Interview with Celia Green, author of the 1968 classic, Lucid Dreams

Author
Green, Celia
Gackenbach, Jayne
Faculty Advisor
Date
1989
Keywords
lucid dreams , consciousness , sleep , precognitive dreams , out of body experience , OBE , Cecil Harmsworth King , metachoric experience , apparitional experiences , waking dreams
Abstract (summary)
Green: I first became aware of lucid dreams when I was writing my Oxford post-graduate thesis on unusual states of consciousness with Professor H.H. Price as my supervisor. I was aware of them from the start as something that was closely related to OBE. They were just one among a very wide range of special states which I included in my thesis. I knew one or two people who had had quite a number, but they were not talked about much in those days. I found when I talked to academics and experts on sleep and dreaming that there seemed to arise in them some profound resistance. It was very difficult to get any-one to talk coherently about them, even if they did not flatly deny the possibility and assert that if people knew they were dreaming and could think fairly rationally, they really must have been awake. With the more ostensibly tolerant people who open-mindedly accepted my description of what a lucid dream was, I then found that within a few sentences they seemed to have forgotten the definition and muddled lucidity up with something different. They started to talk as if what was being discussed was precognitive dreams or narrative dreams or something else. This started to give me a kind of idea that lucid dreams must cut across some quite important implicit assumptions of their world-view, although they did not cut across anything in mine and seemed only a mildly interesting variant of possible experience.
Publication Information
Green, C. & Gackenbach, J.I. (1989). Interview with Celia Green, author of the 1968 classic, Lucid Dreams. Lucidity Letter, 8(2) and reprinted in Lucidity: Commemorative Issue 10th Anniversary of Lucidity Letter, 10(1&2), 361-366.
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Item Type
Article
Language
English
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