Lucid dreaming playbook: How to take charge of your dreams

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In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as milam aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having practitioners perform yoga in their dreams. It’s a ritualised version of one of the most mysterious faculties of the human mind: to know that we’re dreaming even while asleep, a state known as lucid dreaming.

Lucidity (awareness of the dream) is different to control (having power over the parameters of the experience, which can include summoning up objects and people, attaining superpowers and travelling to fantastic worlds). But the two are closely linked, and many ancient spiritual traditions teach that dreams can yield to us with time and practice. How?

As a researcher in psychology, I’ve approached this question scientifically. Despite the long history of lucid dreaming in human societies, it wasn’t until 1975 that researchers came up with an ingenious way to verify the phenomenon empirically. The first step was the insight that the muscles of the eyes are not paralysed during sleep, unlike the rest of the body. Inspired by the work of Celia Green, the British hypnotherapist Keith Hearne reasoned that this should allow lucid dreamers to communicate with the outside world. He had an experienced dreamer spend several nights in a sleep lab, and instructed him to flick his eyes left to right with pre-arranged signs when he finally entered a lucid dream. The volunteer succeeded, and Hearne was able to record the movements – which corresponded with the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep. Many later studies have since replicated these findings.

Yet distilling reliable methods for inducing lucid dreams has proved to be a struggle. Although around 40 studies have been conducted on the subject since the 1970s, most of them reported scant success – in most studies, between around 3 per cent and 13 per cent of attempts resulted in a lucid dream. But when I first started my PhD, I noticed that most of the research was limited by such things as the small sample sizes and unreliable measurements – so I set about trying to address the limitations and investigate some of the more promising methods.

In the study I published with colleagues at the University of Adelaide, the best technique turned out to be something called Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD), originally developed in the 1970s by the American psychophysiologist Stephen LaBerge. It involves the following steps:

1. Set an alarm for five hours after you go to bed.

2. When the alarm sounds, try to remember a dream from just before you woke up. If you can’t, just recall any dream you had recently.

3. Lie in a comfortable position with the lights off and repeat the phrase: ‘Next time I’m dreaming, I will remember I’m dreaming.’ Do this silently in your mind. You need to put real meaning into the words and focus on your intention to remember.

4. Every time you repeat the phrase at step 3, imagine yourself back in the dream you recalled at step 2, and visualise yourself remembering that you are dreaming.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you either fall asleep or are sure that your intention to remember is set. This should be the last thing in your mind before falling asleep. If you find yourself repeatedly coming back to your intention to remember that you’re dreaming, that’s a good sign it’s firm in your mind.

We relied on data from 169 people from all over Australia, who kept a dream journal so we could measure the effect of induction techniques against their ‘baseline’ tendency. More than half the people who used MILD ended up having at least one lucid dream in the week they started practicing; they also went from experiencing these dreams about one night out of 11 to about one night in six. These findings are very exciting, and are some of the highest success rates reported in the scientific literature.

Surprisingly, the number of times that people repeated the mantra about remembering that they’re dreaming, or even the amount of time spent on MILD overall, did not predict success. Instead, the most important factor was being able to complete the technique and then go back to sleep quickly. In fact, it proved almost twice as effective when people fell asleep within five minutes after setting their intention. If you want to try this for yourself, you’ll need to experiment in order to get the right level of wakefulness when the alarm goes off – enough to allow you to complete the steps, but not so much that you’ll struggle to doze off again. Doing the technique after five or so hours of sleep is important, too: most of our dreams occur in the last two to three hours before waking, and you want to minimise the time between finishing the technique and entering REM sleep.

It takes a bit of practice, but if you’re lucky you might even have a lucid dream using MILD on your first night. If you do become aware that you’re dreaming, it’s important to stay calm, since intense emotions can trigger a premature awakening. And if the dream starts to fade or seems unstable, you can try rubbing your hands together vigorously from within the dream. It sounds strange, but this strategy works by flooding the brain with sensations from within the dream, which decreases the chance of becoming aware of your sleeping physical body, and waking up.

Aside from the sheer joy of being able to bend an imaginary world to your will, there’s a range of additional psychological benefits to lucid dreaming. For one, it can help with nightmares: simply knowing that you’re dreaming often brings relief during a nasty episode. You might also be able to use dreams to process trauma: confronting what’s haunting you, making peace with an attacker, escaping the situation by flying away, or even just waking up. Other potential applications include practising sporting skills by night, having more ‘active’ participants for studies about sleep and dreaming, and the pursuit of creative inspiration. With practice, our dream state can feel almost as vivid to us as the world itself – and leaves you wondering, perhaps, where fantasy ends and reality begins.

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Denholm Aspy is a visiting research fellow at the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

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Australian Police charge Mauritius Commonwealth Games delegate with sexual assault on 26yo female athlete

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Australian police have charged Mauritius 2018 Commonwealth Games chef de mission Kaysee Teeroovengadum with sexual assault following allegations made by a female athlete.

