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This text is a thorough and exciting exploration of lucid dreaming theory and practice within both Western and Tibetan Buddhist contexts. It not only explores lucid dreaming practices, but also the innovative new techniques of mindfulness of dream and sleep, the holistic approach to lucidity training which the author co-created.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Hay House UK Ltd
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Giles
Jan 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the kind of junk that filled the self help bookstores in the 90s and turned off so many intelligent people from taking lucid dreaming seriously. The book is written by an ex-hip hop coach/part time Buddhist turned self-styled lucid dream lifestyle guru, so don't expect razor sharp insights into psychology. The book seems to be suffering from split personality disorder, jumping from attempts and scientific writing, filled with mistakes and misunderstandings, then back to a warm and fuzzy ...more
Iona  Stewart
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Morley is my favourite lucid dreaming author, and this is his best book ever!

It contains both Western and Tibetan Buddhist approaches to dream work and thus also teaches us about Dream Yoga.

First, we’re informed about what lucid dreaming actually is, i.e. dreams in which we become aware that we’re dreaming. Charlie stresses that we’re not actually controlling our dreams. He states: “You may be controlling your subjective experience of the localized dreamscape, but there is something much
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Mark
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Written by self taught Lucid Dream Teacher Charlie Morley, this is a fascinating look into the beautifully strange world of dreams and lucidity. Starting with the history and science behind lucid dreaming through to tried and tested techniques that will help you reach lucidity (which I can verify as I have been using these techniques for the last few months) A truly inspiring read whether you are brand new to the world of lucid dreams or a seasoned practitioner that wants to go deeper. This book ...more
Dream Conversations
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in understanding more about lucid dreaming, please read this book. I feel Charlie Morley does a fine job illustrating a Buddhist perspective on lucid dreams, which is essential.
The format of this book was greatly helpful to me - containing not only footnotes, but chapter endings of additional footnote type insights, passages called "Charlie Says" and a handful of Charlie's personal lucid dreams which contains notes on how he prepped before falling asleep.
Charlie writes in a
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Daniel Grosvenor
Fascinating, easy to digest and full of great advice on navigating your dreams and the benefits of doing so. I had the privilege of meeting Charlie and attending one of his retreats: he is both a fount and font of knowledge. Seriously, I could talk to the guy for hours. Interesting people tend to write interesting books and I'm pleased to see he already has a new one out.

While I always advise a healthy dose of scepticism when reading anything religious or "new agey" I'm pleased to say this book
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reality
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book on lucid dreaming and beyond, particularly in the frame of Buddhism and specifically Tibetan Dream Yoga. Unlike many other books of its ilk it is surprisingly well-referenced and speaks with a rational and reasoned tone. Despite this, it is not overly academic and the writing style is accessible and friendly.

I would recommend this book to someone who already has a little grounding in lucid dreaming, but is looking for something *more*; something to turn it to
Amy Sparkles
Apr 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found the writing style immature and the author full of himself. Lucid dreaming is fabulous but I hate this kind of spiritual consumerism.
Стефан Радев
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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За осъзнатото сънуване:
Старая се да бъда човек на критичната научна мисъл и на първо време е много важно да уточня за незапознатите нещо. В "Осъзнатото сънуване" няма абсолютно нищо мистично, магично, свръхестествено, параноррмално, религиозно, спиричуъл, астрало-астрологично, номерологично, хомеопатично, веганско и всякакви вдруги бабини деветини.

Идеята на осъзнатото сънуване е проста - Докато сънуваш да ЗНАЕШ че сънуваш. И в зависимост от силата на осъзнатост може да си:
- при слаба
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Martyn Carter
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have recently become increasingly draw to meditation and mindfulness and have literally just started to practice meditation. A few articles had caught my eye about lucid dreaming as an adjunct to meditation. Moreover I have always been fascinated by dreams and what they mean and recently read Matthew Walker’s ‘Why We Sleep’. This book seemed highly rated and seemed a good place to start. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. It did try to explain the various techniques of how to learn, ...more
Mary Beth
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in understanding more about lucid dreaming, please read this book. I feel Charlie Morley does a fine job illustrating a Buddhist perspective on lucid dreams, which is essential.
The format of this book was greatly helpful to me - containing not only footnotes, but chapter endings of additional footnote type insights, passages called "Charlie Says" and a handful of Charlie's personal lucid dreams which contains notes on how he prepped before falling asleep.
Charlie writes in a
...more
Valerie Brett
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
This is a manual for people interested in lucid dreaming, as well as an argument for why you should be interested. I couldn't decide if this book deserved 3 or 4 stars. I'm keeping it in case I want to reference or re-read it later, so obviously I thought it was good or worthwhile. However, I hated the personal anecdotes and dream sharing; everyone knows that no one cares about your dreams but you! So even though this guy is trying to share his dreams with us to illustrate his points, and be ...more
Matija Mazi
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting a book purely about lucid dreaming, but the book covers many aspects of mindfulness/awarenes outside of lucid dreaming, which is enormous added value for me. It show how lucid dreaming is not only a fun activity, but can be a profound spiritual experience and personal growth tool as well.
Dawid Milewski
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am yet to test the techniques recommended by Charlie - on the bucket list! A good book.
Ti.Me
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive guide for lucid dreaming beginners. A reference for continued use.
Nic_nacks
The book starts show, but is great when it moves into techniques, very informative second half :)
Mark
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
First part is very practical but it gets pretty far out there after that
Cindy
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely a keeper; lots of great techniques and examples.
musing
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystic
Good book for the beginner, the tone is friendly and helpful.

Not much left in my mind to ponder though after finishing.

Maybe I prefer more spiritual, then mechanical or pleasuring-self side of lucid dreaming.
Benjamin
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in lucid dreaming, this is a must read. It was both thorough and easy to read. I feel like I learned so many new things about this topic. Charlie makes the topic very accessible. I definitely would recommend this book!
Visnja
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
I've read a number of books on lucid dreaming, but this one was extra accessible - and special, as I had read it during a retreat with the author :)
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