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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In part one of this book, you will read about my journey into lucid dreaming,
beginning with simple experiments such as asking a dream figure to explain the
dream symbolism or tell me what it represents. The results contain both expected
and unexpected elements. While the expected certainly seemed understandable,
I found the unexpected responses troubling. If the lucid dream was a product of
my mind, then how did a completely unexpected and shocking response arise
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 ...
In the lucid dream state, the senses show themselves as the confirm- ers of
expectation—not infallible guides to sensory response—and experience is
largely infused with mental expectation about the experience. Just as in studies
on hypnosis and pain reduction, the senses somehow bend to the intent of
hypnotic suggestion. 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 ...
She looks at me and surprises me with her unexpected response. “I am a
discarded aspect of your self,” she says, and immediately I sense the truth of her
statement and feel the need to reintegrate 2: Does the Sailor Control the Sea? | 1.
My response generally goes something like this: “If you control the dream, who
made the grass green and the sky blue? Who created the new scene when you
came around the corner or flew through a wall into a new room? Did you control
all that new scenery and detail into being?” I also point out that if lucid dreamers
control the lucid dream, they wouldn't spend so much time trying to learn how to
manipulate things. If they control the lucid dream, their lucid dreams wouldn't
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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