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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

A step-by-step guide to Lucid Dreaming

By Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold
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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold
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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (1990) presents a step-by-step guide to the fascinating world of lucid dreams. It introduces various techniques on how to evoke lucidity and how lucid dreaming can be used to enrich your waking life.

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What you see, touch or smell when you are awake is stored for use later in your dream state.

We all dream. Yet few people are able to dream lucidly, or consciously “wake up” within a dream.

Lucid dreaming may seem strange, yet anyone can do it!

It can actually be beneficial, too. In fact, those who can dream lucidly report that doing so has made a positive difference in their waking life.

But let’s start our exploration with dreaming in general, and specifically how our dream state differs from our waking state.

The world you experience when you are awake is communicated through your senses: sight, touch, taste, sound. Through your senses, your brain perceives your environment.

When you take a walk, for example, your brain collects sensory input such as listening to birds, seeing people lounging around and smelling the grass. Your brain then processes this external information and informs you that you’re walking through a park.

In dreams, however, it’s a different story. The information that your brain uses to generate a dream originates internally because as you dream, external sensory input – like smells or sounds – is limited.

A dream brings together the same process of perception that your brain uses to perceive the outside world when you are awake. The only difference is that in the dream state, there are no external factors to limit what you experience in your (dream) world.

Dreams are created solely by information already in your head, such as memories, desires and expectations. The possibilities of what can happen in your dreams then are endless!

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