are Dreaming NOW: From Lucid Dreaming to Conscious Lucid Living;
how I made my dreams of career and family come true!
(Kedzierski Heart) D'Urso
My story begins with an astonishing childhood gift of facing up to the
witches in my nightmares, which led me to be chosen for years of
Lucid Dreaming research at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory. In lucid
dreams, we “know we are dreaming while we dream.” We can control them
to solve problems or carry out wild and crazy goals. After appearing in
major magazines and television specials, I eventually concluded that,
“Life is but a Dream,” and I used my practical philosophy, Lucid
Living, which I have taught and presented for decades, to: obtain my
Ph.D., including over 50 publications, advance my prosperous high-tech
career in Artificial Intelligence, marry my perfect mate, bear a child
in spite of overwhelming odds against it, and heal from profound grief.
People relate the ideas in my book, We are Dreaming, NOW, to the work
of best-selling, contemporary authors, as well ancient traditions.
However, anyone can enjoy my personal, lifelong, and inspirational
anecdotes, regardless of their interest in dreams. So remember, We are
Dreaming, NOW! Let go of fear, experience everything as one, know
that anything is possible, and make your own dreams come true.
As combination mystic and scientist, I have been called the world’s
most prolific “lucid dreamer.” I developed the ability to “know I
am dreaming while I dream” when I faced up to terrifying witches in my
childhood dream, some forty-three years ago. In my twenties, the renown
pioneer of Lucid Dreaming, Dr. Stephen Laberge, chose me as his primary
subject for decades of research at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory.
Numerous major magazines, such as LIFE, Smithsonian, OMNI, and Parade,
television specials, books, and radio talk shows have featured my life
and my dreams. Using my practical philosophy called lucid living, with
a related web site, I have taught my own workshops since 1991, and have
presented at conferences for decades, where authors constantly tell me
“You HAVE to write a book,” and I say, “Are you dreaming now?” Working
with Stanford University Professors, I completed my Masters
degree in 1980, involving Cognitive Psychology, and my Ph.D. in 1983,
focussing on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to being a researcher,
consultant, and a college professor, I created several startup
companies, and over fifty publications, on my computer work and on my
dream work. To allow for the greatest flexibility, I currently combine
my writing and presenting with being a full-time wife and mother, and I
contribute the wonderful balance of work and family in my life to lucid
Would you face up to terrifying witches that were about to devour
you? I did, in a childhood dream, and years later the renown
pioneer of Lucid Dreaming, Dr. Stephen Laberge, chose me as his primary
subject for decades of research of at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory. In
lucid dreams, we “know we are dreaming while we dream.” We can control
them to solve problems, carry out goals, or just plain have fun!
Many people have experienced this “higher state of consciousness”
without knowing the term. If you have ever seen someone whom you know
has died, or flew over your house like a bird, and said, “This can’t be
happening, I must be dreaming,” then you have had a lucid dream. If you
were not lucid, you would probably act as if you were really awake,
possibly justifying the situation.
I have taught people to have lucid dreams by using my own techniques,
as well as using electronic devices which I helped develop through
LaBerge’s work. Featured in numerous major magazines, such as LIFE,
Smithsonian, OMNI, and Parade, television specials, books, and radio
talk shows, people have called me the world’s most prolific lucid
One time, I saw myself on a national television commercial, wearing a
bathrobe, with electrodes all over my face, singing, “Row, Row, Row
Your Boat...” This seemed bizarre, but not as astonishing as when I
started to have precognitive dreams, which are dreams whose action also
occurs later in the waking state. I eventually concluded that, “Life is
but a Dream,” and I created, as well as taught, what I call:
I have my own web site and have presented at conferences for decades,
where people relate my newest ideas to eastern religions and mystical
traditions, including A Course In Miracles, multimillion copy
authors such as, Dyer, Chopra, Ruiz, and Roberts (SETH), and even
modern movies similar to: The Matrix. In my dreams, I have
presented before billions of people, but when I am not lucid, I often
freeze and can’t think of what to say. When I am very lucid, anyone
around already knows what I have to say, and I merely surrender to my
In my proposed book, We Are Dreaming NOW, I tell how Lucid Living
helped me obtain my Ph.D. in Computer Science, with over 50
publications, more than half on my dream work, advance my prosperous
high-tech career in Artificial Intelligence, marry my perfect mate,
bear a child in spite of overwhelming odds against it, and heal from
profound grief. The few existing lucid dreaming books that apply to the
waking state are very philosophical or are in the complex voice of a
psychologist. From my layperson’s perspective, anyone can relate to my
personal, lifelong stories and insightful anecdotes, ranging from sex
to death, regardless of their interest in dreams. So remember, “We Are
Dreaming NOW!” Let go of fear, experience everything as one, know
that anything is possible, and make your own dreams come true.
