#Review Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming: A Comprehensive Guide to Promote Creativity, Overcome Sleep Disturbances & Enhance Health and Wellness, by Clair R. Johnson PhD #luciddreaming

3.75 My REVIEW:

Okay, I really struggled with the rating for this book. I was back and forth between a 3 and 4 stars for a couple of days, putting off writing the actual review because of it. On one hand, I loved loved loved about a third of the content! On the other hand, I found the rest to be a quite a bit repetitive and redundant. I listened to the book on audio, it’s a seventeen hour listen, so to have more than half of the book feel unnecessary, it made a big impact on my overall resonation with it. Even half of a book feeling that way is too much. That said, I’m settling for 3.7 rating.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets focus on what I DID love. I hate writing negative things in reviews, so other than repetition and personal lack of resonation on such a large amount of it… this book really had some amazing content! When I first picked it up I was seriously walking on a cloud, so excited to learn these things and to give the tips and tricks a try! I’m a very vivid dreamer, and have lucid experiences often as it is.
I’ve also been an avid meditator using visualizations in my practices regularly, including OBE (out of body experience) and REM (rapid eye movement). A lot of the book really just cemented the practices that I already utilize, and helped teach me to focus, relax my body better and to recognize the changes in consciousness a bit more precisely… which is phenomenal! Anyone who is familiar with these practices can validate the importance of continuous growth and improvement!
Overall, exploring the consciousness is something that I’m passionate about and am ready to take in any and all advice I can get. It’s hard to find new stuff that I haven’t already read, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude and appreciate for fresh content.
If you’re new to the term Lucid Dreaming, it’s basically a form of being conscious within the subconscious. So you’re recognizing the fact that you’re dreaming… sort of like waking up and being conscious within your dreams. A lot of people think the subject is too taboo and ridiculous, especially when told you can actually create, change and steer your dreams in one direction or another. It isn’t ridiculous though, not at all. What’s cool about this book is that it’s written by a very intelligent person who has been studying the subject scientifically for years, along with countless others who are quoted and referred to from cover to cover. It’s not all in your imagination, and it’s actually a beautiful thing if you have the open mindedness and discipline to give it a try! I love lucid dreaming, and I absolutely adore a few of the tips and breakdowns of the topics that are in this book.
The book starts out with the overall, broad view of what Lucidity is, in quite elaborate detail. From there it dives into the first steps that can be utilized to train yourself to become lucid in your dreams and ways you can explore and expand your consciousness while asleep. Things like pausing dreams, steering them, flying/levitating, staying lucid for longer periods of time, and even pulling yourself out of it. There are calming techniques, breathing techniques, and thought reminders right out the gate that can be utilized the very night you start reading the book, which is awesome! The author recalls a LOT of her own personal experiences of her how personal dreams as well as several test subjects including several other scientists and doctors, even athletes across the board. I found a couple of these references useful, lots of them redundant.
There are several other aspects that the book covers. Just to name a few, when mastering the art of lucidity one can heal traumas, cure ailments including anxiety and much much more, gain a new prospective on the afterlife, improve their spiritual connection, answer questions about their own psyche and more. Untimely, I highly recommend this book, I just think it could be half as long and still just as powerful.

DESCRIPTION:

A lucid dream is a dream in which you become aware you are dreaming. It’s a powerful opportunity to explore the unfathomable depths of reality, solve problems, create new possibilities, and take charge of your own healing and happiness. This book provides a range of practical techniques, artistic activities, and guided visualizations to help you bring the creativity and super-conscious awareness of lucid dreaming into your life.

Includes tips on how to get and stay lucid, cutting-edge advice from leading dreamers, techniques for using lucid dreams to assist with sleep disturbances and overcome nightmares, and ways to integrate lucid creativity for healing and mindfulness in daily life.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. This is the first time I’ve seen a book given a 3.75 star rating!

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    1. I rarely rate with a dot… but I really struggled placing this one with a solid rating 😬

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      1. That’s the problem with having to assign a numerical value to something as complex as a book.

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      2. Agreed 100% .. it really can be so hard!

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