Lucid Dreaming Resources
Academic papers discussing the stroboscopic ERP and flicker in a laboratory with human volunteers.
- Human EEG responses to 1–100 Hz flicker: resonance phenomena in visual cortex and their potential correlation to cognitive phenomena, by Christoph S. Herrmann (2001).:
- Perceptual Echoes at 10 Hz in the Human Brain, VanRullen & James S.P. Macdonald (2012).:
- From Stroboscope to Dream Machine: A History of Flicker-Induced Hallucinations
– Dr Stephen LaBerge, 2004
For developing techniques that teach you to be aware of what you are dreaming, and ultimately control and manipulate the outcome of your dreams, in order to: overcome long-term, deep-seated fears, anxieties, and phobias; harness the healing power of your unconscious, awaken creativity, and more. (CD included) www.amazon.co.uk
Head Trip, Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness– Jeff Warren, 2007
Psychology, Neuroscience, and adventure – explores altered states of consciousness & all the stages of sleep including Lucid Dreaming & REM, a personal favourite. www.headtrip.ca/thebook.htm
Pathway to Ecstasy – Patricia Garfield, 1979
Lucid Dreaming is like a cybernetic feedback system where you become aware of the fact that you’re dreaming, conscious of the fact that you’re unconscious. At first people didn’t believe that this was possible, and now we’ve had a lot of laboratory studies that have proved that in fact some people can learn to do this, can even be trained to become lucid in their dreams.
Sleeping and Dreaming by Helga Raulff, 2007
This book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at Wellcome Collection 2007-2008, takes a fresh look at the apparently simple questions of why humans need to sleep and dream, and what happens to our brain and body during sleep. These fascinating lines of enquiry are explored by international experts from backgrounds as varied as neuroscience, linguistics, psychoanalysis, philosophy and fiction writing; and from organisations including the Centre for Sleep Science at the University of Regensburg, the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt, and the Royal School of Medicine in London. Illustrated by a stunning variety of visual material, from Luis Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou, to sculpture by Ron Mueck and Katharina Fritsch, to photographs documenting US DJ Peter Tripp’s 1959 no-sleep marathon, these essays cover subjects such as the relationship between dream frequency and memory, the interpretation of dreams, and the causes and effects of sleep deprivation.
A study of dreams by Ederick Van Eeden, 1913
In 1898 he began to keep a separate account for a particular kind of dream which seemed to be the most important, collecting about 500 dreams. He hoped this material would form the basis of what may become a scientific structure of some value, ‘if his leisure and strength to build it up carefully does not let him down!’ There has not been a complete discussion of the biography of Fredrik van Eeden, who is credited with coining the phrase “lucid dream” and publishing the first serious research into these dreams.
Emmanuel Swedenborg’s Journal of dreams, commentary by Wilson Van Dusen
Emmanuel Swedenborg’s Philosophy and Minerology – an important text from the 18th Century is an interesting mix of science and metaphysics. He was an engineer from Sweden who, at age fifty-six, began to turn away from wheels and gears, began to have visions of the divine. His new world was peopled by angels with whom he conversed fairly regularly (pink and blue angels, according to William Blake). From them, he built a commentary on Christianity which was characterized by a direct search for god as “the perfect man.” If god is man, then man is god. All questions were to be resolved by the scriptures, with Swedenborg as the interpreter.
Films that explore Lucid Dreams :
Paprika ( anime )
Waking Life ( animation )
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
REM ( short film, animation )
The Science of Sleep
Explorers of The Lucid Dream (documentary)
Please contribute / suggest your experienced movies and books to the blog !