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About Ryan Hurd

Ryan's recent dream research focuses on lucid dreaming, sacred sites, the anthropology of dreaming, and sleep paralysis. DreamStudies.org
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Sleep Paralysis, Fear, and Spirituality

The following is an excerpt from my book, Sleep Paralysis. This section illustrates how sleep paralysis is a complex set of experiences that includes body

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The Dream Theories of Carl Jung

Except for Dr Freud, no one has influenced modern dream studies more than Carl Jung. A psychoanalyst based in Geneva, Switzerland, Jung (1875 -1961) was a friend and follower of Freud but soon developed his own ideas about how dreams are formed. While depth psychology has fallen out of favor in neuroscience, Jung’s ideas are still thriving in contemporary psychoanalytic circles. Popular applications directly based on Jung’s research include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, the polygraph (lie detector) test, and 12-step addiction recovery programs.
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How to Incubate a Dream

For Westerners, the idea that you can ask for a dream on a certain topic sounds silly and new agey. But dream science has shown,

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Ryan’s Favorite Lucid Dream Techniques

Lucid dreaming is a learnable skill, but it can be difficult to “break through” to the other side.  Learning is easier for some than others.

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What is Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is the art of becoming more conscious during the dream. When we are dreaming and realize “Hey, I’m dreaming!” we have a unique