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Good. 5 1/2" X 9 1/2" 59 Pages. Stapled brochure type binding with covers that show use but text pages are clean, tight, and white. The back cover has several small dark brown spots. Although the term lucid dreaming is relatively new the experience to which it refers is ancient and universal. Though not necessarily identical to the included experiences, lucid dreams have been called by such diverse names as dreams of knowledge, out-of-body experiences, astral experiences, and dreaming. Lucid dreaming is simply the experience of becoming aware that one is dreaming while in the dream. To determine the position of the Cayce readings on lucid dreaming we examine the references to astral and out-of-body experience. For decades prior to the time of the Edgar Cayce readings, western metaphysical and occult literature had been discussing astral projection and out-of-body experience. However, the one-sided approach which characterized these early writings was one of trying to determine where the soul or entity was going. Underlying this approach was an emphasis upon the possibility of physically leaving one's present circumstances in the body and the world. In these writings there was a tendency to regard the environment of the out-of-body experience as actually existing somewhere in time and space. The term lucid dreaming represents an entirely different orientation to the same experience. Instead of implying that a person is physically escaping the confines of the body, this orientation focuses upon the fact that self-reflecting consciousness is functioning without the apparent mediation of the body. All that is left to talk about is the dreamer's own state of self-conscious awareness during the experience, which has been termed lucidity. Contents in Five Chapters: A Personal Account, Lucid Dreaming as an Evolutionary Process, The Dynamics of Lucid Dreaming, The Delicate Balance, and The Dawning of the Clear Light. Plus References.
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