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Like a wise shamanic elder, Robert can show you how to apply time-tested principles and practices from dreamwork to create an entirely new experience of your nighttime life that also leads to a deeper, more soulful daytime life. Robert was initiated at an early age into the life of a modern-day shaman, having had three near-death experiences as a child, which provided him with early access to other realms.

Some of his capacities also come from his Australian upbringing and early learnings from native aborigines. His dozen books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination have been heralded as essential reading.

The principles and practices of Active Dreaming have been integrated in a unique way for this program, so that you can enter into a profound spiritual journey through the depths and heights of your being. Where We Will Go Be prepared to embark on a journey of wholeness and reclamation. Active Dreaming: The Essential Training is not a course just on theory, although it will be fascinating, provocative and eye-opening.

It is most of all an opportunity for developing ongoing enlightening practices that you can engage in for a lifetime, such as creative journaling and the Lightning Method, which enables you to share dreams and stories in community. Writing in your journal is like taking a walk in the bush. The longer you write, the further you get away from safe places and much-traveled roads.

You go where it can catch you! In our everyday modern lives, we stand at the edge of such power when we dream and remember to do something with our dreams.

In this first module, Robert will explain how real shamans are — first and foremost — dreamers who can step in and out of other dimensions. The easiest way to become a conscious or lucid dreamer is to start out conscious and stay that way as the action unfolds. A remembered dream or personal image is the ideal portal for a lucid dream adventure.

A dream is a journey; it is also a place. You went somewhere in your dream, near or far from the fields you know in your regular life; and because you have been to that place, you can find your way there again. By learning the skills of the dream tracker, we can accompany friends on their journeys — to reclaim souls and move beyond fear and regret — as true soul companions.

The key element is to recognize and act in those special moments when the universe gets personal and you feel something coming through from a deeper reality. Kairos is now time, jump time, opportunity time. To become a kairomancer, you need to learn to trust your feelings as you walk the road of this world, to develop your personal science of shivers, and to recognize in your gut and your skin that you know far more than you can access on the surface of consciousness.

Seeing things in our dreams that later happen is called precognition. We also see things that may or may not happen, depending on what we choose to do with the information. The future we can see is often a future we can reshape for the better. A conscious connection with animal guardians shows us how to follow the natural paths of our energy. A strong working connection with the animal powers brings the ability to shapeshift the energy body and project energy forms that can operate at a distance from the physical body.

Animal dreams may be the doorway to developing strong working relations with animal guardians. These dreams may hold up a mirror to our health or habits.

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They may show us how we need to feed and attend to our bodies. They may reveal a potential we have not yet developed. They may be the place of encounter between our dream self and a spiritual ally or guardian. They put on masks or costumes adapted to our level of understanding. Genuine teachers often love to shock us awake.

The encounter with the guide may challenge us to brave up, to move decisively beyond the fear and clinging of the little everyday mind in order to claim our connection with deeper sources of wisdom and true power. And it may be that the most important spiritual teacher we can know is no stranger, but the Higher Self. The liminal state of consciousness between sleep and waking is an especially propitious time for conversation with this guide. When we do become ill, our dreams give us fresh and powerful imagery for self-healing.

By working with personal imagery — and changing the images in positive ways — we can actually create a new blueprint for the body. When we learn to go back inside our dreams and dream them onward, we open paths of healing for others and ourselves.

Active Dreaming is central to soul recovery — reclaiming vital energy we lost through pain, heartbreak, guilt or addiction. When we lose the energy of soul, the magic goes out of life. Soul-loss can put us in the procession of the walking dead, playing the roles that other people cast us for, no longer knowing who we are or why we are in this world.

The Iroquois say that if we have lost our dreams, we have lost our souls. But when we reopen to our dreams, they can show us where our soul energy has gone, and how to bring it home. We are connected, like it or not, to the ancestors of our biological families; and their templates may control our habits and behaviors unless we recognize and break the mold.

We want to open and cherish soul connections to wise ancestors and departed loved ones; but for these relations to prosper we must start by clearing unhealthy legacies and energy attachments.

All other times — past, present and parallel — can be accessed in this moment of Now, and may be changed for the better. Altogether, the precognitive dreams, the vision experience, and my search for spiritual meaning kept me probing for satisfying and complete answers. Obviously, my intense inner life, sparked by thoughtprovoking dreams, created a persistent desire to accept, abandon, or perhaps bridge one of the two worldviews: the scientific and the spiritual.

