lucid dreaming

A Quote by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on rigpa, dream yoga, lucid dreaming, clear light, and non-dual

Developing the capacity for clear light dreams is similar to developing the capacity of abiding in the non-dual presence of rigpa during the day.  In the beginning, rigpa and thought seem different, so that in the experience of rigpa there is no thought, and if thought arises we are distracted and lose rigpa.  But when stabliity in rigpa is developed, thought simply arises and dissolves without in the least obscuring rigpa; the practitioner remains in non-dual awareness.

Tenzin Wangyal

Source: The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Pages: 63

Contributed by: Vince

A Quote by Stephen Laberge on dreams, sleep, lucid dreaming, dreaming, laberge, schemas, sensory input, and rem

I suggested that dreams are simulations of the world created by our perceptual systems. The introduction to waking perception that you just read will help you understand this theory.

Consider, first of all, how sleep modifies the process of perception. During REM sleep, as you learned in chapter 2, sensory input from the outside world and body movement are both suppressed, while the entire brain is highly active. The activity of the brain raises certain schemas above their perceptual thresholds. These schemas enter consciousness, causing the dreamer to see, feel, hear, and experience things not present in the external environment.

Ordinarily, if you were to see something that wasn't really there, contradictory sensory input would rapidly correct your mistaken impression. Why doesn't the same thing happen during dreaming? The answer is because there is little or no sensory input available to the brain for correcting such mistakes.

Stephen Laberge

Source: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, Pages: 127

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A Quote by Stephen Laberge on awake, lucid dreaming, dreaming, state, and laberge

But why are people interested in learning to be conscious in their dreams? According to my own experience, and the testimony of thousands of other lucid dreamers, lucid dreams can be extraordinarily  vivid, intense, pleasurable, and exhilarating. People frequently consider their lucid dreams as among the most wonderful experiences of their lives.

If this were all there were to it, lucid dreams would be delightful, but ultimately trivial entertainment. However, as many have already discovered, you can use lucid dreaming to improve the quality of your waking life. Thousands of people have written to me at Stanford telling how they are using the knowledge and experience they have acquired in lucid dreams  to help them get more out of living.

Stephen Laberge

Source: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on life and lucid dreaming

If you are having a dream and you think it's real, it can get very scary. Say you are dreaming you are tightrope walking across Niagara Falls. If you fall off, you plunge to your death. So you are walking very slowly, very carefully. Then suppose you start lucid dreaming, and you realise it's all a dream. What do you do? Become more cautious and careful? Noo, you start jumping up and down on the tightrope, you do flips, you bounce around, you have a ball - precisely because you know isn't real. When you realise it's a dream you can afford to play.

The same thing happens when you realise that ordinary life is a dream, just a movie, just a play. You don't become more cautious, more timid, more reserved. You start jumping up and down and doing flips, precisely because it's all a dream, it's all pure Emptiness. You don't feel less, you feel more - because you can afford to. You are no longer afraid of dying, and therefore you are not afraid of living. You become radical and wild, intense and vivid, shocking and silly. You let it all come pouring through, because it's all your dream.

Life then assumes its true intensity, its vivid luminosity, its radical effervescence. 

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader., Pages: 33

Contributed by: Robin

A Quote by Ken Wilber on dreaming, lucid dreaming, and life

If you are having a dream and you think it's real, it can get very
scary. Say you are dreaming you are tightrope walking across Niagara
Falls. If you fall off, you plunge to your death. So you are walking
very slowly, very carefully. Then suppose you start lucid dreaming, and
you realise it's all a dream. What do you do? Become more cautious and
careful? Noo, you start jumping up and down on the tightrope, you do
flips, you bounce around, you have a ball - precisely because you know
isn't real. When you realise it's a dream you can afford to play.

The same thing happens when you realise that ordinary life is a dream,
just a movie, just a play. You don't become more cautious, more timid,
more reserved. You start jumping up and down and doing flips, precisely
because it's all a dream, it's all pure Emptiness. You don't feel less ,
you feel more - because you can afford to. You are no longer afraid of
dying, and therefore you are not afraid of living. You become radical
and wild, intense and vivid, shocking and silly. You let it all come
pouring through, because it's all your dream.

Life then assumes its true intensity, its vivid luminosity, its radical
effervescence.

(From One Taste)

Ken Wilber

Contributed by: Robin

A Quote by Stephen Laberge on test, awake, lucid dreaming, dreaming, and state

Pause now to ask yourself the following question: "Am I dreaming or awake, right now?" Be serious, really try to answer the question to the best of your ability and be ready to justify your answer.

Stephen Laberge

Source: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, Pages: 59

Contributed by: David

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