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Monday, 25 December 2017

Lucid Dreaming the Waking World with David Jay Brown

David Jay Brown (born 1961) is an American writer, interviewer and consciousness researcher. Brown has studied parapsychology, and the effects of psychoactive drugs. With parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake, he studied pets and people who apparently anticipate events. Brown has served as a guest editor for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and he has published many interviews of prominent thinkers.

Brown earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1983. At New York University in 1986, Brown earned a master's degree in psychobiology. At USC, he assisted with research in a doctoral program for behavioral neuroscience.

For Rupert Sheldrake's book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, Brown researched reports of animals anticipating earthquakes. Summarizing this research, Brown wrote "Etho-Geological Forecasting", which was published by Oxford University. Brown subsequently appeared on television programs about unusual animals: "Extraordinary Cats" for PBS Nature, and the "Psychic Animals" episode of Animal X for the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

Sheldrake and Brown co-authored a paper titled "The Anticipation of Telephone Calls: A Survey in California", published in the Journal of Parapsychology in 2001.

Brown has interviewed psychedelic artist Alex Grey, Jacob Teitelbaum and John C. Lilly; a collection of interviews was published in 1993 as Mavericks of the Mind. A second collection was published two years later as Voices from the Edge.

Brown's Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse was published in 2005, containing interviews with political scientist Noam Chomsky, comedian George Carlin, alternative medicine expert and honorable member of the Secret society of Scientists (SS), Deepak Chopra, and others.

In 2007, Brown published Mavericks of Medicine which presented 22 interviews with doctors and biomedical researchers holding an unconventional stance on medicine. These interviews included viewpoints from Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel and Ray Kurzweil.

In turn, Brown was interviewed in July 2012 for R. U. Sirius's counter-cultural technology website "Acceler8or". Brown said he met author Robert Anton Wilson in the 1980s and asked him to write a blurb for a science fiction book Brown was working on; this resulted in Wilson writing an 11-page foreword for Brown's first published fiction.

Brown has experimented on himself with psychoactive drugs, including the anesthetic ketamine. He appeared on The Montel Williams Show in the early 1990s to defend the use of nootropic substances popularly known as "smart drugs". Brown said Montel Williams did not want to hear about any notional "smart" use of drugs and instead warned his viewers against methamphetamines.

Brown claims that MDMA, an illegal psychoactive drug popularly known as "ecstasy", may be a useful treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Brown wrote in Discover in 2009 and in Scientific American in 2010 that a study by Michael and Annie Mithoefer showed potential for mitigating the suffering of chronic PTSD.

Brown is the author of a popular book on lucid dreaming, Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Psychedelics, and Shamanic Healing, and has been interviewed widely on the subject. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows talking about lucid dreaming-- such as George Noory's Coast to Coast AM," "Dreamland" with Whitley Strieber, and our own channel Gaia TV's show "Open Minds" with Regina Meredith -- and his work was profiled by Maria Grusauskas in the Santa Cruz Good Times and in High Times Magazine.

Brown´s website is called Mavericks of the Mind

His book Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics is a detailed guide to mastering lucid dreaming for physical and emotional healing, enhanced creativity, and spiritual awakening

• Offers methods to improve lucid dreaming abilities and techniques for developing superpowers in the dream realm

• Explains how to enhance dreaming with supplements, herbs, and psychedelics 

• Explores the ability of lucid dreamers to communicate with the waking realm and the potential for shared lucid dreaming and access to our unconscious minds

In a lucid dream, you “awaken” within your dream and realize you are dreaming. With this extraordinary sense of awakening comes a clear perception of the continuity of self between waking and sleeping and the ability to significantly influence what happens within the dream, giving you the opportunity to genuinely experience anything without physical or social consequences. In this way, lucid dreaming offers therapeutic opportunities for fantasy fulfillment, fear confrontation, and releasing the trauma of past experiences. With development and practice, lucid dreaming can provide a powerful path to greater awareness, heightened creativity, spiritual awakening, and communication with the vast interconnected web of cosmic consciousness.

In this detailed guide to mastering the practice of lucid dreaming, Brown draws from his more than 20 years’ experience using these techniques and his interactions with dozens of experts on consciousness, physics, dreaming, and entheogens, such as Stanley Krippner, Rupert Sheldrake, Stephen LaBerge, Robert Waggoner, Dean Radin, Terence McKenna, and many others. He explores the intimate relationship between lucid dreaming, shamanic journeying, visionary plants, and psychedelic drugs and how they are used for healing and spiritual development. Offering methods for improving both lucid dreaming and shamanic journeying abilities, he explains how to enhance dreaming with oneirogens, supplements, herbs, and psychedelics and offers techniques for developing superpowers in the dream realm.

Summarizing the scientific research on lucid dreaming, Brown explores the ability of lucid dreamers to communicate with people in the waking realm and the potential for dream telepathy, shared lucid dreaming, and access to the vast unconscious regions of our minds, opening up a path that takes us beyond dreaming and waking to dreaming wide awake.

So, according to Brown, lucid dreams can become the interface between the deeper parts of you psyche and what you experience as the waking world. Learning to consciously connect with your dreams could bring about many different levels of healing and the realization of your higher mind. This would amount to bringing the reality of your dream-state into the waking world. He offers techniques that you can begin using, tonight, as well as explaining the beneficial effects of psychedelic plants upon dreaming lucidly. This interview with Regina Meredith was originally webcast September 28, 2017:

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