In the summer of 2021, the IONS team partnered with a luminary in the field of lucid dreaming, Charlie Morley, to conduct a pilot study of healing PTSD through lucid dreaming. We now have the results and they are very promising.
Lucid dreaming is a special sort of dream in which you know that you are dreaming while still in the dream. Typically, you tell yourself “I’m dreaming!” or “This is a dream!” This realization often (but not necessarily) leads to the ability to deliberately control one’s actions within the dream. The aim of the study was for the participants to wake up in their dreams and intentionally experience a healing integration of their trauma. Despite almost all of the participants in the study being complete novices to lucid dreaming, a majority of them were able to have a lucid dream. Of those that did achieve lucidity, more than half were able to call forth a healing experience in the lucid dreamscape.
Remarkable Results of the Lucid Dream Healing PTSD Study
Friday, March 25, 2022
In this free webinar, IONS Scientist Dr. Garret Yount will share the final results of the study, including the impact observed on PTSD symptom severity, nightmare-related distress, and other measures. Charlie Morley will join Dr. Yount to discuss the positive experiences shared by the participants, the success of the study, and the implications for future studies.
Garret Yount, PhD, is a Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Dr. Yount’s primary interest is bridging molecular neurobiology with aspects of consciousness and the nonmaterial mind. He began his formal studies in consciousness research with a small grant from the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1995, which allowed him to work with biofield practitioners and spiritual healers in the laboratory. Dr. Yount was among the first scientists to be awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health to study energy healing. He has spoken nationally and co-authored peer-reviewed papers on the topic of establishing rigorous guidelines for research into biofields and micro-psychokinesis.
Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming, shadow integration, and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep. He has been lucid dreaming for over 20 years and was “authorized to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. Since then he has written four books that have been translated into 15 languages and has run workshops & retreats in more than 20 countries. He’s spoken at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the Ministry of Defence Mindfulness Symposium, The Houses of Parliament (on Buddhism & youth culture), and the Mindfulness Association Annual conferences. In 2018, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship grant to research PTSD treatment in Military Veterans and continues to teach people with trauma-affected sleep a set of practices called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep. His 2021 book, Wake Up to Sleep, is a practical guide to these practices. Charlie has been the lead consultant on scientific studies into lucid dreaming at both Swansea University and IONS.