Lucid dreaming, which is when you wake up to the fact that you’re dreaming while still remaining in the dream, is the first of our nocturnal practices.
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.
In the West, the history of lucid dreaming goes back as far as Aristotle, with the first Western lucid dream report written in A.D. 415 by St. Augustine.
Throughout this site, we will return again and again to the myriad of reasons why lucid dreaming and the other nocturnal practices are worthwhile.