Update: The lucid dreaming e-book has been added to a complete package called The Lucid Dreaming FAST TRACK. Along with the e-book, you’ll get a guided meditation handbook and a lucid dreaming hypnosis MP3. Click the link above and read about it.
Recently I got my hands on an e-book called The Art of Lucid Dreaming by Rebecca Turner, who runs the popular website World of Lucid Dreaming. I’ve never had any real lucidity in dreams before, so I was excited to get my hands on a good resource and start learning. As soon as I got into it I was turned by the sheer amount of work put into it. It’s not just a how to guide for lucid dreaming, but a comprehensive book containing just about anything you’d want to know relating to dreams. History, experiments, psychology, guest interviews, dream herbs, and more.
After reading it, I’ve had some incredible results. I owe my first lucid dream to the book, where I flew, smashed bad guys, and even received life-changing information from my subconscious. But before I get too in-depth with the book itself, I’d like to share my experience with it.
First Impressions of Lucid Dreaming E-book
When I first started reading the book, I was surprised by amount of detail it contained. I didn’t know so many things could be written about lucid dreaming! You can tell Rebecca worked hard on it. She includes a lot of her personal stories and humor, which makes it fun to read. It’s definitely not bland.
She also shares quite a few techniques on how to start making your dreams lucid. I’ve been pretty busy lately so I just decided to stick with one, in which you basically intend to lucid dream. I combined a few of the tips from the book, along with a nifty hypnosis video (also in the book), and I started a nightly ritual. It took me just five days of doing the ritual properly before I had my first lucid dream.
My First Lucid Dream
Check out my first lucid dream that I linked above if you haven’t already. Keep in mind that I’m a pretty dense sleeper, and I rarely remember much from my dreams, so if this can work for me, it can work for anyone.
I’m not sure if it’s the magic of the e-book itself, or just plain dumb luck, but my first lucid dream was a BIG one. I had four separate dreamscapes within one single night of dreaming. Each was filled with its own unique landscape, beauty, and purpose. Here’s a little list of the things I did in that one night:
- Flew over a beautiful lake (flying is AMAZING)
- Sat still floating on water
- Smashed purple putty guys with maces for arms
- Explored my own unique video game “level”
- Received life-changing information from my subconscious
- Almost had lucid dream-sex (so close!)
- Experienced a false awakening in an old house (eerie but fun)
- Seemingly connected with another dreamer
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I experienced so much when I had never had a legitimate lucid dream before. It was an amazing journey, and I can’t wait to do it more. Luckily, lucid dreaming is like any other skill – it gets easier over time. I suspect that most people can have their first lucid dream within about a week of using the techniques. The more aware you are, the faster it will happen.
Overview of The Art of Lucid Dreaming
I like to know what I’m getting before I buy it, so I’ve written up a little summary of the book and what you’re going to get. The book is split into four major sections, with a bonus section at the end.
The first section is all about the history of dreaming. I’ve been a student of psychology for awhile, both in real life and school, and I still learned a lot of stuff from the book that I didn’t know. You’re going to get a history of dreaming along with a bunch of interesting tidbits. Did you know giraffes only sleep two hours a day? How odd, right?
There’s a lot of interesting studies that she’s broken down for you in the book. You’re also going to hear about what all the greats thought about dreaming. Carl Jung, Freud, and so on. Also included in this section is info on dream symbols and how to interpret your dreams.
Sections on Lucid Dreaming
The second and third sections are where you get into the meat and bones of lucid dreaming. The thing that impressed me most about the book was the vastly different ways you can learn to lucid dream. There are several strategies (at least 10), so if one doesn’t work for you, there’s probably something there that will.
Once you become lucid, there are plenty of resources here that will help you explore what you can do with your newfound skill. It covers everything from staying lucid in your dream, to amping up the lucidity (Oooh shiny!), to controlling your dreams and receiving information from your subconscious.
You can even become lucid in a nightmare and confront your inner demons (and watch them run away!). Oh, and don’t worry – lucid sex is covered here too.
Also included are some free videos that hypnotize your subconscious into becoming more aware and thus induce lucid dreaming.
I only watched them one night because my lucid dreaming came about so abruptly, but it seemed effective. I actually had a really funny experience. The one night I watched the videos, I had a dream that I was reading a book about lucid dreaming. I could clearly see “Lucid Dreaming” written on the book in my dream, yet I did not become lucid! It was really funny to wake up and go, “Doh!” So close!
Guest Interviews and More
Erin’s interview in particular was enjoyable because of her tongue-in-cheek style. She talks a lot about when and how she first learned to lucid dream. She also shares some of her stories about astral projection and how she used to adventure around in the astral plane defeating bad guys – with her personal lightsword! In fact, this article (also in the e-book) is what led me to realize I was spontaneously astral projecting myself.
The bonus section includes some cool ideas to do while you’re lucid dreaming. Rebecca offers some very interesting things you can ask your dream, as well as some famous movies you can relive if you want (like the Matrix!). This goes along nicely with the free e-book you get upon purchase, entitled “100 Great Ideas for Lucid Dreams.” From flying through the universe at supersonic speeds to shrinking yourself down to an atom, this book will keep you busy with unforgettable adventures night after night.
Get the Ebook for Yourself
The Art of Lucid Dreaming was a fantastic investment in my quest for personal development. Not only is it cheaper than most books on the subject, but it’s high quality material. It doesn’t just cover how to lucid dream, which is what I expected initially. It gives you an entire background of dreaming, how to lucid dream, how to enhance your lucidity, and a whole list of ideas to try that will keep you having fun for a long, long time.
I can’t imagine needing to read another book on lucid dreaming for quite some time. It also helps that it’s an e-book, so you skip most of the filler that’s prevalent in paperback books, and you’ll have it on your computer, phone, and whatever else whenever you need it.
In short: If you want to have amazing lucid dreams and explore your inner world in detail, I highly recommend The Art of Lucid Dreaming. It works great for people who haven’t ever had a lucid dream before (like me), but it’s also a valuable resource for even the most seasoned lucid dreamer. Of course, if spending your nights flying around and exploring exotic locations isn’t your idea of a good time, then feel free to skip this one.
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