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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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 ...
We will never develop a truer conceptualization of the subconscious and
unconscious if we only dance around it or consider it from the safe distance of the
waking world. Why not let go of fear and interact with the dream ... Any attempt to
disturb the dream, to involve the (assumed tainted) ego with it, or bring conscious
awareness into it should, according to this viewpoint, be deemed fundamentally
profane and a violation of the sacred. I, too, view dreaming as a profound and
... or her waking self in the dream is the only reality. Don Juan cautioned
Castaneda that the presumption of control could become a major stumbling block
along the path. Since the ego finds security in the feeling of control, it habitually
occupies those areas deemed under its control. Any journey into one's depth
requires the flexibility and courage to accept a more profound reality and move
outside of the area of the ego's control. When lucid dreamers focus upon what
they don't control, ...
Don Juan had told Castaneda that fear was the first barrier to overcome, since
the ego used fear as a reason not to explore one's totality and, instead, maintain
the ego's dominance of the waking self. During one of these buzzing episodes, I
noticed that I seemed suspended in space. I viewed the room from a perspective
about five feet above my physical body, which, of course, seemed extremely odd!
How was I getting a view like that, when I knew my body lay in bed with eyes
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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