Welcome to the 4th of my NEW LOOK newsletter-blogs!

I've just got back from a great retreat in ITALY which was my last proper retreat of the year so I'm now gonna be based in the UK for the next couple of months, ahhhhhhh! :-)

Wanna see some pics from the retreat in ITALY?  CLICK HERE

This month's newsletter-blog has some GREAT VIDEOS and links in it but, my first offering for you is part of  an interview (which features in my new book, out March 2015) with Nigel Hamilton, the UK representative of the SUFI ORDER UK. 

Lucid Sufis and Islamic dream work
Sufism is a mystic aspect or dimension of Islam2 that has strong threads of dream work and lucid dreaming running through it. The Spanish Sufi Ibn al-Arabi once said that ‘a person must learn to control his thoughts in a dream. The training of this alertness will produce great benefits for the individual.’3 He went on to encourage everyone to learn lucid dreaming by saying that ‘everyone should apply himself to the attainment of this ability’.

I interviewed Nigel Hamilton, the UK representative of the Sufi Order International, about lucid dream practice within his tradition and he told me that ‘although the Arabic Sufi orders talk about revelations being received through dreams it’s the fact that these can lead to waking-state visions that is seen to hold the most potential.’ He went on to say that ‘due to the interaction between Sufis and the Indian yogis there are some lucid dream practices found in Sufism that came originally from the Indian Vedanta tradition. One of these involves meditation on a red dot in the third eye chakra, which seems to be similar to certain Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga techniques too.’

It’s not just Sufism but in fact the whole religion of Islam which has, since its formation over 1,400 years ago, had a close relationship to dreaming. The Prophet Muhammad himself would use his dreams to advise on both military and religious matters, and much of the Koran was revealed to him through his dreams. There is even a line from the Koran that says that dream work is ‘the prime science since the beginning of the world’.4

The Prophet would even ‘ask his disciples every morning about their dreams and offer interpretations of them’.5 Interestingly, the famous Islamic call to prayer (adhan) was instituted by the Prophet Muhammad after one of his close disciples dreamed of such a thing and shared the dream with him.


To hear more from Nigel and his Sufi dream-work reflections come and see him speak at the amazing  GATEWAYS OF THE MIND conference in November (for details click the banner above)

So, as always a full schedule of my WORKSHOPS & RETREATS can be found at the bottom of this e mail but for now please enjoy all the other cool BOOKS, VIDEOS and QUOTES that I have put together for you this month.


With love and lucidity,
Charlie
xx

October Highlights

  • After a couple of months break due to the tour, the MONTHLY LUCID DREAM FORUM returns to London on Sunday October 19th. For full details CLICK HERE!
     
  • My friend and fellow Hay House author SERGIO MAGANA will be doing the esteemed Alternatives Monday night slot on 20th October in London. For more info CLICK HERE

Favorite videos of the month 

WEEPER WARNING! 
Please get some tissues and then watch this beautiful video of George, an 83 year old WWII veteran rediscover his INNER CHILD through Parkour.


How did George learn how to be  a child again through the art of movement through space known as Parkour? By working with the amazing ParkourDance Company (run by my fiance Jade as it happens) as part of their "Forever Young" workshops as featured below on USA TODAY 
www.usatoday.com/videos/tech/2014/07/02/12051141/



And for my final video offering of this month i leave you with some of the most AMAZING GOSPEL SINGING I have ever heard... Turn this one up loud people!

 New lucid dream research

This month again there have been loads more lucid dreaming articles in the mainstream press including this one from yours truly in the EVENING STANDARD 



And this one about the use of lucid dreaming for PTSD in THE EPOCH TIMES

Quotes from Dreams of Awakening
"Charlie says..."



Want to buy a copy? Click here:Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep
 

 This month I've been reading...

 2014 Workshops & Retreats

 

OCTOBER

MONTHLY LUCID DREAM FORUM, Sunday 19th October, London
http://www.meetup.com/Lucid-Dreaming-and-Mindfulness-of-Dream-and-Sleep/events/211695472/

 

NOVEMBER

LONDON LUCID DREAMING WORLD TOUR with SERGIO MAGANA 1st-2nd November
www.floweringwhirlwind.com/workshops-with-sergio-ocelocoyotl.html

 
GATEWAYS OF THE MIND CONFERENCE, LONDON, 8th-9th November 
 http://gatewaysofthemind.com/london 

 

HOW LUCID DREAMING CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE,  LONDON, 18th November 
www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/events/view/id/95/how-lucid-dreaming-can-change-your-life


LUCID DREAMING WEEKEND SLEEPOVER RETREAT, 21st-23rd Nov, South Wales
 http://sfwales.org/2014/01/lucid-dreaming-weekend/  


 LUCID DREAMING WORKSHOP, LONDON, 29th November
www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/events/view/id/133/learn-how-to-lucid-dream

RECLAIM THE SLEEPS: MINDFULNESS FOR INSOMNIA,LONDON, 30th November
www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/events/view/id/136/reclaim-the-sleeps-mindfulness-for-insomnia
 

If lack of funds is preventing you from attending any of my courses please e mail me and  I’m sure we'll be able to sort something out :-)

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 Videos of Charlie

This is  a great 45 minute documentary about one of my lucid dreaming retreats in South Africa last year.
Want to know what actually happens at my workshops? This video explains it all!
One of the most intense and yet relaxed interviews I've ever done with the wonderful Renate McNay
The very popular Lilou Mace and myself in conversation about lucid dreaming and my book.
10 years in the hip hop music world exposed me to the spiritual potentials of dance, music and hip hop culture.
A well made chat show type format exploring lucid dreaming (with me), Out of Body Exploration with Todd Acamesis and conscious events with Davyd Farrell.

Lucid dream training is just like physical training and although working out on our own is great sometimes, working with a “personal trainer” is often what we need to break through blocks, rethink our dream-time schedule and enthuse our practice.

 

That's what these 1on1 SKYPE TUTORIALS are all about!