This publication is a collaboration between Thomas Piesel, Dylan Tuccillo, and Jared Zeizel, all three of them filmmakers and of course lucid dreamers.
The book illustrations are all by Mahendra Singh. You can see more of his work here.
The Kickstarter campaign itself originally started back in April 2011 with an initial $17,000 USD goal.
Interested parties offering help and expertise came forward which meant Peisel could lower the goal expectation, etc. to a more attainable $9000 dollar funding amount as he no longer had to start from scratch. However under Kickstarter rules this meant he had to cancel and subsequently re-launch the project again with the new revisions and pledge amounts.
For example an initial $50 pledge for the softback book, etc. now became $35 dollars instead.
The re-launch was backed by 661 enthusiastic individuals within the funding period. Thus after June 2011 the project itself successfully raised $27,576 USD with the primary aim to help at least 1000 people experience their first lucid dreams and go on to set up a companion website.
The team behind the project wanted to push the boundaries, that is ‘lucid dreaming,’ and in order for people to share their experiences on social media platforms like on the Facebook page for example.
Description (from Kickstarter)
“Our book, Oneironautics: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, is an illustrated guide for those wishing to learn how to lucid dream. In it you’ll find everything you need to know to have your first lucid dream, as well as practical advice on how to take it even further–what to do after you become lucid.
With the help of beautiful illustrations, our guide will teach you everything from flying with control, to dealing with dream characters, to shooting fireballs. It’ll even dive into the depths of nightmares and show you how you can turn them into your advantage. You’ll learn how to stabilize and guide your dreams as well as how to overcome common mistakes that beginning Oneironauts often face.
Being an oneironaut may sound like a hell of a lot of fun. And it is. But it’s so much more. Dreams are like mirrors of the mind, and exploring them can lead to deep realizations. As you journey over the foothills of this inner world, you’re exploring yourself. As a lucid dreamer, you’ll also be trying to answer an age-old question: What is dreaming anyway?
We hope to introduce lucid dreaming to the general public through an interesting and entertaining book. Specifically, our goal is to help 1,000 people experience and share their first lucid dreams. We believe if we can do this, we can begin to build a critical mass of Oneironauts and push the boundary of lucidity even further. We are also creating a companion website, which will allow readers to record their lucid dreams and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter. By donating to our Kickstarter project, you are helping to create the book and the companion website.”
The book itself was first published back in spring 2012 with shipping taking place just shortly after to 25 different countries globally.
Since, the book has been translated into various other languages including Spanish, Italian, Chinese, etc.
In English the book is now generally known today as “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics” with the more familiar light blue sky and instantly recognisable ‘flying man’ illustration on the front cover.
Chapter 3 – History of dreaming.pdf
Chapter 9 – Becoming lucid.pdf
Chapter 17 – Defusing nightmares.pdf
For more information regarding the book
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming
Mastering the Art of Oneironautics
By Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel
Paperback/softback, 288 pages (Also available in Electronic book text and CD-Audio )
ISBN: 9780761177395 (0761177396)
Published by Workman Publishing
Note: Original book cover illustration © Workman Publishing Company/ Mahendra Singh.
Graphics courtesy of © Dreamlabs.io