About this project
The Lucid Dreamer’s Guide to the Cosmos, is an expansive series of books; one new book a year, exploring the major scientific themes of space, time, consciousness, reality, philosophy and much more, all seen through the eyes of a lucid dreamer.
It also aims to develop into an expanded galaxy of on-line content, dream research, scientific knowledge, events and beyond!
If you've enjoyed the work of great educators, such as David Attenborough, Carl Sagan, Alan Watts and Brian Cox, to name a few, then consider this a similar approach. I’ll be drawing inspiration from them all.
But, this isn't only for lucid dreamers, it's for anyone with the curiosity and passion to explore our wonderful, mysterious universe.
Lucid dreaming, also known as 'conscious dreaming', is the ability to become aware within your dream and to fully understand that you are dreaming while dreaming. This awareness, once trained, allows you to dream whatever you wish and to explore the universe inside your mind; consider it a natural virtual reality. But your inner universe is built from your understanding of reality… and that’s where "The Lucid Dreamer's Guide to the Cosmos" steps in.
I don’t just want you to learn how to lucid dream, I want you to build the very best dreams imaginable.
I have dedicated my life to lucid dreaming and this project is an extension of that passion.
I'm not here to feed you hype, misinformation or some intangible spiritual concepts - in fact, I'm here to fight them!
I'm simply a man who is absolutely devoted to lucid dreaming, who wants the very best for the subject, and has a burning passion to do something about it.
I want nothing more than to help you expand your dreams, your knowledge and your universe.
Each book in the series will focus on one specific subject; a unique aspect of our cosmos. Topics will be incredibly diverse, ranging from the multiverse, altered states, mindfulness, microscopic worlds, creativity, time travel, philosophy and many, many more.
We’ll profoundly explore the topic itself while also exploring how it intersects with lucid dream practices. For example, the book on Time Travel will explore the current science behind this subject and then apply that knowledge to your dream adventures.
It’ll be like nothing else you've ever experienced.
Traditional authors and publishers are often afraid to take risks. Instead, they choose to play it safe with simple “how to” books - the same old information regurgitated and repackaged - it’s a comfortable means to pay their bills.
This project is different: I aim to tear down this traditional model. Together we’ll take risks, explore new frontiers and not be afraid to ask difficult, embarrassing or dangerous questions. I'll avoid hyperbole, replacing it with honesty, humour and humanity.
My goal is to create a new genre and a new way of learning - a hybrid between psychology, science, self-help and lucid dream education.
Because lucid dreaming is more than just an experience; it's a way of living. It's a tool and it's a new way of looking at the universe.
To master lucid dreaming, to make it useful and meaningful, we need to integrate it into every facet of our lives. Equally, as dreams are built from our memories and knowledge, the deeper our understanding of the universe, the bigger and more powerful our dreams become.
If you've ever woken from a mind-blowing lucid dream, filled with the wonder and excitement of exploring your inner cosmos, only to ask yourself, 'What next?', then ‘The Lucid Dreamer’s Guide to the Cosmos’ will be the answer to your question!
Many books on dreams regularly place the subject on a pedestal; they exaggerate claims, or only focus on otherworldly and mysterious experiences. Dreams can indeed be life changing and often raise deeply philosophical questions, but they're primarily a very human experience.
If we only view dreams at their extreme, a true understanding will remain tantalizingly forever out of our reach.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that many of our dreams are somewhat more mundane than the soaring spiritual examples found in new-age book-stores. They regularly focus on our human concerns: We’re late for a bus, we’re arguing with friends, we’re anxious or worried, we're lost, our teeth are falling out, or they’re simply a jumble of silliness and humour.
So we have to see our dreams for what they are, both magnificent and mundane all at once. If we approach our dreams honestly, we’ll get honest and genuine results. We'll approach dreams on their own terms, work with them and then build them into something genuinely extraordinary.
The same is true for the topics we’ll examine. We’ll not only examine the science, practices, knowledge and goals behind each, but we’ll also ask gritty realistic questions. Think of it this way: If you wanted to climb Mount Everest, you'd still need to pack your underpants!
Life is a miracle - but it is built from the bricks and grit of reality.
This campaign aims to secure funding for the first book in the series - to kick-start the entire project. However, the complete series will, ideally, be an on-going project, with no foreseeable end. In short, my ambition is to create a lifetime's worth of unique material for lucid dreamers - of course, this will be entirely contingent on the popularity of the series and your continued support.
The first book in the series will act as an overview of the lucid dreamer's place in the cosmos and an introduction to the entire series. It will, all at once, be an in depth guide to mastering the skills of lucid dreaming, way beyond anything that currently exists, and an epic exploration of what it means to be a human dreamer in this vast mystery of existence.
