Thursday, 13 February 2014

An Interview With Lucid Dreaming Expert & Hay House Author Charlie Morley

We sleep one third of our lives, and while it refreshes and revives us for our waking hours, what if we could use part of this time to not only have fun, but to transform how we experience the world and who we are? 

This is where Lucid Dreaming comes in.

Since I was a child, I have always dreamt very vividly, remembering most of my dreams. I kept a dream journal since I was a young teenager and have had many dream adventures and nightmares. I was recently introduced to an amazing guy called Charlie Morley, who is a Lucid Dreaming Expert and Hay House author of the book Dreams Of Awakening and I discovered there was a way to allow my dreams to bring me healing, inspiration and much more.

Reading Charlie's Book and after watching a documentary he is in here, and his Ted talk here, I was enthralled by the possibilities and wanted to know more.  And after watching the videos, I had my first taste of lucid dreaming which was incredibly healing for me.

So a big welcome from Kelly Martin Speaks to Charlie Morley, who is going to answer some questions so that we can find out more about Lucid Dreaming and the potential uses of this less well known awakening tool.

Charlie Morley
An Interview With 
Charlie Morley

1. What Are The Potential Possible Uses Of Lucid Dreaming?

OK, so firstly let’s make sure that all your readers know exactly what lucid dreaming is. It’s the art of becoming conscious within your dreams. A lucid dream is a dream in which you realise “Aha! I’m dreaming!” while you are still inside the dream and then consciously engaging it.

If you are at all interested in psychology, mind training, imagination or the power of the mind, you will love lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming allows you conscious access to the deepest depths of your mind.

In a lucid dream we have not woken up. In fact we are still sound asleep, but part of the brain has reactivated allowing the dreamer to experience the dream state with self-reflective awareness. Once you know that you are dreaming as you are dreaming, you gain access to the most powerful virtual reality generator in existence - your mind.

Lucid dreaming is an inherently psychedelic experience, and for those readers who are interested in psychedelic exploration, I can assure you that the experiences of lucid dreaming make many psychedelic drug experiences seem like a drop in the ocean. Lucid dreaming is the ultimate mind-expanding experience and one that is totally safe, totally uncut and totally free.

It can be used for healing, spiritual practice, exploration of past trauma, treatment of nightmares and so much more!

What is a simple way that someone can begin to lucidly dream?

There is no simple way. Lucid dreaming is a mind training method that requires sustained practice to reap rewards. However, the simplest way to begin is by starting to remember and recall your dreams. By getting to know the territory of your dreams you will eventually start to know that territory while you are in it! But for all the actual techniques to learn how to lucid dream, check out my book Dreams of Awakening.

What was your biggest challenge when you first began to lucidly dream?

Initially my biggest challenge when I started in my teens was to use the lucid dream state for something other than sex! So, I’m 17 years old and I've worked out how to gain access to an illusory world of incredible realism in which social norms do not apply. You can imagine what I used to get up to.  Not yet aware of the Tibetan Buddhist lucid dream practices which I now teach, and at the peak of my wild teenage years, I did not see the lucid dream state as the potential training ground for enlightened action that I now know it is. I saw it purely as a place to get laid.

Luckily, when I was 19, I got really into Tibetan Buddhism and I met my teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, who opened up my eyes to the spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming.  He told me how dream yoga is used to practice meditation within the dream, to train for the death and dying process and even to gain insight into the very nature of waking reality. He spoke of meditating yogis entering the dream consciously and Lama’s using the lucid dream state to eject their consciousness out into the astral planes. I was transfixed.

If you are able to consciously and regularly become lucid in a dream, is this similar to someone who is a regular meditator realising that they are both the watcher and the person being watched, where they realise that they are more than this body, that they are limitless?

Yes exactly. Lucid dreaming is not analogous to meditation, it is meditation. “Knowing what is happening as it is happening without judgment” is a definition of mindfulness meditation. “Knowing what is happening as it is happening without judgment” within the dream state is a definition of spiritual practice lucid dreaming.

I am interested in the mind/body connection and how our unconscious minds in some cases can create physical pain to protect us from certain emotions which it feels are more painful. Have you known of anyone who has healed physical challenges through lucid dreaming?