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Which is why in , at age sixteen, I picked up one of my oldest brother's books, Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, and embarked on my first lesson in lucid dreaming.

As some readers may know, Carlos Castaneda was an anthropology graduate student at UCLA in the s who sought to learn from native shamans about psychotropic plants in the southwestern United States and Mexico. According to his story, he met a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan, who agreed to teach him about hallucinogenic plants.

In the process, don Juan provided Castaneda with a unique view of the world. Even more important, perhaps, don Juan supplied techniques to experience this new worldview.

The philosophy of don Juan might be summed up in these words, spoken to Castaneda: "[Y]our idea of the world. Castaneda has recounted in numerous books his decade-long association with don Juan.

While many have openly questioned Castaneda's veracity in storytelling,4 his many books nevertheless contain a number of provocative ideas and, like many young people, I was intrigued.

I read Journey to Ixtlan and decided to try just one of the ideas, never imagining how transformative an idea could be. Don Juan suggests to Castaneda a simple technique to "set up dreaming" or become conscious in the dream state. After some discussion about the meaning of dreaming and the choice of hands as an object to dream about, don Juan continues.

But pick one thing in advance and find it in your dreams. I said your hands because they will always be there. Simple enough, I thought. So, before going to sleep each night, I sat cross-legged in bed and began looking at the palms of my hands.

Mentally, I quietly told myself, "Tonight, I will see my hands in my dream and realize I'm dreaming. Waking up in the middle of the night, I reviewed my last dream. Had I seen my hands? But still hopeful, I fell back asleep remembering my goal.

Within a few nights of trying this technique, it happened. I had my first actively sought lucid dream: I'm walking in the busy hallways of my high school at the junction of B and C halls. As I prepare to push the door open, my hands spontaneously fly up in front of my face! They literally pop up in front of me! I stare in wonder at them. Suddenly, I consciously realize, "My hands! This is a dream! I'm dreaming this! All around me is a dream.

Everything looks so vivid and real. I walk through the doors a few feet toward the administration building while a great feeling of euphoria and energy wells up inside. As I stop and look at the brick wall, the dream seems a bit wobbly. I lucidly remember don Juan's advice and decide to look back down at my hands to stabilize the dream when something incredible happens.

As I look at my hands, I become totally absorbed in them. The world has become my palm print, and I'm moving about its vast canyons and gullies and whorls as a floating speck of awareness. I no longer see my hand; I see cream-colored, canyon-like walls of varying undulations surrounding and towering above me, which some part of me knows as my fingerprints or palm prints!

As for me, "I" seem to be a dot of aware perception floating through all of this - joyous, aware, and full of awe. I'm wondering how this could be, when suddenly my vision pops back to normal proportions and I see again that I am standing, hands outstretched, in front of the administration building.

Still consciously aware, I think about what to do next. I walk a few feet but feel an incredible urge to fly - I want to fly! I become airborne heading straight up for the intense blue sky. As my feeling of overwhelming joy reaches maximum pitch, the lucid dream ends. Never had I felt such intense feelings of elation, energy, and utter freedom. I had done it!

I had seen my hands literally fly up to face level in my dreams as if propelled by some magical force and I realized, "This is a dream! And suddenly, like Dorothy in Oz, I was not in Kansas any more. Well, actually, I was in Kansas for another year, until I left for college. I had actually become aware in a dream. Moreover, in the don Juan tradition, this first lucid dream seemed filled with auspicious symbols - becoming a speck of awareness floating through my palm prints, maintaining the dream, working on awareness outside of the "administration building" symbol for my own inner authority, perhaps.

I was excited. Still, it seemed so paradoxical - becoming conscious in the unconscious. What a concept! Like some teenage magician of the dreaming realm, I had done what scientists at the time proclaimed could not be done.

Little did I know, during that same time in April of , thousands of miles away at the University of Hull in England, a lucid dreamer named Alan Worsley was making the first-ever scientifically recorded signals from the lucid state to researcher Keith Hearne.

By making prearranged eye movements left to right eight times , Worsley signaled his lucid awareness from the dream state. Pads on his eyes recorded the deliberate eye movements on a polygraphs printout. At that moment, Hearne recalls, "It was like getting signals from another world. Philosophically, scientifically, it was simply mind blowing. Publishing his work in more broadly read scientific journals, LaBerge became strongly identified with this exciting discovery and a leader in its continued research.