It also aims to be down-to-earth and inclusive. I'll be working directly in collaboration with lucid dreamers from communities around the globe, such as the many thousands of users from forums such as Dreamviews, World of Lucid Dreaming and reddit. This first book will be for dreamers by dreamers and not just the usual subjective opinions and beliefs from self-styled "gurus".
The order of future books in the series will be decided upon by the backers of this project. You'll receive your chance to vote at the end of the campaign.
Absolutely, I'm fired up and ready to tackle this head on, but I'll not be alone.
I'll be calling upon the community of lucid dreamers and my array of professional connections, experts in many fields from around the globe, to truly add a depth and peer review to the project.
There's a wide selection of rewards available.
Most importantly you’ll have a chance to own the first book in the series, this will be available in three formats:
For those of you who really want to get behind this project, there are plenty of unique reward options, including the chance to OWN EVERY FUTURE BOOK IN THE SERIES - go take a look at the rewards!
REMEMBER: You're not limited to the suggested pledge amounts; these are only the minimum to qualify for each reward. If you can afford to pledge more, please do! You'll be helping turn this dream into a reality.
- The first book in the series will be released approximately one year from the completion of the campaign.
- The on-line content will coincide with the release of the first book and will continue to grow and develop with the series.
- The following books in the series will be released on an annual schedule, allowing for the time taken to research, write, edit and print.
- We'll also be the new official home for the popular world-wide celebration Lucid Dreaming Day, making it bigger and better than ever before!
- This will just be the start. My goal is to work together with passionate dreamers to transform lucid dreaming, and this project will act as the seed and base from which many ideas will germinate.
Backers will be kept fully up to date with progress reports and the release schedule.
Once the campaign has reached its goal, this will offer us the funding with which to produce the first book in the series and the accompanying on-line resources. This amounts to a minimum of a year’s full-time work and research.
From there on, the profits generated from external non-Kickstarter sales and/or future campaigns will be used to fund the ongoing series.
We've set our goal to the absolute minimum needed in order to get the project started, therefore the further past the target we can achieve, the firmer and more established the foundations for the entire project becomes.
To help you understand where your money is going, and the size of the goal, here are the figures, spanning the first year and one book:
Of the £12,000 total:
- Web design/Hosting amount to 5% or £600
- Content creation amount to 35% or £4,200
- Editorial costs amount to 10% or £1,200
- Kickstarter fees amount to 10% or £1,200
- Printing fees amount to 35% or £4,200
- Contingency funds amount to 5% or £600
To put this into a real-world context, the "content creation" is the nitty-gritty of the work; the writing of the books, the research, artwork, on-line content etc.
This will be full time work with full time hours. The £4,200 content creation sum is essentially a minimal author’s wage. As you can probably tell, this is a project born from a passion and love.
I have made all the required arrangements to allow me to invest 100% of my time, creativity and energy into the project.
Kickstarter allows you to fund the creation of things that don't yet exist. In return for your pledge, you get to choose a reward.
When you pledge, Kickstarter will take your payment details to record your donation - but they won't bill you until the project reaches its end date and ONLY if we reach our goal. You can modify or cancel your pledge at any time until this date.
A few weeks before we're ready to ship, we'll send you a survey (using the email address you registered with Kickstarter) requesting the information required to send your reward.
It's a very simple and secure process which takes only moments.
Remember, if we don't reach our goal on time - this project simply won't happen. Your pledge, whatever amount, could make all the difference!
Video, Audio and Visual Credits:
Photography: Greg Rakozy, Ju On, NASA, Ashes Sitoula, Jill Heyer, Rodion Kutsaev, Sebastian Unrau.
Video produced, written and presented by Daniel Love.
MilkyWay animation: ESA/Hubble.
Microscopic footage: Aurel Manea.
VLT Activity footage: ESO/S. Guisard.
X-ray footage: AnomalousFilms.
Galaxy Evolution footage: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Advanced Visualization Laboratoy at the National Center for Supercomputing,B. O'Shea, M. Norman.
Music: Angelic Forest by Doug Maxwell/Media Right.
Risks and challenges
As an experienced author and established lucid dream educator, I foresee no intellectual or practical challenges for which I am not already well prepared to overcome.
However, I have built a contingency plan into the project which will allow a degree of 'wiggle-room' should the unexpected occur.
Short of a disaster, I expect things to run smoothly.
* No matter what, I'll keep you updated on all progress and challenges.*
The biggest initial challenge is the success of the Kickstarter campaign. This is due to the fact that for a project to receive any funds, we need to reach the full goal before the campaign ends.
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