Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is the account of an extraordinarily talented lucid dreamer who goes beyond the boundaries of both psychology and religion. In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self.
While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state and able to act and interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. He was able to interact consciously with the dream observer - the apparent Inner Self - within the dream. At first this seemed shocking, even impossible, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Subliminal Self, the Center, and the Internal Self-Helper in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. He concluded that while aware in the dream state, one has both a psychological tool and a platform from which to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man's psyche as well.
Waggoner proposes 5 stages of lucid dreaming and guides listeners through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level. 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 definition of reality.
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Imaging Through is the Key ...
A universal principle in martial arts is sometimes referred to as "imaging through", meaning that you aim beyond the surface that you intend to affect. This gives form to an intent that will extend energy not only to but through the target successfully. Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is written in precise accordance with this principle. Where many other books on lucid dreaming deliver you to the entrance of the practice, this one will carry you through the gateway, plunge you directly into the domain and introduce you to a vast range of things you can do once you've arrived.The whole thing is clearly based on the author's solid and extensive experience and has great depth. This is very compelling reading/listening for anyone who has a genuine and active interest in this subject.
What I like best about this book is that it discusses not just the how-to of lucid dreaming, but the reasons why you might want to put the necessary effort into accomplishing the necessary skills. It is by no means prescriptive, but it is suggestive of the limitless options open to the lucid dreamer. I also like that the author has steered clear of aligning himself with any particular school or branch of psychology, religion or spiritual discipline and yet has evidently journeyed so far beyond the boundaries and limits other writers and explorers of this area seem to have been limited by.
This is the only performance of Mel Foster I've heard. I would be happy to listen to more from this reader as he seemed to fully understand the text. This really helps to hold attention in long listening sessions, especially where the concepts being communicated are subtle and profound.
I was very moved by the sincerity with which the author reaches out to the reader. There is a convincingly genuine desire to share and communicate real skills and a vision of possible transformation that those skills might enable.
I will certainly take every opportunity to read and hear more of Robert Waggoner's work having listened to Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and I shall want to obtain a hard copy of this book for future reference.
- Mr. R. Coldman "Richard Coldman"
Listening to This While I Slept