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The Dream Oracle: Understanding Lucid Dreams – Dr Keith Hearne

Lucid dreams are when you know that you’re dreaming while you’re asleep.  You’re aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. But the dream feels vivid and real. You may even be able to control how the action unfolds, as if you’re directing a movie in your sleep.  Studies suggest that about half of people may have had at least one lucid dream.

Dr Keith Hearne is a British psychologist and the first person to create scientific proof of lucid dreaming in the laboratory via his ocular-signalling technique, in 1975. Keith Hearne discovered (in his PhD research, completed in 1978) a way of enabling lucid-dream subjects in the sleep-lab to signal out from within the dream by making coded eye-movements – so circumventing the profound bodily paralysis of dreaming (REM) sleep, which had previously prevented such communication. Lucid dreams are an unusual type of dream in which you become perfectly conscious, with full critical faculties, within the dream state. This advance opened a huge new area of dream research, into ‘inner space’.

From the Archives: This live interview was recorded on  November 29, 2002 on the nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Laura Lee . See more at www.lauralee.com