Explore the scientific explanations of sleep and dream related paranormal activity - including astral projection, precognitive dreams, and living in a simulated reality...
Out of body experiences (OBEs) involve the vivid sensation of moving outside your physical body. But are they for real or a type of lucid dream?
Astral projection is a spiritual theory of the out of body experience. But is astral projection for real or could it be a form of lucid dreaming?
New dream research shows these hallucinogenic nightmares may stem from sleep paralysis. Here's how you can transform such episodes into lucid dreams.
Are precognitive dreams real or can they be explained by coincidence? Learn about about some of the most famous "psychic dreams" and their scientific explanations.
Mutual dreaming is the claim that two or more people can literally share the same dream. Can lucid dreamers co-ordinate shared dreams - or is it all wishful thinking?
Inception had it sorted. But is there any basis dream telepathy in reality? Check out the experiments to date and how lucid dreamers can join in the study.
My top 10 unexplained mysteries of the world - from OBEs to aliens, from Bigfoot to Stone Henge - and how scientific discovery may help explain them.
What will happen in 2012? Find out the truth behind Planet X, the Mayan Prophecy, planetary alignments, solar storms and polar shifts. (*Update Jan 2013 - it's all good! As predicted.)
Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face. What about you..?
What is the suubstance DMT and its role in human consciousness? A look at the bizarre psychedelic drug known as The Spirit Molecule and the Rick Strassman experiments.
What is hypnagogia? Learn how to induce the hypnagogic state to have lucid dreams and apparent out of body experiences.
In Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, Professor Richard Wiseman uses his knowledge of psychology and stage show magic to debunk paranormal myths.
Lucid dreamer and mentalist Daniel Love explains the importance of a critical mind - and why conformity hinders our individual journey of lucid dreaming.
What do blind people dream about? Can they "see" in their dreams? Take a look at scientific studies into the dreams of the blind, colorblind, and black-and-white dreamers. In 1999, dream researchers at the University of Hartford analyzed 372 dreams of 15 blind people. They found that both the congenitally blind and those who went blind before five years old did not have any visual dreams at all. That's because our dreams are made up of real world experiences and our innermost thoughts, anxieties and desires. So for someone who has never perceived images or light (or can't remember any) their dreams simply can't manifest visually.
Not long ago, scientists at Frankfurt University discovered how to produce lucid dreams with electronic stimulation. It was a world first. And - astonishingly - it worked in non-lucid dreamers 77% of the time. Now you can buy the same technology for yourself. The foc.us V2 - which delivers the proven optimum 40 Hz transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) - was originally developed to increase working memory in video gamers and improve sleep.
As technology continues to move us towards more immersive dreamlike experiences, one can only wonder what digital wonders lay just beyond the horizon of tomorrow. We may also question just how the future of virtual reality will impact the study and practice of lucid dreaming. Are we, perhaps, the last generation to whom lucid dreaming will maintain an appeal?
Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller. He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination. He's also a school teacher, and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork. Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams.
Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland, artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where "a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises." Based on photos of Istanbul, Buyuktas explains: "We live in places that most of the times don't draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise. These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality, ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view."
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?