In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self. I dreamed of marrying my wife a month before I met her. It went on twice that long, and I found myself unable to stay with it. Maybe there is a reason for this? Interesting look at lucid dreaming though, and links to Freud and Jung ideas about the psych, unconscious and dreaming. We need to intentionally focus away from the presented dream environment and toward the presumed awareness behind the dream. This is a good book to start with if you are an open-minded dreamer who's new to 'deeper dreaming' and psi stuff.
This apparently has very effective and intelligent results. Books like this are unfortunately a big waste of time. Very interesting stuff, but I couldn't stomach the magical thinking. You will be reading long boring dreams dairy. Bring lucidity to your dreams to help unlock the secrets of your unconscious mind! Also, to maintain the lucid dream state you must modulate your emotions. For example, pre-cognition, the foreknowledge of an event, by dreaming aspects of the event beforehand.
This book significantly added to my lucid dreaming life. He discovers that the unconscious is not chaotic, primitive and archaic. I have not found this to be true, and he offers no scientific evidence to support his claim. This guy is a pioneer who's work should be taken seriously, even if it is unlikely that your dreams will actually transport you to meet the ghost of your dead hamster that has the winning lottery numbers. As long as the lucid dreamer continues to focus on the dream objects and dream figures which Western psychology tells us exist as reflections of the self , then the lucid dreamer remains involved with the reflections of the self. The text also talks a lot about the larger self as a manifestation of the dream environment.
Though not a recent book it is the best I have encountered on the subject so far. While magic would be fun, that has not been my experience. I forced myself to finish it but spent half the time wanting to throw it out the window. Mr Waggoner's most lucid text covers just about all of the accumulated knowledge of lucid dreaming. I cannot say enough good things about this book! When a lucid dreamer wishes to experience a concept, he or she has a choice of intent: either to sense the concept or to become the concept.
I love his style and the context. Intending to sense the concept will normally result in the concept appearing in some sensory way, involving sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell. Major Life Lesson — Inside of us we have the potential for healing, for educating ourselves and for being more creative. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams. Such an anecdotal formula is certainly exercised a lot in 'Lucid Dreaming'. My interest probably grew out of hearing the Bible story of Joseph and his dreams multiple times as a child. I enjoyed reading this book, though, it was slow going at times.
Some dream figures insist that they are real, and get really offended when the opposite is suggested. Musical and artistic creation, problem solving, exploration of my own psyche - yes. Alternative Practice — Lucid Dreaming. As a side note, while this book is mostly a personal journey, Robert has interacted with a real Who's Who of the lucid dream world, be on the look out for appearances by Stephen Laberge, Clare Johnson, Tenzin Wayngal Rinpoche and Patricia Garfield among others. This is not what I expected when I picked up this book. Waggoner, on the other hand, kept studying his For as long as I can remember, dreams have fascinated me.
Lucid dreaming is the practice of taking control of your dreamscape. Cool ideas: The conscious part of our psyche is only tiny portion of the encompassing unconscious mind. I heard about this book on the podcast, Future Primitive, where the author was being interviewed. Lessons in focus and attention while sleeping help you become mindfully aware of your interactions in the real world as well. As Robert Waggoner is a psychologist, I thought he would be more disciplined when it came to the respect for the scientific method. It goes beyond pleasure-seeking like flying for fun , to pushing the boundaries of the mind, delving into topics like dream telepathy, healing and subconscious unity.
Some of these experiments included, talking to other dream characters to determine their autonomy, trying to predict the future, different ways to stay in the dream longer, as well as asking the dream world for greater clarity and awareness. Now, what's you can believe you can make real in your lucid dreams, so to see him on this psychedelic and metaphysical journey is both astounding and inspiring. I'm on page 150 and I cannot waste more time on this. Like Piaget's stages of cognitive development, the stages become progressively more complex and insightful over time. Those looking for a thorough introduction to dreams and lucid dreaming should look to Steven Laberges book. So was this just a dream figure or her actual great grandmother? However, many suggestions I would hesitate to give credence.
Seems that the unconscious almost has an 'awareness' of its own - linked to Jungian idea. I found myself easily emotionally engaged with the content. Expert Robert Waggoner, who has logged over 1000 lucid dreams, shares his experience to help illuminate your dream world. By changing your expectations and beliefs, you change the dream space. The elusive and intriguing world of lucid dreaming is now open to you with The Lucid Dreaming Pack. The book does what too many books on lucid dreaming do, which is to try and link it to the paranormal.
I have talked with others who also claim to have had lucid dreams. I think the main problem I had is that it is clear that the author is making a huge assumption that dreams are not a random product of the mind, based on experiences. Inspirational quote — Vision Is Mind, Mind Is Empty, Emptiness Is Clear Light, Clear Light Is Union, Union Is Great Bliss by Dawa Gyaltsen. Waggoner, on the other hand, kept studying his dreams. Topics included are psychology exploring unconscious thoughts via lucid dreaming was the most interesting , philosophy who are we when we dream? This book has some practical tips, but more of an interesting exploration of the dream world and the psychology behind it.