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Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain

pp 105-134

Lucid Dream Induction

An Empirical Evaluation
  • Robert F. PriceAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
  • , David B. CohenAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

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Abstract

With these words, anthropologist Castaneda describes a technique for developing the art of dreaming. By focusing attention on the objects of one’s dreams, according to the Yaqui shaman Don Juan, one can learn to “awaken” within the dream, thereby transcending the limited world of the senses. Similar accounts of attaining “waking” consciousness within the dream state and exerting willful control over dream events are sprinkled throughout ancient philosophical and religious treatises (Chang, 1977; de Becker, 1968; Evans-Wentz, 1967). These writings describe a state of expanded dream awareness remarkably similar to what we now call “lucid dreaming.”