Teeroovengadum quit on the eve of the Games amid accusations of “inappropriate touching” made by the athlete, which allegedly took place in the Games’ Athletes’ Village.

“Police will allege the 52-year-old Mauritian man assaulted a 26-year-old woman in Southport on March 29,” a Queensland Police statement, issued Thursday, read.

“The matter was reported to police who charged the man with one count of sexual assault today. The man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 17.”

Police confirmed Wednesday they had received a complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior, and said they would investigate, which included interviewing Teeroovengadum.

The official’s resignation directly followed a series of crisis meetings with the Mauritian government and the nation’s sporting authorities.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games opened on Wednesday and will run through to April 15 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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Designer Of Waterslide That Decapitated 10-Year-Old Boy Seized On Murder Charge

The lead designer of a waterslide that killed a 10-year-old boy in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2016 has been taken into custody, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Marshals detained John Schooley, 72, at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Monday after he arrived on a flight from China, the Marshals Service said in a release. He faces charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and aggravated endangerment of a child.

Schooley played a major role in the creation of Verrückt, a 168-foot-high waterslide that decapitated Caleb Schwab on Aug. 7, 2016, at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, authorities alleged. He was responsible for doing “the math” that went into Verrückt’s design, but had “no engineering credentials relevant to amusement ride design or safety,” according to a lawsuit against the park filed by the state of Kansas last month.

At least 10 other Schlitterbahn customers had been hurt riding Verrückt before Caleb’s death, according to the lawsuit, including broken toes and concussions.

Verrückt was billed as the world's tallest waterslide when it opened in 2014. (Dave Kaup / Reuters)Verrückt was billed as the world's tallest waterslide when it opened in 2014. (Dave Kaup / Reuters)

A Kansas grand jury last month indicted Schooley along with the water park, its construction company, park co-owner Jeffrey Henry and former director of operations Tyler Miles on criminal charges in Caleb’s death. Miles pleaded not guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter. Henry is scheduled to enter a plea to a second-degree murder charge on Thursday, according to The San Antonio Express-News.

Schlitterbahn has denied wrongdoing, and defended Miles, Henry and Schooley in a statement last week.

“Jeff Henry has designed waterpark rides the world over,” the statement said. “Nearly every waterpark that exists today has an attraction or feature based on his designs or ideas. The incident that happened that day was a terrible and tragic accident. We mourn the loss of this child and are devastated for his family. We know that Tyler, Jeff, and John are innocent and that we run a safe operation – our 40 years of entertaining millions of people speaks to that.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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UK Is Testing Roads That Charge Electric Cars As They Drive

Imagine never having to pull over to fuel your car. This is exactly what Highways England is planning to implement for drivers of electric vehicles. Automobiles would be fitted with wireless technology and then driven on roads with special electromagnetic field generating equipment buried underneath. Trials will run for 18 months before a decision is made to move the project to public roads. This is not the first time such technology sees the light of day: in 2013, the South Korean town of Gumi switched on a 12km (7.5 miles) route that allows special buses to be charged with similar technology.

“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A roads,” wrote Highways England chief highways engineer, Mike Wilson. “The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country.”

Highways England plans to test this technology over 18 months before a decision is made to move the project to public roads


Electric cables are buried under the road to generate electromagnetic fields which are caught by a coil inside the vehicle and converted into electricity


The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology



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Former prosecutor: ‘Gutless’ not to charge officers in shooting

The two officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana will not face criminal charges. And, the Sacramento community continues to protest the death of Stephon Clark after an independent autopsy found officers shot Clark eight times.

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Censorship is how those in charge control public discourse – and we allow it by not educating ourselves about the facts

Image: Censorship is how those in charge control public discourse – and we allow it by not educating ourselves about the facts

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Censorship is very much in the news, with the latest example being the effort by the progressive movement to silence pro-Trump Fox News host Laura Ingraham after a petty social media dustup with a Parkland high school student who champions gun control. Ingraham has apologized, but advertisers have been pressured and intimidated by a far-left mob and the predictable manufactured outrage from Internet trolls and are now pulling their ads from her show.

Apart from corporate censorship that is emerging in the cable news realm, Natural News readers are, of course, well aware that Silicon Valley is working overtime to censor independent online media and those perceived as conservative leaning. Techniques used by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms such as outright bans, suspensions, shadow banning, throttling, de-monetizing, de-platforming, and manipulating algorithms to suppress legitimate populist-oriented voices, including those who support President Trump’s America First agenda, are all in play.

In an essay titled “Illiteracy Leads to Censorship,” journalist Jon Rappoport suggests that these so-called ministers of truth or gatekeepers are losing the war of ideas, however, but in the meantime, illiteracy is a way to manipulate the masses.

