REVIEW: Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge (2009)

This is a short how-to book on lucid dreaming by Stephen LaBerge PhD, a Stanford researcher and one of the fathers of Lucid Dreaming.

This is an acceptable basic introduction to lucid dreaming, and especially useful if this is first time you approach the subject. Laberge uses a very simple English, with very clear how-to techniques to remember dreams to facilitate lucid dreaming, to deal with nightmares, plus a brief intro about the importance of dreamwork and the virtues and uses of lucid dreaming.

This is not a book properly speaking. It only has 89 pages filled with too many records of dreams, too man quotes and unnecessary verbal weed, plus the notes and bio. The core of the work is about 40 pages, not more! Besides, the bibliography is really old, the most modern book referenced in the book is from 1997.

I didn’t know anything about Lucid Dreaming Inducing Devices (LDIDs) like the NovaDreamer and the DreamLight LDID, which are mentioned in this book as they are developed by LaBerger’s team in his Lucidity Institute in Hawaii. These devices are fascinating. For obvious reasons, he doesn’t mention others, which can be found, reviewed and linked here. As technology moves at the speed of light, these devices might be obsolete by now.

If this is your first approach to lucid dream, the book will certainly help you with the basics. However, if you want to delve into the nitty-gritty of lucid dreaming and the scientific research on dreaming, this is not your book because the introduction to the subject is full of platitudes and generalisations. To dig in, you need to read LaBerge’s traditional book and/or Robert Waggoner’s book. An alternative is to visit LaBerge’s institute, where he provides a good amount of free material for you to use.

BONUS.

The e-book comes with a series of downloadable mp3-audio recordings from the editorial house’s website (link provided at the beginning of the book). I found the recordings quite good. The narrator has a wonderful calm voice, which is great to induce relaxation, but also a clear way of explaining things. They are good enough on their own and quite the core of what the book says.

NOTE.

It has been years since I lucid dreamed. In my case, was a spontaneous event that occurred when I was a teenager. I have been doing archetypal dreamwork for a few years now, not lucid dreaming, so I bought this book to use it for problem solving.  No results obtained whatsoever for me. However,  LaBerge clearly states that it can take up to a month of constant self-training. I think you need to wat to lucid dream for the system to work on you. In my case, I hesitate because I think the most important messages that our dreams bring to us come from the deep well of out subconscious, which has its own agenda for our own good.

RENDERING FOR KINDLE.

Unfortunately, the conversion to e-book was done without care and any proofreading. There are too many typos and items of misspelling for me to list them here. It will suffice to say that, many times, you come across a period instead of a comma, and some words that need of initial capital appear in small letters. For example, the word Dr and the surname Dement (funny enough, a psychiatrist’s surname) appear in lower case several times. If you pay me, I will edit the book for you, dear editor…

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