Updated: Nov 5
If you've been hunting Amazon for the very best books on lucid dreaming, you need to look no further.
The following is a Top 10 list of the very best books on lucid dreaming available on Amazon in 2020.
This list has been compiled and curated based on Amazon customer reviews, Goodreads reviews, and through the opinions of expert lucid dreamers and the lucid dreaming community.
Amazon often only promotes bestselling books, which is not always a good criterion for quality lucid dreaming content.
If a popular lucid dreaming book is missing from this list, it is not an oversight, it is for a reason; it simply didn't make the grade when compared to some of the less well-known but superior books on this list.
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#0 THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK:
YOUR DREAM JOURNAL
There is no more important book for lucid dreaming than your own dream journal. This is your unique and personal map of the landscape of your inner-universe of dreams!
While the books below will offer you fascinating tips and advice on how to achieve a lucid dream and the many adventures you will have in this realm, there is no more important book to a lucid dreamer than their dream journal!
Your dream journal is an indispensable tool that is absolutely vital to map and understand your own unique dream world.
Before you buy any other book on lucid dreams, first buy yourself a book worthy of mapping the universe of dreams!
Pick one that inspires you and suits your personality. Most importantly, write in it every morning!
Get a dream journal first!
#1 ARE YOU DREAMING?
EXPLORING LUCID DREAMS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE
The book that launched The Lucid Guide. "Are You Dreaming?" regularly tops charts and sales and is generally considered to be the successor to ETWOLD. A guide for a new generation.
' - Just about everything you could possibly need to know about lucid dreaming. A thoroughly enjoyable, compendious and insightful guide for those interested in exploring their inner worlds.' Dr Keith Hearne
In this deeply comprehensive and modern guide to lucid dreaming, expert lucid dreamer and oneirologist, Daniel Love, will aid you on your unique journey through the fascinating exploration of your mind. This book brings the subject of conscious dreaming fully up to date, including the latest discoveries, research, techniques, and much more. It is the perfect guide to help you unlock the hidden potential of your dreams, catering for both beginners and advanced lucid dreamers alike. This book is a no-nonsense approach to the enthralling phenomenon of lucid dreaming and is simply one of the most thorough, accessible, and in-depth contemporary guides available. [BUY NOW]
#2 EXPLORING THE WORLD OF LUCID DREAMS
Stephen LaBerge & Howard Rheingold
Long considered the "Bible" for lucid dreamers. ETWOLD is a must-read book for anyone interested in the topic. It's not the best for techniques or as an all-round guide, but it remains the most well-read of all books on the subject and as such acts as an "initiation" which most lucid dreamers share in common.
"This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming--that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge's extensive laboratory work at Stanford University mapping mind/body relationships during the dream state, as well as the teachings of Tibetan dream yogis and the work of other scientists, including German psychologist Paul Tholey, this practical workbook will show you how to use your dreams to: Solve problems; Gain greater confidence; improve creativity, and more."
#3 DREAMS AND THE WAYS TO DIRECT THEM
Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys.
The very first book on lucid dreaming! No list is complete without mentioning the very first book exploring lucid dreaming.
Dreams And The Ways To Direct Them, also published as Dreams and How to Guide Them, was first published, in French, in 1867. It demonstrates the huge power that dream journaling and a natural fascination with dreams can have over one's ability to become lucid. It is an incredibly well written and engaging book, taking you on a journey into history and bringing both the past and dreams alive.
Even being the very first book on the topic, it still holds a huge amount of valuable material. If nothing else it is a fascinating part of lucid dream history and an insight into how lucid dreaming was considered before it even had a name!
#4 THE CONSCIOUS EXPLORATION OF DREAMING
DISCOVERING HOW WE CREATE AND CONTROL OUR DREAMS
Janice E. Brooks & Jay A. Vogelsong
A rare glimpse of reason, quite unlike anything else in the field.
The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming is somewhat unheard of, rarely making it into the Amazon bestsellers or all but the most devout oneironaut's collection. It offers a uniquely rational and straightforward analysis of lucid dreaming, dispensing with the usual spiritual hyperbole and metaphysical tangents.
While some may consider its tone dry or negative, it offers a unique antidote to a field awash with excessively spiritual content. A must-read for those who want a balanced and realistic view of lucid dreaming.
#5 THE LUCID DREAMER
A WAKING GUIDE FOR THE TRAVELLER BETWEEN WORLDS
Back in the early 1990's books on lucid dreaming were considerably rarer and the market had yet to become over-saturated with trendy self-styled "spiritual lucid dream gurus" selling fashionable, hobbyist versions of eastern religious beliefs to wealthy and bored city dwellers.
Malcolm Godwin's book is possibly the first true pop-psychology/pop-spirituality book on the topic, and while it could be argued that he opened the floodgates for the many clones that cause issues in the field today, 'The Lucid Dreamer' is a charming, humble and beautiful book, lacking a great deal of the pretension of its modern-day equivalents.
