This year, on April 12th, lucid dreamers around the world will unite to celebrate the first ever annual Lucid Dreaming Day.
This exciting opportunity provides a platform for lucid dreamers to raise awareness of their passion - and introduce the uninitiated to the wonders of dream exploration.
The event is hosted on Facebook and will be attended by lucid dreaming experts and fans from all over the world, with a "Just Woke Up" Selfie competition, special lucidity offers, dream challenges and more.
To enter the Lucid Dreaming Day competition, post your "Just Woke Up" Selfie on your chosen social media account with the tag #LucidDreamingDay, along with any recollections of dreams you had the night before.
The two best entries will win either:
The entries will be judged by Daniel Love and Robert Waggoner and they'll each pick their personal favorite. You can be funny, serious, or downright creative to make your Selfie stand out the most!
Remember to include the tag #LucidDreamingDay to ensure your Selfie is seen by the judges. Winners will be notified via social media messaging by April 30, 2014.
The origination of Lucid Dreaming Day is credited to the oneironaut Daniel Love, who first discussed the idea in his book, Are You Dreaming? His mission to popularize the infinite world of conscious dreaming knows no bounds.
So join me now in considering the scientific roots of lucid dreaming that make April 12th such a landmark date... Plus, find out how your support of this exciting artistic, entertaining, therapeutic and philosophical tool can benefit oneironauts around the world for generations to come.
Lucid Dreaming Day falls on the historic date of April 12th when, in 1975, lucid dreaming was first scientifically proven by Dr Keith Hearne.
"If lucid dreaming were to be compared to space exploration, then the achievements of English psychologist Keith Hearne could be considered comparable in magnitude to those of NASA during the time of the first moon landing."
~ Daniel Love
For it was Hearne who first demonstrated a method by which we can communicate to the waking world during a lucid dream.
He exploited the nature of Rapid Eye Movements (REM) to have an experienced lucid dreamer called Alan Worsley perform a pre-defined set of eye movements during his lucid dream.
After a false start (in which Worsley performed the routine but the recording equipment had been shut down for the night), Hearne successfully recorded Worsley's smooth and deliberate eye movements on an electro-oculogram (EOG) at around 8am on the morning of April 12th, 1975:
Hearne's EOG experiment was formally recognized through publication in the journal for The Society for Psychical Research. Unfortunately, this fell short of the required reading material for most relevant experts and his work went widely unknown.
The media, however, fell in love with the romantic idea of lucid dreaming being a real, measurable phenomenon and whipped up a lucid frenzy.
A few years later, in 1983, Dr Stephen LaBerge performed the same ocular signalling experiment at Stanford University. On this occasion, LaBerge got the desired scientific exposure and went on to forge a lifelong career in the field of lucid dream research. To this day, he is often credited for being the first to scientifically verify the existence of lucid dreaming.
Clearly, both researchers have played significant roles in this field and it's important that we recognize all their contributions over the years. But on April 12th, we'll remember the Neil Armstrong of lucid dreaming: the humble shop worker, Alan Worsley, and his landmark eye movement signals to Dr Keith Hearne working diligently through the night in his sleep research lab.
Increasingly, "lucid dreaming" is becoming a household term.
To keep raising awareness of lucid dreaming as a regular nocturnal pastime means that more students of tomorrow will:
Not only will greater interest lead directly to new developments in our lucid dream technology (from induction devices, to dream playback machines, and even experiencing shared dreams one day)... it will also afford us huge opportunities to better ourselves as individuals and mankind as a whole.
I believe that if every human being were to start harnessing the power of lucid dreams then our culture, art, technology, medicine, science and beliefs would quickly evolve in a whole new direction. The human race would be enriched as a result, both individually and universally.
That certainly gives us something to strive for on Lucid Dreaming Day.
How will YOU celebrate Lucid Dreaming Day?
Share your ideas, events, photos and experiences on Twitter via #LucidDreamingDay and on the Lucid Dreaming Day Facebook event page.