Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is the account of an extraordinarily talented lucid dreamer who goes beyond the boundaries of both psychology and religion. In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self.
While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state and able to act and interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. He was able to interact consciously with the dream observer - the apparent Inner Self - within the dream. At first this seemed shocking, even impossible, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Subliminal Self, the Center, the Internal Self-Helper in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. He concluded that while aware in the dream state, one has both a psychological tool and a platform from which to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man's psyche as well. Waggoner proposes 5 stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level.
Lucid Dreaming offers exciting insights and vivid illustrations that will intrigue not only avid dreamworkers but anyone who is interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality.
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I lucidly remember don Juan's advice and decide to look back down at my hands
to stabilize the dream when something incredible happens. As I look at my hands
, I become totally absorbed in them. “I” now see each fingerprint, each line, as a
giant flesh-toned canyon that I float within and through. The world has become
my palm print, and I'm moving about its vast canyons and gullies and whorls as a
floating speck of awareness. I no longer see my hand; I see cream-colored, ...
My first lucid dream felt like a monumental achievement. I had actually become
aware in a dream. Moreover, in the don Juan tradition, this first lucid dream
seemed filled with auspicious symbols—becoming a speck of awareness floating
through my palm prints, maintaining the dream, working on awareness outside of
the “administration building” (symbol for my own inner authority, perhaps). I was
excited. Still, it seemed so paradoxical—becoming conscious in the unconscious.
They tell us we exist, but they don't indicate the state of our existence: Are we
awake, dreaming, or lucid dreaming? Since the senses don't remind us we're
lucid and in a dream, holding onto conscious awareness in the dream state
requires considerable training in greater mindfulness. For example, in many of
my early lucid dreams, my hands would appear and I'd realize I was dreaming.
Then as I lucidly interacted with the dream, some interesting dream figure would
become so ...
especially beginners, have to learn a sense of balance when they turn inward;
otherwise, they can fall asleep while meditating or become caught up and
engaged with entrancing thoughts. Likewise, beginning lucid dreamers often
hold focused awareness for only a short period of time. It takes practice and
patience and poise to hold awareness consciously while being confronted with
new thoughts or images—the products of the mind. As you log time in the lucid
dream realm, you ...
In the following lucid dream, I use this principle to help a friend learn to fly (
August 2002): I sense that the setting is just “too dreamy” and become lucidly
aware. I tell my friend, “Let's fly! I'll show you how,” and I grab her arm and we fly
about fifty feet. We do this a few more times, going about fifty feet each time, and
with each try she gets better. I finally tell her that to fly easily when lucid, you have
to see yourself where you want to be. I point to a car far away and say, “See
yourself there ...
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Beyond Freuds Pleasure Principle
Independent Agents and the Voice of the Unconscious
FeelingTones and Review Committees
Experiencing the Light of Awareness
Connecting with the Hidden Observer of Dreaming
Healing Yourself and Others
Consciously Connecting via Telepathy
ForwardLooking Precognitive Lucid Dreams
Mutual Lucid Dreaming
Interacting with the Deceased
The Unified Self in a Connected Universe
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips and Techniques
The Five Stages of Lucid Dreaming
EXPLORING THE PSYCHE
Creating the Dream Reality
Varieties of Dream Figures
Fishing for Information