Personally, I have healed everything from addictions, to torn ligaments, to ear infections through visualized healing in lucid dreams, and have heard of people healing their eyes after laser eye surgery and chronic muscle pain through similar means.  Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition it is believed that the power of mind within the lucid dream is heightened, making visualized healing “far more powerful than simply visualising in the waking state’1 so it seems that both East and West agree on the healing power of the imagination.

One man I know, whose case I feature in my second book, used lucid dreaming to help cure himself of kidney disease. At present we are barely scratching the surface of the full potential of lucid dream healing, but with future research and the growing popularity of the subject, I believe that within a few years we may be able to apply the healing potential of lucid dreaming to a much wider range of ailments and perhaps help with the treatment of some of the most serious conditions.

Charlie Morley
Hay House author Charlie Morley received the traditional “authorisation to teach” from Tibetan meditation master Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 after being asked to teach by Buddhist  mindfulness instructor Rob Nairn, who described him as “the most authentic practitioner of lucid dreaming teaching in Europe”.  Since then Charlie has run retreats and workshops around the world, written the bestselling book Dreams of Awakening, taught courses for the Mindfulness Association  and given the first ever talk on lucid dreaming at the well-known TED conferences.
Watch Charlie’s TED talk here:

Michael Katz, Tibeten Dream Yoga, Bodhi Tree, 2011, p31

Thank you Charlie. This was very informative and extremely interesting. I am sure my readers will want to learn more about Lucid Dreaming now. I know I do.

Charlie appeared at 'I Can Do It Ignite!' (March 8-9) along with Gabrielle Bernstein, Robert Holden, Kyle Gray, Pam Grout and Mastin Kipp. 
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  1. I would just like to feel total freedom within the dream!

  2. I would like to read these books to find out how to improve my life

  3. Change my relationship with my dad during the last few years of his life

  4. I would love to explore my sexuality more.

  5. I'd talk to someone in my dream. I've always wanted to lucid dream but haven't managed to so far but talking to someone in your dream is basically talking to an aspect of your own subconscious...I find that idea extremely intriguing!

  6. Interact with comedians like Francie and Josie etc. Maybe get them to share their life experience :- In how they got to be comedians etc.

  7. I'd like to be able to put myself in situations which would help me overcome my fear of heights.

  8. go to the other side and meet all my late family again, especially my dad

  9. love to win would be great - i'd love to be able to read any book i could

  10. Lucid dreaming is amazing - I'd love to be able to do it!

  11. would love to read all about this and this is something I had never heard about

  12. i'd love to meet with my ex boyfriend who passed away 10 years ago

  13. there are a few personal issues that would be great to find some closure on, it sounds great

  14. I would love to run and jump and have my mobility back, and then do a hike to raise money for charity! :) x

  15. I would like to see my grandad and tell him how much I loved him.

  16. Just reread this article, I'd bookmarked it for later as I'd found it really interesting when I first skimmed through it. What an amazing technique Lucid Dreaming is, I went on to watch Charley's TED talk, he's a very engaging speaker and I'd love to get to see him in London at Ignite - now trying to rearrange my diary to get there! In the meantime, I'm going to make a start on Dream Recall, the prerequisite for Lucid Dreaming - thanks for the article, it makes very interesting food for thought.

  17. Oh hope you get to go. I would have loved to go but unable to right now, but lots of amazing speakers there. Yes recalling them is the beginning. I started in my teens writing them in a journal, even if it's just a few scribbles in the middle of the night helps with dream recall the next day. I have had a couple of lucid dreams recently, but not a lot. I now realise when I was younger I had a lot when I chose to go flying in my dreams, they were fun dreams. Thanks for taking an interest and would love to hear how Ignite goes if you rearrange your diary and go.

  18. swim deep into the cool blue pacific ocean

  19. I'd like to fly to the top of my house, to the tops of the trees and wherever, and not feel the cold or rain.

  20. Would be great if i could fly as i dont drive :)

  21. I would love to discover an untouched island with many un-discovered wild life there

  22. Cure illnesses in children's hospitals

  23. Sleep!!! Dreams are the wish of an isomniac!

  24. I would love to do all the things im scared off :)

  25. id travel the world. wouldnt have to do it in real life then. i could just sleep

  26. I have a real rough time with sleeping and suffer with horrible night terrors regularly - so I would like to delve into that and maybe somehow and make sense of it all to stop it finally!!!

  27. revisit places of my childhood memory

  28. I would love to relive my childhood memories of living in South Africa x

  29. Travel all around the world and sail the south seas



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