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 for myself and others 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.
My amazing partner Natasha Madden and I, backstage at TEDx HSG, Switzerland.
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 its kind ever conducted. You can find out more about my scientific work on my Research page and by watching my recent TEDx talk.
Presenting at TEDx HSG, Switzerland.
I currently hold the title of Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide (click here for my staff profile page). Teaching people how to have lucid dreams is only one of many ways that I help other to improve their lives, and I offer a range of counselling and coaching services. I love to travel, I play electric guitar (click here for my Soundcloud if you'd like to have a listen), I meditate, and I love sharing and exploring ideas with people – especially ideas about psychology, philosophy and self-development.
At the end of the day, I think it’s our approach to life that defines us more than the specific things we do. Above all, I strive to live a life filled with light, love and openness to experience, and to spread magic and inspiration where I can, because the best things in life are sweetest when shared.
Thank you for reading!
Dr. Denholm Aspy