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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Like many, I initially considered lucid or conscious dreaming as a fascinating
playground for the mind. I could fly over treetops, push through walls, make
objects appear, even walk on water (dream water, that is)—all while conscious in
the dream state. As the years passed, however, certain pivotal lucid dreams
opened my mind to the possibility that lucid dreaming offered a gateway to so
much more. In part one of this book, you will read about my journey into lucid
dreaming, beginning ...
Like many, I found life's deepest mysteries in the mind. For me, the occasional
precognitive dream often appeared as small events, like dreaming of someone
making an odd statement in a dream, only to hear a real person make the same
odd statement a few hours later, or to have a voice in the dream announce an
observation that later would be proven correct. Once, the voice explained that the
dream symbols meant the dream events would take three years to transpire. I
kept track ...
The young person is obligated to leave the tribe and travel alone for a period of
days of fasting, praying, and waiting for the visionary experience. Yet why would
something like that happen to me? Only years later did I discover that our family
had Native American ancestry.2 Somewhere in this time period, I also recognized
the presence of an “inner advisor,” for lack of a better term. At certain times, when
I considered things deeply, an inner knowing appeared in my mind.
In both lucid dreaming and hypnosis, the senses don't appear as biological
absolutes but more as the servants of the mind. By age eighteen, I had visited a
hypnotist to learn about self- hypnosis. I understood the basic concept that
suggestions made to us while intensely focused in a mild trance state influenced
the subconscious and affected our perceived experience. Now I could see that
being consciously aware in the subconscious (i.e., lucid dreaming) possessed
similarities to ...
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 develop poise, confidence, skills, and
flexibility. Your awareness begins to relate differently to thoughts and images.
You don't get swept into dream or thought events as easily; rather, you pick and
choose what to accept with a greater sense of engaged detachment. At deeper
levels of lucid ...
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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