“Lucid Dreams in 30 Days” presents itself as a day-by-day lucid dream program. Each chapter of the manual is devoted to a day of “The Creative Sleep Program.” Harary and Wientraub present lucid dreaming as an easy, learnable skill. So easy, that if the reader were to follow their instructions, he would be inducing his first lucid dreams in 8 days, not 30 as the title may suggest. In fact, if the program is followed as the authors intend, the reader will be having an out of body experience by day 30…but that’s another book in the “30 days” series. Anyone that has seriously attempted inducing and sustaining lucid dreams knows that it is a practice that may take years to learn and develop, not days. The authors seem to have stumbled across some lucid dreaming material (probably in one those fancy psychology journals or OMNI magazine, home of the authors) , fluffed it up a bit, and packaged it as a cheap dimestore paperback; although this 111 page paperback cost me $5.95. The instruction given is not in depth and much too accelerated to be learned in 30 days.
Week one of the “Creative Sleep Program” starts just as every other book on lucid dreaming starts: learn to develop dream recall. The authors suggest a very ritualistic approach to lucid dreaming, beginning with buying a special dream journal and a special dream pen and placing them under your special dream pillow. Intention is stressed and the reader is instructed to write down his intention to dream lucidly in his dream journal each night. The reader is also asked to study his waking world and to pretend that he is dreaming at times throughout the day. The suggested method is to act out a dream script. And, as always, vow to have a lucid dream while drifting off to sleep.
By practicing the techniques learned in week one, the reader should have a lucid dream by the beginning of week two. That simple. By day 10, the reader is instructed how to incubate a lucid dream of his choice. Day’s 10 lesson is important, as dream incubation is used often in the remaining days of the “Creative Sleep Program.” The lucid dream lessons accelerate at an advance pace as the student is taught to travel to a dream destination of his choice by whirling on day 12 and “creating, destroying, and altering objects” in his dream by day 13. Just as God rested on the seventh day in Genesis, the student rests on day 14 in the “Creative Sleep Program” to “let [his] mind blow off a little residual psychological steam.”
Week three boldly starts off instructing the student to experience a wake induced lucid dream (WILD). Luckily, the reader is given four paragraphs of instruction on how to do this. This method is fine tuned during the week as the student learns to experience a WILD while drifting off to his favorite demented television show. The authors suggest such “appropriate cartoons” as Gumby, Muppet Babies, The Smurfs, and Fantasia. Pee-wee’s Playhouse is also highly recommended. The second half of the week is focused on changing the weather in your dreams and swapping bodies with other dream characters. Although I was at first confused as to why I was being instructed to meddle with the weather in my dreams, I later learned that this is a “simple method for assessing, in symbolic terms, the underlying atmosphere of your own psychological state.” In other words, if you’ve had a bad day, feel free to whip out some lightening bolts in your dreams and kick some ass!
The final week of the “Creative Sleep Program” is my favorite. Although it starts off a little slow with instruction on such boring topics as how to incubate a therapist in a dream to solve those troublesome personal problems, it ends with a bang giving instruction on fulfilling “forbidden fantasies.” The unknowing lucid dream student will be surprised to participate in pre-lucid-dream-orgy-rituals. Perhaps the most graphic being “tickling your partner with a feather or covering your lover’s sexual organs with warm butterscotch syrup, steak juice, or wine and slowly licking it off.” The idea being you’ll do something with your partner even more daring in your lucid dream that night. In my opinion, if your partner is letting you lick steak juice off of her “sexual organs,” you probably don’t need lucid dreaming as a sexual fantasy tool. The “Creative Sleep Program” ends on day 30 with a challenge to the lucid dream student-turned-sexual-pervert to induce an out of body experience. Although the authors devote three pages to this technique, we are reminded that “OBEs are so fascinating and intricate that [they] have produced an entire book, ‘Have an Out-of-Body Experience in 30 Days: The Free Flight Program’, to help you explore and deliberately induce OBEs.” I can’t wait.