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Dreaming Wide Awake
Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics
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David Jay Brown
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Inner Traditions
In a lucid dream, you "awaken" withyin your dream and realize you are dreaming. With this e4xtraordinary sense of awakening comes the ability to significantly influence what happens within the dream, giving you the opportunity to genuinely experience anything without physical or social consequences. In this way, lucid dreaming offers therapeutic opportunities for fantasy fulfillment, fear confrontation, and releasing the trauma of past experiences.

In this detailed guide to masteringthe practice of lucid dreaming, David Jay Brown draws from his more than 20 years' experience using these techniques and and his interactions with dozens of experts on consciousness, physics, dreaming, and entheogens, such as Stanley Krippner, Rupert Sheldrake, Stephen LaBerge, Robert Waggoner, Dean Radin, Terence Mckenna, and many others. He explores the intimate relationship betwee lucid dreaming, shamanic journeying, visionary plants, and psychedelic drugs and how they are used for healing and spiritual development. Summarizing the scientific research on lucid dreaming, Brown explores the ability of lucid dreamers to communicate with people in the waking realm and the potential for dream telepathy, shared lucid dreaming, and access to the vast unconscious regions of our minds, opening up a path that takes us beyond dreaming and waking to dreaming wide awake.

"... a brilliant synthesis of current research, ancient and indigenous wisdom, and extensive personal experience. ... [a] sophisticated synthesis for exploring difficult to access realms of consciousness. ... a splendid, well-written, revelatory, yet pragmatic look at the dreaming mind."
-- James Fadiman PhD, microdose researcher and author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

"Encyclopedic yet personal, rigorous yet highly accessible, Brown's book is enormously successful. ... he brings clarity and relevance to this mysterious and potentially highly influential consciousness-altering tool."
-- Rick Strassman MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

"Dreaming Wide Awake takes you on a psychedelic romp through the beauty, mystery, and healing potential of the 'conscious' unconscious. Well researched and written, it has something for every inner explorer."
-- Rick Strassman MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

David Jay Brown holds a master's degree in psychobiology from New York University. A former neuroscience researcher at the University of Southern California, he has written for Wired, Discover, and Scientific American, and his news stories have appeared on The Huffington Post and CBS News. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The New Science of Psychedelics and Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness. He lives in Ben Lomond, California.