About The World of Lucid Dreaming

What started as a passion project in 2008 has slowly turned into the thriving hub that is the World of Lucid Dreaming. Today we are the world's #1 website dedicated to the subject of lucid dreaming, with over 4 million visitors per year.

Meet the team:

  • Founder - Rebecca Turner
  • has been lucid dreaming for 18 years. She's a former journalist and stock market analyst. She founded WOLD in 2008 so she could put her energy into something she was really passionate about.

  • Editor - Chris Hammond
  • is a natural lucid dreamer since childhood. He has all kinds of vaguely interesting ideas about dreaming, mindfulness, scientific research and self improvement. He helps Rebecca out with the demands of running the ship, when he's not simulatenously sipping on a pina colada and massaging his bearded chin.

  • Contributor - Daniel Love
  • is a really cool dude and one of the foremost minds in modern lucid dreaming. He regularly writes for WOLD, when he's not pushing the boundaries on his other cool cutting-edge lucid dreaming projects.

     

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About Rebecca

Rebecca Turner, Creator of World of Lucid DreamingThe 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.

 

My First Dream

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.

 

My First Lucid Dream

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:

"I'm standing in an empty white room, completely bare like a new house. The lack of detail makes me wonder... What is this place? Suddenly I realize, this is a dream!

The room surges into focus. I become fully conscious of my body and my surroundings. I do my reality check and feel my fingers push right through the palm of my hand.

I am so excited, I run out the door looking for someone to tell. I find a woman who I don't recognize and shout in her face. "I'M DREAMING! I'M DREAMING!"

I'm so excited, I accidentally wake myself up."

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

The Magic Gateway by Jeremiah Morelli

Exploring The Lucid Dream World

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

They Came From The Sky by Dawid Michalczyk

The Coolest Type of Lucid Dream

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:

"As I fall asleep consciously, lying on my back and totally relaxed, I imagine a white sandy beach in my mind's eye. I place my point-of-view right inside the scene and start to manifest every single detail around me. I become completely mesmerized by the daydream-like reality of walking on that beach.

After a few minutes, I lose all awareness of physical body lying in bed and I suddenly "pop" into the dreamscape for real. I'm now lucid dreaming. I'm standing on the beach which is now a vivid 3D landscape, my toes sinking into the soft, white sand.

It feels just like real life - only better. Because in this perfect, fluid reality, I feel completely calm and at peace with myself. I have no cares in the world. And as I look out across the sparkling ocean, I have an urge to soar over the surface and so I take a big leap towards the sea...

I pick up speed as I fly just a few feet above the surface of the ocean like a bird. It is completely liberating. The water is deep blue and shimmering in the sunlight. I dip my hands in and relish the feeling of the cool water running between my fingers.

As I soar further, the dreamscene continues to form automatically beyond my awareness. I spy a new coastline in the distance. I head there. Then I start to hear beautiful music coming from my dreaming mind; a man singing to an acoustic guitar, backed by many layers of strings. I don't think I have ever heard this song before, but I am desperate to remember it: the music captures the beauty of the dream perfectly."

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!

About Chris

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.

About Dan

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Best wishes,

The WOLD team

Lucid Dreaming Fast Track

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.

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