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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....

Title : Dreams of Awakening
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ISBN : 9781781802021
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 322 Pages
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  • IonaStewart
    2018-11-10 07:42

    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 more powerful directing everything else.” He quotes the renowned lucid dream author Robert Waggoner as saying “No sailor controls the sea. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream.”The author and Rob Nairn now hold courses entitled “Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep”. These teach both mindfulness meditation, lucid dream training, and conscious sleeping techniques. Charlie aims to allow mindful awareness to “infuse all stages of our sleep cycle”. This will lead to “lucid living”, to wake up to life with more awareness. So this book is much more ambitious than other books on lucid dreaming, We learn much about Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Dream Yoga. The latter is “a collection of transformational lucid dreaming, conscious sleeping and --- out-of-body experience practices aimed at spiritual growth and mind training”.We are taught about “bardo” which means “place in between”. The after-death bardo describes the intermediate states between death and rebirth. “If we can fall asleep consciously and then recognize our dreams as dreams, we may also be able to die consciously and recognize the after-death bardo state. It´s said that if practitioners can become fully lucid within the death and after-death bardo states, then they can recognize the nature of their mind and have the potential to reach full spiritual awakening.”The practices of lucid dreaming and dream yoga are also intended to train practitioners to become lucid in their waking state. The author states further: “The lucid awakening within the shared dream of life is exactly what transformed Siddhartha Gautama into the Buddha. This is an awakening that is possible for us all.”Both psychological and physical healing can be achieved in lucid dreams. Visualizations can “help to reduce stress, enhance the immune system and lessen pain”. “A lucid dream is the most vivid and complete visualization we can experience.” The author has himself healed ear infections and torn ligaments in lucid dreams. Visualizations performed in a lucid dream are far more powerful than visualizations in the waking state. Phobias and addictions can also be healed!We can do anything we ever wanted to do in lucid dreams. But whatever we do we create and strengthen neural pathways while lucid dreaming, as in waking life; and harmful acts in a lucid dream will give negative karma as in waking reality.Charlie explains about the Gnostics, who believed that we were “sleepwalking through the illusion of waking reality, unaware that it was all just as empty of inherent existence as our dreams”. In a lucid dream we become aware that the dream is not real but just a mental projection; similarly, if we could get lucid in our waking reality, maybe we could see that life is just a dream.There is a chapter about lucid dreaming techniques which includes how to improve dream recall, the benefits of keeping a dream diary, how to spot dream signs (which are signs that you´re dreaming), reality checks, the MILD technique and the Wake up, back to bed method.I must say that I would never confuse dreams with reality, since my dreams are not realistic, but always “dreamy” and visually unclear. Now, if I WERE conscious in a dream, then I could say “this must be a dream, because it’s so dreamy. The thing that’s a bit irritating about all lucid dream writers is that they seem to put the cart before the horse and ask you to do things in dreams in order to check whether you’re dreaming that you’re unable to do until you’re conscious in the first place.Dream signs are anything anomalous or bizarre like flying pink elephants, walking trees, or seeing one’s dead grandmother. If you experience any of these things, it should help you to realize that you must be dreaming. Charlie tells us: “If you spot a recurring dream sign, firmly resolve to use it as a lucidity trigger by saying to yourself before bed: ‘The next time I see my dead grandmother, I’ll recognize that I’m dreaming and become lucid.’”He gives us both a mindfulness meditation entitled “Let’s do nothing” and a walking meditation, both valuable.The hypnagogic affirmation technique requires that you fall asleep while mentally reciting a positive affirmation of your intent to gain lucidity, for example, “When I dream, I know that I´m dreaming”. The great master Guru Rinpoche said that we should “bring forth a powerful yearning to recognize the dream state”: you should “imbue your sleepy consciousness with the fervent aspiration to gain lucidity”.We are provided with innumerable valuable techniques by which to gain lucidity, one of these being prayer. Pray, for example, to Buddha or Jesus whom you imagine in your heart or throat area as you are falling asleep: “Bless me with your grace. Let me dream with full lucidity for the benefit of all beings.”There’s an inspiring and important (well, all the chapters are important) chapter on what to do when lucid, for example, interact with our higher self, meet our subconscious, talk to our inner child; we can ask “big questions”, walk through walls, heal ourselves (one of my main motives for learning to lucid dream), receive spiritual teachings from an enlightened master, integrate the shadow (that’s a big one!) or engage in spiritual practice – “just one moment of spiritual practice in the lucid dream state is worth a one-week meditation retreat in the waking state!”In a lucid dream we are at one with all things: Oneness is reality both in our dreams and in the waking state too.Two valuable appendices give us accounts of the author´s own insightful lucid dreams, “clarity dreams and hypnopompic insights”.This is the best book on the subject I´ve encountered, because it also teaches us about the interconnectivity of life and about how lucid dreaming “trains us to recognize the Oneness of waking reality” and for the awakening of enlightenment. We realize that most of reality is a dreamlike illusion; the more we experience that we are the co-creator of our lucid dreams, the more can we perceive waking reality in a similar way. “ --- seeing through illusion – forms the crux of lucid living.”I highly recommend this book.

