I just finished watching a series by Tim, the founder of Lucidipedia. I was thoroughly impressed with the overall quality of the information as well as the way it was presented. The series is comprised of 10 short clips (11 if you count the trailer style clip,) probably averaging 8 minutes or so. He begins by explaining what lucid dreaming is, some general information, and his favorite books.

What he does next is what makes it so well done and interesting.

He walks you through a wake back to bed technique. Starting with waking, recalling dreams, and everything up until actually going to sleep. During this he gives you a first person perspective for the wake up and falling asleep scenes to give you a better idea of what you should be doing and what the experience is like. He then gives a brief section on dream control and what a lucid dream is like, by putting you in a mock lucid dream.

I am very impressed by the quality of this information and the interesting presentation. So here it is:
Trailer for the series

Or, if you prefer to jump into it:
Beginning of the series

You should probably watch it in order, as it’s essentially one clip cut up.

-Hatter

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Today I am reviewing a semi-famous DVD in the dreaming community. You may have seen links for it on LD4all, or in other places as well. I am not doing this as a paid review, or anything like that. This is simply my opinion on the information contained in SaltCube’s DVD I hope that this review might help you make a decision if you were considering buying the DVD.

Information
The information on the DVD is very good, as well as very poignant. He has both basic information and definitions for the beginning dreamer as well as more advanced how to types of information. He also includes a few types of exercises to help you WILD. There’s a lot of great and varied information. I thought he really covered the basics and a little more above them. Most of it was stuff I’d heard before, but I read a great number of books as well as online information. Even I picked up some new stuff though, and the small tips have been very helpful. I’m not sure if I agree with his explanations for why everything happens like it does, but whatever the mechanism, the techniques are effective.

Presentation
The presentation in this DVD is good, if somewhat standard. While he is explaining an idea, he typically highlights the main ideas by putting them in text for you to read. Other times he’ll use images to help get the idea across, which was helpful in a few instances. The only really nonstandard way conveying information he used was when he was explaining how to observe things in dreams. He gives you a first person perspective of walking around and getting sensory information, directly showing how you might do it in a dream. This is about as direct as you can get as far as relaying information, being shown.

Organization.
The DVD is organized in a very general sense. It starts with basic knowledge and definitions and progresses into more advanced concepts later. Outside of that though, I didn’t really see a pattern in the information presented. Because he chose an organizational structure based more on difficulty than type of information, it makes it harder to go back and look something up. This isn’t a huge deal, because he tells you what is in part I and part II, but it’s just general locations. This does make it more beginner friendly though, as you are eased into the more difficult techniques as well as learning the basics and terminology first.

Overall
I would recommend this DVD to anybody who hasn’t been reading a lot of literature about dreaming. (If you only visit one site or forum, this DVD will probably have a lot of new things for you) If however, you’re more like me and tend to hoard dreaming information, there’s less of a benefit to buying this DVD. It still will probably fill some gaps in your knowledge, but it won’t put you leaps and bounds ahead of where you were. For anybody though, it is a well put together source of information.

-Hatter

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Since the lucid dream blogging niche is rather small and underpopulated, there are few good quality, “big” blogs out there. The three that follow make up the three biggest, most updated, and most informative blogs on dreaming and lucid dreaming out there. If these three bloggers somehow met up Yalta style, great things might be accomplished. Perhaps like beating back Lucid Dreaming’s version of Nazism: Ignorance and social stigma.

Dreaming Life Ben has been around for about the same amount of time I have, but he always seems to beat me with his update schedule. He posts about many interesting theories of reality, dreaming theories, and theories in general. He also frequently shares his more remarkable experiences with dreaming. The most distinguishing traits of his blog are the interviews with many individuals, distinguished and just well read, as well his reviews of products and of etheogens. Add this together and you have a very “big” blog.

Reality Shifter A reasonably new blog, coming in at around 5 months now, is run by Kris. She has already written a large amount of solid content, the biggest being the recently completed “Mastering the Art of Lucid Dreaming” series. With 26
episodes covering many aspects of lucid dreaming, this series rocks. Another distinctive trait of this blog is the Gamma Brainwave experiment, which involves testing high level brain waves. This cutting edge research and frequent update schedule make Kris’ blog a must read.

Lucid Blog A blog coming up on its first anniversary, Lucid Blog has some great content. Basics for beginners as well as some more advanced dreaming techniques for the more accomplished oneironaught. The updates may be infrequent, but the content is good, and unique. Bill tries some interesting techniques, and gives you an idea of what you can really do once you break through the basic barrier of achieving lucidity.

