Lucid Dreaming at the Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Last Thursday I took a class on Lucid Dreaming at the Brooklyn Brainery in Carroll Gardens. If you haven’t heard of it before, you must check it out! In their own words they are “accessible, community-driven, crowdsourced education.” My first visit to the Brooklyn Brainery was when my friend Reema taught a class there on the history of the NYC subway system (something I’d always wished I knew more about!) I also took a class on Body Language in January. They host classes on any subject you can dream up, and anyone can teach them! Professors, enthusiasts, or literally anyone who has a passion for a particular subject and wants to share it with others. The classes are always small and very inexpensive (about $10). Take a class by yourself, with a friend, or make a date of it and stop by Lucali for some neapolitan pizza & BYOB.

During Thursday’s class, I learned a lot about lucid dream and dreaming in particular. Did you know that Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Stuart Little (!) were all the result of dreams that their authors had? One of my favorite quotes from the class was from the Tibetan Buddhist Tarthang Tulku:

“Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience yet they are
often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality. In the dream
state our bodies are at rest, yet we see and hear, move about, and
are even able to learn.When we make good use of the dream state,
it is almost as if our lives were doubled: instead of a hundred years,
we live two hundred.”

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If you’re interested in learning the techniques of lucid dreaming, there are lots of resources on the internet. Our teacher recommended the book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge as further reading. But here’s a brief summary of the main steps involved from my class notes:

  1. Build dream recall by starting a dream journal (because what good is
    lucid dreaming if you can’t remember any of your lucid dreams later?)
  2. Learn your dream signs (recurring elements in your dreams that can
    be used to alert you that you’re dreaming)
  3. Perform a reality check 5-10 times/day (where you question whether
    or not you’re dreaming right now)
  4. Practice the MILD technique “Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreaming”
    before bed (where you set an intention and “see” yourself becoming
    lucid by repeating affirmations)

And don’t forget to check out Brooklyn Brainery. They have upcoming courses on The History of Curry, Storytelling 101, and Homemade Pop-Tarts! Maybe I’ll see you there!

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