Back in Kansas, each night before I went to sleep I would look at my hands and remind myse. Of course anyone who tries this will soon discover that staring at your hands for more than ten seconds is quite boring.

When you already feel sleepy, it takes real effort to concentrate. Your eyes cross, your hands get fuzzy, your attention wavers, within a minute or two you may even become so bored and tired as to go blank momentarily. After a few minutes, I would give up and prepare for sleep. At the time, I chastised myself for my lack of concentration and wavering focus, but later I came to feel that these natural responses were actually the best approach, since the waking ego seemed too tired to care about the game my conscious mind wanted to play.

In fact, don Juan suggested that the waking ego often felt threatened by the more profound nature of our inner realm. Perhaps a sleepy ego would be less likely to interfere.

My next few lucid dreams were lessons in exquisite brevity. I would be in a dream, see my hands in the course of the dream e. I'd experience a rush of exhilaration, joy, and energy. As I took in the dream surroundings, my feelings of joy rose to such levels that the lucid dream would begin to feel unstable and then come to an end. I would awaken, full of joy but mystified by the sudden collapse of the lucid dream. This brought me to one of my first lessons of lucid dreaming: To maintain the lucid dream state, you must modulate your emotions.

Too much emotional energy causes the lucid dream to collapse. Years later, I learned that virtually all lucid dreamers realize this same lesson and as a result learn to temper their emotions. After reading don Juan's exhortation to Castaneda that he should try to stabilize the dream environment and, bit by bit, make it as sharply focused as the waking environment, this became my new goal.

Don Juan advised that the dreamer should concentrate on only three or four objects in the dream, saying, "When they begin to change shape you must move your sight away from them and pick something else, and then look at your hands again.

It takes a long time to perfect this technique. I immediately realized I was dreaming. Lucid, I took a few steps and noticed the colors were extremely vibrant; everything seemed so "real. After a few moments, I looked around at the grassy knoll on which I was standing. I seemed to be inside a fenced enclosure that included a building, similar to a military or secured installation.

I took a few steps and looked at my hands again to stabilize the dream. There were some small evergreens ten feet away, obviously recently planted. I knelt and touched the grass. It felt soft and grass-like. I marveled at how lifelike and realistic everything looked and how I could think about what I was seeing and choose what to do next.

I touched myself and, Wow, even I felt real! But I knew my awareness existed within a dream and I was touching a representation of my physical body, which only felt like a real body. Trying to make sense of what I was seeing, I had the intuitive feeling that the building housed computers and was somewhere in the southwestern United States.

But where? As I took a few steps toward the building to look for a name, the imagery started to become unfocused. I looked back at my hands but it was too late - the lucid dream collapsed and I awoke. It began to sink in that knowing it was a dream did not make it seem unreal. The grass felt like real grass. My skin felt like real skin. If I truly focused on something, like the ground, I could actually see the individual blades of grass and grains of sand.

When awake, we consider seeing and touching as largely physical activities, but in lucid dreaming, I began to see that seeing and touching were also mental activities and equally real-seeming when consciously aware in the dream state. Which brought me to my next lesson: Our senses provide little distinction between physical reality and the real-seeming illusion of the lucid dream.

Only the mind distinguishes between the two realities. In later lucid dreams, I tried the other senses - taste, smell, and hearing - and discovered that they, too, seemed real experiences, or at least largely real. Even self-induced pain - pinching myself in the lucid state, for example - actually hurt. But if I pinched myself while telling myself it would not hurt, it didn't hurt. Here I uncovered an odd aspect of the lucid dream realm: My experience would normally follow what I lucidly expected to feel.

Yet, experienced lucid dreamers note that if they predetermine or expect what to feel or how to feel, they can alter the sensory experience in line with their expectations.

In other words, "As you believe, so shall it be" is a powerful truth when lucid.

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In the lucid dream state, the senses show themselves as the confirmers of expectation - not infallible guides to sensory response - and experience is largely infused with mental expectation about the experience. Just as in studies on hypnosis and pain reduction, the senses somehow bend to the intent of hypnotic suggestion.