These three blogs constitute a fairly balanced “diet” of dreaming information. From new experiments to fringe techniques and lucid aids, you have many different pieces of unique content, as well as the basics. If you think there is another blog out there that trumps one of these blogs, I’d be interested in seeing it. This list is just my opinion, but I’d say these are the biggest players in the lucid dreaming blog niche right now.

-I’d keep an eye on these if you’re interested in dreaming. I keep tabs on all three myself.

-Hatter

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Confucius

Programmed & Written by: BenDrummin58
Tested by: above-clouds, Duck, eddy, indianinks, Volvonerd, rarebreed, barrel roll

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Infinity 56 MB

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The above is from Ben’s post on LD4all.
Today’s topic is the lucid dreaming program made by BenDrummin, Infinity. This program has been gaining steam on the LD4all forums as a very reliable way to induce lucid dreams. It starts you out with a simple technique, and then builds on it. Each day a new technique is added for you to do in addition to yesterday’s technique. This is what makes it so effective, as well as so intense. I’ve nicknamed it lucid dreaming boot camp because after about a week into it, every day is a wake back to bed with a WILD. Add into this MILD, as well as some subconscious programming via Bwgen, and you’ve got a great chance at inducing a lucid dream.

The testers for this program all managed to induce at least 2 lucid dreams in the two week period. Almost all of the responses on the forum thus far are really positive. Now, how well did it work for me?

On day 7, I had a low level, very confusing series of lucid false awakenings. Unfortunately, I had to quit after day 8 because I got sick and couldn’t afford the WBTB’s anymore. After day 8 is when the program really gets most effective too. This is mostly because you’re doing about half an hour’s worth of things before bed, then getting up and doing more things, then a WILD.

My final conclusions about Infinity: It’s worth it if you can afford to be tired for a week or so, due to the WBTB’s. However, Infinity’s claim is that once you’ve got your lucid dreams coming on a regular basis, you no longer need infinity or the WBTB’s. This sounds like a goal to work for. However, I would not recommend Infinity to the half heartedly enthused. Only those with a good amount of willpower and a little time before bed should go for this. The others should wait until they’re more motivated.

Good stuff,

-Hatter



infinity
The current thread on LD4all

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I came across Discreet Reminder today, which is a small little program that performs the basic function of reminding you to perform reality checks while you’re on the computer. It may only perform the basic function, but it does the job well. It also lives up to its name, by flashing and playing a sound that you choose. You can disable that if you wish. It can be as “discreet” as you want. You also can edit how often it flashes and which sound it uses, as well as the message it displays on mouse over. This is accomplished by editing the settings in the settings menu. (In the new version)
I’d recommend this to anybody who is having trouble with reality checks, especially if you’re on a computer a lot.

Download is here.

-Hatter

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Today’s review is Mind Energy, a parapsychology blog. It covers mainly energy and healing subjects. They have many write ups about other psionic abilities, such as psychokinesis, telepathy, and remote viewing. He also has several articles about meditation and reiki. He also does reviews of products and materials for psychic development, which are usually very informative. Overall, it’s a good blog that updates about three times a week on average, with high quality articles as well as current events in the psychic community. The only major qualm I have with this site is the overly large amount of ads. But that’s not a major concern, as the content makes up for it. I’d recommend checking it out.

This is also the site hosting psi experiments.

-Hatter

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This is actually fairly old news as the name suggests, but I felt the need to post it as it relates to the Nova Dreamer knock off mask I built. While it has yet to give me any lucid dreams, it continues to give me problems. It is really uncomfortable when tight enough to stay on my face, but it falls off most of the time when it’s loose enough to be comfortable. I’ve been working around the problem with some cloth padding, but the mask has still not done anything important, with one exception. There was one experience I had that was related to the mask:

I was in a dream, a white room with some people. Suddenly, the entire room blinked in and out of existence, everything went white. The room returned, blinked out again, then returned. I immediately realized it was a dream, as that was exactly how I imagined the blinking to effect my dreams. I enjoyed an averagely vivid dream with a fairly high level of lucidity. At the end of the dream, I started to fly, and that woke me up enough for me to fall out of the dream. Here’s the part that makes it an odd occurrence: When I woke up, I found the mask sitting behind my bed. I had probably just had a placebo induced lucid dream. Either that, or I somehow had taken the mask off after the dream had been induced, which I find very unlikely. I should let you know that at the time I had been unconsciously taking the mask off in the middle of the night and waking up with it off. Either way, it’s the only success I’ve had that’s related to the mask.

I also thought I should mention that I am planning on breaking out the photo reading course again. I’ll be sure to do a review of it once I finish. I will also do a review of a lucid dreaming course I am currently following, written by BenDrummin, called Infinity. I’ll let you know more about it in about a week, when I finish it.

