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Lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, and altered states: Ryan Hurd interviewed

"The Knight's Dream" by Antonio de Pereda [Public domain], ca. 1611, via Wikimedia Commons

“The Knight’s Dream” by Antonio de Pereda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Teem member Ryan Hurd was interviewed yesterday on the Internet radio program Paranormal Review in connection with his new book, Dream Like a Boss (which will soon be available for pre-order):

Have you ever wondered if you can control your dreams? Do you want to know how to take more control over them? Is there more meaning to dreams than you may realize? And. . . how can you transform the control of your dreams to your reality?

Well, the answers to these questions and more will be revealed to us [by] our guest Ryan Hurd. Ryan is a consciousness researcher and author. He is the founder of, a website dedicated to sleep, dreams, and imagination. His new book Dream Like a Boss will teach you how to dream and what is holding you back from control.

FULL SHOW (streamable and downloadable): “Lucid Dreams with Ryan Hurd

For more, see Ryan’s occasional Teeming Brain column, Visions, Dreams, and Visitations.

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