Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (now in its tenth printing) is the account of a talented lucid dreamer who consciously sought out the principles of the dreaming realm, while lucidly aware.
Conscious in the dream state and able to interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, lucid dreamer Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. Using a counter-intuitive technique to ignore the dream figures and objects, he began to address questions and requests to the ‘awareness behind the dream,’ and received deeply creative, thoughtful and intelligent responses.
At first this seemed shocking, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Inner Self, Subliminal Self, the Center, the Hidden Observer in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that lucid dreaming offered a means to interact with that inner observer directly.
After almost a thousand lucid dreams, he concluded that while aware in the dream state, we have both a psychological tool and a platform from which to begin to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man’s psyche as well. In the book, Waggoner proposes five 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 new levels of exploration.
For example, the Chapter on Healing Yourself and Others provides a dozen anecdotes of lucid dreamers who apparently succeeded in healing themselves while consciously aware in the dream state. How these lucid dreamers approached this, and what happened next, shows a small bit of the enormous potential of lucid dreaming as an alternative healing modality.
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 nature of reality. In its tenth printing, the book shows new areas for scientific research, cultural exploration and personal growth.