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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Once again, a new lesson emerged: Lucid dreamers must learn to focus
simultaneously on both their conscious awareness and the apparent dreaming
activities . Lucid dreamers who become overly focused on the dreaming activities
get swept back into non-lucid dreaming . So too, lucid dreamers who become
inattentive to the fact of their conscious awareness risk becoming lost to the
dreaming . To maintain lucidity, we must develop a proper balance of mindful,
aware interacting to ...
... lucid and non-lucid dreaming is a highly desirable next step in the scientific
study of consciousness. The technical obstacles to the realization of such an
experiment are formidable but the main obstacle is political and philosophical.”
Hobson observes, “Many scientists rule out any study of subjective experience
especially one as dubious and evanescent as lucid dreaming.”2 Overcoming the
barriers of science, theory, and culture may be the constant burden of any proven
I argue that though lucid dreams may occasionally lead to escaping issues, most
lucid dreamers benefit from recalling more dreams than the average dreamer
and, potentially, gain more conscious awareness of inner concerns. At any rate,
even for experienced lucid dreamers, the number of non-lucid dreams—“
untainted” by the dreamer's interaction—far outnumbers lucid dreams. Most lucid
dreamers would say that in less than ten percent of their dreams do they become
Lucid dreamers, by contrast, report that lucid dreams normally occur late at night
and within a dream; lucid dreamers note a distinct change in awareness from non
-lucid awareness to lucid awareness; they rarely report any unique sounds or
sensations preceding their lucid dreams; they frequently change the environment
; long lucid dreams seem relatively more difficult to recall in exact detail; and,
finally, most lucid dreamers report that they decide to “wake up” or realize the
dream has ...
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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