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C. A. von der MehdenBy C. A. von der Mehden
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C. A. von der MehdenBy C. A. von der Mehden
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Why can certain individuals lucid dream at will while others spend years trying to master their dreams? In my new book, "The way of the lucid dreamer," we explore that, and other questions, then guide you step-by-step into how to achieve mastery in this ancient art.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Everyone dreams. Some people may not remember their dreams, but each night, we all journey into a strange and fantastic wonderland of the mind. Unfortunately, we often spend our time in this wonderland doing the same kinds of things we do while awake: going to school, going to work, or looking for a bathroom. The dreamscape seems so real that we can't tell we're dreaming. In essence, we're asleep in our dreams.

Now what if you could wake up in your dreams? What if you knew you were dreaming? Becoming aware of the fact that you're dreaming while within a dream is called lucid dreaming. In a non-lucid dream, you may be sitting in class, taking a test you'd rather not take, but there's nothing you can do about it. When you become lucid, you realize what's going on, and you gain control over the dream. You put your pencil down, open the window, and leap into the air to fly.

Why lucid dream?

For beginning lucid dreamers, by becoming aware of the dream, you regain control. You can create, shape, or transform the dream according to your will. The dream becomes a realm of adventure in which you can do anything you want. From flying through space to light saber duals, vacationing in Paris to spelunking on the moon, a cup of coffee with Abraham Lincoln, or an intimate encounter with Marilyn Monroe, the only limits are the imagination.

Following your initial lucid dreams, you may decide to go deeper. Practice skills used in waking life, explore your subconscious, create works of art while harnessing the full potential of the mind and imagination working in harmony. Some people take lucid dreams into a more spiritual direction, exploring healing, purification, transformation, and enlightenment. Ultimately, it's up to you. If you could spend your sleeping hours doing absolutely anything your heart desired, what would you do?

My story

After my first lucid dream, I was hooked. I read every book on the subject I could find, I diligently performed the exercises, but I still couldn't lucid dream at will. Thus began my quest. 15 years and 5 continents later, after studying with amazing teachers from around the world, I realized a ridiculous truth: there was a much simpler, more direct path to mastering lucid dreaming that didn't require years of training. The answers were in front of us all along, we just didn’t know it. More of my story can be read in the PREFACE to the book.

Is there a need for a new book on lucid dreaming?

Many of the lucid dreaming books out there may offer different histories or scientific theories on the subject of lucid dreaming, but all ultimately rely on teaching you how to wake up in your dreams through the same techniques. All of those techniques assume you’ll fail more often than succeed in your quest for lucidity. Rather than teaching the same techniques that get you to occasionally and accidentally become lucid, “The Way of the Lucid Dreamer” takes you in a new direction. It’s an update to lucid dreaming technology.

My approach

Why is it that some people eventually reach success with the old techniques while others don’t? Dedication, yes. Commitment, yes. But what’s really going on? Having studied a variety of spiritual paths with a variety of spiritual teachers, I’ve done a lot of mucking around. What I mean is this: any time you’re learning a new path, you’re given the beginner assignments. You chop wood, you carry water, you empty your mind, you recite this mantra 10,008 times, whatever it is, you’re given something to do and you spend the next few months mucking around with your assignment until one day, you go, “Aha!” Muck around long enough and you discover something. Then, depending on your teacher, you get patted on the back or whacked in the head with a stick, and he gives you your next assignment. Hopefully, years later, after enough mucking around, you’ve mastered something, and down the road, when you start teaching whatever it is you learned, the obvious thing to do will be to give out the same assignments. You mucked around with your assignment and got where you needed to go, so, you reason, that must be the way to teach this stuff.

But what if you reexamined your lessons? In all that mucking around, you discovered something, a way of being, a secret. Maybe it’s hard to put into words, maybe it’s hard to speak, but what if there was a way to throw out the dogma and just teach that simple discovery? What if those months or years of training could be taught in hours or days? In lucid dreaming, the old techniques work. If you muck around long enough, you’re bound to discover something. But what is it that you actually discover?

This book directly teaches the sequential breakthroughs and insights needed to master the art of lucid dreaming.

Whether you're new to lucid dreaming or have been studying it for years, this book is designed to take you on a transformational journey that allows you to enter the lucid domain at will.

Why Kickstarter?

I've taken my book through various stages of testing with small groups. The feedback has been great, and I'm very excited about the final product. It works. Being new to the publishing world, I want to create as beautiful a product as I can. That's why I need your help. The book will be professionally designed and made available on amazon in Kindle versions and soft-cover versions through a self-publishing platform.

With $3000, I will be able to have extensive professional editing to make for a more enjoyable read, a completely customized interior design, collaboration on front and back cover designs, promotional text, eBook conversions, ISBN and LCCN assignment, plus Kickstarter fees.

Risks and challenges

The book is done. The only thing to figure out now is how polished the final product can be and how soon it can be delivered. As design, formatting, editing, and typography will all be handled via a self-publishing company, there is a lot that depends on their time-frame. The standard turn-around time is 2-3 months, but there may be things about the process that I don't know about yet.

I will be releasing portions of my book on my website, and in the event of delays, I may increase the amount publicly available.

While this project is focused on Book 1, a sequel is in progress and I hope to have it ready by Christmas. Where Book 1 teaches you how to become lucid in your dreams, Book 2 teaches you how to become lucid in life.

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    LOCAL DREAMER - All of the above, but you can pick up your soft-cover copy of the book in South Bend at the book release party. Activities for the evening will include shamanic journeying and various "waking" lucid dream practices generally reserved for weekend workshops.

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    SUPREME DREAMER - You create your reality. You and up to 10 people will participate in the full 2-day lucid dreaming workshop involving guided exercises from Books 1 and 2, shamanic journeying, and powerful Amazonian healing techniques. Experience the flow of chi, "waking" lucid dreams, and the ability to converse with the sacred dreamer within. The workshop will be arranged in a city of your choice within the US. An additional fee is required for travel outside the US. All workshops will be completed in 2014.

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