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a lucid dreaming podcast


Jul 30, 2020

Buckle up and get ready for a ride in this very special episode with lucid dreaming author and researcher Ryan Hurd. We touch on A LOT in this one including shamanic dream battles, lucid nightmares, ethnocentric concepts of reality, shadow work, ancient rock art, acoustic archeology, trance states, nocebo effect, dream control, ayahuasca, ancestral spirits, sleep paralysis, shamanic cognition styles, the autonomous visionary complex associated with dreaming, Freud, angels, gods, incubuses, sorcerers....

Segment: The Personalized Myth (28:05)

Ryan is a dream researcher, educator and author. His recent research focuses on lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis, lucid nightmares, lucid dreaming supplements and the anthropology of consciousness. He has presented to a wide range of audiences, including lectures at Stanford University and TEDMED.  Ryan’s work has been featured or quoted on CNN, NPR, Vice, Business Insider, Mashable, Psychology Today and Gawker. He has written several books including Sleep Paralysis, Big Dreams, Dream Like a Boss, Lucid Immersion Guidebook, and Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep. Ryan is the founder of dream and consciousness research website which includes his extremely popular lucid dreaming blog. He is also a board member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and frequently consults with tech companies in the wearable tech/quantified self movement.


Ryan Hurd - Unearthing the Paleolithic Mind in Lucid Dreams

Stanley Krippner

Shayne A. P. Dahl

Hmong sleep paralysis study references:

Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection by Shelley Adler

The real life inspiration behind Nightmare on Elm Street

The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect


Jeremy Taylor

The Many Contributions of Jeremy Taylor (Psychology Today)

Dr. James Pagel 

Indications That a Northern New Mexico Petroglyph Was Inspired by Traumatic Nightmare

Cognitive Archaeology

David Lewis Williams - The Mind in the Cave

B. Alan Wallace - The Taboo of Subjectivity

Ometepe Island Nicaragua

Acoustic Archaeology aka Archaeoacoustics

Paul Devereux

Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture

Eugene Gendlin


Ryan's Instagram


Is This a Dream Facebook page


all music performed by Adam Cotton with the exception of the piano piece which was played by Michael McGushin