Drs Carolus M den Blanken will be offering us at Electric Dreams a few months of
his research material collected over a life time and we will be giving the
*introduction* here on the e-zne and then directing you to the WEB site for the
main body of the paper. This material appeared in:
Edited by Elinor Gebremedhin for Lucidity. This paper is based on a
French-language address to the European Association for the Study of Dreams,
delivered on October 12,1991 in Mons, Belgium. A French version with the title
"Le rÍve lucide aux Pays-Bas" appeared in Oniros, 34/35,17-19;1991.
Some time ago, when Mr. Roger Ripert invited me to give a presentation at a
meeting of the European Association for the Study of Dreams(EASD), I hesitated
to accept this invitation. I felt honored, of course, but despite a number of
invitations throughout the years, I had always kept myself aloof from seminars
and congresses. Hopefully, the variety of reasons I had will become clear during
The primary reason, however, I want to disclose at the outset. I had always
wondered what new perspectives I could bring to the lucid dream field. I am just
a simple lucid dreamer, like so many of you, and I do not have the opportunity
to do scientific research. The fact that I have published some articles and a
book regarding lucid dreaming seemed insufficient reasons for a presentation
Suddenly, however, I realized that by addressing you I would have an
opportunity to express some feelings I have carried around with me for a long
time. By voicing the situations that I have experienced in the Netherlands, I
could not only clarify my own position, but also be a spokesman for all those
anonymous people in other countries that have no dreamer networks or scientific
research on lucid dreaming. I would guess that there are a lot of individuals
like myself, who have been carrying the lucid dream vehicle in their country
completely through own efforts, without mental or financial backup. I will say
more about this later. In addition, I thought I would now have the opportunity
to express my ambivalent feelings towards lucid dream research. So you see, I am
warning you that the title of this lecture is somewhat misleading. Enough
clarifying, the story.
For the main body of this paper, please stop by
eeeeek, this file is offline. if you have a copy, e me.
Also, see the extensive Lucid Dream Bibliography, edited by Drs. Carolus M.
den Blanken from the Netherlands, which is now available online.