It helps to know just a little bit about the science and stages of sleep, what researchers call “sleep architecture.”
Mingyur Rinpoche, a rock star Lama in my opinion, shares this lovely short video on meditation. I also highly recommend his latest book, “In Love With the World; A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Life and Death.” He is one of the few meditation masters I endorse unconditionally.
The following excerpt is from my forthcoming book, “Dreams of Light,” and it deals with the role of mind-altering drugs on the spiritual path.
I frequently refer to meditation as a “super technique” for lucid dreaming and dream yoga. Many studies have shown that meditators have more lucid dreams, and for a meditation master, all their dreams are lucid. Informal polls during my seminars support these formal studies. When I ask who in the audience meditates, and then ask who
One of the magical aspects of the nocturnal meditations is that they have diurnal, or daily, correlates. In other words, there are a number of daytime practices you can do that really help with nighttime lucidity. This idea works with the foundational tenet of bi-directionality, which is central to the nocturnal meditations, and
Illusory form is not commonly presented in most teachings on lucid dreaming, but I have found it to be of enormous benefit in inducing lucid dreams. It’s more connected to dream yoga, but the principles surely apply to lucid dreaming. In some classic texts on dream yoga, the practice of Illusory Form is actually the main practice.