Lucid Dreams in Their Natural Series

Phenomenological and Psychophysiological Findings in Relation to Meditative States
  • Harry T. Hunt
  • Robert D. Ogilvie


James’s method of “placing things in their series”—so akin to Wittgenstein (1979) on the descriptive rendering of features along multiple lines of “family resemblance” and its recent formalizations within social science—provides the methodological context for our approach to lucid dreams, both in terms of their descriptive phenomenology and psychophysiological processes. By considering the striking interrelations and overlap among dream lucidity and control, highly bizarre dreams, mundane true-to-daily-life dreams, out-of-body experience, “near-death” epidsodes, and the range of meditative experiences and techniques, it becomes clear that prototypical lucid dreams can be seen as a species of spontaneously realized meditative state, and this in their phenomenological, physiological, and cognitive aspects.


Meditative Practice Altered State Natural Series Dream Content Meditative State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Hunt
    • 1
  • Robert D. Ogilvie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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