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You spend roughly one third of your life asleep, but you’re wasting it by passively dreaming. Don’t dismiss this as nonsense – the ability to control your dreams is a scientifically proven fact. It’s just really, really difficult. It’s called lucid dreaming, and you too could learn to do it.

For me, as a technology enthusiast, lucid dreaming and virtual reality Oculus Rift Development Kit Review and Giveaway Oculus Rift Development Kit Review and Giveaway The Oculus Rift has finally arrived, and is making heads turn (literally) all over the gaming community. No longer are we confined to to peering through a flat window into the gaming worlds we love... Read More are inextricably linked. The holy grail VR experience is often imagined to be the Holodeck, a completely customizable realistic environment that responds to your every wish. That’s exactly what lucid dreaming can be. Sadly, getting into the lucid dream state is near impossible for most people – that’s where this Lucid Academy course can help. Does it work? Read on to find out, and then enter our competition to secure your place on the course!

If aren’t one of the 10 lucky winners, you can sign up to this great lucid dreaming course for the very affordable price of $77. Less than $80 to change your life forever represents pretty good value for money, I’d say.

What Is Lucid Dreaming and Why Should I Care?

Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming aware you are dreaming: waking up within a dream. It’s the sudden realization of “hang on, this is a dream!”, and the overwhelming sense of freedom that follows. Varying degrees of lucidity are possible and not everyone chooses to completely repaint the dream canvas, but broadly speaking, lucid dreaming gives you full control of your dream – the ability to fly, conjure up new characters, dismiss monsters – do absolutely anything your heart desires. For many, lucid dreaming is a way to overcome fears and conquer nightmares, or explore their sexuality.

The Course Creator: Sean Kelly

With any online course like this, it’s important to know who is teaching it. Nowadays, anyone can make a video and call themselves an expert, so I asked Sean about himself and the course content. Here’s what he had to say:

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First – can you tell us a bit about yourself – your credentials, if you will?

I’ve been lucid dreaming for 20 years now, and have been teaching people to lucid dream for the past eight. I’ve taught students from all around the world and from all walks of life. I studied Cognitive Science at University of California, Berkeley and during that time I went deep into the academic study of lucid dreaming.

After graduating from UC Berkeley I’ve traveled to eight different countries over the past years on a personal quest to unravel the wonderful mystery of lucid dreaming and human consciousness. I’ve learned from many different traditions and masters of lucid dreaming, including Tibetan Buddhist lamas, South American shamans, and Indian yogis.

I’m a full time practitioner of meditation, lucid dreaming, and esoteric yoga. I use every avenue available to explore the mystery of lucid dreaming.

I currently spend my time in between India and Thailand where I continually seek out the wisdom from masters of esoteric yoga and spirituality.

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What do you think makes the course different to say, a book on the subject by Stephen LaBerge?

One of the biggest problems I found with the available information out there was that people would just get overwhelmed by it. Too many techniques, too many opinions, too many words. Book knowledge is great, but I found a lack of in-depth training on specific techniques and methods that were proven to work. I learned the biggest obstacles that people experienced in their lucid dreaming journeys and developed training to overcome them.

It’s meant to be a practical course. Most people will read a book, get some knowledge, and be satisfied. That’s not what this course is about. It’s an action-oriented course. The course is interactive with quizzes, gamification, and checklists with affirmations in each module. The animated videos enable complex concepts to be explained simply, and to be retained in a much better way.

This course is the distilled essence of my experience and knowledge from the fields of: academic lucid dreaming research, the science of productivity, tibetan dream yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, esoteric yoga, cognitive science, and psychology.

I also want to say that I am supremely thankful for Stephen LaBerge and his pioneering of the Western research into lucid dreaming. For that I will always admire him. His book is wonderful. As the world of lucid dreaming evolves, I wanted to create something that keeps pace with the evolution, and truly leverages the wonderful medium of the internet to reach people all over the world.

The Course

The video narration is serene and relaxing: set in the grounds of a Thai temple, Sean’s soothing voice combined with the natural wildlife and occasional gong really put you in the perfect mood for lucid dreaming exploration. I’ve been following the course just before sleeping – the ideal time to let the messages sink in, and the videos were so peaceful that my wife fell asleep undisturbed beside me.

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The video content is illustrated to re-enforce the narration, rather than distract you with meaningless stock footage or a webcam. Suffice to say, they look and sound superb. Sean is indeed an expert in the topic, and his videos reflect that. It’s not a textbook that outlines every bit of knowledge on lucid dreaming ever: it’s a practical course that distills everything into highly actionable points, combined with the theory of why it works. Each item is accompanied by affirmations and there are some short quizzes thrown in too. The only disappointing aspect for me was the gamification: the ease of attaining a “genius” badge after answering a few simple questions, for instance. It’s certainly something that needs to be tweaked, but doesn’t detract from the main content – and from personal experience, I know how hard gamification can be to get right!

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There’s a good number of extra resources provided in the course too, from printable affirmations to a calendar. It could benefit from a central resource page to download these from though, as well as being scattered throughout lessons where they are currently. Other than that, the video modules follow a logical progression and the site is easy to navigate. The first half of the course consists of short 1-3 minute videos, while later modules can reach 10 minutes or more. 

For a spiritual skeptic like myself, the course can at times it can feel a little hippy-esque – but not so condescendingly to put off the average Joe. Some of the exercises will also seem quite silly, but it’s important to follow them all. Yes, there’ll be some odd questions to answer when friends discover “Am I dreaming?” reality tests pasted around the house, but it’s important you learn to question reality constantly. Remember: when dealing with the inner workings of the human mind, nothing is weird, and your own personal intent and belief is paramount for success.

Will I lucid dream after following the course?

Ultimately, the Lucid Academy video course is a fantastic value for money guide on precisely how to start lucid dreaming. No one can actually guarantee you will have a lucid dream, but the guided videos will equip you with the tools required, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t. All that’s left is for you to follow some clearly outlined, easy steps. That’s what makes this course unique – I didn’t feel overwhelmed with differing techniques to try that I’d never remember by tomorrow. I found simple, easy to follow actions that I’m able to stick to.

Have I had a lucid dream since starting the course? I’m delighted to report – yes. The first in a long time, since my teenage years – and like most who experience a lucid dream, I woke feeling refreshed with a sense of joy and accomplishment that carries into everyday life for a long time after. I’ve increased my dream recall, write down at least one dream in the morning, and have been consistently doing reality checks every day. I’m not able to induce a lucid dream on demand, but it’s great start. The course works, and that’s what matters. 

Should you pay for it? Absolutely. I’m not exaggerating when I say it will change your life if you’ve never experience a lucid dream before.

How do I win access to the Lucid Academy Course?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, March 7. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winners

  • Heather Cowley
  • Daniel Walker
  • Jimmy Rector
  • Jurmy Chris
  • H Mitchell Kawakami
  • Kathleen Smith
  • Nancy Luckhurst
  • Monica Coots
  • Alan Khanukaev
  • Harshit Jain

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Jackson Chung before March 16. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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