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What is Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep?

Mindfulness Of Dream and Sleep

Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep is a holistic approach to lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping that I have created with Buddhist meditation teacher, Rob Nairn. This new approach is not just about learning how to lucid dream; rather, it is about how to use all areas of falling asleep, dreaming and waking up for spiritual and psychological growth.

Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep is comprised of three main practices: mindfulness meditation, lucid dream training from both the Western and Tibetan Buddhist traditions and conscious sleeping techniques called ‘hypnagogic and hypnopompic mindfulness’. To learn more about those terms click here to check my Online Course in Mindfulness Of Dream Sleep. Our hope is that by combining Western and Eastern techniques we can bridge the gap between the often superficial scope of Western lucid dreaming practices and the often inaccessible Tibetan dream yoga practices. Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep is for people who want to go beyond lucid dreaming into something much deeper.

Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep is essentially about bringing mindful awareness into all stages of our sleep cycle, allowing us to make use of the full 30 years we spend asleep, rather than just the six years we spend dreaming. By developing our training across all phases of sleep, rather than just within the lucid dream state, we can offer a far more holistic and wide-ranging system with benefits that extend well beyond our dream world into our waking life.

Much like lucid dreaming, Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep may sound like a paradox, because we are so accustomed to thinking of dream and sleep as unmindful processes. However, it is possible to be aware during most periods of dream and sleep, and this awareness will paradoxically lead to more refreshing and beneficial sleep.

The ultimate aim is to allow mindful awareness to gently infuse all stages of our sleep cycle. This leads to a deep deconditioning process that will also permeate our waking state, allowing us to ‘wake up’ to life with more awareness and to live as we dream: lucidly.

*Excerpt from the book Dreams of Awakening | Lucid dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep by Charlie Morley

January 21, 2021

2 responses on "What is Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep?"

  1. I used to lucid dream as a child (started around 7 years old) and I thought it was the most natural thing in the world to do. This ability diminished, then disappeared as i grew older. But I’ve always been a strong dreamer throughout my life (I’m currently 66). kept a dream journal for many years, and learned how to interpret them. Now that I am re-acquainting myself with lucid dreaming, I’m a bit nervous about the hypnogogic state because I’ve had some “weird” experiences there (e.g., feeling presences in and on the bed; body buzzing all over but I can’t move – was told this was the precursor for an OOBE).

    The one that really has me concerned is that, as I am drifting off to sleep, sometimes I experience this solid, white, sheet of what I can only call “energy” that drops down fast and hard in my inner field of vision and makes a lot cracking noise. It’s very disconcerting and I try to avoid it. It happened last night, but a lot less dramatically. A very soft field of intermittent light in the shape of a curtain gently floated down my field of vision. At the same time, the inside of my head “popped,” somewhat like when your ears pop at high altitudes. I get these pops from time to time, especially when I am laying down or getting up. Could be some sort of inner ear thing going on, but I would really like to know for sure about these experiences so that I am more at ease in the hypnogogic state, and probably the hypnopompic as well. Thanks in advance.

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