The following are my lucid dreaming ebook reviews. I'll tell you which authors are genuinely helpful and will teach you how to have lucid dreams and take those experiences to the next level. And I'll tell you which ones I feel are scam artists and have probably never had a lucid dream in their lives.
Here I've evaluated most of the lucid dreaming ebooks available at the time of writing and in no way do I endorse them all. I've organized this page to start with the courses and ebooks I recommend the most, descending to the ones I found least helpful. I hope this helps you make an informed decision.
The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track is my own online study program, endorsed by numerous expert lucid dreamers from around the web. I am an experienced lucid dreamer and I created it with the intention of going further than every other course or ebook out there.
The program reveals the most popular lucid dream induction techniques known to man. It also tracks my personal experience of learning to lucid dream as a teenager. It is an interactive course for beginners plus anyone who has dabbled in lucid dreaming and wants to rapidly develop their skills to an advanced level.
The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track is taught in three phases: Priming, Induction and Exploration. Together they contain background research, essential techniques, troubleshooting advice, dream challenges, and advanced lessons in dream control. It also includes hypnosis and meditation audio tools to supercharge your skills in self awareness, helping you to become lucid in your dreams more regularly.
Ryan has a way of balancing objective scientific insight with spiritual self-inquiry. He emphasizes the need to take a holistic approach to lucid dreaming and remains in awe of the extraordinary potential for self-growth. Though he doesn't claim to be any kind of "guru" in lucid dreaming, I think he makes an inspiring tutor with ample personal experience to draw from.
There is, I should say, far more information in this course than you actually need to dip your toe in the waters of lucidity. Casual readers may well find this overwhelming, finding it unnecessary to learn about the depths of dream theory and cultural interpretations before experiencing lucid dreaming for themselves.
However, this is no discredit to Ryan's work. I'm sure there are many ambitious and advanced dream explorers who will revel in the depth of information here, which is beautifully packaged and comes with several multimedia bonuses.
In true internet marketer style, The Lucid Dreaming Kit guarantees your first lucid dream in 7 days - or your money back. Although that's probably an over-hyped claim, there is something in the intensity of this course that could quickly trigger your first lucid dream. The kit includes:
It's a little dumbed down and simplified, but the nuts and bolts are all there. I'm sure many people will find this course genuinely helpful. It's highly practical, doesn't bog you down with complex terminology, and is very readable. On the downside it is expensive. If that's not a deterrent for you, I recommend giving it a shot. It would suit causal readers with little time to spare but a strong interest in developing the ability to lucid dream. (Just beware that, for most people, lucid dreaming requires commitment and is an immersive and lifelong pursuit.)
Directed Dreaming is a way of accessing your unconscious intuition through your regular dreams. You ask questions while awake, and receive answers through your dreams. It is not the same as lucid dreaming, but it does share some similarities. Namely, it probes your own unconscious for answers to life's questions and involves learning to remember your dreams.
This 75-page ebook starts by discussing the sort of things you might like to ask your unconscious - like how to attain your dream job or ideal relationship. It encourages you to think differently and gain the answers you seek through your dreams via personalized messages and symbols deliberately planted by your unconscious mind.
While Directed Dreaming takes place during unconscious (non-lucid) dreams, it shares the same basis as asking questions of your unconscious dreaming self during lucid dreaming. In both cases, the answers come directly from your own unconscious mind, which can be quite revealing. This is a very powerful aspect of lucid dreaming and not to be sniffed at. Some of the leading authorities on lucidity are putting their efforts into this relatively new field of research to harness the amazing psychological applications.
More info: Download it here.
Steven Aitchison writes a popular personal development blog called Change Your Thoughts, and his clear and methodical writing style holds true in this short but sweet lucid dreaming ebook.
Living in Your Dreams explains the stages of sleep, a history of lucid dreaming, the applications of controlling your dreams, and the prerequisites to having a lucid dream. Unfortunately at just 26 pages this ebook falls well short of expectations.
I feel the author skimped on his duties of presenting a way to "live in your dreams" as the title promises. The four pages dedicated to lucid dreaming techniques don't provide nearly enough detail to fuel your lucidity quest, which is a shame because I reckon he'd do a really good job. For a definitive guide to lucid dreaming, this really doesn't cut the mustard, lacking the breadth and depth of information to make a useful resource.
Yikes. An internet marketer cashing in on the lucid dreaming bandwagon - with barely even any superficial knowledge of the topic at hand.
Benjamin Lime, who signs off with the title "expert lucid dreamer" has probably never had a lucid dream in his life (if he is even a real person). Lime openly admits on page 10 that when he started writing the book, he thought lucid dreams weren't lucid unless you could control them. This is a fundamental misconception - not a discovery to make while writing your seminal work on the subject.
Spending $47 on this lucid dreaming e-book package will leave you with a lot of fluff material and, if you're like me, stopping every page to quote bits out loud to whoever sits within earshot because you can't believe he just said that. I'll give you an example from his mythbusting section:
"Let's put this to rest immediately, even though you may not believe in the bible, the story of Joseph is well known, so to quote:
"We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down! 8 His brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? Or are you going to have us as your subjects and dominate us? And they hated him all the more for his dreams and for what he said." Amp Bible Genesis 37:5.
Now I don't think that if Joseph had a lucid dream more than two thousand years ago, we could claim that lucid dreaming is new age."
- Quote from Lucid Dreaming Made Easy
With the grammatical errors, that he doesn't understand what New Age means let alone how to debunk it, that he admits the Bible requires belief then uses it to convey evidence for something that happened 2,000 years ago, and that this quote has nothing to do with lucid dreaming... this entire half-page of content (double-spacing helps pad out the book) is completely meaningless to the would-be lucid dreamer.
Lime makes repeat admissions that his research into lucid dreaming began with him writing the ebook. He is no expert lucid dreamer, and has no basis for teaching it to others. His tribute to The Dangers of Lucid Dreaming (page 46) made me cringe inside, along with foundationless statements that lucid dreaming can be physiologically addictive, can alienate you, and can cause dissociation.
Besides propagating basic misconceptions, this ebook also contains much plagiarism. About a quarter of the ebook was free-to-use content copied from this website. Other pages are lifted directly from Wikipedia: Lime shamelessly glosses over key concepts and adds Wikipedia links for further reading - what was it you paid for again? Indeed, the ebook as a whole is either copied from other sources or based on poorly written, half-baked research and opinion.
This kind of sloppiness continues into the bonus products. Neither the 45-page bonus ebook (Hypnosis for Lucid Dreaming) nor the 116-page bonus e-book (Meditation for Lucid Dreaming) contain a single reference to lucid dreaming. They are re-published works exclusively about hypnosis and meditation, respectively, mimicking the fact that lucidity experts place emphasis on these practices.
In short, Lucid Dreaming Made Easy is a shameful attempt to cash in on the lucid dreaming zeitgeist and is an insult to lucid dreamers. Lime is not a lucid dreamer nor a competent writer. The best thing about this package is the product design, which is so swish as to trick people into parting with their money. Don't!
The Beginner's Guide to Lucid Dreaming is an e-book created for the purpose of recycling as a free bonus, or re-branding so internet marketers can re-publish the content under their own name. Yuck. But you need an honest review of the content so here it is.
This book contains tips for the complete novice looking for a way in. It probes questions like: how long does lucid dreaming take to learn, are lucid dreams related to PSI phenomena, and should you kill someone in a lucid dream? However the answers aren't very meaty and are quite subjective without really backing up the mystery author's opinion. Applied usefulness? Sadly - zero.
It also covers the potential dangers of lucid dreaming, which I felt were complete nonsense, and likened the condition of lucid dreaming to becoming a schizophrenic. This is gross misinformation and damning to our scientific lucid community.
I'll admit parts of it do make for an easily digestible take on the joys of lucid dreaming, but it is not a definitive guide for someone who's taking this seriously, nor is all the information reliable. You'll find this ebook on sale on some websites and available for free on others. My advice is to bypass this - you're better off investing in a higher quality resource than spending any time on this free hit-and-miss affair.