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Lucid Dreaming

Sleep Timing

Sleep timing is controlled by three main factors and they are the circardian clock, homeostasis and in humans by willed behavior.

The circadian clock is an inner time-keeping, temperature-fluctuating, enzyme-controlling device, which works in tandem with adenosine, a neurotransmitter which inhibits many of the bodily processes that are associated with wakefulness.

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Dream Yoga: Lucid Dreaming in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan dream yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming. It is a philosophical practice created in Tibetan Buddhism at least 1,000 years ago. Just like lucid dreams, the aim of this is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. However, Buddhist monks have more esoteric goals in mind...

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How to navigate nonphysical environments

Noted Out of Body Explorer, William Bulman's webpage on navigating the non-physical world. Tips, tricks, and troubleshooting guide.

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How Can You Control Your Dreams?

Although dream control has populated science fiction for decades, new ways of reading the brain's activity are making actual mind manipulation less of a fiction.

The new hit movie out of Hollywood, "Inception" has triggered a number of great articles on lucid dreaming, here's a good one from Scientific American.

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Lucid Dreaming and “Inception”: Fact or Fiction?

The premise of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Inception is that people can become conscious creators within the world of their dreams. Is that idea just a fantasy, or is it really possible?

According to the results of a new study, lucid dreaming is a reality in the lives of many, many people.

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Varieties of Lucid Dreaming Experience

[LaBerge, S. & DeGracia, D.J. (2000). Varieties of lucid dreaming experience. In R.G. Kunzendorf & B. Wallace (Eds.), Individual Differences in Conscious Experience (pp. 269-307). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

"The range of subjective experiences reported to occur during dreaming appears wider and more variable than those typical of waking. In this chapter we will focus on the nature of experience in lucid dreams."

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Overview of Focus Levels (The Monroe Institute)

"For those unfamiliar with the focus levels a little background is in order. The story goes back to Robert A. Monroe, who began to experience involuntary Out of Body Experiences (OBE) in 1957. These early experiences have been documented in his first book “Journeys Out of The Body” (Monroe, 1971). It was also during this time that Monroe discovered that sound patterns could induce certain states of consciousness, which eventually led to the creation of the Monroe Institute and patented sound technology called Hemi-Sync.

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The Science of Dreaming

The sections that follow are based on, or extracted from, some of the latest research findings related to dreams and dreaming.

(contains excerpts from Dream Language copyright © 2005 by Robert J. Hoss, MS. )

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Sleep-Inducing Foods: Food to Help You Sleep

Check out this list of foods that can help you sleep better. You probably have most of these in your cupboard already..

Top 10 Sleep-Inducing Foods

Trial and Error of OBE: Keeping a Dream Journal

Since my first spontaneous obe in 98 I have desired to achieve regular and frequent controlled out of body experiences, and in 2008 I set out to achieve this goal.

I began sifting through books and websites for information and direction. If you have looked into this yourself, you will know that everyone has their own variation on how to obe or lucid dream. Essentially, this is about trying to alter the way we experience sleep and, as each of us has different body chemistry and life experience, this is not a precise science, to say the least. For most of us switching off the mind as our bodies go to sleep, is a life long habit that is hard to change.

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