We are Dreaming NOW takes us beyond lucid dreaming, but it is not
necessary to be a lucid dreamer, or even have heard of it, to get value
from We are Dreaming NOW. However, We are Dreaming NOW will have
instant appeal for people interested in dreams and lucid dreaming
because they will discover new, practical uses of dreams and will see
how lucid dreaming can be applied to our waking lives. They will also
find out about the intriguing work done in sleep laboratories, of which
there are over 70 listed on the American Sleep Association web site.
People interested in personal growth, inspiration, and the metaphysical
will want to read: We are Dreaming NOW, even if they do not care
about dreams. The following five, immensely popular, books have sold
multimillions of copies and include the same concepts that We are
Dreaming NOW goes into in depth. The readers of these books
will also enjoy We are Dreaming NOW.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don
Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen Publishing, November 1997) The
first words of Chapter One state, “What you are seeing and hearing
right now is nothing but a dream. You are dreaming right now in this
moment. You are dreaming with the brain awake.” Ruiz, therefore, agrees
with the premise of Lucid Living. His book has sold 2.7 million copies
in the U.S., and has been on The New York Times best seller list for
over three years.
You'll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal
Transformation by Wayne W. Dyer (Quill (HarperCollins), September 2001,
Copyright 1989, William Morrow and Company, Inc.) In one part of
Chapter Two, Dr. Dyer encourages us to be a “waking dreamer... to
understand that the rules that seem to apply only to your dreaming body
can be applicable to your waking body as well.” He, therefore, also
encourages Lucid Living.
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of
Coincidence by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, October 2003, Crown
Publishers, Inc., Random House, Inc.) In the last chapter of his
book, Dr. Chopra describes, “The seventh and last stage of
consciousness, the ultimate goal, is called unity consciousness.” He
states, “When this happens, you see that the whole world is a
projection of your own self.” This is the essence Lucid Living at the
The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for
Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book)
by Jane Roberts (Amber-Allen Publishing, June 1994, Copyright
1974, Bantam Books, Prentice Hall, Inc.) The first lines from the
preface of this pivotal book say that, “Experience is the product of
the mind, the spirit, conscious thoughts and feelings, and unconscious
thoughts and feelings. These together form the reality that you know.”
From the introduction, “Seth’s main idea is that we create our personal
reality thorough our conscious beliefs...” This is corresponds to why I
say: We are Dreaming NOW. People who value the SETH work will see
evidence of his theories in We are Dreaming NOW. The Nature of Personal
Reality has sold over 7 million copies worldwide and has been around
for 30 years.
A Course In Miracles (Viking Press, March 1996, Copyright 1975,
Foundation for Inner Peace) In the Text: Chapter 18: Passing of the
dream Section: Basis of the Dream: “All your time is spent in
dreaming. Your sleeping and waking dreams have different forms, that is
all. Their context is the same.” Lucid Living relates to what the
Course calls the “Happy Dream”. We are Dreaming NOW gives people a
down-to-earth story about how A Course in Miracles can be used.
Also, people interested in Carlos Castaneda, Toltec Dreaming, Tibetan
Dream Yoga, the philosophy of Non Dualism, the Senoi, Native Americans,
Eastern Religions, and other Ancient Traditions will want to hear about
Besides the people interested in dreams and the metaphysical, women
pursuing advanced degrees and/or careers plus family, or baby boomers
who are losing parents, will relate to the stories in We are Dreaming
SPECIAL MARKETING AND PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES
I have helped people have lucid dreams and understand Lucid Living in
workshops and groups since 1991, and I have over 50 publications, more
than half on my dream work. Therefore, I can actively promote my book:
We are Dreaming NOW. I have my own web site and have presented at
the primary dream organization, the Association for the Study of Dreams
(ASD) conferences since 1985. ASD serves its over 325 members
(and hundreds more who attend the conferences) who might be scientists,
psychologists, artists, writers, or people who merely pay attention to
their dreams. Major magazines, such as LIFE, Smithsonian, OMNI, and
Parade, television specials, books, and radio talk shows, have already
taken an interest in my work.
Dream groups that exist in most cities in the country and around the
world would be interested in We are Dreaming NOW. In fact, some
whole cultures live their lives based on their dreams. Every year,
there are conferences on dreaming, not including conferences on sleep
in general. Dozens of magazines and journals focus on dreaming, and
there are over 70 sleep laboratories listed on the American Sleep
Association web site.
Many dream web sites exist as well, with over 25 web sites just on
lucid dreaming. Lucid Dreaming alone has many of its own publications
as well including: The Lucid Dream Exchange, which has published an
early version of We are Dreaming NOW.
Dr. Stephen LaBerge, whom I have worked with, heads the Lucidity
Institute with hundreds of members around the world. Anyone interested
in his books, products, including his electronic dream induction
devices, and seminars would want to read We are Dreaming NOW.
Don Miguel Ruiz has a very active web site for his Toltec Tradition,
has spawned over 145 groups around the country, including one also
called “Lucid Living,” and has several events each month. People
involved in his Toltec Dreaming would want to read We are
Both Dr. Dyer and Dr. Chopra have active web sites and give many
presentations every month. The Chopra center would be a good place to
sell copies of We are Dreaming NOW.
There are dozens of SETH web sites, SETH groups in most major cities,
yearly SETH conferences, online and other SETH magazines, and even a
doctoral degree program on the SETH Teachings. There are Course in
Miracles study groups in most major cities. totaling over 2000, as well
as yearly Course in Miracles conferences. It has been translated
into over 20 languages and has hundreds of web sites. Both A Course in
Miracles and SETH enthusiasts would all be targets for selling We
are Dreaming NOW.
Women’s magazines, such as First for Women, who did an article on my
life in their June 24, 1996 issue, could promote my book. The New
Age Journal also did an article on my work in November 1985 and could
have a source of readers. Organizations that support people in grief,
such as KARA in Palo Alto, CA could provide copies of We are Dreaming
NOW, as well.
SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE (see Publications)
Presentation at the International Association for the Study of
(IASD) PsiberDreaming Conference, September 2004.A Documentary by Richard Hilton, September 2004.
Panel at the Association for the Study of
Dreams (ASD) Conference 2004.
<>Symposium at the ASD Conference 2004.
The Lucid Dream Exchange Magazine, 2003 and 2004.
Paper at the ASD Conference, 2003 (Available as an audio tape).
Online PsiberDreaming Conference, 2003.
Panel at the ASD conference, 2001.
Preschool Family Newsletter, January, 2000.
Bay Area Dream Workers (BADG) Presentation, 1998.
The Dreamer and the Dreamtribe, Documentary, 1997.
Workshop at the ASD Conference, 1997. (Available as an audio tape.)
First for Women Magazine, June 24, 1996.
Lucid Dreaming, NBC's Next Step, 1996.
ABC TV: WLS Chicago 10 O'Clock News, May 11, 1995.
Workshop aboard a sailboat in the Bahamas, 1992.
Paper ASD Conference, June, 1992.
LIFE Magazine, October, 1986.
Panel at the Lucid Dreaming Symposium (ASD), 1986.
Lucidity Letter Journal, December, 1985.
New Age Journal, November 1985.
Parade Magazine, February, 1984.
Poster Session at Asilomar Psychophysiology Conference
(Psychophysiology Journal Paper), 1983.
Smithsonian Magazine, August, 1982
Omni Magazine, March, 1982 .
Discover the World of Science, Television Special, 1982.
Two on the Town: Television Show, 1982.