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April 12th



April 12th


Every year, on April 12th, lucid dreamers around the world unite to celebrate Lucid Dreaming Day.


April 12th marks the anniversary of the world's first laboratory research proving the validity of lucid dreaming.


Lucid Dreaming Day provides a platform for lucid dreamers to raise awareness of their passion and introduce the uninitiated to the wonders of dream exploration. Join us in celebrating the wonders of lucid dreaming!


Lucid Dreaming Day (April 12th) originated as the brainchild of lucid dream educator, Daniel Love, who first suggested the idea in his bestselling lucid dream guidebook: Are You Dreaming? 


It was Love's goal to bring lucid dreaming to a wider audience through celebration and community action.

Since these simple beginnings, Lucid Dreaming Day has become a worldwide celebration; an event run by lucid dreamers, for lucid dreamers.  


Today, dream experts around the world gather to host and support the event, helping to bring the wider community together in celebration of the fascinating state that is lucid dreaming.  

As an independent and organic event, Lucid Dreaming Day really can be as unpredictable and colourful as any dream.  Each year, new surprises are in store as dreamers around the globe share their own unique and inventive ways to promote, educate and party!


There were plenty of historically notable days that could have been chosen to celebrate Lucid Dreaming Day. However, we picked April 12th to show our appreciation of the pioneering research by Dr Keith Hearne who, on April 12th 1975, was the first to scientifically validate lucid dreaming.



If lucid dreaming were to be compared to space exploration, then the achievements of English psychologist Keith Hearne could be considered comparable in magnitude to those of NASA during the time of the first moon landing." ~ Daniel Love

Dr Keith Hearne and his lucid dream machine



In 1975, Dr Hearne had the fantastic idea to exploit the nature of Rapid Eye Movements (REM) to allow a dreamer to send a message directly from dreams to the waking world. 


Working with an experienced lucid dreamer (Alan Worsley),  he eventually succeeded in recording (via the use of an electrooculogram or EOG) a pre-defined set of eye movements signalled from within Worsley's lucid dream. This occurred at around 8 am on the morning of April 12th, 1975:



"Suddenly, out of the jumbled senseless tos and fros of the two eye-movement recording channels, a regular set of large zigzags appeared on the chart. Instantly, I was alert and felt the greatest exhilaration on realizing that I was observing the first-ever deliberate signals sent from within a dream to the outside. The signals were coming from another world - the world of dreams - and they were as exciting as if they were emanating from some other solar system in space." Dr Keith Hearne


Keit Hearne's Signals from a lucid dream

Hearne's EOG experiment was formally recognized through publication in the journal for The Society for Psychical Research. Unfortunately, due to the obscure nature of this publication, his work went widely unknown.


The media, however, fell in love with the romantic idea of lucid dreaming being a real, measurable phenomenon and whipped up a lucid frenzy.


A few years later, in 1983, Dr Stephen LaBerge performed the same ocular signalling experiment at Stanford University. On this occasion, LaBerge got the desired scientific exposure and went on to forge a lifelong career in the field of lucid dream research. To this day, he is often mistakenly credited for being the first to scientifically verify the existence of lucid dreaming.


Clearly, both researchers have played significant roles in this field and it's important that we recognize all their contributions over the years.  However, the choice of April 12th to mark Lucid Dreaming Day is a nod of appreciation towards that early research by Dr. Hearne. 




It's important to remember that Lucid Dreaming Day is more than a historic date, individual or single piece of research; above everything else, it’s an event for lucid dreamers to celebrate their passion. We're proud of our date's connection to the man who built the first bridge between worlds, but the day is much more than that...



The Bigger Picture - Lucid Dreaming Day and the Future!



While Lucid Dreaming Day has interesting origins, the most important aspect is the mobilization of the dream community to come together to celebrate, share, raise awareness, educate and enjoy the wonders of lucid dreaming.


Lucid Dreaming Day is YOUR day.  It’s a celebration of lucid dreaming, by lucid dreamers.  


While none of us can see the future, we can safely assume that increased awareness of lucid dreaming could work wonders in the world.


Increasingly, lucid dreaming is becoming a household term.


Musical albums, Hollywood movies and science fiction novels have all contributed to its presence in our popular culture in the last decade. We already have great momentum behind us.


To keep raising awareness of lucid dreaming as a regular nocturnal pastime means that more students of tomorrow will:



  • Launch their own quest for lucid dreaming

  • Enter the field of sleep and dream research

  • Develop lucidity induction technologies

  • Explore lucid dreams as a therapeutic tool

  • Use dreams to create lucid music, art and literature

  • Solve problems and invent technologies in their dreams


Not only will greater interest lead directly to new developments in our lucid dream technology (from induction devices, to dream playback machines, and even experiencing shared dreams one day),

it will also afford us huge opportunities to better ourselves as individuals and mankind as a whole.


We believe that, if every human being were to start harnessing the power of lucid dreams, then our culture, art, technology, medicine, science and beliefs would quickly evolve in a whole new direction. The human race would be enriched as a result, both individually and universally.


That certainly gives us something to strive for on Lucid Dreaming Day.


The future is in your hands!




Lucid Dreaming Day is an organic, community-driven event; a day for lucid dreamers, by lucid dreamers.


We're here simply to act as a hub and to inspire participation. Without your involvement, the day simply wouldn't happen!

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Lucid Dreaming Day; the choice is absolutely yours.


There are endless ways to participate, your imagination is the only limitation.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:



  •  Join the celebrations on Daniel Love's YouTube page - Daniel's  YouTube channel is the hub of activity. Share your celebrations, meet like-minded dreamers and take part in the party! 

  • Spice up your Social Media - It has become the tradition for those celebrating on the day to show their involvement by updating their social media profile image to a lucid dream themed logo, or the official lucid dreaming day logo.

  • Host a party or event - Get together with friends and family to celebrate the joys of lucid dreaming, or why not go a step further and organize a public event? If you're running an event, be sure to contact us so that we can do our part in spreading the word!

  • Share your lucid dreams/knowledge online - Lucid Dreaming Day is about raising awareness, so why not share your lucid dreaming experience and knowledge online? Use the hashtag #LucidDreamingDay to connect with other dreamers!

  • Organise a flash mob - For the extroverted amongst you, why not arrange a lucid dream-themed flash mob? Get the world reality testing!











The official Lucid Dreaming Day

t-shirt features the world's very first signals sent by a lucid dreamer from the dream world

to waking reality!


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