The Dreaming Brain: The Science of Lucid Dreaming with Charlie Morley
“REM sleep evolved to integrate and process trauma… Dreaming it’s a pre-requisite for healing.”
Charlie Morley is a dream researcher and teacher of lucid dreaming, shadow integration and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep. He has been lucid dreaming for over 20 years and was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. Since then he has written four books which have been translated into 15 languages and has run workshops & retreats in more than 20 countries.
In this podcast interview with Scott Snibbe, Charlie discusses the latest scientific research on dreams and how lucid dreaming can be used to deepen one’s spiritual practice, heal psychological trauma, and become more creative and insightful in one’s waking life.
THE DREAMING BRAIN: THE SCIENCE OF LUCID DREAMING
[1:11] Why do we dream? Are ‘bad’ dreams actually good?
[6:44] Lucid dreaming: directing and co-creating your dreams.
[11:20] The 3 D’s of becoming lucid: Dream recall, Dream diary, Dream signs.
[18:16] Cups made of mind: can dreams help us understand the nature of consciousness and reality?
[20:43] Does lucid dreaming give you a bigger brain? Insights from contemporary scientific studies.
[24:48] How (not to) waste your lucid dreams.
[27:56] Making the most of your dreaming practice: meditation, mindfulness and psychological healing.
[29:01] Trauma integration and lucid nightmares: healing PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and integrating traumas.
[31:14] Asking big questions: accessing our ‘inner library of wisdom’.
[32:46] Researching lucid dreaming-induced healing: placebo effect and the nature of the mind.
[35:16] Lucid-dreaming for psychological work: embracing the Jungian shadow.
“Practicing in a lucid dream is like a laboratory for enlightened action, for enlightened wisdom, that will not only affect the third of your life you’re asleep, but directly impact the two thirds you’re awake.”