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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... experiment, and question the nature of dreaming and, as some might say, the
nature of the subconscious—the largely unknown part of our selves. For this
reason alone, psychologists, therapists, consciousness researchers, and
dreamers should have an intense interest in the experiences and experiments of
lucid dreamers. As I see it, lucid dreaming is a unique psychological tool with
which to consciously investigate dreaming and the subconscious. In many
respects, this book ...
... such a natural thing, I assumed everyone experienced this. It was like having
the services of a wise old man inside. For example, after a very simple incident
that most anyone would ignore, the inner knowing would make an observation
about life or suggest the prosaic incident as a living parable. The comments
seemed intelligent, even remarkable. 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 ...
At the time, I chastised myself for my lack of concentration and wavering focus,
but later I came to feel that these natural responses were actually the best
approach, since the waking ego seemed too tired to care about the game my
conscious mind wanted to play. In fact, don Juan suggested that the waking ego
often felt threatened by the more profound nature of our inner realm. Perhaps a
sleepy ego would be less likely to interfere. My next few lucid dreams were
lessons in exquisite ...
The lesson: Only by increasing our conscious awareness in the dream state can
we ever realize the nature of the reality we experience . So, the senses pose a
problem. 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
... be somewhat commonplace, interpreting the experience is a challenge. If one's
awareness seems apart from the physical body, then does one experience a
physical realm or an imagined realm, possibly a mental model of the physical
realm? If it seems an imagined realm, then how do we explain the rare but
occasional instances of apparently valid perceptions of the physical realm? And
what does this say about the nature of awareness? Does awareness require a
physical body, ...
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This is by far the best book I’ve read on the subject. The highly intelligent author delves much more deeply into all aspects of lucid dreams and dreaming than any of the other authors whose books I ... Read full review
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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