Dr. Denholm Aspy
Lucid Dreaming Training and Science
My shelves have always been lined with books about self-development, psychology and spirituality, and I've been fascinated with lucid dreaming ever since I had my first lucid dream as a child. However, despite spending countless hours practising lucid dreaming techniques, I found it difficult to have lucid dreams reliably. Nonetheless, the times when I did succeed in having lucid dreams were so exhilarating that they inspired me to keep trying. This instilled in me a life-long fascination with lucid dreaming...
Later in life and after doing research on the benefits of meditation for my Honours in Psychology, I signed up to do a PhD in psychology. Initially, I was going to do research on non-verbal communication. However, on the night before my PhD was due to begin, I had a spontaneous and very beautiful lucid dream! When I woke up, I was struck with inspiration – I thought to myself, I could do research on this! And maybe I could find ways to learn lucid dreaming more easily. I decided to act upon this inspiration and change my PhD topic, which I talked about in my recent TEDx talk.
During my PhD I conducted several large studies on dreaming, including the National Australian Lucid Dream Induction Study (NALDIS). I also taught a variety of subjects to undergraduate psychology students as a tutor and as a lecturer and I volunteered at Lifeline Australia as a Telephone Crisis Counsellor. After finishing my PhD I continued my research on lucid dreaming and conducted the International Lucid Dream Induction Study (ILDIS), which is now the largest and most in-depth study of learning lucid dreaming to date. You can find out more about my scientific work on my Research page and by watching my TEDx talk.