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You can still support our team and the promotion of lucid dreaming by visiting: 

www.ExploringLucidDreams.com

Become a Part of Lucid Dreaming History!

We've put together an ambitious project aimed to bring you one of the most important and unique books on lucid dreaming ever written.  

We'll create two books in one: the first ever complete English translation of the world's original book on lucid dreaming, and a brand-new exploration of lucid dreaming from an amazing selection of the world's foremost experts on lucid dreams. 

We'll be spanning eons of lucid dream research to bring you lost hidden gems and cutting-edge research. This is a book like no other and, with your backing, together we can unlock the mysteries of lucid dreaming.

A Book Unlike Any Other 

So what exactly can I expect from this book? 

To start we'll be creating the first complete English translation of the world’s very first book on lucid dreaming: Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them: Practical Observations (1867), by Frenchman Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys (1822-1892). This profoundly important historical text on lucid dreaming contains fascinating lost insights and techniques that will turbo charge your lucid dreaming practices. Just how important is this book? Well, let’s just say it’s the book in which the term ‘lucid dream’ was first used! 

On top of this we'll write a completely new text to accompany the work of Saint-Denys. This second book, written by our author and project founder, Daniel Love, will contain contributions from a dazzling selection of today's foremost lucid dreaming experts. This brand-new content will span eons of conscious dream exploration; from ancient dreaming practices to state-of-the-art lucid dream research and technologies; including lucid dream induction devices, techniques, supplements and much more. This will be absolutely unique content unavailable anywhere else! 

Not only will our book finally mesh the lost history of lucidity to its exciting potential future, it will be a rare melting pot of ideas from some of today's greatest minds. All of this will be invaluable to your own mastery of lucid dreaming. Of course, you'll also receive one of our fantastic rewards!

So far we are proud to have confirmed contributions from the following experts: 

  • Daniel Love 
  • Dr. Keith Hearne
  • Dr. Susan Blackmore 
  • Robert Waggoner 
  • Tim Post 
  • Drs. Carolus den Blanken 
  • Ryan Hurd 
  • Daniel Oldis
  • Dr. Rory Mac Sweeney 
  • Dr. Clare Johnson
  • Rebecca Turner
  • Daniel Schoonover
  • Sean Oliver
  • Charlie Morley

*For detailed information on our contributors, please scroll to the bottom of the page*

Alongside our experts we are also proud to be working in partnership with: 

  • iWinks - Creators of the fantastic Aurora lucid dream induction device and pioneers in dream technology.
  • World of Lucid Dreaming - One of the world's most popular online lucid dream resources.
  • Snoozon - An advanced online platform translating the latest science of lucid dreaming into credible lucid dream training.
  • Lucidity: The Web Saga - The unique and popular online series following the adventures of two room-mates who share their dreams. 

So tell me more about lucid dreaming...

Lucid dreaming can be described as a unique state of consciousness in which you realise that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. Many feel it is one of the most wonderful and awe-inspiring of human experiences. Once you learn to be aware within your dreams, you will be imbued with an awesome creative power, allowing you to explore the universe that exists inside your own mind. You'll discover the true meaning of freedom!

Our book will be unlike anything else and will offer you the opportunity to master and explore lucid dreaming with a vast and comprehensive understanding. You’ll hold in your hands the culmination of generations of exploration.

We're passionate about helping you unlock the potential of your dreams and to do so we'll need to travel back in time... 

The Birth of Lucid Dreams - Where Our Journey Begins...

Our journey begins at the very dawn of lucid dreaming, back before the term lucid dream even existed. It starts with one man, the father of modern lucid dreaming, a Frenchman by the name of Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys. The year is 1867, the year in which his book, the world's very first book on lucid dreaming, is to be published. Within its pages, for the first time ever, lucid dreaming found its name.

His book Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them: Practical Observations is a lost masterpiece, the ground-breaking original work on lucid dreaming. The book is astounding, it's one man’s lone journey into the world of dreams. Long before you could simply jump online and learn the basics of dream control, Saint-Denys was able to teach himself to become a nightly lucid dreamer, simply through careful observation and experimentation. 

Saint-Denys was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. In a time before Freud had written his famous Interpretation of Dreams and long before even the most preliminary research into lucid dreaming had begun, Saint-Denys was performing elaborate and intricate explorations of the dream world. Indeed, many of the experiments and methods invented by Saint-Denys are only now being re-discovered by modern dream enthusiasts and researchers. There are many more within this text just waiting to be discovered.

He shares his techniques and experiences in a beautiful, almost poetic language, he even invents the term 'lucid dreaming' to help explain his experiences. But the book is more than that: it is the birth of lucid dreaming. This is far more than just another guidebook, this is history in your hands, a history that may well change the future of lucid dreaming. 

