It’s been a hectic year at World of Lucid Dreaming.
We’ve had a new editor (me), some viral articles from Rebecca – and some incredibly thoughtful guest contributions from Daniel Love.
Some of you may be familiar with Daniel already.
So I’m very excited to announce a new partnership that is really going to push the boundaries of how we understand and apply the skill of lucid dreaming.
For the last year, Daniel has been preparing to make ready for his new project - one designed to explore and advance lucid dreaming and its many applications.
The goal is not only to offer a rational and realistic perspective to lucid dreaming (as an antidote to the large amounts of misleading information that can be found online),
But to explore the techniques and skills of lucid dreaming, with a particular accent as to how these can be applied to your life and experience of the universe.
With the right approach the techniques, philosophies and science behind lucidity can be applied to almost any aspect of waking life.
It's a subject that - when seen as more than a curiosity - has a huge potential for lifestyle development and self-improvement.
And I’m 100% with him on that!
In fact, I’m so excited about it, I can barely drink my chamomile tea.
The Lucid Guide will bring a voice to real-world lucid dreamers. It will deliver a new series of books and brand new, cutting-edge digital content, aimed at bringing lucid dreaming into the 21st century.
World of Lucid Dreaming will be the exclusive platform on which to read Daniel’s new written content.
So keep your eyes open! (um, well not whilst you’re sleeping – sorry, couldn’t resist)
There’s going to be plenty of exciting new material on the horizon, exploring themes that have to date only barely been touched on.
So while you're waiting, make sure to subscribe to Daniel's new YouTube Channel
And - as if that were not exciting enough - to celebrate this new project Daniel is offering free entry into a seasonal draw to win the REM Dreamer Pro!
If the channel reaches 1000 subscribers by January the 1st, then everyone who has subscribed is entered into the draw.
So: do it now, it's free and painless!
It's an exciting time to be a lucid dreamer!
Have you ever seen a tiger in the clouds? How about Jesus in the gnarled bark of a tree - or Richard Dawkins in a coffee stain? This peculiar quirk of human psychology goes by the rather lovely sounding name of Pareidolia (say: pah-ray-doh-lee-a). Many great scientists have pondered the origins of this trait. The simplest explanation is an evolutionary one: being able to detect predatory faces and figures amid background noise gives you a greater chance of surivival.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
Virtual reality is upon us. Shipping of the Oculus Rift began in April 2016. Vive launched in June. And Playstation VR breaks loose in October. These mind-expanding technologies are bringing interactive virtual worlds to gamers everywhere. But did you know that you already possess a far superior form of biological virtual reality? It stretches all the way back to before the discovery of fire. To the the dawn of our species.
Chloe is a natural lucid dreamer. That's to say that all of her dreams are conscious (lucid), highly realistic and incredibly vivid. She can remember these dreams as far back as being a toddler. That level of mindfulness we regular folk strive to achieve in our dreams is always present in her nightly escapades. Her dreams, by default, are highly intense, profound and acutely self aware.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?