A final parting shot: I am also planning on doing a revamp of the organization of some of the labels sometime this week, to make some of the older information more accessible.

Lots on the horizon, so check back soon.

Hatter

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It’s time for another site review, and I’ve run across a very interesting site for it. The site is Lucidipedia, and it’s got a lot going for it. It has a very interesting way of gathering information, as well as a research program and a dream journaling system.

Lucidipedia is in fact a wiki, as it’s name suggest. It is called “The Library,” and is dedicated to lucid dreaming as well as other dreaming related topics. It has a lot of high quality information. The interesting thing about this particular wiki is that they have an entire forum dedicated to adding new things to the wiki. While it may sound like the build in “discuss this” page on every other wiki, it is quite different. It puts things in a more central and focused arena. The forum is used to gather the information, and then the best of it is transferred to the Library. This system has made the library a very good source of information.

The research part of the site is still under construction, but will eventually conduct experiments which will be added to the library when finished. The researchers have a lot of material to work with, as people can make their dreams “public,” or” researcher only” when they use the dream journaling software.

This leads into the dream journaling software, which is really the star of this site. Users have the ability to save their dreams, and to label them with several pre-defined variables. A few of these are level of lucidity, what induction technique was used (if it was lucid), or what you used it for. You can later search your dreams or see statistics of your dreams. It even has a calender for keeping easy tabs on when you’ve journaled or haven’t.

Here are some screen shots of the dream journal interface. (click the thumbnail to go to the full size)

So go ahead and check it out!

-Hatter

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What is consciousness? What is actually reality and how much of it is influenced by our means of perceiving it? What are other forms of consciousness like?

These are some of the questions under the investigation of the site Perception Engine. This site is run by a former PsiPog mod, Roy, and has many articles dealing with topics like spirituality and psychology. The articles are written by the community and by Roy, who has a bachelors in psychology from Hofstra University. He also personally screens all of the articles that are posted on the site. The site also has a blog and a newsletter.

The articles on the site are generally well written, and are growing at a fairly constant speed. On average, there is about an article every week. At the time of the writing there are 22. The length varies, although it is generally good for 10 to 15 minutes of reading. The broad range of interesting subject matter makes each article an interesting read, and will probably get you thinking. Overall, quite good. If you feel that you’re qualified enough to write an informative article about the kind of subject that PE represents, the guidelines are here.

The blog on PE is also very informative and interesting. It generally covers more recent events, and is where various authors express opinions. The blog gives you a chance to ask questions of the authors through the typical comment system, and is the only community interaction present outside of article submission. However, the authors read all of the comments, so if you leave a serious comment, you will most likely get a response.

I can’t really comment about the newsletter beyond that it is there, and that it is supposed to start soon.

This site is worth a look, so check it out!
-Hatter

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The Topic for Today is Dream Views, another lucid dreaming site with a very nice site layout.

However, there’s got to be substance beneath that for it to be a great site. It qualifies, with a unique way of presenting information about lucid dreaming. There are several articles on the main page that are meant to be read in order, to give a complete novice a decent idea of what lucid dreaming is about, and what they should do to start out. You can also read these piecemeal to get more information about a particular subject. They are somewhat basic though, and don’t go into too much detail on any one topic. For that level of detail, you’ll have to go to the tutorials section. Here there are extremely in depth tutorials for various techniques. There are also a variety of articles on other dreaming subjects.

I recently joined their forums, so I thought a little review of the site and its community might be in order. I haven’t been around the forum for more than a few days, but from what I’ve seen the community is fairly open and friendly. Not as open as ld4all, but that’s a very high level to hit. They have a lot of typical subsections of a dreaming community, plus a few more. Some of them seem a little superfluous, but one of them in particular is a real gem. This forum has an adoption program, for people interested in learning the basics of dreaming, and who are interested in learning in a one on one mentor situation. There are a few requirements, but they are quite reasonable, and the only big one is you must be a member for two weeks before either adopting or becoming adopting.

Dream Views is also in the middle of a large dream journal transfer, to a separate part of the site. I seem to remember reading about specific features that will be available to members using these journals, aside from the obvious organization.

Another topic which drew my eye was the “Community Pages” section. They are offering free hosting and advertising to forum members who wish to start a dreaming related site. I personally think this is a great way to grow communities and encourage dreamers. It’s also a great way to give to the community. I will look into it and let you know what the deal with that is once I get a little more known in the community.

Well, to wrap it up, Dream Views is a very unique site, offering many things that are unique (as far as I have seen.) They have a friendly community, a snazzy site theme, and some great community growing programs in works right now.

Dream On
-Hatter

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