In both lucid dreaming and hypnosis, the senses don't appear as biological absolutes but more as the servants of the mind. By age eighteen, I had visited a hypnotist to learn about selfhypnosis.

I understood the basic concept that suggestions made to us while intensely focused in a mild trance state influenced the subconscious and affected our perceived experience. Now I could see that being consciously aware in the subconscious i. Our suggestions in a state of hypnosis or self-hypnosis act on the senses. For example, we can make a posthypnotic suggestion that certain foods will taste opposite to their normal taste and experience the suggested taste upon waking.

Or we can suggest that we will feel minimal pain during, say, a tooth extraction, and then experience remarkably little pain. Similarly, when lucid in a dream, the senses naturally follow expectation expectation being a type of natural mental suggestion. In fact, one of the advantages to lucid dreaming involves seeing the immediate results of your suggestion or expectation. If I lucidly dream of a fire, for example, and expect to feel no heat upon walking in it, I'll feel no heat.

If I change my expectation to feel the fire's heat, my new expectation will be realized, and I'll feel definite heat. My lucid dreaming experiences made me wonder how extensively the mind influences perception and sensation while waking.

Conscious in the dream state, the influence seems pervasive. During waking, I simply assumed I experienced things "as they actually exist. All dreamers can see how unreliable the senses behave in telling us the difference between waking and dreaming. In almost every dream, the senses don't inform us of the difference between waking and dreaming; rather, they seem to confirm that whatever reality seems to be happening is indeed happening.

Waking seems real, our senses tell us. To sense the reality of our situation requires a new perspective. The lesson: Only by increasing our conscious awareness in the dream state can we ever realize the nature of the reality we experience. So, the senses pose a problem.

They tell us we exist, but they don't indicate the state of our existence: Are we awake, dreaming, or lucid dreaming? Since the senses don't remind us we're lucid and in a dream, holding onto conscious awareness in the dream state requires considerable training in greater mindfulness. For example, in many of my early lucid dreams, my hands would appear and I'd realize I was dreaming.

Then as I lucidly interacted with the dream, some interesting dream figure would become so compelling and real-seeming that my attention to "the dream as dream" decreased significantly. I'd begin to forget that this was "all a dream. After a few unfocused moments, you're swept into the dreaming, following its movements, suddenly unaware and no longer lucid.

Not only did I need to be consciously aware of being in a dream, I needed to be consciously aware of being aware! Once again, a new lesson emerged: Lucid dreamers must learn to focus simultaneously on both their conscious awareness and the apparent dreaming activities. Lucid dreamers who become overly focused on the dreaming activities get swept back into non-lucid dreaming.

So too, lucid dreamers who become inattentive to the fact of their conscious awareness risk becoming lost to the dreaming. To maintain lucidity, we must develop a proper balance of mindful, aware interacting to engage the dream consciously.

In an environment that appears real, our awareness has to adopt a neutral stance: be in the environment but not of the environment. Engage the dream, but never forget it's a dream. In my experience, keeping your foot on the tightrope of awareness is an ever-present challenge.

In about a third of my early lucid dreams, I would become lucid but eventually, through inattention or engrossment, I'd fall off the tightrope. Each time I fell off, though, it acted as another lesson in the importance of maintaining mindful awareness. The awareness needed for meditation, at least some forms of it, seems analogous to what lucid dreamers seek to develop. Likewise, beginning lucid dreamers often hold focused awareness for only a short period of time.

It takes practice and patience and poise to hold awareness consciously while being confronted with new thoughts or images - the products of the mind.

As you log time in the lucid dream realm, you develop poise, confidence, skills, and flexibility. Your awareness begins to relate differently to thoughts and images. You don't get swept into dream or thought events as easily; rather, you pick and choose what to accept with a greater sense of engaged detachment.

At deeper levels of lucid dreaming, you might discover how to remain aware even when the dream visually ends, and then wait for a new dream to form in the mental space around you, as I did, for example, in the following lucid dream October : I seem to be walking through a small town.

I enter a simple restaurant and walk through it into a mechanic's garage. I see a door and decide to slip through it, even though it seems to have a string attached to an alarm.

As I get out into the street, I look around and realize, "This is a dream. The detail is incredibly vivid. I sing a funny rhyming song as I look at things. I keep flying farther and end up outside of town with a strong inclination to fly to the right.

