Imagine being able to fly. Walk through walls. Shape-shift. Breathe underwater. Conjure loved ones - or total strangers - out of thin air. Imagine experiencing your nighttime dreams with the same awareness you possess right now - fully functioning memory, imagination, and self-awareness. Imagine being able to use this power to be more creative, solve problems, and discover a deep sense of well-being.
This is lucid dreaming - the ability to know you are dreaming while you are in a dream, and then consciously explore and change the elements of the dream. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming shows exactly how to do it. Written by three avid, experienced lucid dreamers, this manual for the dream world takes the reader from step one - learning how to reconnect with his or her dreams - through the myriad possibilities of what can happen once the dreamer is lucid and an accomplished "oneironaut" (a word that comes from the Greek oneira, meaning dreams, and nautis, meaning sailor).
Listeners will learn about the powerful REM sleep stage - a window into lucid dreams. Improve dream recall by keeping a journal. The importance of reality checks, such as "The Finger" - during the day, try to pass your finger through your palm; then, when you actually do it successfully, you'll know that you're dreaming. And once you become lucid, how to make the most of it. Every time you dream, you are washing up on the shores of your own inner landscape. Learn to explore a strange and thrilling world with A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming.
©2013 Oneironautics, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2013 HighBridge Company
This audio book is helpful for folks who learn best by listening. Reading distances me from the task at hand and my mind will wander while trying to incorporate written information. For me, and for others with the same bent, this audio book will get you further into the subject while retaining more of it's advice.
The incessant need to describe the dream world as a separate reality grinds my gears. This is neuroscience, not pseudoscience. A simple example of the brain talking to itself more-so than while awake. What is impressive about lucid dreaming, is how incredible this synthetic reality can be. Isn't that amazing enough without dumbing down the subject with notes on collective unconsciousness, vision questing, talking to the dead or other -FAKE- ideas?
Airy, dreamlike and patronizing.
I haven't been able to listen to the book in one go but I put it on my Sansa Fuze+ and listen to it while on break or in the truck.
This book does an excellent job of describing how to use your dream journal. 10 years of trying to make this work without one was a problem. Not knowing how to implenent, use and style the thing was another. The book helps streamline the Dream Journal and tells you what the thing is good for other than wrote dream recall.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
It's been a lot of years since I tried this sort of thing. When I was a kid, I used to suffer from night terrors, so I learned to control my dreams. Over time, the terrors - and the need - went away. Fast forward through some decades of insomnia in later years, and curiosity drives me to try it out again now that I've recovered the ability to sleep more often. Lucid dreaming is the first step towards dream control, and it's a rewarding experience in and of itself.
On the whole, if you're familiar with other works on the topic, you can probably skip this one. If this is your first step into the world, or if like myself you've been away for a while, this is a good little book to get you on the fast track. As with anything else, the efforts you put into it will determine your results, and casual readers will get virtually nothing from it. It's one of those skills you have to want to learn, and it's possible the ideas presented here will give the reader that desire simply because it sounds so easy. Be aware it will take active participation, and much of what's within might be more difficult than you first think, but the ideas and techniques within are effective.
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