This book approaches lucid dreaming with insights from cognitive psychology, and focuses more on how to use lucid dream techniques for personal growth, insight and transformation.
Whether a reader is completely new to lucid dreaming or someone who has experienced that incredible moment of realizing, “This is a dream!”, you will learn valuable tips and techniques gleaned from scientific research and decades of experience to explore this unique state of awareness more deeply.
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.