・What is lucid dreaming?
In the simplest terms, lucid dreaming is the knowledge that you are dreaming whilst inside the dream space. By developing the skills & understanding of how to lucid dream, you can gain access to your own universe within your mind!
Once lucid, some of the popular activities people choose to engage in are:
wish fulfillment, flying, sexual encounters, traveling through time, overcoming nightmares, working with traumas, problem-solving, increasing creativity, spiritual exploration, psychedelic experimentation, emotional & physical healing, playing with the dreamscape, communication with the deceased, shadow integration & so forth!
・Why use dream analysis?
Our non-lucid dreams provide great insight into our unconscious & subconscious mind. Working with these dream signs, characters, & environments increases our chances of getting lucid & also helps us better understand ourselves.
・What is transpersonal psychology?
Transpersonal psychology is gaining popularity around the world (Ruzek, 2007) largely due to people wishing to improve their mental health and well-being via holistic modalities. Transpersonal experiences can be defined by Walsh & Vaughan (1993) as "experiences in which the sense of identity or self, extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche, or cosmos" (p.203). Whilst transpersonal psychology is established on the notion of a spiritual or higher self within each individual, it also encompasses family, community, culture, business, and beyond.
Transpersonal psychologists can range greatly in their ideas and concepts such as Abraham Maslow (looking at the relationship of human nature, spiritual motives, and self-realization) to Carl Jung (exploring human development, the collective unconscious, and self-fulfillment).
Most traditional approaches to psychotherapy and mental health focus largely on the physical & conscious states of mind. Transpersonal psychology takes a more holistic approach by addressing our physical, mental, emotional, social, creative, intellectual, & unconscious or subconscious needs.
・What is transpersonal coaching?
According to Dangeli (2018), transpersonal coaching is the only approach that helps the person as a whole by “stressing the integration of self, shadow, and spirit in a transformative manner” (p.137) whereas many non-transpersonal coaching techniques may only look at physical or exterior issues that a client brings to light.
The ways a transpersonal coach is of particular value can be prominently illustrated when comparing and contrasting transpersonal coaches with traditional coaches or therapists. Dangeli (2018) asserts, traditional coaching and therapeutic methods “typically involve a dialog between a coach or therapist and a client aiming to address issues from a cognitive-behavioural perspective.” (p.10). This means that only issues in conscious awareness are addressed and their unconscious causes are left undealt with. Unsurprisingly, this can cause large breaks in the healing process.
Transpersonal coaches can seize the opportunity for a client to reach higher states of being by utilizing transpersonal techniques such as lucid dreaming. Incorporating transpersonal psychology with coaching techniques enables people to gain spiritual insight on their behaviour, emotions, and access non-ordinary states of consciousness. Using these methods can provide a wider perspective and broader “understanding of development, functioning, and wellness” (Elmer, D., MacDonald, D., & Friedman, H., 2013) which can be of use to people needing to resolve real life issues on a personal and interpersonal level.
When working through something difficult or working on something we are passionate about, mindset is key. We are often held back by our own limiting beliefs & struggle when we don't have someone who believes in us & even more so when we don't believe in ourselves. By implementing transpersonal coaching into your practice, you will identify & break those patterns & belief systems. I will then coach you towards integrating your lucid dream work into empowering & transformative blueprint that you will use in the waking state to launch yourself towards success. By combining transpersonal psychology & coaching techniques with lucid and non-lucid dream work, we can deeply delve into & work on our self-development, spirituality, altered states of consciousness, reaching our ultimate human potential & other expanded states of living lucidly.
・How do you combine lucid dreaming with transpersonal coaching?
Sometimes in our waking lives problems can overwhelm us and it is difficult to know where to even begin. Simply entering lucid states of consciousness can trigger an understanding that we can shape our waking reality creatively – just as we do in a lucid dream or out of body experience.
The lucid dream space allows the practitioner to lose track of time and space, experience feeling whole and free from fear and doubt, whilst remaining fully functional in the present moment. This is the perfect time to tackle and practice resolving real life issues such as troubles interacting at work, public speaking, job interviews, and so forth with no waking life consequences. This type of experience is what Maslow (1962) described as a “peak experience” (p.11). Through peak experiences we can flag our problems, suggest solutions, and accordingly feel more connected to ourselves, nature, and the universe which becomes a catalyst for transformation.
To reach a desired state or go through a transformation we experience transition stages. Goals play a key role in transitions because humans are goal oriented beings. Whether consciously or unconsciously, setting goals can influence our behaviour.
