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 Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep

Andrew Holecek

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Book Details
 305 p
 File Size 
 2,773 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 2016 Andrew Holecek 
 Illustrations © 2016 Charlie Tomich
 Foreword © 2016 Stephen LaBerge

About the Author
ANDREW HOLECEK is an author, spiritual teacher, and humanitarian. He has
been a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than thirty years and has
completed the traditional three-year retreat. Andrew has a strong scientific
background, including a degree in biology, years in the study of physics, and a
doctorate in dental surgery. This has instilled in him a healthy skeptical nature,
which inspired him to go directly to the source to obtain his education and
meditative training in Buddhism. He has studied extensively in Nepal, India, and
even Tibet — the geographic wellspring of Buddhism — and has received
teachings from many of the greatest living masters.
Andrew is a concert-level pianist with a degree in classical music and a
lifelong fervor for the arts. He is also a dedicated athlete who integrates physical
health with his spiritual and intellectual endeavors. His passion for full-spectrum
living includes his desire to understand consciousness through waking,
dreaming, sleeping, and dying, and his love of exercising body, mind, heart, and spirit.
In 1990, Andrew co-founded Global Dental Relief, which provides health
care to impoverished children in Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya, and Guatemala.
Between his writing regimen, meditation retreats, and international teaching
schedule, Andrew finds time to walk his dog and enjoy the pleasures of life
along the foothills of Colorado. For more information see

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Praise for Dream Yoga
“Andrew Holecek’s book is a real treat. It covers all of the necessary
information—which is still quite new to most people, often even to Buddhists.
But it also contains numerous experiential exercises and practices—which are
quite effective—so that you can directly experience these profound states for
yourself. When you do so, you will literally never be the same again, I can
assure you! Don’t miss your opportunity to realize some of the very deepest
and highest of all human potentials, from a real master of these realms!”
KEN WILBER, author of The Fourth Turning
“As Andrew Holecek writes, dream and sleep yoga are ‘about bringing light
into the darkness of any aspect of life.’ His valuable book presents a wide
variety of Eastern and Western practice techniques, drawing from many
authentic sources. Between his words one can sense a deep enthusiasm that
comes from personal experience with the practice. This informative book will
be very beneficial for dedicated dream yoga practitioners.”
TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE, author of The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
“In Dream Yoga, Andrew Holecek has skillfully integrated the deeply
philosophical and spiritual tradition of Tibetan dream yoga with the
psychological methods and insights of the modern discipline of lucid dreaming.
At once profound and pragmatic, traditional and contemporary, this is a fine
contribution to the growing literature on ways of exploring the nature of the
mind and its role in nature by way of awakening to our dreams.”
B. ALAN WALLACE, author of Dreaming Yourself Awake
Andrew Holecek has written a comprehensive and much-needed book on the
interface between lucid dreaming and dream yoga. His own long-term dharma
practice and rigorous training in the Western scientific tradition helps us to
clearly understand the remarkable opportunities that await us each night.
Dream yoga practices have been used for centuries in Tibet, leading many
beings to awakening. This book will help secure this important practice in the
West and will introduce many to the wonders of our nocturnal meditations.
TSOKNYI RINPOCHE, author of Open Heart, Open Mind
“In Dream Yoga, Andrew Holecek invites us to relate to our experience while
sleeping with the same intention we bring to our spiritual path work while
awake. How can we use our dreaming, in practical and effective ways, to see
through appearance and consciously participate in our most fundamental nature
of awareness? How can we become aware of awareness? Andrew seamlessly
moves from theories to practices to possible benefits and back again, all arising
from his decades of personal work and study. His writing has a wonderful
transparency, an offering that’s at once profound while not taking itself too
seriously. My experience of dreaming has already changed, just reading this book.”
BRUCE TIFT, psychologist and author of Already Free

Table of Contents
Foreword by Stephen LaBerge, PhD
INTRODUCTION Adventures in Consciousness
CHAPTER 1 What Is a Lucid Dream?
CHAPTER 2 A Map for Practices of the Night
CHAPTER 3 Understanding Sleep Cycles
CHAPTER 4 Western Lucid Dream Induction Techniques
CHAPTER 5 Eastern Lucid Dream Induction Techniques
CHAPTER 6 A Fundamental Meditation: Mindfulness
CHAPTER 7 The Lion’s Gaze
CHAPTER 8 Advanced Meditations and Visualizations
CHAPTER 9 Illuminating the Deeper Mind
CHAPTER 10 The Mind’s Fuzzy Boundaries
CHAPTER 11 A Taxonomy of Dreams
CHAPTER 12 Breaking the Frame: An Introduction to Illusory Form
CHAPTER 13 The Practice of Illusory Form
CHAPTER 14 Advancing to Dream Yoga: First Stages and Practices
CHAPTER 15 Higher Attainment: More Stages of Dream Yoga
CHAPTER 16 Near Enemies and Other Obstacles
CHAPTER 17 An Introduction to Sleep Yoga
CHAPTER 18 The Practice of Sleep Yoga
CHAPTER 19 The Fruition of Dream and Sleep Yoga
CHAPTER 20 Bardo Yoga
Suggested Reading
About the Author
About Sounds True
Praise for Dream Yoga

Dream Yoga- Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep
Published 2016

Book design by Beth Skelley
The poem “Out Beyond Ideas” by Jalal al-Din Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks and published in The
Essential Rumi: New Expanded Edition (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), is reprinted by permission
of the translator.

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