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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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 responds to those who claim that lucid dreaming simply involves
expectation, which automatically creates mental models to be experienced. By
lucidly going beyond expectation and the expected, I attempt to show that much
more is going on here. Consciously aware in the dream state, we have access to
deeper dimensions of ...
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 deeper self-
hypnosis. Our suggestions in a state of hypnosis or self-hypnosis act on the
senses. For example, we can make a ...
But like a sailor on the sea moving toward an island or point on the sea's horizon,
we lucid dreamers direct the focus of our intent within dreaming to seen and
unseen points. In so doing, we come to know the limited realm of our awareness
compared to the magnificent depth and creativity of what I refer to as “the
dreaming.” As a portion of our conscious awareness rides upon the surface realm
of the subconscious, we sense the support and the magnificent majesty of the
A healthy respect for what we call the unconscious or subconscious has
considerable value. However, a fear of what essentially constitutes a portion of
our being does not seem healthy or respectful; rather, it seems needlessly
divisive and limiting. To counter our intense cultural conditioning, we must
possess a sense of curious engagement to venture into the unconscious. Even
though it's a part of us, it exists as terra incognita or, perhaps more appropriately,
psyche incognita—we ...
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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