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Robert Waggoner 7/22/2015 5:47 PM
Hi Dylan, Glad you enjoyed my book -- it's been great to hear from people who read it and see lucid dreaming's greater potential. Interesting 'family reunion' dream of your's, which seemed to presage your grandma's passing. I have also heard from at least one lucid dreamer who talked with a loved one, who had Alzheimers. In the lucid (?) dream, the loved one explained that the body consciousness needed to continue for its own purposes, but 'he' was doing fine (and had already 'passed' in a sense, even though the body still lived). I imagine in a few more years there will be more reports like this, which give all of us a more nuanced view of passing over, especially for those who have Alzheimers or vascular dementia, etc. Thanks for sharing your experience. Lucid wishes!
Dylan Sonderman 7/22/2015 5:39 PM
Hello Robert, huge fan of your book and you. You've really expanded my whole world. This dream I had in 2013 deeply shook my view of reality. I hadn't spoken to my grandma in years, but we were very close when I was young. Once a brilliant psychologist, as she got older she developed severe mental health issues that made her aggressive and difficult to be with. In the dream, on September 3, I go to a family reunion. When I arrive, I suddenly realize my grandma has died. I begin to cry. Then my grandma walks in with a tall and faceless figure by her sides. Her eyes are bloodshot, staring right at me, and she's wearing a white robe and singing "Remember me as I was when you were a child" I awake and call her and get some things off my chest to her. She dies of a brain hemorrhage on October 14. I hadn't thought of her in so long, and then I dream and she dies unexpectedly. What she said helped me make peace with her and our memories. What do you make of this?
Robert Waggoner 6/22/2015 9:59 AM
Hi Andy, Glad to hear my book got you interested in lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming seems a mentally dynamic state, which normally reflects our beliefs, expectations, focus, intent and 'will' -- along with an X, which you could call the unconscious or the Self. When it comes to 'manifesting things', the wording is important, as is your belief, expectation, intent, etc., in that moment. Sometimes a lucid dreamer may 'wish' a thing -- and it will not manifest, because it does not have the support of the belief system, and little mental energy behind the intent. So all of this means that manifesting things takes some 'thought', some practice and some work. ;-) Welcome to the world of lucid dreaming -- it's a journey, but one worth taking!
Andy 6/22/2015 9:36 AM
Hey Robert your book got me interested in lucid dreaming. I do a lot of reality checks but when I am lucid, I can't yet work with the awareness behind the dream. I try to manifest things and most times nothing changes. Is there a way to change the dream scenery while you are still in the dream? It tends to wake me up when I try. Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 6/17/2015 6:53 PM
Hi Karren, Yes, it sounds like you have had some lucid dreams. Congratulations! Of course, an experienced lucid dreamer would do much more than simply stop the dream, re-wind it, etc. In my recent book with Caroline McCready, we point out that you can use lucid dreaming to do the following: 1) Access Creativity -- seek out new art, new music, solutions to problems, etc., and then wake with it, 2) Emotional healing -- use lucid dreaming to actively overcome fears, anxiety, etc., 3) Promote physical healing -- when lucid, use your 'intent' to direct healing energy to physical ailments, 4) Explore the mind and consciousness -- discover how deep lucid dreaming can take you, and how you can interact with your 'larger awareness' by asking it questions, etc., and 5) Use lucid dreaming for spiritual practices -- for example, 'meditate' within a lucid dream, or ask 'Hey, let me experience unconditional love!' - and then see what happens. Hopefully, in this list you see how deep it is!
Karren Sager 6/17/2015 6:44 PM
I guess I'm curious I read something on Facebook about this and I think I have been doing this my entire life when I was a little girl I would be in a dream and decide I didn't like it and I would call it changing the channel like my dream was the tv and my mind the remote control I remember multiple dreams every nightand can pause and rewind parts of my dreams or go back to dreams I have had before when I don't like the one I'm in. Does that sound like lucidreaming? Is that what I have been doing what do I do next?
Robert Waggoner 6/11/2015 10:00 AM
Hi Dan, Glad to hear that one day's reading of our new book led to a lucid dream that night! ;-) Often it seems that deep focus (which occurs when reading a captivating book) can set up the proper mental atmosphere for a lucid dream.... as it seems in your case. Have to ask this based on the lead-up to your lucid dream: Do you have any personal experience with 'missing time'? Lucid wishes on your journey!
Dan McDonald 6/11/2015 9:53 AM
Had a few lucid dreams many years ago when I read a book by Stephen LeBerge. Having recently found it again, I decided to see what advanced had been made in the years since and ended up purchasing your book "Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple" and started reading it last night. I figured it would be days or weeks before I had a lucid dream, but I had one this morning! I was driving home late at night, it was pitch black. On the radio a couple was upset that they couldn't remember two hours of their lives. It was darker than it should be. I had to pull over because my car wasn't responding right. My lights were out. The steering wheel was way off to my left. I pulled it and my seat slid back to the wheel. I realized car seats don't move that way and I must be dreaming. I was suddenly back in my bed at home, but knew I was still dreaming, so I shot through the ceiling and started flying. I was in my old yard in Florida and it was morning. I woke up when my wife opened the door.
Robert Waggoner 5/25/2015 8:57 AM
Hi Mark, Yes, in some lucid dreams, we seem to realize gradually that 'This is a dream' -- but do not have that 'Aha!' moment. Lucid awareness has levels, and so we can move from a semi-lucid state (where we grasp that something seems dreamy) to a more fully lucid state (where we act from the knowledge that we dream). Also, as you have noted, it can be hard to recall the first portion of a long lucid dream. For this reason, when doing experiments in a lucid dream, tell yourself to 'wake' after conducting the experiment, so the results are clear in your mind. Interestingly, Freud felt that we may have an 'inner censor' who kept us from recalling portions of our dreams -- so that might be the 'cheesecloth' experience in your lucid dream which filtered out parts of it :-) Yes, I have had similar experiences, too. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 5/25/2015 8:50 AM
Hi Colleen, Thanks for your note. Often when we 'explore' a lucid dream, we see some interesting things. You can (as I mention in my books) ask the awareness behind the dream, 'What does this represent?' or 'What is the meaning of this?' By doing this, you may learn why you see these symbols, or get some insight into it. In my first book, Lucid Dreaming Gateway to the Inner Self, I have a chapter on using lucid dreams to explore the possible future, and how to do it in a thoughtful and rational manner. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 5/25/2015 8:45 AM
Hi Dan, Thanks for your note. I taught myself how to lucid dream in 1975. At my 'peak', I recorded 30 lucid dreams in a month (some nights, I would have multiple lucid dreams). However, over the course of time (40 years!), I have periods of a lot of lucid dream activity, and then periods without much, and a couple of years where I let go of lucid dreaming (after having an experience of 7 false awakenings in a row). Now, when you talk to lucid dreamers, you may meet people who lucid dream every night -- but after 20,000 lucid dreams, you may realize that some do the same things over and over, and do not experiment or conceptually grow. My point is that having many thousands of lucid dreams does not necessarily lead to insight, deep exploration or profound experimentation. So quantity does not always lead to quality. Lucid wishes!
Mark James 5/25/2015 8:45 AM
Robert, have you ever just 'ended up lucid' without the Aha! moment? Last night I was dreaming I was with a girl. At a certain point, I was just conscious I was dreaming. I have no idea when I became lucid. I had been aware for some time that I was dreaming, but there was no 'first moment'. I left the girl, went out and read a stone inscription and repeatedly looked away, just to see if it would change. Each time, it did. Then I closed my eyes and 'willed' the scene to switch to a beach scene. This also worked. But I realized that I was forgetting earlier parts of the dream even though lucid. So I decided to wake. As I did, I first felt myself hovering a foot or less over my body, then felt myself 'settle in', legs first. As the top half of me came down, I felt much of the dream that I still remembered 'stripped away', as if filtered through a cheesecloth. What I remembered on waking was a tiny fraction of what I had known seconds before! Have you experienced these phenomena?
Colleen 5/25/2015 8:45 AM
I had a series of dreams I thought were symbolic. I was lucid, and explored the space of the dreams, and I felt uncomfortable in the dreams featuring public bathrooms often in a lower level of what I thought was a ship. The toilets were different sizes. Not as new and clean as I like, and often there was water on the floor. I held my bladder in the dreams, always searching for a cleaner, more private place to void. I just started working at a nursing home. The dreams were literal. How do I work with precognitive dreams?
Dan 5/25/2015 8:34 AM
Hi Robert, you have stated 40 years of lucid dreaming, but only 1000 ld's. That is about 14,600 nights (not counting leap year). Seems like an average of 2 per month, not many. Is that your current average? And, what can be done to increase occurance? One feedback indicated a successful ld and none for 3 years after. Thank You Kindly!!
Robert Waggoner 5/19/2015 3:58 AM
Hi Albert, Glad to hear that you are reading my first book, and thinking about lucid dreams. The experience of asking, "Hey! I want to hear my feeling tone!" -- led to an incredible lucid dream (that appeared to mimic ancient Hindu views of mantra sounds beginning with a seed sound or Bindu - which I apparently conceptually experienced). Once the vibration of the feeling tone became so intense, it seemed that 'I' ceased to exist as a self construct -- however, the awareness took refuge in a larger sense of self. The larger sense thought to recapitulate me -and after trying to recall 'me', it finally did, and I found myself lucidly aware in front of the house. So here, perhaps, we have a symbolic demonstration of 'integration' with the larger awareness, or the Self (a'la Jung). In waking life, I feel we connect with this Self via dreams, intuitions, etc., so the act of lucid dreaming may allow easier communication between layers of Self. They co-exist, but the degree is the thing!
Albert 5/19/2015 3:44 AM
Hello Robert, I'm currently reading your book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. I just read the section in Chapter 6 where you describe asking the dream to show you your feeling-tone. It was interesting to read how you felt as if you were retreating into your unconscious, and felt as if you lost the sense of being "Robert." My question is, what do you think would've happened had you not pulled yourself back? Do you think it would be possible for a person to merge their ego with their unconscious within a dream? Would they be able to continue this merger even during waking life? I'm wondering what your thoughts on this matter are. Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 5/16/2015 10:13 AM
Hello Ivy, Glad to hear that you are reading my first book, and already having some short lucid dreams! In the book's appendix, I offer some advice on how to have longer and more stable lucid dreams. To your question: Perhaps, could you try this approach for a week, and see how it works for you? While meditating, you may have an advantage of being more focused, inwardly deeper and open to suggestion. So all of that may assist you. However, a person would still want to remind themselves before sleep of their interest in seeing their hands and realizing that 'This is a dream!' By having that reminder before sleep, it helps set your intent clearly in place. Best wishes as you go more deeply into lucid dreaming!
Ivy 5/16/2015 10:06 AM
Hello Robert, I enjoyed watching your interviews on YouTube and later purchased your book (the first one), which I'm now reading. I've had a couple very short lucid dreams so far and would love to experience more! My question is, do you think it would work if, instead of actually looking at my hands, I would visualise them during my meditation while repeating the sentence about seeing them in my dream and becoming lucid? Hope this makes sense. :) Thank you!
Robert Waggoner 4/30/2015 7:43 AM
Hi Lori, Glad to hear that you have had a few lucid dreams. Did you know that a survey in the International Journal of Dream Research showed that approx. 70% of college age students in the USA and Europe have had lucid dreams, and about 20% of them have lucid dreams each month? So lucid dreaming is quite widespread. Personally, I have been lucid dreaming for 40 years, and had more than 1,000 lucid dreams. The field of memory studies indicates that memories are quite dynamic, and change over time. Also a memory can be altered by circumstance and other life events. I imagine that literally everyone has false memories - it seems the nature of memory to construct, update and then re-construct. Do I believe that lucid dreaming leads to false memories? No. Do I feel the average person should have a concern about this? No. When it comes to remembering lucid dreams, I put them in my dream journal to remember them! Otherwise, they mix w/ other dreams in my memory & change. Thanks!
Lori S. 4/30/2015 7:27 AM
I've had a few lucid dreams and they've been very cool. Short but cool :) But now I've been reading they can cause real problems with false memories -- you end up not knowing whether you did something in a dream or in real life. That sounds horrifying! The short lucid dreams I had are clear to me as dreams. But I can imagine that if you had lots of lucid dreams and you were remembering back months or years, the problem could be real. Do you think it is? I ask because I do have two 'impossible memories' from childhood that I now realize were only dreams in which I was fully conscious, but not aware that I was dreaming. I would not like my everyday life to become full of such "memories"!
Robert Waggoner 4/29/2015 8:56 AM
Hi Michael, Your three year dry spell ended!! :-) And it ended after writing me to question and complain about it!! Even better! Congrats to you!! So in my first book, I bring up issues that more advanced lucid dreamers can explore, namely 1) the Awareness behind the dream, 2) its ability to respond to most requests, 3) accessing Conceptual information, 4) accessing information outside of your waking self's knowing, etc. Because lucid dreaming allows for personal and scientific experiments, you can read about my (and other's) personal lucid dream experiences of going beyond the waking self's knowledge. This seems to suggest a type of Collective Unconscious (Jung), or possibly an Implicate Order (Bohm), which underlies the waking reality (much as the subconscious underlies consciousness) and may explain synchronicity and other 'surprising' features of waking life. Best wishes as you explore, and congrats for the return of lucid dreaming!
Robert Waggoner 4/29/2015 8:48 AM
Hi Kyle, Congrats on having a lucid dream for about 20 seconds -- and then a 'false awakening'. As my co-author and I tell people in our new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple, when you become lucid, you should not stare at anything for too long (since staring will often cause the lucid dream to collapse). Also, once a lucid dream ends, there are three different outcomes: 1) You wake, 2) You have a false awakening in a real seeming environment -- which actually is a continuation of the dream, and 3) You experience the Void (all the visual imagery ends and you find yourself in a sparkling blackness, where you may watch a new dream begin). So you obviously had a 'false awakening' and the dream continued. Then when you fell asleep again, you had the 'wavy' motion (which seems a bit rare, but may result from moving deeper into the unconscious). Much of our book explains 'how' to increase the length and depth of lucid dreaming, so check it out! Lucid wishes!
michael b 4/29/2015 8:39 AM
Greetings Robert, Last night i spent a good amount of timewriting to you on this forum with some basic information on how long ive been lucidreaming and how my journey began into the world of luciddreaming. Unfortunately I exceeded the maxcharacters without realizing by a whole 1500 when I realized this I hit the wrong button and it was all gone. Sad times when limitations like this occur.following the information i provided was a question I had a lucid dry spell for three years now I couldn't even recall dreams where i wasnt lucid. Then after last nightsunfortunate events after falling asleep i was lucid! I screamed so happily that I wasdreaming and obviously woke my self up, I'm so glad I had those few. Brief moments of awareness again Ifeel regenerated and ready to continue my own research into the subconscious unconscious mind.Another question dawned upon me has anyone tried or proven the possibility of dreaming being some form of internet built into us ?The unconscious highway
Kyle Johnson 4/29/2015 8:39 AM
Hi Robert, I had an interesting dream last night and I had a question on if I actually had a lucid dream. Okay I’ll skip most of it but in my dream a car pulled up in front of me and two llamas and me were driving. I thought to myself, this must be a dream. But I stared at the llamas too long and I woke up, in my dream, on my couch. Which isn’t where I usually wake up in the morning. So I walked around and talked to my mom, still in my dream, and reminded me of the techniques to stay in a lucid dream longer. I went back and lay on my couch and little while later I sat up and everything was wavy. Almost like a camera filter, I walked all around and everything seemed to move in a “wavy” motion. I suddenly woke up in my bed and did a quick reality check to make sure I wasn’t dreaming again and wrote my dream in my journal. Anyhow, can you please explain my experience to me because I’m still pretty confused if I actually was lucidly aware in my dream?
Robert Waggoner 4/25/2015 9:09 PM
Hi Daniel, Thanks for your question. I know some wonderful lucid dreamers who keep all their dreams in audio. The only thing that I hear them complain about -- trying to find a 'big' dream from years or months earlier (which would mean listening to lots and lots of audio files). So written or audio does not matter in terms of becoming lucid.... Lucid wishes!
Daniel 4/25/2015 9:06 PM
Hi Robert, I am curious whether or not anyone has studied (or if there is simply a general consensus among lucid dreamers) if there is any difference (advantage/disadvantage) to keeping an audio dream journal instead of a more traditional written one. I feel like I can keep an audio dream journal easier and I feel like I often go into more detail than I would if I have to write it out. What about typing one's dream journal? Do these different modalities matter? Thanks, Daniel
Robert Waggoner 4/22/2015 1:59 PM
Hi Jacob, Glad to hear that you have had a couple of lucid dreams! It's a good start. In general, it sounds like you are doing relatively well -- keeping a dream journal, doing some reality checks.... But if it was me, then I would do these things: 1) Buy some highly rated books on lucid dreaming -- since they are more likely to 'feed your mind' with good information, and also likely to prompt a lucid dream (all the time people tell me that reading my books led to spontaneous lucid dreams), 2) Develop a regular pre-sleep lucid dream practice (I have about six possibilities in my new book) and s) Try to be more 'aware' or 'mindful' during the day -- look at the world as an interesting 'creation' or like a movie -- try to discern what the various 'actors' are doing or what they mean symbolically. As we investigate our life experience more deeply, we tend to investigate dreams more deeply, and then become lucid. So three pieces of advice.... Go forth and get lucid! Best wishes!
Jacob Badding 4/22/2015 1:52 PM
Hello, I'm so excited that I finally found your blog I recently stumbled upon lucid dreaming when in a dream. I was at a gelato bar and I was talking to the ice cream scooper and I made her fly out of the door. I actively started my dream journal on March 1st and have been trying different techniques reading books, and watching documentaries about lucid dreaming every day since. On March 16th I had my first lucid dream, I talked to a lucid dream figure guide who acted as the answering service to my subconscious because I yelled out a question and he came out from behind me! But since then, nadda :( i know that lucid dreaming is hard but I have been doing affirmations and RCs every day. I write in my dream journal almost every day and have even started to begin meditating. so my question to you is about conscious awareness. When I am dreaming, I have no idea that I am dreaming. I don't know if this is because of a lack of conscious awareness or what! hoping you are able to help - Jake
Robert Waggoner 4/21/2015 8:56 AM
Hi Mark, Thanks for your note, and glad to hear that my book prompted a lucid dream for you. In my experience with a 1,000 personal lucid dreams, and reading many more thousands (submitted to the magazine Lucid Dreaming Experience - LDE), there seems little connection with lucid dreams and "spinning vertigo." I can not speak for Ryan Hurd, but the idea of spinning in a lucid dream first appears in S. LaBerge's book, Lucid Dreaming. There he suggests that perhaps a lucid dream could be prolonged by 'spinning' -- and he found that when a lucid dream seemed ready to collapse, that he could spin, and often a new scene would appear allowing him to continue. However, LaBerge's idea may 'succeed' only by virtue of his expectation. I say this because others developed other techniques to prolong lucid dreams -- some 'fell' to the ground, others close or blink their eyes. In any case, read the LDE -- and you will see that no one reports experiencing vertigo - so no worries. Best wishes!
Mark James 4/21/2015 8:35 AM
Hi. I've had several shortish lucid dreams over the years. One recently 'induced' after reading Robert's book. Things have been written -- chiefly by Ryan Hurd -- about the relationship between the vestibular mechanism and lucid dreams. This is scary to me. I have a low-level balance problem that very occasionally becomes full-blown positional vertigo. (Not Meniere's, it's related to painless migraine.) Hurd makes it sound as if virtually every lucid dream begins and/or ends with a period of spinning vertigo. I haven't had that experience -- and I don't want it! Especially if it carries over into waking reality or provokes that circuit. LaBerge would seem to argue it does not -- he says his 'spinning' technique doesn't cause vertigo, because the dream body doesn't seem 'hooked up' to the vestibular mechanism in that way. Bottom line is I really want to get better at lucid dreaming. But I really don't want to provoke vertigo. Do you find it's a common problem with people? Thanks.
Robert Waggoner 4/11/2015 1:52 PM
Hi Brian, Glad to hear that Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self took your interest to new levels! Stanley Krippner, PhD, and Montague Ullman MD are largely responsible for the scientific investigation of dream telepathy (they have a fascinating book, Dream Telepathy, and discuss their research). I encourage people to simply 'try' basic dream telepathy with a friend who has good dream recall (see www.DreamTelepathy.com for the protocol). To your question, yes, some dreams and lucid dreams 'suggest' the possibility of inter-subjective activity. And yes, some rare dreams and lucid dreams suggest that one can enter another's dream. However, 'dream telepathy' may explain these encounters (that is, the 'information' enters your dream state, and not the person's mental self). By practicing simple dream telepathy, you can learn about the experience, and various complex issues around it. Lucid wishes!
Brian Stanton 4/11/2015 1:42 PM
Hello Robert - “Clear dreaming”, as Paul Tholey would call it, has become a major passion in my life over the last 2 years. “Gateway to the Inner Self” took my intrigue to new levels... and I feel fortunate to have found it, since active interest is critically important towards achieving lucidity on any given night. The concept of communication between dreamers, whether telepathic or otherwise, is fascinating to me, and I’ve tried with limited success to transmit a # to one of my less lucidly talented friends (although we may have made contact within the dream). Ed Kellogg wrote an interesting article for the June 2013 LDE in which he discussed the possibility of DE’s existing as real people from WPR. To what extent do you think we exist in this “intersubjective” space in dreams? Can we potentially enter someone else’s dream? Thanks and keep writing!
Robert Waggoner 3/29/2015 1:11 PM
Hi Jesse, Congrats on have about 15 lucid dreams! That's a good start! So as you read deeper into my book, I try to make a few points: 1) Dream figures vary in their responsiveness, behavior and seeming awareness, 2) Instead of asking a dream figure, you might want to shout out a question to the awareness behind the dream (since it seems more aware and responsive and creative than a typical dream figure), and 3) Sometimes you may meet an exceptionally 'lucid' dream figure who acts with awareness and independent agency - then ask them the question, and see what happens. Finally, you could ask dream figures a very open ended question, such as this opening line, "What do you represent?" or "Who are you?" A question like that may result in an interesting response! Lucid wishes.
Jesse 3/29/2015 1:06 PM
Hi Robert, I'm about half way through your "gateway" lucid dreaming book. I've had about 12-15 LD of different durations. I keep asking the people in the dreams what the symbols mean, usually they say nothing, or that they don't know. I had a LD this morning and asked again. The dream character moved his lips but no sound came out. I asked about the dream symbols again and leaned closer to his mouth. I heard a whisper "Why do you want to know?" Then I woke. Wasn't expecting that response! Should I just keep asking them? Should I ask a different question first? Thanks
Robert Waggoner 3/26/2015 5:21 PM
Hi Tarvi, Thanks for your note. It sounds like you have not read any of my books (so you might do that and learn more about lucid dreaming). Your experience with a "weird feeling in my chest" sounds like sleep paralysis or like an OBE experience (which sometimes happens when people do WILD) -- so you might want to read about those two states. To your first question, are you saying you become lucid and then feel 'frozen'? Like you can not even move your hand, or take one step? If so, that is very very rare. To me, it sounds like one of two things: 1) You have a 'belief' problem about acting in a dream - and therefore subconsciously can not act, or 2) You are very new to lucid dreaming, and simply do not realize how to respond. Best wishes (and there is a lot to learn, if you want to be a good lucid dreamer!). Good luck!
Robert Waggoner 3/26/2015 5:13 PM
Hi Ben, Glad to hear that our new book is prompting you to have lots of lucid dreams! That's great! Tell your friends :-) Okay.... first, do not drink so much water that you have to wake three hours later. That is too soon. You want to wake about 5 hours into sleeping since that is when lucid dreams are more likely to occur (so maybe just one glass of water is all). Does that make sense? Okay, then as you fall asleep, keep a 'quiet mind' (so don't get too excited) and use the 'counting technique' as you fall back to sleep, or whatever you normally use..... So our book Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple is for beginners and intermediate lucid dreamers -- then my first book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is for advanced people. But yes, I do plan to write a third book for those who want to explore deeply. Lucid wishes!
Tarvi 3/26/2015 5:04 PM
Hi Robert, i am having more often dreams where it hits me that i am dreaming, but i cannot move myself- the dream just goes on and i observe it. That state lasts like 5-10sec and then i wake up. Is there any explanation for this? Oh and one time when i woke up i didnt move myself and in about 5 seconds i had this really weird feeling in my chest. Like there was some kind of pressure and i felt electricity or i dont know how to explain it. Is that like WILD method but skiping the relaxation part? Havent been able to go into a lucid dream and test it more because i usually automatically open my eyes... Thank you :-)
Ben 3/26/2015 5:04 PM
Hi Robert you may remember me from a few weeks back :) ... Since I have talked to you previously, I have progressed in my lucid dreams... I purchased your book(plain and simple) and am addicted to it! There is so much valuable information... I have had 3 lucid dreams so far... 2 regular ones and one through WILD. I find that sleep paralysis is a bit more affective for me... So here is what I do... At night before I go to sleep I drink a bunch of water until I am super full... Then I wake up about 3 or 4 hours later... I refresh myself and go back to bed attempting WILD... What happens sometimes is that I can't focus very well or I just fall asleep... Any tips on how to improve this part of the WILD process? Also I was wondering If you are going to writing any other books on the future! Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 3/23/2015 12:28 PM
Hi again Amie, A quick note about my general rule of 'going to the area of the most energy' in the lucid dream.... After years of lucid dreaming, I realized that lucid dreaming involved a 'relationship' between the dreamer, the dream and the larger awareness. Even though I could habitually fly around and have fun, I came to see that 'going to the area of the most energy' might educate me (the ego/waking self) about inner issues -- and possibly that I might resolve them there in the virtual reality of the lucid dream. Doing this, I learned not to ignore 'stuff'. Sure, I can fly and play and run away from scenes of negative energy -- but if I stayed there, watched it, learned -- then it helped resolve things. After a while, I made this a general principle, since it lead to more growth, contentment and integration. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 3/23/2015 12:23 PM
Hi Amie, First, congratulations on your success with regularly lucid dreaming. Well done! Here are some possible items to consider: 1) It may be that 'the plan' for your lucid dream (conceived by the waking/ego self) contains some element that seems disruptive or too ambitious to the larger awareness (or maybe even the ego) -- so it jettisons the lucidity and you wake, or 2) As you begin to consider the 'plan', the energy inherent in it causes you to spin out of control and wake (for myself, I have had a few 'plans' that when I began to express them, I felt concerned for a few moments as I could feel the energy increase, like 'What have I just done!?' - but remaining calm, I could see it through, or if too much, I could say, 'Cancel!' or 'Stop!'). For this reason, you may want to ratchet back your plans a bit, and open up to the larger awareness with 'Show me something important for me to see!' Then it can express itself, and lead you to helpful areas. Lucid wishes!
Amie 3/23/2015 12:13 PM
I've been lucid dreaming pretty regularly - a few times a week. but the last 5 or 6 times - this strange thing happens. Moments after I initiate a dream plan I loose lucidity. This is a new experience. I just can't seem to hold my ground in the dream. I try spinning, I try calling out "more lucidity now". I've tried staying in motion whilst calling out the dream plan.... but this ripple comes in and I fade into unconsciousness. If I don't initiate a dream plan this doesn't happen. The last few times, I have just decided to leave the plan and play - this worked and I was able to remain lucid. You have written - go to the area of most energy. Can you say more about that. And any other suggestions about dream plans in general. Many thanks in advance. Amie :)
Robert Waggoner 3/17/2015 9:02 PM
Hi Sonia, Congratulations on getting lucid! As I mention in my book, dream figures vary in their responsiveness and awareness. Sometimes their comments seem very limited or strange. For that reason, I suggest to experienced lucid dreamers that they ignore the dream figures and simply make a request of the 'awareness behind the dream'. So, asking, "Show me something important for me to see" -- often results in interesting information. Anyway, lucid dreaming is a path. I tell people to always go to the area of the most energy.... there, you can learn things, sometimes resolve issues, and move forward. Most importantly you (and all lucid dreamers) discover that lucid dreaming involves a relationship with the various aspects of the self, and the larger awareness. Lucid wishes!
Sonia 3/17/2015 8:45 PM
Robert, I am new to Lucid Dreaming. I started with LaBerge's book in February, and succeeded in having my first couple of lucid dreams. And now I just finished your book "Gateway..." - and last night I had 2 more lucid dreams. First I was having difficulty flying and I decided to try something else. I decided to look for my parents (he's deceased). I found Mom, but she had a dazed look on her face. I decided to let her be. I kept looking for Dad, but could not find him. At first I wasn't sure what to do, so I decided to ask if the dream had a message for me. I asked a man sitting on a chair, and he said I was sick. He said I had a "heart stroke" - not sure what it meant, I decided to ask someone else. I asked a man who was walking by and he gave me a confused look and said he did not have any messages. I asked a third person but then I woke up. As I am still new to Lucid Dreaming, I feel I would like some guidance and direction. I am interested in LD for self discovery and growth.
Robert Waggoner 3/5/2015 9:35 AM
Hi Ty, Lots of lucid dreamers have "very vivid" dreams -- but they still manage to become lucidly aware, and think, 'Wait a second, this is a dream!' So with the ideas, tips and insights in my book, plus your own natural ability, I think you will do fine... :-) Lucid wishes!
Ty Woodson 3/5/2015 9:33 AM
Hi Robert, I've been trying to lucid dream for about a week and a half, I know that's not a very long time but I'm worried that I won't be able to have a lucid dream Because my dreams are very vivid and I'm a little worried that because my dreams are so vivid and realistic that i won't be able to tell the difference between my waking state and my dreaming state and not become lucid, i plan on reading your book in the near future, if you have any other advice Id be happy to hear it
Robert Waggoner 3/4/2015 8:23 AM
Hi Tobias, Thanks for these three excellent lucid dreams. They show the complexity of lucid dreaming -- and how our 'intent' is acted upon (we 'intend' to go in reverse and we go in reverse; we 'intend' to dive deeper into the dream, and we do so -- even though we feel a bit of concern about 'what' that experience means). Also the lucid dreams show how we do not control the lucid dream, but 'relate' to it and our larger awareness. And they show how sometimes we can validate the information upon waking, with a bit of research. Well done! Regarding your experience of following the girl back into the dream, and she says, "You cheat. We are not allowed to socialize with the opposite." This has not happened to me -- but I have heard of an experience (possibly an OBE) in which the person was not welcomed and forced out of the place. Anyway -- as you discover in your zero point experience, a lucid dreamer must feel 'okay' with strange experiences! Congratulations.
Tobias 3/4/2015 8:15 AM
Hi again Robert, recently while lucid I felt that I wanted to continue to dive deeper into the dream. Only my intention of this put me in a tube. I was pulled into it and a sucking sound rang in my ears. Everything narrowed in front of me and turned black. I felt that I began to lose the concept of who I was. I was afraid that I never would wake up again but at the same time determined that I wanted to continue and I put my "trust" to the dream. My consciousness subsided and I was a little white dot surrounded by a pitch black darkness. I do not know if I really became the dot itself but I was reduced down to a consciousness that was only aware of this dot and nothing else. It felt like I had reached the "zero point". After a few moments I popped out the whole thing and found myself in a new more "normal" dream setting. This was one of my more profound experiences.Maybe I was tested by the dream how far I wanted to go? After this, my trust for lucid dreaming have increased even more.
Tobias 3/4/2015 8:15 AM
Hi Robert, lucid in a dream I found myself in a narrow tunnel at maximum speed, small messages hanged above me but I went so fast that I did not have time to read them. "Stop, not so fast, reverse so I can read," I shouted out. Now I was traveling backwards instead. I looked at the messages. Everyone seemed to be about money. One had a picture of a Swedish 500 bill. A gentle voice boomed out and told me that the wall of the building behind Charles XI (the king on the bill) consists of material from Germany. The word bank was also included somewhere in the sentence. When awake I Googled the bill and found out that the building on the bill behind the king is Sweden's first national bank building. It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin borned in Germany in 1612. I had no prior knowledge that the building shows Sweden's first national banking building or that a German architect had designed it. As we move deeper in the world of lucidity new information seems to open up.
Tobias 3/4/2015 8:15 AM
Hi Robert,recently I first had a regular dream where I met a girl that I felt a tremendous affinity with. We talked about things I do not remember.Then I woke up. I was determined to try to resume the same dream but this time with lucidity. I managed to do so and found myself back in the same dream. The girl stood with her back towards me. Excited that I was lucid and expected a good time I turned her facing me. To my great surprise she looked at me with shock and became very upset when she saw that I was aware and lucid. "You cheat", she screamed at me. "We are not allowed to socialize with the opposite". Astounded at her mood change I asked, "Says who?" "My grandmother", the girl replied. Then a bunch of friends to her began menacingly approaching me. I was speechless , could not utter a word . I wanted to ask them what they represented but I couldn't speak. I pulled myself out of the dream and woke up. Robert have you ever entered a state where your lucidity was not welcomed?
Robert Waggoner 3/1/2015 8:15 AM
Hi Daniel, You asked if antidepressants (AD) can affect dream recall. By searching on the internet it appears that the answer is, 'Yes.' Clicking around, I found this: any antidepressants (ADs) affect REM sleep directly and so may change the content and frequency of dream reports. In a recent systematic review, published online in Sleep Medicine Reviews, Gotthard Tribl and colleagues summarised studies that have investigated the impact of ADs on dream content (in both patients with major depression and healthy non-depressed control participants) The authors found that, across studies, ADs tended to decrease dream recall frequency, and this was particularly the case for a class of ADs called Tricyclic antidepressants. The reduction in dream recall was found for both normal volunteers and patients with depression.
Robert Waggoner 3/1/2015 8:08 AM
Hi Musab, Thanks for your questions. While I have yet to hear of anyone who used lucid dreaming to lose weight, I do feel it is possible. The reason? One person's lucid dream of meeting a part of himself (his 'brain' in the form of a dream figure), who asked him to quit smoking. The lucid dreamer told him, 'I tried, but I always have cravings to smoke. So if you can make the cravings go away, then maybe I can quit' (this story is in Charlie Morley's 2015 book). So when he woke, he had no interest in smoking, and never had cravings. A year later, he still has not smoked - and has no interest. Therefore if a lucid dreamer could "make an agreement" with his 'food eating self' that he will only eat enough to maintain his ideal weight.... then it might work to accomplish that. To your other question, 'you' are part of your inner self -- so you are already utterly connected and communicating (even if unawares). Lucid wishes!
Musab 3/1/2015 8:01 AM
Hi Robert, I have two questions. 1) is it possible to use lucid dream for losing weight like using it for physical healing. 2) is it possible to ask our subconscious or inner self to communicate with us during the day whenever we ask. Thanks
Robert Waggoner 2/27/2015 6:38 AM
Hi Ben, Thanks for your note.... Hmmm. Have you ever thought of buying our new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple? Seriously. I've been lucid dreaming for 40 years and my co-author for 20 years -- we've put a lot of the latest scientific studies and our best insights into this book to help people (like you) have lucid dreams. The first step is remembering your dreams.... so best wishes with that and all the best going forward!
Ben 2/27/2015 6:31 AM
Thanks so much! ... I will definitely try that out... Sorry to bother you again, I am just so interested in this :)... I have been trying WILD (even as a beginner) and haven't been able to fully enter sleep paralysis... I think it will just take some time honestly but if you have any suggestions that would be great (or if I should just not go into WILD now)... What happened last night is that I woke up at 3 in the morning... I put in ear plugs and went to bed while trying sleep paralysis... I kept getting lost in my thoughts which I think may have to do with the fact that I turned off my clock (the kind that ticks constantly)... Also I read that if you wake up 1.5 hours early, go back to sleep 1.5 hours later (while doing Mild the last 10 minutes before sleeping), then sleeping for 1.5 hours you are ALOT more likely to have a lucid dream. Is that true?........ Thanks so much again! If you mind me asking questions here let me know and I will stop... Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 2/26/2015 1:40 PM
Hi Ben, Okay -- it's always good to be educated with the facts and skills to lucid dream! So it looks like your big issue appears to be 'dream recall'. Today, a lucid dreamer wrote me and said that a 'tip' in my new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple, super-charged his dream recall. After using it, he recalled six dreams in one night!! His normal average was 3 to 4 per week. So this is what he read in my book: Before Going To Sleep, Tell Yourself 'Tonight I allow myself to recall my dreams easily.' Then each time you wake, think, 'What was I just dreaming?' and jot it down. ....... Can you do that? Good. Because I want to hear about the improvement in your dream recall.... :-) Lucid wishes!
Ben 2/26/2015 1:34 PM
Hello Robert I have been trying to lucid dream lately and in my opinion I am quite educated with the facts and skills needed to lucid dream... I know that it takes some time to lucid dream but I think I may have seen issues with sleep environment... So first of all I can never remember my dreams... I have only one dream written down in my dream journal (night 1 of 5 attempts to lucid dream)... I usually go to bed from 10-11:30 and wake up at 7:30... My sister wakes up at 5:30 and that always wakes me up... I was trying to set an alarm for 3:00 in the morning to try WILD but I'm just such a deep sleeper that I can never wake up to the alarms I set... I also do frequent reality check throughout the day... I was thinking that when I woke up to my sister I could just put in ear plugs and try WILD... The only thing is that on weekends my sister won't be waking up so early if you do recommend the earplugs idea so I don't know what I should do on the weekends to lucid dream. Thanks so much!
Robert Waggoner 2/17/2015 8:50 AM
Hi Luke, Thanks for checking out my book, and getting on the lucid dreaming path.... Some cool precognitive dreams! It's interesting that we have a 'Knower' who anticipates coming events, and sometimes gives us dream info to think about. To succeed at lucid dreaming, it helps to have good recall (so having good sleep habits, avoiding substances that impair dream recall, etc -- that is all important). Then in the back of the book, I have techniques listed in the Appendix. For beginners, I suggest my Modified Castaneda Technique of Finding Your Hands (see page 268-270). Then on page 278-280, I have tips on how to stabilize the lucid dream, so that it lasts longer, and allows you to play around and experiment. :-) So get into the habit of a nightly practice, and I think you will have success with it, since you obviously have already had some impressive precognitive dreams. Let me know how it goes!
Luke 2/17/2015 8:39 AM
Hello robert, I'm half way through your book "lucid dreaming gateway to the inner self" I'm 27 and it's the first book I've ever read, I've only been looking into lucid dreaming for the past 2 months and trying to lucid dream but I don't think I've had any yet, but I've had about 4-5 precognitive dreams, for instance, I dreamt that my fiancée was really close to a bold man and he was touching her and I knew something was wrong with her but I didn't know what? But when I woke up a couple of hours later she got Bell's palsy it's basically nerve damage in the face so we called an ambulance and a paramedic turned up so I sat down and he went up to her she was sat on the sofa and he was checking her blood pressure and all that but I realised at that point it looked exactly like my dream, and my other dream there was loads of people crowding me and I couldn't breath I managed to get out and I walked into a shop and stood a police man and I asked him for an inhaler, but when I woke my fiancé
Robert Waggoner 2/16/2015 8:50 AM
Hi Nick, Glad you enjoyed the book and had some lucid dreams as you read it! Books that get us to focus deeply, and engage our mind in wondering, often lead to having powerful experiences, like lucid dreams. Congrats! To your question --- when it comes to WILD, some experiences lead to returning to sleep, some to regular dreams, some to lucid dreams, and some to other experiences (like sleep paralysis, and on occasion, OBEs). So it sounds like you have a tendency when using WILD to shift into a sleep paralysis type state -- if so, I'd recommend what Ryan Hurd mentions in his book, Sleep Paralysis -- and use this state to shift to a lucid dream. Hurd recommends this: 1) In that state, focus on a point just below your navel, and then imagine that you are 'rolling up' into that spot -- suddenly as you do so, you may become lucidly aware in a dream, or 2) Focus on your belly, and then tell yourself 'Sit up!' while trying to do so -- you may suddenly find yourself in a lucid dream.
Robert Waggoner 2/16/2015 8:50 AM
Hi Leanne, Lucid dreamers realize that 'Levels of Lucidity' exist. For example, you may see a deceased person at a family gathering and realize this must be a dream, but continue to set a place at the dinner table and pour him some coffee. This suggests 'semi-lucid' behavior -- you have a recognition that you dream, but go along with the flow of the dream. In your particular experience, you have some lucid 'higher order cognitive awareness' within the dream, and apparently encouraged the physical eyes to partially open - but then decided to continue in the dream. So the wonderful thing -- your critical awareness (necessary for lucid dreaming) popped up and wondered a question (e.g., Is it time to wake?) --- which means that you obviously have the ability to lucid dream, especially if you play with this ability and hone your skills. Lucid wishes!
Nick 2/16/2015 8:30 AM
Hi Robert. I read your book, and have already had a couple lucid dreams, I think maybe just as a result of reading and having it on my mind prior to going to bed. Lots of great stuff. I almost couldn't put it down. I have a question about WILD. Every time I try that when I go back to bed, I feel like I enter sleep paralysis fairly quickly, which I have no problem with, but then I never see any kind of vivid imagery, and never manage to fall asleep. Could you suggest any reasons for this? Anyway, thanks for the book, and I really enjoy reading all the questions and answers
Leanne 2/16/2015 8:30 AM
Hello. I have scoured the Internet looking for an answer so I hope you may be able to help me. During an after lunch nap, I dreamt fairly vividly. About 15 minutes into my nap, while into the dream, I recall asking myself if it were time to wake up. I tried to open my eyes, was successful but my eyes wouldn't focus. Somehow, in this state, I decided or told myself, that I wasn't finished napping yet. I closed my eyes again and "resumed" with the dream just where I left off. Because I made a conscious effort to ask myself, would that be considered lucid? Thank you.
Robert Waggoner 2/5/2015 8:27 AM
Hi Tarvi, I began lucid dreaming in 1975 (before the scientific evidence in 1980). So I simply taught myself in those early years. For me, when I realize, 'This is a dream', there is no reason to do a reality check. I already know, 'This is a dream'. So if you know it is a dream, then please go ahead with your lucid dream. However, if you feel you must do a reality check, then do something very very simple, like jump in the air -- if you seem to float or if it seems unreal, then you confirm that it is a dream. Sometimes people do difficult reality checks like try to put their finger through a wall, and it does not work -- so then they feel confused. If you must do a reality check, do a simple one (like jumping up). My new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple has lots of advice for new lucid dreamers. I hope you can check it out. Lucid wishes!
Tarvi 2/5/2015 8:20 AM
Hi Robert, I have a question. When i realize that i am in a dream, i do a reality check but kind of nothing happens.. first time i did reality check in a dream then i just woke up for getting little too excited. But now there has been more dreams where i know i am dreaming and perform several reality checks, but nothing happens.. So is there any reccomendations for me what i should do from people more experienced with LD?
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2015 4:32 PM
Hi MYK, Glad to hear that the magic of life has brought you to lucid dreaming. It's utterly profound :-) And glad to hear that you enjoyed my latest book - I truly want people to go deeply into lucid dreaming. Now, if you are having six lucid dreams a month, then congratulations! It may be that your situation of frequent wakings around 4 a.m., are actually assisting you to become lucid (kind of like Baby Assisted Wake Back to Bed). So personally I would keep going with the magical flow.... and as you fall back to sleep after your baby wakes you, think, 'Oh, this would be a good time to have a lucid dream, and ask the awareness behind the dream, 'Show me something magical'.' Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2015 4:24 PM
Hi Bruce, The critical ingredient to have a lucid dream is 'awareness' (so the dream does not need to be vivid or extraordinary). In an ordinary dream, when you find yourself in Miami, and then think, 'Wait. I don't live in Miami. Oh this is a dream!' -- it shows that you have been more aware of your dream surroundings and come to a critical realization, 'This is a dream.' So lucid dreams emerge from the common ordinary dreams which we have every night. When we bring an extra bit of awareness, or an extra bit of focused intent (to become lucid), then we tip the scales in our favor and become lucid. After that, 'Chance favors the prepared mind', so it helps to read my new book in order to know how to stabilize the lucid dream, and then manipulate within it. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2015 4:18 PM
Hi Coco, Often when I have dreams of famous people, they represent the 'characteristics' that they are known for. So if I am having a dream about honesty, and then see Abraham Lincoln, he exists as my inner symbol for honesty. So write down three characteristics of the famous person, when they next appear in your dream, and you will have a better idea of what the dream may be stating in symbolic language.
myk 2/3/2015 4:13 PM
Hi Robert, my new year's resolution was to live a more magical life (open ended goal). And magically I found myself immersed in the world of lucid dreaming. I think I'm doing fairly well. I had six lucid dreams in the month if January and I often am able to record between four and six dreams a night. My main obstacle seems to be my sleeping situation. I cosleep with my son who is baby. Around 4am he starts waking up a lot and so do I! Since I have pretty good dream recall from the early to mid points of the night, do you think I could train myself to become lucid then rather than in the early morning? Also, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed and appreciated you latest book. It's fantastic!
Bruce 2/3/2015 4:13 PM
Hello Robert - Can you tell me if it is possible to have a lucid dream if you do not already have vivid dreams? I do not seem to have dreams where I could become lucid because I am not already fully aware of my dreams. Thank you for your time and all you have done for the "Lucid Community".
Coco 2/3/2015 4:12 PM
Hi Robert.Most of my life if I remember a dream,it will be with somebody very special..George Bush.Geraldo Rivera.Schwarzenegger ,Ronald Reagan etc....and similar.I the dreams these people are very close to me and there is always a full story..I do not pay attention more to those people then any other people...why is that?
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2015 8:49 AM
Hi Karen, Thanks for your questions. Many people become lucid (realize they are dreaming) when they meet a deceased figure, and think, 'Wait a minute, this must be a dream!' Now at that point, the figure may be a dream symbol, or it may be something else (possibly the spiritual essence of the person). To work with this quandary, lucid dreamers can ask questions of the figure, and then later 'verify' the information, and see if it seems factually correct. If you read the chapter on this in my first book, you will see that many lucid dreamers have received accurate information (which supports the idea of engaging the spiritual essence of the person). In the book, there is more experimenting with this -- so, lucid dreaming can be used in a scientific manner to explore this important question. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2015 8:44 AM
Hi Glenn, Thanks for checking into the C2C show. It sounds like you have a natural talent at becoming lucid -- but a person, still has to learn how to manipulate within the dream and even more significantly, 'what' can be done within lucid dreaming. Many lucid dreamers never conceive of the idea of intending to improve the health of the body (but in my first book, you can read many successful examples of lucid dreamers who experimented with that). Similarly, many believe that it all just happens in the mushy brain, but if they experiment, then they see much more seems accessible. Becoming lucid is an important first step, so congratulations! Best wishes as you take it deeper!
karen larsen 2/3/2015 8:36 AM
Hi Robert, I just caught the tail end of your talk on coast to coast a.m. and had a question for you. is it possible to really communicate with a deceased loved one in a lucid dream? What I mean to say is, is the deceased person REALLY talking from beyond the grave? Do you have evidence of this? thankyou.
Robert Waggoner 2/2/2015 8:35 AM
Hi Paresh, Congratulations! You are on the lucid dreaming path.... Read my instructions again, so that you can recall them when you next become lucid. Best wishes!
Glenn 2/3/2015 8:36 AM
Hi Robert, I just saw that you will be a guest on coast to coast tonight. I intend on getting your book and listening to your appearance. I have never read anything or heard anyone speak on the lucid dreaming. I am in my 50's and have been having lucid dreams about 5 to 6 times a year for most of my life. I Never gave it much thought and didn't know what it was called until maybe 7 years ago. I just tried to have fun and enjoy the lucid dreaming while I was there. Most of the times if I wasn't sure if I was dreaming, I could semi wake myself to check and then when i see I was dreaming go back into lucid dreaming state. Looking forward to hearing you and reading your book. Any thoughts on my experience? Thanks! Glenn
Robert Waggoner 2/2/2015 8:32 AM
Hi Michael, Glad to hear you were mesmerized by my book. For me, it is important that everyone understand how deep you can take lucid dreaming (which is why I wrote it). Okay... when it comes to poor dream recall, it helps to look at exterior factors (taking medications, alcohol or other things in the evening? turbulent busy life) and inner factors (one part of you feels too busy already and just wants to sleep, etc., writing down dreams takes too much time, and so on). Then ask yourself, how do you really feel about keeping a dream journal? Finally, you could try this: Before sleep, make this your intent: 'Tonight I will have a very powerful dream which explains to me in a simple fashion how to recall my dreams more easily.' Pay attention. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 2/2/2015 8:22 AM
Hi Nick, Thanks for identifying the problem with some 'dream signs'.... In my new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple, I talk about this and suggest alternatives. One approach is the one I developed as a young person to have my first lucid dream: Each night before sleep, I'd look at the palms of my hands while repeatedly telling myself, 'Tonight in my dreams, I will see my hands and realize I am dreaming.' I do that for about 3 to 5 minutes until tired, and then fall asleep. After practicing this each night, your 'hands' then become your dream sign -- and when they pop in front of your face, you think, 'Oh! This is a dream.' Check out my new book for more details :-) about making your 'hands' your most predictable and helpful dream sign. Best wishes!
