Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple

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.


Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready have written a lovely guide to lucid dreaming. Unlike most “beginner’s” guides, this book has depth and a sensitivity to the subject born of years of combined personal experience with lucid dreaming.

Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple covers topics from ‘the power of projected belief’ to making thoughtful responses in the lucid dream, and explores dream settings as projected mental energy. The style is clear and inviting with some great examples woven into the text.

This book is well worth reading and not just for beginners either – for anyone interested in exploring lucid dreaming. Highly recommended!


Waggoner & McCready speak about what they know from personal experience. Using Waggoners methods I got immediate results. The book brings up many deep questions -- but rather than giving answers, shows how others got their answers and shows you how to get your own. I recommend this book without hesitation.


Since reading a few chapters, I've had 5 nights with lucid dreams in 12 days, including some of my longest ones ever. I'm not sure if I ever even had 2 in 12 days before. There are some great ideas for becoming and remaining that I never read online before.

Dan S

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