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New Book

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The Paradox of Lucid Dreaming – A Metaphysical Theory of Mind is out folks. I try to keep post outs to a minimum so as not to fill your inboxes with junk so I will be brief – It’s my own personal take on altered states of consciousness. The pivot of concern in the book is lucid dreaming but I extend the theory into a more holistic vision of the nature of mind. The book is available on Amazon or direct from me if you inbox me. Please feel free to review on Amazon as this helps t spread the idea.Lucid Dream book cover 7

The podcast is undergoing some reconstruction so please be patient there for those of you who tune in but I will be some some live talks in London, beginning with the book launch which you can find on http://www.fallingapple.org.uk/current-talk

Otherwise may I just thank you for taking the time to check out my work. Please share – R

New Vid

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Hi guys, here is a new vid I have done on meditation, I will let it do the talking…

Also, I would like to shout out to Ryan Hurd, who is launching his new web site and book today. Ryan, as most of you will know is a real expert in the department of dreaming and one of the big voices in the lucid dream world. His new book “Dream Like a Boss 2” is a follow up to his “Dream Like a Boss”. Both of the books take you into the world of dreaming in an immensely holistic manner, showing you how to improve your sleep and dream world, which in turn, enriches your waking life. Here is the link http://dreamstudies.com/product/dream-like-a-boss-book-2/

Ryan can be heard chatting to me along with some other great guests on the Lucid Lab podcast. Here is the link for that http://flipit.s3.amazonaws.com/pages/luxidlab/913panel.html

OK, see you all next month where I will be doing a new vid on head stands..!

What is Meditation?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Meditation means different things to many different people, so I guess all I can offer here is my definition of what it means to me. We live in  a world that is constantly bombarded by stimulation and these stimuli, in turn cause us to behave in the way that we do. For the most part, that means that we are, in many ways, a product of our process. That is to say that we are all prone to acting out according to what we perceive to be our prevailing circumstances, without giving much thought to how our actions might actually affect other people.

Sounds familiar? Well I guess it should, as that’s what it means to be human, to be capable of intellectually introspecting our own behaviour, in the hope that we may eventually come to improve it, if we desire it to be so. In truth, we would all like to be a little kinder, a little more patient and calm with other people, but we have to begin this process by first being nicer to our selves.

This is what meditation encourages, a means for us to give our selves a break from our own minds. The mind, you see, is drive by the constant input we receive from the world. These perceptions build up a kind of pressure in our thinking and when the mind is full of thought, it acts in a very volatile manner. Meditation is how we come to create more space in the mind by learning to separate our thoughts from our awareness…

Ok, this may sound a little strange at first, but it is both possible and incredible to experience. In essence what carries all thought is awareness but the awareness is not the thought itself. We may fee that to be aware is to think and vice versa but this is not so take, for example, the shoes on your feet, you can be aware of their presence without having to ever think about them. So too, it is with any other sensory input, we can learn to experience, without the need to entangle it in thought.

In mediation, by paying attention to the breath, we are directing our focus away from the mind, by investing it elsewhere, as in the body. In this regard, we are actually withdrawing our energy from our minds and allowing the pent up thinking to untangle itself, giving us a sense of expansiveness in our minds. This means that when we receive a stimulus now, there is more room for it to be assimilated before responding.

What discover is that the place behind the thoughts, the awareness, where all reality springs from, is infinite in essence and that when we learn to step back from the thoughts for a while, we start to become more connected to this source. We free up our busy minds to create more space to consider our responses to other people and situations. In this regard, we become more empathetic both to other and ourselves, for in truth, as we discover, reality is not some kind of substance, as we have been lead to believe, but in fact an idea, one which has one leg in the outward expression of you and me and the other in the infinite awareness that penetrates all things…

Tweet out in your dreams (Dream Share this Sat night)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

News out this week from another Kickstarter campaign about lucid dreaming devices, so what’s the story and how does it shape up?

 
Well, I don’t have the product as it’s still in development so we have to go with what we can see and I can say that what they are showing looks like a step in the right direction for me.
 
As most of you will know, I’m very much pro-tech as so far as I am concerned, all nature is technology so when someone talks about short cuts and what not, I’m already just tuned out. Nature is short cuts and from what we can see, it is a series of progressive short cuts, that’s why we take planes and not camels to cross countries today.
 
Ok, rant over, what do I like and what don’t I like  about the product?
On the plus side, they have progressed the classic model of of light cues to a more sophisticated algorithm, which, from what they tell us, will help to trigger lucid dreams with a higher frequency.
 
Am I buying this? Can’t say for sure but I do like light inducing tech as I do find it reasonably effective. Needless to say one does need some skill and practice of their own (the more the better), so the light tech is and aid and not a substitute.
 
The REM detector looks pretty smart too and I feel they might be offering a little more of an edge here as well, so that’s a thumbs up.
 
The wrist band and phone diary seem a little gimmicky for me but I expect that many people will like the multi-pronged approach here. 
 
On the down side, the mask does seem a little clunky but I guess the question is this offset by the extra tech features? 
 
Best feature, without a doubt, is the blue tooth connect to your Twitter/Facebook update. The first person to update their status from an LD is bound to make some headlines so let’s wait and see how that plays out but it is exciting to see us building even more intrinsic ways of connecting with each other! 

 Don’t forget that we are attempting our dream share on this coming Sat night!!!

@TheMutualDream

Infinity…

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Dream share attempt this Sat night, hope to see some of you and who knows, we might even connect…Meanwhile, here is my new vid – Infinity 

Dream Technology (and a big announcement)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

images (1)There has been quite a stir in the media this week about the use of gamma frequency radiation signals, to prompt the induction of lucid dreams and I would like to share my view on the matter. Where do we stand regarding technology and lucid dreaming?

I think we should approach this matter with caution,  as the risk we face here is the often nebulous schism that seems to separate science and spirituality. The argument, I frequently hear, is that lucid dreaming should be pursued “naturally” and any technological interfacing of the process would allude to something less spiritual.

Well, to put things in perspective, I might ask how any of us have pursued our process today, did we take automated transport, have we employed cellular phone technology, what about the clothes we are wearing, did we hand stitch them or are the machine woven?

Technology is a word and what it implies is not somehow distinct from nature, as people of often imply, we are nature doing nature. If a bird builds a nest, how is that so different to us building a sky scraper?

Labeling lucid dreaming as an exclusively spiritual practice is neither very scientific nor is it spiritual as one is judging the process and tying it up with some cultural notion. The truth is that nobody really knows what lucid dreaming is, except that it is important and and looking increasingly like the next most logical place for the self reflective mind to explore.

So instead of standing on some proverbial Luddite platform, spouting cultural propaganda, we should consider the matter not as an “either/or” situation but instead a “both/and” as we should look first and foremost to make this process possible for people. 

Now before anyone shouts “Yes but anyone can do it with enough practice!” – Can anyone jump 6 feet with enough practice? Let’s not be naive about matters which we simply cannot quantify. Lucid dreaming is amazing, it is probably the most interesting thing a conscious being can contemplate, so let’s embrace it together and keep cultural notions out of it.

I, for one, am a firm advocate of technology, as I see what we are doing as no more (and perhaps even less so) sophisticated than a plant turning light into energy, we are all nature doing its thing, so let’s keep doing it well. 

In closing, I would like to announce to everyone that we have a new partner working with the site – iWinks – the creators of The Aurora Headband. They are a really productive team with their finger firmly pressed on the pulse of lucid dream technology and their game changing device scooped a massive $239,094 on Kickstarter. These guys are, in my view, the leading tech team on lucid dream research and I hope people support them by checking out and postng out about their product, which we are featuring on the home site. Link here – https://iwinks.org/

Dream Share Experiment is on the 31st this month, so passwords ready and let’s keep at this, who knows where the future will take us, but rest assured it will be exciting!!

R

 

Gateways of The Mind Ireland

Friday, April 25th, 2014

OK tomorrow night is the last Saturday of the month which means…set your passwords and let’s see what we can discover about mutual dreaming..!

I would also like to briefly tell you about my appearance at the Gateways Of The Mind conference in June (7-8). What an incredible line up the guys have again, with some familiar faces from the consciousness scene. I have the pleasure of being involved with the Gateways gang since the beginning of their wonderful journey of sharing and I have the privilege of sharing my new video collection with them on stage in my home country, so I am overjoyed.

I will be looking to meet and greet and make contact with anyone interested in collaborating and creating, so if you can make it there, please stop by and say hi, I am always ready and willing to chat.

OK folks, here is the link and I hope to see you all soon, here there, maybe everywhere …

http://www.gatewaysofthemind.com/events/gateways-ireland-14

The Experiment Promo Vid

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Hi guys, I have just put a new promo vid together for the experiment, to help raise awareness around the globe. Please check it out and share out on your usual channels :)

Keep exploring..!

Could This Life Really Be Dream..?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

What do we mean when we say that “we are dreaming” , is it really so different to what you are experiencing now?

I put some words together to share with you all on this subject, I hope you like and share. See you this weekend for the dream share experiment…

Do Animals Have Lucid Dreams..?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

What a question…this one was raised to the panel at the wonderful Gateways of The Mind conference in London this year by a rather curious member of the audience and I for one was perplexed by its far reaching philosophical concerns.

Well, as it happens I did have the privilege of taking up the question for further discussion with one of the panelists and presenter of Gateways, lucid dream teacher and author Charlie Morley. If you haven’t already checked him out, he works with the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of Dream Yoga and his debut book “Dreams of Awakening” is out to buy now. Here is the video and I hope you enjoy, as ever your comments are appreciated.