Grant (2012) uses a transpersonal coaching technique called ‘goal theory’ to help clients “explore their values, clarify intentions, and achieve personal aspirations.” (146). However, there are many people who suffer with problems for long periods of time simply because they just don’t have the time or energy to do anything about them.
Therefore, by combining transpersonal coaching methods such as Grant’s (2012) ‘goal theory’ with transpersonal techniques such as lucid dreaming, clients are able to set goals and practice these within their dream space saving the individual both time and energy and still cultivating positive change.
・What can transpersonal coaching do that traditional therapies can’t?
There have been numerous debates on the differences between transpersonal coaching and traditional psychotherapies regarding how involved each of them should be in the assisting of mental health issues.
To determine mental illness we must first look at what classifies as normal behaviour, but with “a quarter of a million children receiving mental health care in England,” (Feredi, 2016) is being mentally ill the new normal? These statistics display a clear need for other recovery options available to those dealing with mental illness. Alongside the millions coming forward with mental health issues, comes a multiplicity of ways to overcome them.
A distinguishable difference transpersonal coaches offer when working with mental health issues is that there is less interest in seeing someone as ‘diseased’ or focus on what is ‘wrong’ with someone. Instead transpersonal coaches take a positive outlook at human potential. Such an outlook is poles apart from traditional psychiatry which “routinely and indiscriminately uses controlling and suppressive approaches to terminate such experiences”. (Grof & Grof, 2017, p.30).
Another element which gives transpersonal coaching distinct worth is empowerment. Unfortunately, for many traditional therapies to be effective, the client’s emotional dependency on the therapist is often inevitable. A highly attractive aspect of transpersonal coaching is that the coach wants to empower the client to be independent.
Using transpersonal techniques such as lucid dreaming not only provides a practice that can be used within the dream space saving them time and energy, but it also gives the individual a practice that they can work on away from the coach leading to empowerment rather than entrapment.
Transpersonal coaches are concerned with humans reaching their highest potential and this is of particular value to those wishing to integrate a spiritual, mystical, or transpersonal experience into their everyday life and is a mark of true spiritual development.
From my own experiences with ‘illnesses’ such as psychosis, I strongly believe that true transformation comes from the empowerment and transpersonal treatments, such as lucid dreaming, offered by transpersonal coaches who pursue the client’s valued goals, understanding of subjective experiences, create a positive context for their spiritual emergency/crises, trauma, and suffering by establishing root causes for sub-surface level issues. These transpersonal coaching approaches are key to attaining transformations, spiritual awakenings, and breakthroughs.
・How does lucid dreaming affect my waking life?
The affective content of dreams have been confirmed scientifically through studies on reaching a sexual climax whilst asleep. Sexual intercourse is just one example, but in fact, all actions carried out in a lucid dream affect our body in a very similar way as in our waking reality!
If the dream reality seeps in and out of waking reality and if the dream actions create an effect in our waking lives, should we really be using the term “this is just a dream” so lightly?
Lucid dreams can take us to different dimensions where we are not bound by the rules of waking reality. By utilizing this space, our waking purposes can range from spiritual growth & overcoming trauma, to materializing our wildest dreams and fantasies.
Dreams can be called hallucinations or be described as illusions, but their direct effect on our physical reality makes them no less real than a daydream or a thought that pops into our mind and alters the way we feel.
Through my experiences with lucid dreaming, I have learned to stop disregarding something just because it was a dream or a vision. In particular when I am in heightened lucid dream states of consciousness, the messages I receive and emotions felt are often stronger and clearer than in my waking life. We can see through scientific studies how some precognitive and psychic dreams appear to have powers which display an intersubjective connectivity between humans and the world.
Just as we can change the channel on a television, we can also change and channel our consciousness to different planes. In the future I believe it will be beneficial for more people to be aware of these channels. As Douglas Everett famously once said “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
・What happens during a lucid dream coaching session?
Before our first session together, you will fill out an initial consultation form which will give me a better idea of your goals, blockages, experience, and background. During the first session we will analyze 3 of your dreams (they do not have to be lucid), uncover 4 of your current dream signs, I will teach you 2 unique reality checks, and together we will set you 3-4 manageable assignments which will enable you to have a lucid dream (assignments can be easily implemented into even the busiest persons schedule) and decide on your next lucid dream task!
Whether you are someone yet to taste a lucid dream, or whether you have been living lucidly for a while, Get Lucid With Lana welcomes you.
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.
There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee