Effort in Lucid Dreaming

Charlie Morley talks about lucid dreaming as a yin and yang practice.  In order to get to the dream world, a certain amount of effort is required: waking up, doing the practices, being diligent with the journaling, and so forth.  That is its yang. On the other hand, once we are in the dream world, […]

Appearance in Dream

Dreams touch the magic chord in the human psyche: alluring realms of pure illusion that arise, deceive, and dissolve on a nightly basis.  And we are continuously, almost pathologically, suckered into the cycle over and over and over again. When we consider the appearances of dream from within the dream, we find that they truly […]

Dream Sex

The first lucid activities most people engage in are flying and sex.  In a sense, these activities symbolize what most of us look for when we turn to dream: boundless freedom (and no receipts).  Suddenly, not only can we fly above the clouds with (or without!) our body in tow, but we can also open […]

Growing Your Practice

In the previous post (An Overview of Lucid Dreaming Techniques), we looked at several reliable techniques for inducing lucidity in the dream state.  Once we’ve determined what technique would work best for us, there is often a period of time in which we spend writing our dreams, practicing the technique, and not seeing many results. […]

An Overview of Lucid Dreaming Techniques

The number of techniques advertised to induce lucidity is staggering.  Often, it is difficult enough for a newcomer to dig through the dross (because a lot of the techniques are just bad) that it may take them years to discover a technique that works well for them.  Below, I will try to sum up what […]

Dream Journaling: Your Key to the Unconscious Mind

Dreams contain a remarkable amount of information relevant to our personal lives.  Depending on what system of dream work you subscribe to, dreams generally manifest this content in the form of symbolism, metaphor, creative imagery, and unlikely scenarios. But before we can even begin to delve into the meaning and being of our dreaming existence, […]

Meditation: A Simple Method

“When somebody plays music, you listen. You just follow those sounds, and eventually you understand the music. The point can’t be explained in words because music is not words, but after listening for a while, you understand the point of it, and that point is the music itself. In exactly the same way, you can listen to all experiences.”

Working with Dreams: Conscious Dream Re-entry (Part 2)

Dream re-entry can also be effected upon directly emerging from a dream.  Often, this method works best if one is awakened suddenly from the dream, or is able to become conscious during the process of waking up, in the hypnopompic state. This method is simple, but not always easy.  Part of the practice relies on […]