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How the Talisman Induces Lucid Dreaming

Greater Lucidity, Day and Night

The Lucid Talisman encourages lucid dreams by serving as the perfect “dream totem” as described in the hit movie Inception.

Lucid Talisman Lucid Dreaming Aid Reality Check OBEStart by testing reality – Are You Dreaming?

A Reality Check involves asking yourself, “Am I dreaming?”, followed by a practice in which you actually “test reality.”

You can use your talisman as a reminder to do a Reality Check multiple times a day.

Clinical studies have verified that performing RCs during the day are one of the most effective methods for inducing lucid dreams at night, as the habit of testing reality bleeds over into your dreams (Stumbrys et al. 2012).

Customer Michael Robinson wrote,

“My talisman worked for the first time after only two days of carrying the sucker around. I went lucid in two different dreams last night after about two weeks of no lucidity. I used my talisman as a reality check in two different ways, the first way is to spin the talisman sunny side down like the dude from Inception did with his spinning top. In the dream when I spun my talisman on a table or the ground it would not slow down (waking state physics) but actually pick up speed sometimes! The second way is to flip the talisman over to see if the words change on the underside! I was so lucid it was incredible.”

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Get grounded

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The Lucid Talisman also can serve as a convenient anchor during times of anxiety or unwanted dissociation.   Grounding to the present moment can also be can be combined with a breathing technique or verbal affirmation to create a moment of peace (Turow 2017).

Customer Tina Alford wrote,

“I love this piece It is precise, perfect detailing ..weighty but not heavy..nice for carrying in pocket or purse. I have panic attack: this gave me a sense of grounding when I first took it out of the packaging.”

Induce Dream Imagery to “Wake Up”

The Lucid Talisman has a powerful presence on your bedside table as a reminder to remember your dreams as you drift off to sleep. Seeing the Lucid Talisman in the morning can also remind you to ask, “What did I dream last night?”

Also, many Lucid Talisman customers have shared how the Talisman actually “incepted” into dreams and directly spurred on lucidity in the dream!

Customer R.C. Rose says,

“After the first 10 or 11 days of testing it I had a very profound lucid dream which directly involved it as the only reality check that worked for me. Since then over a few months the talisman has appeared in a number of my dreams and has helped me realize that I’m dreaming by increasing my overall vigilance. I’m loving my Lucid Talisman!”

Lucid Talisman Lucid Dreaming Aid Reality Check OBEWhy is the Lucid Talisman so effective at “incepting” into your dreams?

A good reality check object should have some simple text, as text is very unstable in dreams. It should also have some “bizarre” visual element as to shock or alert the dreamer (Post 2014). The iconography for the Lucid Talisman incorporates text as well sacred imagery from Medieval alchemy to achieve this.

Stay Calm at Night

Finally, the Lucid Talisman can even serve as a comforting anchor at night for those disturbed by frequent awakenings, sleep paralysis or nightmares. (Hurd 2015). Again, the healing power of touch can be combined with positive affirmation or other mindfulness practices to ground yourself so you can shift back to sleep (Turow 2017).

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Hurd, Ryan. (2012). Guarding the threshold: The use of amulets and liminal objects for sleep paralysis night-mares. Dream Studies Portal. November 30, 2012.

Murphy, Bill. (2015). An ancient cognitive tool for creative inspiration. Lucid Dream Exchange 4(1), p. 16-17.

Post, Tim (2014). Educational frontiers of training lucid dreamers. in R. Hurd and K. Bulkeley’s Lucid dreaming: New perspectives for consciousness in sleep. Praeger.

Stumbrys, T., Erlacher, D., Schädlich, M., & Schredl, M. (2012). Induction of lucid dreams: A systematic review of evidence. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(3), 1456-1475.

Turow, Rachel. (2017). Mindfulness skills for trauma and PTSD. Wiley Press.

What does the Imagery on the Talisman Mean? 

The imagery and text on the Lucid Talisman is inspired by ancient philosophy and art that questions the nature of reality.

In particular, the Lucid Talisman draws from the medieval study of alchemy which at its heart was the pursuit to transform base metals into gold.

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Psychologically, this practice mirrors the transformation of consciousness throughout our lives. In other words, akin to the medieval alchemists,  our process throughout life is to transmute base desires and ancient impulses into creative art, wisdom and scientific achievement.

That’s why we say the Lucid Talisman is the restoration of an ancient cognitive tool for encouraging lucidity in waking life and in your dreams.

Learn more about the story behind the art of the Lucid Talisman here.

Support Dream Research

A portion of our profits directly supports research into nightmares. We are in the process of establishing a competitive yearly grant for research into the healing potential of dreaming for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This grant will be managed by the International Association for the Study of Dreams, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in California that is dedicated to dream research and public education about the inherent value of dream work.

Why PTSD and dreams?  This serious condition affects trauma survivors around the world, including veterans, survivors of natural disasters and serious accidents, as well as abuse victims. In the US, over 8 million people a year are affected by the condition.

Our Team

Ryan Hurd is founder of Dream Studies Press, editor of the popular blog, and co-editor of the two volume reference book Lucid dreaming: New perspectives of consciousness in sleep. He is a Lecturer in Psychology and Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University, on the Advisory Board of the Rhine Research Center, and a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Lee Adams is founder of and an avid dreamer. He has worked with Ryan on a number of projects and is active in the lucid dreaming and consciousness studies community. He helped create the Lucid Talisman so that he also can be more aware during the day and night.

Customer Reviews

Some customer reviews of the Lucid Talisman.

I have used objects as reality checks before, but none of them have the level of detail as the Lucid Talisman. I had success in attaining a degree of lucidity more than once!

Bill Murphy

Host of Paranormal: Real or faked, SyFy Channel

This is even better than I expected! Great detail and you can tell it’s quality craftsmanship. I’ve had a number of compliments on it already…yet I’m most excited to use it as it’s intended.

Chia Walter

Dreamer, Adult Swim

A very nice marvelous talisman, lovely! Thank you, I highly recommend it.

Elena Ryepkina

Classical Musician

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