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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,319 ratings  ·  70 reviews
"[A] solid how-to book...For amateur dream researchers, this is a must."
This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming--that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge's extensive laboratory work at Stanford University map
Paperback, 335 pages
Published November 13th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published September 19th 1989)
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Jay Reynolds

Full of practical, evidence-based advice on the practice of lucid dreaming from Stephen LaBerge of Standford University.

With the aid of the information presented in 'Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming', I became a proficient lucid dreamer, easily realizing more than 30 successful attempts following a couple weeks of practice. As I became better at lucid dreaming, I was able to slip directly from a hypnogogic state into a lucid dream, all the while maintaining awareness. I realize I may be unu
Roy Huff
This has to be one of my favorite books. Everyone needs to buy and read this book. If you are not familiar with the concept of lucid dreams, this will answer all your questions. This is based on scientific research and not a lot of the hokey new age concepts you find in other lucid dreaming books. This is also NOT about dream interpretation but rather a simple, easy, and clear strategy to control your dreams. The "MILD" and "WILD" techniques can get you started the first day. This influenced me ...more
Amany Gara
Amazing!~omg how can i not recommending this book
The same thing happens when you realize that ordinary life is a dream, just a movie, just a play. You don't become more cautious, more timid, more reserved. You start jumping up and down and doing flips, precisely because it's all a dream, it's all pure Emptiness. You don't feel less, you feel more - because you can afford to. You are no longer afraid of dying, and therefore you are not afraid of living. You become radical and wild, intense and vi
Mitch S
Very good book! Not enough people know about the tremendous benefits that can come with lucid dreaming. This book effectivley taught me how to control my dreams and act out any scenario I like. Its the natural form of virtual reality and its only limited to your imagination.
This is a very interesting book and a great reference for anyone interested in dreaming and lucid dreaming. I consider it a combination of a how to and a why to. The major skills I think someone could takeaway from this are:
1. How to relax and/or clear your mind
2. How to recall your dreams
3. How to lucid dream
4. How to potentially resolve problems in your dreams

In terms of 'why to's of this book I think Laberge makes some interesting arguments about the benefit of lucid dreaming and I think it's
Mike B
This book put me on a pretty open-minded path some years ago and I'm glad I read it, as it's made me a more creative and confident person. However, it did only a little for me as far as lucid dreaming goes. It turns out lucid dreaming is a serious commitment that requires a LOT of sleep (8-10 hrs a night at first). It's ironic that this book promises to enrich your life but demands you spend that much of it asleep!
If you are self-disciplined enough to follow the very specific steps to lucid dreaming in LaBerge's book, you will experience the transcendent and life-changing states of lucidity. It's worth the effort. The research on the subjective is extensive, and Eastern spiritual traditions are presented alongside the very Western scientific approach. For someone obsessed with dreams and the dream state, this is a must-read.
Mia Goros
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Professor Stephen Laberge (, the pioneer in this field, who has his own 'Dream Laboratory' @ Stanford University writes about proving (why doesn't "proving" have 2 "O"'s in it?) that Lucid Dreams Occur, that we can become conscious in our dreams, along with techniques on how to master this art.
Beyond words....
We have them when we're kids until our teachers and peers tell us that all those things we believed in are fairy tales. Hardly a wonder why the average pinnacle for intuition d
Stormblessed ~ ZeN
Excellent guide for beginners to Lucid Dreaming. Gives a lot of needed information and a novice guide/tutorial to Oneironauting. I held back a star since it didn't fit my needs as much seeing as how it's heavy with anecdotes and I was searching for more of the technical. Since its a good guide for starters, it has reviews and notes to remember the info. I knew most of it already so the reviews seemed redundant. Taking up space with already stated information. Still it's a great book with a good ...more
Dean Tsang
Stephen LaBerge introduces and explains lucid dreaming nicely, taking a simplistic approach in explaining the techniques and benefits of conscious sleep. This book explained everything I could have asked for, and have no qualms with it. I definitely recommend this for anyone who has thought of taking up lucid dreaming.
Those who are ready don't have to read this book or do the overcomplicated exercises, and the ones who fear themselves will never allow a lucid dream to happen, whatever the degree of effort applied.

Lucid dreaming changes your outlook regarding existence, and the effects are irreversible, in my experience.
Ben Nesvig
Fascinating topic and book. It took me a year to get half way through another book on the topic. I read this in a week. While I haven't had a lucid dream yet, dream recall has picked up.
Andrew Frueh
This is the most authoritative book on the subject of lucid dreaming that I have encountered. Although to be honest, it doesn't have a whole lot of competition. As the author concedes, the scientific study of dreams is a fairly new phenomenon. Perhaps as a result, this book is more of an overview of every possible aspect of dream study one could imagine. However the downside to this is that many of the topics covered feel like incomplete thoughts.

