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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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 dream. Had I seen my hands? No. But still hopeful, I fell back asleep
remembering my goal. Within a few nights of trying this technique, it happened. I
had my first actively sought lucid dream: I'm walking in the busy hallways of my
high school ...
Years later, I learned that virtually all lucid dreamers realize this same lesson and
as a result learn to temper their emotions. After reading don Juan's exhortation to
Castaneda that he should try to stabilize the dream environment and, bit by bit,
make it as sharply focused as the waking environment, this became my new goal.
Don Juan advised that the dreamer should concentrate on only three or four
objects in the dream, saying, “When they begin to change shape you must move
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
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 ...
Though he spoke only eight words, this boy gave me great insight into moving in
dream space (March 2000): At this moment I can see mud glistening wet on the
road and something strikes me as odd. Then I notice the view in my rearview
mirror isn't at all what I thought it should be, since I had just left my old-fashioned
hotel. I realize this is a dream. From my convertible, I announce to the boy, “You
know this is a dream.” He looks back at me like he already knows this. I ask him if
this is ...
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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