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Lucid Dreaming

Gateway to the Inner Self
Narrated by: Mel Foster
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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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.

©2009 Robert Waggoner (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Copyrighted material by E. W. Kellogg III appears by kind permission of Ed Kellogg.

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Disappointing

Only celebrates his own achievements and does not share tipps on how to become a lucid dreamer. It is almost like narcissistic rambling and even the final appendix is very disappointing.

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awesome book

love it. very informative book. I have listened to it over and over. Especially like the stories of his experiences.

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  • Diana
  • 16-09-2017

Very positive helpful experiential stories

I think this is my favorite Lucid Dreaming book because it is not as much about method as it is about sharing experiences - thus making Lucid Dreaming seem more natural.

There are also helpful ideas in the appendix section, but the stories related make Lucid Dreaming seem very do-able.

The writing is so natural and flowing that at times it's like listening to someone share their experiences on a podcast.

Great narration.

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  • Mr. R. Coldman
  • 17-01-2016

Imaging Through is the Key ...

What made the experience of listening to Lucid Dreaming the most enjoyable?

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 did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Hilary Whatley
  • 27-05-2019

An honest account of a lifetime of dream study

This book is a journey to personal spirituality and awareness through lucid dreaming, not so much a lucid dreaming tutorial (if that's what you're looking for). He writes it more like a series of lucid experiments, which I love. Asking the dream source to experience "unconditional love" is one of the existential experiments he describes, and after reading it, I tried it as well. It was an amazing experience.

He talks about other cool things, like precognition and dreams of the departed, and he gives a lot of cool stories that make you think there's more to dreaming than we currently know. You can take from it what you want. It certainly goes to show, however, that the possibilities inside the dream realm are endless.

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  • sasha b
  • 28-02-2019

comprehensive

This book is great for those seeking more knowledge about lucid dreaming. A couple chapters seemed repetitive and I almost stopped listening but just like that it got even more interesting. coming from an experienced lucid dreamer, I can say that this book is a great tool into further exploration of the unconscious mind!

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  • VW
  • 16-07-2016

This One is a Must for Those Interested in Dreams

Definitely one of the most amazing books I've read to date. Robert Wagoner is not only an extremely talented lucid dreamer, but also an extremely engaging author. I couldn't stop listening to the book. Robert Wagoner has had and documented the most profound lucid dreams of which I had never imagined possible. Mel Foster does a fantastic job narrating. I actually started the book over again as soon as I finished it.

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  • Jeremy Bartz
  • 25-09-2018

Good

I wish it was the authors voice
It’s good for understanding the mind but not much on how to lucid dream

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  • Tracker Buckmann
  • 11-04-2019

Best book on the subject.

This is by far the best book on the subject that I have read and I have read many. Whether you're a complete skeptic or someone genuinely seeking spiritual answers you'll find valuable concepts here without a lot of new age bullshit or murky occult silliness. I'd recommend following this up with Michael Harner's "Cave and cosmos" which is also on here in audio format. This information combined with that book makes that one much better than I initially thought it was. Dreams are more than you think they are and this material will help you to understand that. Good luck, I hope this helps you to make an informed decision.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2020

Repeat repeat repeat

Interesting in starting but over same stuff again n again n again.
A chapter would have been sufficient to cover what he had to tell.

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  • Timothy D. Wainscott
  • 23-05-2019

An excellent book for the curious.

I have recently become interested in lucid dreaming and this book was recommended among other books. I am happy I chose this book to be my first on the subject.

The narration was well done and the information, along with the stories, was very interesting.

I recommend very much this book for anyone curious about lucid dreaming.

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  • Nir
  • 04-01-2019

Interesting, but feels repetitive.

It's really nice to listen to, and brings some interesting insights about lucid dreaming . However, it feels very repetitive and long with trillion examples - I wish it was more to the point, or providing practical advice . Might be more suitable for people who are already practicing lucidity for a few years.

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  • V Ramanauskas
  • 27-07-2016

A bit repetitive

Struggled to finish. Feeled a bit repetitive. Got all info I wanted after few hours.

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  • The Wolf Cub
  • 09-09-2018

Surpassed Expectations

I'm learning to lucid dream and as a beginner I found this book to be of tremendous value. It explains various techniques that can be used to help but beyond that it shows the huge value of lucid dreams. I was going to say the sky's the limit, but with lucid dreaming it doesn't appear to end there! Enjoy.

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  • JJ
  • 27-10-2018

Excellent book on an important topic

This book gives a comprehensive overview of the western approach to lucid dreaming and dream work. I would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more or deepening their practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

Good book for everyone

This book is quite good for beginners as wel more advanced lucid dreamers. The author uses his personal experience and examples to make his points clear

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  • Owen Hanner
  • 25-09-2019

Comprehensive insight

A thorough and open-spirited exploration of the dream realm's limitless scope - mainly from the author's personal experiences.
Appendix includes lucidity techniques and advice for all levels of dream awareness.
I found Robert's openness in sharing his dreams to be very enjoyable. It is clear he has drawn more pathways than conclusions over his lifetime, making him ideally receptive for the dream world's confidences.
recommended for anyone with even passing interest.
it could've perhaps done with a more soulful narrator, but Mel foster is as clear as a windowpane - he never gets in the way. I can't fault this audiobook, and touched lucidity one week into listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2019

Not what I expected ( in a good way)

This was not what I expected ( in a good way ). The book intelligently approaches the subject and takes on headlong some of the perceived ideas of purportedly becoming master of your nocturnal universe.

I found it a good compliment to the works of Robert Moss and is a good practical further read to Freudian and Jungian ideas.

All in all a thoroughly thought-provoking and enjoyable read.

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  • Darragh
  • 18-03-2016

awesome thanks

refreshing but I'll keep searching. whish I knew what for. Then I wouldn't be searching anymore...hmm

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