Paresh Sinha 2/2/2015 8:16 AM
Hi Robert, Just wanted to let you know. Yesterday I had my first LD. Although I forgot to ask my subconscious for 100% lucidity, I remembered your first 30 seconds instruction blog. This was the very first dream which I remember was so vividly colorful. But I was acting very erratically, by which I mean that I was not completely myself. I was behaving in a way which in retrospect feels strange. I was aware that it was a dream and I was reminding myself that I need to remember this while still in the dream. Thrice while dreaming, my eyes got closed forcefully and I woke up in my bed still dreaming. Dream felt much like and also at the same time much different than waking reality. I don't remember feeling much of my body and my conversation felt as if I'm not saying things consciously most of the time. Also, the very first person who appeared in my dream was one of my cousins and on asking him if he was my subconscious, he nodded 'yes'.
michael 2/2/2015 8:16 AM
Hello robert! i read your book and was simply mesmerized by it. I've been interested in lucid dreaming for quite a long time and lately i've been taking this matter very seriously, trying to have as many lucid dreams as i can. I succeeded in having a few lucid dreams but my dream recall remains very poor no matter what I do. i keep a dream journal, my sleep hygiene improved drastically, i do reality checks on a regular basis, i try to raise my awareness and be as aware as possible, also i do your technique of looking at my hands before i go to sleep and i do formal suggestion on a regular basis. I've even tried eating lucid foods and listening to lucid dreaming music while sleeping yet my dream recall remains poor. I'm not afraid of what will happen in my dreams and I'm ready to face my fears and I certainly don't underestimate the meaning of dreams. It does take me some time to fall asleep every night, could it be related to my everyday problems? Any suggestions? Thanks. Michael.
Nick 2/2/2015 8:16 AM
It seems like all my dreamsigns are people or things from the past, but I never see those during waking hours, so it is impossible to do reality checks based on things I see during the day. How can I recognize dreamsigns that are all family members, old friends or places I have lived in the past?
Robert Waggoner 1/20/2015 3:59 PM
Hello Ricardo, Thanks for your note and book suggestions. I have read most of "Entangled Minds" and enjoyed Dean Radin's scientific investigation of the studies which provide evidence for common experiences, like telepathy, precognition, etc. In my first book, I provide examples of experienced lucid dreamers obtaining telepathic and forward looking information when lucidly aware. Since they have done this, it suggests that telepathy and precognition could be studied in the dream laboratory, through the use of talented lucid dreamers. To your question about reality checks.... in my books, I tell of the technique I used to become lucidly aware (in the beginning) -- so please google my Modified Castaneda Technique for Finding Your Hands. Using that technique, you develop a 'conditioned response' in which you see your hand (the stimulus) and then think, 'This is a dream!' (the response). It worked for me, and will likely work for you too. Lucid wishes!
Ricardo 1/20/2015 3:52 PM
Hello Robert! I would like to suggest you the reading of "Entangled Minds" and "Supernormal", both from Dean Radin, where he shows many serious scientific studys giving evidence for some phenomenon like telepathy, precognition, etc, related to dream. As an expert dream explorer, I bet you will enjoy such readings. At last, I would like to make you a question: it seems that lots of reality checks during the day (with strong awareness) are not working for me. Why? How many reality checks you used to do (as a "begginer") and how many do you do recently? Thanks a lot! See you! - Ricardo
Robert Waggoner 1/18/2015 12:02 PM
Hi Tobias, Congratulations on your lucid dream! Glad to hear that it was prompted by reading our new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple... Now, as you know, the exact wording of an intent is always important - and so a small change in wording can create an entirely different experience (therefore, you might want to craft a new 'request' for future attempts). Also, one's expectation can also 'spin' things -- since as the Sufis say, 'The water takes the quality of the cup'.... Finally, it seems a bit interesting that in my new book, I mention the story of a lucid dreamer who literally kept encountering 'brick walls' - and your lucid dream encounters a concrete block, followed by two more and then doors, followed by more doors. Is there a lesson there? Continued success as you explore the lucid path. Best wishes!
Tobias 1/18/2015 11:51 AM
Hi Robert, I have purchased your new book and started reading it. It is great. As usual when I read something by Robert I get lucid. So last night I found myself lucid in a shopping mall. I rememberd my mission to ask the awareness; "Take me beyond my own self". Nothing really happend, I expected to be swift away. Instead a concrete block blocked my way. I moved it aside, then another and a third. Then I came to a door, I opend it, then another 10 doors. Leading to a staircase down into a small locker room. I opened the locker then maybe 5 more only to find a single pair of kids shorts hanging on a hanger. A dream figure enterd the scene and I asked what this was. "I dont know", he answered, "I have to have ask my dad this afternoon.". There is no time in this dimension I replied. He didn't answer and I woke up. Robert, do you have any thoughts on maybe a better wording next time when I am lucid. I dont know if this experience ment something but it wasn't what I asked for. /Tobias
Robert Waggoner 1/16/2015 10:01 AM
Hi Monica, Congratulations on increasing your dream recall, since that is an important first step on the lucid dreaming path! You basically need to have nightly dream recall, otherwise you may have a brief lucid dream and literally not remember it. For beginners, dream recall is essential. Now that you have made it to that stage, you can begin to use the practices. I often recommend my Modified Castaneda Technique of Finding Your Hands, since this is something that everyone can do each night, and it creates a 'conditioned response' in which you see your hands and think, 'This is a dream!' In order for it to work, you must do it every night so that the associational link is strong. The stimulus - see your hands - prompts the immediate response, 'This is a dream!' Do the practice nightly for one month, and I bet you have at least two lucid dreams, if not more! :-) Finally, what do you want to do if you became lucid tonight? Think about it. Having a goal brings it to you. Onward!
Monica 1/16/2015 9:50 AM
Hello Robert, I got your book a little while ago and it was a wonderful insight into the potential of lucid dreaming. However, I have been trying to lucid dream for over a month and have not had any success yet. I've tried your technique as well as the methods of Stephen LaBerge. The main difference is that I've gone from only recalling my dreams every 2 or 3 days to remembering dreams almost every night. Any suggestions as to what else I might try, or is this common and I'm expecting too much to soon? I'd appreciate your input. Thank you for your help.
Robert Waggoner 1/9/2015 8:44 AM
Hi Paresh, Best wishes on your plans for lucid flying! I feel that as you begin to notice the details more, then you will also notice the odd things and strangeness, which then may help you realize, 'Oh, this is a dream!' We can assist this process by being more mindful in our daily life -- by noticing strange things or odd coincidence and wondering, 'Am I dreaming now?' By being more conscious and mindful during the day, we increase our likelihood of being more mindful and lucid during our dreams. Lucid wishes!
Paresh Sinha 1/9/2015 8:41 AM
Hi Robert, Thank You for your response. I've plans of flying when I become lucid. The first part of my question was dropped by the server yesterday. Here it is: Since my last question about the color vividness in my dreams- they have started appearing, although still not very vivid. But the level of details which I usually observe in the dream state are increasing day by day. Also, on some occasions I had some sensations which I felt were very tangible (like that of a touch). Starting recently, by the end of my ongoing dreams I'll always recall the earlier parts of the same dream and that I need to write them down in my Dream Journal (I also jot down some points or atleast get to my DJ in my dream state). However, I never realise that I'm still in that same dream (maybe a kind of false awakening...). Continued...
Robert Waggoner 1/8/2015 7:31 AM
Hi Rishi, Thanks for your note. I hope my first book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self and my newly released book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple (with co-author Caroline McCready) help many people progress deeply on the path of lucid dreaming! Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 1/8/2015 7:29 AM
Hi Paresh, Congratulations on your progress. There are levels of lucid dreaming, and we may become 'semi-lucid' and see our experience as dream-like, but then continue with little awareness or lucidity. By doing Reality Checks, it can help to confirm that we are definitely dreaming. However, in your case, you may want to consider some additional things. For example, if you became lucid tonight, what would you want to do? Sometimes, if we do not have a 'plan' about what we want to do, then we fail to do anything. :-) By having a goal of something that we really want to achieve, then when we become lucid, we often think, 'Oh this is a dream. Now I can ....(do my goal).' Also, you may need to 'Enhance Your Awareness' (as I write about in my new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple). You can become lucid and shout out, 'More awareness now!' or 'Greater clarity now'. You can rub your hands together in the lucid dream, and ground yourself more fully in the experience. Good luck
Rishi 1/8/2015 7:19 AM
Hi Robert, Just wanted to drop a thanks for your book.
Paresh Sinha 1/8/2015 7:18 AM
Hi Robert, Another issue is that in the four months of my LD endeavour these were the moments where I showed some signs of attaining lucidity, but I don't have the consciousness to do the RCs: 1. Once while walking, I thought it is a dream, I tried to fly and jumped up to a height of 5-6 feets. Then I feel down and forgot about it. 2. I had multiple moments of something similar to false awakenings as described above. 3. Only once while chasing someone I thought about the absurdity of the situation and tried to do a hand RC. But then I woke up. 4. Many a times, my dream self knows it's a dream but I'm not lucid. Please review my progress and advice me on how can I remember to do RCs in my dream. Just FYI: I'm working on 'All Day Awareness' of my five senses and doing on daily RCs in WR diligently. Thank You for your time and valuable suggestions! :-)
Robert Waggoner 12/30/2014 12:59 PM
Hi Tobias, Yes, my new book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple (with co-author Caroline McCready) has just come out in print! Hope you enjoy it. To your interesting question... basically, you are saying that dream figures seem to lose awareness, when you gain awareness. Hmmm..... I wonder about that. Does the lucid dreamer's sudden awareness just make them seem dim by comparison? Or were they always dim, and your lucidity 'confirms' that (but while non-lucid, they seemed equal to you?). In my first book, I suggest some guidelines for interacting with dream figures and the proper way to ask questions.... but I assume you know not to insult them by saying, 'Do you know this is a dream?' -- since they usually respond by looking very disappointed. Anyway, I have sometimes become lucid by very smart dream figures, who remained smart in the lucid dream, As a result, I disagree with a simple, 'I become lucid, DFs become less intelligent'. The actual situation seems more complex! Thx!
Robert Waggoner 12/30/2014 12:42 PM
Hi Cody, Glad you have enjoyed the book. Okay.... as lucid dreamers discover, the wording of the request seems very important. Therefore, when making a question or request, please do not use 'Can I' or 'Should I' type of questions.... because they may seem non-sensical (such as, Can I ask you a question? seems nonsense, since you are asking a question!). Questions or requests that tell 'how' the intent should appear -- such as 'Show me.....' or 'Let me feel....' -- these provide a pathway for expression. Also, you may find it beneficial to do it, as a two part request, as in "When I walk through that door, show me something important for me to see!" In this way, you have stated an action will occur in response to another action (almost like a post-hypnotic request). When I do this, then you (awareness behind the dream) will do that. Hope that helps.... Finally you may want to look at the successful attempts, and see how they differ from the non-successful ones. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 12/30/2014 12:42 PM
Hi Maria, I have been traveling, so I apologize for my late response. Do you mean that in a lucid dream you ask dream figures a question, but get no response? Or do you mean that you ignore the dream figures and ask 'the awareness behind the dream' and seem to get no response? In my book, I give a series of suggestions for interacting with dream figures -- also I mention that many dream figures seem essentially hollow or empty (so they may have nothing to say, and very very little awareness). When asking questions of dream figures, it helps to try and find one that seems very alert, conscious and thoughtful. Even then, you may get a strange response to a question. Now when it comes to asking a question or request to the awareness behind the dream, I suggest to begin with something simple, like 'Hey, show me something important for me to see!' In this request, you have the intent (to be shown something important) and how it is to materialize (as something seen). Lucid wishes!
Tobias 12/30/2014 12:21 PM
Hi Robert, happy new year and looking forward to your new book. My question is about dream figures. I have noticed that every time when I am not lucid and have a conversasion with a figure the dialog is like in physic life and their eyes look a live and full of awareness. But if I gain lucidity during the same conversasion they stop talk and only answer back with nothing or strange words. Also their eyes become blank and robotic. This happens every time, it's like when I gain awareness they loose theirs! Is this something you have reflected upon? Like last night I had a good dialog with a lady but as soon as I became lucid she turned zoombie like and stopped answer my questions. Best regards/ Tobias
Cody Caraballo 12/30/2014 12:21 PM
Hello Mr Waggoner! First I'd like to thank you for the great contribution you have had in my life via your Lucid Dreaming book. I have been practicing lucid dreaming and using it to better myself, however I am running into a problem. Regardless of how it is worded, the tone/format I use, I very rarely receive an answer to the questions I ask while lucid. Even if the question is something as vague as "Show me something funny". I tried to research online to find a solution, but I have yet to find an answer. Do you have any suggestions on what to do? Thank you so much for your time
maria 12/30/2014 12:21 PM
Hi Robert, Becoming aware in my dream that I am dreaming is becoming more frequent but I still could not manage to get answers to questions I ask in my dreams. Why is that and how can I go about being able to get answers? Thanks, Maria
Robert Waggoner 12/21/2014 2:56 PM
Hi Anita, Congratulations on your first lucid dream! As you can see, it may lead to some interesting, curious and awesome experiences. I agree with you -- it does seem amazing that almost all lucid dreamers encounter similar experiences, while lucidly aware. Also, almost all of us learn that we need to modulate our emotions (so we don't pop out of the lucid dream), and not stare at things for long periods (or the dream will collapse). This seems to show that the dream realm has 'rules' and 'principles'. Also the commonality of 'the awareness behind the dream' sounds like lucid dreamers have encountered another 'aware layer of the self' or Self. To me, that observation alone should have a huge impact on science and society. Best wishes as you move deeper into lucid dreaming! --Robert
Anita 12/21/2014 2:51 PM
Hi Robert, after having my first lucid dream a few months ago - in which featured 'the voice' and it was saying, 'what are you doing here - you shouldn't be here' to which I answered, 'why shouldn't I?' then got no reply but then having read your book - I was astounded to read about 'the voice' and the wind - as both of these were in in my lucid dream!!!! Doesn't it strike you odd that most lucid dreamers have these same things in their dreams? Why do these common features appear in the lucid state? Why are they there? Many thanks A
Robert Waggoner 12/13/2014 8:23 AM
Hi Scott, Some research may support your experience that 'speed reading about lucid dreaming before sleep can increase the probability of having a lucid dream', since the unconscious appears to process and understand concepts. An example of this idea can be found in an article by Kristian Marlow in PsychologyToday.com http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201211/let-your-unconscious-mind-read-you In my own lucid dream induction, I have noticed that letting go of the surface level (ego) awareness often leads to an increased likelihood of lucid dreaming (and speed reading seems to do that too). Thanks for sharing your interesting idea -- and let others know that speed reading, 'Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self' led you to a powerful lucid dream. Lucid wishes!
Scott 12/13/2014 8:04 AM
Hi Robert, I had an experience which I thought that you and other readers might find interesting and helpful. Before I went to bed, while reading your book, I decided to speed read. I haven't done this in years. The result was fantastic! I had what could easily be described as the most vivid and longest lucid dream that I've had in my life. I'm thinking this is due to the co-conscious mind being fully engaged prior to sleep. Hope this helps.
Robert Waggoner 12/3/2014 11:07 AM
Hi Paul, Glad to see that you are still looking at all things lucid. :-) If I could direct a person to Castaneda's best book, I would encourage them to read his third book, Journey to Ixtlan. To understand, The Art of Dreaming, you have to read all of the books in order, I feel. That said, I want you to think about the word 'inorganic beings.' What does it mean, inorganic? If you ask me, a child's imaginary friend is an inorganic being. Or the dream figure who grabbed my hand when I lucidly flew above the crowd while knocking off hats -- that meets the definition of an inorganic being. Imagine a 'white bear' and see it in your mind's eye -- that is an inorganic being, though a very simple one. Now here is the rub for most people: is it real? Many people would say 'no' -- but the experience existed, the experience has a reality, and the 'inorganic' being has a reality within that level of experience (or dimension of experience). The psychic reality seems an inorganic one.
Paul Kelly 12/3/2014 10:59 AM
Hey, it's Paul again! I'm currently reading Carlos Castenada's book The Art of Dreaming and I'm deeply intrigued by his tales of trips to inorganic beings' worlds through the use of verbalizing his intent after singling out a so-called "scout" in a lucid dream. I'm interested in your stance on the subject. Have you ever tried it yourself?
Robert Waggoner 11/28/2014 11:52 AM
Hi Paresh, Glad you enjoyed my book, and best wishes on your investigation of lucid dreaming. Some research has been done on 'color' in dreams. In other decades, most people reported 'black and white' dreams (this was during the time of black and white television) -- but since then, more people report 'color' in their dreams. I assume you will have more color in your dreams, as you pay attention to new dreams. Now in my workshops, when someone says that they become lucid, but it seems very 'dim' or 'dark', I normally encourage them to increase their awareness. For example, in the lucid dream they can rub their hands together, or they can shout out, 'Greater awareness now!' or 'More lucidity now!' When they do that in the lucid dream, it often seems to become brighter (like someone turned on the lights). So I think you will find that as you go deeper into lucid dreaming and dreaming, that color and more light will naturally become more common. Lucid wishes!
Paresh Sinha 11/28/2014 11:46 AM
Hi Robert, First of all, Thank You for your book "Lucid Dreaming - Gateway to the inner self". I've started practicing LD two months back. My Dream Recall has increased significantly, but I can't remember the colors in my dream. I just remember some dark colors once in a while, and mostly my dreams seem to be somewhat dull and colorless. Please suggest! Thanking You, Paresh Sinha
Robert Waggoner 11/21/2014 3:03 PM
Hi Slide, Great to hear about your practice of lucid dreams. But I have a bit of news to share: these vibrational stage events sound like a very common feature of OBEs, as does your experience of being stretched, dragged, etc. In my book, I devote half a chapter to the phenomenological differences between a 'lucid dream' and the OBE. Stephen LaBerge did some early research and found that about half of lucid dreamers surveyed, also had experience with OBEs (so your experience seems fairly common for lucid dreamers -- but it is important to see the difference between these two unique states). These two states have similarities -- just as a house cat and a mountain lion have honest similarities -- but they are distinct enough to merit separate classification. So if you have a chance, check my book out of a library, and read about the distinctions between these two states. Lucid wishes!
Slide McSlidingson 11/21/2014 2:56 PM
Good day. I've been practicing lucid dreaming since 2010 and among all the experiences I've had, one stood out. From time to time I would simply realize I'm dreaming. Other times I undergo what some people call the vibrational stage. This is when a ringing or bubbling sound in my ear becomes louder and louder accompanied by my body feeling a tingling sensation all over. The experience that stood out was the feeling of being stretched from the head and feet or being dragged around either from the head or from the feet. I've had semi-conscious dreams when I would be dragged around the floor while sitting or be dragged off the bed. I've concluded that the dreams of being dragged around in the dream and the stretching/dragging sensation during the vibrational stage are related. One time I finally called out this dragging force out. It appeared as a phallic shadow. When I asked what it was it began vocalizing which shook the room we were in. It was weird...
Robert Waggoner 11/18/2014 8:15 AM
Hi Hamid, I have been traveling, so I am late to respond to your message. Many lucid dreamers have the same experience as you, so do not worry. It helps if you can develop the habit in waking life and ask, 'Is this a dream' anytime you see a strange situation -- because then you will begin to ask the same question in the dream state. Also, if you go to the magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience, at www.LucidDreamMagazine.com -- at the bottom, we have a section 'How to Lucid Dream' -- with one article on Five Successful Techniques, and then another article on How to Respond in the First 30 Seconds of a Lucid Dream. By reading and studying those two articles, it may help you get back to having lucid dreams more regularly. Best wishes!
hamid 11/18/2014 8:09 AM
Hi Robert, I could be come lucid couple of times but now even the most strange things in my dreams won't lead me to ask this simple question from myself that is this a dream or realize that I am dreaming. it's couple of weeks now that i practice to be now and still I cannot become lucid. I appreciate any suggestion Thank you, Hamid
Robert Waggoner 11/7/2014 6:57 PM
Hi Paul, After writing in my book about the 'blue speck' and then later, about entire nights of witnessing nothing but blue light -- I did receive a couple of notes from people who follow a certain Hindu philosophy. Also, I have noticed that some report other colors of 'specks' too. I honestly don't know why this happens on occasion. In my case, the small blue speck sometimes occurs when I find myself deep in thought, or conversely, completely mentally quiet. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 11/7/2014 6:54 PM
Hi Tom, As you mention, "I think I may have been influenced by the words of the mystic Swedenborg".... Because the dream state seems so mentally dynamic, and easily picks up and 'projects' our own beliefs outward into the dream, you (and by that I mean all of us) can not understand our experience without understanding the 'experiencer'. That's a long way of saying -- No matter where you go, there you are. For those who do not share your beliefs and do not read Swedenborg, they may think, 'What is space in a lucid dream?' -- and see it as an ideational construct. The 'veils' between dimensions are likely as thin as tissue or as thick as an idea, but if some choose to believe it involves an epic journey, may they enjoy it their selection :-) Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 11/7/2014 6:46 PM
Hi WhiteLotus, If you wish to stop remembering your dreams, simply tell yourself to forget them. It's easy -- millions, if not billions do it every day :-) Most people who have lucid dreams feel a "lucid afterglow" in the morning -- with a sense of empowerment, beauty and peace. So please read my book, and your fears will likely melt away. Lucid wishes!
Paul Kelly 11/7/2014 6:43 PM
Hello there, it's me again! I have another question for you, sir. In your book I saw you mention a speck of blue light appearing in your field of vision from time to time when you thought about something that interests you. Since my girlfriend and I have gotten involved with lucid dreaming and other forms of altered consciousness/spiritual practice, we've noticed something very similar happening to us; the only difference being the color of the dot seems to alternate between blue and red, but I did some research on the internet and learned that many others are experiencing the same phenomena. Do you have any theories as to why this may occur?
Tom Llewellyn 11/7/2014 6:43 PM
Thankss Robert for your response on the 1/10/14 re my question on past life investigation. You ask what is space in a lucid dream to my point about losing lucidity on the trajectory to some location. I think I may have been influenced by the words of the mystic Swedenborg when he said that it sometimes took him days in spirit-travel to reach a certain dimension. Days not because the dimensions were far away in 'space' but because they were far away in 'state'. So perhaps the journey's I/we experience are not so much one of space but of 'state'. The average dream environement may be very far from the vibrational 'state' required to investigate past life situations. Just a thought, perhaps a self limiting one, but I will persevere with your excellent suggestions. Thankyou!
whitelotus 11/7/2014 6:43 PM
I have had some regular lucid dreams when I was in my 20's . Now that I know what they are and I am many years older,I wish to have them again. I seem to be afraid of not having enough rest,or of not being able to stop having them when I want to. There is more fear now. How can I overcome this fear? thanks
Robert Waggoner 11/5/2014 8:03 AM
Thanks Steve. Let us know how things develop! Lucid dreaming truly is a journey.... of near infinite complexity and unfoldment.
Steve Strausbaugh 11/5/2014 8:01 AM
This is possible! However I do feel that I am rather open to these sorts of things. I've noticed that I have no trouble expecting and finding objects...whether it be a car, book, or whatnot. Most of my trouble comes in interacting with DCs. The responses I get either don't make sense or just don't "feel" trustworthy. I am trying to get some sort of verifiable answer. However, this new approach to lucid dreaming is relatively new to me (the last two months---since reading your book) and I will continue to experiment! Thank you for your answers, I really appreciate it!
Robert Waggoner 11/4/2014 6:41 AM
Hi Steve, Sounds like you have a strong lucid dreaming practice. Great! To your question about the seeming non-responsiveness of the awareness behind the dream - Tell me this: When you expect to find a red Ferrari in a (lucidly dreamt) garage, what do you find there? Or when you (lucidly) expect to find an attractive woman, what happens next? Normally in these cases, experienced lucid dreamers find precisely what they expect! So it is easy to accept that you get YOUR expectation. When it comes to 'interacting' with the awareness behind the dream, some people have trouble with it (while many do not). Those having trouble may feel firmly convinced they 'control' the lucid dream, or it 'all' occurs due to them, etc. So when they read about contacting another level of inner awareness, it conflicts with their thinking/expectation (even may elicit concerns) -- and the result of an expectational conflict appears as a 'glitch' (no response, or something odd). Does that sound possible?
Steve Strausbaugh 11/4/2014 6:18 AM
Robert, I read your new book recently---excellent read. Really opened my eyes to some things. However, I do have a few questions. I am a fairly experienced lucid dreamer (upwards of 300 LDs) and I'm trying out some of the things in your book. No matter what I try, I can't seem to communicate with the "voice", the "dreamer behind the dream". I have tried asking directly and asking other dream characters to no avail. When I do, I am met with silence. This happens when I voice any request actually. For example, I became lucid outside of my house and yelled out "Show me something beautiful!".....and nothing happened. The closest I ever got was when I yelled out for the "voice" and I was pummeled with a wind-like energy, like a hurricane, and I woke up. I thought perhaps I heard "Hello" in the wind but I am not certain. Do you have any input or advice? What could I be doing wrong? Thanks a ton
Robert Waggoner 10/24/2014 9:18 AM
Hi Paul, Glad you enjoyed reading my book. False awakenings seem like something that all lucid dreamers encounter. Normally, a lucid dreamer has one false awakening and then wakes to physical reality. However, when you or I have multiple false awakenings, it can feel quite shocking! In talking to others, I have heard of 2, 3, and more false awakenings in a row (even more than 7, like I and Charlie experienced). Now Stephen LaBerge suggested that 'expectation' accounts for false awakenings, since a lucid dreamer often realizes that the lucid dream is collapsing and then 'expects' to wake up --- but by virtue of that expectation 'creates' the false awakening experience. That seems to explain one event, but seven? Or more? Some people suggest that it may connect with probable realms, or even String Theory. Personally, I think it is meant to be educational, and not something meant to cause 'fear'. Of course, our ego selves might not see it that way :-) Lucid wishes!
Paul Kelly 10/24/2014 9:09 AM
I just finished reading Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self and it's by far the best I've read on the subject, but I also read Charlie Morley's wonderful book Dreams of Awakening recently and I noticed that both of you experienced seven false awakenings in a row. I went through the same exact thing earlier this month and it was the most terrifying dream I've ever had. I saw some theorize that multiple false awakenings are used as a scare tactic by the conscious unconscious to shock the dreamer into abandoning their lucid dreaming endeavors. Why do you believe it happens and do you think there's any significance in the number seven in regards to the amount of times one wakes up in the dream world successively?
Robert Waggoner 10/19/2014 4:55 PM
Michael, "What's going on in current lucid dreaming science -can we see it making a larger name for itself in the scientific/spiritual communities any time soon? " Another good question! In current lucid dream science, we have the study by Ursula Voss, et.al., on the electrical stimulation prompt to induce lucid dreaming (which apparently worked well enough to get 70% of the subjects lucid, if only for a few seconds). Other studies have looked at the math ability of dream figures when questioned by lucid dreamers.... But honestly, not much money is spent on lucid dreaming (probably less than $100K a year - which is basically nothing). However, 'if' we develop a gizmo that can reliably induce lucid dreaming on demand, that would provide everyone an entry point. Lucid dreaming is getting more media attention and new grad students exploring it, so there's hope! WHEN science gets it, I feel it will lead to a revolution in psychology, physics and science. It's coming :-) Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 10/19/2014 4:40 PM
Hi Isaiah, "Can you lucid dream without failing asleep?" -- Good question! Technically, you need to be in the dream state in order to realize 'This is a dream' and achieve lucidity, so that suggests you have to be sleeping. But could a person have a 'lucid hallucination'? Become aware of hallucinating within a waking hallucination, and think, 'This a lucid hallucination'? I certainly think so. I recall once on a non-stop drive from the West Coast to Kansas City (in my younger days) that after about 30 hours without sleep, I sat in the back seat looking at the prairie while 'dream-like' images seemed to be projected on the waking physical imagery. I noted it -- and in that sense managed to have a lucid hallucination, based on sleep deprivation. Lucid wishes!
Michael 10/19/2014 4:18 PM
Hi Robert, I read your book, and began my pursuit of lucid dreaming in 2010. During those years I was immersed in many new ways of thinking about myself and the world/reality around me. Lucid dreaming has been a wonderful and large part of all my mental/spiritual development to this point. Recently, several large life changes have created a surge in my dreaming activity, so I was reminded of your book and thought to brush up and re-familiarize with lucid dreaming via your book to try and make better use of this surplus of dreaming. So I got to wondering and thought I'd ask you: What's going on in current lucid dreaming science, can we see it making a larger name for itself in the scientific/spiritual communities any time soon? -Best, Michael
isaiah5055 10/19/2014 4:18 PM
Can you lucid dream without falling asleep
Robert Waggoner 10/12/2014 10:06 AM
Hi Lucas, Glad you enjoyed the book, and have had lucid dreams! When it comes to studying lucid dreaming, I encourage people to look at it broadly (since there are no college degrees in lucid dreaming). Some students approach it by studying the brain and neurology -- some by studying the biochemistry of sleep and dreaming -- some by looking at 'perception' in waking/dreaming/lucid dreaming. These are all fields, which a person can study and it will aid their lucid dreaming (they will see lucid dreaming in new ways and contribute to the knowledge of it). Also, some prefer to study lucid dreaming through the disciplines of history and religion, or perhaps the field of using lucid dreaming to help people with PTSD and phobias. By focusing on a field of your interest in college -- but which connects in some way to lucid dreaming -- you gain some depth of knowledge in that field, plus get to explore lucid dreaming more deeply with the insights from that field. It's a Win-Win :-)
Lucas Bennett 10/12/2014 9:52 AM
Hi Robert, I've read your book on lucid dreaming and it has greatly influenced me. Personally, I've only had around ten lucid dreams, but I am focusing in and quickly getting better. I am a junior in high school and I would like to eventually have a profession in lucid dreaming, but very specifically lucid dreaming, not psychology. Do you have an idea of what I should do in college to make that happen? Also, is there anything I can do to get involved now?
Robert Waggoner 10/1/2014 4:43 PM
Hi M, Thanks for clarifying your experience. The good news is that you are getting 'semi-lucid' on a fairly regular basis. It may be that you need to develop a lucid dream goal -- something simple -- like ask a dream figure, 'What do you represent?' or explore the dream environment, or fly/walk through a wall (knowing it as a dream wall). By having some lucid goals, it will help the dream become more solid, more real, more vivid. After reading your notes, I feel that you may be too focused on the beginning checklist -- and your energy is all focused there, instead of exploring the lucid dream. My book certainly appeals more to intermediate and experienced lucid dreamers, but it may help you actualize lucid dreaming in a broader context - and therefore have fully lucid dreams. There's a saying, 'The map is not the destination' -- in your semi-lucid accounts, it appears you may be focusing too much on the map. Reading about the destination may help elevate your focus. Best wishes!
M 10/1/2014 4:25 PM
Hi Robert. Thanks for the prompt reply. These are a few of my semi-lucid dreams. I realise a balloon powered by flowers instead of balloons. I do a reality check. It's all blurry so I shout 'greater clarity now!' It brightens significantly(still semi lucid) and start rubbing my hands. I appear in my room but my movements are uncoordinated. I wake up shortly. I'm with Donal Skehan in my room. We're planning to induce a lucid dream after eating two slices of bacon. Right after he falls asleep on my bed, an object on the left moves. I do a reality check. I pour two buckets of cold water over me. It becomes more vivid but my hearing is muffled. I start walking outside before waking up. Most of other lucid dreams are similar. Once I'm lucid, I shout clarity now, rub my hands etc. Sometimes, my movements feel rigid. I'm thinking of reading your book when I'm more experienced. I heard it's more for intermediate lucid dreamers. Is that true? Or is it also for beginners?
Robert Waggoner 10/1/2014 2:49 PM
Hi M, Wow! You've had 11 semi-lucid dreams, since you wrote a few weeks ago? That's great. It really sounds like you have a natural ability to lucid dream. But, as you point out, the lucid dreams seem to lack stability. So, M, in order to troubleshoot this, you need to tell me "What happens" as soon as you realize that things seem dream-like? If you can give me a few examples, then I can likely give you some help. Some people become too emotional, and then pop-out. Some people become too un-focused, and return to a regular dream. Some people have a "fear-belief" that it is all to fragile, and their concern makes the lucid dream last 15 seconds. So what exactly happens in these semi-lucid dreams, once you become lucid? Also, have you read my book? Lucid wishes!
M 10/1/2014 2:41 PM
Hi Robert. It's me again. Since I last wrote to you, I've had 11 semi-lucid dreams, 10 of them occuring unintentionally when I was taking a break. I have two questions. Why do I keep having semi-lucid dreams, and not fully lucid ones? I'd read about other beginner lucid dreamers who had a real lucid dream as their first. I'm a bit puzzled as to why all the 16 lucid dreams I've had so far are semi-lucid. And secondly, I tried various stabilising techniques such as shouting clarity now, rubbing my hands, telling myself I'm dreaming, but they either don't work or only have a slight effect. For example, sometimes shouting clarity now improves the vividness by a little or not at all. Can you tell me why they never seem to work for me? Are there other techniques I can use instead? I tried pouring a bucket of cold water over me twice, it seemed to increase my lucidity. Do you think visualising the same scene( pouring water)in vivid detail before I sleep will help me be more lucid? Thank you!
Robert Waggoner 10/1/2014 9:06 AM
Hi Tom, Good question. Sometimes simple questions contain deep issues, so I will try to address the main points. 1) For deep exploring, it pays to be 'deep' in the lucid dream state. 2) The ability to focus awareness allows one to move through strange experiences w/o losing awareness -- so work on that skill while awake through meditation, guided visualization, etc. 3) Beliefs often structure experience -- what is space in a lucid dream? Ask to enter the locale of your most recent past life, when you step through a door, or turn around. A past life space can be an arm lengths away unless you believe it involves a journey. 4) If stuck on the idea of portals, then use a mirror as a portal. Jump in! Ask a helpful dream figure, 'How do I enter a portal to my past life?' - and often they will show a 'space' to the right of you. Try other approaches. 5) Be sure to open up and accept things; fear is the mind killer. So those would be ideas to play with as you move forward. Best wishes!
Tom Llewellyn 10/1/2014 8:54 AM
Hi Robert, Do you have any advice on not losing lucidity whilist journeying to a specific dream location? So for example I was seeking to research my own pastlife experiences recently in lucid dreams and often when I ask to be taken a specific time and place in the past there is often a gravitational force that starts to take me along a particular trajectory to a new dream location but I often lose lucidity whilist on the journey. I want to experiment more with using portals etc to get there quicker but any advice on this point would be very useful! I also tend to be a light sleeper in general so although my lucid dreams can be quite frequent they can be quite short. Thanks! Tom
Robert Waggoner 9/30/2014 8:05 AM
Hi Julie, In a lucid dream, Reality Checks should help us 'confirm' that we exist in a lucid dream. But you can see from your own example (of the disfigured hands) that sometimes it requires some investigation! Therefore, you may want to think about this in waking life and decide upon two reality checks to use (these should be ones that work for you!). Examples of Reality Checks include things like: Floating or Levitating (jump in the air and see if you float); Stretching (can you stretch your finger, your nose, your arm? If so, you're dreaming!); Poking (can you poke your finger through your other hand, or through a wall or a piece of paper?); Breathing (some people hold their nose shut, and if it does not seem that they need to breath, then they know it is a dream); Examining (look at things or the situation closely with a questioning attitude).... These are some of the ways you can Check Your Reality. Lucid wishes!
Julie 9/30/2014 7:53 AM
Hi Robert, hi on the forum! So, recently, especially last night, I've been having lucid and non-lucid dreams in which I'm not totally confident that I'm dreaming! For example, last night, I was in a very stable, long lucid dream and at one point I wanted to jump from a very high up spot to a couch across the room, but was hesitant to because I wasn't totally confident that I was actually dreaming! When I looked at my hands as a check and they were all melted, but even then I did not fully accept this as an indication that I was asleep. I thought, oh this could just be a blip in waking life. !!!! in waking life this is certainly something interesting for me to look at as a metaphor, and thankfully, in waking life I am always certain that I am not asleep. Anyway, could you list some reality-checks I could do to be totally sure that I am dreaming while I'm dreaming? I was looking for a list in the book, do you remember where it is? Thank you! Julie
Robert Waggoner 9/29/2014 8:36 AM
Hi Dusty, Thanks for writing. In general terms, I feel hypnosis and suggestion can lead to creating a conducive mental atmosphere in which lucid dreams can occur. A person has to take care to find a good hypnotic induction for lucid dreaming, though -- since one in which you "walk down a stairway" may get replicated in a dream and result in a symbolically charged situation. Now, I do have to say that what you describe 'sounds like' an OBE or out of body experience, and not a lucid dream. In my book, I explain the phenomenological distinctions between these two states in Chapter 3. While similar in some respects, they differ significantly in other respects (much like a house cat and a mountain lion share certain traits, but differ in others). Best wishes with your use of hypnosis!
Robert Waggoner 9/29/2014 8:36 AM
Hi Linda, Thanks for your note, and "may all your dreams come true". On this board, I do not interpret dream symbols. Instead, I encourage readers to check out the thoughtful dream interpretation books by Drs. Gayle Delaney, Patricia Garfield, Teresa DeCicco and also Justina Lasley. For example, Justina suggests writing out the dream, circling each noun, and then write out three associations to each noun ( for example, if you dream of a dog, the dog might associate with freedom, friendship and loyalty -- then re-read the dream but substitute the associations in place of the nouns). When you shift over to those associations, suddenly the dream may connect with a current life event, belief issue or situation -- and give you insight. Lucid wishes!
Dusty 9/29/2014 8:23 AM
Hi Robert, several years ago I used to become lucid in my dreams at least twice a month. They always began with a light buzzing noise in my ears and then a sense of slow motion and leaving the body through the crown. During those episodes I could remember my name and other details about myself and I was aware that I was lying in my bed while I was having these experiences. For some reason I am not having these experiences anymore. In your book you mentioned about how Hypnosis can help one to gain lucidity, I am planning to give hypnosis a try to bring these experiences back. I am wondering if you know any hypnotist who is specialized in this field. Thank you so much for your help, also thank you for such an in depth work on Lucid Dreaming!
Linda Jochimsen 9/29/2014 8:23 AM
Hi Robert, I continue to know you are the expert on lucid dreaming as I met you in my class at University of washington one year. I had a dream last night where tinker bell came and waved her wand and i awoke. I immediately had the thought may all your dreams come true, then started asking questions like wow - am I to go to Disneyland? or work for Disney? or am I living a fantasy? or is there some magical experience I am seeking or living in the moment? I would love your thoughts on this dream symbol. Thank you, Linda
Robert Waggoner 9/24/2014 8:57 AM
Hi Brandon, Thanks for sharing your lucid dream experience. In general, lucid dream figures often respond with disapproval to the idea that they are nothing but creations of the dreamer's mind. Sometimes they will tell the lucid dreamer, "How do you know I am not dreaming you?" Or make other comments. In your case (and I note that you are in a different kind of lucid dream, or a second level), the figure says, "You know too much!" and begins to assault you. So this is your dream, and I can only guess, but if it were my dream, I would wonder, 'Do I feel too much knowledge is dangerous?' If so, this figure may have represented that type of fear or concern. Now if this happens all the time in your lucid dream, then I would explore my personal beliefs about the subconscious -- do I feel it is dangerous or filled with unresolved angers and fears? By resolving those beliefs and issues, then the emotional energy will also tend to be resolved. Best wishes!
Robert Waggoner 9/24/2014 8:49 AM
Hi Paul, Thanks for your telling about your experience! To have been doing that in a lucid dream in the '80's means that you must have been really exploring things -- so congratulations. Like you, others have told me that when chanting "Aum" or "Om", they have felt like many others joined in around them to make the sound. In my lucid dream of asking to experience "my feeling tone", I felt totally amazed by what I was seeing (the developing conical shape above me) and what I was hearing (an increasingly loud and vibrating AAhhh!!). Then to be enveloped by that and vibrated out of existence seemed truly unexpected. In any case, lucid dreaming offers all of us a new (and scientifically validated) tool to explore inner awareness and what you might call, the objective psyche. I look forward to the day when science and psychology wake up to that fact. Lucid wishes on your journey!
Brandon 9/24/2014 8:49 AM
I have a question about the behavior of a dream figure in one of the first lucid dreams I ever had. The dream was like one out of the movie Inception. It was a lucid dream with two layers. I honestly cannot remember the first layer or how I got to the second layer of the dream but I remember the second layer to some degree, mostly the important details. The setting was a warehouse that two of my best friends worked at. I remember walking toward the garage down and spotting my friends walking together so I turned to them and yelled "Hey guys we are in a dream right now." Right after I yelled to my friends a dream figure standing next to me turned to me and said "You know too much" and began assaulting me. As he was hitting me I closed my eyes and began telling myself to wake up. After what felt like a minute, only one eye opened in the dream and I believe in reality as well. After about three more minutes I was able to open both eyes in my dream and fell back into the first layer
Paul 9/24/2014 8:42 AM
Robert, I was struck by the description you gave of your experience of feeling tones within a lucid dream as I think it shares some features with a lucid dream I had sometime in the 1980s. I was lucid and sitting on the end of my bed facing the white louvre doors of my built in wardrobe which were about three feet away. The dream was darkly lit. (I hadn't discovered yet that one could change the lighting in lucid dreams.) I began to chant OM but to my surprise it wasn't my voice that I heard. The sound was more like many deep voices that together produced a very strong vibration. The next thing that happened startled me back into waking consciousness. A number of spheres, each enveloped in blue flames, shot out of a point in my visual field to form a ring of themselves between me and the louvre doors. Each of the spheres touched the ones either side of it. The paths these spheres traced from the point in my visual field to the ring they formed was conical. Coincidence or what!
Robert Waggoner 9/12/2014 10:43 AM
Hi M, Thanks for the clarification. It seems you are much more likely to become lucid when you see things are out of place. Having this critical awareness is extremely important -- since it increases the likelihood that you will examine things more closely, and then think, 'This is too strange -- oh, this must be a dream!' Therefore (if I were you) I would focus on being more critically aware during the day, since that will lead to being more critically aware at night in your dreams. Also before sleep, I would repeat the suggestion, "Tonight in my dreams, I will be much more critically aware when I experience things, and then realize I am dreaming." Personally, I would not concentrate on the issue of dreamsigns -- fundamentally it does not matter as much as realizing 'This is a dream!' In your case, you seem to have a natural talent at realizing strange situations, so use your natural ability and I believe you will find yourself having lucid dreams easily. Best wishes!
M 9/12/2014 10:29 AM
Hi Robert. Thank you for your reply. Sorry I think I didn't say it well enough. I meant I ask myself where am I, what am I doing, before pushing my fingers through my palm, not that I use questions as a reality check. Your suggestions about pulling my finger as a reality check sound interesting. I'll give it a try the next time I'm lucid. From my 5 semi-lucids, it seems like I'm getting good at recognising when things are out of place than I am at spotting recurring dreamsigns, such as going out with friends. Is it alright to just focus on the spontaneous dreamlike elements for now, as opposed to recurring dreamsigns? My recurring dreamsigns are mostly situation-based, such as drinking with friends and seeing my family/relatives(they live in another country). Therefore, they are more difficult to encounter in waking life than say a form-based dreamsign, like a flower. How I can recognise that I'm dreaming as they're happening? Thank you.
Robert Waggoner 9/11/2014 6:11 PM
Hi M, If you have had 5 semi-lucid dreams in the past three weeks, then you sound like a natural lucid dreamer! Congratulations. When doing reality checks, it seems best to do things that can be done in dreams -- so jump up and see if you hang in the air (if you do, you are dreaming), or pull your finger and see if it gets longer, or do something similar. By acting in this manner, you get a real 'reality check.' If you ask yourself questions -- your mind may make up a story that sounds convincing -- therefore I would not use questions as a reality check. Regarding MILD and WBTB making it hard to return to sleep, I would suggest the other techniques in my book (my modified version of Castaneda's Finding Your Hands, the various Suggestion practices, the Counting technique, etc.) Having more techniques allows a person to see what works for them. Lucid wishes!
M 9/11/2014 6:03 PM
Hi Robert. I recently started learning how to lucid dream a few weeks ago. So far I've had 5 semi-lucid dreams. Each time, I became lucid because mostly because of dreamlike occurrences. For example, in the last one, I went into a derelict building. Immediately, I wasn't sure if I was indeed awake. I'd like to ask you how to implement reality checks effectively during the day if I have mostly contextual dreamsigns. Most nights, I dream about going out with friends/drinking alcohol. That's very unusual in real life as my friends live far away and I haven't drunk for a few months. When doing reality checks, I ask myself where am I, what am I doing, whether my friends are here, or if I'm drinking, going out etc. Do you think this is good enough make me lucid? Or do you have a more effective method. After practising induction techniques like MILD or WBTB, my mind becomes too aware, and I end up lying awake for the rest of the night. How can I sleep better after MILD OR WBTB? Thank you.
Robert Waggoner 9/10/2014 3:02 PM
Hi Tiffany, Happy to hear that you are enjoying my book. I really enjoyed writing it and sharing my LD knowledge with others. To your question, it may be that you feel too much energy when talking to dream figures (and too much energy can cause lucid dreams to collapse). Sometimes people 'feel' that dream figures have secret insight or knowledge. Most dream figures, however, are less conscious than you -- so do not put them (or their words) on a pedestal. The alternative explanation -- it may be that you have a hard time expressing yourself (and this would also show itself in the waking world)? Is that the case? If not, then focus on the first explanation -- and don't get too wowed by dream figures. For a final suggestion, you might want to 'sing' to the dream figures. Singing involves a different part of the brain - so try conversing by singing and see what happens. Lucid wishes, Tiffany!
Tiffany 9/10/2014 2:53 PM
Hello Robert! Im currently reading your book and I absolutely love it. It has given me so much insight on the dream world as well as the waking world, and I'm only about halfway through! This morning I had multiple wake back to bed (WBTB) lucid dreams. I used your technique to switch between looking at my hands and the dream scenery to stabilize the dream. However I noticed when interacting with dream figures that I stumbled upon, I had a really hard time speaking to them. I literally couldnt get my mouth to makes the sounds without feeling the dreamscrape starting to collapse. Why do you think this is? And what can I do to better be able to speak in my lucid dreams?
Aaron 9/10/2014 3:02 PM
Hi Robert, it’s Aaron again. I've got a lot going on these nights dream-wise. This past night s.th. curious happened. In my dream I found out what had happened to a package which I had sent to a friend but never arrived. The dream when I had mailed the package happened about 6months ago. Now last night as I sort of “accidentally” (of course there are no accidents) got hold of the package my memory of having the package mailed gradually started coming back to me & I remembered the dream from 6months ago. The curious thing is that it just felt like s.th. that would happen in daily life. Like it was the most natural thing to lead a parallel life on the dream planes with an entire history. I was sort of ‘aware’ (of being in a non-physical environment) but I didn't feel overly lucid. Also I was missing the exhilarating jolt that usually occurs with becoming lucid. – Again, my question is: does this count as a lucid dream even though the characteristic awakening was missing? Best, Aaron
Robert Waggoner 8/26/2014 7:59 PM
Hi Aaron, Thanks for your question. As we attend to our dreams, we notice special types of dreams -- such as dreaming within the dream! In your particular experience, it sounds like you were basically lucid, since you knew that you were experiencing a dream. Also, if you pay attention, you may notice in this special type of dream, that the 'you' sometimes seems different than the normal Aaron or the normal lucid Aaron. That 'you' may have a different feeling sense or mindset or even memories. By paying attention to these subtleties, you get a sense of the depth and complexity of the Self. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 8/26/2014 7:59 PM
Hi Cody, Glad you enjoy the book. For those who read this, it helps to be an intermediate lucid dreamer before trying to engage the awareness behind the dream. Once a person feels familiar with lucid dreaming and has learned how to create a stable lucid dream experience, then you can try to engage the awareness behind the dream. Basically you ignore the dream figures and simply shout out a question to the awareness behind the dream. I think it is important to start with simple requests, like "Show me something important to see". Often this will lead to a completely new experience and new visual setting (that is why you should have some lucid dream experience, so you can handle the sudden changes). Then you could move to other questions/requests like, "Show me a fear that I need to overcome to achieve my full potential" (again, things will change and you must be lucid and thoughtful when you see the 'fear' to respond properly). Those are the questions I'd ask. Lucid wishes!
Aaron 8/26/2014 7:42 PM
Hi Robert! A while ago I contacted you about some obe-type experiences. Now this is a question about dreams again. The night before last night I had a very interesting dream experience. I dreamed about waking up from a dream. Within the dream I was able to remember the dream I woke up from. At that moment I became semi-lucid(?): I remembered having had this whole dream experience about having that particular dream within this particular dream environment before; I decided to let myself be swept along though and not change anything (remain semi-lucid), because the dream featured one of my favorite places from my youth. - However, in my dream I did have a very clear understanding of having had this dream within a dream experience in that very same environment before. It was all very vivid and colorful. Now my question is: Does this kind of dream fall into the category of semi-lucid dreams, or lucid dreams, or is it something entirely else altogether? Best, Aaron
CODY 8/26/2014 7:42 PM
Hello sir! Id first like to inform you of what a huge fan I am, Im actually in the process of rerading your book Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and happened to stumble across this page. I was hoping you could provide a couple of the most insightful question I can ask my inner self that will elicit the most proper, informative response. Iv made a list of questions to ask but would like the advice of a successful lucid dreamer such as yourself. Thank You, and all of the informative work you have done in the lucid dreaming field is greatly appreciated
Derek 8/24/2014 9:16 PM
Dear Robert, Thank you for your time. It’s greatly appreciated. As for ‘walking in cement,’ I know that I’ve recorded several such dreams over the past few months; namely where I’m walking along and my steps become increasingly heavier until I have to stop. I’ll examine those dreams in particular and look for any other discernible commonalities between them. And true enough, I find that there’s much that’s difficult to express in waking life. In the meantime, I’ll explore some less complex dream plans (the ones I’d set aside as being too self-indulgent) and see if the nature of my LDs change accordingly. Thanks, again, for your time and insight. All the best.
Robert Waggoner 8/24/2014 7:53 AM
Hi Dennis, Thanks for your question. In my experience, lucid dreaming naturally led to zero nightmarish dreams. In fact, some psychotherapists use lucid dreaming successfully to STOP recurring nightmares in people with PTSD. On various lucid dream forums, I have seen posts like 'Scary lucid dream' - but after reading the post, I see the person is not having a lucid dream at all -- instead they are having (what people call) an OBE. In my book, I point out the very apparent differences between those two states. Unfortunately, some people are so new to lucid dreaming that they don't have the perspective to see the differences in various states of awareness (and therefore they make errant comments about lucid dreaming, based on their ignorance). So a true lucid nightmare is a very, very rare thing. For 98% of lucid dreaming experiences, the person will feel wonder, amazement, joy and curiosity. Lucid wishes!
Dennis 8/24/2014 7:37 AM
Hi Robert! I'm wondering if I should start with lucid dream. I haven't read your book but i have seen when you are talking to Iain McNay. It sounds great but i remember that like 1-2 years ago i looked up what lucid dreaming was. I got it explaned. Many people said it was great but i also remember many people talking about that they got terrible nightmares and some of them where stuck there. I don't know if thay have some sort of problem that they have to solve or if they are just lying. I would really like to try Lucid dreaming out but i first would like to ask you if you get nightmares in lucid dreaming can you fix it and make them go away? Hope my english is not that hard to read!
Robert Waggoner 8/23/2014 4:29 PM
Hi Derek, Okay, I see. Have you ever had the experience of trying to move in a regular dream, but it was like walking in cement? That kind of event likely expresses a symbolic element, such as feeling conflicted about moving forward (or feeling conflicted about where you are headed, etc.). So in these instances where you feel yourself unable to speak in a dream or lucid dream, it 'may' express symbolically an issue about 'expressing one's self' or expressing that particular wish, intent (for example, to express that wish or intent has philosophical complications or other issues that temporarily paralyze you). You may also find in waking life that some things you wish to express are complicated, or frightful or difficult somehow. So you may want to do some thinking about this, and try to identify the elements of expressing (or what you intend to express) which may stymie you. Conversely, you may want to avoid these paralyzing goals, until later. Lucid wishes!
Derek 8/23/2014 3:59 PM
Robert, thanks for the response. I apologize for not being clear. It’s definitely not sleep paralysis; my dream body is up and moving around, e.g., looking in a mirror, flipping light switches, etc. This mouth paralysis, however, is not strictly limited to dreams where I awake in my darkened apartment. E.g., this morning I dreamt that someone on the street invited me to go flying. First, I resisted but then found myself shooting straight up into air – aha! I’m dreaming. My intention then was to fly as high as I could but I was stymied by a cage covering the entire sky. However, I found an aperture and flew through it, only to find myself not ascending into the atmosphere but cruising above the city again. At this point I remembered my dream plan: to call forth a dream guide. But even whilst flying above an incredibly vivid cityscape, I could not mouth the words. In other cases, this hasn’t been a problem. I want to realize all of my LDs to their fullest, so it’s frustrating. Thoughts?
Robert Waggoner 8/22/2014 4:13 PM
Hi Derek, Glad you enjoyed my book and learned from it. To your question, when you say you 'wake up' in your apartment, do you mean that you find yourself in a state of sleep paralysis? Because if it is sleep paralysis, then mentally 'calling out' will have little or no effect. If you read this, then send me an actual experience, so I can comment more thoughtfully. Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 8/22/2014 4:08 PM
Hi Hailey, It sounds like you have a lot of lucid dreaming talent. That's wonderful. When I became a lucid dreamer, I noticed that I hardly ever had nightmares. And when I noticed a place or figure with a lot of unhappy emotion, I would go to it, and try to send it a lot of love, compassion and understanding. In that way, I felt I could 'help' the situation and heal it. From my studies, I'd say about 20% of people are 'natural' lucid dreamers. But it takes practice to become a real master of lucid dreaming. Good luck!
Hailey 8/22/2014 4:02 PM
Hi I think I am a natural lucid dreamer. My sister and I have always been able to control our dreams, and most of the time I know I am dreaming. Because of my ability to control my dreams, I never have nightmares. Is it normal to be able to shift your dream? If I am having a dream that is a nightmare or that I know will turn out to be a nightmare, I imagine a new scene and completely change the dream. Also, how common is it to be a natural lucid dreamer? Am I a natural lucid dreamer?
Derek 8/22/2014 4:03 PM
Greetings Robert, Thank you for the book and for the equally engaging interviews, the LDE, etc. Ever since I started to actively induce LDs I’ve been able to increase their frequency nearly twofold but I seem to be having an issue with quality: in approx. half of these dreams, I wake up alone in my pitch black apartment with limited mobility (if I’m not being directed by a powerful force), and I can’t move my mouth. So I call out, in my mind, for lights, or brightness, to no effect. Other requests made to the dream state are likewise ignored. Frustrated, I wake up. This was not an issue when I was more or less having LDs spontaneously. This makes me suspect that it may be my technique; a failure to stabilize the dream? Of course, it’s very hard to find your hands in the dark. Next time I'd like to attempt to “spin” my way out, contingent on my being able to move, with the hope that I’ll materialize in clearer surroundings. Any insights you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Robert Waggoner 8/21/2014 10:01 AM
Hi Brock, thanks for your question. If you read my book, I have an entire chapter on lucid dreamers meeting 'deceased' dream figures (often seeing the deceased makes the person realize, 'This is a dream!'). Now in some cases, the deceased dream figure may function as a dream symbol (say you are dreaming about a family holiday and see grandpa -- there, he may simply be a symbol of family togetherness). But in other cases, lucid dreamers have conversed with the deceased and received advice, warnings about coming events and other information. Since the info has proven valid (in some cases), it suggest the possibility of an afterlife. But as you can read in my book chapter, others have become lucid and 'sought out' the deceased -- then received information, which relatives of the deceased could later confirm as accurate. In any case, it is a good question, and shows how lucid dreaming could be used to scientifically investigate this area. Best wishes!
Robert Waggoner 8/21/2014 10:01 AM
Hi Katie, I have been on vacation, so today I will respond to questions. 1) Can an OBE become a lucid dream? These two states share some common features, such as being consciously aware in an altered state, the sense of flying, etc. Because awareness is so malleable, it seems possible to move from a lucid dream to another state (like an OBE) and vice versa. Ryan Hurd in Sleep Paralysis, wrote how he learned to move from the state of Sleep Paralysis into a lucid dream. Many OBEs begin with a sense of noise, vibrations and energy, etc. and then you can shoot out or roll out. (For others reading this -- this is NOT a lucid dream, since a person is not in the dream state when it occurs, as Katie mentions). 2) Regarding drifting off to sleep - The term, Hypnagogia, is used to describe the state of drifting off to sleep, when we see lights, hear voices, etc. It may be that the doubting voice represents the part of you that doubts, or feels uncertain. It may help to focus on + belief.
Brock 8/21/2014 9:46 AM
Hello Robert, I have a question. Has anyone ever asked the awareness behind the dream this question and come up with a reasonable answer: "Is there an afterlife?"or is this just too complicated for our minds to answer? Regards, Brock
Katie 8/21/2014 9:46 AM
#3 this morning Mr. Waggoner. I'm at the healing body part in your book now. Well, in that in-between phase I'm setting intentions while drifting off I hear talk. It has happened before, and it's not nice. This last time with healing intentions I heard 'She can't do that' I argued in my head that I could too it's my lucid. I have heard startling mean things a couple of times before, that have stopped me in my tracks. It doesn't sound like me. I talk to myself a lot in my head,ya know on the positive,attempting to alter neg.thought's. I can't peg the voice. And this last time it sounded collective. Soooo, crazy town? Or normal. I haven' had a lucid since that incident. I don't re-read my journal anymore. I had a lucid where I was revisiting a normal dream within a lucid. A lucid about a dream ?Or, I will dream triggers,that won't trigger. Even the ones that I'v read to seek as triggers, I'll just dream them. Hey,am I dreaming? Thanks Katie
Katie 8/21/2014 9:45 AM
Hi Robert, I was wondering if an obe,can become a lucid. I've never sought an obe, but have had the vibration that may lead to them. Once I rolled out of bed, cause I had read that technique. But after that it was like a lucid.That has only happened twice. I've yet to be in a dream,and thingk I'm dreaming and become lucid.They're spontaneous.I just wake up somewhere, but still do the hand test to check. But I have also never had the sensation of returning to my body. As well I have had the vibrating with loud noises...breathing through it, and anticipating something after,only to have nothing happen.I've been awake when this happens.I know this because of how I am telling myself to be still.To let it pass. Still enjoying your book. Thanks. Katie
Robert Waggoner 8/10/2014 3:21 PM
Hi Nathaniel, Glad to hear that you liked the book. I really enjoyed writing it. Sometimes people tell me about this -- a wind that suddenly moves them (in a dream or a lucid dream, or perhaps, even an OBE). On one level, it may be symbolic (e.g., the winds of change, the passing of time), or it may represent something else (getting shifted to another space/time). Interestingly, this morning a person wrote me about her lucid dream in which 'winds' happened. But to your point, in dreams and lucid dreams, time seems much more malleable. It may be that the person's larger awareness sensed that the refrigerator had about three years left, and so did their marriage. Or perhaps the refrigerator acted as a potent symbol for food or sustenance in the relationship, and when that function stops, the relationship ends. Anyway, it is an interesting story. Lucid wishes!
Nathaniel Saruri 8/10/2014 3:07 PM
Hi Robert I just finished reading your book and I LOVED IT. Anyways I wanted to share something with you. A long time ago, I read an article online about a guy who was dreaming, and then all of a sudden an uncontrollable "wind" or force caught him, and I think he said that it took him into the sky, and he appeared in a new dream. He was then standing on a road with his refrigerator from waking life in front of him, and it was broken (at the time in waking reality, the fridge wasn't broken). His wife was also there, and proceeded to take off her wedding ring and give it to him. At the time they had no problems. 3 years go by and then all of a sudden his fridge breaks, and his wife tells him she wants a divorce! In this case he accesses future information, but what was interesting was this uncontrollable wind that took him away, which indicated to him that this event would indeed take place. Have you ever read about such a thing in the dream state, or heard about it?
Robert Waggoner 8/8/2014 8:39 AM
Hi Walter, Thanks for your note. Interestingly, a recent article in the journal Medical Hypotheses reports about a man who suffered from chronic pain for 22 years, and resolved it all in a lucid dream. The authors (all medical doctors) noted that their treatment program (of typical cognitive and psychological ideas) may have created, via neural plasticity, good conditions for such an event to occur in a lucid dream. I interpret that in this way -- the man had his 'mind' and belief system in an appropriate place, where he could take advantage of lucid dream healing. In your case, you might want to try this: 1) make sure that your belief system accepts this possibility, 2) craft a plan to do in a lucid dream, 3) imaginatively practice the plan while awake, and 4) when you next become lucid, recall the plan, FOCUS, and direct the healing intent. Clear, focused intent seems very powerful at this deep level (some Buddhists say 7 times more powerful). Lucid wishes!
Walter 8/8/2014 8:27 AM
Hey, I have a question regarding healing and lucid dreams. I have read your before about a year back, and reread the chapter about healing multiple times. I myself had a broken wrist for quite some time, and had surgeries to help it heal. Now everything is healed, but now, I have chronic wrist pain that doctors say shouldn't be there, seeing as nothing is "wrong". I've tried in a few lucid dreams to try and get rid of the pain by manifesting a light over the injured area with my healthy hand. (I didn't do any mantras because I tried that before, but I become more focus on the words rather than the intent). Out of the times I have tried this, I would say once I felt less pain the next morning, but that only lasted a day of two. Ideally, I would like to become active once again and use the hand in sports or activities once again. Not only that, but it would be my own personal proof that these things can be accomplished in a lucid state, that I could also share with others. Any advice?
Robert Waggoner 8/7/2014 3:20 PM
Hi Katie 1 & 2, Glad you are enjoying the book -- it was incredibly fun to write. So take it in small doses. Sounds like you have a natural talent, if your dream eyes suddenly open. Interesting encounter with the woman. Often when lucid dream figures 'look' engaged and thoughtful, you can have a conversation or ask them, 'What do you represent?' Asking open-ended questions seems the best approach 99% of the time. That gives them a chance to respond openly. As you have discovered, the environment (even a dog's fur) can seem so real and amazing, that you can lose touch with your lucid awareness and get pulled back into regular dreaming. Maintaining focus in a lucid dream is super important. Anyway, hope to hear more of your future adventures. :-) Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 8/7/2014 3:21 PM
Hi Yousefi, To have 5 lucid dreams in four months at age 13 seems a wonderful achievement. Congratulations! Personally, I would take it easy and just pay attention to examining things, when awake. Because what will happen is this: you will begin to examine things more closely in the dream state, and realize, 'Wait a second, this is a lucid dream!' Anyway, take it easy and have fun with it. Best wishes!
Yousefi 8/7/2014 3:10 PM
Hi Robert, I am 13 years old and in the past 4 months, I had about 5 lucid dream. Would you have any advice for me to have more lucid dream? Thanks
Katie 8/7/2014 3:10 PM
After running into the wall I told you about a moment ago.I did find myself face to face with a woman. I've always wondered about guides. Finding one wasn't my intention I set. I said to her "If you are a thought figure you will go pfft." She just smiled at me and said "Okay." She seemed amused by me. She didn't go anywhere, and I didn't know what to do. So I feel like I blew a chance. Because then I was playing with these dogs being amazed with the tactile feeling of their fur. I got lost in that, and didn't follow through with any intention. Sad face. This stuff is hard.
Katie 8/7/2014 3:09 PM
I'm loving your book, only it seems that I have to read it in small doses. I have had some great lucid's. Now that I've tried to move beyond the dream scene to ask questions...Maybe it was my intention but it was the first time I couldn't leave my room. Ran smack into the wall twice. Normally that is the first thing I do fly through a window or wall, or door...I did't get it. Now I know that I didn't need to leave to ask questions. So I was stopped. Also I have never gone from a dream state into a lucid. It has always been that suddenly my dream eyes open. It has been a while sense a lucid, and the wait is horrible. Now I'm recording dreams that I am dreaming about lucid check's but they don't make me lucid. Weird. Thanks Katie
Robert Waggoner 8/1/2014 8:43 PM
Hi Avgika, Well, this sounds very interesting. No one has asked me this before. I know of one lucid dreamer who 'feels cold' when she becomes lucid. But she can go ahead and manipulate parts of the dream. So here is my advice: 1) You can use lucid dreaming simply to observe (some meditators call this 'witnessing' -- essentially they stay aware as they witness the mind and its movements), 2) Instead of acting, you can use your larger awareness (have you read my book?) to act for you, by ignoring the dream figures and dream objects, and making requests, like 'Show me something important for me to see!" etc., and 3) In a similar manner, ask the larger awareness to help you understand or overcome this issue of 'cold'. So there you go -- three ways of working with this. Let me know how it works! Lucid wishes!
avgika 8/1/2014 8:33 PM
Hi Robert :) I have a problem. Everytime I become lucid and try to take control I feel a chill and immediately wake up. It's not that i'm getting too excited or anything. I'm totally relaxed and okay with it and when i try to do something (move, change my surroundings) I wake up. Even the slightest change I attempt to make ruins the dream. It's like my dreams keep shutting me out. Is there anything I can do to fix this? This has happened so many times and it's incredibly frustrating :/
Robert Waggoner 7/27/2014 12:17 PM
Hi Rachel, Glad you are enjoying the book. As you will read, the issue of dream figures is complex. Sometimes, the issue of materializing things can be a bit complex too, as you have discovered. If I had to guess, these are the most likely reasons for the 'flash' appearance: 1) You have become so excited at the idea of seeing the dream version of this person, that both you and they emotionally flash which causes the lucid dream to collapse; 2) Stability in the lucid dream is tied to your stability -- so the disappearing may connect to losing your own thought process. If so, then you need to 'intend' beyond just seeing the person. If it was my lucid dream, I'd remind myself to stay calm, and then ask to see the person when I enter the next room. Once there, I would have a plan in place, so you stay focused. Anyway, if you are new to lucid dreaming, you are making a start! By the way, what hypnosis app did you use? Lucid wishes!
Rachel 7/27/2014 11:50 AM
Hi Robert, I am seeking some advice. I became lucid last night, I walked into a mansion, and a woman greated me and led me down a flight of stairs. Once inside a man approached me and stated a phrase from a lucid dream hypnosis tape I have been listening to. I immediately became lucid, the pair led me into another room where there was a bed, I immediately set on trying to make somebody I fantasize about appear. I am not going to lie that is what made me first want to lucid dream. However whenever that person in question appeared they were more like a photo flash, then kept on dissapearing. I briefly awoke, managed to return into the dream, tried to make the person appear once more, but they were all distorted. This isn't the first time this has happened. Is my subconscious trying to tell me that I shouldn't force things? Would I be able to engage with this person through practice? Keeping in mind I am in my early twenties so I am still new to this. Your book is amazing by the way!
Robert Waggoner 7/13/2014 4:00 PM
Hi Sven, Your English is much better than my German :-) If you can google and find my article, "Developing a Lucid Mindset", then you can see new ways to use the 'idea' of reality checking. However, if I were you, then I would try my Modified Castaneda Technique of Finding Your Hands. Go to www.dreaminglucid.com and look to the left and click "How to Lucid Dream" and then print off my article. If you practice this Castaneda technique each night, you will be forced to realize fully, 'Oh this is a lucid dream!' Gut Gluck!
Sven 7/13/2014 3:55 PM
Hey Robert,first of all thank you for sharing your experiences in this field. I'm currently "practicing" to become a lucid dreamer, doing a lot of self awareness practices during the day such as constantly asking myself if I am really awake or dreaming. I'd say that I've never been this present. Nice "side effect". But I just don't get into that lucid state. Now, although I'm aware of many techniques of becoming lucid, I just don't seem to look at my dreams as not real. In fact I experience so many exciting things during my awake hours that are perfectly natural and logic but I simply never looked at before. Is it possible that I accept my dreams as unrealistic here and there because I feel that life is full of "miracles", too? I'm trying hard to become lucid and I have a good dream recall and I had light lucid dreams when I was younger. Just wondering if I need to set my mind differently on the topic. Please excuse any grammatical mistakes. German writing here.
Robert Waggoner 7/2/2014 8:53 PM
Hi Kenny, Thanks for your note, and taking the time to read my book. I'm glad to hear that you have experimented with the idea of engaging the awareness behind the dream. So your report seems a bit interesting, inasmuch as you see to find yourself incapable of speaking, then you often experience buzzing sensations, etc. Okay. Given that info, I'd say there are a couple of ways around it. First, do not ask a serious question or request -- instead, make it lighthearted. For example, a lucid dreamer told me that she asked, "Show me something funny!" and then felt amazed, when a very funny looking dream figure appeared in front of her. Second, realize that 'you' are part of your larger awareness. So you and it have a natural working relationship, a natural connection. By seeing this as natural, it helps to reduce any anxiety (though I know for those who believe 'it's all me' -- then the existence of another layer of awareness seems hard to accept). Try that and best wishes!
Kenny 7/2/2014 8:43 PM
Hi Robert, I've been lucid dreaming my whole life but never considered the existence of an "awareness behind the dream" until I read your book a few weeks ago. For the past few weeks, I've been attempting to address this deeper awareness directly like you suggest, but every time I try my voice stops working and I'm unable to speak. This is accompanied by a buzzing or shocking sensation throughout my whole dream body. Any idea why this is happening and how I might be able to get around it? Thanks so much! -Kenny from North Carolina
Robert Waggoner 6/24/2014 9:54 AM
Hi Darold, Interesting lucid dream -- and you also received a response that sounds appropriate. I doubt, therefore, that the 'conscious unconscious' seems to avoid you (since you received a response). And as a side note, I see most dream figures as dream figures (representatives of some aspect or issue), and not as the 'conscious unconscious' or awareness behind the dream (which has considerably more creative energy and awareness). To access the non-visible conscious unconscious, I suggest that lucid dreamers pose questions within the lucid dream by simply shouting them out to the open space. In my book, i mention how to maintain awareness when the lucid dream goes grey. When successful, you can watch the creation of a new dream from the grey space or Void. In any case, lucid dreaming involves a long process of learning the principles and processes of the dream state. So carry on, and continue to explore! Lucid wishes.
Darold 6/24/2014 9:42 AM
Hi Robert, It seems that every time that I try to engage a "dream figure", the dream begins to grey out as in this dream. 6/14/14 - In my dream, I stood on the beach. I noticed two ladies standing in the water. Both had on bikini tops, but no bottoms. This made me realize that I was dreaming. The two ladies tried to cover themselves and began walking away. I called out to them as the dream began to grey out, "Excuse me, I'd like to ask you a quick question. What do you represent?" Out of the grey, they responded, "Isn't it obvious? Sexual desire." This has happened on more than one occasion. Do you think this is because of my inexperience or that perhaps something deeper is going on? It seems to me that the "conscious unconscious" is avoiding my probes.
Robert Waggoner 6/12/2014 7:57 PM
Hi Tony, Thanks for telling me about your experience with multiple false awakenings. In my book, I tell about my multiple false awakenings too, so I sympathize with everyone who bounces from one to another, before popping out. In any case, I assume the men sitting on your bed represented something (perhaps, your concern?). As I note in my book, there seems a number of differences between the experience of a lucid dream and an OBE (I believe you can read this in chapter 3 or 4). Stephen LaBerge suggested that the possible explanation for false awakenings involved the lucid dreamer 'expecting' to wake up, and the expectation helps form a close equivalent of their bedroom, etc. Yet, here, we may have to train ourselves to do a reality check upon waking, simply to be sure that we have returned to waking physical reality. Sounds like you had quite an adventure! Lucid wishes.
Tony 6/12/2014 7:36 PM
Hi Robert, I recently had 6 false awakenings in a row. In the first two a man dressed in black and with black hat sat at the egde of my bed. I felt scared and had a false awakening again where a different man was sitting on the bed. It felt like they wanted to hurt me. I wanted them to go away and had a third false awakening. It wasn't until now that I realized that I actually was dreaming and I pinched myself to become lucid. I was staying on a cruise ship and went on to explore it. With regular intervals I was propelled back my bed in the cabin and hade a false awakening again, serveral times. Every time it felt so real, it was almost impossible to know if I was dreaming or not. I have had false awakenings before but only one at the time. Maybe this experience was a out of body experience? How do you know to seperate lucid dreams from out of body? I have read your book but find it hard to know. And what did the two "scary" guys from the two first false awakenings mean? /Tony
Robert Waggoner 6/10/2014 1:48 PM
Hi Ben, Thanks for your note and interest in lucid dreams. In the appendix of my book, I talk a bit about (what I call) 'dream re-entry' and also wake initiated lucid dreams. Now sometimes, when I do either of those, I visually notice the dream occurring, BUT I have to move my awareness into 'the dream'. This can also feel like a physical act (like lifting one's self out of a hole and into street level, or moving from the swimming pool's water to sitting on the concrete edge) - so there is a sense of effort, almost physical effort, to transition from viewing it to being 'in it'. So I have noticed this. But if you have a different experience, you will have to take a moment and describe it precisely. Best wishes to London, and may a sunny day appear!
ben 6/10/2014 1:39 PM
Hello Robert. I have had agfew lucid dream experiences and achieved them in different ways. One technique I call the pulsating head. Its where I am becoming aware of transitioning into a dreamand my inner head seems to pulsate and expand until iI go into my dream. It feels very physical. What is this, have you experiencedthis and is there more iI can do to experience this transitional experience more often. Thanks . Ben from london
Robert Waggoner 6/1/2014 8:55 AM
Hi Sandy, Thanks for your question and interest in lucid dreaming. Thinking back, I had been lucid dreaming for about 10 years before I began to ignore the dream figures and simply ask questions of the non-visible awareness behind the dream. So it may help to have some experience with lucid dreaming, before you do this. However, I have noticed some people ask questions that may make no sense. To me, a question like, "Should I this, or should I that?" has no basic meaning to that level of awareness, which probably hopes you will do what you wish. Or they ask a question, but fear the response (which in the mentally dynamic realm of lucid dreaming is like pressing on the gas and the brake at the same time -- you go nowhere). So it may take a bit of time and practice to word the question or request in a thoughtful manner, and also clear out any inner concerns that you (the questioner) may have. So play around. See where lucid dreaming takes you. Lucid wishes!
Sandy 6/1/2014 8:45 AM
Hello, Mr. Waggoner. Thank you very much for all you do! I have a question for you. I am new to lucid dreaming, and have only had a handful of the experiences. I have been asking questions, once I realize I'm dreaming, but I never get a response. The first times, everything became pitch black after I asked my question. The last time, the environment didn't change for a while, and I repeated myself a couple of times before things turned dark. Am I asking questions too early, since I'm just a beginner? Thank you very much for your time! I really appreciate it! sandy
Robert Waggoner 5/30/2014 6:59 AM
Hi Richie, Thanks for your nice comments. In lucid dreams, I have used a 'dream phone' on occasion. My main advice -- Have a clear intent about who or what you intend to talk to. When you have a clear intent and a positive expectation, then the result will probably seem much clearer, easier to understand and successful. So before you pick up the dream phone, 'know' your intent in advance. The lack of clarity that you have experienced may stem from playing around with the dream phone without a clear intent. So the music and muffled voices may reflect that, or it may reflect your uncertain expectations. Of course, to engage the awareness behind the dream normally involves simply directing your question and focus to that non-visible awareness (so you don't need a phone at all). Like you, I found it interesting which ear I 'heard' responses in primarily (and found that it was the same ear that I rely on in phone calling). Best wishes moving forward -- and let me know how it goes!
Richie 5/30/2014 6:49 AM
Hello again Robert, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate all the help you give me and how all the wisdom you impart inspires me form my own experiments, such as below. I seem to have unintentionally created some sort of lucid dream phone when I try and summon/contact others I try to mutual LD with! Most of the time the voice on the other end is muffled or hard to hear over the "background music" that plays during my dream phone interactions (like personalised "hold music"- I had my first experience of this when I spoke to the awareness behind the dream and I had the feeling that the reply is coming out of an earpiece in my right ear-I cant see or feel a phone and I am not holding one, but I have had this experience in the majority of my lucid adventures since then. My questions would be, have you ever experienced something like this? ? and why does the "hold"music almost seem to block out the voice? I almost have to use telepathic powers to make sense of the message!
Robert Waggoner 5/29/2014 10:08 AM
Hi Hilal, In my book, I discuss that lucid dreams often 'reflect' our beliefs, expectations, focus and intent. So you may need to ask yourself, 'Do I believe that I am weaker than others?' or 'Do I expect people to harm me?' If so, then you need to work on that belief, and adopt a new belief, like "People wish me well and treat me kindly." In a lucid dream, that belief will radiate outwards and affect others. Also in my book, I suggest that people ask questions of dream figures. In your case, you might ask, "What do you represent?" or "Why do you act like this?" and see what they say. Their response may be very helpful, and explain things. Let me know if you can try this in your next lucid dreams. For me, I often find that sending love and compassion to an angry dream figure will make it shrink into something smaller and more friendly. So I use the power of compassion to help. Best wishes!
Robert Waggoner 5/29/2014 10:01 AM
Hi Jordan, Sorry for my slow reply, but I have been traveling. It sounds like you are experiencing "false awakenings" -- which is when a lucid dreamer plans to wake, but then finds that they are in a close copy of their bedroom and still dreaming. Normally, after one false awakening, most people 'wake up' into their waking physical reality. Like you, I have sometimes had a number of false awakenings in a row (and yes, it is a bit unsettling!). Stephen LaBerge mentions that false awakenings may happen when we 'expect' to wake up (since 'expectations' are often materialized in a lucid dream). He said that you could use the false awakening to say 'Okay, I'm still dreaming, so I'll fly around and treat this like a lucid dream!' In any case, I rarely have false awakenings now -- it seemed to be a phase in my lucid dreaming life. It may help to simply stay cool and realize that you will eventually 'pop into' this physical realm. Best wishes!
Robert Waggoner 5/29/2014 10:01 AM
Hi Jordan, Sorry for my slow reply, but I have been traveling. It sounds like you are experiencing "false awakenings" -- which is when a lucid dreamer plans to wake, but then finds that they are in a close copy of their bedroom and still dreaming. Normally, after one false awakening, most people 'wake up' into their waking physical reality. Like you, I have sometimes had a number of false awakenings in a row (and yes, it is a bit unsettling!). Stephen LaBerge mentions that false awakenings may happen when we 'expect' to wake up (since 'expectations' are often materialized in a lucid dream). He said that you could use the false awakening to say 'Okay, I'm still dreaming, so I'll fly around and treat this like a lucid dream!' In any case, I rarely have false awakenings now -- it seemed to be a phase in my lucid dreaming life. It may help to simply stay cool and realize that you will eventually 'pop into' this physical realm. Best wishes!
Hilal 5/29/2014 9:54 AM
Hi Robert, I got trouble. in my lucid dreams, I'm weaker than people around me and they're coming after me and trying to beat me.Then I'm trying to get away them, so How can I be stronger than others in my dreams? Is it possible?
Jordan 5/29/2014 9:54 AM
Hi Robert, I'm reading up on lucid dreaming because whether I want to or not I seem to realize I'm dreaming often. Sometimes this is fun but often the dream turns nightmarish and I try to wake up but I get stuck in the dream. What happens is I will wake up in my room but then realize I'm still dreaming. This will occur 6 or 7 times usually before I actually can wake up and is kind of horrifying to be trapped in. Which makes me not want to sleep. Before I really try to control my dreams I would like to learn how to wake up from them if needed. Do u have any advice on this? Thanks, Jordan
Robert Waggoner 5/14/2014 8:40 PM
Hi Justin, Glad to hear about your interest in lucid dreaming. You may actually be learning about 'the depths' of your own psyche in this lucid dreaming experience. Sometimes, habitual energies build up in the subconscious or psyche, and when we become lucid, we naturally gravitate towards them. Interestingly Jung pointed out that this may involve a kind of 'compensation' where the dream state elicits dreams to 'compensate' for what we need or lack in waking life. Or, some lucid dreamers see it as a matter of 'focus' - we learn that lucid dreaming can be adventurous, and as soon as we become lucid, we head off on an adventure (which may relate to video games if a gamer). Unless we train ourselves to stop and re-focus, we habitually repeat certain patterns. You may be technically lucid, but still caught up in subconscious psychical processes. Anyway, it's something to investigate. Lucid wishes!
Justin 5/14/2014 8:26 PM
Hi Robert, I was wondering if you could help me out with an issue I've been having regarding lucid dreaming. Lately, anytime I become lucid, I habitually engage in acts I don't intend on when I go to sleep. I tend to gravitate towards making the dream almost an adventure novel in some ways. I'm not certain if it's because I'm not fully lucid, or something else, but it's extremely frustrating. I'm a Psychology major, and I want to use lucid dreaming to explore the depths of my own psyche, but this really seems to be holding me back. I tend to become the protagonist in some epic, end of the world type dream. In some ways, part of me feels like the story I'm experiencing is real. This is one reason I feel I may not be as lucid as I suspect. Any advice you can give will be much appreciated.
Robert Waggoner 5/1/2014 11:01 AM
Hi Tony, This topic seems one of the central issues of physics - how exactly does the observer influence the observed? And what does it say about the nature of experienced reality? In lucid dreaming, everyone learns about the 'expectation effect'. So we all know that the observer does influence experience. When engaging the 'awareness behind the dream', independent lucid dreamers have noted that your word choice matters (this was also observed in deep hypnosis when Dr. Hilgard encountered the 'hidden observer' ). So a minor word change may make a huge impact on the resultant experience. Rationally, I feel a person should not place blind trust in another layer of the Self -- due to the above reasons, and also the possibility of misinterpreting the response. Therefore, like a batting average, you need to see 'likely success' as a probability. Some people will get info which they can verify and achieve 90% or more correct ratings; others will not. The approach matters.
Tony 5/1/2014 10:48 AM
Hi Robert, well there is no doubt that the expectation of the dreamer is crucial for the outcome like you write in your book and I have experienced myself. During the dream I felt that I was quite blank in my mind without any doubt but of course my mind in waking state had thought about where the object could be hidden. So problaby there is a big risk that my subconsciously expected it to be in the wardrobe and that lead to failure in the experiment. But how can one be sure when we get answers from the awareness that it's really the awareness who answer and not just an "expectation". Do you have any trix to know when you get an answer that the answer really comes from the awareness? I want to trust every experience in lucid dreaming but so far I can not say for certain which answers that I have recieved has been correct and which has been expectation. I dont know how to seperate them. /Tony
Robert Waggoner 4/28/2014 3:28 PM
Hi Tony, Thanks for letting me know about your experiment. For the sake of discussion, I will 'assume' that the awareness behind the dream led you to the wardrobe top shelf (and not Tony's 'expectation' of a good hiding spot, etc.). So, we have a number of possibilities to consider: 1) A relationship involves two parties (the awareness and lucid Tony), and so either the expressed intent, or the perceived response held errors or resulted in a type of miscommunication or misinformation, 2) If the lucid dreamer has 'active doubt' consciously or subconsciously, then this gets expressed in the mentally dynamic nature of the lucid dream, and leads to failure, 3) The awareness simply does not know this type of info (but then how do we explain successful examples?), and 4) Info from the awareness should be considered as a 'probability of accuracy' - like the weatherman. What do you think? Other ideas? All of this reminds me a bit of Schroedinger's cat, and the role of the observer.
Robert Waggoner 4/28/2014 3:10 PM
Hi again Joe, Thanks for telling me more about your lucid dream. With this new information about 'how' you used falling (or the feeling of it) to wake up from childhood nightmares, then it does not seem surprising that in the lucid dream, you suddenly fall backwards (when the character is eaten by apes). In a sense, you showed that you can also use 'falling' to escape in lucid dreams too. And like 'you' as a little kid, you wake safe in bed and get up. Anyway -- if it was my lucid dream, then that is how I would think of it. Lucid wishes!
Tony 4/28/2014 3:11 PM
Hi Robert, I want to share the following and happy for any comments. I am in quite a good flow now with lucid dreams every other night. I decided for a new experiment since the last one didnt work out so well with asking the awareness to calculate. Yesterday before sleep I asked my partner to hide a certain object in our bedroom. The condition was that she wouldnt hide it too hard and then I would ask the dream to show me where she hid it. Well I became lucid last night and asked the awareness behind the dream to show me where it was. Something took control of me and guided me to one out of three wardrobes and showed me the object on the top shelf to the right. I felt happy to have succeded. When I woke up this morning we checked it all. The dream was way of. The object was hidden in the opposite part of ther room, behind a book in a bookshelf down by the floor. How can I trust other experiences in luciddreams when information like this is wrong? /Tony
Joe 4/28/2014 2:58 PM
Thanks for the reply Robert. I had the feeling that the dream character was talking about the sensation of falling when you are drifting to sleep, which makes you physically jolt. When I was a child I would try and replicate this feeling in a nightmare to wake me up (I had not thought about this until just this moment) but when I am lucid dreaming, falling never seems to wake me usually. I became aware before the events I wrote about. I became aware when I realized a friend of mine was driving a car which wasn't his. I then did a quick reality check. I told him I was dreaming and he informed me that I was correct (usually a good sign that I'm at a high level of lucidity). I thought it may have been an OBE, but I have had quite a few before and they always start with me rising above my body. In this case it was a 'normal' lucid dream until the end. It really has me perplexed. And as I said the transition was seamless. It has me perplexed to say the least. Thanks again.
Robert Waggoner 4/24/2014 10:34 AM
Hi Joe, Thanks for your interesting experience (which has OBE aspects to it, in how it ends). Dream or inner figures often have curious comments. In my book, I note that dream figures vary in intelligence, awareness, behavior, etc. . If this was my dream (or OBE) and my symbols, I would consider the sand pit or sandbox. Did you have a plan or intent, which would make 'It really works!' have meaning? Or does the sandpit represent an area of play, or like a Zen garden, serious play? When it comes to the comment about 'falling' -- does falling in a lucid dream cause you to wake up? I often fall and fall and fall but stay lucidly aware. In your experience, you seem to fall through your own ceiling and land in your own bed (which sounds similar to reports of OBE, in which the person returns to the bed). Do you think this was an OBE? Do you recall 'how' you became aware in the very beginning? If you just suddenly found yourself 'aware', then I suspect this is an OBE.
joe 4/24/2014 10:20 AM
Hi Robert, I have had many profound Lucid Dreams but one in particular. I met an interesting dream character. In the corner of the room was a sand pit and a small chair. On the sand were scraps of paper with "it really works!" written on them. I spoke to the dream character and asked if he was a symbol of my subconscious. He replied with: "Do you know why the sensation of you falling, causes you to wake up?" He then went onto explain that when humanity were apes, we would wake up if we felt ourselves fall from a tree in waking life and that it was a defense mechanism. I have never thought about this before. Then the character was eaten by apes so I ran to the chair and pushed back falling. I fell through the sand and saw a familiar texture, my ceiling. Then I fell lower until I landed on my bed. I didn't wake up as such, I just got up out of bed and was awake, the transition was seamless. Any thoughts on 1. the info he imparted, which I'd never thought about? 2. how i woke up? Thanks!
Robert Waggoner 4/20/2014 12:49 PM
Hi Leah, Glad to hear that you are having lucid dreams. Most lucid dreamers report that 'dream figures' do not like being told, "You're in my dream." In fact some dream figures have replied, "How do you know I am not dreaming you?" So these kind of examples show you that dream figures can be quite complex and more deep than you suppose. I wrote a book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, to help lucid dreamers see the amazing potential of lucid dreaming. I hope you will check it out -- because, lots of people lucid dream, but not very many know what they can do in this state, and exactly how to do it. Lucid wishes!
Leah 4/20/2014 12:43 PM
I wasn't aware of what lucid dreams were until I began having them unintentionally during this past year. I'll have to try and recall all their details (I've written some down) to try and see the relevance, but my main quetion is why they started...because in each dream when I acknowledge that I'm aware and start asking people questions, they ALL immediately stop talking, some even look a bit perturbed and I dont understand why. As i became aware in my very 1st lucid dream, I was so happy, excited ...giddy sums it up, trying to hug everyone saying "I know you're in my dream!" -they all smiled slowly, I start laughing, they did also-it was exhilarating. Since then I recall dreaming 1-4 x's week, lucid dreams 1-3 month (unintentional) that start out the same, but the minute I acknowledge that I'm aware, the smiles/talking stops-&in a few,I've felt a terrifying presence. I don't understand ANY of this. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you ~Leah in S.F. ;)
Robert Waggoner 4/16/2014 6:05 PM
Hi Aaron, In your previous note, I mentioned that your experience sounded like an OBE (and definitely not a lucid dream). In your current note, if this happens spontaneously in the midst of normal activity, I recommend seeing a doctor to be sure it does not have a hormonal or neurological cause (perhaps a form of epilepsy?). It might be nothing, but seeing a doctor seems a good first step. Best wishes.
Aaron 4/16/2014 5:48 PM
Hi Robert, it's Aaron again. I have another question for you. The 1st time this phenomenon I am going to tell you about happened to me in such intensity about 4years ago, ever since then it has increased in number but decreased in intensity. The 1st time it happened around x-mas 2010. I sat in the back of my parents' car heading off to visit friends. I wasn't even relaxed. Suddenly, I was almost violently yanked out of physical reality into another reality/place. That other world seemed not so different from the physical, it just told another story where I spent x-mas with my best friend at her place. Like a parallel world. This getting yanked out of reality felt nauseating. It happened a 2nd time later that day when we were having dinner: I almost dropped my spoon. With my other hand I had to hold on tightly to the tabletop. I felt very dizzy. Nowadays when it happens I would get dizzy ever so slightly. I was hoping you could tell me anything about this sort of experience. Aaron
Robert Waggoner 4/14/2014 7:32 AM
Hi Tony, Thanks again for the feedback on your lucid dream interaction with the awareness behind the dream. Based on your response, the simple answer may be that the 'awareness behind the dream' may not have those powers of multiplication. It may be more right brain oriented, and more helpful on matters of creativity, feeling, art, etc. For this reason, lucid dreamers should explore this rationally. The awareness may be an excellent advice giver on certain matters (and you can see this 90% of the time), but also realize that in other areas (e.g. multiplication) the awareness has no greater ability than you would (since it will probably succeed at 5 times 7, but not 326 times 239). And there may be other reasons at play here, but in any case, I appreciate your willingness to send me your experience. As others play around with similar ideas, then we may get a better idea of the width and depth of the awareness and its knowledge. Lucid wishes!
Tony 4/14/2014 7:21 AM
Hi Robert, the surrondings in the dream was a big factory or warehouse. I didn't pick up on any negative symbols at that moment. I can say that I recall the numbers with 99 % certanity since I repeated it about three times, asked the dream to repeat aswell and then woke up right away. I didn't make any judgement if the answer felt correct or not when the voice answered. I choosed 89x69 cause thats to hard to me to calculate in my head so I had no exceptaion. No, the awareness dont always answer in this young soft female voice, every other time it is a more powerful mans voice or a sign with a written answer. And now when I think about it, every time the female voice answered questions before there has been more of guidiance and conversation. When the male voice answer it's like there is nothing to discuss. A "booming" answer in a short sentence. Maybe this "female" is some kind of guide? But if so, how can I trust "her" in the future when she gives such terrible wrong answers?/Tony
Robert Waggoner 4/13/2014 8:31 PM
Hi again Tony, Thanks for your additional info, and noting that you had neutral or positive expectation. I find it interesting that in other times, the awareness has told you that certain questions could not be performed or answered. Does the awareness behind the dream always answer you with a woman's voice, or the same voice? Did any negative symbols exist in the dream environment at that time, (e.g. malfunctioning vehicles, damaged computers, destruction, etc.) that would suggest an errant response? As a percentage, how likely do you feel that you correctly recall all the numbers in the question (i.e., 89, 69, 97527) upon waking? When you heard the response in the dream, did you think, 'Oh, that sounds right' or 'I doubt that!'? So as you can see, I am trying to just ascertain the situation, and if any other variables seem involved. Thanks for your help!
Tony 4/13/2014 8:11 PM
Hi again Robert, Thank you very much for your feed back. It was not the first time I asked the dream a question, maybe done about 10-15 questions. I prepared well before I went to sleep and cut of any expectaion when I asked the question. For some reason the awareness dont calculate right but strange that the dreamed answered at all. I have tried before to ask the dream questions/commands that is not possible to answer/perform and the awareness has then told me that it is not possible. Next time I will ask the dream why it didnt manage to calculate the right answer and see what happens =) /Tony
Robert Waggoner 4/13/2014 1:54 PM
Hi Tony, Glad you enjoyed my book and glad to see that you have experimented with the awareness behind the dream. May I ask - is this your first time asking something of the awareness behind the dream? For those with a calculator, the correct response to 89 x 69 is 6141 (and not 97527). So reading this reminds me a bit of a recent study by Tadas Stumbrys and others, who asked dream figures to add or multiply small numbers, and give the sum. They found that numbers which totaled below 20 were often correct, compared to those above. So it may be that the awareness behind the dream specializes in 'right brain thinking' (creativity, arts, feelings, etc) and not left brain thinking (math, logic, etc.) Or it may be that the person asking, held certain conflicting subliminal thoughts, such as trying to pre-guess, or holding negative expectation. But in any case, it seems a brilliant test, as we seek to grasp the breadth and width of the awareness behind the dream. Thanks!!
Tony 4/13/2014 1:37 PM
Hi Robert, I finished reading your great book recently. I have more lucid dreams now than before. I wanted to test the knowledge of the awareness behind the dream. I thought that I had come up with an easy experiment to ask the dream a mathematical question. I should be a straight forward answer since there is no future event and no probability factor. Last night I became lucid and rememberd the question. I shouted out: "Hey Dream, tell me what the sum of 89 times 69 is". After about 3 seconds the female dream voice answered: "it is 97527. I repeated the answer several times so I would remember it and also asked the dream to repeat the answer. I decided to wake up and checked the calculator. Well, as you can see, the dream answer is way off. Why did the awareness behind the dream fail so big? Did I do something wrong in my experiment? Happy to hear your input on this. /Tony
Robert Waggoner 4/9/2014 8:02 AM
Hi Paige, Thanks for telling me a bit about your lucid dreams! It is wonderful that you have the talent to lucid dream, and a supportive mom to help you. I'm glad to hear that you made friends with the mean Hobbit. Most dream figures want someone to understand them and care about them, so then they feel much better. So you have some questions about making things work in your lucid dreams. At first, when I began to fly in my lucid dreams, I swam through the air to get places. After a while, I realized that I did not need to swim, instead I could look around the dream, see where I wished to be, focus on it, and intend to go there --- then I flew there easily. Maybe you could try those approaches? Let me know how it goes. Dream figures, though, are kind of complex. I normally just ask them questions, or see if they will go flying with me. But don't worry - you are doing a great job as a lucid dreamer :-) Not everyone can lucid dream, so it is special you can. Best wishes!
Paige 4/9/2014 7:50 AM
Dear Mr. Waggoner. My name is Paige and I'm 8 years old. I have a little problem when I get lucid in my dreams, and I hope you can help me, pretty please! When I become lucid in my dreams nothing happens for me. I ask my dream to make me fly but I fall on my face when i try. Also, one time, in a lucid dream, I hugged the mean hobbit that used to scare me in my nightmares. So we're friends now. This morning, in my lucid dream, I asked the Hobbit to come to me again but he didn't come. The TV turned on and a woman on the screen said he was on vacation in Las Vegas. I told my mom (who is encouraging me to lucid dream) I'm starting to think I can't make things happen in my lucid dreams. I hope you can help me believe again and explain why I couldn't fly. Thank you so much for the work you do. -Paige
Robert Waggoner 4/5/2014 3:23 PM
Hi Alexander, If I understand your question, I believe the answer is Yes. In my book I mention being in a lucid dream, while realizing my body had a problem breathing. While lucid and in the dream, I sought to get my mouth clear of the obstruction so I could breathe in physical reality. Finally I decided to exit the lucid dream and check my body. When I woke, I found the bed sheet had gotten into my mouth, and was restricting my breathing. Another time, after many sleepless hours driving across America, I suddenly noticed that I was 'seeing' a dream, although I could also see the prairie of eastern Colorado as we drove along. Lucid dreaming does give some insight into the nature of being consciously aware, while the subconscious expresses itself. In my book, I encourage lucid dreamers to engage the 'awareness behind the dream' in order to see that the unconscious is actually conscious and aware. Best wishes on your explorations into lucid dreaming.
Alexander 4/5/2014 3:10 PM
So... My conclusion/question is: Has anyone before me achieved to have Awareness, Attention & Intention over the body while in the lucid dream - and being equally lucid as you'd be either way, thus being able to move around your body and essentially "live your life" but while experiencing the subconsciouss/dream world simoultaneouslly? I'm thinking that the way this has to be accomplished is through feeling/experiencing the deeper meaning of the body, how your body and it's movements/cell movements for all I know, translates into the dreaming experience, so that you can be aware of the body at the same time, but still maintaining a connection with the deeper meaning/or well, the dreamworld, so it's not separate... But in this case our primary "identification" is in the deeper understanding of the meaning of the body(which I experience as the subconsciouss - or the dream)... Does It make sense? I would like to be able to be lucid while awake, consciouss with intention in both =)
Robert Waggoner 4/2/2014 9:30 AM
Hi Aaron, Thanks for sharing your experience. To me, this seems an OBE experience. Why? It begins as you are falling asleep -- yet to be a 'lucid dream' means that you become aware of dreaming while in a dream. Since you were not dreaming, it does not meet the definition of a 'lucid dream.' Most natural OBEs begin at the stage of preparing to fall asleep. Also in your case, you feel your awareness pulled out of your body (again, something that lucid dreamers do not report in normal lucid dreams). Also you may have noticed in your experience that it seemed easy to fly along and examine things, yes? So in OBEs, a person does not have to worry about 'how' to fly or 'how' to maintain their awareness (and this differs from many lucid dreams, where we have to focus and concentrate to stay lucid). Therefore, you can see that even the interior experience is different. Whether you were in a mental dimension or a physical PLUS dimension, we can not tell this time. Best wishes!
Aaron 4/2/2014 9:21 AM
Hello Robert, this is my experience: I woke up after a series of semi lucid dreams. I felt totally relaxed, ready to get up. But for some reason I was very gently pulled back by some force into sleeping mode. Just as I was about to fall asleep again I heard some strange popping sound and my consciousness got sucked inwards &at the same time pulled out of my body in the area of my 3rd eye. I found myself in a town that looked vaguely familiar, only the colors were more saturated than in the physical world. I kind of flew along a street &examined the state of reality of the place. Coming out of the experience was less impressive. It was like walking thru a door. Nothing fancy about that. Upon waking I remembered that you wrote in your book that in OBEs the reality we experience is something like "physical reality PLUS." It is a place on the physical plane, yet it has certain features added. I am interested in hearing what you have to say about the nature of my experience.
