Emerging Paradigms of Consciousness Research: News and Views on Consciousness and Mind Science Connected and Gathered from around the Internet

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Lucid Dreaming

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OBE Update 1 - Progress is progress

Update Oct 2014: Due to my partner also being interested in obe and lucid dreaming, my motivation to success has been recently reignited. We have both been making slow progress, and by comparing our individual approaches, have been able to find a few more pieces of the puzzle. Some of this might seem obvious, but for us there have been several blindspots we have discovered along the way, so I'll put this out there as it may inspire others who have had similar hinderances.

Déjà Rêvé? (Precognitive Dreams)

This paper examines the very real phenomena of Déjà Vu and how it connects to an even more profound subtype known as Déjà Rêvé. Déjà vu is French for “Already Seen” and Déjà Rêvé is French for “Already Dreamed”. Often people who experience Déjà Vu link the origin of the familiar memory to something they have dreamed days, weeks, months and even years before they experienced “Déjà Vu”. Déjà Rêvé suggests that dreams have a direct and relative relationship with physical reality. If so, then understanding and exploring this is critical to science and critical to understanding the origins of “reality”.

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Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming: is it just Pseudoscience?

Ryan Hurd from Dream Studies has written a great article on Brainwave Entrainment and Lucid Dreaming.

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Buddhists, Existentialists and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life

An interesting essay by Doug Mann

Richard Linklater's 2002 film Waking Life is all about dreaming, and how we can sometimes lucidly control our dreams. Yet it's also about some broad philosophical issues, including one of the oldest philosophical conundrums, the distinction between appearance and reality.

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Science wakes up to people's increasing ability to manipulate their own dreams

LUCID dreaming - in which people are aware that they are in a dream and can therefore manipulate it - is real and becoming more common, experts believe.

In the most original Hollywood film of the year, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page stroll through a dreamworld where they are able to bend streets into the sky, walk up walls and obliterate a cafe by force of will.

Inception is a fantasy, but Britain's leading authority on dreaming said that the incidence of lucid dreaming seems to have increased over the last few years.

Professor Mark Blagrove, a psychologist who runs a sleep laboratory at the University of Swansea, said that according to studies the number of people in Western societies who experienced a lucid dream had increased by between 10 and 40 per cent since the 1980s.

Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D., Excerpt from "Dreams and Consciousness"

Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. explains the difference between dreaming and waking in relation to sensory input and perception. He further elaborates on why dreams are reflections of our waking experience. Finally, he proposes that dreamers go beyond dream interpretation and "bring our ideals into our dreams and act there."

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe