Best Lucid Dreaming Books That Will Improve Your Life

Lucid dreaming is simply being conscious in your dreams. If at a certain point in your dream, you realize you are dreaming without waking yourself up, you can start to explore or control your dreams with intention. You then get to learn more about yourself and harness other benefits through your dreams.

However, most of us don’t remember our dreams. We spent a third of our lives sleeping without the awareness that we are dreaming. Even when we wake up in the morning, we might not recall what we have dreamed at night. For others, we get so excited once we realize we are dreaming that we woke up from our dreams immediately. We can’t do much in our dreams.

If you want to get lucid and maintain your lucidity in your dreams, below are the 10 best books about lucid dreaming. They offer you a variety of techniques that you can practice regularly to develop the skill of lucid dreaming. 

So scroll down the list and choose one that is the most suitable for you.

Top 10 Best Lucid Dreaming Books

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1. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold

If you want a book that is full of practical exercises and evidence-based advice on the practice of lucid dreaming, this is the book for you.

Based on the author’s scientific research at Stanford University, this book will show you how to use lucid dreaming to improve the quality of your waking life. You can use your dreams to solve problems, improve creativity, overcome fears, and more. 

Presented in a step-by-step manner, this classic book gives you everything you need to know in order to learn the skill of lucid dreaming.

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2. The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal​

If you are interested in Buddhism or spiritual growth, this book is for you.

Unlike in the Western psychological approach to dreams, the ultimate goal of Tibetan dream yoga is for awakening and enlightenment. The practice of dream yoga has been used for hundreds of years by the great masters of the Tibetan traditions. It can deepen our awareness during all our experiences, whether we are awake, asleep, or even after death.

This book is useful even if you are not a Buddhist because it can help you cultivate awareness and get in touch with the present moment.

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3. Dreams of Awakening by Charlie Morley

If you want a lucid dreaming book that explores both the Western and Tibetan Buddhist practices, this is the book for you.

Written by a self-taught lucid dream teacher, this book not only explores lucid dreaming practices but also Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep practices. The latter is an innovative, holistic approach co-created by the author. He puts transformative dreamwork techniques within a framework of mindfulness meditation and awareness training. 

This book is suitable for both beginners and people who already have lucid dreams. It shows you how you can use your lucid dream for psychological and spiritual growth.

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4. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming by Clare Johnson

If you ever wondered what you can do in a lucid dream, this book is for you. 

Apart from teaching you how to have lucid dreams, this book covers all the different reasons why one might be interested in lucid dreaming. It shows you how to use lucid dreaming to promote creativity, overcome nightmares, or for healing and connection.

Filled with scientific research, stories, and easy-to-follow practices, this thick and comprehensive book is written in a professional yet engaging style. It’s great for people who love information and want to explore new possibilities with their lucid dreams.

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5. Are You Dreaming? by Daniel Love

Well-organized and comprehensive, this book not only serves as an excellent introduction for beginners but also has enough depth to satisfy the intermediate lucid dreamers.

Apart from the wide range of techniques to get you lucid, the author also gives you a brief history of lucid dreaming and suggests different ways you can explore your lucid dreams. This book also includes a fair amount of scientific information without getting too dry or technical. 

This book is more like a guide or reference book. It’s more suitable for people who want a lot of information about lucid dreaming.

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6. The Lucid Dreaming Workbook by Andrew Holecek

If you prefer to learn through questions and exercises, this workbook is for you. 

Filled with exercises and meditations, this book provides more than information. It is designed to keep you engaged and lead you to your own insights.

In this comprehensive book, the author provides both Western and Eastern Induction Techniques, and for both the night and the day. These practices can help to expose and fix blind spots we have in our spiritual practice.

Our lack of lucid dreams during the night is intimately tied to our non-lucidity (or mindlessness) during the day. As per the author, lucid dreaming is much more than just waking up to our dreams. It’s about waking up to our life.

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7. Lucid Dreaming by Robert Waggoner

This book is a personal account of the author’s deep experience with his Inner Self. So if you like reading autobiographical books, this book is great for you.

This book also provides an in-depth analysis of the subject of lucid dreaming. The author brings in material from psychologists as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and investigates perspectives that are rarely considered in this topic. 

Reading this book might leave you with more questions than answers. It will get you to ponder and explore this topic more deeply. It’s most suitable for people who enjoy philosophy and psychology, or those who love to think deeply.

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8. Conscious Dreaming by Robert Moss

If you are someone who enjoys reading and learning through other people’s stories, this book is for you. 

In this book, the author gives many examples of his personal dreams and those dreams shared with him in his workshops and seminars. He shows you how the dreams came to be understood by the dreamer and how you can use your lucid dreams to understand your past and shape your future.

Being the pioneer of Active Dreaming, the author shares exercises that combine shamanism and modern dreamwork. These exercises are those he has found most effective in working with his own dreams and in leading dream workshops.

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9. Lucid Dreaming Made Easy by Charlie Morley

If you want a light-hearted and fun guide to the how and why of lucid dreaming, this easy-to-read introductory book is for you.

Written specifically for beginners, many of the techniques included in this book can also be found in his other book, Dreams of Awakening, in a more detailed form. However, the same techniques have been more concise and accessible for the beginner lucid dreamer.

In this book, you will learn how to use your lucid dreams to explore creative ideas, overcome fears, forgive the past, and live a more awakened life.

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10. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel

If you want a book that is written in a conversational style like a knowledgeable friend telling you what you can do, then this book is for you.

Written by three lucid dreamers, this book is based on their own experiences as well as the many other lucid dreamers. The book shows you step-by-step instructions on how to become lucid and what to do once you are awake in the dream world. It is designed to be read from start to finish like a navigation guide that helps you through a jungle trail.

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Bonus: My Book on Shadow and Inner Child Work

Note: The way I look at my books will never be the same as the way I look at other books, so to be fair I rather keep them off the list.

Parent Yourself Again​ by Yong Kang Chan

If you are looking to do shadow work in your lucid dreams, you might like this book too. Even though this book isn’t about lucid dreaming, this book shares how you can do inner child work on yourself.

But this book is not just about reparenting your inner child. It’s also about training your inner parent to be a more protective and nurturing parent.

It helps you to understand your hidden feelings and uncover the protective mechanisms you have in place to cope with your adverse childhood experiences. Some of them might be outdated and need to be removed for your healing to take place.

Reading this book will help you develop compassion for yourself and receive the love that you always desire from your parents.

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Yong Kang

Yong Kang

Hey there, I’m Yong Kang, best known as Nerdy Creator. I’m an author of seven books. I write about spirituality, self-compassion, and mindfulness. I love reading books, especially non-fiction. The list above is a combination of what I have read and my research. Each year, I create a Top 10 list of my favorite books.