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Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dreamer - and this audiobook provides all the instruction you need to get started. But B. Alan Wallace also shows how to take the experience of lucid dreaming beyond entertainment to use it to heighten creativity, to solve problems, and to increase self-knowledge. He then goes a step further: moving on to the methods of Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga for using your lucid dreams to attain the profoundest kind of insight.

©2012 B. Alan Wallace (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great lucid dreaming instruction/ development

Covers both lucid dreaming and dream yoga while also containing great advice for the practitioner.

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  • Liz
  • 10-01-2016

Outstanding!

An intelligent and thought provking book that offers insight into the world's we inhabit each day of our lives. As a long time lucid dreamer I found many correlates and truths in this book. Recent research supports the importance we gaining 'awareness' in periods of what we understand as sleep.

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Lucid Dreaming for Beginners

Informative book! Good practical learning methods. Common questions answered in a (question answer system)

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  • Kiandra
  • 11-06-2015

Great techniques and background

This book had some great ideas that I was able to apply on my first nights sleep after listening to a few chapters. the end of the book brings into light some philosophical considerations and helped me think through some ideas I have about the metaphysical nature of some dreams. I also recommend the app Awoken which asks you throughout the day "Are you dreaming." It's a great reminder. I usually try to use the technique of asking myself this when I see my hands but after reading this book have been trying to also ask when I walk through a door.

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  • Rebecka
  • 23-04-2017

horrible narrator, unbearably sharp noises in voic

the narrators voice makes my ears hurt. listened to 5 minutes and doubting whether to pain it through the book or skip it completely. even equalizer that i use helps.

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  • GH
  • 04-01-2015

Very useful even if it just to get a better sleep

This book is a description of the process to meditation and how to apply it to dreaming. I found the instructions clear the author gets to the point very quickly. Even if you are not going to go through the whole program, I found much of the advice interesting and applicable better sleep in general.

This book will potentially help anyone who has trouble falling off to sleep or trouble with stress and sleep. I would definitely give it a try.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2017

Ok

This book was ok. There was a lot of history. I was hoping it was more specifics about how to achieve dream yoga.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-2021

Tibetan Dream Yoga

I found the first couple of chapters of this book/audiobook jarring, but in the end it won me over, so I'm rating it 4 stars.

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- Downside of the audiobook: The narrator, Tom Pile, sounds like he is reading in a hoarse stage whisper. His pacing is fine. His diction is solid. His inflection is spot on. But I kept wanting to tell hm to speak up or clear his throat. After a few chapters I got used to it, but I can't honestly report that it ever sounded "good" to my ear. Before you buy, listen to the sample and make up your on mind.

- Downside of the book: Dream Yourself Awake is a deep dive into the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhist Dream Yoga. It's not really a book about Lucid Dreaming, in the Western sense. I got the feeling, especially in the first few chapters, that the bits about Stephan Laberge and the science of Lucid Dreaming were largely forced in there (by the publisher, maybe?) to broaden the appeal, and therefore sales, of the book. The two don't quite fit together, and they never really gel here. Tibetan Dream Yoga is an intense spiritual discipline aimed at attaining enlightenment for the good of all sentient beings. Most Western Lucid Dreamers are thrill-seekers out to fly and have sex with dream strangers. Every time the text discussed the magic tricks Lucid Dreaming can make possible, it seemed like a violation of the serous goals explored in the Tibetan Dream Yoga parts. Tibetan Dream Yoga is clearly the author's area of expertise. I wish he'd stuck with it.

Now for the 4 retained stars:

After the first few chapters, B. Alan Wallace settles in and devotes most of his time to explicating Tibetan Dream Yoga, with only occasional reference to its profane Western cousin. He describes the deep foundations of consciousness, mind, sleep, and dreaming, as mapped via 1000+ years of direct dream yogi experience. Here you will find answers to questions scientists aren't allowed to ask, like how Lucid Dreaming impacts our relationship with visible and invisible realms beyond our physical brains, and how mastering Dream Yoga while alive can prepare us for life beyond physical death.

And the answers to these questions, IMHO, are 100% worth the price of the book, and the time spent listening. If your interest in Lucid Dreaming is more spiritual than thrill-seeking, Dream Yourself Awake is a step in the right direction. If you just want to fly to your next hot dream-date, keep walking.

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  • David Gandle
  • 01-09-2018

Good for history - not so good for hands-on

Interesting book, but it seems more concerned with providing a polemic for the validity of lucid dreaming, dream yoga, and Buddhist ideas about rebirth, etc., than it does with providing a how-to manual for Lucid dreaming.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2020

Fundamental

I believe the last chapter of this book should be listened to first as it eloquently and poignantly provides a fundamental basis for the subject matter of the book. Thank you B. Alan Wallace for this brilliant Buddhist teaching as it relates to lucid dreaming, dream yoga, and waking life.

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  • MMore
  • 15-12-2014

Unfortunately unlistenable

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Love B. Alan Wallace. He's a great dharma teacher. Why he didn't dictate his own book I don't know, but the narrator chosen absolutely doesn't get it. So sad I bought this. Can't get a refund cause I don't have a membership.

Has Dreaming Yourself Awake turned you off from other books in this genre?

Will be very cautious in the future.

What didn’t you like about Tom Pile’s performance?

Seems quite divorced from the content of what he's reading.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Will get it as a Kindle.

Any additional comments?

Whatever the conflict was, it's a sad mistake to not have Mr. Wallace read his own book.

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  • M. Sara
  • 06-05-2021

Connects lucid dreaming and Buddhism beautifully

This book is pretty convincing. You learn a lot about multiple topics. It gets a little funky and new age-y near the end but there’s all types of smart insights about dreaming and meditation.

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  • john
  • 27-03-2021

Wallace is the BEST

Top Notch. This is a masterful work on yoga, meditation and lucid dreaming. He is a scholar and excellent writer.

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  • Raitis
  • 19-01-2016

Great for mind to stimulate lucid dreaming

I have read book like Charlie Morley. He also is in mindfulness and Buddha. He did brilliant job to explain it to modern people however in this audio book I felt not engaged. The voice was not easy to listen to. Great stuff for those who are really into Shamanism. Listened through everything. To get some nuggets and insight. Wouldn't listen it for second time.

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  • J. Marshall
  • 20-03-2020

A really interesting book on dream lucidity

I have listened to this book a couple of times now, and I have found it to be quite insightful. I have went to sleep while listening to this book and find that I have been hearing it in my sleep and found that I am able to comprehend what I’m hearing while I’m sleeping and find it both inspiring and interesting.
For people interested in experimental psychology or lucid dreaming then I would recommend this book.

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  • A Customer
  • 08-10-2019

Difficult to listen

B Alan Wallace is an important author and this is an essential book on the topic but the narrator (not Wallace) makes listening difficult. The narration is slow and rather mechanical, with some serious over-emphasis of certain words as compensation for the expressionless tone.

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  • Benjamin Aaron Carl Hill
  • 30-05-2019

Great Book.

I highly recommend this book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

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  • Chris Ecclestone
  • 30-06-2017

Brilliant

Loved it. Really good for new beginners and experts. Brilliantly read with an almost hypnotic voice. Must read, highly recommended

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