But then in a moment of conscious choice, I exercise my right to change the direction of the dream and decide, no, I'm going into the darkness, and I turn left.

As I move forward in the darkness, the visual imagery disappears. For a very long while, I feel that I'm moving without any visual imagery - there's only a foggy dark-gray void.

I keep moving in this visually empty space and begin to wonder if I am going to wake up. But suddenly a scene appears, bit by bit. First a bush, then a tree, then another tree.

Soon the dream fleshes out nicely, and I stand, lucid, on a gently sloped hill, like something you'd see in Britain, with small leafy trees and lots of green grass. I notice that right next to me is a small bush with berries on it. I examine it closely.

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Suddenly, I have the awkward realization that my body in bed is having a hard time breathing even though I continue to see the lucid dream imagery of the green hills. With this bifocal awareness, I gently put some mental energy into making my physical head move up and away from the bed sheets or pillow while concentrating on remaining in the lucid dream.

This seems to work. But finally, I decide to wake into physical reality and determine what is hampering my breathing. With experience, you'll realize that sometimes you can be consciously dreaming and also aware of your physical body in bed. To stay in the lucid dream, you have to maintain your primary focus there, but, on occasion, you can check in on the physical body's awareness. In this example, when I woke, the bed sheet really was in my mouth!

As we become more experienced with lucid dreaming, we discover how to maintain awareness even when the dream imagery has all disappeared. In learning how to lucid dream, we learn much more than how to manipulate dream objects and symbols; we learn the importance and proper use of conscious awareness.

As a result, I continued deeper into lucid dreaming while regarding my interpretation of the experience as a working hypothesis or a "provisional explanation. I saw that scientists and the prevailing cultural wisdom can occasionally ignore or explain away what later science or more enlightened times accept. In the case of lucid dreaming, Western science doubted its existence for at least a century, if not longer.

Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path for Everyday Life

Thankfully, some of my high school friends were open to trying this idea of conscious dreaming and "finding one's hands" in their dreams. It became a challenge of sorts. Within a week or so, one friend reported that while in a dream his hands suddenly appeared in front of his face. As he looked at them, he thought, "Oh, my hands.

This is a dream," and decided to wake up. So I woke up. Yet if we presume that little can be learned from any state other than waking, we largely ignore any state other than waking and thus perpetuate the bias. Allan Hobson, a Harvard sleep and dream researcher. An occasional lucid dreamer himself, Hobson suggests that "an MRI study of lucid and non-lucid dreaming is a highly desirable next step in the scientific study of consciousness.

The technical obstacles to the realization of such an experiment are formidable but the main obstacle is political and philosophical. Twenty-five years after my first lucid dream, I found myself once again defending lucid dreaming - not so much from scientific researchers who ultimately accepted the official scientific data on the subject, but from concerned psychotherapists and dreamworkers. It seems another psychologist had mentioned hearing me speak at a conference in Copenhagen during which I wove together lucid dream experiences with comments by Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud to suggest that lucid dreaming may be a means to explore and acquaint ourselves with the larger Self, or collective aspects of the psyche.

After hearing my talk, this particular psychologist reconsidered her negative-leaning predisposition to lucid dreaming and realized the potential value in lucid dreaming as a means of psychological exploration and integration. Most began by telling me that their academic training had taught them to consider dreaming as a message from the deepest part of our selves.

To "control the dream," as they assured me that lucid dreamers do, would destroy or pollute the pure message from this deep part of our selves. Though they were too polite to voice it, the suggestion hung heavy in the air - only a narcissistic fool would encourage lucid dreaming. After a few hallway encounters in which I groped for the words to make my point, an analogy came to me that seemed to bring greater awareness into the conversation.

My analogy is this: No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like a sailor on the sea, we lucid dreamers direct our perceptual awareness within the larger state of dreaming. Oh, the power of an analogy. Suddenly, I saw in the eyes of my querying psychotherapists the realization that my lucid dreaming experiences were simply attempts to understand the depths of dreaming and, by extension, the Self.

Suddenly, we were on the same team - dreamers trying to fathom the beauty and magnificence of dreaming. Now, lucid dreaming had potential for increased awareness, instead of narcissistic flight! The farmwife comes home with three children, and they put some beans and other items on the stove to cook. After a while, they serve us at the kitchen table, placing a small portion of beans on our plates. But there seems to be a problem of some sort.

