Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming (Paperback)
A world-renowned expert in lucid dreaming and Tibetan dream yoga guides us into the tradition’s daytime practices, a complement to the nighttime practices taught in his previous book Dream Yoga.
Most of us are absolutely certain that we’re awake here and now—it’s a given, right? Yet, according to Tibet’s dream yoga tradition, ordinary waking life is no more real than the illusions of our nightly dreams.
In his previous book Dream Yoga, Andrew Holecek guided us into Tibetan Buddhism’s nocturnal path of lucid dreaming and other dimensions of sleeping consciousness. Now, with Dreams of Light, he offers us an in-depth, step-by-step guide to its daytime practices.
Known as the “illusory form” practices, these teachings include insights, meditations, and actions to help us realize the dreamlike nature of our lives. Through an immersive exploration of the tradition, beginners and seasoned practitioners alike will learn everything they need to deeply transform both their sleeping and waking hours.
“If you’ve struggled to awaken in your dreams,” teaches Holecek, “these techniques will often spark spontaneous lucidity during sleep. And if you’re already a successful lucid dreamer, they will open you to new depths of experience throughout your day.”
For those wishing to explore Tibetan Buddhism’s profound path for awakening to the true nature of reality—day or night—Dreams of Light shows us the way.
“Andrew Holecek is a master of the dream yogas and lucidity practices, and I have learned more from his writings than from the many related books I have studied. I highly recommend his new work, Dreams of Light, and all his other books as well.” —Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, University of California professor and author of Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind
“Dreams of Light is a profound exploration of emptiness, illusion, and the clear-light mind. Andrew’s deep scholarly knowledge, poetic prose, and compassionate heart illuminate every page of this fascinating book. Dreams of Light will raise your awareness and bring lucidity into every part of your life.” —Clare Johnson, PhD, author of Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming
“This is an important and very pragmatic book for bringing daytime practices into the realm of lucid dreaming. Holecek isn’t just a writer; he has expertly walked the path himself. Through the apt use of metaphor and clear examples, Holecek’s wisdom shines forth as he gives useful instructions for the reader to follow in his footsteps. I enjoyed this book immensely.” —Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
“Andrew Holecek’s revelations about the illusory, dream-like nature of everyday life—drawing deeply upon the combined wisdom of science, religion, and philosophy—will blow your mind. He convincingly demonstrates that nothing is ever quite as it seems, and that this knowledge has the power to set us free. For anyone on a quest to ‘get real,’ either in their waking lives or in their dreams, this volume provides an invaluable toolbox of daytime practices that perfectly complement the nighttime techniques of lucid dreaming and dream yoga described in his previous book. Holecek is not just a teacher of lucid dreams: the spiritual path that he illuminates changes everything.” —James Kingsland, author of Am I Dreaming? The New Science of Consciousness and How Altered States Reboot the Brain
“Dreams of Light casts a spell by dispelling the commonsense spell we are in: seeing things ‘not the way they are’ but ‘the way we are.’ I marveled as much at its astonishing content as the stunning clarity by which it is conveyed. It is at once both a practical and magical guidebook, leading us ‘where we need to go internally to discover an external illusory world.’” —Jonathan Bricklin, author of The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time: William James’s Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment
“With great skill, lucidity, and compassion, in Dreams of Light Andrew Holecek teaches us how to wake up from the illusory dreams of our daytime experience, pointing us to the ground of openness and freedom that is our eternal nature. This book is treasure for anyone wishing to deepen their practice of lucid dreaming, or for anyone who seeks a clear path to enlightened perception in the midst of everyday life.” —Zvi Ish-Shalom, PhD, author of The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah