Andrew Holecek on Dreams & the Primary Delusion (#102)

About the Guest

Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition; Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress; The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy; the audio learning course “Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming,” and his latest book Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep. Dr. Holecek is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and has authored scientific papers. His work has appeared in Parabola, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma Magazine, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. Andrew holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery.

In this Episode, We Discuss:

  1. Dreams from the perspective of Eastern tradition
  2. What is the non-dreaming state
  3. Spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming, including the development of psychic power
  4. Physical and psychological therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming
  5. Tools to navigate nightmares
  6. Principles and strategies to begin a practice of lucid dreaming (intention and meditation as foundational practices)
  7. Preparation for a lucid dreaming practice by developing good sleep hygiene and establishing a more honored and treasured relationship to the dreaming state
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