LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D.
is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.
Full bio can be found here.
Here is your invitation to enter the rapture of lucid dreams, so say these authors and guides to expanding our nocturnal experience and adventure.
Do you know what a lucid dream is? It is not just another vivid dream in which intense images and feelings dominate your sleep and leave you feeling like you spent part of the night at the cinema. This guide defines a lucid dream as “…one in which you become aware you are dreaming (p6).” The lucid dreamer has “…a sudden self-reflective epiphany of, ‘Wait a second…I’m dreaming!’”
In a lucid dream, you are frequently in a strange or distant location. Images are typically bizarre. Many times you are moving about with great speed as you fly or find yourself traveling headlong in a train, car, or other form of conventional transportation. But the hallmark of a lucid dream is knowing you are dreaming. That, our guides tell us, is the ticket to the vast fortunes of lucid dreaming. They include improved physical and mental health, facing and overcoming your inner demons, problem solving, self-awareness, and creativity, not to mention fun-filled fantasy nights. Taken at face value, the book suggests Freud had it right when he said that dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.
The authors also maintain that anyone can become a lucid dreamer, and reap its benefits. A select few arrive at it naturally. Much of the book is devoted to instructing everyone else on how to master the capability and technique, and using it for personal benefit. The path is not as simple as flipping on your TV remote at 2 o’clock in the morning. But our guides, like wilderness explorers, are upbeat, encouraging, and sold on the value of taking the journey. Their writing is clear, personal, and full of examples and how-to advice.
Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.