After 18 years of lucid dreaming, and spending thousands of hours researching the complete science and methodology to write this website, I finally created my own lucid dreaming training program. If you find my style helpful and want to learn how to induce lucid dreams, consider taking my interactive online course.
This classic book by Dr Stephen LaBerge is undoubtedly what inspired many of my early lucid dreams as a teenager. Both an instruction manual and an informative read about the induction and applications of lucid dreams, it also has a wealth of personal accounts of lucidity. It's an in-depth read, so be ready to get your hands dirty.See reviews on Amazon.
Meditation and mindfulness are the foundations of lucid dreaming. For beginners, I recommend brain training audios to help you find this profound sense of calm. BlissCoded Sound is one of the most powerful audios I use to achieve deep relaxation and mental focus. It's also exceptional at supressing annoying mental chatter when you're trying to sleep at night.
Here's another exceptional book on the subject of lucid dreaming, created by the ingenius writer Daniel Love. A committed lucid dreamer and a thorough communicator, Love presents us with one of the most finely researched books designed for both beginners and intermediate lucid dreamers alike. Even as an advanced lucid dreamer myself I had things to learn from this thoughtful and fascinating read.
This fascinating book by Harvard researcher Allan Hobson describes how the evolution of dream theory has advanced dramatically over the past 50 years. See how dreams have specific perceptual, cognitive, and emotional qualities that set them apart from waking consciousness that correspond to specific modes of brain activity. Hobson also shows that modern research has disproved most of Freud (as one scientist put it, "Freud was 50% right and 100% wrong"), but we have gained new insight into the nature of mental illness.
This is my favorite sleep mask - and I've certainly worn a few. Dream Essentials checks all the boxes with this one: it's soft, comfortable, durable, and sufficiently padded so no light gets inside. As I use sleep masks for travel, meditation, naps and lucid dream training, it's worth having a good one on hand.
Omvana is an iOS app with hundreds of meditation and relaxation audios. Many of them can be customized, meaning you can mix-and-match hypnotic narratives with your choice of ambient music. For help silencing the mind-chatter or visualizing a lucid dreamscape as you fall asleep, Omvana has a library of world class relaxation audios, including our very own Pete Casale's Dream Escape featured under Relaxation Sounds.