Robert Waggoner 3/21/2014 12:26 PM
Sharon, Thanks for your explanation of the events. They do not sound like lucid dreams. As I see it, the first event (Part 1) sounds like a classic experience of sleep paralysis. Particularly, since you used the most common 'escape mechanism' from sleep paralysis - getting one part of your body to move. You can read more about this by Google-ing 'Ryan Hurd and Sleep Paralysis'. He explains it in detail, and offers many ways to exit it. To Part 2, this seems a bit more complex. You may have entered an altered state (hypnotic or hypnagogia, etc), nightmare or an OBE-like state. Sounds like you engaged some shadow issues or conscious fears, and worked your way out. Actually, lucid dreaming is a wonderful way to work through shadow issues and overcome phobias, etc., - but this does not sound like a lucid dream (in which you become consciously aware of being in a dream). If I were you, I'd avoid progressive relaxation tapes. Also, I doubt if the date matters. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 3/21/2014 12:09 PM
Hi Betty, Thanks for your note. These experiences may be lucid dreams, or they may be (what people call) astral projection. In a lucid dream, a person realizes within the dream 'Oh, this is strange! I am dreaming!' So the person is dreaming, notices something strange, and then realizes that it is a dream. But in an OBE or astral projection, sometimes we hear a buzzing sound, or feel energy, or just suddenly find our self aware in our bedroom (sometimes we see our body on the bed, but sometimes we do not). In this case, the difference is that there is no dream. So in astral projection or OBE, we may simply find our selves aware of being in another state, and we can fly and do many things. This is all very natural and many millions of people have had this experience. So please write more about your experience, if you have questions. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 3/21/2014 12:09 PM
Hi Betty, Thanks for your note. These experiences may be lucid dreams, or they may be (what people call) astral projection. In a lucid dream, a person realizes within the dream 'Oh, this is strange! I am dreaming!' So the person is dreaming, notices something strange, and then realizes that it is a dream. But in an OBE or astral projection, sometimes we hear a buzzing sound, or feel energy, or just suddenly find our self aware in our bedroom (sometimes we see our body on the bed, but sometimes we do not). In this case, the difference is that there is no dream. So in astral projection or OBE, we may simply find our selves aware of being in another state, and we can fly and do many things. This is all very natural and many millions of people have had this experience. So please write more about your experience, if you have questions. Lucid wishes!
Sharon McCormack 3/21/2014 12:02 PM
Part 2:Exactly a year later I again went to sleep listening to a muscle progressive relaxation. it did not feel like I was asleep or that I was awake.I felt like I was going mad,climbing walls, twirling and falling back down on my bed,rolling around in bed,hearing sounds of birds in my ear,seeing people out my window coming towards me,someone came into my room,I had a physical fight with them,I recall trying to come out of it as I was so scared I was going mad and not able to come out,I thought I had come back on a few occasions and on realising I hadn't I got more panicked.I again could hear people in the house and this felt very real.I eventually started to pat my arms and legs and I came back. I am in the middle of psychotherapy training so there is a lot of personal process. Also earlier in night I had listened to a Cd that works on Chakra no.5. Is this a lucid dream? is it significant the same time of year this happened? Any advice or guidance appreciated. Thanks
Sharon McCormack 3/21/2014 12:02 PM
HI Robert.I have had two experiences that I am hoping you can help me understand.Sent in 2 messages. PART 1 These experiences were a year apart to the day.First one was last March where after a relaxation guided meditation I was going to sleep and had the following experience where I knew I was not awake and I was not asleep. I could hear people in the house and could see what they were doing (there no one in house).There was someone in my room and the covers were taken off of me one by one and I could feel the cold air over my body.I then felt as if someone's knee was on the side of the bed and it was like they straddled my back.I recall feeling scared and was trying to push them off with my elbow eventually I was able to move my elbow and I came out of it.I had not moved in my bed and covers still on me.It felt very real and can still feel a year later what I felt during the experience.
betty 3/21/2014 12:02 PM
Hello. I am begginer with lucid dreaming and i had about 10 lucid dreams so far. In all of them i started my dream in the room i was sleeping. I have two falts and when i was sleeping in the city flat i woke in the dream about 2 meters from my bed. In my other flat i woke in the dream right where i was sleeping. Is it normal or might i be possibly doing astral projection? (sorry for my bad english. cheers:)
Robert Waggoner 3/18/2014 12:10 PM
Hi Brock, Thanks for letting me know about your experience. I think asking questions like, "Show me something important for me to see" normally result in fascinating responses. But some questions seem impossible to answer and result in no response. For example if a person asks a question like, 'Should I go to college at Cornell or Penn State?' -- this involves a whole set of value judgments that seems the territory of the ego (and not the larger awareness). So I would not feel surprised if the larger awareness fails to respond to this. Therefore, I encourage you to take a look at your questions, and the exact wording, first -- and then proceed. Lucid wishes!
Brock 3/18/2014 12:04 PM
Hello Robert, I have been able to contact the awareness behind the dream once, but it was a while ago (a couple of months). I have been trying to communicate with it since that time but I cannot seem to do so. I just shout out to the dream but there is no response. Is there anything you can suggest?
Robert Waggoner 3/17/2014 8:10 AM
Hi Nikki, Good luck with your paper. To your questions, you may have to google these points for more details: 1) Ursula Voss and other researchers surveyed school children in Germany -- and found that students as young as 8 or 9 recalled lucid dreams. By age 19, I think about 60% could recall at least one lucid dream. 2. Positive effects from lucid dreaming include the joy and fun of it; also, it can be used for emotional and physical healing, and exploring the subconscious. 3. Research studies show about 70% of college students report a lucid dream, and about 25% claim that they have one or more lucid dreams a month. A few special people have lucid dreams every night. 4. Solid scientific evidence exist for lucid dreaming in the work of Stephen LaBerge and the eye signal verification technique of lucid dreaming (please google that for more info). 5. There are levels of lucid awareness. 6. Techniques at www.dreaminglucid.com 8. Anything? I don't think so. Lucid wishes!
Nikki 3/17/2014 8:00 AM
I am using Lucid Dreaming for a research paper topic for my composition class. 1. What is the most common age for people to experience a lucid dream? 2. Are there any positive or negative effects from lucid dreaming? 3. How often do people, who are able to, have a lucid dream? 4. Can lucid dreams be scientifically proven? 5. Are there different kinds of lucid dreaming? 6. I know of a few different techniques for lucid dreaming, but is there a best way? 8. Is it really possible to do anything in a lucid dream?
Robert Waggoner 3/14/2014 10:30 AM
Hi Mary, Glad you are enjoying the book (let your friends know :-) Snakes alive! - you got incredibly close to getting lucid, so you are definitely on the path. It helps to practice with the suggestion -- then whenever you see your hands, your first thought must be, 'Am I dreaming?!' From a dream symbolism viewpoint, the symbol of the snake may have considerable meaning. For example, if it was my dream, a coiled snake might symbolically relate to kundalini or spiritual emergence, which is often represented and discussed as an energy force 'like a coiled snake'. In any case, it augurs well for your success and growth with the path of lucid dreaming. Lucid wishes!
Mary 3/14/2014 10:23 AM
Hi Robert. I couldn't put the book down, couldn't wait to turn the page. Since finishing it about a week ago I've been looking at my hands throughout the day and asking myself...well, you know. Two nights ago in a dream I was looking at a large, coiled snake, fascinated by it's beautiful scale patterns. I wanted to be able to describe it later and to get a sense of its size I held my hands apart, estimating the snake's diameter at its widest girth. I was staring very intently at my hands, the snake and back at my hands. It wasn't until the middle of the next day that I realized I'd completely blown the opportunity---there were my hands in the dream and the image just went zzzzt right past me. Still, I feel it's a step in the right direction. I've had a few lucid dreams but one years ago that was so exhilarating that I've been hoping ever since to have more. Just wanted to thank you for your help in getting me there. Mary
Robert Waggoner 3/7/2014 10:52 AM
Hi Ileana, I believe you will enjoy my book and gain many insights. In my view, you share or exist with your larger awareness or the inner Self (so it is not an entirely separate thing) -- but the ego/waking self normally is focused on the physical world and culture, and rarely notices the larger awareness or listens to its intuitions. Your questions about shared dreams are complicated. In my book, I have a chapter on mutual lucid dreams and explore the issues in your questions. In any case, a regular lucid dream seems a joint creation of the waking self and the larger awareness -- so a lucid dream is a co-creation. Lucid wishes as you explore!
Robert Waggoner 3/7/2014 10:43 AM
Hi Jack, Glad to hear about your recent lucid dream experience. Obviously, you still have the ability :-) Now for many people, they never have a 'goal' to perform in their lucid dreams -- so when they become lucid, they just fall into the same habit. They fly around. They have lucid dream sex. They talk to dream figures. At my workshops, I ask people to write out three things that they really, really want to do in a lucid dream. Then I ask them to describe 'how' they would achieve those goals. Finally, I encourage everyone to stabilize the lucid dream, and then think, 'What do I really want to do?' Hopefully one of these goals will come to mind, and they will push beyond habit, and get to the amazing potential of lucid dreams. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 3/7/2014 10:44 AM
Hi Jack, Glad to hear about your recent lucid dream experience. Obviously, you still have the ability :-) Now for many people, they never have a 'goal' to perform in their lucid dreams -- so when they become lucid, they just fall into the same habit. They fly around. They have lucid dream sex. They talk to dream figures. At my workshops, I ask people to write out three things that they really, really want to do in a lucid dream. Then I ask them to describe 'how' they would achieve those goals. Finally, I encourage everyone to stabilize the lucid dream, and then think, 'What do I really want to do?' Hopefully one of these goals will come to mind, and they will push beyond habit, and get to the amazing potential of lucid dreams. Lucid wishes!
ileana 3/7/2014 10:39 AM
Robert Thank you for your answer. The “awareness behind the dream” is, in your opinion, the inner self. This is very encouraging. I asked the question because that awareness seems so powerful and full of such profound knowledge that I have great difficulty feeling that I'm in any way a part of it. I followed the suggestion of making contact with this awareness because I watched an interview of yours and I'm sure many of my questions will be answered when I read your book. I've ordered it but, since I live in Paris, I still have to wait two weeks before it gets here. In the mean time I'd like to ask you what you think happens in the case of shared dreams. Whose inner self is at work there? Which of the two is establishing the dream “setting”? Is one inner self “visiting” the other? Or are they somehow merging and thus generating some sort of joint consciousness that then creates a common “setting”? Thanks again Robert for your fascinating work Ileana
Jack 3/7/2014 10:39 AM
Robert, I read your book several years back after having had a lucid experience and was enthralled with its potential. Unfortunately I was not persistent enough to gain control more than a handful of times. Just recently I reached lucidity by chance (maybe) by jokingly telling someone in the preexisting dream that they "must be dreaming" and realized it was in fact me that was dreaming. This was my first lucid experience in probably 5 years. Anyway, I went to the old standby, the same thing I've done in every lucid dream, and began bounding with longer and longer flight times. For some reason a brief lapse in control has made me fall upon return to the ground every time! This time I had a false awakening immediately after however. Is this an atypical thing? And I'd like to move on from my go-to but I can't seem to conjure things into existence even though I'm super conscious of my dream state. I feel helpless, where I should feel some exploratory control. Advice?
Robert Waggoner 3/4/2014 4:04 PM
Hi C, I have not read every book on dream interpretation, so I can only respond from my experience. With that said, the books by Gayle Delaney and Patricia Garfield seem excellent. Other authors that I have learned from include Teresa DeCicco and Robert Hoss. Regarding your other question, it seems interesting to ask, 'Where do ideas come from?' We assume the conscious or subconscious minds, but do we actually know? Some of the great creative geniuses of our time often wondered where their insights and concepts came from. In my book, I have made a case for using lucid dreaming to provide evidence for a larger awareness. Hopefully psychology will pursue this further, since as Jung said, it would be of "revolutionary significance." Lucid wishes!
cmshin 3/4/2014 3:56 PM
Dear Robert, I'm starting to work with my dreams with the intention of pursuing lucid dreaming in the near future. For now though, I'd just focus on understanding my dreams and receiving guidance and insight into my life. Can you recommend me some dream books for a beginner? What do you think of books like creative dreaming by Patricia Garfield and the complete dream book by Gillian Holloway? Do you think it's possible that the our dreams might take place outside our minds? I came across this article by Erin Pavlina in which she talks about her lucid experiences in what seems like an alternate reality. I'm curious as to what you think about it and if you've had any such experiences before. Thank you
Robert Waggoner 2/24/2014 8:15 AM
Hi Polyniki, In my view, a person gets assisted by their dream life ( and not tormented). Recurring dreams serve to remind the waking ego that it may have recurring patterns of behavior that need to be changed -- so to ask your dreams to stop tormenting you sounds like a very poor response to this helpful reminder :-) Books like Breakthrough Dreaming by Gayle Delaney or The Universal Dream Key by Patricia Garfield may help a person gain insight into these type of dreams and what they mean to you. Of course, a person does not need to become lucid to use dreaming. A person can simply incubate a request, like, 'Tonight in my dreams, I want to remove the inner obstacles that prevent me from fulfilling my life's potential, in such a way that everyone is assisted and no one is harmed'. If a person would do this each night for 30 days, then it would help them. Best wishes!
Polyniki 2/24/2014 8:04 AM
Dear Robert, I took the courage to write again because I see a recurring, very distressing dream that I want to stop by asking my inner awareness for help - a technique I learned about thanks to your wonderful book. I keep on dreaming that I miss my flight. Either I am too late, or my papers are not valid, or I am on the wrong train. I believe it has to do with the fact that I feel I don't know where my life is going, I feel time just goes by without me making the best of it and I am still looking for a purpose that will really fulfill me as a person. I set as a goal to become lucid whenever I see this dream again, with no success so far. If I do manage to become lucid, how should I ask my inner awareness to stop tormenting me with these dreams and give me guidance for my waking life instead? What wording should I use? I would be very grateful for your help and I appreciate the time you are taking for this. Best regards Polyniki
Robert Waggoner 2/22/2014 9:30 PM
Hi Ileana, Thank you for writing and letting me know about your success. Yes, sometimes the 'answer' will come as images, or writing, or even the direct experience of a concept (!). For this reason, I called my book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self -- I believe the response comes from the 'inner self' (which Jung suggested may exist -- and which lucid dreaming seems able to prove). This evidence from lucid dreamers is truly revolutionary. Someday, it will change our understanding of what it means to be a 'person'. Ileana, if you would like to write about your lucid dreams or send an article to my magazine, I would feel very pleased. Lucid wishes!
ileana 2/22/2014 9:23 PM
Dear Robert I've been trying out your suggestion of contacting the "awareness behind the dream" questions with amazing results. I have indeed received incredible answers only I don't hear a voice but I am shown the answer in images or, surprisingly, in short written sentences. I thank you very much for that excellent information. I feel I have taken my lucid dreams to level II. I would like to know what or who you think this awareness might be. It seems to know much more than I, consciously at least, know. I would love to hear your opinion is. Thank you again for your guidance.
Robert Waggoner 2/21/2014 8:39 AM
Hi Janice, All of us who have had SP or sleep paralysis understand your feelings - it can seem quite scary sometimes. There's a wonderful book by Ryan Hurd called Sleep Paralysis. In it, he describes various techniques to end SP, and also how you can use SP as a launching pad for lucid dreams. I find that approach very encouraging, since now a person has a reason to look forward to SP (if they know what to do). Ryan also has a website at dream studies.org where he provides some excellent advice on getting out of SP. Best wishes to you as you explore lucid dreaming!
janice 2/21/2014 8:32 AM
Dear Robert, Thank you so much for this work. I'm just getting into researching LD now. I had many lucid dreams as a child and even as an adult I naturally tend to get a few a year. I also tend to get SP which I experience as being quite scary. Sometimes, when my body is very, very, tired and I'm falling asleep I can almost feel the SP coming on and my instinct is to resist it. All I can do is continuously twitch my feet and hope eventually that it will wake me up. it takes a lot of effort to do this (moving my feet), much more than in the waking state. I also can experience something similar in the morning when I feel like I literally have to fight to wake up as if I'm being sucked back into the SP / sleep. Please could you advise what's going on and what I ought to do. Thank you so much.
Robert Waggoner 2/16/2014 2:24 PM
Hi Polyniki, Thanks for the interesting dream experience (and sending me a note that you live in Greece, and have no connection to Australia). Carl Jung called these kind of events, 'synchronicity' - since they are not connected by typical cause and effect. Jung and the quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli wondered if this suggested another inner 'order' to the nature of reality. A place to share such things might be with the German lucid dream community, headed by Alice Grinda in Berlin. I assume you speak German, yes? In any case, it seems like a very interesting example of a synchronicity, and suggests that we live in an inter-connected Oneness (to some degree, the native people of Australia feel that everything exists in the 'dreamtime' - or another level of consciousness -- and this outer level is only the surface of the reality of things). Lucid wishes!
polyniki 2/16/2014 2:17 PM
Dear Robert, I read your book and enjoyed it very much. I had a very few lucid dream experiences so far and only became semi-concious of the fact that I was actually dreaming, and managed to partially manipulate the dream. I am taking the subject very seriously and try to recall my dreams when I wake up. Last night I had a profouding experience. I dreamt that I visited a dino museum in Adelaide Australia with my mom, and although it was not a lucid dream I tried to recall it every time I was awake during the night. It was hard cause I forgot the name of the city, or i thought it was a prison we visited, but in the end I managed to rememeber it. Today I googled "Australia, Adelaide, dino, museum" and found out there is currently a dino exhibition in Adelaide - one I never consiously heard of or read about. I was totally astonished. Is there any meaning to this, or is it pure coincidence? Can you recommend a lucid dreaming community to share such experiences? Thank you so much!
Robert Waggoner 2/15/2014 8:57 AM
Hi Heather, It sounds like you are making good progress. As we get into lucid dreaming, we begin to notice some of the oddities of conscious experience while dreaming. Sometimes we adopt the perspective of 'observer' or 'overseer' - with varying levels of lucidity; sometimes we become lucid then move to sub-lucid awareness and float along; and sometimes, we can be in a dream, and then fall asleep in the dream and have a lucid dream (though now, we seem a level removed from normal dreaming, and it hardly seems like it is our personality that is dreaming - because the symbols and events have little connection to us or our normal dreams). The positive thing for you, here, is that it seems like you are exploring and getting a bit of an education, plus your interest in lucid dreaming is becoming manifest in the dream state. You may find this expressed in attending lucid dream classes, etc. So pay attention, and see these kind of experiences as "Lessons in Lucidity". Lucid wishes!
Heather 2/15/2014 8:46 AM
Hi Robert - thank you for your answer - indeed, both LD's I've had were initiated by SP, which I believe may go hand-in-hand with the WILD technique. Both times the SP led to OBE which led to the LD. I now have another query. Last night (2nd time this has happened) I dreamt that I had a LD. It was not a true LD, as the events were a bit random and not actually controlled consciously, but in my dream I was dreaming that I was in a LD - does that make sense? Has this ever happened to you? It was if I was watching myself have an LD. In the dream I was controlling events, but they weren't events I'd actually try for if I had been having a true LD. Also there was no true dream awareness - I would not have thought to ask Godzilla what he symbolised in my dream :-) Very strange! I am hoping I'm on the right track. BTW, thank you for being so accessible for questions, I think that's awesome of you to take the time. Best Regards from Heather
Robert Waggoner 2/13/2014 2:13 PM
Hi Heather, I think you will enjoy reading the book. A number of people tell me that as they read it, they begin to have lucid dreams spontaneously. There is a wonderful book, Sleep Paralysis, by Ryan Hurd. In it, he shows how to exit sleep paralysis, or how to use it to move into a lucid dream (and I think that seems like a great idea). When it comes to supplements, I feel relatively neutral. If people want to use them properly and can do so thoughtfully, then there you go. However, I hope everyone will consider the many mental techniques that can be used (and some I explain in the appendix of my book). If you have another question, please let me know. Lucid wishes!
Heather 2/13/2014 2:05 PM
Hello Mr Waggoner. I've just discovered you on youtube and have started reading your blog, this website, got the book on order, and hopefully will be attending an online workshop at some point this year. I have two questions in the meantime; firstly, I'll give you a tiny bit of background. I've only ever had two lucid dreams (one very recently) but have suffered from sleep paralysis for a long time, so have always been interested in these experiences. My first question is this: have you ever used, or do you recommend, the use of supplements to help in the process of LD? I've been experimenting with galantamine/choline mix as well as using 5-htp and melatonin - first started using the melatonin as I am a sufferer of insomnia, which led to the discovery of the other supplements. On my second try with the G & C I had my second ever LD using the WILD technique. I have an additional question but would like to ask this one first! Many Thanks - Best Regards, Heather
Robert Waggoner 2/12/2014 11:30 AM
Hi Tofik, Thanks for your note. Congratulations on having one lucid dream! It is a good beginning. Every person's situation is different, so I can only make general comments. If you are practicing the same technique (Critical Reflection and MILD), but having no success, then I suggest trying a different technique. Even the inventor of Critical Reflection, Paul Tholey, said that it took him an entire month of practice before he had his first lucid dream! For me, the easiest beginner technique was to do the Modified Castaneda Technique of Finding Your Hands - which you can read about on page 268 and 269 of my book. I think this is a great one for beginners - since you are creating a powerful trigger to become consciously aware in dreams. I encourage you to see how it works. The only other thing that I might suggest is to change your evening habits a bit. If you watch television, then fall asleep, -- change that habit to reading about lucid dreams before sleep. Best wishes!
tofik 2/12/2014 11:21 AM
Hi Robert, i started reading your book 5 months ago, when after a month i have stopped reading yet in that time i had my first and only lucid dream. since then until today i am trying to continue with my journey and having more lucid dreams however with no success, every day i read something about lucid dreaming to keep it on my mind, i practice the MILD technique along with Critical-Mind Technique as much as i can remember, i do use a dream journal and able to recall at least 1 dream per night sometimes 4-5, i see many odd things in my dreams yet i never get to the conclusion that i am dreaming, for ex: i am at a supermarket where i see one of my old school friends, as i approach to say hi, she just smiles at me and goes on her way, i think this is very odd, what just happened since we really know each other. what could i possible be doing wrong ? i need help.
Robert Waggoner 2/9/2014 1:52 PM
Hi M-D, As a general rule, I like self hypnosis and suggestion. In this game of working with the subconscious, it helps to use hypnosis and suggestion to make clear your (the ego/waking self) inner acceptance and allowance of lucid dreaming. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 2/9/2014 1:47 PM
Hi M-D, Thanks for your note. Lucid dreaming takes a fair amount of practice and personal experimenting to find the techniques that work for you and your situation. When I did a lot of MILD, I might wake, make a few quick notes in my dream journal, (for example, 'cat, church, angry woman' - so I could recall that later), then get my body back to the same position, do the MILD technique and hopefully become lucid. There is no rule that you must stop for five minutes in the middle of the night and write out your dream (if your ultimate goal is lucid dreaming). So, try my approach, and see what happens. Some of the current or in vogue approaches to lucid dreaming, like developing prospective memory, seem to me at least, a lot of work for not so much reward. A simple technique, like my modified version of the Castaneda technique, seems to me simple, straightforward and more likely to lead to success. But each person is different! Best wishes as you pursue the lucid dreaming path.
Maine Dreamer 2/9/2014 1:36 PM
Hello Robert, I am new to the practice of LD, having been working on it for just a couple of months now with pretty limited success. The first couple of weeks I had several LD's but recently have really tapered off and am getting frustrated. I understand that RC's alone will not get me there, however I feel like improving my prospective memory would help. When I try to set target events for RC's I rarely remember. Do you have any advice or tips on ways to improve prospective memory? Also, I would like to develop WILD but wonder if it isn't counter productive when keeping a DJ, that is I wake up and write down notes for the DJ, but that takes me out of the flow of REM periods. Is it one or the other? One final question, do you think going to a hypnotist would be worthwhile for developing LD? I am willing to put the time and money into seeing one but don't know if it would be worth it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these questions!
Robert Waggoner 2/6/2014 1:16 PM
Hi Bre, Glad you liked the book and learned from it. Because of your early history with lucid dreaming (but not really understanding how to use it, and running from the nightmares), you may need to 'tell' your inner awareness that you are now ready to lucid dream again, and you now know how to respond. By telling your inner self that, I think you will find that you become lucid, and stay lucid, since you know there is nothing to fear. Also, I encourage you to project or send love, understanding and compassion onto any unhappy or scary figure -- they really just want your understanding and compassion (and when they receive it, they normally will change into something nicer right before your eyes). Also, feel free to ask 'What do you represent?' since you might learn something important. Good luck with your lucid dreaming!
Bre 2/6/2014 1:10 PM
Hi I really loved your book it was really detailed into things that I didn't know was possible when you lucid dream. Anyway my issue is I have been lucid dreaming since I was 5 years old and the majority of the dreams consisted of nightmares. At the time I didn't know it wasn't real so as a result I kept on running away. For a very long time this has been happening and the dreams every year repeat themselves. My thing iz I now know what to do since reading your book but I can't be lucid anymore which is weird to me. I literally see a gate when I do become lucid then it switches off like I'm being blocked. I can only be lucid randomly for like 4 seconds and then I never pulled back into the dream I no longer have control. I looked at my dream world as. Enemy for so long I was so afraid of what I was seeing I just want to make it right.
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2014 12:03 PM
Hi Andy, If you read my book, you will see the answer to your question. In a lucid dream, you can stop and simply ask a question to the dream --- just shout it out. For example, you can announce, 'Show me something important for me to see!' and then normally the entire lucid dream will change, and show you something of significance to you. In my book, I show how you can take this much deeper, experiment with it and ask more profound questions. In my book, I note how sometimes the response comes verbally, and the unseen awareness states that your question is in error. Or sometimes, you are not ready for the response (assuming you ask to experience something large or powerful). When it comes to reliable and reliability, it becomes complicated, since sometimes you receive a 'literal' answer (eg, yes, no) and sometimes you receive a symbolic answer. In my book, I discuss this and try to suggest that the clarity of the lucid dreamer matters -- in receiving and translating. Best!
Andy 2/3/2014 11:56 AM
When you are lucid dreaming can you talk to your subconscious and ask it for answers? If you can, how reliable and clear is it?
Robert Waggoner 1/30/2014 9:21 AM
Hi Olivier, Okay, it sounds like we have similar lucid dream experiences. I believe that sometimes a lucid dream ends right before a 'crucial revelation' because we get too excited (or feel a conflict about seeing the answer). To write an article with examples and questions is fine (my book contains many questions!) -- since we are all learning more about the nature of the unconscious. Our magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience, is at www.dreaminglucid.com and to the left side, you can see How to Submit Articles. Lucid wishes!
Olivier Termijtelen 1/30/2014 9:16 AM
Thanks for your answer Robert. Indeed, sometimes the lucid dream is ended right after a crucial event. And I know this is to make sure I do not forget. Other times it is less obvious why. Actually there have been several dreams in the past where the exact opposite happened: the dream was ended right before a crucial revelation. As if I was not meant to discover something (yet). About writing an article: there have been many hundreds of lucid dreams, so there is enough experience, yet I do not consider myself to be an expert, because I still have many unanswered questions. Especially about the 'dream characters': sometimes there is a glimpse of the energy behind the character, which seems to have very little to do with me, my consciousness, or my mind (although the appearance might be colored by the mind) So, I will think about it, and if I feel like I have something to contribute to the magazine, I will let you know. Where can I find more information? Olivier
Robert Waggoner 1/29/2014 8:20 AM
Hi Olivier, Glad to hear that you are experimenting with the ideas in the book. I hope other lucid dreamers will do the same. Yes, it seems quite amazing to ask questions or make requests of the 'awareness behind the dream' and then receive a response. It provides evidence to lucid dreamers and science of the larger structure of the Self. To your question, I have noticed a very brief transition (like you state) on some occasions -- but for me, the transition seems very quick, and easy (and almost unnoticeable). I hope you will consider writing an article for our magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience. To your experience of a sudden end.... you would have to give me examples. It may be that the larger awareness wishes you to recall what you have experienced, and ends the lucid dream (for educational purposes). Recently in a lucid dream, I requested a profound experience but asked "only for one minute" -- this amazing experience happened, but stopped at one minute. Lucid wishes!
Olivier 1/29/2014 8:09 AM
Hi Robert, thanks for your book. In my 25 years of lucid dreaming it just never crossed my mind to talk to the dream awareness, brilliant idea! So now I am experimenting with it: I become lucid, remember my intention, shout it out, and the dream landscape changes. During the transition to the next dream there is no visual imagery, and I feel bodily sensations very similar to out-of-body experiences. As if I am 'floating' to the next dream. Then these sensations stop, and the new dream landscape starts to arise. I often use my hands to touch everything around me to make the new dream landscape solid. Are you familiar with these sensations in this transitional phase? Another question: usually I end the lucid dream at will, but sometimes it really seems like this greater awareness decides to end the dream. It is not the expectation effect, nor is it losing lucidity. It's during full lucidity and quite unexpected. Any comment is greatly appreciated. Warm regards, Olivier
Robert Waggoner 1/27/2014 8:13 AM
Hi Brock, Thanks for your post. Now, I do not know the 'question' you posed to the awareness behind the dream, or exactly how you phrased it, so it may be a question that naturally leads to 'yes' in 99% of the cases. In any case, I had much the same concern as you: does the response come from my larger awareness or from my expectation or some mental model. So I encourage you to begin to experiment with this in future lucid dreams. Asking things like, 'Hey show me something important for me to see' or asking to experience concepts or information outside of your ego's knowing, and then seeing the results -- by doing that, you will likely come to the conclusion that you have communicated with your larger awareness and its larger knowing. By experimenting honestly and rationally, each lucid dreamer can see for his or her self. Lucid wishes as you explore these ideas more deeply!
Brock 1/27/2014 8:01 AM
Hello Robert, I have been lucid dreaming for about a year now and not too long ago I was able to communicate with what I think was the awareness behind the dream. I looked up at the sky and began to ask a question and I got an immediate reply, “Yes.” I started to ask my question again, this time the awareness waited for me to finish and replied, “Yes” a second time. My question is, did I hear just what I wanted to hear since the answer came before I even formulated the whole question, or did I really get an answer from my inner subconscious? Thank you, Brock
Robert Waggoner 1/25/2014 9:44 AM
Hi Kasi, Thanks for your questions. I have noticed this same quandary with certain students -- the more enthused they get, the fewer lucid dreams they seem to have! So it looks like you may need to either 'let go' and surrender -- or find a middle path (not too hot and not too cold). Also, if you ask me, keeping a dream journal seems important. But simply relying on reality checks to become lucid (if that is all you are doing) will probably not do it. So if I were you, I'd make some adjustments. Maybe do my Modified Castaneda Technique each night for 30 days (see my book's appendix). Then write me back in a month, and tell me how many lucid dreams you have had. Lucid wishes, Robert
Kasi 1/25/2014 9:37 AM
Hi Robert ,thanks for writing such a brillant book.Ive been interested in lucid dreaming for last two years iam from London.i experienced very brief lucidity just three times and hav,nt been able to get back to that experience again.i feel kind addicted and suffering from withdrawal symptoms .I keep a dj and do rc each day ,i suspected theres something out of line in my attitude because the more enthusiastic i get about it the further away it seems to get and when I give up and just turn over to sleep i sometimes get pre- lucid or very interesting dreams ,what to do?can you help with some advice .ys kasi
Robert Waggoner 1/22/2014 10:37 AM
Hi Justin, Thanks for your various questions. I will try to answer them. A couple of months ago in a lucid dream, I asked to experience "for only one minute" something that most people would deem very powerful. Suddenly, I began to have this unfolding powerful experience. But then, at one minute, the experience completely concluded and I found myself back at a place similar to the lucid dream's beginning. So yes, I feel that you could program yourself to allow intense experiences. But be careful what you ask for! You also asked some excellent questions about whether the info provided in a lucid dream is unique to the lucid dreamer or universal? Here's the issue. The information may come from a universal source but each person will interpret it according to their knowledge base, beliefs, expectations, culture, etc. You and a lucid dreamer in Indonesia may get the same response, but your lucid dream report will be very different due to your personal differences. Lucid wishes!
justin 1/22/2014 10:29 AM
i was thinking and began to wonder what would happen if you preprogrammed to not wake up during intense emotions? and What if you mentally went into a lucid dream with the intent to use the dream to change physical reality?
Robert Waggoner 1/18/2014 3:50 PM
Hi Florian, Thanks for the additional information. As you can see, sometimes the information appears but may be symbolic, literal or a mixture. If symbolic, I'd ask myself, "Am I being constrained in some way?" or "Am I being misdirected in my life?"And try to see if this connects with your current life in a symbolic sense. If it does not appear to in any symbolic sense, then I might try to find a Chinese person to assist me with understanding what is happening in this area (if anything) and checking out the Chinese internet. Good luck with investigating this!
Florian 1/18/2014 3:38 PM
This was the first of three dreams that night only the second one being a lucid one. I was hiking a rural valley in China stopping at an ancient village. Suddenly the dream shouted four times “Li Chiang” me instantly knowing it is the name of that river (I didn't question the voice and therefore didn't became lucid). The government had ordered to redirect the river and construction work had destroyed half of the village. The river was put into a corset of concrete. Steal grids were set in place to secure the dike. A tea house was crushed down half of its size but still running. I had a chat in Chinese with the owner, a friendly old lady (I don't speak Chinese). It was the first time a dream talked to me directly in a clear voice. I googled the river name and it does exist. Now I was wandering if I should see the river as a symbol or go there in waking reality. (Like when you had been on a float-trip and asked the Canyon what it does have to say to you. Thank you for your comments.
Robert Waggoner 1/17/2014 10:25 AM
Hi Florian, Thanks for your note. First, it seems hard for me to comment on a lucid dream like this without understanding the entire context of the dream experience, and a detailed knowledge of exactly 'what' you requested. So if you would like to supply that, then I may have more comments. In general though, a person has to look at the exact wording of their intent, and then compare it to the response. If the response seems hard to fathom, then you may need to dig further. If the word was 'Yangtze, Yangtze, Yangtze, Yangtze', then I suggest reading about the meaning of that word in Chinese, and about the river itself. Then as a possible symbol, I would ask myself, "In what way, am I like the Yangtze?" or "What does it feel like to be the Yangtze? How does that connect to my life now?" If you read that the Yangtze has been dammed up, and the headwaters come from sources like the River of the Female, you may then get additional insight. But again, look at the entire dream!
Florian 1/17/2014 10:12 AM
Hi Robert, The awareness behind the dream shouted the name of a Chinese river four times to me. The dream-awareness wanted to make 100% sure that I would remember the name into waking reality. But now I don't know what to do with that kind of information since that river doesn't really mean anything to me. What would you suggest if you got an information like that in a dream from the dream awareness itself? Any suggestions? Thx a lot!
Robert Waggoner 1/13/2014 9:20 AM
Hi Natalie,Thanks for your note. In my book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, I have a chapter on this subject since it is a bit complicated. Many lucid dreamers realize they are dreaming, when they see someone they know has passed over. But then, you may wonder: is this a dream figure or the spirit of the deceased? In my book, I suggest some ways to look into this rationally. For example, if the deceased person is sitting at a dream Thanksgiving dinner, then their image is likely there as symbolic (they belong there in a sense). But if they appear, you become lucid, and they have a message or two for you - then I would pay attention. Or you could, if really lucid, ask them questions (and kind of test them). Hope that helps! Lucid wishes.
Natalie 1/13/2014 9:15 AM
Hi Robert A few weeks ago I had a briefly lucid dream out of the blue. It startled me and I started to try and have more lucid dreams and to seek out information on the subject, which is how I found out about you. Since then I have had two more lucid dreams, both of which ended rapidly when I became lucid. I will keep trying. I have just realised, the morning after my latest lucid dream, that at some point in each one I was dreaming about talking to my father, who died a year ago. I don't remember dreaming about him at any other time. Do you think there is a link between lucid dreaming and deceased loved ones? It didn't seem like my "real" father - more like a dream version or an aspect of him - but then I don't feel like my "real" self when I'm in a lucid dream!
Robert Waggoner 1/2/2014 11:12 AM
Hi Brianna, It's great that you are becoming lucidly aware. Now you just need to learn how to use this special state. For example, a simple thing you can do is send love, compassion and understanding to a dream figure. Normally, when you do so, they become friendly and even nice. Also, you can ask questions like 'What do you represent?' and learn something which may result inner situations. You will probably find that reading my book helps a lot, since you can see how various lucid dreamers have approached dream figures and made peace with them. Also, once they do make peace with them, then they can use lucid dreaming to accomplish a lot. Lucid wishes for the new year!
Brianna Barnes 1/2/2014 11:07 AM
I'm having difficulty with my lucid dreaming because I can't overcome my fear and end up running away. I have been lucid since I was around 6 and my dreams have consisted of all kinds of monsters that I have ignored thinking it wasn't that big of a deal. For years it has been this way now that I'm 18 it has gone too far that I can't be lucid for long without being dragged into the dream because I think whatever is after me is real. I need help gaining confidence, overcoming fear and faith in my dream world.
Robert Waggoner 12/21/2013 1:23 PM
Hi Christina, In Lucid Living, we see the value of looking at our expectations and beliefs. If they seem leaning towards the negative, then we don't feel surprised by what we get in a lucid dream or waking dream. If they sincerely seem optimistic, then we don't feel surprised by what we get in a lucid dream or waking dream. Sometimes the problem with approaching the subconscious, we refuse to hear it clearly, or interpret it to what we 'desire' and not what we expect. In my experience, you get what you expect to the degree that you expect it. Best wishes and bright futures!
Robert Waggoner 12/21/2013 1:23 PM
Hi Brad, I think you'll enjoy my book when you have a chance to read it. In it, you can see many examples of lucid dreamers who successfully sought out information, and the process by which they approached it. If I were you, I would create a focused intent which seemed more specific. "Take me to the library" seems like a so-so intent, I feel. "Let me see the last book I checked out" - now that sounds more interesting, focused and specific. Happy exploring.
Robert Waggoner 12/21/2013 1:23 PM
Hi Michelle, Unfortunately, I do not do dream interpretation here. Best wishes at listening to your inner awareness.
Christina 12/21/2013 1:14 PM
Hi Robert. So I just got deferred from my dream college early decision. I know it's not very conventional, but if I ask my lucid dream (or the awareness behind it) if I will get in regular decision, should I trust the answer? I have already done things like call up the admissions office but all they say is that they are receiving more applications and admission has become more conpetitive. It might be a long shot but do you think my subconscious can share future knowledge with me? I want to know this because I might submit another early decision application but its not my top choice.
brad 12/21/2013 1:14 PM
Hey Robert, I just started listening to your interviews on youtube, and greatly admire your work. I have not read your book yet, but plan on it. I was wondering your view on accessing the Akashic record through lucid dreams, and if you have any tips. i have tried simply "stating" i want to view, with limited results. I was taken there once by chance. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Michelle 12/21/2013 1:14 PM
Can you tell me what my dream mean? Ok I was reading the bible for a bit then I went to sleep and had this dream that I was in it and I seen this white podium with a book on it and a golden light was shinning down on it and the pages of the book was turning and then I hear this masculine voice talking I couldnt quite make out what the voice was saying so I tried to get closer to try to hear what the voice was saying but as I got closer it got farter out the voice started fading out. Can you tell me what this dream mean? Or if it even have meaning to it..
Robert Waggoner 11/25/2013 10:20 AM
Hi Rich, Thanks for your question. It sounds like you have an occasional sub-lucid or perhaps semi-lucid dream. You 'understand' that you exist in a special state, and use your knowledge of that state to do things... but you technically do not become lucid. I feel most all of us lucid dreamers have these type of dreams that seem very close to lucidity. In any case, good luck with it. Lucid wishes!
Rich 11/25/2013 10:12 AM
Hi Robert, I am now at the confusing stage where I am not sure if some of my dreams are lucid/semi lucid or just entranced...The majority of my lucid dreams I am 100% sure I am dreaming and act thusly, but there have been a few (more frequently of recent) where I am acting completely out of this world with a unconscious sense of knowing. The other night I was running along the motorway that was very hilly and tiring so I decided to slide on my belly instead (don’t know if this was a decision or just happened), on each hump in the road I would lean all my weight forward and pump the ramp (like a skateboarder would do) to gain more speed to achieve height, thus make my travel easier (and more fun). The hills grew in size each time until they became so large I was sailing into the air (I must mention that flying is something I am trying to achieve lucidly at the moment). I hadnt thought that this vague level of lucidity existed before?
Robert Waggoner 11/21/2013 7:50 AM
Hi Adrian, Thanks for explaining your experience. I think I can help provide some insight here. Basically, a lucid dreamer has to manipulate his or her mind -- specifically, in your case, you need to 'expect' that you can stay in a lucid dream -- so begin to tell yourself both in waking and lucid dreaming that you have the ability to stay in much longer (and do the simple things like avoid staring fixedly at dream objects and having intense emotions). Second, you need to focus on your goal (let's say you hope to remain lucid for ten minutes) - and not on your 'fear' (OMG this lucid dream will collapse soon). So in the lucid dream, focus on what you wish to achieve. Even announce it, "I will find it easy to remain lucid for ten minutes" When you focus on this goal with positive expectation, then you help to make it so. Also, please see my book and note how lucid dreamers stay aware in the Void state and watch a new lucid dream appear. Lucid wishes!
Adrian 11/21/2013 7:40 AM
Hello Robert. From your experience how long does it take the average person to develop the ability to stay lucid so that they can prolong their dreams and vividly explore the dream world? It seems as if some of the techniques for prolonging lucid dreams (spinning and rubbing hands together) are either not working for me or I am doing them wrong. I notice that I tend to do them immediately out of panic for fear that I am going to wake up so maybe this is what's causing the dreams to fade to black. I've had about 6 or 7 lucid dreams in the past year and most have happened when I was not trying to induce them. The luck I been having with trying to prolong them however is very discouraging and causes me to doubt my ability to stay lucid.
Robert Waggoner 11/15/2013 7:18 PM
Hi Claude, I feel glad you enjoyed the book. I hope that all lucid dreamers see how a rational person can use lucid dreaming to explore the nature of consciousness and the larger awareness, accessible in lucid dreaming. For most people, that provides convincing evidence for lucid dreaming's designation as a revolutionary tool for insight into the nature of the psyche. In the future, I will have a new book, which uses the chapter that you mention, as the seed from which the entire book will sprout (and also new ways to use lucid dreaming for personal growth, healing and insight). In the meantime, I hope you get into lucid dreaming and experiment on your own. If a person can experiment thoughtfully in a lucid dream with a sense of neutrality about the results,then he or she can discover as much or more than I have. Lucid wishes!
Claude 11/15/2013 7:12 PM
Hi Robert Thanks for writing this wonderful book. It changed my view on lucid dreaming quite a bit. After reading it I have found much more appreciation for lucid dreaming and I have a lot of motivation to integrate it into my life as a spiritual practise again. A bit like you I had lucid dreams throughout my life, starting from a very young boy's age where I flew around my playground area during the nights. Then after reading Castaneda's books I had one cristal clear OOBE, which lead me to stop further explorations of lucid dreaming, in order to not become a kind of crazy occultist. :) I didn't see a way to integrate this into a sane spiritual lifestyle. On a radio interview I head you talking about a chapter about past/future incarnation dreams, that the editor took out. I would be very interested in reading this chapter. Could you send me the file or have you published it somewhere already? After reading the Seth material I once had one lucid dream of that kind I think.:)
Robert Waggoner 10/30/2013 2:02 PM
Hi Enrique, Lucid dreaming can change a person's life - it definitely changed my perspective. Thanks for your interest in my book. Someday, I hope it will be published in Spanish. Now, you can order it from most bookstores, or large companies like Amazon.com Amazon will ship to almost every country. Lucid wishes!
Enrique Isaac 10/30/2013 1:54 PM
Hi Robert; I am in Mexico, I've had only one lucid dream and it's changed my perspective in life. I would want to read your book. My question is how can I buy your book since I live in Mexico. I can read in English so it's fine if it is not translated to Spanish. Look forward for your response. Thanks
Robert Waggoner 10/26/2013 2:26 PM
Vivek, To meet the definition of a lucid dream, your experience would have to include that you realize that you dream, while this occurs. So having a vivid dream is simply a vivid dream. But if you have any dream in which you know you are dreaming, then it is lucid. If you suspect that it is a dream, or feel it seems dream-like, then you might be called 'semi-lucid' or 'sub-lucid'. Lucid wishes!
Vivek 10/26/2013 2:23 PM
Hey Robert, Hi, I have certain dreams where I am in physical contact with the opposite sex and my body has the same sensations when I am making love in real life. In some cases it may result into an erection and ejaculation. Is this lucid dream ? I am kind of aware during such dreams and the dreams are short. Please guide.
Robert Waggoner 10/11/2013 11:07 AM
Hi Chris, Glad you enjoyed the book, and have seen your number of lucid dreams exploding. I wrote the book to help lucid dreamers see the incredible potential in lucid dreaming -- and it sounds like that has opened some doors for you. If you ever want to write an article for the magazine I co-edit, Lucid Dreaming Experience, about engaging the Awareness Behind the Dream, then send us a submission (or even a lucid dream). Regarding your question, some people get lucid every night in a few dreams -- so that seems the top range. For me, in college, I made it to about 30 lucid dreams a month. So in my experience, it varies. Anyway, keep exploring the lucid dream landscape and the Awareness behind the Dream. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 10/11/2013 11:07 AM
Hi Ruth, Thanks for your post about your vivid lucid dream. As I mention in my book, lucid dreamers do not 'control' the lucid dream, but instead, learn to influence the dream and relate to the dreaming. So if you have a dream like this, you can ask the dream figure who tackles you, "Who are you?" or "What do you represent?" You might hear it say, "Your fear of personal growth" or "Your concern about expanding your beliefs about dreams." Or it might say something entirely different. My point is that you as the lucid dreamer have a wide variety of ways to respond. In my book, I discuss how to engage dream figures more thoughtfully, so that we learn about them and from them. Again thanks for writing, and lucid wishes on your adventures!
Chris Hyde 10/11/2013 10:55 AM
Hi Robert- I had a great time reading your book. It did a nice job of validating some of my own lucid dream experiences as well as provide some structure with which to go deeper into the dream world. My previous experiences had been mostly playing around with the dream characters and effecting the scenarios somewhat. In the last couple of weeks since I finished your book my lucid dreams have exploded! Especially helpful have been the techniques of talking to the dreamer behind the dream and being able to ask the characters that are fragments of my psyche to dissipate. I have had a couple of deep life changing lucid experiences, one making contact with an angelic presence and last night meeting a personable dream guide. I mostly wanted to acknowledge how much this book has meant to me, but I guess if I had a question it would be about the frequency of my lucid dreams. I have become lucid every night for about 2 weeks. This seems more frequent than you describe?
ruth 10/11/2013 10:55 AM
My most vivid lucid dream to date involved my flying around my house but being unable to go outside. Even though I told myself it was a dream, I couldn't make myself pass through the walls. I decided to leave the conventional way, through the door, but once I tried to fly off the front porch a being fly at my through the sky and tackled me to the ground. I was shaken and decided I was not supposed to leave the house. When I reentered the house, I woke from the dream. Do you have any thoughts on what was prohibiting me from flying outside in my dream?
Robert Waggoner 10/8/2013 9:02 AM
Hi Valerie, A wonderful set of questions emerge from your post: What does our subconscious contain? In dreaming, can we access more than subconscious knowledge? How do we explain this? In my book, I suggest that anyone can rationally test these questions by experimenting in lucid dreams - and evidence exists in lucid dreaming that you can go beyond your own knowing to a larger awareness. In some regular dreams, I feel, we move to this level of broader awareness -- and may dream of ourselves as another gender, or race, or in another time (something outside of the subconscious arena). Even in regular dreams, we have a rare occasion, where we get information outside of time and space. In lucid dreaming, we can experimentally provide evidence for the illusory nature of linear time and space (much like modern physicists suggest). To explore this more deeply, go to the library and get my book -- see how anyone can set up experiments in lucid dreams to resolve this for themselves.
Valerie Lilian 10/8/2013 8:51 AM
Dear Robert, A question recently comes to me when I watch one of your interviews. Here are some of my thought on this issue. I hope you can help me with my confusions: I often dream myself talking in a foreign language which in real life I know little about. but in my dream i found my conversation would run out of words and the dream turns blank because of the fact that i do not know enough words in that language to make a conversation. In this case, it proves that in our dreams we can not use the knowledge that does not exist in our subconsciousness. However, i do often dream of myself flying like a bird and have mastered the flying technique very well. Does it mean that in reality I have the potential to fly as well? Thank you very much!
Robert Waggoner 9/23/2013 1:33 PM
Hi Rich, In my experience, dream recall and also frequency of lucid dreaming can vary during the year, due to internal factors (e.g., emotional fatigue, lack of interest, depression) and external factors (e.g., noisy neighbors, work place stress, etc) -- not to mention lucid dreaming techniques that may or may not have validity, or new habits, like sleeping next to a phone that pings each time a new text message arrives. If you can look back to the period of successful lucid dreaming, you may see that you changed something in your inner or outer life that now affects your lucid dreaming. For example, if a person became alarmed by a frightful dream figure, then they might subconsciously decide not to recall their dreams or have lucid dreams. So the variance can have many possible reasons. In my lucid dreaming, I used about five basic techniques that I found successful (and which I mention in the appendix of my book). Best wishes on the lucid dreaming path.
