In the 1980’s PhD Stephen performed experiments at Cambridge University that scientifically proved that individuals could become aware of when they were in a dream and could control what happens in those dreams. Before dreaming, in the West, was widely considered as fantasy and regarded to be unsuitable as an academic pursuit. Now Lucid Dreaming has quickly become a major interest of Western Universities and their students.
The Indian philosopher, Mahadevan, said that the biggest difference between the Eastern and Western cultures in philosophy was that the West’s view of reality consisted of one state of consciousness referred to as the ‘waking state’ and the East’s view was that there were many states of consciousness, including dreaming and sleeping.
Andrew Holecek, in his book “Dream Yoga” describes the opportunity that exists similar to that during the Age of European Exploration (1450 to 1650). The difference is lucid dreaming explores the inner world whereas the Age of Exploration discovered the outer world.
“We spend more time in bed than any other single place, dead to the outer world, but potentially alive to an exciting inner world.
About a third of our lives is lost in this inner space, and up to six years is spent in the dream world. From the cozy cradle to the
nestled grave some of the most momentous events of life occur on the mattress: we have ecstatic sex, give joyful birth, get
miserable sick, and often die in bed. But the opportunities for psychological and spiritual evolution that are available in bed are
even more momentous. Given the proper tools, turning off outer experiences allows us to turn on breathtaking inner ones.”
Most Western countries claim a 55% rate of individuals who know of and have had a lucid dream but that rate varies greatly with age. Younger people, millennials and generation X (born before 1965) may have a lucid dream participation rate around 70% knowledgeable about and involved in having at least one lucid dream . This is partially due to their experience and expertise with computer gaming, artificial worlds and artificial intelligence. Those born in 1965 or later (baby boomers and the silent generation) may have a rate more around 30%.
What are the reasons to join a “Seniors Lucid Dreaming Group”?
The knowledge and skills gained make possible the following:
increased physical and mental wellness as we age;
spur self growth and personal development;
peak performance in sports and activities;
enhanced creativity in the sciences and arts;
connecting with ancestors and the divine; and
re-energize waking life.
The plan is to gather 4 to 7 individuals who are motivated to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to explore the world of dreaming with the goal of experiencing their first lucid dream or expand that ability. Meeting will be held on a weekly or biweekly basis for a period of 3 to 4 months.. No experience is required and there will be no charge unless to cover the cost for a meeting space and individual learning materials.
My reason for organizing this group in Edmonton, Alberta is to further develop my lucid dreaming skills through facilitating and participating in the group activities.
Contact Roger Humbke at 780-782-6277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.