The Lucidity Institute is a leading scientific research institute dedicated to lucid dreaming. Founded by Dr Stephen LaBerge in 1987, TLI's mission is to advance research in the nature and potentials on consciousness using lucidity.
Each year, the Institute runs a series of lucid dreaming workshops in Hawaii, called Dreaming and Awakening, and are hosted by Dr Stephen LaBerge himself.
Becoming adept at lucid dreaming requires focused attention and practice - something that is difficult to maintain during our busy lives. So The Lucidity Institute has created an ideal opportunity to cultivate your lucid dreaming skills and enhance your mindfulness in everyday life.
Using the most effective techniques and technology, derived from both Tibetan Dream Yoga and Western science, Stephen LaBerge and his team present methods to develop the mental skills that foster lucidity and direct your consciousness within both dreaming and waking states.
The workshops held by The Lucidity Institute are typically an international mix of 20-25 adults with a passion for inner world explorations and more mindful waking lives. Many who come to the program, either by themselves or with a partner, discover new friends who share what may seem an uncommon interest in the extraordinary possibilities of lucid dreaming.
During the lucid dreaming workshops, you will have the chance to use the much-anticipated NovaDreamer II and get involved in ongoing research on a natural substance that stimulates lucidity and mindfulness in dreams. Participants in previous workshops have enjoyed phenomenal success at lucid dreaming.
The lucid dreaming workshops in Hawaii are held by several lucidity experts. The best known is, of course, Dr Stephen LaBerge, a world renowned expert on lucid dreaming. His groundbreaking research at Stanford University demonstrated the validity of lucid dreaming to the scientific world, and his books Lucid Dreaming and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming are best sellers.
Dr LaBerge is a dynamic speaker, known for his humor and ability to stimulate thought and to make scientific concepts relevant to the individual. Through the years his research team has developed highly effective techniques, including technological aids, for building lucid dreaming skills.
LaBerge also has extensive personal experience with lucid dreaming, having learned to have lucid dreams at will, and among his thousands of lucid dreams are many which have been delightful, inspiring, enlightening, and life changing. He is an unabashed advocate of lucid dreaming, believing that the world would be a better place if more people developed the art.
Moving on to other speakers, Patricia Keelin is a dedicated and accomplished oneironaut, and a long time associate of Stephen LaBerge and The Lucidity Institute. In recent years, she has shared her experience and endless enthusiasm for lucid dreaming by teaching workshops, facilitating at TLI's Dreaming and Awakening programs, and through numerous radio and television interviews. She has participated in research experiments as a lab subject and worked extensively with the NovaDreamer.
Meanwhile, Dominick Attisani, a seasoned lucid dreamer and avid meditator, has been exploring the inner worlds for more than thirty years. Familiar with yogic and shamanic approaches of inducing border states of consciousness, his special interest lies in transitional states of consciousness. These include hypnagogia, and Wake Induced Lucid Dreams often associated with out of body perceptions.
Through the sharing of personal experiences and practical guidance, Dominick provides motivation, direction, and individual support to workshop participants, along with data feedback using the Super NovaDreamer.
If you're interested in attending one of TLI's famed workshops, registration (which includes full board accommodation) is usually in excess of $2,000. In exchange, you will get lucid dreaming tuition from the famous Dr Stephen LaBerge himself, along with fellow experts at The Lucidity Institute. It's said to be a great experience, meeting other lucid dreamers and picking up some terrific insights into your lucid dream induction skills. Visit The Lucidity Institute website for more details of the upcoming Dreaming and Awakening workshop.
If you're unable to attend one of the annual workshops (and I understand this kind of escape is not practical for many people), I encourage you to read Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold. It provides a clear understanding of your dreaming mind and its amazing potential, as well as introducing specific and effective techniques for inducing lucid dreams at will.
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