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u/CivilBrocedure · 3 pointsr/dpdr

> Then the dreams started happening. I'd lay in my bed, attempting to sleep and have the strongest feeling that I was going to die if I didn't get up. It seemed like darkness was taking over my vision, and I was drifting off into eternal sleep. I woke up in a haste, sweating and gasping for a breath, I never experienced anything like that. These would persist over various times throughout the months leading up to the final push into dpdr. I feared death.

I recommend spending some time on /r/luciddreaming . It's a community that teaches individuals the discipline and exercises necessary to control their dreams, understand those states of consciousness, and perform a variety of reality checks. It also stresses all-day awareness; a form of mindfulness that emphasizes focus and appreciation of the phenomena of the waking world. Consciousness is not a black and white issue (awake/conscious/normal vs. unconscious/asleep); but rather a gradation of different manifestations (alert, stressed, groggy, dream, deep sleep, psychedelia, irritable, et al.).

I highly recommend "The Lucid Dreamer: A Waking Guide for the Traveler Between Worlds"; it details the history and use of dreams and altered states of consciousness throughout time and across societies. It also contains practical exercises for controlling conscious experience. While there is a large discussion of lucid dreaming within it, it has a very good discussion on the blurred sense of reality that DP/DR entails as experienced by many people throughout time; it frames that discussion in the historical and cultural understanding of these states of consciousness and discusses much of the science behind it.

This phenomenon is nothing new to mankind; shamans, sages, mystics, and others have all written and purposefully cultivated this sense of "no-self" since time immemorial. Read any text of Tibetan tantra, Dzogchen Buddhism, Sufi poetry, listen to shamans, or read the Upanishads and you will immediately see that these people are fully aware of this phenomenon. There is hope; in learning to appreciate the curious phenomenon of "waking reality", understanding the nature of the Self, and appreciating the unity of natural processes, one can come to no longer be afraid or perturbed by the undulating forms in which conscious experience manifests.

u/DormiensVigila108 · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Two books that I highly recommend if you're delving into the more transcendental aspects of lucid dreaming and looking to hone your skills:

The Tibetan Yogas of Sleep and Dreams - Tibetan Buddhists of the Dzogchen school have a tradition of lucid dreaming that spans millenia, they believe that in the dreamless sleep that the "clear light of consciousness" is revealed. It was one of the most powerful texts that I have read, especially given my own LD experiences. They say that for highly skilled lifetime practitioners that every dream is lucid, sleep stops "being sleep" but instead becomes a dissolution of ego and nightly transcendence. Fascinating stuff.

I also highly recommend The Lucid Dreamer: A Waking Guide for the Traveler Between Worlds. It is incredibly well written, full of full color photos, and exercises. It discusses not just techniques from all over the globe for LD induction and preservation, but also discusses at length the science, history, and cultural significance of dreaming throughout time. It explores the use of LDs by shamans, Sufi mystics, the Prophet Muhammad, Australian indigenous peoples, and a ton more. I still keep this book by my bed a year after finishing it; amazingly helpful.

Both books can be had on Amazon used for ~$5 each. Absolutely worth it. Especially since reading about LDing before bed is one of the best ways to trigger an LD.

u/Oneireus · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

I got a book called "The Lucid Dreamer". I haven't read it yet, but it looks really good in terms of production quality. I also grabbed "The Dream Drugstore" which looks a bit into the psychology behind it. I need to add Are You Dreaming? to me list.

u/emprameen · 1 pointr/psychotherapy

As someone who studies sleep at dreams, I'm very much against most of Freud's specifics on dream analysis. Jung has some of my favorite methodologies. Here's one of my go-to texts on dreams: https://www.amazon.com/Jungian-Senoi-dreamwork-manual-Strephon-Williams/dp/0918572045
Be forewarned, though-- it's heavy in metaphysics!


Another insightful text, focusing on lucid dreaming (although some of the sleep-science material is a little out-dated, the historical and technique overviews are great): https://www.amazon.com/Lucid-Dreamer-Waking-Traveler-Between/dp/0671872486/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478495534&sr=1-1&keywords=the+lucid+dreamer


All of my other recommendations just fall deeper into categories of metaphysics and mysticism and psychomysticalmetababble-- which can certainly have its place in practice and sessions, but not so much in science.