Back in 1867, a Frenchman named Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys published the first ever Western book on lucid dreaming.
He was also the first person to write the term "lucid dream" - even though Frederick van Eeden is ofen credited to this day.
Saint-Denys' historic book was written entirely in French. Les Rêves et les Moyens de les Diriger; Observations Pratiques translates as Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them: Practical Observations.
Never heard of it? That's because, in 147 years of scientific dream research, it has never received a full English translation.
The expert lucid dreamer, Daniel Love, has made it his mission to see this book translated, properly and completely, into the English language. He needs to raise £18,000 on KickStarter to fund the process.
You can help - by donating anything from £1 to £5,000. Your donation can make this dream very real. So why get involved?
Take your place in the history of lucid dreaming: help fund this extraordinary project and translate the dreams of the first Western lucid dream researcher.
Saint-Denys created original philosophies and lucid dream techniques from his extensive research that could well catapault your own lucidity skills into a new league. I, for one, can't wait to explore them...
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
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.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
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?