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Lucid Dreaming by Robert Waggoner – Brief Remarks

Posted by Raul Barral Tamayo en Jueves, 28 de agosto, 2014

Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is the account of a talented lucid dreamer who consciously sought out the principles of the dreaming realm, while lucidly aware.

While lucid (consciously aware) 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, and address questions and requests to the unknown awareness behind the dream, he began to get deeply creative 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.

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.

Robert Waggoner is President-elect of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and a graduate of Drake University with a degree in psychology. Over the past thirty years, he has logged more than a thousand lucid dreams. He is an international speaker and coeditor of the quartely publication, The Lucid Dream Exchange.

Comments extracted from the book, they could be right or wrong, you decide for yourself:

    • Consciously ware in  the drema state, we hace access to deeper dimensions of information and knowing that can hardly be explained by expectation or mental modeling.
    • “Yiu are what you let yourself become” said the inner advisor. That answer satisfied me completely: The living of life was an allowing of self.
    • No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. But like a sailor on the sea moving toward an island or point om the sea’s horizon, we lucid dreamers direct the focus of our intent within dreaming to seen and useen points.
    • Some people, including highly trained psychologists, have what amounts to a basic fear of t he subconscious. They simply do not believe that the waking self should interact with unconscious of subconscious elements.
    • Some observers raise a concern about dreamers using lucid wareness to escape or avoid a dream’s message and, thus, the opportunity for personal growth the dream might otherwise provide. Like all dreamers, if we purposely ignore a dream message, it likely returns in another dream or some other form.
    • Adventurous lucid dreamer explorers are likely to encounter severl pehnomena along their path. Out-of-body experiences, for example, are quite common.
    • Mental space can twist the mind of the lucid dreamer. In one sense, you paradoxically experience the illusion of space and the infinity of space.
    • For some lucid dreamers, first years actually pose a possible threat to their future development as lucid dreamers. One can become trapped by t he pleasure principle, so to speak.
    • Beginning in 1981, the first articles about lucid dreaming and the scientific research of Dr. Stephen LaBerge began to appear in popular magazines such as Psychology Today. I felt relieved to see that lucid dreaming had finally been scientifically proven and was inspired to do my own experiments with the unconscious.
    • The unconscious was not chaotic, primitive, and archaic. The unconscious appeared to be both conscious and alive.
    • If the unconscious naturally contained and was the source of primitive, sexual, aggresive impulses, then every lucid dream would be a fight or conflict with these forces. The unconscious seem a relatively enutral party. If there is a battle, it is one that the waking self has with the alternating desires and self-conflicting purposes of the waking self.
    • I considered this portion of Castaneda´s book potentially valid. However, other parts of the book troubled me.
    • Lucid dreamers who fear can make little progress. Fear is the mind killer.
    • You can call it “your” awareness, but i preexists you. The self has awareness, but the self is not the Awareness.
    • In lucid dreaming,  the inner observer appears most likely to be discovered when lucid dreamers trun away rom interacting with the dream figures and simply address the dreaming.
    • The inner observer exists behind the  dreaming and can communicate with the lucid dreamer through inteliigent and responsive vocalizations, thoughts, information, and the presentation of new dream creations or experiences.
    • Ranging from the purely sensual to the intensely spiritual and intellectually profound, lucid dreaming provides fascinating personal experiences. Why, then, do so few progress deeper into the practice?
    • The five stages of lucid dreaming:
      1. Personal play, Pleasure, and Pain Avoidance.
      2. Manipulation, Movement and Me.
      3. Power, Purpose, and Primacy.
      4. Re-reflection, Reaching Out, and Wonder.
      5. Experiencing Awareness.
    • Beginning lucid dreamers tend to foucs on what they find in their dreamscape at the point of becoming lucid. Intermediate lucid dreamers focus on both the dreamscape but expand the dreamscape as they move or search the implied area. Advanced lucid dreamers often engage the broadest range: the dreamscape, the implied dreamscape, and the potential dreamscape.
    • Don Juan: “Dreaming is the gateway to infinity”.
    • When it comes to expectations, you normally get what you expect, at the moment you expect it, to the degree that you expect it.
    • Carl Jung: “Philemon represented a force that was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought… Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight”.
    • The first guideline in “asking the dream” involves the importance of properly wording the request.
    • When lucid and we “ask the dream”, the response arrives in direct relation to the form of our request.
    • A change of word or phrase that seems minor to us is critical to the inner awareness’s response.
    • We can “ask the dream” for virtually anything.
    • That an inner awareness knows or seems to respond in such a way to stop or redirect our intent shows a caring or responsible aspect to the inner observer.
    • In nearly every case, the purpose behind the response seems purely educational, helpful, and intended to assist the lucid dreamer. In general terms we would be wise to heed the advice of this inner awareness in the lucid dream.
    • It’s best to request to sense the experience and not to become the experience until you’re truly prepared to let go of normal modes of self reference.
    • Occasional telephatic or clairvoyant information appearing in dreams seems natural to those who monitor their own dreams or work with the dreams of others.
    • To see if you have a talent for receiving telephatic information, I encourage you to find a friend, perhaps online, and play with sending and receiving images in the dream state.
    • Psi is no longer the exclusive gift of rare beings known as “psychic sensitives”, but is a normal part of human existence, capable of being experienced by nearly everyone under the right conditions.
    • For millennia, religious texts, historical notes, and personal memoirs have recorded fascinating accounts of dreams that seemed to contain precognitive information.
    • Mutual dreaming, that is, dreams in which two or more people share the same dream, remains a fascinating yet profundly disturbing idea.
    • Whereas spiritual traditions have maintained that position for millenia, normally as an article of faith, many lucid dreamers are confronting the issue of awareness after death as a matter of personal experience  when conscious in the dream state.
    • Wether lucid or not, the nightly recognition of dreaming connects us to our inner psychological reality and subtly reminds us of the creativity, information, and life energy that lies deep within.
    • Not everyone initially suceeds at lucid dreaming. The most likely reason is that they fail to recall dreams, any dreams.

Lessons in lucidity:

  • To maintain the lucid dream state, you must modulate your emotions.
  • Our senses provide little distinction between physical reality and the real-seeming illusion of the lucid dream. Only the mind distinguishes between the two realities.
  • Only by increasing our conscoius awareness in the dream state can we ever realize the nature of the reality we experience.
  • Lucid dreamers must learn to focus simultaneously on both their conscious awareness and the apparent dreaming activities. To maintain lucidity, we must develop a proper balance of mindful, aware interacting to engage the dream consciously.
  • Almost all movement and flying in the dream begins, proceeds, and ends in the same way -with the manipulation of the mind. Any way is the right way, because there is basically one way, and that way is through manipulating awareness.
  • The dream space largely mirrors your ideas, expectations, and beliefs about it. By changing your expectations and beliefs, you change the dream space. Realizing mental space responds best to mental manipulations, you let go of phsysical manipulations and use the wings of your mind.
  • The mind, emotions, and mental action precede the effect.
  • Concentrating on the goal as your sole focus, thne intending yourself there, moves your awareness effortlessly.
  • When you foucs on your goal, you attract your goal. When you focus on fears, you attract your fears. In a mental space, your focus matters because it naturally draws you to the area of your focus.
  • Emotions energize the area of focus. If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, just add some emotional energy to it. Emotion shortens the distance between the experience and the experiencer, between the dreamer and the desired.

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