Lucid dreaming, often called dream consciousness, is the practice of learning how to control dreams. Those who are lucid dreamers are completely aware that they are dreaming while they are dreaming, allowing them to be hyper aware of the situations they find themselves in and change the outcome of their dreams however they please.
While many people may be able to claim that they are lucid dreamers, they are not always able to control the outcomes of their dreams even if they are still aware they are dreaming. More advanced lucid dreamers are the ones who can manipulate and influence their dreams, a skill that takes much training and practice to master.
If you are interested in learning how to influence the outcomes of your dreams, one effective way to do this is to read the available literature on the latest research and most effective techniques for mastering lucid dreaming. Here are some of the best books to help you get started, all written by dream researchers and lucid dreaming experts who know what they are talking about, and then some.
Have you ever woken up from a deep sleep and realized you couldn’t move? Experts call this sleep paralysis, and it can be a terrifying, nightmare inducing state that may seem impossible to break free from. In his book, researcher Ryan Hurd shows readers how they can use the power of lucid dreaming to overcome sleep paralysis. The book even overviews how the things we experience while trapped in a state of sleep paralysis can be used to make us more aware of our thoughts and conquer our deepest fears. For anyone wondering of the more specific benefits to learning how to master lucid dreaming, this is the ideal read.
2. Are You Dreaming? Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide by Daniel Love
Are you Dreaming? is a modern guide created for both beginning and more advanced lucid dreamers. In it, lucid dreamer and ‘dream scientist’ Daniel Love uses the most up to date research and techniques to guide people along their journey to becoming active lucid dreamers. The book goes in depth on the subject of conscious dreaming but is completely adaptable to real life and is easy to understand, with practical tips and explanations of how lucid dreaming can improve the lives of all people who are willing to learn how it works. If you are looking for a more contemporary introduction to the ins and outs of lucid dreaming, this is the book you will want to start with.
Unlike many of the other fascinating books on this list, Dreaming Yourself Awake focuses on how lucid dreaming allows you to alter the ‘reality’ of your dreams however you want, and gives step by step guidance on how to do so specifically. Wallace discusses using lucid dreaming for purposes of entertainment, increasing creativity and self awareness and also lucid dreaming as a form of Buddhist yoga to meditate and relax. This book in particular opens the reader’s eyes to the wide range of possibilities available to those who engage in lucid dreaming as a regular practice.
4. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr. Stephen LaBerge
This is a both an informative book and practical workbook for anyone who wishes to learn more about lucid dreaming and apply the knowledge and skill sets to their own lives. It offers reliable, accurate and in-depth science-based facts and research instead of relying on popular psychology to get its points across. What makes this book especially worthwhile is that it promises to help readers figure out how to use lucid dreaming to make them more creative and make them more confident and better problem solvers while they are awake.
5. Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Supplements by Thomas Yuschak
This book discusses lucid dreaming in a bit of a different light than the others discussed throughout this list. It covers the Lucid Dream Supplement induction technique and is an everything the reader needs to know guide about the practice of using natural and prescription free supplementation to improve the lucid dreaming experience for readers. It is considered a complete guide, and readers will find extensive evidence based information and technique to help them begin lucid dreaming using this specific technique.
This book serves as a guide for those who wish to use lucid dreaming to explore identity and consciousness. Robert Waggoner, lucid dreamer and lucid dreaming expert, uses his experiences to introduce readers to five stages of lucid dreaming so that they know what to expect, either when trying lucid dreaming for the first time or moving down the path to more advanced lucid dreaming. This book offers helpful advice to guide lucid dreaming beginners who may have heard of lucid dreaming but do not know what it truly entails.
7. Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep by Charlie Morley
This book was written with a focus on research and holistic techniques to grasping and mastering the practice of lucid dreaming. Author Charlie Morley co founded the Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep approach to lucid dreaming, and it is widely discussed and used throughout his book as a means for helping readers learn about the science of lucid dreaming and how they can apply their newfound knowledge to their own lives to use lucid dreaming to benefit their real life experiences both while they are asleep and while they are awake.
Lucid dreaming is about more than just knowing your dreams are not real. People who have studied and trained as lucid dreamers are able to use lucid dreaming to improve their lives, including their creativity and even sometimes their productivity. These books can help you begin to master lucid dreaming as well.