Geo Bell 2/3/2016
At the forefront of the YouTube lucid dreaming community, Giz Edwards has been pumping out informative and entertaining videos since 2007.
When he's not keeping oneironauts entertained on YouTube, he's private tutoring in lucid dreaming or working on other goodies for his fans. A long-time fan myself, I pinched Giz for a quick interview for Lucid Source readers.
Geo from Lucid Source interviews lucid dreaming guru and popular YouTuber Giz Edwards
Geo: Hey Giz, thanks for taking the time for this interview. Getting straight to it, how did you first become interested in lucid dreaming?
Giz: I had my first Lucid Dream when I was 5 years old. I used to suffer with recurring nightmares, about a Godzilla type creature chasing myself and a dream character around my home town.
It was petrifying and I used to wake up sweating in the middle of the night on a daily basis. The recurring aspect of the nightmares was probably more interesting. The next dream would continue straight from the moment of the last one, like a tv series. It wasn't until my mother said that the next time I see the giant Lizard I would know that it was a dream and that I could wake myself up. That night, I did just that.
However the moment that I was into Lucid Dreaming on a regular basis was around the age of 15. I remembered having that Lucid Dream and the memory lingered with me. I saw some videos on the internet, including some from Reece Jones, known at the time as ReeceJones87. I was hooked.
Geo: Reece Jones has some classic content, I'm with you on that one.
Here's one for the newbies and potential oneironauts out there: a lot of people like the idea of becoming lucid in their dreams, but are worried that it takes "too much time and effort". What are your thoughts on this? Any advice for would-be lucid dreamers who are missing out?
Giz: I once read a comment on Reddit. I cannot remember the username of the individual who said this but he commented. "Step by Step Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Step 1. Think More about Lucid Dreaming" and that was it. So to say that a great deal of effort is needed to Learn to Lucid Dream is not really true. Time is needed to set up a dream journal, but effort? Not really.
Having Lucid Dreams is amazing, from something as small as the feeling of the wind on your face in a place created by your mind, is a very confusing and thought provoking feeling. All the way to meeting your favourite celebrity and having a meal.
I recently had a Lucid Dream in which I saw a dog that I knew in the waking life, that died so suddenly no-one got the opportunity to say goodbye. I did because of Lucid Dreaming. Although I knew that it was a subconscious projection of the Dog, and not the Dog itself, the fact became irrelevant.
Also Flying is awesome!
Geo: I started watching your channel a few years ago now, and you've been pumping out content since 2007. For our readers, how did you first get into YouTube, and where is your channel at now?
Giz: I thrived on being the centre of attention when I was younger. I always enjoyed performances at school, I was the lead singer in a few bands. I was in the school drama performances. Captain of the athletics team, sports leader. Etc. So my frame of mind was that I needed to perform. Then I watched some YouTube videos. And something just fit nicely in my mind. This was it. YouTube was for me.
I got into YouTube because of a channel called PogoBat, also known as Dan Brown (not the author) he made a tutorial teaching people to solve the Rubik's Cube. If you had learn't to solve the Rubik's Cube from a video on YouTube chances are it was from him.
As Dan's channel became a bit more popular over time. I became obsessed with YouTube and seeing how his videos were developing made me want to chase after this platform. As a matter of fact, my first two videos on my channel are a direct result of Dan Brown. One of which was myself solving the Rubik's Cube in my Kitchen. The other was a video response from a video made my Dan about what superpower I would have. Dan commented on that video and it made me feel elated.
It was a fluke that my channel was about Lucid Dreaming. I created some videos about Sleep Paralysis and Lucid Dreams, they became popular, so appeal to the subscribers I continued to make video on the same topic. I am not sure how but now I stand at nearly 37,000 subscribers, which is mad really, one of my more popular videos "Sleep Paralysis explained" I mention that I have nearly 200 and I was so happy about that. How times have changed.
Geo: Great stuff, Giz. So tell us, what are your plans for the future?
Giz: My plans for the future are extreme (for my standards). I was doing very well as an assistant manager in retail, earning a great living for what I needed. However I truly wanted to do YouTube videos as my job, and as an assistant manager I just did not have the time. So I cut my hours down to next to nothing in order to pursuit this.
Now I only work weekends at the shop and all of my other time is spent in the office at home making YouTube videos, designing t-shirts that I print at home to sell, and by far the best bit; I give private client based lessons on Lucid Dreaming.
The way that it works is through a donation platform called Patreon. I believe that I offer the cheapest client based Lucid Dreaming tutorials on the internet. Although that could be wrong, if you can find some cheaper than $75 per month I would be surprised :) I have a huge amount a video ideas for different channels but I cannot start biting off more than I can chew so for the moment, the channel "GizEdwards" is the important one for me.
Big thanks to Giz Edwards; you can keep up to date with his latest antics and lucid dreaming goodies over at his YouTube and Facebook pages.