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The following is a list of all the lucid dreaming books I recommend for expanding your awareness and developing your lucid dreaming skills.
Dr Stephen LaBerge
This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming - that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. It is based on Dr Stephen LaBerge's extensive laboratory work at Stanford University mapping mind/body relationships during the dream state.
The book also encompasses the teachings of Tibetan dream yogis and the work of other scientists - including German psychologist Paul Tholey. This practical workbook will show you how to use your dreams to solve problems, gain confidence, improve creativity and more.
Dr Stephen LaBerge
What if right now, reading these words, you suddenly realized that you were actually dreaming – and that in this domain you could do anything imaginable? That is what it's like to dream lucidly, teaches Stephen LaBerge.
In this new book and CD, he teaches his simple, proven methods for becoming fully conscious in the dream state... with expert instruction gleaned from LaBerge's 20 years of pioneer in research at Stanford University.
Now anyone can learn to consciously explore and use their dreams for self-discovery, creativity, fantasy fulfillment, emotional healing, and profound spiritual insights. The CD includes two complete guided dream induction sessions.
This is the account of an extraordinarily talented lucid dreamer who goes beyond the boundaries of both psychology and religion. In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self.
While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state and able to act and interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. He was able to interact consciously with the dream observer-the apparent Inner Self-within the dream. At first this seemed shocking, even impossible, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Subliminal Self, the Center, the Internal Self-Helper in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. He concluded that while aware in the dream state, one has both a psychological tool and a platform from which to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man's psyche as well.
Robert Waggoner proposes five stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level.
This book offers exciting insights and vivid illustrations that will intrigue not only avid dreamworkers but anyone who is interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality. Read my interview with Robert Waggoner.
Does the early bird really catch the worm, or end up healthy, wealthy, and wise? Can some people really exist on just a few hours' sleep a night? Does everybody dream? Do fish dream? How did people cope before alarm clocks and caffeine? And is anybody getting enough sleep?
Even though we will devote a third of our lives to sleep, we still know remarkably little about its origins and purpose. Paul Martin's Counting Sheep answers these questions and more in this illuminating work of popular science. Even the wonders of yawning, the perils of sleepwalking, and the strange ubiquity of nocturnal erections are explained in full.
To sleep, to dream: Counting Sheep reflects the centrality of these activities to our lives and can help readers respect, understand, and extract more pleasure from that delicious time when they're lost to the world.
Experienced by millions as supernatural assault, sleep paralysis (SP) often includes realistic, and often frightening, hallucinations that are projected into the waking world. In Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night, these night visitations of ghosts, vampires - and even aliens - are honored afresh from the perspective of contemporary dream science.
Although they can be terrifying, these visions can also be a reliable portal to other extraordinary states, including lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and guided journeys to realms beyond our imagination. Sleep paralysis is the only print book that discusses sleep paralysis and its related dream visions from a how-to perspective - a book for those who want to manage their SP or engage more confidently with this ancient lucid dreaming technique.
It began as an experiment in college - a seemingly harmless investigation into lucid dreaming, the ability to control one's dreams.
But they stayed too long on Dreamside, and now, ten years later, the dreams have returned to upend their adult lives.
The dreams of youth fade, if you're lucky. If not, they can consume you... and will.
"Graham Joyce writes the kind of novels we keep hoping to find, but rarely do." Jonathan Carroll, author of The Wooden Sea.
"What a flowing, well-crafted read — I couldn't put it down! Pick a quiet and comfortable place to enjoy this one; it is very absorbing." Naomi de Bruyn, GreenManReview.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
"If we cannot carry our practice into sleep," Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes, "if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake."
Included are detailed instructions for the dream yoga including foundational practices done during the day. Dream practices are followed by sleep yoga, also known as the yoga of clear light. It is considered a more advanced practice to stay aware during deep sleep. Most Westerners do not even entertain this as a possibility.
"A detailed guide to using our night-lives for awakening: thought-provoking, inspiring, and lucid." -- Stephen LaBerge
Simply the most effective approach to inducing lucid dreams and out of body experiences. This breakthrough book tells you everything you need to know on how to start experiencing extremely advanced lucid dreams and OBEs using the LDS (Lucid Dream Supplement) induction technique. This is the first comprehensive guide that explains how to use natural, non-prescription, and healthy supplements to induce some of the most profound experiences that humans can achieve.
Thomas Yuschak holds Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Modern Physics. He has been studying lucid dreaming for over a decade and has become a leading authority on the supplement approach of inducing lucid dreams. Yuschak is the founder of AdvancedLD, an organization dedicated to the research, development, and teaching of the most advanced and effective induction techniques known.
David L Kahn
Every night when you fall sleep, you have the opportunity to gain new insights into your life, your work, and your relationships through your dreams. Here, in this friendly, down-to-earth guide to interpreting and even guiding your nighttime reveries, discover:
How emotions are the building blocks of your dreams... the strength to embrace the fears your dreams reveal... training your dream habits to mimic your waking habits... the particular power of lucid dreams... important differences between long and short dreams... appreciating color, music, and visual metaphors in dreams... tapping into your extrasensory perception via dreams... interpreting precognitive dreams... and much more.
Eschewing the hard-and-fast deterministic approach of traditional "dream dictionaries," while never denying the power of cultural symbols that influence us all, professional dreamer David L. Kahn shows you how to listen to your subconscious and gives you the tools you need to determine what your unique dreams mean to you. Royalties from the sale of this book benefit The Aid for Traumatized Children Project.
Of all the aspects of dream study, mutual dreaming is probably the least understood. The very fact that people can meet in the dream state and recall it upon waking challenges our ideas of time, space and the nature of dreams.
In this stunning new book, World Dreams Peace Bridge founder, Jean Campbell, traces the history of group dreaming research beginning in the 1970s and demonstrates how this research led her to believe that dreamers, working together can change the world.
Campbell's book looks at the power that two or more people can tap when striving to dream the same dreams. She describes several different group dreaming experiments over a period of ten years and shows how she organized The World Dreams Peace Bridge.
D T Max
The first symptoms begin after just a few nights without sleep, with shaking, sweating and overwhelming anxiety. Several weeks on the insomniac is unsteady on his feet, wracked by fevers, and drifting in and out of delirium as the body's vital organs begin to fail. Finally, after months of agonizing open-eyed deterioration, the victim falls into a state of exhaustion resembling a coma and mercifully dies.
Chronic sleeplessness, or Fatal Familial Insomnia, is a rare, inherited affliction that has tormented one noble Venetian family since the eighteenth century, striking at random and only after the child-rearing years are over, so that the deadly legacy is passed on like a dynastic curse. The cause of this sickness eluded the experts until the 1990s when it was identified as a rogue protein called a prion - the agent that is also responsible for Mad Cow Disease, 'scrapie' in sheep, and the fatal outbreak of uncontrollable laughter that decimated a tribe in Papua New Guinea. As appalling as these conditions are, however, the future of prion-driven diseases is even more mysterious and frightening: for prions are not alive and have no DNA, making them virtually impossible to destroy.
D T Max's ground-breaking work of scientific detection traces the revelation of the operating methods of the prion, reaching back to the 18th-century English farmers who pioneered intensive breeding methods at King George's command to the brilliant biologists whose revolutionary research has helped crack the prion case and offers new hope for victims, and may enable us to prevent a potentially catastrophic future prion plague. With exceptional fluency, grace, and sympathy, D T Max - who himself suffers from an undiagnosed neurological disease - tells a story that is at once enlightening and spell-binding.