A rare image of the original cover and front page, worn by the passage of time. Our artist will recreate the cover in exquisite detail, bringing it a new lease of life.
A rare image of the original cover and front page, worn by the passage of time. Our artist will recreate the cover in exquisite detail, bringing it a new lease of life.

For experienced lucid dreamers, this is a treasure waiting to be unearthed. For those of you new to the subject, this honest, vibrant and fascinating guide will aid you in unlocking the power of lucid dreams. You'll connect directly to the thoughts and mind of the father of lucid dreaming - you couldn't ask for a more esteemed guide. Your time-travel to 1867 will be the start of an amazing adventure, who knows where it will lead? 

Unbelievably, this book has been trapped in its native French for 147 years: a complete English translation has never been made. It's our goal to to change that!

For a pledge of only £20 you'll receive the full English copy of this ground-breaking book and the knowledge that you've played a vital part in the history of lucid dreaming!

Our Goal

Our goal is simple: to get this amazing guidebook into your hands! 

By bringing you the lost gems of Saint-Denys’ work and the insights from today’s very best lucid dream experts, we're certain you'll discover whole new depths to your lucid dream adventures.

Our priority is to bring the work of Saint-Denys to the English speaking world.  In order to do this, we've assembled a dedicated team: 

Daniel Love, our project's founder, is one of the world's foremost experts on lucid dreaming and author of Are You Dreaming: Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide. Daniel will oversee the entire project, consult on the translation, write the accompanying content and liaise with our worldwide team of expert contributors. 

Our translator, professional linguist Amita Raval, will carefully and methodically bring the 1867 text to life, striving to keep Saint-Denys original vision fully intact. 

Louis Dyer, our artist, will recreate the beautiful original cover art, breathing vibrant new life into this lost masterpiece.

For information on the team be sure to check out our bio.

So, what's in it for me? - Your Rewards

We have a fantastic selection of rewards tailored to suit your personality and pockets. Whatever your tastes; be you an art lover, technology buff, dream adventurer, historian, collector or eccentric, you'll find something that'll suit you.

Of course, our rewards are centred around getting the book in your hands, but there’s more to it than that. So be sure to take a look at what’s on offer. 

If you're just after the book then the £20 pledge is for you - just click here! 

Below you'll find a really quick summary of the available rewards but please do take the time to read the reward descriptions in fullas there's much more to discover!

Remember, you choose exactly how much you would like to pledge towards the project. You're not limited by the reward tiers - from £1 up to our entire goal, you can back us by however much you'd like.

Most importantly, whatever you choose, your pledge will be an investment into the very fabric of lucid dreaming's history and future.

We Can't Do It Without You!

We really can't do this without you! Every penny you pledge will help towards the time and resources we need to throw ourselves, hearts and minds, into the realisation of this dream.

We've set our minimum pledge low, so everyone can become a part of history. Absolutely every penny helps and is very deeply appreciated. 

If you really can't pledge you can still help by spreading the word! Please take a moment of your time to share our campaign on your favourite social network, it only takes a click... TWEET NOW  or  SHARE ON FACEBOOK

If we all work together we can make this dream a reality! 

So, if you're passionate about lucid dreaming and want to do something extraordinary today, you've found the right project to back! This is no exaggeration as this is truly the foundational work on lucid dreaming.

Our Contributors - A Little More Detail...

We're very happy to announce our (ever growing) list of contributors; experts from across the field who will be sharing their thoughts, experiences and insights in the final book.

So far we have confirmed contributions from the following experts: 

  • Dr. Keith Hearne
    The scientist responsible for the world's first sleep-laboratory research into lucid dreaming and inventor of the first "Dream Machine". Keith is the pioneer of modern lucid dream research, has published countless papers on the topic and is the author of many books on the subject such as his seminal The Dream Machine.
    www.keithhearne.com
     
  • Dr. Susan Blackmore
    World renowned scientist, Dr. Susan Blackmore, is a psychologist, writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a visiting professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) an MSc and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include consciousness, memes, evolutionary theory, anomalous experiences and meditation. She writes for several magazines and newspapers, blogs for the Guardian newspaper and Psychology Today, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is the author of many popular books (including The Meme Machine) and over sixty academic articles.
    www.susanblackmore.co.uk 
  • Drs. Carolus den Blanken 
    Author, oneironaut and expert on Saint-Denys. Carolus is responsible for the first Dutch translation of Saint-Denys' work and will be an invaluable consultant and contributor on the project. 
    www.carolusdenblanken.nl
  • Daniel Oldis 
    A veteran lucid dream educator and author of the Lucid Dream Manifesto (1974), Daniel also pioneers research into scientific dream-to-dream communication using existing electronic tools. He also acts as an advisor to DreamsCloud. Daniel is a respected and well established lucid dream researcher with a unique insight into the possible future marriage between technology and dreaming. 
      
