The New NovaDreamer
The Next Generation Lucid Dream Induction Device
Learning to become
lucid in your dreams, like learning any new behavior, requires
remembering your intention to do so. If you are learning to improve
your posture, you need periodic reminders to sit up straight! The
difficulty in applying this to lucid dreaming is, how do you get
reminders to the dreamer during the dream?
The answer is to use sensory cues. Most will have had the experience
of an "incorporation," a sensation, typically a sound (a leaf blower
or ringing phone) working its way into a dream. Through laboratory
tests, we found that visual stimuli, flashes of light, were most
likely to show up in dreams without causing awakening. The next task
was figuring out how to deliver cues at the right time (in REM sleep)
without using a sleep lab and someone watching and waiting to trigger
the cues when the sleeper entered REM sleep.
Like its predescessor (the original model), the new NovaDreamer works
by detecting the rapid eye movements of REM
sleep and delivering flashing light cues to the user at the right time.
The would-be lucid dreamer must be prepared to recognize the
cues (we have devised exercises to learn to do this).
The dreamer, upon seeing lights flashing in the dream,
regardless of whatever else is going on, can then realize that
"This is a dream" and thereby become lucid.
The principle is simple. The execution took a lot of research and
hard work to find optimal methods of detecting eye-movements,
developing algorithms for distinguishing REM sleep from waking or
other sleep states, and optimizing the cues for different types of
sleepers. Over the years, as microprocessor technology has advanced,
we have been able to build more sophisticated and effective devices.
Dr. LaBerge and collegues have been working hard over the
last few years to bring out the next generation of NovaDreamer. The
new device will work on the same basic principles as previous
versions, but will have additional features. It is designed to work in
concert with a personal computer, which makes record keeping and
individual programming more comprehensive and easier. The software
will be flexible, allowing updates and new features to be downloaded
by the user. The reliability and comfort will also be significantly
better than for the original NovaDreamer.
The NovaDreamer package will include an updated version of Lucidity Institute's
Course in Lucid Dreaming, a comprehensive training program
that prepares you to recognize the NovaDreamer cue in your dreams. The exercises and techniques
introduced, are essential to learning how to consistently and effectively lucid dream.
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