Lindsay Kyte reviews the new book by Andrew Holecek. Plus: Holecek’s own explanation of dream yoga, and how to do it.
Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep
By Andrew Holecek
Sounds True 2016; 352 pp., $19.95 (paper)
“Have you ever wondered what’s going on when you sleep and dream?” asks Andrew Holecek in Dream Yoga. “Is there a way to use the night and bring sleeping and dreaming onto the path of psychological and spiritual growth? Can we use the process of sleep to ‘wake us up?’” In this text, Holecek offers a practical guide for meditators to access and use lucid dreaming—waking up and becoming fully conscious in your dreams—in order to wake up more fully in life, written for both those experienced with this practice or attempting it for the first time. With explorations on modern scientific principles, practices of Tibetan dream and sleep yoga, enhancing dream recall, and focusing and amplifying awareness while dreaming, Holecek also provides essential Buddhist teachings and tools for navigating realms of “nocturnal meditation.”
Ready to learn more and even try lucid dreaming yourself? Check out Andrew Holecek’s article, “What Is Dream Yoga and How Do You Do It?”, as published in the Summer 2015 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.