  • Dr. Clare Johnson 
    Clare is a popular author and lucid dream educator who explores concepts such as creativity, consciousness and dreaming. She is the author of Dreamrunner and Breathing in Colour, a frequent public speaker on lucid dreaming and a respected voice for the exploration of creativity in dreams. Clare is also a talented linguist, fluent in French. In addition to her written contribution to the book she will also be working as a consultant to our translator Amita Raval. 
    www.clarejay.com
     
  • Tim Post
    The founder of Snoozon.com (the follow up to his previous popular site Lucidipedia.com), has lectured on lucid dreaming for TEDx, teaches the topic throughout Europe and has dedicated his life to bringing the transformative power of lucid dreaming to as many individuals as possible. Tim’s work has also been acknowledged by world-renowned lucid dream researcher, author and teacher Dr. Stephen LaBerge.
    www.snoozon.com
     
  • Rebecca Turner
    The founder and author of World of Lucid Dreaming, a tutorial-based website that receives more than 3 million visitors every year. A lucid dreamer for 16 years, Rebecca has been teaching conscious dreaming for the past 6 years. She is the creator of The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track course and writes the World of Lucid Dreaming Newsletter.
    www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com
     
  • Daniel Schoonover
    Co-founder of iWinks, the company responsible for the pioneering Aurora lucid dream induction device. Daniel has a deep understanding of this emerging technology and holds fascinating insights into the potential futures of lucid dreaming. 
    www.iwinks.org
     
  • Sean Oliver
    Sean Oliver is a film-maker and dream enthusiast born in the desert of Arizona, and the creator of “Lucidity: The Web Saga”, an online show about two room-mates who share each other’s dreams. In 2012 Sean presented dream research regarding dream-to-dream communication via the internet on behalf of Daniel Oldis at the IASD Conference. In addition he has given guest lectures at SWIHA, spoken about dreams at Ignite Phoenix, and co-hosts “Get Lucid! US”, a podcast all about dreams. 
    www.thirdproductions.com/luciditysaga 
     
  • Charlie Morley
    Hay House author of the best-selling Dreams of Awakening. Charlie received the traditional “authorisation to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism from Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. For the past 5 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops around the world, written two books on the subject, taught dream work for the Mindfulness Association and given the first ever talk on lucid dreaming at the well-known TED conferences. For the past 4 years Charlie has lived at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in London.
    www.charliemorley.com


In addition to these wonderful contributors, of course you'll get the fabulous insights and extensive additional content from the lucid dream experts among our team: 

  • Daniel Love (Project founder)
    Daniel is a well known British lucid dreaming educator who has been researching and teaching the subject since 1996. He is the author of the popular book Are You Dreaming: Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide, the lucid dreaming consultant for the upcoming dream based sci-fi show Anamnesis and a much sought-after expert on dreams. Daniel is heading the project and will be ensuring that every element of the final product is true to Saint-Denys' vision. He will oversee the interpretation of Saint-Denys ideas, write the accompanying analysis and liaise with the team and contributing experts worldwide. 
    www.exploringluciddreams.com
  • Dr Rory Mac Sweeney
    Lucid dream educator, presenter and consciousness researcher. Rory is a true multi disciplinarian with a career that spans from martial arts to the deeper resceses of consciousness. Rory runs the popular website www.wakeupinyourdreams.com, founded the monthly worldwide experiment exploring shared dreaming The Mutual Dream Experiment, is a regular speaker on lucid dreaming and is currently working on various projects aiming to promote and popularise conscious dreams. 
    www.wakeupinyourdreams.com

Risks and challenges

Why KickStarter?

The lucid dream community is a thriving and diverse world. However, we've yet to reach "the mainstream", and as such, the majority of publishers are unlikely to back all but the most simplistic guidebooks on the topic. An historical work such as this, whilst invaluable to lucid dreamers, is a gamble to mainstream publishers who assess the value of a work on profit alone. KickStarter transcends this outdated philosophy and allows the community to bring to life that which adds beauty, knowledge and real value to the world. As dedicated, professional and lifelong lucid dreamers we are certain that this work of Saint-Denys' is the single most important book on lucid dreaming ever written, and we believe that with you the community behind us, we can bring this dream to life.

Our priority above all else is to create a faithful translation of the original vision of Saint-Denys. To do this requires time, patience and dedication.

Our translation will be more than simply converting one language to another, it will be a fluid and creative process involving intensive research. To make it the very best we can, we will liaise with worldwide experts, include extensive notes and interpretations within the book, and potentially visit sites that were relevant to Saint-Denys' original research.

