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Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

― Anaïs Nin

LUCID DREAMING with The Explorers Club at The Beacon 7pm, 2nd October, 2013

The Explorers Club are teaming up with Sussex University Research Fellow Luciana Haill and The Beacon to present an evening exploring the intriguing subject of lucid dreaming.

Luciana is Artist in Residence at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (US) – working across media with EEG, Brainwave Biofeedback machines, sound and vision. She has featured twice in Wired magazine, lectured at The Royal Institute, toured across the UK with the Future of Sound project and performed on BBC Radio 4 and on Channel 5’s show – Sex Lies and Hypnosis. She travels all over the world creating interactive installations.

Luciana runs her Brainmachine business promoting the use of EEG monitoring for personal/therapeutic use from St. Leonards, having recently moved to the area. This is the first in a series of presentations around Europe in which she teams up with The Explorers Club host Sarah Janes who is a lifelong lucid dream enthusiast and researcher and has had her dream diaries published in The Idler and written extensively on the subject in local esoteric publication The Bohemian.

A lucid dream is one in which the dreamer realizes they are dreaming and becomes consciously aware of the dream world. Often dreamers are able to exert a high degree of control over proceedings. These experiences are often reported as joyful and euphoric. Lucid dreaming is a skill that can be cultivated and has been shown to have a multitude of beneficial effects on mental, emotional and physical health.

The subject of dreaming has always occupied a place in human culture and history and the earliest evidence of dream interpretation can be found in The Dream Book – an ancient papyrus from Deir el-Medina, produced by scribes in Egypt’s 19th Dynasty (around 1275 BC).

We spend a third of our lives dreaming and with the distractions of modern life, social technology and alarm clocks, many people wake up oblivious to their nocturnal adventures. Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious offers the dreamtime as a vast potential resource through which individuals might fully integrate the personality by facing, absolving and accepting shadowy aspects of the psyche.

This will be a highly interactive presentation where event-goers might expect to go into a trance state, view their own brainwaves, go to sleep and hopefully dream. With this in mind, if you’d like to attend you are advised to wear comfortable clothing and bring a sleeping bag and/or pillow. Participants will be coached in some well proven techniques to enhance and induce lucidity, and there will be some fantastic tools and technology on hand to aid your entry into dreamland.

Due to the nature of the event there will be no alcohol for sale and guests instead can try some memory boosting health supplements, teas and other dreamy tidbits.

Tickets cost £10 and must be booked in advance, there are ONLY 28 places available so book soon. The event runs from 7-11pm.

Tickets are available online at Ticket Source and from The Kave Gallery

Facebook Event Page: LUCID DREAMING 

Image: Charlie Burton for WIRED

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Posted 19:09 Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 In: Performance

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