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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,018 Ratings  ·  99 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
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
Amany Gara
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
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
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
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
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!
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 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
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.
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.
Mia Goros
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Shelves: self-improvement
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: goldies, knowledge
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.
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.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to lucid dreaming, the bible for lucid dreaming
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.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was quite surprised Stephen LaBerge's book was so readable. Since he is strictly a scientific sort of guy, I feared the book was going to be slow and dry. Fortunately, it was just the opposite. There are lots of first-person accounts, and the book never bogs down anywhere. If you are a believer of OBE's and ADC's, however, stand forewarned that Dr. LaBerge thinks there are no such things; you don't travel out-of-body at nights, and you can't "raise the dead". No, you are supposedly just talkin ...more
Liz LaVier
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book could be shorter (too many personal examples), but the techniques are presented clearly, and they work. The author spends a fair bit of time discussing psychology, brain imaging studies, and meditation traditions (particularly the dream yoga of Tibetan Buddhism). I have slacked off on practicing, but when I was following the methods described (dream journaling, techniques for "state checking" (practicing asking yourself throughout the day if you're awake or asleep, and figuring out wha ...more
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
Stephen Monroe Monroe
This book was a good guide to lucid dreaming, although there was almost too much information for me to process. In his efforts to be thorough the author included many lucid dreaming methods that most readers will never use or have any interest in trying. The book could have been more concise and provided more problem-solving and intention-building material. The author was also very dismissive of out of body experiences which may offend some readers who have had these experiences for themselves.
Lucia Deetz
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-books
Economica la carta, ben strutturati i contenuti. Pur se un po' datato, questo libro rimane una pietra miliare nel campo. A chi volesse approfondire l'argomento e aggiornarsi sulle ultime tecniche consiglio di frequentare il canale di Reddit dedicato ai sogni lucidi. La community è più fervida che mai.
Varun Sadasivan
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book talks about the methods that can be used to remain conscious while in dreams aka lucid dreaming ,Dr Stephen LaBerge is a towering figure in this field of research and this is reflected in the book. The book is not a one time read but one has to keep going through it again and again to get better at the art of lucid dreaming . 5/5
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Bible of lucid dreaming. simply the best.
Movsar Bekaev
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book on lucid dreaming!
Akhil Jain
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"You may be wondering, then, how you could have a dream that seems to last for years or lifetimes. I believe this effect is achieved in dreams by the same stage trick that causes the illusion of the passage of time in the movies or theater. If, on screen, stage, or dream, we see someone turning out the light as the clock strikes midnight, and after a few moments of darkness, we see him turning off an alarm as the bright morning sun shines through the window, we’ll accept (pr
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The whole book is incredible; trying the methods explained and seeing results made me really interested in continuing on the lucid dreaming practice. Could not stop to mention how great are the quotes and the bibliographical references.
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
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,
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Guide to explore the world of lucid dreams. The authors give us several techniques to reach lucidity while dreaming as lucid dreams can help us to overcome fears, get knowledge from our "unconscious" mind, solve inner conflicts, nightmares, etc; as we have access to contents from our unconscious mind. Therefore, lucid dreaming can be considered a kind of training ground. What we learn while dreaming, we, then, have to apply it in the waking state.

The book also scientifically explains the phases
Leon M
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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