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The Art of Lucid Dreaming Ebook Review

Posted by Fred Tracy April 5th, 2011 12 Comments

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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

The fourth section contains two really interesting interviews. One is from Robert Waggoner, the author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and the other from Erin Pavlina.

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 ebook by rebecca turner

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. :D

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Justin says:

    I really enjoyed the e-book myself and the price is so affordable. I saved my copy onto my desktop so I can refer to it at anytime.

    I believe that we have lucid dreams more often then we can recall. You said that you are a dense sleeper, so maybe it was just more difficult to remember.

    More of my dreams are vivid in nature and easier to remember when I wake.

    • Fred Tracy says:

      It’s a great book. I want to try some of the other lucid dreaming techniques mentioned in it when I get a more regular sleeping shcedule.

      My lucid dreams are so vivid that I doubt I’d forget it upon waking up, but there have been some semi-lucid dreams that seem to go very fuzzy and I eventually forget. I came across a post in the SP forums the other day that I wrote about a particularly odd dream I had, and I didn’t remember it at all until I read it!

      Did you have to do anything to get your dreams to be easily memorable? I’ve heard dream journaling upon waking helps, but I’m wondering if it does very much.

  2. Fred, about six years ago I kept a dream journal every day for about seven months. I did the whole dream dictionary thing to find out what my dreams meant as well.

    After doing that for so long I am able to easily remember my dreams. Plus I am not a regular sleeper, I often wake up several times during the night so it’s easy to recall my last dream.

    If I didn’t have daytime obligations, I would prefer to sleep during the day and use the night time when the energy is more subtle to work on creative stuff.

    • Fred Tracy says:

      That’s interesting, Justin. I’m going to have to start updating my dream journal more regularly.

      About the nighttime creativity, back when I was a computer science major, I had a professor who mentioned that he always had his most creative moments right before bedtime. I think it has to do with what you said, the subtle energy of night time. It’s like the world is asleep and you’re the only one awake who’s doing anything. It almost feels like “bonus” time, if that makes sense.

      Some of my fondest memories of childhood are waking up super early to play some Diablo II. It’s like I had a head start on everyone else.

  3. That’s funny what you said about waking up in the early morning to get a head start. I did the same thing, everyone else is sleeping and you have the whole house to yourself kind of thing.

  4. Donna says:

    I get most of my design ideas when I’m “asleep”

    • Fred Tracy says:

      I get a lot of insights too. They come especially during meditation, when I quiet my mind.

      Napoleon Hill talks about a quiet mind, or well, a focused mind, being able to access hidden information from Infinite Intelligence via meditation and other techniques in Think and Grow Rich. I wrote an article about that here, it’s interesting stuff.

  5. Tomi says:

    Hey Fred. I was just thinking.. and I remembered that about a week ago I had a ‘lucid dream’. It was just another wacky dream, but just as I entered into what I call the ’3rd stage’ (deepest sleep), it just came to me without even thinking, I’m dreaming… I looked around, and I compared real life physical living, to that moment of my dream, as I looked around. That dream literally looked and felt like real life, 100%. The only 2 flaws where that 1. I was in a very strange environment and scenario 2. I felt and saw the dream change from 2nd to 3rd stage. Unfortunately, I didn’t succeed in learning anything from myself (cuz I wanted to have what you had) and instead engaged in shooting everyone in the head with a fully equipped Barrett m107 sniper rifle because I thought they were zombies (I was just trying to protect them). Funny thing is, the whole time I was actually trying to save the group of people I saved from stage 2 to stage 3, then once I realized I was dreaming, some guy said “No don’t, just go with it man”.. then I pretty much said gtfo zombies are coming.. lol

    Anyways.. a couple days after that dream I was thinking about how reality is what you make it and how literally anything is possible. That dream looked like it was real life, 100%. Like maybe the reason we dream, and this may seem like a farfetched connection, but one of the reasons we dream is to allow us to think of greater things, to create amazing things that many would label as science fiction, or magical witchcraft, but of things that us humans can accomplish, and advance our species to something that’s much more than even Star Trek.

    I’m not sure if you know about the PC game “F.E.A.R.” but if you don’t, I’ll try and fill you in. It’s a long and fairly complicated story, but its about a project to create a telepathic military commander. A young girl who has amazing telesthetic abilities gives birth to 2 test subjects . The 1st subject, as you find out at the end, is you. The 2nd is a man who is telepathically controlling an army of clone super-soldiers, and who’s mission objective is to free his mothers spirit from the facility that was abandoned after the people found out what monster they have created. Once she is free she can take her revenge and what-not. It’s all extremely paranormal, and with their release of the 3rd in the series (which costs a whopping 50 moola), I cannot wait to find out what happens. I can honestly say that it’s one of the top 5 things that’s blown my mind. If you don’t play games, I understand, but this game is my #1 recommendation to anyone that possesses an open mind towards the future.

