Lucid Dreaming: An Introduction

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Name a fundamental mistake of man: "To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting room." Idries Shah (Sufi Teacher)
It is my hope to discuss eastern lucid dream practice generally in the eastern sub-section. Because as the nature of the eastern practice demands a thorough understanding of tantric yoga and, at least, preliminary meditation skills; I am compelled to focus primarily on the western practice. Even this task would prove too much for me to accomplish if it was a thorough guide to lucid dreaming. My purpose then, is to here make clearer the notion of lucid dreaming so that the reader will be able to follow my postulations in other sections. I would highly recommend any of Dr. Stephen LaBerge's works on the subject, as well as some other contemporary psychologists works on the subject. Please visit my Links page to find more resources on the web and a link to the Lucidity Institute; which was founded by Dr. Stephen LaBerge.

Disclaimer: Lucid dreaming is a safe and healthy practice for most individuals. Escapism is a wonderful thing but it is vital that a potential oneironaut be able to distinguish fantasy and reality. If you doubt your ability to make this distiction in any way, Lucid dreaming is not a healthy pursuit. Otherwise, enjoy your minds fertility.

Joan Miro, Montroig, Village and Church, 1919