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 began to sense that all around me life had meaning, if I only cared to look. Since
I lived in the middle of Kansas, far from the centers of world power, the pace of life
was slower and perhaps simpler, yet below the surface, at another level, I knew
we had everything, all the lessons of life. Like any teenager, I'd pester this inner
advisor—What am I? Who am I? To these questions I was given two answers and
then never visited the issue again (although the answers rolled around my mind ...
While many have openly questioned Castaneda's veracity in storytelling,4 his
many books nevertheless contain a number of provocative ideas and, like many
young people, I was intrigued. I read Journey to Ixtlan and decided to try just one
of the ideas, never imagining how transformative an idea could be. Don Juan
suggests to Castaneda a simple technique to “set up dreaming” or become
conscious in the dream state. “Tonight in your dreams you must look at your
hands,” don Juan ...
should consciously look back at his hands to stabilize the dream and renew the
power of dreaming. Simple enough, I thought. So, before going to sleep each
night, I sat cross-legged in bed and began looking at the palms of my hands.
Mentally, I quietly told myself, “Tonight, I will see my hands in my dream and
realize I'm dreaming.” I repeated the suggestion over and over, until I became too
tired and decided to go to sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night, I reviewed
my last ...
... the dream state.7 A few years later, in 1978, Stanford sleep lab researcher
Stephen LaBerge, using himself as the lucid dreaming subject, devised a
separate, similar experiment of signaling awareness from the dream state
through eye movement. Publishing his work in more broadly read scientific
journals, LaBerge became strongly identified with this exciting discovery and a
leader in its continued research. Back in Kansas, each night before I went to
sleep I would look at my hands ...
As I get out into the street, I look around and realize, “This is a dream.” Lucidly
aware now, I start flying up the street, looking at the people sitting in candle-lit
cafes and walking down the street. The detail is incredibly vivid. I sing a funny
rhyming song as I look at things. I keep flying farther and end up outside of town
with a strong inclination to fly to the right. But then in a moment of conscious
choice, I exercise my right to change the direction of the dream and decide, no, I'
m going into ...
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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