    I’m reallly tired, I’m sorry if I babbled on, I just thought it would be great to tie into dreams and what reality is. I’m one of the believers of this world that believes there’s MUCH more to this world, our species, and our past, that we are lead to believe. It’s called, the ancient astronaut theory, and I know its the right theory because there’s many facts proving it, although they are ancient facts, but 1200 tons blocks that even modern machinery can’t lift… well.. that’s compelling enough..

    • Fred Tracy says:

      it’s funny that you mentioned PC game F.E.A.R, because I actually used to have that game. I was thinking of buying it again because a friend lost it, so maybe I’ll do just that. It’s a really amazing game – especially if you played at night with no one around and over-the-ear headphones on like I did! If you remember much of the first one – and at this experience was as traumatic for you is a was for me – you might remember playing through one of the sewers (at least I think it was sewers) and having to go down a ladder. Of course, whenever you go down ladders your character has to turn around, and during that time you can’t use a gun. Well, right when I was turning around, that little girl talked up and did something really creepy, like REALLY creepy. It freaked me out so that I literally jumped, and was pushing the left mouse button like crazy to try to shoot it. But as soon as I could actually shot she had vanished… Talk about scary!

      Unfortunately, I didn’t get far enough to learn much of the story but once I go through it again I’ll pay selectmanspecial attention to it.

      It’s also funny because I had a semi-lucid dream this morning without even trying to. I was walking through a city-type area at night and found myself going down a wooden ramp. For just a moment, I realized it was a dream, and looked around at everything just to inspect it and see how it was. I was actually only lucid for a couple seconds, but those 2 seconds of looking around are more vivid than any other part of the dream. Much like you, I like to extrapolate to reality, and from this I intuited that living an extended period of time in a very unaware state will result in less happiness and even 2 seconds of full, undistracted awareness and bliss.

      It’s hilarious that you dreamed of shooting zombies with a sniper rifle. I’m thinking that maybe we play too much video games, because we both dreamed about them. Do you ever have dreams in cartoon? Like, Nintendo 64 Zelda: Ocarina of Time style cartoon. I’ve had a couple of those, and they are really weird.

      I like what you said about our thoughts creating reality, and our dreams allowing us to conceive of more than we normally would. I think this corresponds nicely to something that Dr. David Hawkins said. He mentions in his book Power vs. Force that everything we do and think remains forever as a particular wave of energy. Whenever someone does something that no one else has done, it creates a distinct new “wave” that others can then emulate and start building upon. Like when someone sets a new world record, it doesn’t take long until someone else beats it. This process continues until people are doing things that would be unheard of 50 years ago. I think this process is also true of dreams, just like you said. Reality is less steadfast in its rules in dreams, and that allows us to conceive of things that we normally couldn’t conceive of.

      That is a great point, and I’m right there with you on that one.

      Thanks for this comment, and no worries about babbling on… I love reading about people’s dream experiences!

      • Tomi says:

        I loved that last paragraph you wrote… just adds to the fact that we know so little about the universe. Such as space, not being nothing, it actually is something, because before the ‘big bang’, there was literally nothing, not even space and time. I watched an hour special about how the big bag theory could be wrong, and they talk about dark matter, dark energy, and dark flow (http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/is-everything-we-know-about-the-universe-wrong/); all these things we can detect, and believe exist, but there’s no real solid evidence and knowledge about it because dark matter is invisible.. this all just fits into what is the meaning of life, and answers I’ve just recently started thinking about so much: how the entire universe works, what made it, why is it so big, what was there before the universe, what is the intended outcome if there is one, are there external forces acting from outside the universe.

        The last one I said I actually thought of a little while ago. Like perhaps the universe was created by a race of insanely intelligent beings as some sort of massive experiment. They spread life throughout the cosmos they created, with different races either being the favored race by the creators, or certain members of the creators controlling different races, and in their frame of time 1 second to them is 1 year to us. Maybe it’s an experiment to see what they can create, or to create a species that will rise above all others and finally one day in the far future, after great technological and scientific advancements in all fields, be partners with the creators, in a horrible, devastating and above all, confusing war against a race of demons that takes place in another universe all together…

        I’m astonished of how interested in physics I am, because in high school I took university level physics not once, but twice. Passing with 50% both times.

        I fucking hate formulas

        • Fred Tracy says:

          check your e-mail. :-)

        • dreamclear says:

          I would love to lucid dream. I’ve had some amazingly vivid flying dreams though I wasn’t aware I was dreaming. I was flying like superman in one, busting through mountains and I could literally feel the speed of my flying. Numerous times I’ve dreamt I was a flying secret agent and one time I saved Wendy as Peter Pan. All very vivid. About the Big Bang Theory, something they never tell you is that it doesn’t explain the table of elements. They can show how the first 3 elements may have developed but then it all comes to a complete stop and they cannot explain how it continues. I guess you could call it the Elemental Missing Link.

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