Do you dream?
Of course you do. Everyone does.
When someone says that they don't dream what they're really saying is that they don't remember their dreams, not that they didn't have any. In a dream we still have access to all our five senses: we can see, touch, taste, hear and even smell in dreams. Sometimes a dream is so real that it’s indistinguishable from waking reality.
What if it were possible to go to sleep tonight and wake up inside one of your dreams? Think about it. If you knew that you were dreaming, the possibilities would be endless, right? Maybe you’d fly across the ocean, reunite with a past love or relative, talk with dream characters, or explore new talents you never knew you had.
Turns out, we can do this, and it isn’t science fiction.
It’s called lucid dreaming.
What is lucid dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is simply a dream in which you know you are dreaming. The dreamer, equipped with this awareness, can then begin to control the environment or outcome of their dream, explore the dream world, fly through walls, or even have sex if they so choose.
Yes, it’s sort of like Inception. A lucid dreamer is aware that they are dreaming and can actively participate in their night's adventures.
No, it is not difficult to learn. Lucid dreaming is an ability that everyone has, and one that can be easily learned by understanding some basic techniques.
Our book, Oneironautics: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, is an illustrated guide for those wishing to learn how to lucid dream. In it you’ll find everything you need to know to have your first lucid dream, as well as practical advice on how to take it even further--what to do after you become lucid.
With the help of beautiful illustrations, our guide will teach you everything from flying with control, to dealing with dream characters, to shooting fireballs. It’ll even dive into the depths of nightmares and show you how you can turn them into your advantage. You’ll learn how to stabilize and guide your dreams as well as how to overcome common mistakes that beginning Oneironauts often face.
Think of it this way.
You’re taking a trip to the Amazon. You get on a boat that will take you down the river but this is only the beginning of your journey. To fully explore and embrace the wonders of the Amazon you would need step out onto the land. Granted you could just hop off the boat and start walking into the jungle by yourself, but chances are you won’t survive very long.
The same goes for lucid dreaming.
Without proper training and a guide to help you, it’s likely you won’t last very long, even if you were lucid. A dream can be a very confusing place, full of strange people and customs. By understanding it’s languages and rules, you can begin to operate more consciously within your dreams.
Being an oneironaut may sound like a hell of a lot of fun. And it is. But it’s so much more. Dreams are like mirrors of the mind, and exploring them can lead to deep realizations. As you journey over the foothills of this inner world, you’re exploring yourself. As a lucid dreamer, you’ll also be trying to answer an age-old question: What is dreaming anyway?
We hope to introduce lucid dreaming to the general public through an interesting and entertaining book. Specifically, our goal is to help 1,000 people experience and share their first lucid dreams. We believe if we can do this, we can begin to build a critical mass of Oneironauts and push the boundary of lucidity even further. We are also creating a companion website, which will allow readers to record their lucid dreams and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter. By donating to our Kickstarter project, you are helping to create the book and the companion website.
We hope that this book will give you access to a dimension of life you didn’t know existed. The abilities you will learn from it will redefine how you approach the act of sleeping.
Sounds like a hefty ambition, and it is.
Pledge $35 and in a few months you’ll find an advanced copy of the book on your doorstep (check out the other great rewards too).
Thanks for your time, and sweet dreams...
Tom, Jared, and Dylan
- (65 days)