Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by
A lucid dreaming classic, and an enjoyable read, too. Get it, skim it, try it out.
Lucid dreaming isn’t a far-fetched, “woo-woo” goal. It’s for everybody. It’s also a philosophically interesting subject that makes for top-notch party conversation.
- In my view, dreams are much more accurately described as experiences—that is, conscious events one has personally encountered. It may seem odd to speak of dreams as conscious experiences, but the essential criterion for consciousness is reportability, and the fact that we can sometimes remember our dreams shows them to be conscious rather than unconscious mental processes. We live through our dreams as much as our waking lives. In these terms, dreaming is a particular organization of consciousness.
- Of course, that begs a question: what is consciousness? For me, it is the dream of what happens. Whether awake or asleep, your consciousness functions as a simplified model of yourself and your world constructed by your brain from the best available sources of information. during waking, the model is derived from external sensory input, which provides the most current information about present circumstances, in combination with internal contextual, historical, and motivational information. during sleep, little external input is available, and given a sufficiently functional brain, the model is constructed from internal biases.
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