Kristen LaMarca PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, and researcher with expertise in mindfulness, brain-computer-interfaces, and the creative, therapeutic applications of lucid dreaming. She offers a variety of opportunities to receive training, consultation, or coaching in lucid dreaming for individuals and professionals. Additional background on her professional training, research, and collaborations can be found here.
Lucid dreaming—or explicitly knowing you are dreaming while dreaming—is an aid to discovering who you truly are. This level of consciousness is of such a higher order that you can take a step back in a dream to say aloud, "I am dreaming. This is a dream right now!" The potential degree of freedom, creativity, exhilaration, and sense of safety is quite extraordinary in the lucid dream state. Lucid dreams have a wide range of applications, many of which may serve health and wholeness and pique your drive for consciousness exploration.
A mindful approach to lucid dreaming acknowledges the dialectical nature of consciousness, and attempts to form a deeper synthesis of seemingly opposing forces. By practicing mindfulness of present moment reality, we let go of what we think we know, our opinions, judgements, and beliefs that limit our potential. Instead, we pay attention to the here and now as it is, increasing our capacity for clarity and insight, and finding balance between acceptance and change. A reciprocal relationship between mindfulness and lucidity naturally unfolds—enhancing both our waking and dreaming worlds.
"Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing."
~ John Kabat-Zinn