Lucid Dreaming
New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep
by Ryan Hurd and Kelly Bulkeley, Editors
July 2014, 691pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2947-5
$138, £107, 120€, A190
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New scientific discoveries and movies like Inception have spurred interest in lucid dreaming.

In this fascinating new collection, an all-star team of researchers explores lucid dreaming not only as consciousness during sleep but also as a powerful ability cultivated by artists, scientists, and shamans alike to achieve a variety of purposes and outcomes in the dream.

The first set of its kind, Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep provides a comprehensive showcase of the theories, research, and direct experience that serve to illuminate how certain people can maintain conscious awareness while dreaming. The text is organized into two sections, covering science, psychology, and education; and religious traditions, creativity, and culture. Contributors to this two-volume work include top dream experts across the globe—scholars sharing knowledge gained from deep personal explorations and cutting-edge scientific investigations.

Topics covered include the neuroscience of lucid dreaming, clinical uses of lucid dreaming in treating trauma, the secret history of lucid dreaming in English philosophy, and spiritual practices of lucid dreaming in Islam, Buddhism, and shamanic traditions. The work also addresses lucid dreaming in movies including The Matrix and literature such as the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and explains how modern video gaming enhances lucidity. This set serves as an ideal text and reference work for school libraries and academic courses in anthropology, psychology, religious studies, and cognitive science as well as for graduate-level study in holistic education—an increasingly popular specialization.


  • Presents a variety of expert perspectives on lucid dreaming from many different cultures that represent a breadth of disciplinary perspectives
  • Provides theoretical models that integrate scientific reason, mysticism, and individuals' experiences, making way for a new level of sophistication in the study of lucid dreaming
  • Offers practical insights for therapists, teachers, and researchers as well as students and scholars of psychology, anthropology, and religious studies while containing accessible information and compelling personal narratives that will appeal to general readers
Ryan Hurd, MA, is the founder of Dream Studies Press, an online publishing platform dedicated to sleep, dreams, and imagination studies. His books include Dream Like a Boss: Sleep Better, Dream More, and Wake Up to What Matters Most; Lucid Immersion Guidebook: A Holistic Blueprint for Lucid Dreaming; and Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night. Hurd has a master degree's in consciousness studies from John F. Kennedy University.

Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, is visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His books include An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming; The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion With and beyond Cognitive Neuroscience; and Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History. Bulkeley holds a doctorate in religion and psychological studies from the University of Chicago.


". . . [T]his is a fascinating resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers."—Choice, January 1, 2015
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