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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,224 ratings  ·  181 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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Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hey, those of us who don’t do drugs have to get our trippy rocks off somehow.
Jay Reynolds
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it

Full of practical, evidence-based advice on the practice of lucid dreaming from Stephen LaBerge of Stanford 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 unus
Roy Huff
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mike B
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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! ...more
Mitch S
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has a step-by-step method for learning how to have and use lucid dreams. One component is targeting dreamsign categories. These include: inner awareness, action, form, or context. You can practice looking for dreamsigns while you are awake, too, by making a habit of examining your day for events that fit under your dreamsign category. For example, if your target category is action, study how you, other people, animals, objects and machines act and move. Once you are familiar with how t ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Dreams in general have always been something I've been fascinated by. I want to learn more about it, so I decided to delve into the world of lucid dreaming.

I found this book very interesting in the beginning, but it became very repetitive which made me lose interest throughout. However, I did enjoy a lot of aspects of the book regardless of the repetitiveness.

I liked that they included dream sequences from strangers and themselves. It works as a nice break from the dense facts. The exercises w
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A great introduction to the world of lucid dreaming and how to go about obtaining the skills to lucid dream yourself. Personally, I have not been able to really lucid dream yet, but I have made progress and look forward to being more successful. The book provides a lot of different exercises for the reader to practice in order to become an oneironaut and I found a lot of them to be really well explained and clear. There were also a bunch of different examples of how lucid dreaming can influence ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Zarathustra Goertzel
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Quite a good, inspiring book on lucid dreaming, that is, being consciously aware while dreaming as if awake.

1) Lucid dreaming is easier when you're getting enough sleep every night (say, 7.5-10 hours)

Questioning whether one is dreaming or not during one's waking life helps one do this in a dream. Checking if one can read text and it remains the same over time is apparently more reliable than pinching myself -- trying to fly, however, should work 😋

Seems that having control over the nature of one
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Misty Galbraith
Sep 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have been practicing keeping a dream journal for several years, but haven’t made very much progress in understanding my dreams. I’ve wanted to approach dreaming with more awareness and this book has some excellent ideas on letting our nighttime sleep hours enhance our health and happiness, as well as how to guide our dreams. I struggle with recurrent nightmares, and am hoping these new skills will also help alleviate them.
I really liked the chapters on rehearsing new skills or personality tra
laudanum at 33
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
In spite of my rating, I would still recommend this book to people who are attempting to dream lucidly. It just didn't work for me, but did push me to realize there are barriers and safety locks on my subconscious. When I told one of my friends about this she was like, "So basically you're having Inception-level dreams about how you suck at dreaming?" I thought about it for a while then replied, "Yeah. Exactly."

I did the exercises for months and undertook the changes to make things happen, but i
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ahhh, lucid dreaming. One of my true loves. This book is mainly research, exercises and anecdotal dream stories. I think it was well written and painted a beautiful picture of this hobby and how it can better your life. I’m hooked. I want to be an expert; who wouldn’t want to spend time in a universe where you can create, be, talk to anyone or anything?! Without leaving your bed?! I don’t have many people to talk about this with, so if you’ve lucid dreamed shoot me DM!
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I changed my rating from 3/5 to 5/5 because the night after reading the book, I actually had lucid dreams. works.
Thomas Goddard
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've got a few books on the topic now, after taking an interest in the concept as a way to treat nightmares that become increasingly horrible at times of stress.

This book was the only one that gripped me as I read it.

Plenty of examples and techniques. I've had limited success, but it has made me more focused. And more comfortable with the idea of sleeping. Which is a win-win, far as I'm concerned.

If you have an interest, grab this book first. Then add to it, if you need to. I'll be exploring
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 500-science
Excellent beginner's guide for the curious. I read this in the 1990's when I was fresh out of high school and enjoying exploration of the world of dreaming. I also have a fond recollection of the book as it represents a time in my life when I slept long and deeply and had time to journal about such things as one's dreams. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oracle
I wanted a scientifically backed book on lucid dreaming and this book delivered. If you want entertainment and research-based methods on lucid dreaming this is the best book there is.

I was even able to successfully lucid dream from the techniques in the book. It works.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anyone interested in or even vaguely curious about Lucid Dreaming should begin with this book.
Stephen LaBerge is one of the world's leading authorities on Lucid Dreaming and draws upon decades of research conducted at the sleep laboratory at Stanford to lay the groundwork for anyone who would like to learn how to consistently have lucid dreams. The book is very thorough and comes in at over 300 pages, but the potential benefits are well worth the time.
Dean Tsang
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knowledge, goldies
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.
Gabriel J. Clark
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is apparently one of the first western books widely available to the public which provides detailed instructions on how to lucid dream. It was published in 1991, nearly 30 years ago. This is quite old in the world of scientific research, but this book is still very relevant. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lot of the practical tips in this book can be found online, but for more background information on lucid dreaming research or the way people apply lucid dreaming, this seems to be the best book out there.
Chetan Vashisht
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's a slow book filled with repetitive advice on how to lucid dream and what you can achieve by doing so. Too many examples. The book could have been one third the size, but otherwise I think it's a decent work. ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are new to the topic the book is wonderful. I know about all of this, and the value I got from it was nothing lasting. Those that are serious are better of just lurking the dreamviews forums for the many techniques and tips available. I don't remember much from this book, but had high hopes. ...more
Ben Nesvig
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
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. ...more
Ryan Howe
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to lucid dreaming, the bible for lucid dreaming
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Some intriguing exercises & valuable pointers towards other works, but LaBerge's own writing here often veers into fluffy feel-good late-night-infomercial-pitch territory imho. ...more
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Stephen LaBerge (1947–) is a psychophysiologist and a leader in the scientific study of lucid dreaming. He began researching lucid dreaming for his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology at Stanford University, which he received in 1980. In 1987, he founded The Lucidity Institute, an organization that promotes research into lucid dreaming, as well as running courses for the general public on how to achieve a l ...more

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