  • Giles
    2018-10-25 05:55

    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 version of Buddhism, well kind of Buddhism, the sort that people who wear tye-die shirts and buy crystals because it's fashionable enjoy, spiritual tourist types.There are claims made inside that made me literally swear at the book, like when the author says that telepathy has been scientifically proven. Seems the rest of the world missed that Nobel prize winning research. I'm going to stick with the much better "Dream Yourself Awake" by Alan Wallace for my dose of dream yoga, it's a much better book written by an experienced practitioner and has a foreword by Stephen LaBerge.

  • Mark
    2018-10-28 07:59

    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 will have a positive impact on your life.

  • Daniel Grosvenor
    2018-10-26 07:45

    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 doesn't go overboard with such things and generally cites scientific sources. He may lose you a bit when he talks about the Buddhist concept of the Bardo but stick with it.

  • reality
    2018-11-16 05:04

    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
    2018-11-04 03:58

    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
    2018-11-06 04:58

    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 осъзнатост - просто зрител (като на филм), но да знаеш че е сън, - при средна осъзнатост - да си нормален участник в съня, да се рразхождаш къдто искаш, да си говориш с хората от съня ти, но да нямаш контрол над обкръжението ти и сама история. - при силна осъзнатост - да поемеш пълен контрол на архитектурата на съня ти, булвално да можеш да създадеш сън от нищото. В книгата пише и още по висши неща, които са повече свързани с медитация и експлорване на съзнанието ти и някои по-спорни. Но достигане дори само на първите две степени ПЪРВО е СТРАШНО ТРУСНО и ОТНЕМА СТРАШНО МНОГО ВОЛЯ и ВТОРО според мен си е достатъчно впечатляващо... да си главен гериой в 4-6 часов филм всяка вечер.Сега за книгата:Книгата е сравнително полезна като за въведение в идеите около осъзнатото сънуване и придобиване на по-голяма обща осъзнатост, медитация и пр. човек може да придобие добра представа като я чете за тези неща. Също така авторът е успял да намери балансът в писането така че хем да е подходяща за ню дйдж woo loving спиричуъл фанатици, хем почти да не дразни нормалните хора. С 2 думи книгата НЕ ПРОПОВЯДВА. НО!!! НЕ ЧЕТЕТЕ ПЪРВИТЕ 50 СТР.!!! Сериозно, първите 50 страници на книгата (Част 1 - Началото) са пълна баластра. Няма абсолютно нищо стойностно там. Това са 50 страници реклама на книгата и феномена осъзнато сънуване и ви обясняват как всъщност то е нещо реално и човек може да стане осъзнат в сънищата си... Явно са сложени там за да е една идея по-дебела книжката. Съществената част от книгата са следващите 2 части СЛЕД баластрата: част 2 - Път и част 3 - Растеж. Книгата определено би могла е полезна, добре написана е и научно базирана с цитиране на източници. Като цяло lucid dreaming-ът е нещо реално, доказано и даже се чудя защо се приема за странна идеята да можеш да не си пасивен в сънищата си (като зрител на филм), ами да поемеш контрола и да станеш шевът и на тази част от денонощието. Аз лично съм си изпитвал като малък много малко пъти и още тогава съм се чудил защо не можем да си контролираме сънищата, или поне защо не можем да знаем че сме в сън, докато сме в съня. А не да разберем едва след като се събудим от него. Книгата е подходяща особено за тийнейджъри и хорра които не обичат да спят защото го намират за губене на време. Все пак не можем без сън. По време на РЕМ сън (когато са най-интересните сънища) мозъка ни се пречиства от отпадни вещества натрупани през деня. И следователно, ако не спим и сънуваме - лошо. Но никой не е казал че РЕМ съня не може да ти е като втора реалност. Голяма част от "гениите" са тествали идеите си насън по този начин. Основната идея на тази книга, основната "техника" на осъзнато сънуване е идеята, че за да станеш по осъзнат в съня си, трябва да бъдеш по-осъзнат по принцип. Тоест да избягваш автопилота си по-често, и да водиш осъзнат живот. И това е и готиното на упражненията за осъзнато сънуване, че тези неща са навързани.3,5 звезди заради 50-те баластра булшит страници в началото и заради спиричуъл булшит моменти от време на време, но и все пак евала за известната научнобазираност на книгата. Някои обяснения бяха неясни, което може би се дължи на лош превод. Може би е книга която е подходяща дженерик книга за до леглото на хората. Въпреки че съм запознат с темата не съм чел други книги за точно тази тема, та не мога да я съпоставя адекватно. Предполагам че има и по-добре написани книги по въпроса, с по-малко баластра, по-малко излишен спиричуъл булшит и повече съществени съвети и примери, но тази ми попадна. С две думи става като въведение в темата.

  • Valerie Brett
    2018-11-08 08:09

    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 helpful, it's still just not interesting to me. One thing that was great about this book is that whenever it starts getting really out-there (like new age-y), he brings it back down to hard evidence and/or Buddhism. I'm definitely motivated to be more open-minded and get back to trying to lucid dream.

  • musing
    2018-10-26 10:59

    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
    2018-10-26 06:03

    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
    2018-11-01 06:55

    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 :)

  • eric
    2018-11-13 07:11

    amazing