere to run, but I could hide. I ran past a table and ducked into the oversized, neglected fireplace on the opposite side of the room. I crouched quietly there, waiting for Hitler to arrive. Sure enough, the doors creaked open and I saw polished knee-high boots stride into the room. The figure approached my hiding spot and my blood pressure rose. It may sound like nonsense to you now, as well it does to me, but at the time, 10-year-old Pete was pretty damn stressed out about the whole situation.
I remember wondering what would happen when he inveitably caught me. Standard fare for these kind of dreams was to be held down and stabbed, or perhaps crushed with big sticks. It was pretty unfair. I knew it was a dream and I wanted to wake up, but I couldn't. The boots were getting closer, standing right next to my hiding spot. Wake up! I couldn't.
And then, I'd had enough. Why was I the victim? It was my dream, I could do whatever I wanted.
Ten-year-old Pete burst out of the fireplace in a cloud of ash and stared Hitler in the face. Ten-year-old Pete became 10-foot-tall Pete, and both of my arms transformed into iron Gatling guns.
Here's the best bit: there was no fight. Hitler shrieked and made a dash for the door. Ten-year-old Pete gunned him down, obviously, because compassion and the concept of "two wrongs not making a right" was foreign to me. Then I went on a rampage through the castle, or something, it's not important. What was important was that I'd just had my first lucid dream, spontaneously.
From that point in my life onwards, and still now, whenever I have a nightmare or particularly stressful dream, I become lucid. I've also learned a few good lucid dreaming techniques that work for me, particularly WILD or an attempt thereof, ideally just before dawn.
Discovering lucid dreaming was a life-changing process for both 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.
Rebecca & Pete
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.