From The Waking Times:

When those who control public discourse, in a nation, see that they are losing to upstarts, that their flimsy ideas are being supplanted by much stronger ideas from these newcomers (who are actually traditionalists), the shocked controllers turn to the more direct strategy of censorship. …

Among their supporters are crowds of illiterates. …

Elite societal players welcome illiteracy. They love it…Ignorance is good. More than that, illiterate people are easy to convince that repressive censorship isn’t a problem. It’s just something that “happens.”…

Illiteracy is more effective than political correctness. Untold numbers of people can’t understand the sentences that are floating and flying by them every day. They register this by building up anger. Unfocused anger. They are perfect fodder for know-nothing social and political movements that require violence and repression.

Specifically in response to censorship by what he describes as the techno-tyrants running Google-owned YouTube, Health Ranger Mike Adams, the founding editor of Natural News,  has announced the creation of Real.Video, a p2p file sharing infrastructure for videos and other content such as audio files, PDF files, text files and HTML.

Earlier this month YouTube summarily deleted the entire 1,700 video catalog on the Health Ranger video channel.

Most, if not all, of the tech giants, by the way, support so-called net neutrality but they seem less enamored with content neutrality. (Related: Read more about Orwellian censorship and attacks on the Second Amendment at

Writing about the Laura Ingraham controversy, The Daily Caller noted that “The effort against Ingraham is only the latest example of the Left weaponizing corporate power to stifle conservative viewpoints.”

Parenthetically, worldwide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is among the luminaries calling for the regulation of the dominant tech giants so that free speech can be restored across the Internet.

“The Internet may have been invented with machine language, but the writers who have appeared on it are multiplying their own language. They are outdistancing the machine. They always will,” Rappoport concluded.

In the end, do you think that free speech will prevail?

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New Orleans restaurant announces "white privilege tax" to charge white customers more money for the same food

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If you’re ever in New Orleans looking for a bite to eat, you’ll want to avoid a controversial pop-up restaurant known as SAARTJ whose racist black owner has decided that he’s going to make a political statement about “white privilege” by charging all white customers more money than black customers for the exact same food.

Run by local Nigerian chef Tunde Wey, SAARTJ recently announced plans to implement an $18 surcharge on every meal that it sells to white customers, while all of the restaurant’s black customers will get a discounted rate for their meals. It’s all part of Wey’s personal crusade to stick it to the white man in retaliation for what he sees as racial wealth inequality throughout American society.

In speaking to Civil Eats about the racist move, Wey tried to justify it by claiming that the “racial wealth gap” necessitates charging people different prices depending on the color of their skin. In order to not be sued, Wey is making the program “optional,” but it will be strongly encouraged that white people who walk up to the window fork over extra cash to compensate for how hard black people have apparently had it because of white people.

Wey says that he plans to keep the extra $18 paid by white customers for their meals, unless black customers choose to collect it for themselves when they buy theirs. It’s Wey’s way of helping to perpetuate the type of wealth distribution that he believes is necessary in American society, even despite the fact that millions of black people already receive the benefits of wealth distribution through EBT and food stamp programs.

“White customers can either pay $12 for lunch or the suggested price of $30,” Wey explained during his speech. “Black customers are charged $12 and also given the option to collect the $18 paid by a white patron as a way to redistribute wealth.”

The politicization of food to foment racial division: Leftist lunacy in action

To Wey, the making of food seems to be more about pushing an agenda, not feeding people. His 15-minute spiel to Civil Eats was bookended by his emphasis on using food “to explore issues of race, class, and justice,” to quote the news outlet’s own takeaway.

In other words, it isn’t really about cooking quality meals for hungry people in order to sate his customers. Wey is more interested in spreading racial animosity and divide by pulling political stunts on the national stage, which he apparently believes is a good use of his time in this world.

The whole thing represents little more than anti-white racism, similar to how blacks were once told that they couldn’t use the same drinking fountains, or ride in the same spot on the bus, as whites. Wey even admits that, during this “experiment,” he’s used pressure to guilt-trip whites into paying the extra fee for their food – and most of them comply.

According to reports, nearly 80 percent of white customers at SAARTJ have chosen to pay the extra fee because they feel bad not doing so. Wey refers to these feelings of coercion that his operation is levying on whites as “positive social pressure,” and he believes that it’s a beneficial thing for promoting “change” in society.

“Refusing to pay more comes off as anti-social and people don’t want to be judged for that,” Wey gloated, apparently satisfied with his flagrant racism. “People look on the other side of the till and see me standing there and they’re thinking that I’m judging them. If they couldn’t pay a higher amount, they gave me a list of caveats why they couldn’t.”

When some black customers offered to pay the higher amount as well, Wey reportedly insisted that “it wasn’t necessary for them.”

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