Lucid dreaming books can help you learn to have lucid dreams or advance in your lucid dreaming techniques. A few lucid dreaming books, such as Stephen Laberge’s “Lucid Dreaming” can teach you some of the science behind lucid dreaming, which I find particularly intriguing. There are all sorts of lucid dreaming books out there that explore lucid dreaming from different angles. I certainly haven’t read them all, but I have read quite a few, and here are a few opinions I have about lucid dreaming books:
They can be helpful – to a point
Like all books, lucid dreaming books are written from the perspectives of one – or maybe two or three – authors. This means that you get the opinions and research of this one person. Now, no one can claim to know everything about lucid dreaming, which is why I suggest you read several lucid dreaming books if you decide to go about learning about lucid dreaming in this way. Different authors will list different techniques as helpful, or they’ll give different methodologies for learning to have or control lucid dreams.
It can be really helpful to read an entire book so that you can really understand someone’s perspective, and in books, you’re getting a more in-depth look at that perspective. I’ve read a few different books on lucid dreaming. While they don’t necessarily contradict each other, there are so many lucid dreaming techniques and theories out there that they often focus on totally different things.
In the long run, I think it’s best for you to read several books by different authors in different schools of thought. This will give you a more well-rounded view of lucid dreaming and how it’s done, which can be helpful as you’re learning to have lucid dreams.
There are other resources out there, too
The problem with things in print is that we tend to assume they’re automatically more legitimate than things you find online. While this is true of some lucid dreaming books, which are based on psychology or years of tradition and research, it’s not always the case. Sometimes books are published by people who are writing off-the-cuff and who just happened to make publishable content!
So, it’s important to remember that there are lots of other lucid dreaming resources out there, too. Blogs and websites like this one are based on personal experience and research, which is invaluable. There are also tons of lucid dreaming forums. You might not read excellent grammar, and some posts will make no sense at all, but you will get a wide variety of information from people with vastly different experiences – some of whom have been lucid dreaming for decades.
Lucid dreaming books certainly should have their place for all lucid dreamers and those who want to learn more about lucid dreaming or learn to do it better. However, it’s also important to remember that you can learn in other places, too. Trust your own experience and the first-hand experiences of others, and don’t be afraid to try something new, even if it’s not advocated in the book you’re currently reading.
Research on lucid dreaming is a great way to spend your time when you’re using techniques like WBTB, since you can both get great new ideas and learn to focus your intentions on lucid dreaming. If you have problems focusing on one topic when you’re browsing the web – or if you won’t be able to get back to sleep after twenty minutes to an hour of web browsing – consider keeping lucid dreaming books by a comfortable chair near your bed. Lucid dreaming books can be a great alternative way to study up on lucid dreaming, especially when you’re awake in the middle of the night, but remember that they are certainly not the only legitimate way to learn about lucid dreaming.
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