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Lucid Dreaming

Tolkien's Future Vision of Lucid Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Dreams play a significant role in The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein's multi-part fantasy story written in the first half of the 20th century. The dream elements become muted in Peter Jackson's film adaptation, but in the novels they serve as an important source of insight for the characters.

Waking, Dreaming, Being

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Evan Thompson

Dreaming and waking up have puzzled and fascinated humanity since prehistoric times. Paleolithic cave paintings, according to some art historians, depict mental images from dreams and the borderland between sleep and wakefulness.

What Does It Mean if I Don't Have Money Dreams?

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Sullivan Walden

Now, if you do dream about actual money, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming into financial wealth (sorry -- don't shoot the messenger). Remember, our dreams speak in the language of symbols.

7 Great Films About Lucid Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Christopher Nolan wrote and directed Inception, an action-packed, but rather depressing, science fiction story about corporate espionage via lucid dreaming. Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard star as a couple who fall too deeply into the dream world.

Those Who Know They're Dreaming Are Savvier When Awake

The Atlantic | Cari Romm | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

It’s probably fair to assume that at this moment, you are, in fact, awake. You’re reading; you’re scrolling; sometime in the not-too-distant pas...

Why Dreams Feel So Real

DreamsCloud | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
DreamsCloud

As we grow up, we alternate between dreaming and waking. When we go to bed, our brains relax to the Oz-like land of dreams. When we awake, our brains expect "reality."

Lucid Dreaming: New Horizons for Research

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2014 | Science
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

For most of the 20th century, lucid dreaming received almost no attention from mainstream psychologists. Most researchers seemed to think it was impo...

What Does It Mean When You Dream of a Celebrity?

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Sullivan Walden

Do you ever dream of celebrities? Do you dream of becoming a celebrity? Have you ever considered that you are more like the celebrities in your dr...

The Top 2 Things People Choose To Dream About

Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 07/11/2014 11:34 AM EDT on LiveScience Trying to fly and having sex are the two most popular activit...

Sleep Science Next: The Extreme Lucid Dream Consciousness

Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D.

Sleep is a complex business. While dreaming, your brain is as active as when you are awake, and the varieties of sleep experience are broad and wondrous. And sleep matters to us. We worry about getting too little, fret about not being able to do it and suffer when it goes wrong.

Why Do We Dream?

DreamsCloud | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
DreamsCloud

There is not one answer. But everyone does it. It's as natural as breathing, and just as much of an involuntary activity -- even people who don't remember dreaming actually do, for at least one to two hours every night.

Dreams Can Reveal and Soothe Holiday Season Stress

DreamsCloud | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
DreamsCloud

Whether consciously or not, the holidays are filled with situations in which we feel socially evaluated by others, and assessed by our ability to give others what they want -- materially and emotionally.

How Dreaming Can Inspire Your Most Brilliant Ideas

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living

Inspiration can strike in the most unexpected places, and often, the best creative ideas occur while we're sleeping. Dreams can be a rich source of in...

Decoding The Science Behind Dreams

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Are you curious -- and sometimes maybe a bit baffled -- by your dreams? Do you wake up with fragments of a dream fresh in your mind and wonder: Why did I dream that?

Have Neuroscientists Built a Dream-Control Device?

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.27.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Back in my college days I became obsessed with lucid dreaming -- having dreams in which I was aware I was dreaming and could shape my internal world with thought alone. According to a recent paper, though, it may be possible to control someone else's dreams from the outside.

New Transmedia Project Aims To Change Fiction

Posted 08.07.2012 | Books

A new transmedia project called 'The Numinous Place' is trying to raise money on Kickstarter. It already has one famous backer: the actor Russell Crow...

May My Dreams Not Come True

Steven Clifford | Posted 10.06.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

My waking life is agreeable, but I have lousy dreams.

Control Your Dreams Using This Mask

Huffington Post | Posted 08.21.2012 | Weird News

Ever wake up knowing you had a dream but wondering what exactly it was about, who were the people in it and what it means? Usually these dreams frustr...

Were Angels In The Bible Lucid Dreams?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Lucid dreams, while clearly owing a lot to the imagination, often contain a spiritual element which is not merely "imaginary."

The Sleep Mask That Lets You Control Your Own Dreams

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.19.2012 | Small Business

It sounds like science fiction: Imagine being able to control your thoughts and actions while you're dreaming. The process is called lucid dreaming an...

Over the Hills and Far Away...

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Denise M. Wilbanks

Our culture has a way of fostering the belief that the "grass is always greener on the other side." I find it fascinating that the more we dream about what we want, the more we forget how to really dream.

Are Dreams An Extension Of Physical Reality?

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

You spend a third of your life sleeping. What if your dreams are real? Perhaps our dismissal of dreams as 'just dreams' is a misunderstanding of the nature of consciousness and physical reality.

Lucid Dreaming: The Benefits of Controlling Our Dreams

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vaishali

Imagine the value in being able to ask a dream character or image: Who are you? Who am I? What can I do for you? What would you like to tell me? What do you feel I should know?

Real Life 'Inception': How To Guide Your Dreams

ABC | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The hit film "Inception," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page, has been sitting at the top of the box office for three weeks now. The film cente...

'Inception': 9 Surprising Sleep Facts From the Movie (PHOTOS)

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

The science behind Inception is more surreal than the film, whose lovingly layered plot still underplays the wonderfully weird wildness of dreams.