A beautifully presented hardback, packed with huge amounts of dreamlike artwork and the philosophical and spiritual musings of the author. If you're looking for a balanced book on lucid dreaming spirituality, this is a better place to start than modern offerings. Also, as it is no longer in print it can also be picked up very cheaply.
Get a copy while you still can.
#6 ADVANCED LUCID DREAMING
THE POWER OF SUPPLEMENTS
The first and only book to cover lucid dreaming supplements in depth.
Advanced Lucid Dreaming was the name of Thomas Yuschak's sadly short-lived company that aimed, for the first time, to offer lucid dream training alongside the use of supplements. His book by the same name has become the de facto resource for those looking to explore lucid dreaming through the use of supplements.
His personal research makes for a fascinating and inspiring read.
"Simply the Most Effective Approach to Inducing Lucid Dreams & Out of Body Experiences. This breakthrough book tells you everything you need to know on how to start experiencing extremely advanced lucid dreams and OBEs using the LDS (Lucid Dream Supplement) induction technique. This is the first comprehensive guide that explains how to use natural, non-prescription, and healthy supplements to induce some of the most profound experiences that humans can achieve."
#7 LUCID DREAMING
THE POWER OF BEING AWAKE AND AWARE IN YOUR DREAMS
Stephen LaBerge, Ph D.
While Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming is very well-read, Lucid Dreaming, LaBerge's first book, is less often discussed but equally as worthy of reading.
Like ETWOLD, Lucid Dreaming offers more unique insights from the scientist who's best known for popularizing the subject.
Lucid Dreaming and ETWOLD are, unsurprisingly, very similar books, and if you enjoyed ETWOLD this is a great way to get a little more LaBerge in your life.
Personally, I'd recommend reading in chronological order, so Lucid Dreaming first, followed by ETWOLD.
#8 LUCID DREAMING
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON CONSCIOUSNESS IN SLEEP
Ryan Hurd and Kelly Bulkely.
This two-volume set is an impeccably researched, and beautifully presented anthology and is the perfect addition to the collection of any lucid dreamer who really wants to treat themselves. Sadly, it's one of the most expensive available, but it is a rare feast for the mind. Highly recommended.
"In this fascinating new collection, an all-star team of researchers explores lucid dreaming not only as consciousness during sleep but also as a powerful ability cultivated by artists, scientists, and shamans alike to achieve a variety of purposes and outcomes in the dream. * Presents a variety of expert perspectives on lucid dreaming from many different cultures that represent a breadth of disciplinary perspectives * Provides theoretical models that integrate scientific reason, mysticism, and individuals' experiences, making way for a new level of sophistication in the study of lucid dreaming * Offers practical insights for therapists, teachers, and researchers as well as students and scholars of psychology, anthropology, and religious studies while containing accessible information and compelling personal narratives that will appeal to general readers".
#9 ASTRAL PROJECTION
A RECORD OF OUT OF THE BODY EXPERIENCES
Oliver Fox [ pseud. H. G. Galloway ]
Astral projection? Isn't this a list of books about lucid dreaming? Well yes, but despite the title, this book is a fascinating and readable glimpse into lucid dreaming and how easily it can be misunderstood.
Originally published as "Astral Projection: A Record of Research" (1939). Astral Projection is an account of the lucid dreams and "out-of-the-body" experiences of Hugh George Callaway: (1885-1949), it gives a detailed and fascinating first-hand account of his "astral travels" (in this case lucid dreams) and describes the techniques used.
Mr. Callaway was a man caught up in the fashionable beliefs of his time. This book acts as a delightful insight into how easily we can interpret our experiences based on our personal beliefs - it acts as a mirror and reminder that this is also possible in our own time. Most importantly, this is one of the most readable and delightful accounts of dream exploration in print. Despite the misleading title, it remains an all-time favorite first-hand account of dream exploration.
#10 THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
For those interested in exploring the Bon Buddhist traditions of dream yoga this book is the most authentic modern example in print. I'd recommend reading this rather than the may interpretations of Buddhist tradition sold by Western "spiritual lucid dream gurus", this, by comparison, comes directly from a traditional practitioner.
"If we cannot carry our practice into sleep," Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes, "if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake."
"This book gives detailed instruction for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day. In the Tibetan tradition, the ability to dream lucidly is not an end in itself—rather it provides an additional context in which one can engage in advanced and effective practices to achieve liberation. Dream yoga is followed by sleep yoga, also known as the yoga of clear light. It is a more advanced practice similar to the most secret Tibetan practices. The goal is to remain awake during deep sleep when the gross conceptual mind and the operation of the senses cease. Most Westerners do not even consider this depth of awareness a possibility, yet it is well-known in Tibetan Buddhist and Bon spiritual traditions. The result of these practices is greater happiness and freedom in both our waking and dreaming states. The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep imparts powerful methods for progressing along the path to liberation. A detailed guide to using our night-lives for awakening: thought-provoking inspiring and lucid."—Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D., author of Lucid Dreaming
What books would you pick for your personal top 10?