When approaching an historical text as important as this, there is no room for cutting corners or risking losing sight of the original vision. To avoid this, we have meticulously assessed our budget and set a goal that realistically reflects the costs, risks and challenges we will face. It will allow us to truly dedicate our time towards achieving our aim.

In addition, we have set ourselves a goal of 12 months to complete the project. The initial six months will be spent researching, translating, writing and compiling the work. The following 6 months will be spent focused on the more practical matters of a publication, such as layout, design, printing and distribution. This will require a great deal of work and focus but we are a meticulous team and, from inception to completion, we will give this project our all.

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  • To pledge just click the green “Back This Project” button on the project page. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier. You will check out through Kickstarter.

    Or simply click this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/translatingdreams/translating-dreams-the-origins-of-lucid-dreaming-r/pledge/new…

    You can pledge from anywhere in the world!

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  • So far we have confirmed contributions from the following experts:

    Daniel Love
    Dr. Keith Hearne
    Dr. Susan Blackmore
    Robert Waggoner
    drs. Carolus den Blanken
    Ryan Hurd
    Daniel Oldis
    Dr. Clare Johnson
    Dr Rory Mac Sweeney
    Rebecca Turner
    Tim Post
    Daniel Schoonover
    Sean Oliver
    Charlie Morley

    (This list may grow as the campaign progresses)

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  • Yes absolutely. Kickstarter requests that a project is listed using the currency of the country in which it originated. So, as we're British, you're seeing pounds. However, Kickstarter is a global phenomenon and backing our project is open to everyone.

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    you pay nothing
    and the project won't have the required funding to go ahead.
    (Obviously, we don't want this to happen!!)

    As you can see, every pledge is absolutely vital to the success of the campaign!

    If you're thinking a small pledge won't make a difference, remember they really do all add up - it may well be just the nudge we need to reach our goal! So please don't hesitate!

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  • Kickstarter is a very well established and respected website. Signing up to make a pledge really is absolutely painless and takes very little time. In fact the majority of our backers so far are first time Kickstarter users!

    Simply click on the big green "Back This Project" button at the top right of the campaign page, choose how much you want to pledge and which reward you'd like. The rest is as simple as making any purchase online.

    The big difference is you won't be charged for your pledge until the campaign is complete (29th June 2014) and ONLY if we reach our goal of £18,000.

    Once you decide to make your pledge, Kickstarter will guide you painlessly through the very simple process.

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  • Your card will be charged only when the project reaches its funding deadline (29th June) and if we reach our target. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.

    If you've backed the project and are seeing a charge on your bank statement, what you are likely seeing is a temporary authorization of funds. The time it takes for an authorization to clear varies on the bank, but typically takes 1 - 3 days. You will not be charged until the project has ended successfully.

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  • The Amazon checkout payment option is only available to campaigns that originate in the US. As our campaign is British, you will check out through Kickstarter itself.

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  • Yes! Anyone can pledge to Kickstarter projects, from anywhere in the world. The only requirement is a major credit card.

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  • We've explored this topic in detail in a recent article over at the World of Lucid Dreaming website, you can find out more here: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/who-really-coined-the-term-lucid-dream.html

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  • You should find that all reward tiers have their estimated delivery date listed beneath them. As this is a very indepth project we've established that it shall take approximately 12 months to complete, so we've set our delivery date to July 2015 to account for this.

    Once the campaign completes we'll keep all backers regularly updated with the progress of the project - it'll be an exciting shared journey!

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  • All books above a £35 pledge will be signed by the author and project founder Daniel Love and translator Amita Raval.

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  • Unbelievably yes!

    Our aim is for a complete and authentic translation - attempting to stick as closely to the mood and style of Saint-Denys' as possible. This has never been done before.

    However, in 1982 there was a very incomplete translation by Nicholas Fry and
    Morton Schatzman, MD. This work is missing large portions of the original text and the style of translation deviates greatly from the colourful nature of Saint-Denys original. Many consider it an adaptation rather than an authentic direct translation. This work itself is now out of print and fetches second hand prices often exceeding £1000.

    Clearly there is a strong need to bring the work of Saint-Denys to life after 147 years without a complete and authentic translation!

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    Click the "Contact me" button that appears above the rewards (towards the top right of the page).

    Or, follow this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/translatingdreams/translating-dreams-the-origins-of-lucid-dreaming-r/messages/new…

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    The 'Dedication Deal' - This deal is ideal for the romantic amongst you. This is a rare opportunity to make your mark in dream history. We're offering you the chance to write the dedication for the book*, be it a romantic gesture or a symbol of affection towards a friend or loved one. Your short dedication will appear at the very start of the book.

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