Andrew Holecek is a leading expert in the dream yoga practices of Tibetan Buddhism and other wisdom traditions. His new book, Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming, published by Sounds True, is a deep dive into the heart of all the nocturnal meditations, which includes dream yoga, sleep yoga, and bardo yoga. This book is a rigorous exploration of the daytime practice of Illusory Form, and why this practice is so important. Many people struggle with lucid dreaming. So much is promised, so little delivered. With the practice of Illusory Form, you can arrive at the same insights and discoveries delivered by the nocturnal meditations. And unlike lucid dreaming, the daytime practice of Illusory Form is easy. Anybody can practice it.
**Andrew is leading “Graceful Exit,” an online retreat via Yogaville Online September 4-7. The program is a deep dive into the Tibetan teachings on death and dying.
Part I, Deconstructing the Sense of Self: The Edge of Emptiness, has chapters on Introduction to Emptiness, Practical Applications of Emptiness, Emptiness and Illusion: From Reactivity to Equanimity, The Via Negativa, and The Problem of Thing-Thinking. Emptiness is the heart of lucid dreaming and dream yoga, and Part I goes into this profound topic in detail.
Part II, Manifesting Clear-Light Mind: The Play of Luminosity, has chapters on Illusory Form and the Clear-Light Mind, The Eighth Consciousness: The Foundation of Dualistic Mind, Transforming the Basic Fault, Are You Dreaming?, The Experience of Illusory Form, Headless Wonder, and Illusory Form and the Roots of Fear.
Part III, Finding Support in Science: The Illusion of Externality, has chapters on The Science of Illusion, My Favorite Illusions, The Creative Power of the Mind, The Illusion of Duality: Visual Perception, The Realization of Illusory Form, and the Underview Effect.
This is a no-holds-barred and no-nonsense look at the illusory nature of reality, how lucid dreaming and the practice of Illusory Form lead you to that view, and why this is so important. It may appear to be esoteric and philosophical, but in the end it is extremely practical.
“Andrew Holecek is a master of the dream yogas and lucidity practices, and I have learned more from his writings than from the many related books I have studied.” – Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, University of California, author of Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices
About the Author of the Book:
Andrew Holecek is an author and spiritual teacher who offers talks, online courses, and workshops in the United States and abroad. As a long-time student of Buddhism, he completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and frequently presents this tradition from a contemporary perspective – blending the ancient wisdom of the East with modern knowledge from the West. Drawing on years of intensive study and practice, he teaches on the opportunities that exist in obstacles, helping people with hardship and pain, death and dying, and problems in meditation.
He is the author of many books, including The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Dream Yoga; Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep, Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress. His newest book is: “Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.” For more information, visit: AndrewHolecek.com