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Outline of this Website - Lucid Dreaming

This page reviews reasons for learning to become lucid in your dreams and describes the contents of this web site.

Chapter 2:

"Preparation for Learning Lucid Dreaming" provides necessary background information on sleep and helps you overcome any reservations you might have about lucid dreaming that could inhibit your progress. Next, it helps you get acquainted with your dreams. You will learn how to begin a dream journal and how to increase your dream recall.

You should be able to recall at least one dream per night before attempting lucid dream induction techniques. When you have a dream journal with several entries, you will be ready to build  a catalog of dream-signs. These are the characteristic features of dreams that you can use as signposts to lucidity. 

Chapter 3

"Waking up in the "Dream World" discusses techniques for realizing you are dreaming from within a dream. The two major techniques presented are the reflection-intention technique, which is based on the practice of questioning whether you are awake or dreaming, and MILD, the technique I used to learn to have lucid dreams at will. MILD trains you to remember to notice when you are dreaming.

Chapter 4

" Falling Asleep Consciously" describes techniques for entering the lucid dream state directly from the waking state.

Chapter 5

"The building of dreams"provides a solid background  on the origins and nature of the dreaming process and discusses lucid dreaming in the context of dreams in general.

Chapter 6

"Principles and Practice of Lucid Dreaming" shows you how to gain control over the dream: how to remain in a lucid dream, how to awaken when you wish, and how to manipulate and observe the dream world. in addition to explaining methods of exercising power over the dream, we discuss the benefits inherent in taking an open, flexible, and noncommanding role in lucid dreams. 

Chapter 7

"Adventurers and explorations" shows how you can use Lucid dreaming for wish fulfillment  and the satisfaction of your desires. Examples and suggestions are provided to help you explore new worlds or enact exciting adventures in your dreams, and how you can tie your dream adventure s into your personal self development.

Chapter 8

"Rehersal for Living" explains how lucid dreaming can be a practical tool for preparing for your waking life. Lucid dreaming can be used as a "flight simulator" for life, a way in which you can test new ways of living, as well as particular skills. Practice in the dream state can contribute to enhanced experience, improved performance and deepened understanding in waking life.

Chapter 9

"Creative problem solving"discusses Lucid dreaming as a fruitful source of creativity for art, science, business, and personal life. Diverse examples show how people have used Lucid dreaming to find a name for a soon-to-be-born child, to repair cars, and to understand abstract matthematical concepts.

Chapter 10

2Overcoming Nightmares" helps you to use Lucid Dreaming  to face and overcome fears and inhibitions that may be preventing you from getting the most out of your life. Lucid dreamers can overcome night mares, and in so doing learn how to make the best of the worst situations imaginable.

Chapter 11

"The Healing Dream" shows how lucid dreamers can achieve more integrated , healthier personalities. Lucid dreams can help those who have unresolved conflicts  from past or present relationships, or with deceased friends or family members. Also, in lucid dreams, we can learn mental flexibility. Because nothing can harm us in dreams, we can try to solve our problems  in unusual or unheard of ways. This helps us to increase our reptoire of possible behaviours in the waking world, thereby decreasing the probability of getting stuck in situations we don't know how to cope with.

Chapter 12

"Life is a Dream: Intimations of a Wider World" takes a step beyond the application of lucid dreaming to your everyday life, and shows how lucid dreams can be used to attain a more complete understanding of yourself and your relation to the world. In the dream you are who you "dream yourself to be," and understanding this can help you see to what extent your waking self is limited by your own conceptions of who you are. Examples of transcendental experiences in lucid dreams will show you a direction that you might wish to explore in your own inner worlds.

The chapters end with an afterword ("The adventure Continues") inviting you to join the Lucidity Institute, a membership society devoted to advancing knowledge on the nature and potentials of lucid dreaming.

Reference:Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming: Stephen laberge, Ph.D. 7 Howard Rheingold

 

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