Standing behind me, I notice a tall slender black woman who seems to be with us. It seems the farmwife doesn't care for her. We wait. As I sit there, I look at my brother and then at the black woman; it suddenly occurs to me that this is a dream.

Aware now, I stand up and want to know what this means. Lucid, I pick up the black woman and place her in front of me, asking, "Who are you? Who are you? She seems to evaporate into me, as a brief wisp of light energy.

Many Jungians might suggest this lucid dream illustrates integration with a shadow element, represented by the black woman standing behind me. In Jung's theory, shadow elements consist of repressed, ignored, denied, or misunderstood thoughts, feelings, or impulses that continue to reside in the realm of the subconscious. In some instances, the shadow element appears in a "shadow's position" to the dreamer, normally behind the dreamer. Jung maintained that these shadow elements may adopt the guise of dream figures to interact with the dreamer as they seek integration or acceptance by the conscious self to create a more fully integrated Self.

In this example, the apparent reintegration happens almost immediately, when I lucidly question and understand the dream figure's presence in the dream and accept her openly.

Once I became lucidly aware in this dream, I recognized that something needed resolution. By this time in my lucid dreaming experience I was aware of the importance of approaching the area of sensed emotion or conflict in the dream, instead of ignoring it. As I instinctively placed the figure of the black woman in front of me, I consciously intended to understand her place in the dream and what she represented. In the process, I received both a conscious answer and an infusion of energy into my awareness.

Facing her, I felt the dream figure's energy evaporate into me, as a wispy, colored, light vapor washing toward me. The "discarded aspect" had apparently been welcomed home.

As it happened, in the week after this dream I felt new energy regarding a project that I had discarded years ago as unachievable. The project? You my catch yourself changing your sex, age or race. You could even find yourself "body-hopping". Record them, explore them and share them. We can write a dream motto, confirm our dream messages, find out how to help to bring a positive dream to pass or how to avoid negative future event.

Sharing dreams with a partner or with a group can be rewarding and provide a variety of insights that may illuminate many levels of the dream. With regard to the etiquette of dream-sharing, remember: 1 You are the final authority on the meaning of your dream.

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A chapter about conscious dreaming also contains accounts of OBEs out-of-body experiences. He has an "extended conversation" telepathically with what he terms "a life force", and enters a different galaxy. He develops personal maps of paths and landscapes inside the dreamworlds, places to which he can return. Moss informs us that we can return again and again to dream locations that do not have a counterpart in ordinary reality.

We can explore the possible conditions of life after physical death, and return to special places for specific guidance or healing. Conscious dreaming facilitates shared dreaming - our ability to join a partner in our dreams.

We can set up a "dream date" with a rendezvous familiar to both of us either in ordinary or non-ordinary reality. There is an exciting chapter though all the chapters are exciting about shamanic dreaming. We learn about techniques for shifting consciousness, including shamanic drumming.

We are taught how to enter the Lower World to make contact with an animal guardian and how to rise to the Upper World in search of a spiritual teacher. The book includes chapters about 1 using "dream radar", including meeting your future self 2 dreams of the departed, including dialogues with the dead 3 dream guides and guardian angels Gabriel is the Archangel of dreams 4 dreams of healing including working with our dream doctor we receive both warnings, diagnoses and presciptions in our dreams.

This excellent book is packed with accounts of exciting, amazing, illuminating dreams and dream experiences of both the author and those attending his dream courses. It contains numerous exercises, and much. I found this to be the most valuable, gripping, informative book on dreams I've read.It wedded two areas that set me ablaze — dreaming and shamanism — and demonstrated how these are inextricably linked.

Read 3 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. For example, in many of my early lucid dreams, my hands would appear and I'd realize I was dreaming. I found it interesting that Dr. He simply points out that they're a very natural experience, albeit somewhat magical.

Rather it seems that the sacred would take joy in dealing with greater awareness, greater consciousness. Don Juan had told Castaneda that fear was the first barrier to overcome, since the ego used fear as a reason not to explore one's totality and, instead, maintain the ego's dominance of the waking self. When awake, we consider seeing and touching as largely physical activities, but in lucid dreaming, I began to see that seeing and touching were also mental activities and equally real-seeming when consciously aware in the dream state.

Once I became lucidly aware in this dream, I recognized that something needed resolution.