The book has a bit of a "self-help" vibe to it,
Steve Woods
Dreams have been an important part of my life for a long while. They took the form of nightmares, part of the symptomology of ptsd. I had to find a way of dealing with them and by trial and error I found ways that were consistent with some of the approaches outlined here. As a result of that experience I have become much more aware of what happens in my dreams and my interest has been expanded due to my exposure to some of Jung's ideas. I guess I have always sensed some kind of hidden potential ...more
Leon M
Ok, it took me quite long until I could write an objective review of this book, because I first needed to try out the techniques mentioned.

"Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" is the standard introductory work for all lucid dreamers and it is easy to see why that is after reading it: Written in a simple but elegant style, LaBerge mixes accounts of lucid dreamers with his scientific evidence for the phenomena and destillates the numerous techniques that promise to make people lucid into two si
I'll admit, I already sort of know how to lucid dream. It's an incredible experience. I'm reading this based on recommendations that I've read all over the web that Dr. LaBerge's method is best for learning how to lucid dream at will. I'm taking this book in steps as is recommended by Dr. LaBerge. At this time, I'm recording my dreams for later review of dream signs. So, I'm still early into it.

Update: Finished this after working through it for about four months. Highly instructive but some of
The first book I read on lucid dreams and to this day remains one of the very best. Unlike so many other books on lucid dreaming, LaBerge is an expert. He's spent his life researching lucid dreaming and knows what he is talking about. This book is a little old now but it still eclipses almost all other modern books, because it's written by someone who actually studies dreams as a profession.

A must read.
Good introduction to lucid dreaming, the bible for lucid dreaming
Anton Klink
Although I read the book a few years ago, I still remember the principles of lucid dreaming, how to induce them, how to stay in them and how to teach others to have lucid dreams as well. Needless to say, after having read this book, my frequency of getting lucid dreams increased considerably. Since the book helped me achieve exactly what I wanted to and I still remembver the advice years laters, I consider this an exceptionally good subject on the book and highly recommended to all who are inter ...more
An excellent introduction and guide to lucid dreaming. The author seemed very friendly toward the theist and atheist, mystical and logical, and the in between. There were a few times where the book dragged and it took me longer to finish this one than another of similar length, but I quickly welcomed this as it kept the concept of lucid dreaming in the back of my mind with this staying on my "currently reading" list, thus aiding me in an inadvertent way to inducing lucidity.
Some of the lucid dream inducing methods (not involving drugs, but appropriate mental conditioning/exercises) worked for me and resulted in some of the most amazing lucid dreams I've experienced so far; dreams being extremely colorful/vivid and me having almost total control over my actions and partial control over the dream environment during the dreams. Very interesting experiences, albeit I haven't been able to reproduce them reliably later.
Aug 07, 2012 Keoni is currently reading it
"We sleep, mindlessly, through many thousands of opportunities to be fully aware and alive."

If we can solve real world problems while still getting our night's rest, that'd really improve efficiency! I'm not sure this is possible, but I'm giving it a shot!

I've had two lucid dreams since reading this book!

This is definitely a good psychological exercise, and it puts the "first person" back into science!
Jan 15, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who dream
This is my second delve into this topic and it's an amazing how to. If you have vivid dreams and would like to actively participate in them I highly recommend this book. Jump without fear, walk through walls and control your own dreamworld, how much fun is that?! I highly recommend it if you have nightmares as well, it will help you get those particular demons under control. I promise.
Apr 05, 2010 Jordon added it
I haven't read any other books on the subject to compare, so I'll withhold from rating for now. LaBerge makes sure to distinguish what's been proven in a lab from what hasn't, yet there's still an uncomfortable presence of potential pseudoscience in this book. Nonetheless, as a how-to, it has worked reasonably well for me.
While the book Lucid Dreaming would be the lecture or theory, this book would be the lab, or practical application. Goes through different methods to induce the lucid dream state. Not all need to be used, but they are listed so that the readers can find the one best suited to them.
Great introduction to lucid dreaming from the bloke who was first able to bring the practice to scientific acceptance. Covers not only how to lucid dream, but some good expansion on a few things you can use lucid dreaming for and how to deal with common pitfalls etc. Covers a lot of great knowledge in a relatively short book.
Kannte ich bisher noch nicht, klingt aber unheimlich spannend. Auch eher ein "Arbeits"buch als etwas zum schnell mal durchlesen, da es immer mit Hausaufgaben verbunden ist (wenn man wirklich interessiert ist). Zumindest kann ich mich seit wenigen Wochen daran erinnern, was ich geträumt habe ... das erste Mal seit 5 Jahren.
Steve Werner
This was my introduction to the subject. All I can say is it really works! I have yet to hold on to a dream once I become lucid, but I started having lucid experiences almost immediately after I started reading. I have a feeling this is something I'll continue to explore for the rest of my life.
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