A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics

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by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, Thomas Peisel
     
 

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Imagine being able to fly. Walk through walls. Shape-shift. Breathe underwater. Conjure loved ones—or total strangers—out of thin air. Imagine experiencing your nighttime dreams with the same awareness you possess right now—fully functioning memory, imagination, and self-awareness. Imagine being able to use this power to be more creative, solve

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Imagine being able to fly. Walk through walls. Shape-shift. Breathe underwater. Conjure loved ones—or total strangers—out of thin air. Imagine experiencing your nighttime dreams with the same awareness you possess right now—fully functioning memory, imagination, and self-awareness. Imagine being able to use this power to be more creative, solve problems, and discover a deep sense of well-being.

This is lucid dreaming—the ability to know you are dreaming while you are in a dream, and then consciously explore and change the elements of the dream. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, with its evocative retro illustrations, shows exactly how to do it. Written by three avid, experienced lucid dreamers, this manual for the dream world takes the reader from step one—learning how to reconnect with his or her dreams— through the myriad possibilities of what can happen once the dreamer is lucid and an accomplished oneironaut (a word that comes from the Greek oneira, meaning dreams, and nautis, meaning sailor).

Readers will learn about the powerful REM sleep stage—a window into lucid dreams. Improve dream recall by keeping a journal. The importance of reality checks, such as “The Finger”—during the day, try to pass your finger through your palm; then, when you actually do it successfully, you’ll know that you’re dreaming. And once you become lucid, how to make the most of it. Every time you dream, you are washing up on the shores of your own inner landscape. Learn to explore a strange and thrilling world with A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
Three self-professed lucid dreamers take a modern look at oneironautics, or lucid dreaming, in this refreshingly practical guide to controlling dreams. Tuccillo, Zeizel, and Peisel bring a casual, youthful tone to a topic about which much has already been written. In dreams, they note, you can be “free of your physical body, leaving behind silly things like gravity.” The writers focus on instruction—to encourage lucid dreams, for instance, set your alarm for six hours after bedtime, then wake up and go back to sleep after 20 minutes. The trio broadly covers the cultural history of dreams and the science of sleep, but always returns to the core idea that guiding your dreams is a great adventure, as emphasized by old-fashioned line drawings by Mahendra Singh, featuring travelers discovering new lands and walking through walls. Excerpts from lucid dreamers’ own experiences also add to the text. The variety of material limits the book’s depth—more neuroscience coverage would be welcome—but it makes for an easy read. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“[A] refreshingly practical guide to controlling dreams.”
Publishers Weekly

“Step-by-step instructions for achieving the alluring, mysterious goal of lucid dreaming.”
Parade.com

“Three young, New York-based oneironauts (‘dream navigators’) have come along to fish these techniques out of esoterica. Pulling from a wide array of lucid dreaming traditions, they offer step-by-step instructions.”
Tricycle

“A refreshing blend of science, whimsy and practical tips on spicing up your dream life.”
—Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761177395
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
115,199
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dylan Tuccillo is a writer, filmmaker, and lucid dreamer. He lives in New York City.

Jared Zeizel is a writer, filmmaker, and lucid dreamer. He lives in New York City.

 Thomas Peisel is a writer, filmmaker, and lucid dreamer. He lives in New York City.

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A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JLBriggs More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that I swear by 100%