Rich 9/23/2013 1:22 PM
Good Afternoon Robert, I have always been fascinated with my dreams and began to read and reasearch the subject earlier this year (may). I have noticed in the last month or two that my dream recall has fallen and my ability to become lucid has also dried up. Before i would achieve 3/4 lucid dreams per month and i am wondering if its to do with the technique i use. Did you try different ways to induce lucid dreaming after initailly having sucess in the early stages of your experience in lucidity? or have you always found success with one technique that works for you?
Robert Waggoner 9/20/2013 12:07 PM
Hi Ken, I understand your question. Technically, you do not need to keep a dream journal (and I doubt that ancient dream yogis kept one). The value in keeping a dream journal involves developing memory and getting feedback on your success. But you have a good point -- you can have lucid dreams without any journal.
Ken 9/20/2013 12:03 PM
In your book and in most of the books on lucid dreaming a dream journal is recommended. Why? I already have a profession and don't intend to become a lucid dreaming professional who might use this info. I kept a dream journal then a voice activated recorder. Its a nusiance to do this instead of going back to sleep. Why am I doing this I ask?
Robert Waggoner 9/6/2013 4:54 PM
Hi RR, In some lucid dreams, you immediately notice the dim and hazy quality of lighting. Normally, if you see that as a symbol of a lack of mental clarity or awareness, then you can shout out, 'Greater clarity now!' or 'More awareness now!' Often when you intend that, then the lights suddenly brighten and you get a boost of greater lucid awareness. Now, if this happens in 20 of your last 20 lucid dreams, then I would look at my overall level of internal energy, and possibly get involved in a chi generating activity. Lucid wishes!
randalReps 9/6/2013 4:48 PM
Hello Robert, My dreams are always"hazy". On some instances where I do get some lucidity and know I am in a dream my senses are still "hazy and dull". I try looking at my hands and saying to myself that I am in a dream but my senses have never been as intense as the waking state. Do you have any suggestions? Anyway, I'll try to continue using the hands technique and will try ask the "being behind the dream" for help. Come to think of it I haven't tried asking that being for help yet.
Robert Waggoner 8/26/2013 9:53 AM
Hi, Thanks for your question about spiritual growth in lucid dreaming. From a symbolic viewpoint, the general answer to your question about spirit guides may have been answered symbolically by those who appeared (one's father as a guide in life, for example). As you mention, in my book I do not suggest going in search of spirit guides. However, lucid dreaming naturally leads to spiritual growth inasmuch as it asks us to review our beliefs, fears, and self-created limitations. And it offers us an inner platform from which to do things, like meditate, experience concepts, ask questions and engage our larger awareness. So let your lucid dream experience educate you, and don't worry about guides or no guides. Lucid wishes!
Charlie 8/26/2013 9:46 AM
Hello again, I am back for another question. Lately, I've been wanting to do something more than fly or control objects while lucid, in particular, something more "important" or "spiritual". For a while, I've been trying to find my spirit guide/animal to give my dreams more direction. While lucid, I pressed a button that said "spirit guide" that I willed up. The person that came was a younger version of my brother. I wasn't sure if this was my true spirit guide, so I tried again the next night. I did the same. Found a button that said "spirit guide" and pressed it, but this time it was a version of my father but in odd clothing. Confused about what was happening, when I awoke, I reread the portion of your book on spirit guides, but in the examples you gave the guides came naturally, which leads me to my basic question. Should a lucid dreamer actively seek progression spiritually in a dream, or should they simply wait for it to come from the awareness behind the dream? Much thanks!
Robert Waggoner 8/19/2013 8:31 AM
Hi Nick, Glad you are enjoying my book. Please let your lucid dreaming friends know about it. During my experience with 7 consecutive false awakenings, I believe that each lasted about 20 seconds before I 'knew' (when compared to my memory of my waking life existence) that this did not correspond, and I must be dreaming still. I have heard that some people have false awakenings which last for many minutes. So yes, each time, I simply realized that I continued to dream and willed myself to wake, then I would pop out of that scene, and think that I had 'woken up'. After five or six false awakenings, I did feel a bit alarmed. Now I have heard someone say that the philosopher Bernard Russell had a long, long series of false awakenings as a young man, and this lead him to the field of philosophy. I do not know if this leads to an Inception effect - but it does lead to a more vigorous investigation of what we mean by 'reality' and the true nature of things. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 8/19/2013 8:21 AM
Hi Gregory, Thanks for your story of lucid dreaming synchronicity. The writings of Ibn Arabi suggest that he knew a lot about lucid dreaming, and its capacity to allow for spiritual growth. I sometimes hear stories of lucid dreamers getting information in a lucid dream, which later they verify and confirm as valid. In my book, I suggest that scientists could use the experimental functionality of lucid dreaming to investigate this, and the nature of time/space. Best wishes!
Nick B 8/19/2013 8:17 AM
Hi Robert, first and foremost I want to thank you immensely for being available through your website and answering the questions asked. It is much appreciated. I am through the first 70 pages of your book which has been a fantastic read so far and I'm sure I'll have more questions as i get further in but for now I'd like to ask if you recall how long on average each false awakening was when you had 7 in a row? and how long the longest was? Were you able to exit each one at will when you realized you were still dreaming? I apologize for the bombardment of questions on the topic. Just curious. Lastly, how conceivable do you find it to be to have a very large amount of false awakenings in a row? Like such a number of times where it may effect the dreamer permanently upon actually awakening. Could it potentially happen so many times that the Inception effect occurs, where you lose touch with what's real and what is not? I look forward to your response and continuing the book! Thanks again.
Gregory 8/19/2013 8:17 AM
Hi Robert, I'm 27 and here is a story about lucid dream synchronicity in the waking world. In 2010 I was trying to contact a wise old woman dream guide I had met years ago in high school. I had 3 nights of revealatory dreams. On the 3rd night, I real life college mentor appeared and told me to read 3 books. He wrote the author's names on a piece of paper, but the text kept shifting. I struggled to read, and made out the word "ibn" in one of the names, Arabic for "son of." I had was so intrigued when I woke. The next day, I was doing an unrelated web search, and the first link that came up was an article about Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi. I knew nothing about Sufism or Ibn Arabi before that, and didn't even know what "ibn" meant. But I started reading his works and commentaries on him, and his philosophy of oneness has been a huge impetus for spiritual progress for me. It was just what I was looking for. Have you heard many accounts of lucid dreams leading to real world synchronicities?
Robert Waggoner 7/30/2013 8:43 AM
Hi Jeffrey, In the mental space of lucid dreaming, our beliefs and emotions reflect outward into the dream space. So when we try to do something but have a seed of doubt or fear, then a good chance exists that the doubt/fear will materialize and cause everything to crumble (especially if we focus on the fear, instead of our hoped for goal). When you wake, you can examine the fear, feel the fear and follow it to the beliefs that support it (for example, a person may feel too unworthy to request such a thing in a lucid dream, and that belief supports the fear that the request will fail). Every lucid dream has a lesson, and these lessons point out to us the inner work that we need to do in order to make progress. As I went deeper into lucid dreaming, I would sometimes hear a Voice say, "Trust. Nothing to fear." I came to accept that view -- but it required self work and examining my inner feelings and beliefs. Lucid wishes!
Jeffrey 7/30/2013 8:35 AM
Hi Robert, lately while trying intense experiments within the dream space a large amount of fear arises within me and the experiment fails. How would I get rid of my fear or anxiety within the dream so I may move further with my experiments?
Robert Waggoner 7/2/2013 11:35 AM
Hi Jeffrey, Wonderful - and congratulations! These 'reality creating principles' which we see so clearly in the lucid dream state function as building blocks (which we normally ignore) of experienced reality, including the waking state. When we thoughtfully and lucidly bring them to our waking mind, then we can influence the 'waking' experience (or mental creation/dream). Glad to hear that you have used these ideas for your benefit. Lucid wishes!
Jeffrey Peck 7/2/2013 11:30 AM
Hi, Robert. While reading chapter 10 of your book; I noticed that you said the reality creating principles have a wider application to waking life as well. I've used all the principles listed in chapter to 10 to incubate lucid dreams by focusing on, expecting, believing, intending, and willing lucid dreams. The results have been unexpected to say the least. In the past six days, I have easily had 10 lucid dreams!!!! Thank you!
Robert Waggoner 6/27/2013 12:07 PM
Hi Lubo, In my book, I mention how distracting things can occur when we try to achieve lucid dream goals. These 'distracters' often symbolically reflect our own concern or fear or emotions. For example, a college student wished to get unknown information in a lucid dream. The first time, all the dream characters yell at him, and he feels like he is walking in quicksand. So the next lucid dream, he invites his goal to come to him, and he gets the info which later proves correct. After this, he realizes the upset dream figures represented his own doubts and concerns. When you tell me about 'invisible walls' and 'backpacks', these suggest to me (if it were my dream) that you might not be seeing issues (e.g. like if I can enter someone's dream, then does this mean that they can enter mine!??) and you 'carry' certain heaviness about the emotional meaning of all of this. So 'the obstacles' seem connected to the dreamer and his or her fears, concerns, etc. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 6/27/2013 12:07 PM
Hi Kristi, So glad you enjoyed the book! You sound like a person who has a real natural talent for lucid dreaming. In answer to your question, some people may not wish to visit you, or you may have a subconscious concern about visiting them and block it. I recall when my father passed away, I waited a few months and tried to visit him in a lucid dream. Suddenly, all the dream figures told me not to - that it was a bad idea. So I took their advice. A few years later, he appeared in a dream, I became lucid, and he gave me excellent advice (plus answered some questions that I asked him about future events - and was quite accurate). As to your question about color: it may be the 'light' in your lucid dream is so low that the colors can not be seen. Next lucid dream, ask for more light, and see if colors then emerge. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 6/27/2013 12:07 PM
Hira, My expertise is in lucid dreaming. But in the sense that 'life is a dream', then you can begin to focus on the event that you prefer, positively expect it to happen, and imagine it being in your future. In that way, you use your waking mind and emotions to 'support' the life-dream that you prefer.
Lubo 6/27/2013 11:39 AM
Hi Robert, i had lucid dream. I was running on my arms and i realized, that i am dreaming then i did reality chcek-i put hand into wall of a building. I was near my old home, so i remembered that i planned to meet my sister in our old home in lucid dream-to do mutual dream. When i approach to the home building to some 20meters, i couldn't move forward, i was feeling like there were some invisible wall. Suddenly i feel small backpack on my back and it become adstringent and little heavier. I went a few steps back to to do some accelerated running against that "wall" and put down backpack and when the backpack was down my left eye suddenly opened against my will and my LD was gone and i wasn't able to reenter that dream. Do you have any idea, why such obstacle like "invisible wall" happens or how avoid such obstacles? Invisible walls or forcefields sometimes happens in my LD's.
kristi 6/27/2013 11:39 AM
Robert I must say I could not put your book down! I'm a 24 year old recent college grad with a degree in psycholoy and english and a burning curiosity for dreams. Needless to say your book was like food in a famine for me! I was wondering do you believe that deceased loved ones can refuse to visit you while lucid? Ive had lots of luckspeaking with my grandmother, but a dear friend of mine has been a constant no show even upon request. Also I was wondering why all of my dreams since childhood until now, lucid or not have a fussy picture so to speak. none of my dreams are glossy and colorful they all are either greyish or have really dull color. Is there some thing I can do to sharpen the tint?
Hira Shamim 6/27/2013 11:39 AM
Hi I wanted to know if a person has 2 dreams about the same event like if this then that kind of a dream , what is the probability of one of the events occuring? Also, How to make 1 dream true and falsify the other?
Robert Waggoner 6/19/2013 9:31 AM
Hi Jose, Some scientific research shows that marijuana use inhibits dreaming and certain sleep states. I wonder if hypnosis might help with inducing sleep? Lucid wishes.
Robert Waggoner 6/19/2013 9:31 AM
Hi Jessie, In lucid dreams, you might access dream figures who feel well disposed towards assisting and educating you. Hopefully a person will learn from them. Lucid wishes!
Jose 6/19/2013 9:20 AM
What are your thoughts on marijuana? I have insomnia and use it to sleep. Is it time to quit?
Jessie 6/19/2013 9:20 AM
Hi Robert, do you think soulmates exist and if so can you access them by lucid dreaming?
Robert Waggoner 6/13/2013 10:08 AM
Hi Charlie, Thanks for your note. In general terms, people who had the greatest apparent success with lucid dream healing, acted in the lucid dream in a direct manner. Some created a ball of healing light, some put 'healing intent' in their hand and then placed it on the ailment, some used a focused chant (Now from my hands with power divine, the healing energy on my wrist will shine), some projected healing light onto it -- and some got advice as they prepared, and listened to that and acted on that (for example, heal your heart, and then the ailment). So in general terms, you need to select an approach that seems 'easy' or do-able to you, and will accomplish the task. I feel all of them seem roughly equal, since the main issue involves directing and focusing healing intent. Lucid wishes!
Charlie 6/13/2013 9:56 AM
Hey Robert, I have been an active lucid dreamer for awhile now, and i really want to try lucid dreaming healing. I have chronic wrist pain because of a surgery I had placing a screw in my wrist. I was thinking if I go lucid and try to heal it, I could get rid of the pain so I could be more active. I've read the section of lucid dreaming healing in your book many times, but I was wondering what would be the easiest type of way to heal it for a novice lucid dreamer from your perspective. Much thanks!
Robert Waggoner 6/12/2013 1:39 PM
Hi Jessie, In the third chapter of my book, I mention a brief survey of lucid dreamers by Lynne Levitan and Stephen LaBerge where "39% reported" also having had OBEs or astral projections. Later on in that chapter, I provide about six distinct differences between these two type of experiences. Now some Buddhist would say that one does dream yoga in order to be prepared at the time of death, and know how to deal with the bardo (the bardo being translated as 'gap' but also one could call it a temporary plane of existence). In a lucid dream of course, we exist in a basically 'mental' plane, and still find meaning, value and growth there (much like waking physical reality). So yes, I believe that other planes exist (such as the after death realm, etc.) I also feel that an experienced lucid dreamer can rationally verify the existence of the after death plane by trying the experiments which Ed Kellogg has performed in my chapter on the deceased in lucid dreams. Lucid wishes!
Jessie 6/12/2013 1:28 PM
Hi Robert, do you believe in the astral plane and other planes of existence? Does lucid dreaming have anything to do with astral projection?
Robert Waggoner 6/8/2013 11:57 AM
Hi Jeff, In a fundamental fashion, we can agree that physics has determined that matter and energy are essentially one. I feel that physicists are headed towards a profound realization, that matter, energy and consciousness are essentially one. When they come to that conclusion, then a revolution in thinking will occur. As I have come to believe, we already exist within an 'aware' universe, and exist as an 'aware' portion of it. When you let go of self identification utterly within lucid dreaming, you move towards an experience of non-duality (One-ness). However, as the ego critically studies things, it prefers to mark all the gradations of awareness: the ego, the waking self, the subconscious, the unconscious and so on. But when you add it all up, as we exist now, we exist as a connected portion to All That Is. Lucid wishes.
Jeff Peck 6/8/2013 11:46 AM
Do you believe because the entire universe is conscious and alive that the entire Self is aware and conscious on all levels or is there only conscious and subconscious/unconscious awareness?
Robert Waggoner 6/1/2013 5:14 PM
Hi Jessie, Glad you like the book and are using lucid dreaming to gain confidence and insight. Yes, I think you could use this as a college essay example. For example, people often talk about the power of dreams, meaning the power of imagination -- but for you, the power of dreams came in the form of lucid dreaming which enabled you to gain insight into your inner life. Scientifically proven since 1980.... and there you go on to talk about the scientific evidence and how you used lucid dreaming to assist your life. So yes, I feel it would make a captivating essay. Lucid wishes!
Jessie 6/1/2013 5:09 PM
Hi Robert! I absolutely love your book and now lucid dream more often. I was wondering if you think writing about lucid dreaming and how it changed me for my college essay is a good idea. I would talk about how I gained greater confidence and control over my life as well as get a deeper understanding of myself. Thanks so much.
Robert Waggoner 5/31/2013 8:31 AM
Hi Sera, In my talks now, I mention the potential of lucid dreaming to assist people with fears, anxiety, limiting beliefs, etc., along with concrete examples of how lucid dreamers have accessed this kind of emotional healing in the lucid dream. So yes, I have heard of a lucid dreamer interacting with a younger self, and I have heard of lucid dreamers directing healing intent in the lucid dream. Lucid wishes!
Robert Waggoner 5/31/2013 8:31 AM
Hi Casey, Glad you're enjoying the book, and seeing the possibilities in lucid dreaming. As I mention, dream figures vary considerably in their awareness (some seem very hollow while others seem very aware). So you will likely get variable results with your practice. By contrast, you could 'affirm' in the lucid dream that you will find it easy and natural to become lucid every time you see something interesting in the dream state (and assume that the awareness behind the dream listens and will assist). Or create and conduct other experiments like announcing, 'Hey! Show me something important for me to see.' Lucid wishes, Robert
Sera 5/31/2013 8:21 AM
Hi Robert, first of all your book is amazing. Thank you. I've always been interested in dreams, mine and others, and I believe that I've had a few short lucid dreams, just long enough to realise I'm dreaming and be awed by it. I've had a recurring dream of finding my child self in a room and I, as my adult self, senses danger and enters the room to comfort her. I would really like to interact with her, and I was wondering if yourself or any others that you may have read or heard of has had a profound experience interacting with their child self.
Casey 5/31/2013 8:21 AM
Hi Robert, What a fantastic book. After reading your book I now go to sleep with excitement and hope. Although I only have lucid dreams maybe 3 times a month. After reading your book, I was so intrigued on the actually dream tasks that since I have started dreaming I have not even succumb to my pleasures or fantasies. I am always looking for dream figures and wanting to ask questions. My question is, Do you think it is safe to ask all and any dream figures to "please help me become lucid each and every time I dream."? My last lucid dream I was in a hotel room with 3 strangers who I requested this. Two said yes and nodded. The 3rd came very close to my face and grabbed me.. he was studying me. I was nervous but remained calm and told him "it is ok, please I want to know" Then he smiled and told me to follow him. Excited, I did and we ran outside he bolt into the air once he hit the street. I tried to follow but I got excited and woke up... I was so bummed!! Is this a good practice?
Robert Waggoner 5/9/2013 11:43 AM
Hi PD, Glad to hear about your success with lucid dreaming after letting go of limiting beliefs, and genuinely trying. Sounds like you have an innate ability. To your questions: 1) I do not interpret dreams, but encourage people to read the books by Gayle Delaney or Patricia Garfield for insight, and 2) I feel that experienced lucid dreamers may encounter 'Review Committees'. It may be the 'subconscious' or 'superego' or something else entirely. However, it seems odd that the committees act as they do (thoughtfully analyzing the lucid dreamer). and 3) The dream you mention simply ended at that point, and I woke. Lucid wishes!
PD 5/9/2013 11:37 AM
Also,I have a question for you.In your book,you mention about a 'review committee' dream in the chapter 'Feeling Tones And Review Committees'( The Omar of Shemet one)'.I would like to know,what was the end of that dream.Also,what does the dream mean?Was it just your subconscious making after reading Castaneda's book,or was higher consciousness really trying to evaluate you?What do you feel?
PD 5/9/2013 11:36 AM
Hello,it's me again.I tried WILD as you had suggested but could not succeed. However, I began cataloging my dreams and soon could remember at least 2-3 dreams per night.Then something wonderful happened!I became Lucid on 4 consecutive dreams on the 2nd night of may!Since then,I've been having about 3-4 lucid dreams per night!I've let go of my limiting beliefs now.I realized that I couldn't become lucid earlier because I was too lazy to try,and not genuinely tired!Lucid dreaming really is WONDERFUL.And now,suddenly I'm recalling all my childhood reams too!I got intensely focused on LDing and used informal and formal suggestions throughout the day(since I have my holidays goin' on),to get what I feel is a very unusual success rate!I followed all the advice in your book(MILD,the lucid mind set,the look-at-your hand technique etc.)Thanks once again!Also,I need help in interpreting one of my dreams.Can you help me?
Robert Waggoner 5/6/2013 10:54 AM
Hi Dan, It sounds like you have a natural ability to lucid dream. Great! You do not say what question you asked the awareness behind the dream -- so the response may be literal or symbolic (doves might represent peace, or spiritual growth, or any number of things). In your second attempt at asking a question, if the word choice or intent is even slightly different, the response may be quite different (so this does not surprise me). As you read my book, I think you will see the importance of the proper wording of questions, and also, the necessity for a clear intent. Best wishes, and let me know how it goes!
Dan 5/6/2013 10:50 AM
Hi Robert, I watched a programme regarding Lucid Dreaming and obtained a copy of your book, I had my first Lucid Dream last night where I asked the dream a question (up until I was aware of this state of dreaming I thought it was common to be able to be aware that one was in a dream as this as over the years I've had many dreams where I was aware I was dreamin!), the response from the dream was presented as a group of doves brought letters or rather invitations to my apparent wedding (!) I asked another question and a then a dream figure appeared and gave me a response that almost contradicted the first response from the dream (doves etc). I now know what triggered the awareness of the dream and I'm hoping that I can use that trigger to help me be aware of being in the dream setting. I now must start reading your book.. Thanks and God bless.
Robert Waggoner 5/3/2013 10:00 AM
Hi Kara, Glad you are enjoying the book. A bit of research exists on shared dreaming. Taking a broad view of your question, the book, Dream Telepathy by Montague Ullman, M.D. and Stanley Krippner PhD shows a possible mechanism to explain shared dreams. Then Robert Van de Castle, PhD has done a study on shared dream reports amongst twins - which I found exciting (though I do not know if it has been published yet. Also, the book, Mutual Dreaming, by Linda Lane Magallon offers a wide set of reports. For those (like yourself) who seem to have experienced this, it definitely seems possible. Using twins or experienced lucid dreamers or more dream telepathy studies could all be avenues for greater acceptance and credibility. Lucid wishes!
Kara 5/3/2013 9:53 AM
Robert, I'm 3/4 of the way through your book and am thoroughly enjoying it. The implications of some of the experiences discussed in the book are certainly exciting. Has there been any research into shared dreams? I thought you may be able to point me in the right direction to find more information. There is some in "Lucid Dreaming", especially in cases where a dreamer tries to find a friend in their own dream. When I was young, I had a shared dream experience with a relative. It was more of a nightmare actually, and we were sleeping in the same room. We awoke because we were afraid, and when we looked at each other we started recounting what had happened. One of us began the story, and the other finished. We had the exact same dream, and in it, we were together as well. It has often led me to ponder the possibilities of dreaming and left me open minded. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Robert Waggoner 4/27/2013 10:29 AM
Hi PD, Even with five hours sleep, you still have the chance of becoming lucid, since it has been shown to happen in all REM periods. However since REM periods lengthen over the course of sleeping, it helps to have longer sleep periods. Otherwise you can try Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams when napping in the afternoon, and move from the waking state into a lucid dream. One technique involves getting relaxed when you feel naturally sleepy, then counting in your mind, "One, I am dreaming. Two, I am dreaming. Three, I am dreaming"....and so on. At some point you might say, "21, I am dreaming" and realize that you are in a dream setting. Do not get too excited, but simply allow your conscious awareness to enter the dream, lucidly aware. Best wishes!
PD 4/27/2013 10:18 AM
Hello,I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book.It was fantastic!It has profoundly impressed me.However,at the end of the book,you mention some problems regarding achieving lucidity.Is it always necessary to have more than sufficient sleep to ACHIEVE lucidity for the FIRST TIME?I've only had 1 lucid dream till now,which I think lasted for about 20 seconds.I have sufficient time and my schedule is not too hectic.but I'm unable to sleep for more than 5 hours in the night.Do you think sleeping in the afternoon might compensate this?I'm 17 years old and have my school very early in the morning,at 6:00!So I wake up at 5:00,get ready by 5:30 and then leave.So I get no time for writing my dream journal!Can you suggest so as to what should I do?Thanks.
Robert Waggoner 3/27/2013 10:08 AM
Hi Emil, Glad you enjoyed my book. If you have a chance, you might want to re-read it. To your questions: lucid awareness fluctuates according to your mental state. Once you become lucid, you can then lose your lucid awareness and become re-entranced by the dream, or become semi-lucid and just go along with things in a 'I kind of think this is a dream' manner. So in your experience, you obviously became lucid, since you commanded the storm to stop. In my book, I comment on the curious nature of dream figures, and so it does not surprise me that they had no response -- since they likely existed as 'symbolic' companions. Regarding this issue of asking for a 'guide', particularly in situations where no guidance seems necessary, may show the fallacy of asking for or relying upon a crutch. You stopped the storm; you showed your capacity to handle the situation -- what do you need a guide for? Once one does not appear, then your belief in your power seems deflated. See the lesson?
Emil 3/27/2013 9:56 AM
I didn't have enough space to finish my last thoughts. So is it possible to have a dream about lucid dreaming but not be lucid? I can't honestly tell if I was lucid in my dream or just dreaming about being lucid. I know in your book you talked about expectations and how they conquer problems in dreams - but I honestly expected a guide to appear, I expected to be able to fly and so on. Nothing happened. Any thoughts?
Emil 3/27/2013 9:56 AM
I read your book last month and found it quite interesting. I've been working on my dreaming subsequently and had an unusual dream last night that leaves me unsettled. I was on a journey through Austria with two friends and became aware that I was dreaming. Lucid, I asked the storm that was following us to stop. The storm left the dream. I then called out that I wanted a guide to appear and lead us. No one showed up. I asked again, and I noticed there were some people, but they were all unaware of me. I asked several people if they were my guide but they ignored me. I was quite dismayed that no one was responding. I caught up with my friends accompanying me and told them I was lucid, but they also didn't care. I then performed several reality checks to make sure I was dreaming, but everything indicated I was NOT dreaming. I couldn't fly, I couldn't push my hand through the walls, and I began to panic that perhaps I was really NOT dreaming. What's the deal with my lack of control?
Robert Waggoner 3/23/2013 11:50 AM
Hi Jon, In the appendix of my book, I have 30+ pages on inducing lucid dreams, and tips on how to stay lucidly aware. As you can see, it does take a bit of practice to avoid getting too emotional, and to maintain awareness once lucid. But many thousands of lucid dreamers have learned how to do it -- and so can you. Lucid wishes on your journey!
Jon 3/23/2013 11:46 AM
I've been interested in Lucid Dreaming for a couple of years. I had first lucid dream resembling OBE on accident, but recognized what it was & am hooked. I was just having difficulty getting out of bed (SP) & found myself floating in my bedroom when I finaly got up. My recall is getting way better & I remember & record 1-3 dreams every night. I came across my Grandmother in a dream a week ago and became Lucid( she's dead) but I became so emotional when I hugged her that I became entranced & lost awareness. a couple of nights ago I slept straight through the night without getting up. I recall asking myself if I was dreaming in two dreams, but I can't remember anything else. I probably just need more practice, but I'm open to any suggestions to help me maintain awareness and would greatly appreciate the help. I just got your book, and am enjoying it...at halfway point.
Robert Waggoner 3/14/2013 8:31 AM
Hi Ella, Having good dream recall is very important for lucid dreaming, as is a sense of greater critical awareness during the day. While there are no formal studies on your specific question, if low energy or depression made a person feel withdrawn and dis-engaged, then it might lead to fewer lucid dreams. Some people use dream incubation to help alleviate simple depression. For example, before sleep, they might repeatedly suggest, "Tonight in my dreams, I will deal with this feeling of depression in a way that no one is hurt, and will wake feeling totally refreshed and re-energized." With that intent, simple subconscious issues often get resolved at inner levels, and allow you to feel your normal energetic self. Lucid wishes!
Ella T. 3/14/2013 8:23 AM
Hello, I have been interested in lucid dreaming for a few months now and have had a couple middle-consciousness (if you will) lucid dreams. Does depression or moderate sadness or even anxiety affect your lucidity results? I remember my dreams very well, I just don't have lucid dreams as much as I would like, and I very much want to expand my capabilities
Robert Waggoner 2/27/2013 1:37 PM
Jonathan, Thanks for your note. I have not experienced anything like that. What exactly happened in your daughter's dream? Sometimes it is important to know the context in which a comment was made (for example, if she became lucidly aware in a cemetery and some random dream figure said this, it would seem connected to the surrounding dream symbolism). In my book, I frequently mention the curious nature of dream figures in lucid dreams. Some respond with gibberish. Some comments only make symbolic sense in light of what was happening in that moment in the dream, etc. If you wish, please send me the lucid dream account at email@example.com Cheers!
Robert Waggoner 2/27/2013 1:37 PM
Hi Serena, Many medications appear to effect our dream life. Frequently in the 'Side Effects' listing, you can read how it may increase or decrease dreaming, and in some cases, cause nightmares. I do not plan to comment on any medication specifically, but encourage people to read the common side effects of medications. Lucid wishes!
Jonathan Leggs 2/27/2013 1:29 PM
Hi Robert, I recently introduced my 21 year old daughter to Lucid dreaming. On her second lucid dream she had a dream figure tell her she was probably going to die soon. Needless to say, that was quite troubling! Have you ever experienced anything like this?
Serena Sutton 2/27/2013 1:28 PM
What effects do various medications have on lucid dreams, or on the ability to have them? I am thinking especially of antianxiety meds like Prozac, Wellbutrin, Xanax, Lorazepam, etc. Thanks Serena
Robert Waggoner 2/11/2013 11:32 AM
Al, Yes, sometimes people tell me stories of apparent mutual dreams between friends or lovers, which later they confirmed. I read that a psychologist had investigated dreams of twins and found many who appear to have mutual dream experiences. I do not know if the research has been published yet. Lucid wishes
al 2/11/2013 11:30 AM
have you ever heard of lovers or ex-lovers having mutual dreams? i feel this may have happened to me. as well i have had 2 dreams that were "psychic" and confirmed them with the people involved afterwards... as well as the aforementioned experiences - which i have not yet confirmed. for the psychic dreams they both felt very similar - they had a sense of great happiness and "reality" about them. they were awesome.
Robert Waggoner 1/28/2013 10:55 AM
Hi Jessica, I have been traveling the last week, so please excuse my late reply. First, I am glad that you have had some lucid dreams and know how incredible they can be. Now, I wrote my book after decades of lucid dreaming -- and so it is a long path of exploration and discovery! Please don't rush through it (or get too excited -- it will be there, when you are ready). In the appendix, I have lots of tips and techniques and also at the magazine I co-edit www.luciddreammagazine.com - click on "How to..." and you can print off some helpful articles. Lucid wishes on your journey! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jessica 1/24/2013 7:36 PM
Hi Robert! I just read your book and I was absolutely blown away! My boyfriend first introduced me to lucid dreaming about a year ago, and about 5 or 6 months later I had my first one. I didn't know much about lucid dreaming or it's potential but I have gone through some of the stages you described in your book. First pleasure, then using my power, then trying to control, then letting that go and exploring the setting/dream more. My lucid dreams are pretty infrequent though and the only one that actually lasted a long time and was extremely vivid was the first one, the others have been very muddled and sticky and short. So now, after reading your book, there are so many things I want to explore and questions I want to ask-about the the unconscious, the collective conscious, about unconditional love, about my relationship with my mother, receiving messages and information, telepathy, mutual dreaming and more!! I am a little overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. I feel like since
Robert Waggoner 1/21/2013 1:32 PM
Hi Luciane, A proper beginner's goal is just to have the experience -- so for the time being, focus on that (and not whether it is your specific lifelong path, etc.). The 'hands' technique may take some time, because you are training yourself, just like Pavlov trained his dogs -- see your hands, and then think, "This is a dream!". By letting go of fears, it helps the process. Acknowledge your fears, then face them - see what is behind them, and deal with it. When we learn to trust our selves, we make the path clearer. Lucid wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Luciane 1/19/2013 8:40 PM
Hi Robert, I started reading your book and I am fascinated by the possibilities of lucid dreaming. However, so far, I have never had a lucid dream! I have been trying to do the "hands process" before going to bed, but nothing. I wonder if my fears might be on the way (my regular dreams are quite disturbing and confusing). Also, is there such a thing as not being prepared for lucid dreaming or not being my path for self-discovery, even though I would love it to be? I have always wanted to experience my inner world on my own (had enough therapies)...experience all those things the spiritual books say or maybe go even further within... but i feel i might have so many layers of fears and misconceptions and lack of trust... I am intriged about how I could start lucid dreaming(?). Do I have a will on that? Looking foward toyour feedback if possible. Thank you! luciane Submitted By: Luciane
Robert Waggoner 1/16/2013 9:07 AM
Hi Joshua, In the appendix of my book, I provide 20 to 30 pages on tips and techniques to help people become lucid and stay lucid. Like any skill, inducing lucid dreams requires practice, patience and focused intent. To your second question, there may be a negative effect from having your cellphone beeping at night, or music on, or the tv on -- because when you wake, you may not think, "What was I just dreaming?" but instead, "I wonder if anyone texted me?" or "What group is playing that song?" Essentially, those things scatter one's focus, and focus is important for serious people on the lucid dreaming path. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Joshua 1/15/2013 9:58 PM
Joshua again! I also had a question about sleeping conditions. Do things like falling asleep while listening to music or while a tv is on have a hampering effect on becoming lucid? Submitted By: Joshua
Joshua 1/15/2013 9:46 PM
Hello sir! It is an honor to be in contact with you, as the lucid dreaming concept has changed my life. I had become semi-lucid in a few dreams before but had since then become too busy to continue focusing. But as of late I wish to get back on the horse. Im reading through your book again, keeping a dream journal. Doing a reality check, and looking at my hands before sleep. Do you have any other advice to get me lucidly aware successfully? Submitted By: Joshua
Robert Waggoner 1/9/2013 9:34 AM
Hi Jessie, Glad you like my book, and have an interest in mutual lucid dreams. I honestly do not know how to interpret your lucid dream experience, or your friend's reply as a literal response or as a symbolic response. Sorry. That's why I encourage people to rationally explore this possibility by getting unknown information from the dream figure for example, which later might be verified and suggest that some mutual connection existed. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/7/2013 11:52 AM
Hi Aprile, Glad you liked the book and have tried some of the techniques. In Chapter 3, I talk about these sensations (typical of an OBE), and show the differing characteristics between lucid dreams and OBEs. Of course, one can move their consciousness from a lucid dream into an OBE or from an OBE into a lucid dream, since conscious awareness seems so malleable. If you have more questions, you can ask them on FB. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/7/2013 11:49 AM
Hi Levi, Like the zones of water depth in a lake, our surface experience could be deemed conscious. Immediately below the surface and to a bit deeper, we could call the subconscious. Then deeper yet, we could call that the unconscious. However, if in a lucid dream, you bring your waking conscious mind into the subconscious arena of dreams, then what was once 'subconscious' now becomes conscious. And if you go even deeper, as I suggest in my book, you can encounter deeper layers of the Unconscious (and see it as both conscious, knowledgeable and alive). Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Aprile Duncan 1/7/2013 9:07 AM
Hi Robert, I have read your wonderful book and tried some of the techniques suggested. I was wondering though, if you could help with this experience. As I went to sleep, I heard buzzing weird sounds, then felt vibrating all over my body and felt like I was turning like a chicken over a fire. After that, I found myself aware in a dream on a roof looking at it closely then flew around. The sceen changed into a boys bedroom. I looked around the room then went out the door. I saw a mirror so I looked in it and saw a man with facial hair, brown hair shaved and a little heavy set body. I don't know if I had an out of body experience turn into a lucid dream or what. I woke up a few times but wanted to go back to sleep and continue the dream so I felt those 3 sensations again and then went back to a lucid dream but I thought those sensations come before an out of body experience and not a lucid dream. Also, when I begin to meditate, after 10 minutes I feel vibrating and tingling feeling with
levi 1/7/2013 1:02 AM
hi its levi again i'm confused of the names of part of our mind. the unconcious and subconscious mind. are they one of the same or completely different. what is the difference. like i said to someone i want to explore or study the unconcious self. then they brought subconscious self as if its the same what is the difference. if it is the same why are there 2 names for it. Submitted By: levi
Jessie 1/4/2013 2:06 PM
I had a dream in which I became lucid and asked my crush if any of the dreams I've had with him were mutual. He said yes. I took this dream literally and thought that we had a mutual dream but my friend thinks it could mean that he has or had the same feelings for me that I do for him. What is the best interpretation of my dream? Submitted By: Jessie
Robert Waggoner 1/1/2013 9:18 PM
Hi Noah, In the appendix of my book, I have about 30 pages on tips and techniques. But some people tell me that simply reading my book suddenly increases their lucid dreaming (and if they read it closely, they will see many more tips on becoming lucid and staying lucid longer, since I include the actual lucid dream). So I think my techniques help, since they helped me :-) Lucid wishes on your journey! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/1/2013 9:15 PM
Hi Charlie, Glad to hear my recommendation worked for you! Thanks for taking the time to try it out. When it comes to meditation practices and lucid dreaming, I most often hear about this happening spontaneously when the person takes up Zen meditation practices.... But beyond that, I can not say more. Nor can I really recommend a book. Intend for the right book or teacher to come into your experience, then see what your intent brings. Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/1/2013 9:12 PM
Hello Lesley, I have been traveling over the Holidays, so I'm late to respond. Your message got cut off on this page, but I am able to read it all. Yes, it appears that you had your first lucid dream - even though you did not immediately recall it. Probably you lost your lucid awareness in the lucid dream and returned to normal dreaming. So yes, you are making progress! Best wishes in the New Year. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Noah G. 12/29/2012 9:57 PM
Hello Robert! I was in my local bookstore and I was specifically looking for books on lucid dreaming when I came across yours. I found it very fascinating but I could only read a few pages. I plan to read more, and possibly buy the book. I was wondering if you had a technique that really helps with lucid dreaming. One that makes your skill of it good. Thank you so much! Submitted By: Noah G.
Charlie 12/25/2012 6:08 PM
Hello, your advice worked as expected! I kept myself occupied with goal after goal and my lucid dream lasted longer. However, I have another question about further reading. I've read many places that mediation is a good practice for increased lucid dreaming, and is also good for yourself. I want to read more on this topic, but I don't know where to start. Do you have the name of any books that talk about the direct links of lucid dreaming to meditation and offers ways to practice it that is comprehensible. Some books I came across are far to confusing, but I would still like to read more. I would also appreciate any other books on lucid dreaming if you have any of the top of your head. Much thanks and happy holidays regardless of what you celebrate! -Charlie Submitted By: Charlie
Lesley 12/23/2012 6:37 PM
Hello, Robert! I recently took a class about dreams with Kathleen Noble at the University of Washington in Bothell. Your book was one of our textbooks, and I was fascinated by each and every page. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to have a lucid dream, but I feel like I am getting close. A few times in dreams I have thought or remembered something from my waking life (for example, I had been having back problems and in part of a dream I sat in a straight-backed chair and thought that it would be good for my back.) But last night something very odd happened, and I am wondering if you or anyone you have talked to has had a similar experience. Basically, I believe I dreamed that I had a lucid dream. I was walking on a path in a meadow or moor at dusk, and I was holding a wheel (like the round kind found on the feet of old tables) that was made out of wood. I felt under pressure or scared in some way, and I suppose I was trying to figure out what I was to do with the wheel. The
Robert Waggoner 12/19/2012 10:25 AM
Hi Charlie, It sounds like you 'focus' upon the time, and subconsciously fear that you have little time. The lucid dream responds by living up (or down) to your expectation! So I urge you to let go of the sense of rush, and also let go of rubbing your hands together and spinning. If your current lucid dreams last two minutes, then make a goal of four minutes - and move from your simple goal to the next simple goal and so on, until you hit four minutes. By having a goal, it occupies your mind and focus, and inhibits subconscious events (like new dream figures) from emerging. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Charlie 12/18/2012 11:24 PM
Hello, I have a question. I would call myself a novice in lucid dreaming only in terms of the amount of lucid dreams I have had. But recently, my lucid dreams are shorter for some reason. I have been modulating my emotions and rubbing my hands/ spinning but i feel like I always in a "calmed rush" so to speak in order to get my goal accomplished in time. Any advice? I want to improve the length of my lucid dreams so I can just explore some more Thanks! Submitted By: Charlie
Robert Waggoner 12/11/2012 8:27 AM
Hi Levi, Thanks for telling me about your interesting lucid dream. The entire lucid dream was cut short, but I can see that this 'voice' said 'Why didn't you listen to her?' (referring to the woman at the end) and you replied,'She ignored me.' I feel the voice likely represents the unconscious or larger Self's perspective. Of course, the waking 'you' is part of the larger you, but usually viewing things from a different perspective (the ego's). From its view, you may not have listened to the symbolic change from man to woman, black to white, etc. (thus its question). Possibly, there may have been a lesson in 'black and white' thinking there, since the larger Self seeks primarily to educate and instruct, but sometimes uses symbols and not words. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Levi 12/10/2012 4:14 AM
Hi robbert my name is Levi. I read your book and it has inspired me to become years dedicated to lucid dreaming. just starting out though and i know i'll have more questions in the future. I have this question for now. In my dream I was in a crowded restaurant. I just got done talking to my studdering self. although I dont studder much I gave some advice to him. I said it's ok just slow down and think clearly.after that I heard a voice in the back ground say oh he's trying to help him self out. I didn't think much of it that time. then I started walking in search of another dream figure to talk to that caught my eye. then I saw a big man wearing a dark flanel shirt with a black cowboy hat. I walked closer and im completely sure he chaged form. he changed to a mid sized woman with big glasses a white cowboy shirt and a black cowboy hat. I was confused at first then I asked her what do you represent. she ignored me and looked away. I thought she was just a simple thought form so I just
Robert Waggoner 11/20/2012 10:31 AM
Hi Connie, Glad you got to see me on the internet at Conscious TV. I really enjoyed the interview. In answer to your question, I feel deep meditation (especially during the period when normal sleeping occurs) can move our conscious awareness to lucid-dream-like states, where we consciously interact on other levels of awareness, while in the waking state. This sometimes occurs to me in deep waking meditation, where I reach the level that I can communicate with the Awareness behind the Dream, or the Inner Self. To have this experience more regularly, I suggest getting up at 4 a.m. to meditate. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Connie 11/16/2012 12:32 PM
Hi Robert, Just finished watching you on Conscious TV and read your book a while back. Since 1994 I was meditating at night to help relieve menopausal night sweats. Every night at about 2:00 am I would awake drenced in perspiration. I would meditate until about 5:30 am ( the time the alarm went off). This went on for years and after about 6 months I began to see movie type pictures...often of dead relatives and other interesting events. Was this a sort of lucid dreaming? I always told my husband it was like dreaming awake. I would pet my dog while this was happening so I knew I was awake. So thrilling it is because even now (menopause being over) I still meditate and get very interesting but short film clips. I would love to get them on demand but they are few and far between....any suggestions? Submitted By: Connie
Robert Waggoner 11/13/2012 9:19 AM
Hi CC, Thanks for your note. Glad to hear that you saw me on Conscious TV on the internet. In my book, I have an entire chapter with about a dozen examples of lucid dreamers who have apparently healed themselves through lucid dreaming. I also provide examples of those who had no success. Since my book has been published, people have been sending me more and more examples of apparent successes, and sometimes, successes with assisting others. I look forward to the day when this alternative approach gets more attention from the medical community. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
CC 11/10/2012 7:30 PM
Hi Robert, I came to know you through the Conscious TV interview. You mentioned healing is possible through lucid dreaming. Where can I find more information about that? and... is it possible for someone in his/her lucid dream actually heal someone else? Thanks and best wishes! Submitted By: CC
Robert Waggoner 11/8/2012 2:14 PM
Hi Jeffrey, In my book, I recall how I felt it seemed like a "blue light god" or a "blue light monster". Only years later did I read about Buddhist daikinis, and see the many correspondences with this experience. So I feel it represented the awareness of such a being. To your second question, the Inner Self seems like such a vast composite being that to call it 'they' seems more apt, and makes it more gender neutral too. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 11/8/2012 2:02 PM
Lynne, Thanks for your note. You might enjoy the books, The Sun and the Shadow, by Ken Kelzer, or Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light by Scott Sparrow. This were published long ago, but can still be found for sale as used n Amazon. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jeffrey Peck 11/6/2012 2:35 PM
Hi Robert, i have two quick questions. I listened to your radio interview with Alan Steinfeld and you mentioned meeting a blue light being before your clear light experience. Was this being an inner aspect or an external being? I know in dream yoga, an aspirant is supposed to meditate on "god forms" which are strikingly similar to what you describe. My second question has to do with an interview you had in the LDE. You mentioned that when you sometimes describe the Inner Self, you call it "they." Are you saying the Inner Self is more than one or was this simply a way to describe the Inner Self without attaching a masculinity or femininity? Submitted By: Jeffrey Peck
lynne 11/5/2012 6:06 PM
hi robert :) i read your book, loved it, and am hopefully on my way to having more lucid dreams. i am a christian - and everything about this resonates with my faith in interesting ways and i feel very encouraged to pursue it. i am open to hearing all voices - but was wondering if there are any practicing christians who have written books or explored this topic in detail too? i'd love to hear their perspective on things to add to the mix! Submitted By: lynne
Robert Waggoner 10/29/2012 10:30 AM
Hi Tyra, Lucid dreaming should be fun, so if you get headaches, then you try much too hard! Think of it as a game. Feel how much fun it would be. Imagine yourself happily writing down a lucid dream in your dream journal. But please remember, your subconscious mind does not like being bossed around (no one does), so softly suggest, like you would a friend. Lucid wishes Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Tyra Paige 10/29/2012 1:34 AM
Hi Robert, I'm fairly young and I've been trying to lucid dream. The only problem is whenever I try, I get these headaches that always keep me awake. Am I concentrating too hard? Submitted By: Tyra Paige
Robert Waggoner 10/28/2012 5:29 PM
Hi CJ, I've been traveling the last few days (and will be traveling more in the coming weeks to speak on lucid dreaming) but want to comment. Reality checks sometimes give us a false response. A wall looks solid, and feels solid, often because we 'believe' in its solidness. So sometimes, we either have to pick better reality checks (levitating, for example) or forego reality checks if we realize that the scene could only occur in dreaming. For old-timers like myself, I only reality check when I feel uncertain (and that is rare). But for new people, it seems a good habit to adopt (like wearing a seat belt). All the best. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
CJ 10/23/2012 8:27 PM
Hey Robert, I had a very long and vivid dream last night and I realized, "Hey, zombies aren't real!", and I tried doing a reality check, but when I did nothing happened. I couldn't breathe with my nose plugged, I couldn't breathe. I tried pushing the fingers on my right hands through the palm of my left, but they stayed put. I even tried pushing my hand through a wall, but it was completely solid. I'm afraid there's something wrong with me. Is that what it is? Submitted By: CJ
Robert Waggoner 10/22/2012 11:07 AM
Hi Brandon, Nice idea! Thanks for submitting it! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Brandon 10/21/2012 11:43 AM
Hey Robert, I read your last resposne to CJ and I think this info could really help him. I had the same problem before and the goal for me was to stay still once I woke up for up to 5 minutes not moving or opening my eyes. Sometimes I would wake up and lay there for literally 3 - 5 mins not remember a single dream but still trying to recall anything at all. My method is to say key words that i just spit out in my head and I would say 90%+ of the time if I don't move, keep trying, keep saying random keywords I finally hit something that connects with a dream that I had and everything unfolds and I can recall the entire dream and sometimes multiples dreams from that point. I think staying completely still and trying to remember the dreams is beyond helpful for those mornings where you think you didn't dream at all but know that you always do! Submitted By: Brandon
Robert Waggoner 10/19/2012 12:49 PM
HI CJ, Sometimes people tell me that they rarely recall dreams. So my suggestions: See if you do something that inhibits dream recall -- like smoking stuff, or drinking, or sleeping next to your phone and immediately grabbing it every time you wake, etc. These kind of practices will not help dream recall. Finally, if you wish, make your suggestion more direct and real. For example, suggest this, "In the morning, I will easily recall the most interesting dream of the night and write it down in my dream journal!" All the best! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
CJ 10/18/2012 6:10 PM
Hi Robert. I've read your book, and I really want to lucid dream, but I can only recall, at the most, one dream every two or three nights. I really want to remember dreams. Every night, as I go to bed, I tell myself, "I can remember my dreams." I also keep a dream journal by my bed every night. I just can't remember very well. Submitted By: CJ
Robert Waggoner 10/15/2012 10:49 AM
Hi Darrell, I tend to agree with you. Often when the dream space seems like a classroom, the primary expression involves educating or learning (for the dreamer). Much more happens in the dream state than we care to admit, since the ego often sees little value in dreaming and devalues the experience. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Darrell Moneyhon 10/14/2012 10:31 AM
Robert, "Early Lucid Dream #3" on page 113 of the paperback edition of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self impressed me immediately as very "night schoolish," instructive of mind and spirit in an archetypal sort of way. The dream resonated highly with me. Then I read the next paragraph, and you said it became a recurring theme. My recent recurring theme is a combo of teaching (classroom, as both teacher and student), prison ("earthsuit"?), and gateway permission (often with a single gatekeeper, but one with a review commitee of sorts). I can't help but believe that we are being spiritually instructed. Although for me "spiritual" might well mean the mind knowing itself as pure energy-- Mind. And energy-like characteristics seem to include a transpersonal nature. Hence all the bother with running a "night school." Darrell Submitted By: Darrell Moneyhon
Robert Waggoner 10/7/2012 5:57 PM
Hi Dave, Okay, I will respond here a bit (though reading my book closely should help make this clearer). A lucid dreamer needs to look at their actual intent -- is it to be free of a fear, or is it to achieve/realize a goal? Once the intent is clarified in their waking mind, then they need to plot out a lucid dreaming strategy. How exactly would they realize their intent in a lucid dream? Would they ask the awareness behind the dream? Would they act to influence their dream body? Then once that seem settled, they would focus on the intent and strategy, such that it would come to mind when they next became lucid. My only concern: some people's intent has little resonance with one's larger awareness, or seems at odds with larger awareness. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Dave 10/7/2012 7:09 AM
Hi Robert, Thanks for the quick and helpful response. I think using negative examples such as fear was the wrong way for me to ask the question...so let me ask you this...if you yourself wanted to lets say...use lucid dreaming to become a more creative person, strengthen your memory, focus your Reticular Activating System on a single issue/outcome, increase your willpower, reduce/ eliminate a fear ( not a phobia) such as a fear of failure etc. how would you go about using lucid dreaming to achieve that. Dave Submitted By: Dave
Robert Waggoner 10/5/2012 4:15 PM
Hi Dave, You ask, "Can you break up your subconscious into it different parts (such as fear, etc)?".... Now, remember the self/Self is an evolving dynamic. In the case of dealing with phobias, I have suggested to lucid dreamers that they approach the feared object or action (like flying in a plane) while lucid, and try to enjoy it, knowing it's a lucid dream. In this process, the person 'learns' in a virtual reality. Now, your suggestion that you command a fear (or aspect) to "Be Gone!" may or may not work, based on a number of factors. So, again, "The Sailor Does Not Cotnrol The Sea" and the lucid dream is a co-creation. Best wishes Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/5/2012 4:06 PM
Hi Darrell, Thanks for your note. FYI - You or anyone can use up to 300 words from another book. As you can see in your own experience, lucid dreaming involves depth, and break-throughs, and new realizations that result in new types of experience. Of course, the same can be said for regular dreaming and waking life, when approached thoughtfully. Dreams and lucid dreams seem a definite type of night school. Best wishes as you keep moving through limiting ideas and beliefs, and incorporate teachings into your waking life. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/5/2012 4:00 PM
Brandon, Thanks for the reply to my questions. I honestly do not know what is happening in your case. On one level, it sounds like you are transitioning from a lucid experience to a Void or Grey State experience (something that happens when we feel the lucid dream is coming to an end). So that is my best guess. Nothing wrong with that -- if you hang out consciously in the Grey State then normally a new dream will begin after a while. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Darrell Moneyhon 10/5/2012 9:34 AM
Robert, I am only at a beginner or pre-beginner stage of becoming aware that my self character (in dream) is in a dream, and yet I have had many stage 4 and even a few stage 5 experiences. For many years I have called my dreams "night school" and have attentively appreciated inner teachings and inner teachers. Lots of precognitive experiences (one saved my life). I also have on rare occassion created dream images out of light, have recently transcended fear in the dream. Dream events/objects that used to scare the shit out of me and cause me to wake up are now often taken calmly in stride, and I work through them and gain control mentally somehow or another. Its as though my conscious self has made a backstage agreement with both the bricoleur and inner observer. After sharing a few of my dreams with others online recently, someone commented that "you dream like a writer." Even though my "self" in the dream is not lucid (I've only realized that I was dreaming within the dream only o
Dave 10/4/2012 10:16 PM
Hi Robert I have been interested in lucid dreaming for the last number of years but only really got serious about it in the last few months. I have not yet had a lucid dream but am using your book and the tips in it to that end. My question is this....I'm not really interested in flying around, walking thru walls, seeing the object on mars etc. as some others are, I am more interested in my subconscious. I know that when lucid you can talk to your subconscious, ask questions, but... Can you break up your subconscious into its different parts ( such as fear, self esteem, procrastination, self doubt, happiness etc.) and have those parts represented by a dream figure and then give that dream figure a direct command to carry out? Example: can I when lucid ask to speak with the dream figure representing fear and then give that dream figure a direct command such as " From this exact moment you no longer have a fear of spiders" ( or whatever fear you want to eliminate.
Branadon 10/4/2012 7:58 PM
Hey Robert, I think you misunderstood what's going on or at least what I think is going on. My clarity when I become lucid goes from good to a blackness closing in until I can't see anything anymore but I still feel my presence that i'm there in the dream and lucid as if I've closed my eyes in the dream. I don't feel that it's caused by me loosing my lucidity because I notice it's happening and constantly fight to make it go away which 9 out of 10 times works by rubbing my hands or spinning in circles etc.. I'm looking for a solution that can help me get past this. It becomes quite frustrating enjoying great lucid moments to have this happen and make me go through hoops to keep my lucid state vivid and clear. Thanks Branadon. Submitted By: Branadon
Robert Waggoner 10/4/2012 11:29 AM
Hi Brandon, I have not heard this question before. So I have to ask, "When did this first begin?" followed by "What happened?" and then "Do you have a dark mood, or dark outlook on life?" or "Do you have a resistance to inner exploration? Or things that might require you to change as a person?" Those kind of questions come to me, if I had this kind of experience. Keep them around in your mind. See what comes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/4/2012 11:25 AM
Hi Colin, As you may notice, your message gets cut off after a certain part, but you finish by asking, "Can you use lucid dreaming as a springboard to OBE?" The simple answer, "Yes." I think I mention this in my book, but do not dwell on it. My approach involves simply becoming lucid and asking to go to "the next form" or "the next level". Normally, I find myself in a new mental state, usually in my home, and with typical OBE characteristic behavior and memory. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Brandon 10/4/2012 3:51 AM
Hi, I've Read your book a few times and I got some great information out of it, great job putting it together. I'm having a problem with staying lucid in my dreams, specifically keeping my vision from going to blurry to completely dark after being lucid for a few minutes. I have tried multiple things that help me get out of this and return my vision to very clear and vivid but no matter what I do to try and stabilize the dream it's only temporary. Can you suggest anything that might help keep the vividness lasting much longer once becoming lucid? I normally try to rub my hands together, touch the ground or my surroundings and try and get all of my senses in tune. but again it only lasts for a short period of time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Submitted By: Brandon
Colin 10/3/2012 5:01 PM
Hey , Rob just finished your book well I will def give it a second read , lots of depth and information, my favourite book on lucid dreaming (And ive read a fair meny) My question is ... some time ago before my knowledge of OBE or lucid dreaming , I had a very strong awarerness that heppend some time while alseep, I was flying , had no body , seemed like I was energy or something , there was a rememberence it was the best experience ive had , there were others ther flying also , ,(I consider this experience astral projection beacuse it was really REALLY vivid however recently i finished reading Adventures beyond the body, by Whilliam Buhlman , were he gives a technique for an OBE called a "dream convertion" this is when after becoming lucid , setting your intent for having an OBE by saying "now I have an out of body experience " or "now I experience a lighter body" or so , so I was dreaming recently , while talking to my wife in the kitchen the letterbox was tapping constantly , I
Robert Waggoner 10/2/2012 2:26 PM
Hi RBG, In my book (which I hope you will read), you will find lots of tips and techniques for lucid dreaming (particularly in the appendix). Also, I would do these two things 1) check out my "how to" at www.dreaminglucid.com and 2) change your before-sleep period to have an hour of quiet mind -- no TV, no video, no computer. Then practice one of the techniques faithfully with a more quiet mind. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
RBG 10/2/2012 3:56 AM
Hey Robert, I was hoping you might be able to help me out with a question I have for you. Whenever I want to have a Lucid Dream my method is generally to do a WBTB and 9 times out of 10 I will end up having a LD. I keep a Dream Journal, do reality checks throughout the day, constantly think about Lucid dreaming and Lucid dreaming goals. My problem is I don't have many natural Lucid Dreams without doing a WBTB. Do you have any advice on how I could work on having natural Lucid Dreams at night without having to do a WBTB each time I wan to have a successful Lucid Dream? My goal is to be able to go to bed, think about lucid dreaming and have a lucid dream or two without the whole wake up, stay up, go back to bed routine. Thanks! Submitted By: RBG
Robert Waggoner 10/1/2012 4:55 PM
Hi A, To re-integrate a dream figure might come as a series of steps. So instead of being afraid and running from it, you might begin by letting go of fear, and asking 'What do you represent?' Or you might send thoughts of acceptance and peace to it, and then see what happens (oftentimes that will initiate a major change -- the monster will shrink or turn into something joyful). Finally if you can open to it with love and complete acceptance, you might discover that the dream figure collapses into pure light, which enters your body (which seems a lovely symbol for re-integration). Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
a 9/28/2012 7:03 PM
thanks for your response! in terms of re-integrating their energy - by this do you mean showing them love and asking them why they are there? i think i am at a crossroads where i learn to need to control my fears and to be brave. but when you are being chased by a serial killer (in a dream) - that takes guts. especially to send love to them, but it does make sense in it's own way. Submitted By: a
Robert Waggoner 9/28/2012 2:39 PM
Hi A, So after you finish my book, read it again slowly - because there is a lot to digest, and also a lot of tips and experimental suggestions that you will see the second time. Regarding scary figures, and/or shadow figures as Carl Jung called them, I believe they normally represent denied, repressed, ignored or fearful issues that exist in our mental and emotional life. The goal is not to fight them; rather, we should learn to understand, recognize and hopefully re-integrate their energy. I sincerely doubt that someone (knowingly or unknowingly) is entering your dreams. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/28/2012 2:32 PM
Hi Tobi, Glad I have added "light" to your lucid dreaming path. To your first question, I suggest becoming lucid and announcing "I want to go to the next level" and see what happens. When I have done this, the lucid dream normally changes to an OBE. To your other questions, I plan to have another book or two, and address some of the additional points you mention. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
A 9/27/2012 5:03 AM
Wow - your book is blowing my mind. I am about 3/4 of the way through and I cannot stop reading. Not only b/c the subject matter is fascinating but also b/c you're a fantastic writer. I accidentally had a few lucid dreams before I knew what they were - they were terrifying nightmares, and my mind told me - this is a dream, and I would wake up. I have also had one scary false awakening dream. So disorienting! Anyways my question is about the scary figures in my dreams. I have been thinking about it for days - I know Freud says that that can be a reflection of you but I really don't love that. My craziest thought - and I'm wondering if you've heard of this before. I have a family member who is very very angry with me (she is a violent person) - is there any chance that she is entering my dreams without meaning to? Have you ever heard of anything like that before? I am on the part of your book about people sharing dream space. I plan to take my lucid dreaming adventures very
Tobi 9/22/2012 3:54 PM
Hello Robert! I finished reading your book in just two days. I was entertained and very impressed by your boldness and dream pursuits! I want to thank you for lighting up the lucid dream territory! I feel safe, calm, and relaxed in my dream activities due to the helpful information you've shared. I also have some questions for you: 1.)Do you know how to convert a Lucid Dream experience into an Out of Body experience? 2.)Did you access your previous incarnations through lucid dreaming? 3.)What is your latest validation so far through lucid dreaming? 4.)What are some gateways, dimensions, or realities that you have found beyond Lucid Dreaming? 5.)What is your next agenda, such as writing the next book? Submitted By: Tobi
Robert Waggoner 9/19/2012 11:32 AM
Hi Laurel, Glad you enjoyed the book! To paraphrase an old quote, "When the reader is ready, they see the book." :-) Lucid dreaming requires positive expectation mixed with consistent, thoughtful effort. It helps to wonder about its potentials, formulate goals, read about other lucid dreamer's experience, and consider how waking puzzles could be resolved consciously in dreaming. In other words, make it a part of your 'lucid' life. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Laurel Clark 9/18/2012 11:32 AM
Hi Robert! I finally read your book Lucid Dreaming! It's been sitting on my bookshelf for 2 years since and I think I was only ready now to read it ... My question is: can you give me some advice about how to become lucid beyond what I am already doing? I am thinking maybe I just need more consistent practice. I have been recording my dreams for many years but have not had many lucid dreams. (I have had a few.) At the IASD Conference in Berkeley, when attending the presentation that you and pasQuale and Bev d'Urso did, it occurred to me when pasQuale asked "Who is a lucid dreamer?" and I did not raise my hand, that I have thought, "I've had some lucid dreams" but have never established an identity as a lucid dreamer. I later asked Q when she shifted her identity to BEING a lucid dreamer, and she seemed surprised. "I always figured if you had lucid dreams you were a lucid dreamer." So, I am wanting to shift my identity but am still not having many lucid dreams. Pre
Robert Waggoner 9/13/2012 12:02 PM
Hi Genesa, Glad you liked my workshop! Thanks for coming, and sharing your lucid dreams. Remember, "Chance favors the prepared mind" - so plan a healing strategy and recall it, when you become lucid. Also, check out the latest editions of my magazine for some interesting stories of healing in lucid dreams! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Genesa 9/12/2012 10:30 PM
Hi Robert - I wanted to thank you again for your amazing workshop. Since your discussion, I have had two incredible and complex lucid dreams. Your advice is always guiding me when I am in them and your book is very helpful. I will keep you updated on some of what is happening, but I have started using lucid dreams for healing! Waiting to see if something I tried will work :) Submitted By: Genesa
Robert Waggoner 9/10/2012 2:59 PM
Hi Paco, Between belief and dis-belief lays an area of curiosity and pure experimentation. So, if you can, tell yourself that you do not know if it is true or if it is false. Then. study the technique of lucid dream healing and successful examples in my book, while preparing your own experiment to perform the next time you are lucid dreaming. Best wishes, Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/10/2012 2:55 PM
Hi David, In the appendix, I clearly lay out about five or six techniques for becoming lucid. It takes some persistence, but I encourage people to try my modified Castaneda 'Finding Your Hands' technique before bed each night, since it is like a Pavlovian conditioned response. It helps to think of it as a game that you are playing with your inner awareness. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/10/2012 2:51 PM
Hi Lisa, Thanks for sharing that lovely dream story of your grandma's dog. I have heard of some lucid dreamers, who have had very intelligent conversations in lucid dreams with those with Alzheimer's or dementia. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
paco 9/9/2012 4:05 AM
hi robert i've been attempting some lucid dream healings but every time I go to do it I feel doubt in my mind like this can't happen. I believe you are telling the truth with your writing but I think because i have never seen it first hand Its hard to believe how can i remove doubt and limiting beliefs? thank you Submitted By: paco
David H 9/8/2012 2:31 AM
Hi Robert: I love your eBook and the Seth support in it. Im 42 and never had a LD before. I felt so distant from results, I used some Yuschak techniques from his book on LD Supplements and had an amazing WILD the first try! Unfortunately I have not been able to reproduce the results in any fashion in 10 more attempts. Not even a little. I couldn't even remember the dreams. Im so distraught for results but I dont know what to do next? Submitted By: David H
Lisa P. 9/6/2012 9:45 PM
Hi Robert, I'd like to share a surprising and touching moment from a recent semi-lucid dream. One of my lucid dream goals is to contact the guardian angel or higher self of my grandma, who has severe memory loss. I can't really talk to her in real life, she gets too confused. I've found her a few times in semi-lucid dreams, but sadly she is just as confused as in real life. Well last night I dreamed we were in her basement, and she didn't understand much as usual. All of a sudden, my aunt's little white dog, who died a few years ago, ran up to us, and he seemed so bright and real in the dark basement. I was shocked because I have not thought of this dog in years, but my grandma used to babysit for him and feed him hamburgers and treats. Although the rest of the dream may have been my subconscious projections, I feel the dog was real, and somehow watching over my grandma. It was not what I expected at all, but it was touching. Submitted By: Lisa P.
Robert Waggoner 9/5/2012 12:38 PM
Hi Matthew, Thanks for your comments. When I decided to go beyond lucid dreaming and seek 'source reality' (for lack of a better term), things became very interesting, indeed! So in a sense, lucid dreaming shows us our beliefs, expectations and all 'projected' onto the veil or screen of our mind. But to go beyond the projections, requires letting go of all of that.... which sounds simple, but I assure you that most egos feel very attached to their projections. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Matthew 9/4/2012 2:05 AM
Hey Robert, I just finished reading the part of your book where you successfully went beyond consciousness and was totally blown away. Since I was little, i've had very vivid, crazy dreams and was fond of talking about them to my friends. Though I've never had a truly lucid experience, at best semi lucid. Anyway, one of my goals for life that i could never explain was to "see past the veil" i dont know when i got that idea in my head but it never left. Then 3 months ago I had a dream where one of my very psychically sensitive friends asked me what i really wanted most in life and i said 'to see past the veil.'' and now that i've read about your experiences I think that I know what that means. Anyway, thanks for writing the book, i hope I go lucid finally tonight!! Submitted By: Matthew
Robert Waggoner 8/14/2012 3:05 PM
Hi Chris, Thanks for your question, and sorry about the late reply. So besides interacting with the "awareness behind the dream" in the lucid state, you can also manage to get to this level in a deep meditative state. Also, I assume like Carl Jung, that this awareness has much to do with the inner intuitions that we often get (and frequently ignore). Best wishes on your lucid journey, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Chris Wright 8/8/2012 4:12 PM
Hi Robert, I am just getting into LD seriously (over the last few months) and have had a few LDs but haven't had the opportunity to ask some existential questions I'm interested in yet. I was wondering if you have ever asked the awareness how to better communicate with it during waking states? My *assumption* is things like hypnosis, meditation, divination(tarot, etc), prayer, etc...are the standard ways everyone tries. But I'm wondering if there may be other ways to tap into this incredible information source. Thank you so much for your book! It has tied many things together for me on my path. Submitted By: Chris Wright
Robin Nixon 8/7/2012 7:29 AM
Hello again, Robert. You asked, "Did anything else happen in your lucid dream? Or how does that tone seem to you? Energetic? Peaceful?" Well, firstly I have never spoken out loud in a lucid dream before, but when I did so on this occasion I heard my own voice speaking clearly, not inside my mind. And there was a slight echo as you would get in a living room with no furniture or curtains. That was the very surprising. The tone itself was a fairly loud and high, sort of electronic sine wave D sharp, that sounded kind of distorted as if information was being modulated on it or something, or a bit like a compressed MP3 file at too low a bit-rate. The tone didn't convey energy, peace or anything other than a feeling of communication being carried by the tone - I was so surprised by this it woke me up. Prior to that, though I had a very long and in depth adventurous dream (mainly about becoming an actor) in tremendous depth and colours, that felt like it lasted an hour or two
Robert Waggoner 8/2/2012 12:53 PM
Hi Robin, Wonderful! Earlier this week, I received a message from a Korean woman (my book has been translated into Korean) who asked in two separate lucid dreams to hear her feeling tone. In both instances, she heard the same sound, and felt very curious about this. Did anything else happen in your lucid dream? Or how does that tone seem to you? Energetic? Peaceful? Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robin Nixon 8/1/2012 1:18 AM
Hi Robert, I have just woken up from a LD in which I asked to hear my feeling tone. It was a quick 1 second tone, so I asked for a longer one which kept on playing as I woke up. I went downstairs to my piano and found that it was a D sharp tone - although slightly distorted when I heard it. The tone was nothing special - but it was great to hear confirmation of this phenomena. Submitted By: Robin Nixon
Robert Waggoner 7/30/2012 5:16 PM
Hi Michael, From my viewpoint, when an experienced lucid dreamer gets a response from the non-visible 'Awareness behind the Dream', the lucid dreamer has contacted the larger Self, which seems to have access to a vaster knowledge base (than the waking self's limited focus). When you explore that knowledge base, it has the sense of infinite awareness around it. The limiting factor seems 'you' -- the waking self that seeks to act as transducer -- since the waking self can mis-interpret, or be incapable of handling the enormity or energy, or be prejudiced by some particular viewpoint. Lucid wishes on your deeper explorations. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Michael 7/30/2012 12:02 AM
I suppose referring back to the book would've been better for that question, (I lent it to a friend and it has yet to return, but I enjoying sharing your wonderful wisdom and information with as many as I can) and upon a bit more research my more specific question is: Have you ever encountered something called the "Akashic Records" in the dream state? Submitted By: Michael
Robert Waggoner 7/27/2012 5:04 PM
Hi Michael, In various chapters of my book, you can read examples of lucid dreamers, who obtained unknown information and then confirmed it later upon waking. Privately, I have had one archaeologist tell me about a lucid dream (at a dig site) in which he became lucid at the dig and saw aspects of it that no longer existed in present 'time.' To answer your question and concern, you would need to ask your historical question in such a way as to allow for a means of validation, upon waking. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Michael 7/27/2012 3:34 PM
This question might be a doozy, but this seems about the only place I could ask it. I read your book a few years ago, loved it and was deeply inspired. I also love history, more specifically ancient history. Lately my work has lead me to discover that there are many mysteries surrounding ancient culture and even more so our understanding of the chronology of ancient civilizations. I have a difficult time becoming lucid, but would like very much to attempt to access answers to these historical questions through dreams. My main question is: I feel I would have a hard time trusting any received answers while lucid, are there any methods for distinguishing factual information from a dream answer as opposed to filler information created from my own subconscious? Submitted By: Michael
Robert Waggoner 7/19/2012 4:35 PM
Hi Steven, Zombies. Okay -- how often do you dream about zombies? Then can you connect the stimulus "Whenever I see a ZOMBIE" with this response, "I will realize I am DREAMING"? If you can connect the stimulus (zombies) with the response (lucid awareness), then you have created a "conditioned response" -- and yes, it will work. But in psychology, it helps to repeat the stimulus and response many times, so that it becomes automatic! Best wishes (but if it was me, I would use my Modified Hand Technique in the appendix, because your hands will always be there with you in the lucid dream). All the best. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 7/19/2012 4:31 PM
Hi Bruce, Congratulations on becoming lucid. Glad you are enjoying the book. In the appendix, I have techniques on how to stabilize the dream. Briefly, I encourage lucid dreamers to do this: 1) Modulate your emotions, 2) Enhance your awareness, 3) Maintain your focus, and 4) Express your intent. So I assume that the problematic area involves #2 or #3. Hmmm. Could you send in a written example of a lucid dream where this happened? Sometimes it involves the lucid dreamer having no goals to accomplish. Send me some examples. Cheers! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 7/19/2012 4:27 PM
Hi Lisa, Sorry for my slow reply (I have been traveling). Since the figures wear mask and conceal themselves, asking "Who are you?" may not be so helpful. You might want to do this instead, ask them (as calmly and peacefully as you can), "Tell me, what do you want?" Normally, they will provide an answer and give you deep insight. Even though it seems frightful, I want to encourage you to look at these dream figures as expressions of something which needs release or your compassion and understanding. When you truly feel for them, amazing things can happen. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Steven Harmer 7/15/2012 6:12 PM
Hi Robert I'm 13 and am in the middle of reading your book and practicing lucid dreaming. My question is will my technique work? My technique exploits something which I often dream about, zombies. Before I sleep I, instead of doing your hand technique, I think about zombies and how absurd it would be to ever see them, if I saw a zombie in my dream would this make me lucid or could it possibly? Thanks for your time, Steven. :) Submitted By: Steven Harmer
Bruce G. 7/14/2012 1:03 PM
Hello Robert, I've almost gotten through you're entire book now and I've been implementing everything you've taught. My problem is that whenever I become lucid in the dream state I try to direct the dream, but before I have the opportunity to try anything the dream collapses. For example, last night I realized I was dreaming and said, "this is a dream!" Then I began to walk around and the dream collapsed in a relatively short time. This seems to happen quite a bit. Do you have any advice for how I can overcome these collapsing dreams and experience better lucid dreams? (Also, I am new to lucid dreaming: I write down all my dreams in a dream journal and use intention, expectation, and will. Could the collapsing dreams be a result of my inexperience in the dream state?) Thanks, Bruce G. Submitted By: Bruce G.
Lisa P. 7/6/2012 5:15 PM
Hi Robert! For years, I've been having recurring nightmares of being cut by metal objects, but I never see any people in those dreams, just knives, etc. After reading two chapters of your wonderful book (thank you!), I had a lucid dream where I met two masked women with knives, getting ready to cut me. As your book suggests, I asked, "Who are you?" but they were silent. I tried to make a force field to protect myself, but it did not work. They started moving the knives toward me, and I got so scared I ran away (and met more lucid dream people.) I read your method of sending love to nightmares, but I was so terrified, I didn’t feel any love, and I don't know how I can feel love and terror at the same time. Can I ask my Dream maker to help me, or is there another way to resolve this scary mystery? I do have chronic pain in real life, but it could be emotional pain too, I really don't know what is causing the nightmares. The worst part is, I feel real pain in those nightmares, even t
Robert Waggoner 6/20/2012 10:08 PM
Hi Liam, Okay -- I believe that you may be confusing WILDs with OBEs (out of body experiences). When people tell me about 'horrific' WILDs, and I ask for a description, they normally give me a detailed description of an OBE experience. In my book, I try to make clear that these are two distinct phenomena. Regarding the other issue of fear -- in my experience, I have found the unconscious very caring and thoughtful (but the ego/waking self can feel fear and concern) and primarily devoted to assisting the ego/waking self's understanding and limited beliefs/narrowness. As I see it, the inner Mind cares about the waking self. But sometimes the waking self has 'shadow' issues (denied or ignored issues from waking life) that need resolution and integration before progress can be made. If you have shadow issues, and they appear in dreams and lucid dreams, please work to move beyond them. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 6/20/2012 10:00 PM
Hi Charlie, So it sounds like you took my advice and 'incubated' a specific dreamsign for you, which appears to be dream figures changing form or identity, right? If so, then you can incorporate that into your nightly suggestion. For example, "Tonight, I will be more critically aware and when dream figures change identity, I will realize I am dreaming." So give that a try and see if it works for you. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Liam 6/19/2012 5:26 PM
Hello Robert, thanks for the reply. I've read Ryan's book and had many contacts with him. He has helped me to almost entirely overcome SP and lucid nightmares. Most of my lucid dreams are now positive, neutral or I'm greeted with total disinterest from seemingly autonomous entities. But as the lucid dreams are spontaneous they are of a lower level of lucidity,for example I'll forget objectives I've set for myself. My problem is now twofold, a fear of the not so unconcious mind and it's immense power and of WILDs (the ones I have managed through stubborn determination) that are no longer a smooth transition from waking to sleeping that I'd done since childhood, but a rough, crashing, banging vortex. As though I'm using my will against another! It now feels entirely unatural and unwelcoming. Do you think it's possible for the inner mind to dislike the concious mind? Many thanks, Liam. Submitted By: Liam
Charlie 6/19/2012 10:37 AM
Hey Robert, me again. I did as you suggested and also took a look back at my dream log and I think I could have found what my dream sign is, but perhaps overlooked it. I found that in most of my dreams, even years back that I faintly remember telling people about, characters that go on my dream adventures change. If you are familiar with LaBerge's possible classification of a dream sign as "form" (change in character, face, clothing, etc) I think this might be it. For example, I may be looking for Phil, and I find John, but I accept John as Phil. Or, I am in the backseat with Megan, but when I look back, Megan is now Maria. I overlooked these because the characters never change when I look at them, but when I wake up, I realized they changed. Is this a dream sign, or is this a normal occurrence with people in dreams. Thanks! -Charlie Submitted By: Charlie
Robert Waggoner 6/19/2012 8:52 AM
Hi Liam, From my perspective, you have not lost the ability to do wake initiated lucid dreams -- instead you have become 'scared off' and therefore avoid this technique. When your fear decreases and your understanding increases, you will be able to do WILDs again easily. If you have sleep paralysis, then I suggest you read Ryan Hurd's book, Sleep Paralysis. He tells a person how to end them; moreover, he tells how to move from sleep paralysis into a lucid dream. It's a great book, and really helps people like you come to terms with these experiences and make progress in lucid dreaming. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Liam 6/17/2012 10:21 AM
Hello Robert, I've lost the ability to wake initiate lucid dreaming. I got scared off by terrible lucid nightmares and sleep paralysis, it was affecting my life a bit. I've read your book and a few others and feel I'm a bit more prepared but only have spontaneous lucid dreams a couple of times a month now. I could also achieve a much higher level of lucidity with WILD's. Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks. Submitted By: Liam
Robert Waggoner 6/16/2012 7:57 PM
Hi Charlie, Sure a person can have multiple dreamsigns, but will they recognize them in a dream and become lucid? One suggestion -- incubate a special lucid dreamsign. Before going to sleep, focus on your need for a dreamsign, and request that your dreaming self will present you with a dreamsign to help you become lucid whenever you see it. Suggest that the special dreamsign will be obvious, when you wake. Then pay attention that night. and use the dreamsign that comes to you. By coming from the deeper layer of your self, it 'makes sense' to that layer and will help in the dream state. Good lucids! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Charlie 6/15/2012 7:48 PM
Hello Robert, First off, I would like to say thank you for writing such an interesting book! I've always been interested in dreams, and I didn't even realize I was even having some semi OBEs that I thought were nightmares for years!!! I didn't even know the full power of lucid dreams! Anyhow, I have a few questions if you dont mind Ever since I gained interest in lucid dreaming from a friend a month ago, I've had 3 lucid dreams! Also, Ive been eagerly writing down my dreams in a dream log to increase dream recall. However, I am having trouble with finding my dreamsign. I realized that when I am in nightmares and try to run away or fight, I run or punch in slow-motion. Is this my dream sign? I am a little nervous that I would only be able to recognize me dream sign in a nightmare. Can I have multiple dreamsigns, and can I try to make a new dreamsign? Having recalled many dreams, I am having trouble finding one other than this. Also, lately in my dreams, when I wake up, I realiz
Robert Waggoner 6/14/2012 4:32 PM
Hi Christine, I feel so glad that I wrote this book. Educating others about lucid dreaming has been a blast. Last weekend, I gave a talk to about 340 people in Salt Lake City, and it was a scream. Reading your email, I can see that you are really, really getting close. So I think what you need here is a better dream sign than mirrors. Look in the appendix of my book, and I give the Modified Castaneda Technique. Do it every night (and I mean 5 minutes every night ) for a month.... and then post your lucid dreams here. Remember, do not get too excited when you realize you are dreaming. Stay calm. Look at the ground. And then have fun, consciously aware and lucid. All the best! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 6/14/2012 4:25 PM
Hi Jeanne, Teach that 4 year old how to lucid dream, and then you will be the one rocking (when you hear all of his incredible adventures)! Okay.... it sounds to me that the mid-dream course correction is "semi-lucid". On some level, you realize this is a 'change-able' dimension, but you don't quite become fully lucid. Lucidity varies, and lots of people tell me semi-lucid dream events. They see grandma, they know she is dead and this seems like a dream, but they still have to finish cooking. So close! Or they, like you, stop the dream and change the flow, but still, not lucidly. So close.... Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Christine Simmons 6/13/2012 10:47 PM
Hi Robert, first off I want to thank you for such an incredible book. It really opened my eyes to how the mind works and made me more aware of myself beyond waking reality. I've always been fascinated with dreaming and psychology in general. However, I have tried to lucid dream many times without any luck. I've had several of false awakenings. About two years ago before I read your book, I once had a dream that I woke up and started getting ready for my day (thinking I was awake) and then realized I was dreaming and "fell back asleep" and this repeated two more times until the third time I looked at myself in the mirror and my reflection asked "Who are you," and I woke up. After I read your book, I've told myself while awake to do things in my dream to realize I'm dreaming but I could never actually become lucid. For example, one night I told myself I would look into a mirror and realize I was dreaming. When I woke up the next morning I remembered I had stared directly into a mirror in
Jeanne 6/13/2012 12:56 AM
I have another question, Robert. How do you explain dreams in which one decides parameters; i.e. decisions made mid-dream that completely change the dream without a specific recognition that this is a dream? i.e I am in a situation that is uncomfortable, so I decide that the background, history for the dream will change, and then the whole progress of the dream changes? I'm sure you hear this often, but it is truly awesome that you respond to everyone as you do! As my 4 year old grandson says--You rock! Submitted By: Jeanne
Robert Waggoner 6/12/2012 4:18 PM
Hi Carlos, Glad you like the book. Yes, I believe that you will have lucid dreams with greater vividness in the near future, and longer ones too. In the back of my book, I have tips for creating longer and more stable lucid dreams. You might want to read the appendix, and take note of the suggestions. Continued success! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 6/12/2012 4:16 PM
Hi Jeffrey, Okay, thanks for your comments to our earlier conversation. So I assume that 'something' happened in you or your beliefs, which has now brought about this change of not-so-responsive. It might be a fear or a concern, or it might be some ego issue in relation to this larger knowing. Obviously something has happened. Perhaps you can identify it, if you look at 'when' the change happened. Or what has changed in your perspective and how you feel about it all. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Carlos Pokorski 6/11/2012 1:00 AM
Hello Robert i love the book so far. I am just begining as a lucid dreamer. I had two so far but I wanted to know if I gain more experience in lucid dreaming will I be able to feel it a lot more? What I mean by that is the vividness. Reading about your dreams it seems like you can feel everything greatly. Also the two dreams were short will I be able to have longer dreams? Submitted By: Carlos Pokorski
Jeffrey 6/10/2012 11:57 PM
My dream journal entries are incredibly long, but I can tell you that my commands are fairly logical. For example, "let me experience Divine Love" or "let me hear beautiful music." Most of my commands in the past elicited an amazing response but recently nothing happens. As for my history as a lucid dreamer, I'm able to lucidly dream almost every night through affirmations. In my past dreams I would change the landscape by saying "change the sky to yellow" for example. But now, most of my commands get no response. Submitted By: Jeffrey
Robert Waggoner 6/10/2012 8:17 PM
Hi Jim, Glad to hear that you are having some lucid dreams. In my book, I make the point that "The Sailor Does Not Control the Sea; neither Does the Lucid Dreamer Control the Dream." We 'influence' the dream and manipulate our actions within it, but so much happens outside of our control that it shows the actions of the subconscious/unconscious. Anyway, sometimes I feel that we recall OBEs and call them 'lucid dreams'. Normally in an OBE, our ability to move and do our intended actions comes very, very easily, while in a lucid dream, we really have to mentally engage the environment to make things happen. Also sometimes we have what Tibetan Buddhists call 'dreams of clarity.' These can be lucid or not, but have a sense of reality that is incredible. So nocturnal experiences vary in many ways.... but not all 'aware' experiences are lucid dreams. Cheers! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 6/10/2012 8:09 PM
Hi Jeffrey, Thanks for your comment. Sometimes, when people have trouble, I like to read the actual lucid dream accounts and know a bit about their history as a lucid dreamer. For example, a 'wish' made in a lucid dream with lots of uncertainty will likely not elicit anything. Also, some requests seem nonsensical and may not elicit a response. Personally, I think the lucid dreamer should learn to make the 'dream stable'. This is like asking the teacher, "Do my homework, because I do not want to learn". Imagine the response to that! So feel free to send in actual examples. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jim Abrams 6/10/2012 9:01 AM
Hi Robert I have only just started lucid dreaming, but I have been dreaming (pun intended) about doing it for 20 years. :) I had a great dream a little while ago where I was lucid in a dream, and knew I was in a body dreaming with friends sitting beside me. I woke up in that body and talked to my friends and then woke up into consensual reality, my 'real' body. Very exciting. Here's my question. I just had a long dream where I was in control choosing to do things I could only do in a dream: turn my body to mist, stop time, fly etc. But when I awoke later I thought "was it a lucid dream? Or was in on the lucid spectrum but not fully a lucid dream?" Somewhere I remember reading that a dream with a great deal of control is not necessarily a lucid dream. I imagine you have answered this question many times and I hate to take up your valuable time, so feel free to simply direct me to some of your posted answers. P.S. I can't tell you how valuable I find reading others exper
Jeffrey 6/9/2012 12:28 PM
Hi Robert, I've been having a hard time communicating with my Inner Self. Everytime I affirm something or make a command in the dream no one responds. Im also having a hard time making the dream stable. Everytime I focus, look up, and say "Hey inner Self, make this dream stable and vivid" or yell "clarity Now!!!!" Is there something I can do to communicate better with the Inner Self? Also, Is there a sure I can get it to respond back in anyway? Submitted By: Jeffrey
Robert Waggoner 6/4/2012 12:24 PM
Hi Jeffrey, So what happened in your lucid dream? Or better yet, send it to the free magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience, www.dreaminglucid.com for publication. As Jung discovered as he went deeper into dreaming, certain dream figures (e.g., Philemon) appeared independent of the person dreaming them. So I assume the woman who pulled me up represented something beyond my mental projecting, or a symbolic expression of inner knowing, or even a representation of the stars. In your case, I do not know, so I would like to hear more. Often, as lucid dreamers, we have to look at our intent and subtle expectations. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jeffrey Peck 6/2/2012 12:53 PM
Hi Robert, I've just finished reading the dream about you asking the stars to pull you up. I was astonished at the part with the woman pulling you up and making a "corner" in the dream space. I had a dream in which I said "Hey Inner Self, pull me up." In my experience a very very large hand appeared and tried to carry me off. The hand was translucent and big enough to carry a bus in its palm. Do you think the woman in your dream was a personification of the stars or was it your Inner Self manifesting a form to talk to you? I'm not particularly fond of the idea of spirit guides, but I also noticed that she said she was always watching over you in your dream. Submitted By: Jeffrey Peck
Robert Waggoner 5/31/2012 10:09 AM
Hi Sahid, Yes, lucid dreaming does show a relation to hypnosis -- and actually illuminates the mechanism of hypnosis -- since in lucid dreaming, we see the importance of expectation, belief, focus and intent in order to manipulate our experience. Aware in the subconscious (either through lucid dreaming, or deep hypnosis), one also has access to the "awareness behind the dream" or Hidden Observer (the term used by Dr. Ernest Hilgard working with deeply hypnotized subjects). In this history of psychology, hypnosis was crucial to the 'discovery' of the subconscious. Maybe decades from now, lucid dreaming will be crucial to the discovery of the inner Self. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sahid Miller 5/29/2012 3:02 PM
Hey Robert, Great book! I've got to wondering about the relatedness of hypnosis and lucid dreaming in their aspects of supposedly accessing the un\subconscious mind. Just to throw a little spin on things, I was wondering if there's anything behind hypnotizing oneself while lucid dreaming. Interesting thought I think that needs a little investigation. It would be great to hear your take on this. Kind Regards, Sahid Miler Submitted By: Sahid Miller
Robert Waggoner 5/28/2012 2:56 PM
Hi Jeanne, Yes, lucid dreaming definitely seems a path for personal growth, especially if we understand how to work with them. If you haven't already, I hope you will get my book and see what experienced lucid dreamers are doing. Regarding your experience, some research suggests that lucid dreams can be induced by verbal cues -- so it does not seem surprising that you fell into a lucid dream and simultaneously received influence from the direction of the podcast! As many lucid dreamers note, they can often be in a lucid dream, while a portion of their awareness can feel the body in bed (or on some occasions, hearing waking world sounds). Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jeanne 5/26/2012 4:33 PM
Hi, Robert. I've had occasional lucid dreams all my life but never considered them as a method of personal growth and have never tried to work with them--this is an exciting idea as I have worked some with Jungian dream analysis. I recently got podcasts of interviews on The Cosmic Influence from '09 and happened to be listening to one of an interview with you in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. While listening, I fell asleep and had a lucid dream with a number of parts, all of which was as usual except for one thing: All the time I could hear the voices on the podcast, becoming more or less clear but always there. Once or twice something was said that actually caused me to move the dream in a particular direction. I'm wondering whether people report hearing real-world sounds during lucid dreams. It was both exciting and disturbing, leading me to wonder whether sounds during sleep could actually influence the dream. Submitted By: Jeanne
Robert Waggoner 5/23/2012 3:07 PM
Hi Sergio, Interesting and long lucid dream! Congratulations. The only problem -- when the lucid dream goes on for too long, then it becomes hard to remember certain details. Can I ask -- did you use supplements to induce this lucid dream? Sometimes supplements lead to longer lucid dreams, but shallower ones. In general, I can make a couple of comments: Dream figures give variable responses, but for me, the "awareness behind the dream" provided the greatest insight and most creative responses. Also, you might want to ask an open ended request, like "Hey! Show me something important for me to see!" Sometimes in seeking deeper information, we met our own internal obstacles (like doubt, etc) displayed as dream figures - so it make take a few times to succeed. But keep trying! Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/23/2012 2:53 PM
Hi Rahele, Sorry, I have been traveling to Scandinavia and London to give talks and am a bit behind. Since you have a deep interest in the Castaneda books, I'd recommend the technique of finding your hands in the dream state. At www.dreaminglucid.com I have a "How To" section on the left. Click that, and you can read my version of the Castaneda technique, which I found very successful. Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/23/2012 2:50 PM
Hi Sam, Your experience with your girlfriend seems suggestive of a possible meeting. If you had, for example, lucidly gathered unknown information from her, then later had that information verified, it would seem to offer more evidence for an inner overlap in dream space. In any case, it sounds like you are honestly exploring this. Regarding the second lucid dream, it would be interesting to ask the dream figure to show you what he refers to. Whether such a thing exists and what it means, or if it is simply dream figure chatter, is debatable. Keep exploring. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/23/2012 2:43 PM
Hi Pili, Thanks for sharing your story of projecting healing energy to your son in a lucid dream. It is amazing that he was released from the hospital about ten days sooner than planned. In the June 2012 issue of the Lucid Dream Experience magazine, we will include a full article on this! Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sergio Pasten 5/23/2012 1:06 PM
Robert, I've been having lucid dreaming since 1st of January 2009. This Morning, around 5am had one of the longest LD ever. I've been reading your book, I'm on chapter 12, and in today's dream I had plenty of time to try almost everything I've learned so far. I've asked (like in my previous dreams) to hear my feeling tone, and finally I hears something, I just heard a music that kind of sound like the music I listen at work (buddha bar type). But I got the feeling THAT wasn't my feeling tone, I think my inquiry has not been yet responded. (like many many others) Well, then I tried something else, I flew away and the dream collapse and entered to this new dream still completely Lucid. I went on with my project, and I wanted to see my past lifes, and I asked the dream to show me my previous past life, so a dream character pop up from the crowd (acompannied by two more guys next to him) and he went directly to me, I knew he was more than a dream character (or a projection of my mind) so
Rahele 5/18/2012 8:01 PM
Hi Robert.I just came across your website and your descriptons of lucid dreams,realy helpful.I have never had one but love to start.I have read all carlos castaneda's books over and over during last 14 years and always loved to experience ilucid dreaming but never realy dared.I think I dare now.do you recommend any special technique or searching for hands is enough? Submitted By: Rahele
Sam 5/14/2012 12:45 AM
Hi Robert, I have 2 questions. Firstly, I am wondering at what point can you be confident of mutual lucid dreaming. For example, recently I had a lucid dream and at the point of becoming consciously aware I noticed my girlfriend was taking off on a bicycle in a city street. I decided to fly about 50 meters above her and follow her path which I did for about a minute. In the morning my girlfriend reported having a dream about riding a bicycle through a city street but wasn't aware of me. This is not a regular dream symbol for neither of us. So at what point do you think I could fairly say that our dreams overlapped in the actual dreamspace? Also, in another recent LD I was talking to a dream figure of a deceased family member. He mentioned that where he is people do a thing called blurring and that I would really enjoy it. Have you heard of anything similar or the same? Thanks for your time Submitted By: Sam
Pili 5/13/2012 1:58 PM
I joined Robert Waggoner’s online workshop on ‘Lucid Dreaming and Living Lucidly’ in February 2012, after reading his book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. In the workshop, we discussed many things, including the idea of healing one’s physical body in the lucid dream state, as well as the investigation by Ed Kellogg, Ph.D. to heal others while lucid. So, this is my story of an apparent lucid healing dream: I, ve been for six days in the hospital with my child.. He had a bad illnes: epiglotitis. The doctors said that we must stay fiveteen days hospitalized.Then, i remembered that lucid dreaming may help us. And i , ve been lucid in one dream and send a white healing whit light to my son. I did it the night 23 to 24. 25/4 Eric was perfect. The doctors said that Eric recuperation was extraordinary. At 26 we were at home. Now,my husband is having a terrible headache, i became lucid in a dream and i sent him healing intend. I felt a lot of energy, but something strange happen
Robert Waggoner 5/8/2012 10:12 AM
Hi Aaron, The Buddhist yogi, Naropa, listed dream yoga as one of the six paths to enlightenment - so I feel that lucid dreaming assists one along that path (especially when supported by a proper mental outlook and understanding). Lucid dreaming can also be used as a means to see habitual behaviors and thought patterns, which may be hampering one's development. Also, it can help one overcome major emotional blocks or impurities, and see the compassion and understanding necessary to remove those, so more natural energy can flow (along the lines of Jung's ideas on integration and individuation). Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Aaron Hunter 5/8/2012 8:03 AM
Hi Robert I read your book about 2 years ago and found it to be very inspirational. I have a question, can you ever reach enlightenment through lucid dreaming? Lucid dreaming must be some form of meditation. And can lucid dreaming be a way to cleanse the mind or soul? Submitted By: Aaron Hunter
Robert Waggoner 5/7/2012 1:24 PM
Someone asked how long they should meditate with the suggestion to become lucid that night? Each person is different in their depth of meditation. I would suggest perhaps two periods of five minutes during the day, and about five minutes before sleep. However, see what works best for you. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/7/2012 1:22 PM
Hi Francisco, In my book, I show how dream figures have a continuum of aware behavior from virtually none to actually seeming more aware, knowledgeable and active than the lucid dreamer. But the greatest awareness and creativity (and consistency) occurs in the response from the "Awareness Behind the Dream". So I encourage you to change your 'question' to this -- become lucid, and shout out, "Hey dream! Show me something important for me to see!" By having an open-ended question like that, you begin to develop a relationship and understanding. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/7/2012 1:17 PM
Tony, Thanks for your comments. I agree with you that an audible sound around the time of REM sleep might elicit lucidity, especially if one paired hearing the sound with thinking, "This is a lucid dream." I believe the Lucidity Institute stated that statistically, 360 minutes into sleep, one seemed most likely to become lucid. So you might want to start a bit before that time. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
francisco 5/6/2012 9:51 PM
Hello robert I have been having trouble speaking with asking the dream a question. is there any way to have a dream character answer the questions instead of the "dream" thanks Submitted By: francisco
Tony Cafaro 5/6/2012 6:19 PM
Your book is inspirational! I am 62 and have had 3 lucid dreams in my life... two occurred spontaneously and the third because I became aware that the place I found myself in had been torn down several years ago! Since starting your book in November, I have tried diligently (Am I dreaming?) to have the dreams more often without success. The electronic gizmos are either too expensive or too intrusive. I have just started working with an inexpensive audio (earbuds) scheme using an Android "alarm" app. The time that the short duration signals appear can be set, and would have to coincide (by estimate) with REM activity. Do you know of anyone who has any experience in this area? Thank you for your time and your energy in promoting a fascinating and liberating new look at reality! Tony Submitted By: Tony Cafaro
Robert Waggoner 5/6/2012 2:32 PM
Nancy, How does a rational person deal with the unknown? One way is to experiment, right. They can become lucid, and 'conduct' their personal experiment, even though parts of them might believe it could happen and some parts might believe it can not happen -- but they go ahead and experiment to 'see' what happens. By conducting an experiment from their place of 'not-knowing', they get a response and then they have an initial piece of evidence. So I appreciate hypothetical concerns, but an EXPERIMENT will provide you the evidence you seek. Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/6/2012 2:16 PM
Roz, Glad you enjoyed the book! Sounds like you are having some interesting lucid dreams. In your second lucid dream, you kind of get freaked out and end the lucid dream prematurely. So most every lucid dreamer has felt surprised by events or energy that happens in a response to a request. And with experience, we normally learn to accept and trust that our inner awareness knows our limits (and its response is caring and helpful). But the first few times, it can push our comfort zone. So hang in there, and develop a sense of trust. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Roz 5/3/2012 2:27 PM
Hi, I enjoyed your book immensely. A few days ago I finally had a successful lucid dream (DILD) quite unexpectedly. I got up around 4am to go to the bathroom and when I returned to bed I didn't feel sleepy so I started reading CNN news stories on my phone. Next thing you know I dozed off to sleep to then realize I was dreaming about being a secret service agent but it seemed more like a secret service frat party and then I became fully lucid for the first time. There were a lot of people around. So right off the bat, I began shouting to speak to my subconscious. A man and a woman approached me and answered my questions. That was pretty remarkable. I was giddy for 2 days. So, this morning I tried WBTB on purpose and it worked like a charm. Except something freaky happened and I chickened out and woke myself up. In the dream, I was playing with my niece and realized I was dreaming because I knew she was actually asleep. Almost immediately that scene faded and I began moving dow
nancy Jiminez 5/2/2012 6:07 PM
thank you for your answer my problem is when I say to my self something I would like to become a belief there is a part of me and I think everyone has it from conditioning from doctors , news stations etc that what we are trying to do is not possible. I would like to know how to remove the part of me that says"come on thats not possible" or most scientists don't believe this is possible etc I dont think just saying them in the lucid dream is enough so would feeling a belief work? Submitted By: nancy Jiminez
Robert Waggoner 5/2/2012 3:44 PM
Hi Nancy, So a belief is a mental thought that we repeatedly tell ourselves, and come to believe as true. In the waking world, we change beliefs by repeatedly telling ourselves something different, and seek out information that supports the apparent truth of the 'new belief'. So we may need to tell ourselves repeatedly, "My body is naturally healthy and vibrant" and then read stories about how bodies stay healthy naturally because of their strong immune system, etc. In effect, we stop entertaining negative beliefs, and imagine ourselves up-rooting it and replacing it with the constructive belief. lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/2/2012 3:39 PM
Hi Claudia, Interesting. The value of hypnosis is that it allows us to narrow our focus to specific suggestions and 'accept' them. Various people obtain different levels of hypnotic depth, and different results. So the 'resistance' seems more at the surface level of conscious doubts and concerns. It does not seem at the level of the hidden observer, which only 'observes'. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/2/2012 3:28 PM
Hi Magdalia, Lucid dreaming teaches us to 'use' our mental expectations, beliefs, intent, focus and 'will'. So we learn to let go of negative expectations (like, 'Don't wake up!' - which is a kind of negative expectation, just as "Don't think of the white bear' is kind of a suggestion to ourselves). Instead, we learn to focus on precisely what we want, and expect it. So if we find that we can not produce a basketball out of thin air, then we 'expect' it will be in the next room, and we walk in there and find it. By projecting the response elsewhere, we more likely experience it. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Nancy Jiminez 5/2/2012 10:14 AM
hello robert i read your book and have a question that doesn't seem to be answered I get sick often and i think this is because I believe and expect this to happen as well as get pimples on my face after eating fatty foods I would like to remove these subconscious beliefs and expectations from my mind to stop getting sick and to remove my pimples from my face but how do I remove a limiting belief or expectations that are effecting me negatively thanks Submitted By: Nancy Jiminez
claudia lozano 5/1/2012 8:48 PM
hi robert I was doing some thinking about hypnosis and lucid dreams for changing beliefs and helping healing. I was thinking the reason hypnosis isn't 100 percent sucesful and fails a lot of times is that the hidden observer we have is a part of ourselves that doubts the affirmations said by the hypnotist such as a hypnotist saying my tumor will melt away and then a part of ourselves saying this is impossible therefore the hypnosis not being effective because of our inner resistance Submitted By: claudia lozano
Magdalia Mckey 4/30/2012 5:42 PM
Hi I am able to become lucid a lot now but when I become lucid I suddenly think don't wake up and I wake up like i quickly have an image in my mind of me in bed or I get really scared in the dream for no reason like at the point of shaking like watching a scary movie type feeling I also have a lot of doubt when doing this like asking the dream a question or making things appear out of nothingness that i can't seem to shake like i will say a basketball will appear in my hands but it doesn't because of doubt Submitted By: Magdalia Mckey
Robert Waggoner 4/26/2012 10:57 PM
Hi TigerA, Normally if a person can get into a relaxed state, and then ask something like, "What does my block to lucid dreaming feel like?" As you get into the feeling, then follow the feeling, and it will likely lead you to some fear laden belief (e.g., if I lucid dream, I will be too powerful). If you take time, you can see that this is a belief that you have chosen, and can be changed, if you wish -- just like you change a jacket. So normally the fear involves power, or something like 'If I lucid dream, I will change my idea about....' (reality, or a personal viewpoint) and the person does not care to change. Finally, some people have the view that lucid dreaming is against the normal order of things ( and need to read my early chapters again). Hope that helps! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/26/2012 10:49 PM
Hi Paco, In my book, there is a chapter on apparent physical healings, using 'intent' in lucid dreaming. I suggest that you read that and decide on the best plan of action, while in the waking state. Then when you become lucid, you will be ready to activate your intent. Lucid wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
TigerA 4/26/2012 9:59 PM
Hi Robert, I am a very vivid and active dreamer, have many mystical and powerful dreams, but rarely have lucid dreams. I have become interested in developing my lucid dreaming skills, but feel some sort of block about diving into it. Have you run accross such blocks personally or with others? What do you think are the possible causes for feeling some sort of inhibition to trying lucid dreaming? Thanks so much for your feedback! Submitted By: TigerA
Robert Waggoner 4/23/2012 7:48 PM
Hi Andrew, I've been traveling, so thanks for your patience. Some people claim that they spontaneously began lucid dreaming after starting a meditation practice (like Soto Zen, for example). So practices that encourage observing one's mental state may lead to lucidity, as the person observes their mental state in dreaming and concludes, "This is a dream!". In my blog, I call this developing a 'lucid mindset' -- where a person actively begins a mental practice of examining their state of mind during the day, and it transfers over to their dreaming, and they become lucid. For me, I began to see waking life as a function of my beliefs, expectations, emotions and ideas, and so during the day I would ask, "Why did that just happen? What beliefs are behind it?" But then this thinking occurred in dreaming, when strange things happened, and I'd realize, "I am dreaming this!" Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Paco 4/20/2012 4:52 PM
Hi robert I recently went through a big growth spurt and got stretch marks all over my body. I did some research on them and it seems there not actually scars with scar formation but occur due to hormonal changes effecting collagen and elastin production in the skin and there is not cure because elastin can't be regenerated with lasers yet. I think lucid dreaming could cure them but I am not sure how to go about it your advice please? best Submitted By: Paco
AndrewM 4/19/2012 8:52 PM
Can you talk about the relationship between mindfulness/meditation and lucid dreaming? Do you think mindfulness practice increases the frequency of lucid dreams? Thanks! Submitted By: AndrewM
Robert 4/18/2012 11:18 AM
Hi Jeffrey, Thanks for your comments and interesting questions. Essentially, the current 'you' exists by virture of the waking self and the inner Self. Most of us completely ignore and remain out of touch with it. But here is a Jungian kind of example: You intuitively listen to an impulse to go into a store, and run into an old friend from grade school (who you have been thinking of lately). So in this synchronicity, I feel the inner Self creates an impulse (which the waking self can accept or ignore) for the growth and fulfillment of the individual. In essence, most spiritual traditions encourage greater listening (via meditation, dissociation, etc) so they can awaken to this inner Self and integrate with it. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert
Robert 4/18/2012 11:07 AM
Hi ShooshTime, I have addressed this question more fully in earlier posts here. In general, I recommend that people develop natural lucid dreaming abilities first. I have tried galantamine about three times with mixed results. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert
Jeffrey 4/17/2012 5:57 PM
Hi Robert, amazing book you've written. I have a question regarding your opinion of the Inner Self. Is it possible for it to affect physical reality? I've experienced an extreme amount of synchronicities in a single day and I've experienced signs from it on a DAILY BASIS! Do you think the Inner Self is similar to what new Agers and theosophists term the Higher Self? Also how much power does it have and is connecting with it a "short cut" to spiritual understanding or is there a higher being I should try to communicate with? I see the Inner Self as the jungian Self yet Jung never elaborated on the effect the jungian Self had on physical reality. Also is completely merging with it and experiencing ego death possible similar to figures like Ramana Maharshi? Submitted By: Jeffrey
ShooshTime 4/16/2012 2:15 PM
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my previous question, i'm also curious if you have ever taken supplements to help increase your lucid dreaming such as Galantamine with Choline or Huperzine A? Thank you, ShooshTime Submitted By: ShooshTime
Robert Waggoner 4/16/2012 9:25 AM
Hi Jessica -- this is Robert Waggoner ( and not Peter). Yes, I believe that lucid dreaming can have a real effect on people's lives. Experienced lucid dreamers use this state to deal with issues of emotional health and sometimes physical health, too. Numerous therapists have taught people with recurring nightmares (from PTSD ) to become consciously aware in the dream state and face the nightmarish figure. Often after one lucid dream, they no longer have that recurring nightmare and regain normal sleep. Also people use lucid dreaming to seek out creativity (like ask to see the most incredible painting that they could paint, etc.), and investigate deep spiritual questions. Sadly, the culture denigrates dreaming as useless, and lucid dreaming as not important, because of a lack of understanding. Even after validated by science, people still say lucid dreaming is impossible. So much more education is needed. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/16/2012 9:17 AM
Hi ShooshTime, Thanks for your question. Yes. In my book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, you can find an entire chapter on mutual lucid dreaming. It includes a number of experiences from a variety of experienced lucid dreamers and also discusses the complexities of this specific topic. So I encourage you to find a library and check out the book, or borrow a friend's copy. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jessica 4/14/2012 6:09 PM
Hi Peter, I'm writing a research project about lucid dreaming for my high school senior project and was wondering if you could answer one or two questions? I would love to get an experienced lucid dreamer's perspective! 1. Do you believe that lucid dreaming can have a positive real and tangible effect on people's lives? 2. Have you ever had anyone react negatively or oddly to the revelation that you practice lucid dreaming? Why do you think there are so many misunderstandings about lucid dreaming? Thank you so much for your help and time! Submitted By: Jessica
ShooshTime 4/13/2012 8:00 PM
Have you experienced shared dreams personally? If so, how many times do you believe you have had a shared dream? And were you lucid or non lucid while the shared dreams took place? Thanks for your time. Submitted By: ShooshTime
Robert Waggoner 4/12/2012 1:14 PM
Hi Eliza, Some answers for you: I taught myself to lucid dream at age 17. Before that time, I recalled one lucid dream around age 12 or 13. Initially, I devised a method from the Carlos Castaneda book, Journey to Ixtlan, where I would look at my hands before sleep and try to see them. Visit www.dreaminglucid.com and click "How to Lucid Dream" for my favorite techniques. Best for beginners -- either suggestion or the Castaneda technique. Sorry, nothing 'guarantees' a lucid dream, but things can increase the probability. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/12/2012 1:11 PM
Hi Bryce, I do believe that lucid dreaming can help show us that energy, matter and consciousness are one (currently science holds that enegy and matter are one). And also, that on some level, these all inter-connect directly, which explains Carl Jung's idea of synchronicity and many other incredible phenomena. Lucid wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Eliza 4/11/2012 5:40 PM
I am a high school student doing an English paper about lucid dreaming, and I was wondering if you could answer my questions about actually learning to dream lucidly: How old were you when you began dreaming lucidly? Were you a natural, or did you have to teach yourself? If you were self-taught, what methods did you use? What is, in your opinion, the best method for learning to dream lucidly? How does it work? What are some things that can make a person realize they are dreaming? (For example: lights don't work, writing is jumbled, etc.) What sort of technology is currently available to assist people in having lucid dreams? Is there anything that guarantees a lucid dream? If there is no such thing currently, do you expect there to be something like that in the future? Any answers you could give to these questions would be very much appreciated. Thanks! Submitted By: Eliza
bryce 4/11/2012 10:51 AM
thank you for your answer it is very helpful After reading your book a lot of made me think about the theories that the world is a hologram and thats how everything is connected and beliefs expectations and thoughts influence reality. do you feel this way or is there a theory you agree with? Roger penroses theories work as well i think with lucid dreaming Submitted By: bryce
Robert Waggoner 4/10/2012 12:09 PM
Hi Bryce, If I were you, I would clearly identify the "limiting belief area" (the specific area) while waking. Then I would devise the wording to 'remove it' and the exact wording to plant the new belief to take its place. I would memorize and practice this wording -- then the next time I became lucid, I would announce it to the lucid dream and your larger Self. So picking a possible example, a person might say, "Hey larger Self! Uproot my limiting beliefs about ______ and let grow and flourish new beliefs of my _________ " In the waking state, support your new beliefs by watering them with your positive expectation and future imagined growth and flourishing. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/10/2012 12:01 PM
Brandon, Thanks for your question about your lucid dreams in which the dream symbol of your mom appears. As you mention, she appears when you are in a lucid dream and doing things that seem "inappropriate or wrong" and she stares and makes you feel uncomfortable. So you see the connection -- mom appears when I do inappropriate things. If this was my lucid dream, I would begin to wonder if "mom" exists as a dream symbol of things like disapproval, moral authority, judgment? And if so, then I would say that my sense of guilt about "inappropriate" things naturally leads to my subconscious response of creating 'mom' (to represent the guilt that I feel). Lots of lucid dreamers have this to some degree -- in my case, it was the police; my subconscious would bring them into the lucid dream to restore 'order'. So the problem does not seem mom, and the problem does not seem inappropriate things, the problem involves the feelings of guilt. If we deal with those feelings, then a symbol li
Bryce 4/8/2012 10:18 AM
sorry to ask a similar question but I was wondering what the best way is to remove some limiting beliefs and doubts about some things. For example I became lucid in a burger joint a few nights ago but didn't remember what to say. Do I say remove all doubt from my mind about this or remove limiting beliefs. Do I just say the words or whats the best way to do this? thank you Submitted By: Bryce
Brandon Sever 4/7/2012 2:51 PM
Hi Robert, I just want to say thank you for writing such an amazing book about lucid dreaming! And I have a question, in many of my dreams my mom appears and idk why but she always appears when I might be doing things that are inappropriate or wrong and she just stares at me and makes me feel really uncomfortable. Even though I know im dreaming and try to get rid of her, she wont leave. Do you know why or have any suggestions? Thanks! Submitted By: Brandon
Robert Waggoner 4/3/2012 1:08 PM
Hi Andy, Thanks for your questions about lucid dreaming. In general, I agree with Jane Roberts that "All time is Now". But yes, I have done things in the lucid dreaming state to influence the waking reality state. Regarding shape shifting, my book mentions some examples of people shape shifting while lucidly aware. Another more profound example can be found in the interview with Ian Wilson in The Lucid Dream Exchange. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/3/2012 1:05 PM
Hi Samson, Glad to hear that you are having some fascinating lucid dreams. As a person goes deeper into lucid dreaming, many interesting and unusual sensations can be felt. Regarding your question, yes, I have felt energetically affected by lucid dreaming in my waking body. Though sometimes, the feeling may dissipate in days, a person can have lasting affects. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/3/2012 1:01 PM
Hi Laura Lee, It sounds like you have had some interesting lucid dream experiences! Wonderful. If you ever wish to write an article about your realizations for the magazine I co-edit ( The Lucid Dream Exchange at dreaminglucid.com ), please go there and submit a story or story idea. We always enjoy new insights and lessons based on actual lucid dream experience. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Andy Gonzalez 4/3/2012 3:45 AM
Hello Robert Waggoner my name is Andy Gonzalez and i have two questions so first question have you done changing the past time travel via lucid dreaming to influence your action on waking reality?????? and second question have you done shape shiting via lucid dreaming to influence your appearance on waking reality?????? Submitted By: Andy Gonzalez
Samson 4/2/2012 8:38 PM
Hi Robert, I have been having some really fascinating lucid dreams lately! I was wondering if in any of your lucid dreams your energy body has been affected? Let me give 3 brief examples. In one lucid dream where I met and conversed with a dream figure of my deceased father, prior to the lucid awareness stage I felt a pulsing on a lower forehead in the area above the centre of my brow. A few nights later in a lucid dream I decided to shoot into the air. Upon waking I had an intense pressure in my hands and running up my arms. Upon getting up to record my experience the sensations immediately subsided. Big cheers!! Submitted By: Samson
Laura Lee 4/2/2012 4:19 PM
Thank you so much for writing this book, Lucid Dreaming-Gateway to the Inner Self. I've learned so much from it and was able to implement some of the techniques to further my progress in lucid dreaming. I'd like to share some of the things I've learned, such as while you're dreaming you can focus your mind to:stay in a dream state, stay in a lucid state, remember what your goal is to progress to another level, experience the 5 senses, control your emotions and create dreams. I've been able to help empower others to face their fear in dreams and for others to wake themselves from a fearful dream by focussing on an object in the dream long enough to bring them back to consicousness. I hope this information will help others in their endeavors. Thanks again. Submitted By: Laura Lee
Robert Waggoner 4/2/2012 1:12 PM
Hi Roshita, Your English is very good. Thank you for your questions. My current job is educating people how to lucid dream and become better lucid dreamers. I am not a psychologists, but have a deep interest in psychological issues. Some people do not remember their dreams because they do not care about dreams. Those people need to suggest, "Tonight, I will easily remember my dreams" and write them down when they wake. But some people do not wish to remember dreams, since they feel dreams are frightful and scary. These people need to tell their inner self that they will now allow their dreaming to return. IASD is an organization of people who investigate all aspects of dreaming, and have annual conferences about it. Join it at www.asdreams.org Sorry, but my salary is private -- however, dreaming has brought me inner riches of understanding, growth and insight - so my life is abundant. Thanks! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Roshita Roke 3/31/2012 4:04 AM
(Sorry for the Broken English. I can't english well because I'm Korean) Hello? I'm a Korean student who was reading your book, Lucid Dreaming gateway to the inner self. When I read it, you became my role-model. I google you about your book and Facebook-Group etc.. Q1. I want to know more about you. What is your job? just a psychologist? (When I was searching about psychologist, there are so many kinds of psychologist. For example a child psychologist, profiler etc.) Q2. In your book, Lucid Dreaming gateway to the inner self introduce me the MILD-technique. But this technique can use when I was dreaming but I can't remember my dreaming. How can I do? Q3. I want to know that what I.A.S.D do? Just an organization of research for Dreaming? Now I'm 17 years old, How can I join IASD? Q4. I want to know about your salary. How much money do you get in year? Reply me as soon as possible. I can't wait your answer! Good bye~ My role-Model~ Submitted By: Roshita Roke
Robert Waggoner 3/29/2012 2:45 PM
Hi Pili, A wonderful lucid dream of getting rid of stress! Thanks for sharing that with all of us (and taking my workshop). I particularly like the part where you add your make-up by "willing it" in the lucid dream! That is beautiful. Okay, but next time, remember: When I find myself lucid in my next dream, I will sit down and meditate. Then see what happens. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 3/29/2012 2:41 PM
Paco, I feel the greatest potential for 'growth' from the practice of lucid dreaming involves seeing how your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, intent and all help co-create the dream experience. Then transferring that understanding to the waking life, such that you seriously begin to look at your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, intents and all with the idea to actively change them in order to change your waking life. In a lucid dream, of course, you could shout out to the awareness behind the dream, "For the next month, allow me to be, Free of unnecessary insecurities!" I say "unnecessary" ones, since a necessay insecurity (walking on a bridge made of string) show be noted and cause you to assess the situation. Best wishes on your journey! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Pili 3/28/2012 1:29 PM
Hi Robert! I just want to share a lucid dream ( well, may be semi lucid, because i didn´t remember my real goal: meditate) in wich i was witnesing my dream,and just changing the parts of the dream wich were stressing me or wich i didn´t like. Here is my dream: (13/03/2012) I was in the wedding of my sister in law and my brother, i was traveling with another person, i was already dressed for the wedding when i suddenly realiced thet i forget my make- up! ( i didn´t like this, so i said: no! i want my make up in the dream,) and my make up appeared. After, i was caring for my little nephews ( two of them) when my sister in low ( the bride) wanted to be with them, but i had lost one of my nephews and i was looking for him,( i didn´t like this part of the dream, so i said: No!, i don´t like this!, i want" Carlos" to be here! I´m going to find it in the next corner) so i find Carlos in the corner and i gave it to his mother. Interesting, isn´t it? In fact i wake up very happy, I ha
paco 3/23/2012 1:36 PM
hello robert what is the best way to use lucid dreaming for growth. For example getting over insecurities or self doubt. Should I yell out in the dream "remove all doubt about this" or "I am no longer insecure in waking life" thank you Submitted By: paco
Robert Waggoner 3/8/2012 10:19 AM
Hi Samson, I also noticed some lucid dreams which seemed fairly dark (like a 20 watt light). Normally by shouting, "More light!", the dream would provide more light. So try that. And if it does not work, try the opposite, shouting, "More darkness, please!" and see what happens. If neither approaches work, I suggest that you need to 'expect' the result (and not 'wish' it or hope that it happens). To your question about spontaneously floating in lucid dreams, it may be a result of your knowledge or belief that gravity does not exist in a lucid dream (in my book, I ask, "Why does an apple fall in a lucid dream?" - and respond that the only apple or lucid dreamer that falls is the one who believes in falling). You may hold this knowledge beneath conscious awareness, and so it effects the lucid dream, nonetheless. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 3/8/2012 10:19 AM
Hi Samson, I also noticed some lucid dreams which seemed fairly dark (like a 20 watt light). Normally by shouting, "More light!", the dream would provide more light. So try that. And if it does not work, try the opposite, shouting, "More darkness, please!" and see what happens. If neither approaches work, I suggest that you need to 'expect' the result (and not 'wish' it or hope that it happens). To your question about spontaneously floating in lucid dreams, it may be a result of your knowledge or belief that gravity does not exist in a lucid dream (in my book, I ask, "Why does an apple fall in a lucid dream?" - and respond that the only apple or lucid dreamer that falls is the one who believes in falling). You may hold this knowledge beneath conscious awareness, and so it effects the lucid dream, nonetheless. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 3/8/2012 10:12 AM
Hi Lauri, Thanks for writing and telling us about your interesting lucid dream. As I mention in my book, a deceased dream figure may be a symbolic representation of the deceased or possibly the spiritual essence of the person. To rationally determine that would require getting information from them, that you do not know. So next time, get ready with some questions that might provide you 'evidence' - and do not pester them with relatively unimportant issues. Continued success! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Samson 3/7/2012 9:45 PM
Hi Robert, I have two questions to ask you. First, often when I become lucid in my dreams, it is dark. Sure it is night time when I have most of my lucid dreams, but should this affect my dreamscape? I have at times announced to the dream to experience light, or tried LaBerge's spinning technique, but still am faced with the same dreamscape. These account for roughly 33% of my LDs. Second, another curious phenomenon that occurs is that upon becoming lucid in a dream, I will automatically start rising off the ground without the intention to do so. I can usually bring myself back to ground. Does this sound familiar? Looking forward to your next books, especially the second one you have in line. Cheers, Samson Submitted By: Samson
Lauri 3/5/2012 1:27 PM
Hello, Mr. Waggoner, I so appreciate your your book. The other night I had what I guess could be called a near-lucid dream -- the first in many years. In that dream, my Gramps (my late father's Dad, who passed away in 1969) appears before me. I'm thrilled to see him, am very aware that he has been dead all these years. After an exultant embrace and a short conversation, I am suddenly aware that this might be a dream, and start asking him if there is an afterlife or is this merely a dream? Over and over, he evades my questions, tries to get away from me in a crowd of people, and finally morphs into a different man, of about 35. Soon thereafter, I am with my Auntie Joy, my Dad's aunt, who died in the 60's. Again, I'm overwhelmed with joy, tell her of seeing Gramps, and start pummeling her with questions about the afterlife. She deftly sidesteps my questions, but mentions that my beloved, recently deceased father had a "difficult" crossing. She said that they had to give him
Robert Waggoner 2/26/2012 1:10 PM
Hi Maya, Glad you are enjoying my book. The hidden observer or awareness behind the dream seems truly profound. So best wishes on your exploration.... To your question - as I recall in the Castaneda books, don Juan said that people without children had a greater capacity to make significant and profound life changes in an instance. Then Castaneda said that he knew a man with children, who up and left his wife for a younger woman, etc. Don Juan countered, by saying that the man had used the single woman's energy to make this change. In any case, don Juan never said that lucid dreaming was restricted to people with (or without) children. I know lots and lots of people with children, who are excellent lucid dreamers. So perhaps a 'change' in beliefs and expectations are in order? Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Maya 2/23/2012 1:24 PM
Hi Robert I've just bought your book and am particularly fascinated by your focus on the hidden observer. I intend to ask the voice in my dream: 'Who are you?' I'm looking forward to the answer ... Odd question: do you have children? Like you, I came to lucid dreaming via the Castaneda route. As you may be aware, in a couple of his books, don Juan advises against having children, saying they 'take your edge' which is apparently needed for dreaming. This belief has got under my skin and I can't seem to shake it off. I've held this belief for about 14 years. I know this seems weak-minded and probably is; nevertheless, the issue remains, no matter how often I chide myself for accepting others' beliefs as truth. The perfect answer is that you do have children! But if not, would you please give me your opinion on the topic? Many thanks, Maya Submitted By: Maya
Robert Waggoner 1/30/2012 1:35 PM
Hi Max, Happy to hear that reading my book helped you have your first lucid dream (which unfortunately got cut off by my message service - but for everyone else, Max meets an interesting dream figure who shows him some amazing things with a ball of green light). To your question about having another lucid dream, I suggest taking one of lucid dreaming methods from the appendix in my book, and simply trying it every night. Don't pressure yourself overmuch - just read about lucid dreaming before going to sleep, do one of the techniques faithfully and expect to have a lucid dream. Sometimes when we get too excited about lucid dreaming, we over-do it. So relax. Have fun with it. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/30/2012 1:30 PM
Hi gab, Thanks for your question. Anyone who has a medical condition should consult a qualified physician for help with proper diagnosis and aid. When you read my chapter on healing and lucid dreams, you will see that almost everyone was under a doctor's care. From your note, it appears that you do not know 'what' you have (a harmless freckle or something else). So I urge you to see a dermatologist. Now then, for a lucid dreamer who wishes to try and effect their physical body while lucid, they do not need to 'go' anywhere in the lucid dream. Instead, they need to stabilize the lucid dream. Once stable, they just need to announce their intent (in your case, it is in the form of a chant), and then see what happens. However, if your intent is to 'heal' something that is already healthy, then do not be surprised if nothing happens.... Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/30/2012 1:21 PM
Hi Sarah, Glad you enjoyed my book! Best wishes as you go deeper into lucid dreaming. I hope at some point that you ask a question of the 'awareness behind the dream' and see what happens. To your question, the main researcher on personality and lucid dreaming is Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D. I interviewed her for the Lucid Dream Exchange and she comments on that question. Basically, she found lucid dreamers tend to relate to space differently (they do better in field independence studies, as I recall) and may have better balance than non-lucid dreamers. Of course they recall their dreams, too! In any case, please google my interview with Dr. Gackenbach. Good luck with your article. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sarah 1/27/2012 12:08 PM
Hi Robert, I purchased and read your book on lucid dreaming a year or so ago. I found it very informative in confronting my struggles with dream interactions and different levels of consciousness I was trying to reach. I think lucid dreaming is something more should hear about and I have been tasked with writing an informative article for one my classes in professional writing about lucid dreaming. I was hoping you could give me a short comment on whether personality relates to being able to lucid dream or if its something virtually anyone is capable of? I wish you the best and hope your work brings you more recognition and success to come! Submitted By: Sarah
gab 1/25/2012 3:15 PM
Hi Robert! I would like to ask for help in self-healing. I have a suspicious freckle on my back. When I got lucid, I wanted to go to ‘my higher self’ because I have read, that it will be better place to try to self-heal. Do I need to go there, or just any place when I become lucid will do? My LDs are really short. When falling asleep, I used the affirmation from your book “My hand shoots an energy beam, to heal my…with power supreme” and visualized the place in need of healing, but didn’t get a chance yet to try it in LD, because saying ‘Now I experience my higher self’ and thinking about my back makes me wake up. Is it better to ask the healing energy of the universe to heal me (or should I say exactly what I want it to do - get rid of the mole and all it’s illness, or more to the point - to shrink it, have it fall off?), or say my mantra about hand shooting energy beam and do it myself? I would love to try all possible healing techniques, but my LDs tend to be rather shor
Max M 1/23/2012 2:37 PM
Wow cool it looks like you actually reply to these. I'm Max from Kansas City and I have been pretty interested in lucid dreaming for the past year or so. I have been recording my dreams in a journal for this past year, but have taken no other steps to lucid dreaming until about 3 weeks ago. I got an amazon gift card for Christmas and bought "Gateway to the inner Self" and a few other books about lucid dreaming. I decided to read yours first, probably after a week of reading it, I had my first lucid dream using the MILD technique I read in the back of the book, the Castaneda hand technique didn't seem to be working so far. So I was having a ND where I was driving in a speed race on an airborne track in a city, I ended up driving off of the edge to fall to my "death" which obviously woke me up, I remembered my goal and fell back into the same dream, strangely I proceeded to drive off of the edge 2 more times, waking up each time. The 4th time back into the dream, I ended up on a bicycle
Robert Waggoner 1/23/2012 11:57 AM
Hi Tyler, Thanks for sending me your long lucid dream. As you know from reading my book, dream figures vary in many ways -- some seem unintelligent and unresponsive, while others seem as lucid and intelligent (or even moreso) as the lucid dreamer! So it makes for some interesting, and sometimes confusing interactions. For this reason, I suggest that lucid dreamers ignore the dream figures and ask questions of the non-visible awareness behind the dream. Just shout out your question to that awareness and see what happens in response. Since the dream message seems confusing and powerful, you may wish to incubate a dream in which the message or intent of the earlier dream is made clear. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/23/2012 11:52 AM
Hi Pilar, Thanks for your email, and I hope you can attend my month long seminar that begins Feb 4, 2012. Some meditators find that they naturally begin to have lucid dreams as a possible side effect of meditating. Congratulations! Also as you have experienced, it is possible to bring waking awareness directly into sleep, as you fall asleep. By email, I have sent you a longer response to your question about 'levels' in lucid dreaming - since this is something that some have noticed and is a bit complex to explain. Best wishes and continued success! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Tyler 1/21/2012 11:04 AM
Hi Robert, I'm so grateful to have found your work on lucid dreaming. I've been dreaming for the past few years, and many authors I've read just to not get into the details like I would hope. Below is a lucid dream, and I've been struggling about the implications of the message I was provided with by a "master". I think about this dream every day. If you have any advice, I would so greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Tyler I will post the contents of the dream in regular font, and italics will indicate my commentary on the dream. I am at a party in a dimly lit room in a house. It might as well have been a library room. I do not really know any of the other guests at the party, but we were all drawn to the party by mysterious circumstances. Each person was summoned to the party by either clues and hints, or direct invitation from an unknown host. One girl at the party told me she had received a list of library books she had to read before coming to the party. A few
Pili Vallet 1/21/2012 4:56 AM
Hi Robert! I´m Pilar vallet from Spain. I´use to meditated every day, so i use to observe my mind´s contents, and i try to be aware in my awake life. The past year i had a lot of lucid experiences in my dreams, but connecting with the awareness above the dream. I noticed that the awake state and the dream sate were almost the same, that dream and death were related.I use to cross aware the border between the awake and dream world. I Use to observe how the thoughts became diferent images.... and then i was in the dream state and i was aware anyways. I didn´t knew nothing about lucid dreams, so i went to speak with Jordi Borràs, a member of your dreaming association in Spain, and he began to explain me every thing. Then i read Laberge. I did´t know that i can interact with the dreams, so i did it i began to interact with my dreams figures.After i read Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, s book.And now i contact you. I think i´m going to do your internet course. But i realiced that when i am i
Robert Waggoner 1/2/2012 11:00 AM
Hi Frank, The inner Self seems a larger component of the waking self (which we normally think of as the 'I'), but does not seem equal to the Source or Creator or All That Is. So why does the inner Self act as it does? My best guess -- we seem involved in an educational system of fulfillment and (psychological, spiritual, emotional and creative) growth. So just as a Teacher poses questions to students and provides teaching aids, but does not complete the test for the student, this reality or system acts to pose questions and challenges to us in hope that we will learn and grow. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
frank 12/28/2011 5:27 AM
Hi Robert life changing book thank you. In your Opinion? If the inner self or hidden observer is capable of healing and curing disease and providing infinite knowledge that could aid people why it doesn't. Why does the inner self not heal people with cancer or help poor people make money for their family. Is the inner self only responsive when actively sought out. So that people not knowing it's there never get help from it. Is the inner self god? Submitted By: frank
Robert Waggoner 12/6/2011 11:33 AM
Hi Rachel, So glad to hear how much you enjoyed my book. Dream figures and their responses are very interesting, since they often seem (in a sense) 'alive' within the dream and as aware as the lucid dreamer. To your question about dreaming with others, please go back to my book chapters on mutual lucid dreaming and also, dream telepathy. There you will see many instances of apparent interaction within the dimension of lucid dreams, which are later verified. Someday, I feel scientific evidence will emerge to support accepting this idea. I feel dreaming shows us the immense complexity of the mind - and lucid dreaming could act as the scientific tool to explore and validate that complexity. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Rachel 12/5/2011 3:25 AM
Hello Robert! First I'd like to say that I really enjoyed your book! It has helped me tremendously with my lucid dreams. I started lucid dreaming when I was about 12 and I had no idea what was going on or how it was even possible- Many years later I stumbled upon your book. I'm glad I found your book because no one that I knew had had a lucid dream which made me feel weird. Anyways I recently have been having vivid LONG lucid dreams. I forget most of it because they have been so long, but last night I remembered part of my dream. I was trying to find someone in my dream that somehow could be an actual real person dreaming in the same "realm". This idea came to me after I have talked to many characters in my dreams and they all tell me that they are not dreams! They always get upset or they will say " No you are in my dream" or "Maybe your in my dream?" I know that sounds super out there, but have you ever dealt with people dreaming the same thing? Or has it ever crosse
Robert Waggoner 11/22/2011 11:22 AM
Hi Kyle, Good question! A lot of dreamers feel that writing them in the 'present tense' (as if they are happening at that moment) helps a person to recall them more accurately (and more fully engage them as inner events). Though our 9th grade English teacher is unlikely to grade our dream journal, the most important thing is developing the 'practice' of remembering and the intent to become lucidly aware. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Kyle 11/19/2011 3:16 AM
Hi Robert, I keep a dream journal but I am worried I'm not writing things down the right way. I was never the best in English class so I'm not sure if I should record my dreams in past or present tense. I like keeping the dream log because it helps my recall significantly, any feedback on how to properly records my dreams would be great. Thank you Submitted By: Kyle
Robert Waggoner 11/9/2011 2:57 PM
Hi Caleb, Thanks for all of your questions. Some of them require very lengthy responses, which is hard to do in this short space. In general terms, I feel that the non-visible 'awareness behind the dream' seems the most creative and far-sighted awareness within the lucid dream, so it seems best to ask questions of it. It, I assume, is our larger Self (as Jung theorized), inasmuch as its creativity and knowledge goes beyond that of the ego/waking self's. And yes, I feel you can reach this same level of awareness through things like meditation (but it may take lots of practice and self-work). To your question about healing, lucid dreaming seems an approach that deserves scientific attention since it appears to be relatively successful. Lucid dreaming serves everyone by helping us see a more accurate depiction of waking reality and the nature of the Self. In the final analysis, energy, matter and consciousness may be 'one', so in that sense, I may be offering a pan-psychic viewpoi
caleb 11/9/2011 10:16 AM
Hi robert. I read your book about a year ago and and that time I wanted to control the dream and assumed I did. I was disappointed reading the sailor does not control the sea but after re reading it I am much happier About a year ago exactly at this time I was lucid dreaming and looking for answer so In a few lucid dreams I would become conscious then I asked a dream character a business question and he said how am I suppose to know. I was surprised by this and discouraged and discarded lucid dreaming as useless. I re read your book and read it's better to contact the source of the dream for answers and it seems very Submitted By: caleb
Robert Waggoner 11/8/2011 12:20 PM
Hi Paul, Thanks for recommending my book to others! Since I do not have a marketing person, I am dependent upon word of mouth and radio shows (like the one with Marcia Emery). Like many of us long time dreamers and lucid dreamers, you too have come to wonder, "who creates the dream?" I feel lucid dreaming can help us see that 'behind the dream' lies an inner self or objective psyche, which co-creates the dream in association with the person having (and inter-acting with) the dream. Lucid dreaming, I believe, can provide the scientific evidence to validate that this inner self actually exists (and I hope more Jungians read my book, so they can see how many ideas of Jung can be tested through experiments with lucid dreamers). Lucid dreaming's revolutionary potential to shake up science and psychology has yet to be actualized and I look forward to that day -- since it will open us to a more intelligent view of the psyche and our place in this world. Lucid wishes! Submitted By:
Robert Waggoner 11/8/2011 12:10 PM
Hi Tim, Thanks for your note and I'm glad you liked the book! Your lucid dreams sound fascinating, so feel free to submit them for publication in my magazine, the Lucid Dream Exchange at www.dreaminglucid.com As you noted, dream figures often seem more aware than the lucid dreamer (and aware before the lucid dreamer becomes lucid)! So it is great that you have such a positive and supportive dream environment. In my book, I recount a few similar experiences. And yes, others have noticed this same thing, including the German psychologist and researcher, Paul Tholey, who researched the 'creativity' of dream figures while lucid. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Paul Hartsuyker 11/7/2011 7:00 PM
Robert, Hello... I was listening to you with Marcia Emery, was at the Berkeley IASD conference, have your book and recommend it unreservedly, thank you. I had posted the following on my page in (Facebook, Google+) but it is a bit too esoteric for general consumption, so I thought to ask you. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge in books and here. Paul For those who don't know me, I have maintained a Dream Journal, for "3? decades" and have used this dialogue as a growth experience and knowledge training opportunity, seeing patterns in rapid evolution, sifting out the repeated motifs, noting the 'unusual," as I sit here, listening to a video stream on NPR from Robert Louis Stevenson and his encounters with "the little people," who helped him in his writings. The question that was posed included the puzzle, who is the 'creator' of dreams. If I claim them to be of my own creation(?), how do I become surprised, or alarmed and frightened. James Hollis (Depth Psychology author/anal
Tim Terhorst 11/6/2011 10:51 AM
Dear Robert, first of all I want to thank you for your work and the great book you wrote. Its very inspiring. I picked it up a week ago and I have all ready experienced two lucid dreams (I havent even finished the book)!! It happened so fast i didn't even get the chance to apply your hand method. Now the funny thing is that my dream characters where exually the ones who told and showed me I was dreaming. Instead of denying these where dreams. In my first lucid dream these two girls where even playfully mocking me for not noticing I was dreaming in the first place:p which was kind of hilarious. Dream characters teaching the dreamer to be lucid, is this a known phenomenon? The second lucid dream I experienced last night wich was so impressive and clear and so full of symbolism I had to write you these thumbs up. The flying made me cry. So again thank you so much for all the life changing knowledge. Cheers Tim Submitted By: Tim Terhorst
Robert Waggoner 10/17/2011 12:17 PM
Hi Tarryn, In my book, I have a chapter on lucid dreams of the deceased -- so I encourage you to read it for a fuller response. When lucidly aware, you can have a conversation with the dream figure and ask it questions. Whether the dream figure is a subconscious projection or the spiritual presence of the person seems an appropriate question. In my book, I suggest that one way to answer this is to question the dream figure to provide information that you do not know (but could later verify). If the response seems non-sensical or is not later verified, it would suggest that the dream figure is a thoughtform or subconscious projection (and if you are dreaming about it frequently, it suggests you have unresolved feelings about this figure). If the response seems valid and verifiable, then it seems that you may be in contact with the spirit form of the person. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/17/2011 12:06 PM
Hi Jon, Glad you found my book and enjoyed it! On page 278-279, I mention some 'calming' practices that keep a person from becoming too excited and waking up. Also at my Lucid Dream Exchange website, I have written a paper on "The Crucial, First 30 Seconds of a Lucid Dream" - see http://dreaminglucid.com/crucial.html If you read this closely, it should help you stay in a lucid dream and express your intended goal. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Tarryn 10/17/2011 2:06 AM
Hi Robert, I am very new to lucid dreaming and would like to ask you a question, which I hope doesn't sound to bizarre . There is a person that is deceased who I dream about All the time, would it be possible to use a lucid dream so I can control these dreams, and get some answers from this person? There are psychic mediums that will tell you that if you dream of a deceased person, it may be them "visiting" you - I cant say I believe this 100% so I would like to find out why I am dreaming of this person. What I am trying to ask here is, if I have a lucid dream is it possible to find this person in the lucid dream, and have a conversation with them? Whether it really is them or not, or just my subconscious mind projecting, is something I would like to find out. Thanks so much All the best. Submitted By: Tarryn
Jon 10/14/2011 11:43 AM
Hey Robert. It was by sheer luck that I came across your book after aimlessly wandering into Books-A-Million a few weeks ago. As someone who practices meditation and enjoys the beauty of dreams, I'm fascinated by your experiences with self-discovery. As far as lucid dreaming, I've had a few experiences growing up but never really had the control to keep it going for too long before waking up. In fact, my first experience involved teaching my cousins (or the dream versions of them) how to wake up. Shortly after I began reading your book, I made it a goal to experience more lucid dreams. Over the past few weeks I've had about 3 or 4 dreams in which I realized I was dreaming and became lucid. After taking a close glimpse at my hand, I felt the exhilaration each time. While I was able to gain awareness in these few experiences, I've been having trouble staying aware. I know the idea is to control your emotion to prevent and overload causing you to take up. I was wondering if you have any t
Robert Waggoner 10/13/2011 1:04 PM
Hi Bryce (part 2), So continuing -- it does not seem that a pre-determined world exist (see page 293 in my book); instead we seem to exist in a probable world, where certain future events seem 'probable'. I encourage everyone to experiment for themselves in the lucid dream state. Each person will learn so much more by experimenting (than having someone else answering questions). Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/8/2011 11:34 AM
Hi Bryce, Glad you enjoyed the book! Some of these questions have answers in the book, but I will give you a brief rundown. First, in lucid dreaming (as in life) the experiencer seems embedded in the experience. so your beliefs, expectations, intent, focus, will and self-clarity will reflect (or distort) whatever information you derive from the non-visible awareness behind the dream. Therefore it assists a person to be noble, honest, aware and resolve negative feelings, prejudices, etc. in order to get clear information. Even then, a rational person should experiment. So if the information seems correct 80% of the time, then you have some sort of guage of accuracy (note: info can seem inaccurate because it comes symbolically and you mis-interpret it, etc). Yes, I feel the information seems infinite. No, the inner Self seems much more expansive than the conscious self. Since we live in a probable world, getting precognitive info always contains the risk of probability (no pre-d
bryce 10/6/2011 8:34 AM
Hi Robert I read your book and enjoyed it immensely. I do have a few questions however, Do you think it is possible to get information from a dream that would be considered impossible to know on our own. An example would be asking a medical question to a dream you had no idea about. Do you think knowledge in dreams is infinite, perhaps connected to the universe of a collective unconscious. Do you think the inner self is similar to the conscious self with regards to hopes, dreams etc. Or is it like a wise guardian or protector. Do you think that if time were non linear as in circular we could get information from dreams such as would would win the world series in 2023 or get information regarding cures for diseases from the future or is that impossible. I thought it was interesting in your book when you said Carlos Castenada said some dream figures will give you knowledge for awareness. Like a deal with the devil? Do you think the universe is conscious. Similar to
Robert Waggoner 9/27/2011 4:25 PM
Hi Jim, Thanks for your question about problems with dream recall. First, I highly recommend turning off your cell phone at night, so you are not bothered by text messages or calls. Second, you need to have a dream journal by your bed and make notes in it, after waking from a dream. Those notes can be as simple as the basic things in the dream (e.g. island, vampire, pirate's chest). By seeing those notes in the morning, you can likely reconstruct the dream. Third, ask yourself if there was some time when you stopped remembering your dreams? Sometimes, we have life issues in our family and begin to have nightmares -- then subconsciously we tell ourselves, "No more dreams! They are terrifying." So we have to tell ourselves, "Okay, I'm 20 now, and ready to start dreaming again." Give your dreaming self the green light to go ahead. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jim 9/19/2011 7:25 PM
Hello Robert, thanks for such a great book. I have a question about dream recall. I have been practicing dream recall for months now with little success. I try meditating on dream recall every night and bought your book in order to increase my intent by reading it before bed. Even now, I remember no more than one dream a week. I even keep a journal of dreams. I guess I am a dream recall hardhead. Any advice? Submitted By: Jim
Robert Waggoner 9/13/2011 4:19 PM
Hi Stuart, Thanks for your lucid question (you may have a future in book editing :-). When the sentences between those two quotes are read, you see that the second piece has to do with "what" your "intent" is , and that is why you are focusing there - so it is about one's ultimate "intent". In the first quote, we are talking about the "process" of intending; you concentrate your focus on your goal, and then you "intend" yourself there, whereupon your awareness moves effortlessly towards the focused upon goal (by the process of intending). I hope that explains the distinction. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Stuart Old 9/6/2011 9:20 AM
Yes..So far this is a very informative; instructive; and a good read. Although, I am currently only on page33. Which brings up my troubling question. Rule #8: (The 12th-13th line down from the top of page, in italics) you mention; "Concentrating on the goal as your sole focus, THEN INTENDING yourself there, moves your awareness effortlessly." Then go on down to 18th-19th line (I don't know about anyone else, but there seems to be a slight contradiction going on here; as the text says): "In any case, your FOCUS follows your INTENT, and you find yourself where you want to be." Needless, to say this leaves me wondering, "so which is it?" Maybe you could, please, clarify this for me. Thanks. Stu. Submitted By: Stuart Old
Robert Waggoner 8/26/2011 2:28 PM
Hi Jason, Sorry for the time lag in responding -- I was on vacation for much of it. When it comes to dream locations, they may have symbolic meaning to you (for example, Washington DC as representing "personal power" or Hollywood as representing "glamour" or "fame" or the childhood home as representing "early personal issues" ) - so a dream location may have symbolic significance. In some rare dreams though, the location may have actual significance to you personally on some level. Again, it seems rare, however. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jason 8/11/2011 2:20 AM
Hello Robert, I just recently picked up your book, I enjoying it alot. I did actually come to a point where I realized that I was dreaming (Thank you!) but couldn't maintian control. I'll get it though. I did have a question to ask: If you have a dream that involves a location you know of or vist frequently, does visting that location in reality have any significance at all? What could that end up telling me? Curious to know. Submitted By: Jason
Robert Waggoner 8/1/2011 11:00 AM
Hi Steph, I decided to write a book after 30 years of lucid dreaming, because of the complexity of this mentally dynamic environment (something it appears that you are experiencing) - so I feel you might gain a lot of insight from it. From your examples, I think you are progressing nicely. Because lucid dreaming is mentally dynamic, the environment responds and to a large degree reflects our own beliefs, expectations, focus, intent, will, along with the subconscious. So briefly the most appropriate answer -- you need to look at your own beliefs/expectations and see how they are being 'materialized' in your experience. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Steph 7/31/2011 6:35 PM
Hello Robert, I'm collecting reading material on lucid dreaming so although I have yet to read it your book is of great interest to me. I've found myself very close to having fully lucid dreams a few times, but I am experiencing some problems. I've heard it is important to set a goal to achieve in the dream, for example asking yourself a question or visiting a particular person, but I can't seem to manipulate my environment at all. The first time I became able to control myself and remembered my goal, I was immediately hit by a truck and woke up. The second time I found the person I was looking for, but it was a silent doll version of them and I woke up soon after. Last night I was walking down a corridor towards them, and I could sense their presence, but there was a blank space where they should be, kind of like a computer glitch. Then I decided "They will be behind this door!" A door appeared, I opened it, but there was only the weird wavy blank space. It's frustrating because I've
Robert Waggoner 7/29/2011 10:52 AM
Hi Gary, So glad that you enjoyed my book and have begun to do your own experiments! As you know, it seems very difficult to extricate the lucid dreaming experiencer from the experience. His or her beliefs, expectations, intent and all become embedded in the experience. That said, it does appear possible to explore what Carl Jung called "the objective psyche" or larger Self (in my book, I suggest asking questions to receive unknown information that can be later verified). In your particular case, however, you seem to pose a difficult question (and it would be nice to know the exact wording) -- since it seems an "either/or" type question and the response may be outside of the either/or parameters. Finally, I feel it important to notice the response to a question, as you did, since it may reveal hidden beliefs that when challenged, seem 'earth shaking' (or 'dream shaking in this case). Sometimes the answer appears when we closely examine the details of the entire experience.
Gary 7/28/2011 9:57 PM
I read the book and enjoyed the information so much that I had to read it again. I've been trying to induce a lucid dream for about a week now, and it finally happened two nights ago. I've had lucid dreams before (only a handful), but never knew the potential. My question revolves around what happened in this recent lucid dream. I took your advice from the book and asked the dream directly a question about a deceased family member that constantly appears in my dreams. I asked if he represented something or if it was truly him (my grandfather). Anyway, the dream began to shake violently and all of the dream figures seemed to begin to shake their heads as if that was off limits. I thought that maybe this was because I'm not experienced enough with lucid dreaming to seek this kind of information, or maybe I'm just afraid since I'm still new to it. I was wondering what you thought, and if it does seem like I'm afraid, how best to deal with that. Submitted By: Gary
Robert Waggoner 7/26/2011 11:21 AM
Hi Vonda, It is quite rare to meet someone who lucid dreams every night. However, the reason for feeling exhausted likely has nothing to do with lucid dreaming -- rather it seems a function of only sleeping three to four hours a night. Most anyone would feel exhausted with that small amount of sleep. So I'd recommend taking naps during the day, and also suggesting to yourself before sleep, "In the morning, when I wake, I will feel completely refreshed and full of energy." If you try this pre-sleep suggestion, I believe you will notice the benefits immediately. All the best! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Vonda 7/23/2011 7:19 PM
I we wondering if you knew of anyways to NOT have lucid dreams. I don't sleep very much (maybe 3-4hrs a night) as a result I fall right into R.E.M. I lucid dream 5 nights a week ! I don't feel like I've slept at all. I am always exhausted. My dream characters even remind me that I'm dreaming. How can I stop this?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank's for your time. ~V Submitted By: Vonda
Robert Waggoner 5/3/2011 3:51 PM
Hi Christie, I get so many letters from people who tell me that they have had five lucid dreams after reading the first fifty pages of my book -- so forgive me for asking. but have you read my book? Many people have discovered that when they begin to get engaged by the ideas in a lucid dreaming book and read it right before sleep, they then become lucidly aware! Dream theorists call this "Continuity Theory" - that is, we continue in our dreams with the ideas that we are thinking about when awake. To your other point, I have written an article on The Crucial First 30 Seconds of a Lucid Dream, which you can find at www.dreaminglucid.com The ideas there will help you "remain" in the lucid dream. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 5/3/2011 3:45 PM
Hi Michael, The past week I have been giving talks at universities, so please excuse my slow response. In my book, I attempt a response to your basic question of whether the lucid dreamer's subconscious simply produces "something" when questioned - OR if it produces a valid response. To experiment with this, the lucid dreamer has to ask the subconscious for information that the lucid dreamer does not know, but which can be later verified. If the results shows that the subconscious ("awareness behind the dream") responds with verifiable information, then you have good evidence that its responses are valid. If not, then the subconscious responses would seem random. In my experiments, the awareness behind the dream seems to respond with amazing accuracy to questions whose answers are unknown to me. Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Christie 5/2/2011 10:48 PM
A few months ago, I got really interested in lucid dreaming and did everything to have one. Reality checks and subliminal videos and recently I've gotten into binaural beats. The closest I've gotten is having a few awakenings that are more like "I have more control than I was aware of" than "I'm dreaming". I wake up within seconds of this realization. Anyway, any advice on having a REAL lucid dream that is fully awakened and longer than a few seconds? I think it might me a mental block from being discouraged. What should I do? Submitted By: Christie
Michael Farber 4/27/2011 4:59 PM
Hey Robert, I've been fortunate enough to lucid dream for 10 years or so now. I'm about halfway through your book and one of the many things that stood out was the idea of the 'feeling-tone.' A few nights ago while lucid I yelled, "I want to hear my feeling tone" and was rocked by an increasingly loud sound that consumed me. I 'woke up' on the floor of my lucid dream and a dream character helped me up. I spent the rest of the dream contemplating if the sound and idea of the 'feeling-tone' was significant, or if my (sub?)conscious was simply reacting to my expectations after reading your experience. I guess my question is: how do you interpret what is unique and meaningful in lucid dreams, or what is subconsciously expected? Sometimes I feel as though searching for deep meaning while lucid makes it less meaningful. I was also wondering if you've ever tried to walk into an old memory while lucid dreaming? Thanks! Submitted By: Michael Farber
Robert Waggoner 4/15/2011 11:57 AM
Samson, Thanks for the big question! To preface my comments, even a regular dream necessitates a certain level of "awareness" to react within the dream and be recalled upon waking. However, as the awareness increases, the dreamer may become "semi-lucid" and think, "This reminds me of a dream" or "This seems odd." Now at a certain threshold of critical awareness, the dreamer becomes lucid - and his or her faculties to make conscious decisions and deliberate, etc are engaged. This "meta-awareness" (aware of being aware) is a hallmark of lucid dreaming. So was it Yeats who said, "The child is the father of the man"? Said otherwise, the dreamer is the father of the lucid dreamer.... Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Samson 4/14/2011 8:09 PM
Hiya Robert, I'm curious to know to what extent the non- lucid dreamer and the lucid dreamer who has become consciously aware in the same dream, are the same person? What I'm grappling with is that the 'me' in the non-lucid phase of the dream makes decisions, experiences emotions etc, all of which (seem to) require awareness as a necessary condition to be able to make decisions in the first place and experience emotions etc. But it is only when I switch into lucidity that I experience any sort of awareness at all (I only have memories of the non-lucid dream phase). So if decision making etc requires an awareness, and I don't experience awareness in my non-lucid dream, then is the non-lucid dreamer the same person as the awareness in the later lucid part of the dream?Bit of a mind twist, hope I stated my question clear enough. Also, thanks for writing such an amazingly interesting book and for all your time dedicated to answering questions and the dreaming lucid website. Cheers, Sa
Robert Waggoner 4/12/2011 10:28 AM
Andrew, Interesting questions. In my book, I note the importance of exact wording in a request and 'focus.' So, what does "receive healing" mean? A broad goal like this needs to be focused and within the limits of your expectation of the possible. Also in my chapter on healing, I noted that those with the most success acted directly on the ailment - they did not ask another for help - they simply acted directly. You might want to consider whether to act directly on a specific issue versus making a general request. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Andrew Martinson 4/11/2011 10:32 PM
Hey Robert My question has to do with dream healing. I haven't been able to stabilize a lucid dream recently to try this, so I'll ask for your opinion before I do. Do you think there is a limit to dreaming healing? I'm going to send my intent in the form of a command when I am lucid: "I ask to receive healing of my family and I's physical, emotional and mental ailments." Is this too much to ask for? :P - Andrew Submitted By: Andrew Martinson
Robert Waggoner 4/6/2011 11:34 AM
Julio, When lucid dreaming, we are "aware" inside our subconscious mind. So like those people in deep hypnosis, we can make affirmations or suggestions in a lucid dream. For example, when lucid, you could announce, "My waking self will now find it very easy to understand calculus!" or "I now allow myself to write brilliant papers easily and without hesitation!" I believe that you will see a change in your waking behavior as that suggestions influences your subconscious mind. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Julio Rivera 4/5/2011 5:23 PM
Hello Robert! I just bought your book and I have to say the information in this book is beyond anything I have ever come across before. There is a lot of information and it is presented in a very logical manner. My question is this, do you have any techniques to accelerate learning? In example, if I am studying for an exam and I want to accelerate my studying or if I'm working on a thesis and I want to fully assimilate all of the information I'm gathering, are there any techniques to do this with Lucid Dreaming? Submitted By: Julio Rivera
Robert Waggoner 4/5/2011 11:57 AM
Anibal, Glad to hear that reading my book has resulted in many more lucid dreams! I'm really excited that it has opened your mind to "a whole new potential of lucid dreaming" - since that was and is my goal. Lucid dreaming is a revolutionary psychological tool, and when we recognize that and begin to apply it, lucid dreaming will change our lives and hopefully the field of psychology and the trajectory of science. To your question about regrets -- my only regret is that I did not "wake up" to the potential of lucid dreaming sooner. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Anibal Lizasuain 4/3/2011 10:31 PM
Hi Robert , I just want to say I started reading your book about 5 days ago and have had 4 lucid dreams since. I first started learning about lucid dreaming when i was 15 and i am now 20. You have opened up my mind to a whole new potential of lucid dreaming and for that many thanks! By the way your book is amazing. My question for you is do you have any regrets of anything that you have or might not have done with lucid dreaming? thanks Submitted By: Anibal Lizasuain
Robert Waggoner 4/3/2011 3:58 PM
Taddeh, I am not aware of any research institutes devoted to lucid dreaming and which pay a salary. A talented lucid dreamer who reads my book can see a number of ways that 'potentially' they could make a living. As noted in the book, The Committee of Sleep by Deirdre Barrett, PhD, regular dreams are responsible for some incredible inventions and discoveries, as well as many famous works of art, literature and music. It seems possible that an experienced lucid dreamer could access their Muse and bring forth new inventions, discoveries, art, etc., and lucidly decide to awaken with that. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Taddeh Vartanians 3/27/2011 9:59 PM
Hi Robert, I was wondering if there was a way i could make a living from Lucid dreaming. I mean, is there some kind of corporation or institute i can get a job with? Is there a research facility where i can get a full time job? I currently have no idea what i want to do with my life but inception looks like a lot of fun :) Submitted By: Taddeh Vartanians
Robert Waggoner 3/16/2011 10:51 AM
Austin, In the appendix of my book is ten+ pages on inducing lucid dreams. And on page 278-281, I have a number of tips on how to prolong the lucid dreams -- basically. Also at http://dreaminglucid.com/crucial.html I have an important article on The Crucial First 30 Seconds of a Lucid Dream. All of that should help you as you practice mastering the lucid dream state. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Austin Whited 3/15/2011 11:53 PM
Hi Robert, I wanted to let you know that your book is great.After having a random lucid dream, I've really been interested and your book is a great guide to exploring the dream space. I'm almost finished reading the book and I"ve had a few Lucid dreams since I started. I was wondering if after getting the hang of recalling dreams by writing in my dream journal, if i have to keep writing in it to keep remembering? I try to write in it as often as I can but most of the time i have to rush and get up. Also, 3 of my five lucid dreams have been under 10 seconds. Do you have any suggestions on how to make them longer or do I just need more lucid experienc? Thank you so much for your time. Submitted By: Austin Whited
Robert Waggoner 3/14/2011 12:15 PM
Hi Joao, Glad to hear my book prompted some lucid dreams! Yes, I feel false awakenings can make it more difficult to recall the lucid dream experience. In my experience, only about 5% of my dreams seem to be 'thrid person' type dreams. I imagine this varies among individuals and their style of dreaming. As for remembering your dreams, you may wish to change your pre-sleep suggestion to "In the morning, I will easily recall my dreams and lucid dreams." In this way, your suggestion will help you sleep more. For most of us, it is unusual to recall the first couple of REM cycle dreams (though it does happen). Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
João Packer 3/8/2011 5:40 PM
Hi, I'm a brazilian college student. I read your book and am really interested in lucid dreaming. After beginning to read your book I got 2 lucid dreams. I usually feel really confused like 'it didnt happen' and feel doubtful for a while, and had false awakenings each time. One thing I find kinda weird and wanted to know if its normal is that from normal dreams to lucid, I usually see myself in third person most of the time. Is it normal? Also, I'm going to sleep formally suggesting to awaken after a dream and remember it, it's working, but only after 4-5am and usually I can't get back to sleep since I have to get up 6am. What can I do to be able to awaken from a dream I have in the middle of the night, since from what I read we have more than one dream per night. I thought about sleeping more and haven't tested it yet because of some circunstances, but if there is another way I would be glad to know. Than you for your attention. Submitted By: João Packer
Robert Waggoner 3/5/2011 4:06 PM
Hi Alexander, For a starting point, it helps to develop good dream recall skills, and keep a dream journal. In my book, you will find ten pages of lucid dream induction techniques in the appendix, along with other pages on what to expect while lucid. It helps to develop a broad understanding of dreaming, since lucid dreaming will touch upon dream symbolism, the nature of the subconscious, etc. Finally, I recall a lucid dream of mine, where I asked for the "secret to good health", and a Voice responded, 'Moderation in all things!' (which is something that has been noted since the time of the Greeks). So as you approach lucid dreaming, take your time, learn to explore and play and experiment. In the end, moderation will serve you well. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Alexander Kierlanczyk 3/4/2011 4:37 PM
Hello Mr. Waggoner, I just ordered your book from Amazon, and am currently listening to your appearance on the Cosmic Influence radio program. I'm 16, and have recently become infatuated with the world of dreams. I'm fairly new to the study, but I am very much interested in being able to access a state of lucidity. Do you have any addition advice for accessing consciousness in the dream state? Thank you so much for your time, Alexander Kierlanczyk Submitted By: Alexander Kierlanczyk
Robert Waggoner 3/3/2011 1:30 PM
Jim, Great question! I am not aware of any research being done on this particular question. I believe that some studies have shown people recalling events (while intoxicated, for example) that happened during a previous drinking bout, which seemed unaccessible by their normal conscious mind. In various dreams, people have become lucid when they "see" someone from a dream of the night before. So the memory in the dream state may be more acute for dream events. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jim 3/3/2011 9:20 AM
Hi Robert. I'm taking my time reading your book, so forgive me if this next question is answered in the book. I sometimes have dreams where I'm conversing with a dream character. The character says something like "remember two years ago when....". And I do remember! But whatever we are remembering never happened in waking life nor do I recall such a dream of that event. Has any research been done on whether we have a subconsious dream memory? Memories stored by the subconsious of prior dreams that we don't recall consiously? It might account for my feelings of knowing people from the past that I've never really consciously met before. Submitted By: Jim
Robert Waggoner 2/19/2011 2:14 PM
Stuart, Congratulations on your second lucid dream! Glad you liked the book. In general, a lucid dreamer should not stare at an object for too long (more than a few seconds). After staring for an extended period, the lucid dream normally ends. In the book, I recommend that if you feel too excited, you can look at your hands or the ground to reduce the emotional load and maintain your lucid awareness. But here again, you can only stare at your hands for a few seconds and then focus elsewhere. Like any new venture, lucid dreaming takes practice to perfect. Best wishes on your future lucid dreams! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Stuart 2/18/2011 1:56 AM
Hi Robert, I had a lucid dream on Monday this week. I guess I did a reality check because I became aware I was dreaming when I floated up to the ceiling of a room.I asked the dream to show me something (nothing specific). The room then went dark and I either started to fall or the ceiling extended. Neon lights that moved like worms started to appear on the wall. I felt emotional energy surrounding me and I looked at my hands as you suggested. I felt a calming & relaxing effect but I do not remember much after that. I was probably Lucid for about a minute or two. I read in the appendix of your book that if one stares at an object too long, you can lose lucidity. Have you heard of any cases before where one looks at their hands to remain lucid but lose lucidity when they look too long?? This was my second lucid dream, have been "doing" it for a few months now. Love your book. Submitted By: Stuart
Robert Waggoner 2/10/2011 9:44 AM
Hi Jim #1 and Jim #2, Jim #1, I am glad to hear that your request for an "enjoyable dream". The subconscious is always listening. To Jim #2, the regularity of lucid dreaming seems to vary considerably throughout the year. In my own dreaming, I notice a very modest spring season effect, but I am not aware of any studies. It may be that you "spring-forward" in the spring time and subconsciously are looking forward to possible events (now that the snow and cold have disappeared). Interesting item, though. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jim 2/9/2011 2:16 PM
Hi Robert. Do any of your readers report seasonal spikes in predictive or lucid dreams? My precognitive dreams and most creative visual dreams have historically come more often in the spring, around March. When I was a kid, it was like clockwork. I could always look forward to my pre-cognitive dreams for the year showing up in the spring. Submitted By: Jim
Jim 2/9/2011 2:13 PM
Thank you Robert. As a followup to the fear, I spent the day envisioning daylight and asked, prior to going to sleep, for an enjoyable dream. Though it wasn't lucid, it was one of benevalent reconciliation. In short, the dream I had sent "birds of paradise" which turned into children who greeted me with smiles. It was like my subconcious was glad to see me. No response needed. Thanks for the help! Submitted By: Jim
Robert Waggoner 2/8/2011 1:47 PM
Sandy, Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Often readers tell me that as they read my book, their lucid dream frequency increases significantly -- another bonus to reading my book! Hopefully we'll meet some time. I'm always open to speaking at events or conferences. Cheers! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 2/8/2011 1:44 PM
Jim, Glad that you used the "Finding Your Hands" technique to become lucidly aware. It is a simple, but very effective technique. To your general question -- in my book, I suggest that if you ever encounter a fearful situation or dream figure, then project love and peace and compassion onto it. You will watch it respond positively to that compassionate energy. Personally, for you, you may wish to read my book again, so you feel more at ease and ready for the lucid dream environment. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
sandy puisis 2/7/2011 8:14 PM
Hi Robert, I so want to thank you for writing this wonderful book. I have always been aware of dreaming since I was a young child. At that young age I learned how to make a very scary dream character disappear and actually was able to fly on occasion. I have always just went along with the dream as I knew that you could learn answers to waking questions and delemas. I never realized that I can actually control and ask questions or interact with actual other people in the dream state very intersting indeed! I just finished the book and intend to re read and make notes. Very disappointed that you were in Charleston for a seminar and I didn't know about it. Would of been nice to meet others like me to talk too and shake your hand. I have had 4 lucid dreams since reading your book and other dreams where I sit up and say duh how could you have missed that one. Thanks again. Submitted By: sandy puisis
Jim 2/7/2011 8:40 AM
Robert, I'm reading Lucid Dreaming. Before I picked the book up I had my first lucid dream a little over a week ago with amazing success (using the method of seeing my hands). Actually talked to a dream figure and recalled good clarity. Since then, I've not had success in lucidity. The dreamscape is often a night seen with shady characters. The feeling is fearful. I think my expectation is that I'm treading into the unknown and that the dream characters will notice me in some negative way. Should I meditate on positive fun intentions prior to bed? Is there a way to influence becoming lucid when confronted by a fearful dream? Submitted By: Jim
Robert Waggoner 2/3/2011 10:34 AM
Stuart, Lucid dreamers who read my book learn that you need to modulate your emotions, when you become lucidly aware. So if you feel too excited, look at the ground, or your hands, or any neutral stimuli and tell yourself to calm down. I do not recommend closing your eyes in a lucid dream, because often this will allow a new scene to appear (in this case, you saw your bedroom) - which will bewilder the lucid dreamer. Try to remind yourself, "If the lucid dream ends and I find myself in my bedroom, I will do a reality check" and determine if you are still lucid dreaming. In the Appendix of my book are 25 pages of induction techniques and tips on stabilizing the lucid dream. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Stuart 2/3/2011 10:08 AM
Hi Robert, I have been trying to have lucid dreams for about three months but I do not become lucid. I do take Choline before I sleep but usually I only have vivid and "real" dreams but never lucid ones. I recently had a dream where I became lucid and realized I was in a dream. I was holding a samurai sword and was in a brightly lit room with some dark figures around me. Upon realizing I was lucid, I became emotionally excited as I had been trying to become lucid in my dreams for the past few months. I told myself that this is a dream and closed my eyes. I felt the room and everything else around me shake but the whole time I felt the grip of the sword. After what felt like a few seconds, the shaking stopped and I woke up in my room. I was over-joyed and excited that I had a lucid dream. However, I was holding the samurai sword when I woke up in the room and did not realize it was a false awakening. Soon, I woke up for real and was upset as I thought I could have had a l
Robert Waggoner 1/21/2011 7:11 AM
Samson, Congrats on your interesting lucid dream! In my book, I suggest that lucid dreaming seems a co-creation of the lucid dreamer and his or her subconscious mind. Most lucid dreamers experience the "Expectation Effect" - that is, they get what they expect to the degree that they expect it and at the moment they expect it. So your lucid dream may be an example of that "projected" expectation. In a number of lucid dreams, I have asked dream figures to show me something, and then watched as their face morphed into a completely new face/hair color, etc. In such cases, we apparently watch the effect of mental energy (our thoughts, intent, expectation) "form" the perceived item or dream figure. Lucid dreaming seems a way to study the effects of mental physics in action. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Samson 1/20/2011 1:09 AM
Hi, After watching Inception, I was curious about whether my mind was really so creative that it could 'invent' peoples faces that I may never have seen in waking life. Anyway, a couple nights later I became lucid in my dream. I happened to be going down an escalator. My first thought after realising I was lucid was to look at the faces around me. As I was going down the escalator I looked at a man in a suit with a briefcase going up on the other side. To my suprise, he had no distinguishable facial features, just a skin coloured appreance where a person's face usually is. I am curious as to whether I perhaps projected this 'lack of face' so to speak, perhaps because on some level I doubted my dreaming mind's creativity. Surely my dreaming mind is that creative, I have seen people's faces, just not whilst lucid in my dream. Any thoughts... Many thanks, Samson. Submitted By: Samson
Robert Waggoner 1/18/2011 11:00 AM
Aaron, In the appendix of my book, I mention using "suggestion" before going to sleep. In your case, I think using the suggestion, "Tonight in my dreams, I will be much more critically aware, and when I see something odd, I will realize I am dreaming." As you point out, critical awareness seems key -- so tell yourself before sleep that you will be critically aware and realize you are dreaming. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 1/18/2011 10:58 AM
Eric, Well, I just returned from a workshop in Charleston, SC. I don't know when I will be back on the East Coast - normally, people invite me. I very much enjoy talking with other lucid dreamers, hearing about their experiences or challenges, etc. So if you know of a group, or a university that would like to invite a speaker, have them contact me. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Aaron 1/12/2011 9:33 AM
I've been attempting to become lucid while dreaming but seem to have a major hurdle to overcome; nothing ever seems unusual to me while dreaming. I've had brief moments of lucidity but often when I wake and go back over my dreams, I never have that moment that says, "Hey, that's odd maybe I'm dreaming." Is it possible to be so open minded that it has a negative impact towards lucid dreaming? Submitted By: Aaron
eric 1/10/2011 7:14 PM
love hearing your radio interviews and looking forward to buying your book very soon. can you please tell me if you will be on the eastern shore for any talks, interviews, or lectures that i can see? thanks, keep up the great work eric Submitted By: eric
Robert Waggoner 1/6/2011 4:39 PM
Breanne, Congratulations on having two lucid dreams! Like every skill, we go through stages of development and learning -- so learning how to become lucid and maintain the state is very important. I wrote a piece on The Crucial, First 30 Seconds of a Lucid Dream, which can be found at http://dreaminglucid.com/crucial.html Please read it and see if it helps! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Breanne 1/3/2011 1:39 PM
Robert, let me say that first of all, we are so lucky to have an expert on lucid dreaming so responsive to our questions! I am a beginning lucid dreamer who has become lucid twice, but after I become lucid, nothing else happens. For instance, last night I became lucid when seeing my late grandfather in a dream (though I've been trying the "Finding your hands" technique lately). Realizing that Grandpa has been dead for 9 years and that this must be a dream, I recalled the tips from your book for maintaining lucidity, repeating to myself, "This is a dream, this is a dream" and reminding myself to keep my excitement in check. But that was it; the lucid dream ended there. I think that maybe I was too anxious and worried about maintaing my lucidity, because I'm so eager to accomplish so many things in the lucid dream state. I have many goals, and maybe in my case it's not so helpful. (When I started playing the piano, I wanted to play the last and most difficult song in the primer book rig
Robert Waggoner 1/3/2011 11:08 AM
Xai, Often when we become curious about some aspect of lucid dreaming (or dreaming) like weather in dreams, we find that we dream about the weather in the next night. In your case, you became lucid (perhaps by seeing an unexpected snowfall). Congratulations! Sometimes weather prompts lucidity for me. For example, I may see a flowering tree when there is snow on the ground, and think, "Wait a minute. This must be a dream!" So the incongruity sparks my lucid awareness. One thing I mention in my book is that I often became lucid on nights when we had approaching thunderstorms in physical reality. It may be the change in electronic ionization of the atmosphere. Best wishes on your dreams of weather, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
xai 12/25/2010 3:34 PM
One night I found myself going thru my dream journal, and I have an interesting thought. Although atmosphere is a huge part of the dream realm, weather is somewhat of an unknown aspect in dreams in my experience. That night, I have a lucid dream in which I walk up from a beach to a forest and it starts to snow. My question is, what is your experience with weather in dreams? Have you experimented with this? Submitted By: xai
Robert Waggoner 12/13/2010 10:40 AM
Dorothy, The Question, "Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream?" seems quite complex. In dreams, we sometimes view our self acting in the dream. When lucidly aware, we can consciously cast our perception into another dream figure and view the dream from their perspective. And often, the self in the dream bares little resemblance to the persona of the waking self. In my book, I suggest that lucid dreaming allows us to see consciously the great variety of dream figures. Moreover, we can access the non-visible "Awareness Behind the Dream" and ask it questions, etc., to probe the incalculable depth of the subconscious mind and its unique knowing. So as you have discovered, dreaming leads to an acknowledgement of the larger self. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Dorothy Jones 12/13/2010 7:32 AM
I hope you can shed some light on what is going when I dream. Sometimes I am not my self when I dream, and when I wake up I am confused for a few seconds as to who I am and where I am at. So if I am not me, who is the sub-conscious? I have had some lucid dreams, but not when I am someone else, in the dream it never dons on me that I am in reality not that person. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Submitted By: Dorothy Jones
Robert Waggoner 11/15/2010 10:38 AM
Michal, Glad you enjoyed the book! Almost every lucid dreamer has dealt with this issue of "Gosh, this seems kind of dreamy" - but then decides it must be real (and fails to become lucid!). So this is what I recommend: suggest to yourself and imaginatively see yourself at those questioning moments performing a "reality check" by trying to levitate. Really tell yourself (inwardly) to check those wierd, cracker-eating situations by testing them. When in doubt, test. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 11/15/2010 10:31 AM
Alissa, Many people write to tell me that reading my book resulted in numerous lucid dreams - so congratulations! And thanks for submitting a lucid dream to the e-zine I co-edit at www.dreaminglucid.com To your questions: First, one should always ask someone's permission to be sure it is 'okay' with them, and to gain their cooperation when you try to verify the lucid dream answer's vailidity. By doing experiments like this, you learn whether information seems accessible in the lucid dream state. So give it a try (after you get permission) and report your success or failure in the LDE. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Michal 11/12/2010 10:09 PM
Dear Mr. Waggoner, I finished reading your book a few days ago and am very pleased with it. I've been lucid dreaming since summer of '09 and it seems it used to come more naturally but lately I find that in my dreams I am in a state of sub-awareness. In one dream I was under our kitchen table picking up crackers when I thought "this is odd, it might be a dream" but decided the environment felt too real for me to be dreaming. Now, I do reality checks every day multiple times, and feel that I prepare adequately before sleeping, but I find that lately my awareness doesn't pass thinking: "I usually do this in my dreams" but then doing nothing of it. What do you recommend I should do? Submitted By: Michal
Alissa 11/10/2010 1:12 PM
Hi Robert, I finished reading your book and what would you know... I started having lucid dreams again. *Amazing* ones as well. I actually submitted one to the lucid dream exchange, I hope to hear something back. I have asked questions about me, than I came up with the idea to pose a question for somebody else. So I had him give me a question to ask.. Is this something you have ever done?? What is your opinion on asking other peoples questions?? I haven't tried any healings one yet, I have read about your experiences with those. I am wondering if I can take this farther and hopefully help people by posing questions to their inner selves.. but only if they ask. :) Submitted By: Alissa
Robert Waggoner 11/6/2010 10:54 AM
An to your question of whether lucid dreaming and OBEs seem different states of awareness, I feel the answer is "yes." Even though they both contain "awareness of non-physical surroundings," they differ neurologically and phenomenolgically. For an example, think of your "awareness" when driving down the street in a normal state versus when you drive down the street legally drunk. When drunk, your reaction time differs, your perception differs and your relation to reality differs (even though you are awake and aware). So too lucid dreams and OBEs differ, though they both occur in an altered state of awareness. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Nick 11/5/2010 1:39 PM
Yea im aware of this, i finished reading your book in about 2 days last week, and ive been still reading it every day since. but the questions im asking still arent answered clearly. Im asking are they just different levels of awareness. Submitted By: Nick
Robert Waggoner 11/5/2010 9:52 AM
Nick, Thanks for your follow up question, regarding lucid dreams and OBEs. In my book, I clearly outline fundamental differences between those two states. And as you have discovered, people suggest different techniques to induce lucid dreams versus OBEs. So if you want to investigate lucid dreaming, then just focus on the lucid dreaming techniques. When you become consciously aware in the middle of a dream that you are dreaming, then you will know that you are having a lucid dream. Also, you can refer back to my book and see how that differs from an OBE. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 11/1/2010 1:02 PM
Nick, Sorry - but is your question, how do you induce a lucid dream? From pages 265 to 281, you can find a very detailed list of techniques and how to accomplish them. Select a simple one, practice it consistently, read about lucid dreaming before going to sleep, and then, have a lucid dream. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Nick 10/31/2010 8:43 PM
Hello I recently just bought your book and read it front and back and im still confused on a question, I've now been to many websites and asked this to other lucid dreamers. And what should I do to induce so, the OBE guides or just keep trying wild. Submitted By: Nick
Robert Waggoner 10/17/2010 12:03 PM
Liam, Your question does not seem necessarily daft. If we consider dreaming as one "plane" of awareness, then lucid dreaming experiments on time and space in which we seek out consciously unknown information (i.e., precognition and clairvoyance) may show us that on other planes of awareness, time and space appear malleable by conscious intent. Lucid dreaming allows us to present such a hypothesis to a scientific test. For skilled lucid dreamers who have investigated this, it definitely seems an avenue worth pursuing! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Liam 10/16/2010 7:59 AM
On reflection, that is actually a bit of daft question as the space of dream is only imaginary! but there is definitely some sort of warping going on. Submitted By: Liam
Liam 10/16/2010 6:36 AM
Hello Robert, excellent book and very helpful. With regards to time dilation in lucid dreaming,(or any dream) do you think your mind is bending space to create a shortcut like in the wormhole theory? Any future publications in the pipeline? Best Regards, Liam. Submitted By: Liam
Robert Waggoner 10/14/2010 3:00 PM
Theo, I appreciate the compliment on the book. Well, it seems hard to diagnose a lucid dream without knowing all the details. It may be that you 'intend' and the flying corresponds to your intent. Then you stop intending because things are going so well, and begin flying backwards.... However, as my book shows repeatedly, many cases of unexpected events and actions occur in lucid dreaming (even when we consciously expect or intend otherwise). So, the question becomes "Why?" Is it a function of mis-application of the principles of lucid dream manipulation, or the return of subconscious automatic actions, or voluntary actions on the part of a subconscious/inner self? With a detailed explanation of the lucid dream and the lucid dreamer's state of mind, you can separate out the likely causes. Thanks for your question, and continued success! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
theo 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
First off, your book is great. But my question is a general one. Lately in my dreams ive been flying great and soaring around and then i try to use intent to guide me and it works but then it seems to always counter my intent and send me flying backwards. My question is, have you had any dreams that seem to counter your intent? Submitted By: theo
Robert Waggoner 10/13/2010 6:20 AM
Edgar, Glad you are enjoying my book. In the appendix, there are numerous techniques to achieve lucidity -- going from simple suggestion (e.g., Tonight in my dreams, I will see something odd and realize I am dreaming) to more formal approaches. Hypnosis or self hypnosis seems one way to allow for the "acceptance" of lucid dreaming. So look at the citation in my book, and you can find the one paper on hypnosis and lucid dreaming by Dane to see how he approached this and the results. Lucid wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 10/13/2010 6:13 AM
Alissa, Sounds like you have had some amazing lucid dreams! Congratulations. I remember a good friend and expert lucid dreamer telling me that she also "flew from the heart" in her lucid dreams (as if her heart area was essentially pulled forward, while flying in her lucid dreams). As for techniques, I suggest what works for the individual. So just take a look at what works for you, and continue the practice (even through the small droughts). Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Edgar Largeer 10/7/2010 2:04 AM
Hi Robert, you mentioned hypnosis in your fantastic book as scientifically valid option to trigger lucidity, I have been trying to go lucid for a month now but even though i practice the reality checks during the day i keep forgetting to prompt them in my dream :(...what i was thinking would it be possible to see a hypnotist to get them to plant the idea into my subconscious so when i am dreaming i do the reality checks ?? Submitted By: Edgar Largeer
Alissa 9/28/2010 4:34 PM
Hi! I'm reading your book for the first time, and I have to say it is amazing. I am on level 4 so far :) where the dream world is just not about me anymore, there is a higher consciousness at work. I asked to speak to God and the most amazing thing happened to me. You say your favorite way to fly is superman style. Mine is this "intention" pulling sensation I get from my heart when I ask a question to the observer. I LOVE IT. Since reading your book though, I haven't been able to have any lucid dreams (over a week) and I am kind of bummed. I only have had DILD's for the last couple of years.. never tried any other techinques. What other technique do you think I should go with first?? I have no sense of fear in the dream state anymore. Not even when I have nightmares, it's amazing. I have my dream journal by my side and I can't wait until one day when I can hopefully meet you!! Maybe in a lucid dream!! Thanks for your time. Alissa Submitted By: Alissa
Tanya 9/28/2010 11:22 AM
Hello :) Just wanted to quickly tell you that I listened to an old interview you did on Empowered Living Radio with Steve Maraboli and I really enjoyed it :) Thank you for all your work! - Tanya Submitted By: Tanya
Robert Waggoner 9/22/2010 12:41 PM
Sue, I'm not exactly sure if you played all of these dream roles simultaneously in the dream, or one after the other? In any case, it sounds like a fascinating (non-lucid) dream. It seems unfortunate that we don't have better terms for dreaming, since there seems to be a number of dream states (besides lucid or non-lucid). Your dream may qualify as a 'dream of clarity' (a category suggested by the Bon Buddhist) or a "big dream" (as Carl Jung noted). Thanks! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/22/2010 12:35 PM
Mel, The dream body seems an interesting area for more investigation, as many lucid dreamers have noticed the differences from the waking self (especially when they look into a mirror while lucid dreaming). As you suggest, we often recall seeing the dream, but never our dream body. In some cases, people report seeing their dream body as if they were a disembodied observer, hovering over the scene. To some degree, this brings us back to the question, "Who is the dreamer who dreams the dream?" Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
sue 9/21/2010 2:27 AM
Hi Robert, some years ago I was developing a lucid dreaming ability and recorded a dream in which I played multiple roles. It would be interesting if you would qualify this phenomena as lucid or possibly an alternate state of dreaming. It was strangely exhausting. First I was the observer, the dream was almost like being in a 3D movie by which I mean I could change perspective just by thinking it. Secondly I was an infant (new born baby). Thirdly, a toddler and fourthly a young adult. The theme was protection of self and each layer was taking responsibilty for the younger version(s). There was a tremendous sense of danger or threat but I did not identify that during the dream specifically. Thanks for your perspective. Submitted By: sue
mel 9/19/2010 6:47 AM
dear robert, i have been experimenting with lucid dreaming for some time now and with my lucidity has come a much higher attention to detail when dreaming. That said, I've begun to notice that my dream body is either very unstable or absent in nearly all of my dreams (lucid or non), wondering your thoughts on this. can't wait to read your book. sincerely, mel Submitted By: mel
Robert Waggoner 9/17/2010 6:21 PM
Hi Max, I feel that the practice of MILD seems the best approach for trouble free lucid dreaming. Using it, you avoid the possible issues that you mention, and learn a very valuable technique (as you can discover in detail in my book's appendix.) But since many people ignore advice, the way to reduce fear involves facing it at a rate that you feel comfortable with, consistently and persistently. At some point, you will conquer the fear. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
max 9/16/2010 5:28 AM
Hi Robert, I have managed to lucid dreams a few times, twice I have stayed lucid and perform fun actions such as jumping really high etc. but this has been quite rare. I'm looking to perform a wake induced dream as they are more guaranteed than a DILD. The only problem is I'm quite scared of other peoples stories of dark figures, "presences" and nasty halluciantions. Would you have any tips for overcoming my fear? Submitted By: max
Robert Waggoner 9/14/2010 10:10 AM
Doug, Dreaming, of course, has a chemical basis, and you can find many pharmaceutical products that change dream recall, vividness, etc. Some lucid dreamers have reported that the simple vitamin B6 (taken before sleep) helps them with their memory to recall their dreams and in some cases, their intent to become lucid. Research has been done on galantamine as a lucid dreaming supplement, and it seems to work. However, some people have had disrupted or uncomfortable sleep when using it, while others have become lucid. I myself do not use galantamine. Instead, I prefer the techniques discussed in my book's appendix. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Doug 9/12/2010 10:49 AM
Hi Robert, I read your book some time ago and am reading it again as it is one of my favorite LD/OBE-related texts. My own LDs and OBEs are somewhat random (they all are triggered by a technique, but not all attempts work). In 2007, I wrote a "psi-fi" novelette, Unity's Pulse, on the basis of a powerful OBE and a semi-lucid dream. Recently I learned about galantamine and other supplements affecting neurotransmitters and REM., but haven't tried them yet. I'm wondering what your opinion is on these. Happy Trails! Doug Submitted By: Doug
Robert Waggoner 9/6/2010 3:36 PM
Max, Thanks for the multiple readings! Almost every lucid dreamer has some lucid or sub-lucid dreams where they realize that they are dreaming but find themselves drifting along with the situation. Now if this happened all the time, or became the rule in one's dream life, I would encourage the lucid dreamer to get emotionally invested in a goal to achieve while lucid. Think of some interest or question that you really want to discover while lucid! To your final question, though, I have moved from drifting along to a fully lucid dream, so it's possible. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
max 9/4/2010 6:32 PM
Hello Robert, I've read your book multiple times and it is quite the intriguing read. When I was a kid (now 22) I used to have lucid dreams pretty occasionally. But currently I always have what I refer to as sub-lucid dreams, where I realize that I am dreaming but it is not a lucid state. I do reality checks but cant seem to see my hands in my dreams. These are "guided" dreams that are vivid but not lucid. My question is can any "sub-lucid" dream subsequently be turned lucid? Or would you say only certain dreams have "lucid potential"? Submitted By: max
Robert Waggoner 8/27/2010 5:15 PM
Ben, If interested in dream and consciousness research, I would begin to look at research papers in your area of interest, e.g., neurobiology. Then I would investigate the researchers who wrote the papers -- what university are they at, what organizations or societies do they belong to, what does their resume or curriculum vitae say about them, who have they done research with. You may find that you need to bridge your interest in lucid dreaming with sleep anomalies (since greater research funds are there). Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Ben 8/26/2010 9:01 PM
Hi Robert. I was wondering what steps I would need to take in order to become involved in dream/consciousness research. I am currently a Junior pursuing a degree in biology. Submitted By: Ben
Robert Waggoner 8/23/2010 2:09 PM
Won Seok Yoo, I believe the Korean edition of my book has been published. At the end of the book, I have forty pages on techniques to become lucid in dreams. Please select one of the techniques and practice it each night. Best wishes Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
won seok.yoo 8/23/2010 1:19 AM
i am korea person i don't speak english ver well nice to meet you i have a lucid dream books i had everyday hard learn but i can't lucid dream really? possible lucid dream everyone? Submitted By: won seok.yoo
Robert Waggoner 8/16/2010 9:37 AM
Becca, Yes, I had a wonderful interview with Steve Maraboli's Empowered Living Radio. Glad that it has inspired your lucid dreaming! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 8/5/2010 12:39 PM
Patricia, Thank you for assigning my book to your "Intro to Consciousness" class, and your kind words. I've heard from a number of professors, who use my book. Please recommend it to your colleagues in the field. Many thanks! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Becca 8/5/2010 9:34 AM
Hi! I heard you on Empowered Living Radio with Steve Maraboli, and LOVED your interview!!! :-) Thank you so much for all your hard work. I am so grateful that I could hear the interview on Empowered Living Radio's archives! I will be sure to pass the show along, it really inspired me :-) -Becca Submitted By: Becca
Patricia Carpenter 8/2/2010 2:46 PM
Dear Robert, Your book is an inspiring account of lucid dreaming and consciousness. I've taught an "Intro to consciousness" course for a few years, and encouraged students (who were interested) to practice lucid dreaming - often using suggestions from LaBerge. This semester, I'm assigning your book; it is a deep, exciting, and well written exploration that maps out how deep one can go. I've read it twice in detail. It is a real gift. Thank you. Patricia Carpenter (Professor of Psychology) Submitted By: Patricia Carpenter
Robert Waggoner 7/27/2010 5:08 PM
Jason, In my book, I provide examples of people getting forward looking information in the lucid dream state, and then verifying that at a later date. Your experiment seems somewhat related to that. So if that seems your interest, you need to focus in your lucid dream and clearly state your exact intent of what information you want. Now, if you intend to share "results" with people (especially if positive), then people will point out the flaws in your design -- and suggest that you do something apart from yourself, like seek the Pick 3 lotto numbers for next Saturday. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jason Kohlburn 7/26/2010 9:37 PM
Hi Robert. I recently finished your book, which I found very informative. I've had a few lucid dreams, and am now very curious about the possibilities of obtaining information in lucid dreams. I set up an experiment in which my computer selects a random word from a list I made and stores it in a specific file. Next time I lucid dream I'm going to use one of the methods you described to determine which word was chosen and compare the answer in my dream journal to the actual result. Any advice? Submitted By: Jason Kohlburn
Robert Waggoner 7/4/2010 1:05 PM
Brian, Thanks for your thoughtful (and complex) question. I have only used a lucid dream mask twice in my life, and it malfunctioned both times, but I did become lucid (and even saw flashing lights). So it appears my "expectation" played a huge role, since the mask malfunctioned (it was an amateur's design, and he asked me to test it). Now, some people find herbs and supplements useful - however, they must be taken correctly (some work best when taken after 4-5 hours of sleep). I do know people who have had adverse reactions, too. Research by LaBerge suggests that some herb-supplement lucid dreams differ from ordinary lucid dreams (in ways that do not appeal to me) while allowing for longer lucid dreams. At some future point, researchers may discover a chemical doorway. Until then, a thoughtful person may wish to experiment on a weekend night with this. If a healthy person uses a crutch, knowing it is a crutch, then he or she can later dispense with the crutch. Approaching i
Brian Burrell 6/30/2010 1:07 PM
What do you think of lucid dream machines/masks? Do you think they are useful? Do you think it is better to train to lucid dream without mechanical aids? ie Can one lucid dreaming practice become dependent on them. Likewise with herbs/ supplements. Useful? Are they a crutch it's better to avoid? Can one shift away from use after one is more familiar with recognizing the dream state? Submitted By: Brian Burrell
Robert Waggoner 5/31/2010 3:21 PM
Esther, Your message was cut off. In it, you mention that while you were dreaming, your brother had sent you email photos of him and his wife and two daughters on circus rides, which looked very, very similar to your lucid dream images. Your dream picked up his email message, before you even saw it. In my book, I mention how dream telepathy (like this seems to be) can be investigated consciously by lucid dreamers. Thanks for sending your interesting lucid dream! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Esther Manning 5/30/2010 10:05 PM
Night before last I woke up at 4 AM and stayed up till about 5 (I do this every night to become lucid) After falling asleep again I dreamed that I was at a fair. I sat on a bench and watched the people around me, and listened to all the exited and scared screams. At one point I looked up in the sky and way up high I saw some kids in one of the rides, they were too high for me to see who they were. As the dream continues I meet a friend and talk to him, we says bye and he walks off to a stroller with an infant in it. (he is at the moment in a relationship, but as far as I know his girlfriend is not pregnant). After he leaves I become lucid and wake up a little after 7 AM. After I woke up I told my friend about the dream in which he was a dad and forgot about it till that evening when I checked my email. One of them was from my brother who lives in Holland, thousands of miles and 12 time-zones away from me. He had attached pictures he took the previous day of him, his wife and 2 da
Robert Waggoner 5/21/2010 4:14 PM
James, Thanks for checking out my talk on the SSE website! The current thinking on sleep paralysis is that it normally occurs when the brain/mind has waken, but the body remains functionally "asleep". So, you seem aware, but since the body can not move, it percipitates a sense of being crushed, or perhaps, encourages fearful hallucinations of people in the room, etc. Ryan Hurd has had numerous sleep paralysis experiences, and has written an ebook on how he learned to move through sleep paralysis and into lucid dreaming (or sometimes, an OBE state). Good question! Enjoy the book. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
James 5/20/2010 11:14 AM
Hi Robert - I've had sleep paralysis since a very young age. I've had lucid dreams before and know there is a very big difference between the two. How does sleep paralysis relate to the work you've done and have you researched the relationships between lucid dreams, sleep paralysis and OBE? Thanks - I've just learned of your book through your online talk on the SSE website and intend to get it soon. Submitted By: James
Robert Waggoner 5/17/2010 2:44 PM
Harry, Experiences vary in their degree of lucid awareness. You may become consciously aware of dreaming for twenty seconds, and then become entranced by a new scene and completely lose your lucid awareness. So it takes practice to maintain lucid awareness. In your situation, it sounds like you became lucid, then lost all the visuals (the scene went black), which led to a momentary sleep paralysis. Anyway, congratulations for becoming lucid! With practice, your lucid skills will develop and you will remain lucid for much longer. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Harry 5/17/2010 5:36 AM
Hi Robert. I wrote you you earlier.Well, yesterday, while taking an afternoon nap, I experienced sleep paralysis. I tried to keep my mind awake but in the end I fell asleep. In the dream I was approahing a port and there were a few boats there. Instantly, I recalled having seen this place in my dream the previous day and thought 'this is a dream!'I think I was conscious.Then everything became black. I tried to move my dream body. It felt like my arms and legs were being lifted out of my physical body. When I opened my eyes, I was lying on my bed in my room,exactly in the 'same position' I had been sleeping.I found it difficult to move my arms,like being underwater.I had other dreams like this as well.They always began in my bed and I had difficulty moving. Is it a normal dream, a semi-lucid dream or a lucid one? It's weird that moving seems so hard in these dreams. Thanks Submitted By: Harry
Robert 5/14/2010 2:08 PM
Tanya, Do you remember learning to ride a bike? In the first months, could you ride very well? Did you ever crash your bike? So in lucid dreams, like bike riding, we can either learn how to do it well or simply stop doing it. If you wish to stop a lucid dream, then do this: stare at a dream object for five or ten seconds and you will wake. However, I think that your best choice is to learn how to be a better lucid dreamer, and focus on all of the positive things that you can do when consciously aware. You can fly. Ask dream figures to explain the dream. Make artwork appear. Tell your headaches to go away. All of this you can do, when lucid. Submitted By: Robert
Tanya 5/11/2010 5:25 PM
Hello! I've heard about Lucid Dreaming about 8 months ago, and thought to myself to try it out since it seemed cool. I was always very good at remembering my dreams, so it seemed something I could get the hang of. I did manage to have a good deal of lucid dreams in the past few months, though I could only control a very small part of it and, for the most part was just observing things. Now I have lucid dreams often (around 2, sometimes 3 times a week), but the problem is I'm growing to not like it so much. My last two dreams felt scary for me even if nothing particularly bad happened, but I felt like I wasn't going to wake up, so I got really scared... The first time, I don't remember what happened before I started getting scared, but I tried to wake up, and not only did I not manage to, but a person showed up and I said to them I wasn't going to try lucid dreaming again if they let me wake up. It still didn't work and I ended flying around with this person while dreaming, but even if
Robert Waggoner 5/10/2010 12:26 PM
Harry, Yes, a seven hour sleep period seems sufficient to have lucid dreams. Normally, you will find that the lucid dreams occur in the final hour or two of sleep. In my book, I encourage experienced lucid dreamers to try the MILD technique consistently and read about lucid dreaming before going to sleep. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Harry 5/10/2010 10:23 AM
Hi,Robert.I recently found out about lucid dreaming and I'm interested in learning it. I read somewhere that we need about 8-10 hrs of sleep every night. But I can only sleep for 7 hrs on weekdays. Do you think 7 hrs of sleep(11pm-6am,can't sleep earlier or later) is sufficient for learning lucid dreaming or is it an obstacle? Any suggestions? I also take afternoon naps,1 or 2 hrs. Can napping compensate for the loss of sleep and dreaming at night? Submitted By: Harry
Robert Waggoner 4/27/2010 6:21 PM
Sam, Congratulations! As I point out in my book (pg 260), a lucid dream can visually collapse and then the lucid dreamer see only a sparkling black (like an old TV set when it is not on a channel). Lucid dreamers often call this "the gray state" or "the Void". If experienced, you can hang on in this state, and wait for a new dream to re-appear. In my book, I provide hints on how to do this. All the best! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sam 4/26/2010 6:13 PM
Robert, last night I succeeded in becoming lucid. However, like most beginners, the dream did not last long. The strange thing was that I did not wake up from the dream, the dream just ended. I tried to recover the dream with no luck. Every thing just started to melt and then there was just black. I'm not sure if this was a false awakening or if I was truly lucid. Any suggestions? Submitted By: Sam
Robert Waggoner 4/23/2010 3:28 PM
Sam, So in the "finding your hands" technique, you set up a game with your self. Each night, before going to sleep, you tell yourself repeatedly, "Tonight in my dreams, I will see my hands, and realize I am dreaming." Then, one night in a dream, your hands will appear right in front of your face, and you will realize you are lucid dreaming! So here are some additional ideas: During the day, imagine yourself in a dream. Now, visualize your hands popping up into your visual field and you respond, "My hands! I am dreaming!" Then think of how cool it will be when you are lucid dreaming -- see yourself flying through the dreamscape, talking to dream figures, making things appear. Add this to your pre-sleep routine, and then write me when you succeed! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sam 4/22/2010 8:44 PM
Robert, I have recently (in the past month) become interested on the subject of lucid dreaming. However I am having trouble even looking at my "hands" in my dream. I have a dream journal and I log in dreams just about every night. I have no difficulty remembering dreams. I have tried the exercise in which you study your hands before you go to be and tell your self that you will recognize that you are dreaming for three nights now. I have tried using mild and wbtb methods with no luck. I do reality checks throughout the day. I do not feel that I fear becoming lucid. I do not have any objections to lucid dreaming. I must be doing something wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Submitted By: Sam
Robert Waggoner 3/18/2010 8:59 AM
Ramos, Thanks for your question about using lucid dreams to promote emotional well being (BTW, I'm not a doctor). A number of lucid dreamers have had success with this. Just recently, a lucid dreamer sent me a "thank you" note for helping her with her moderate anxiety. I asked her to become lucid and announce, "In the week ahead, I will not experience anxiety!" She did so, and discovered in the coming week, that she had almost no anxiety. She continued this practice - and now feels very little anxiety. In your case, it is important to pre-determine what you want to achieve and create the exact request. Memorize your request statement. If you need help becoming lucid, then read my book's appendix for induction techniques. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Ramos 3/17/2010 6:43 PM
Hello, Dr. Waggoner! In your book, I noticed that all of the cases in regards to curing ailments had to do with physical injuries/problems. Can dreams be used to heal psychological problems as well? I suffer from moderate social anxiety and have wondered about what I could do to help alleviate the stress I feel in certain situations. I have thought about saying affirmations within my dreams ("I enjoy talking to people", etc.), or asking "the source" for help, or trying to act confident with different dream characters (this would be difficult because I have a hard time controlling my dreams and summoning people before premature awakening occurs). I have a hard time attaining lucidity so I feel I would like to know the best technique in advance rather than squandering the few lucid dreams I do have. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Submitted By: Ramos
Robert Waggoner 3/15/2010 1:40 PM
John, Thanks for reading the book. Your issue (of waking up immediately upon becoming lucid) has been a common complaint among beginning lucid dreamers. Normally, the waking up seems caused by the excitement of realizing "I am dreaming!". As lucid dreamers learn, intense emotions cause dreaming to end. So lucid dreamers learn to modulate their emotions. They clamp down on excess emotions, focus on something boring if emotions begin to rise too high (like the floor or any boring object) or tell themselves to stay calm. So modulate your emotions, and you will likely stay in the lucid dream! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
John Mcune 3/14/2010 5:35 AM
I have read the book and am now trying out the ideas. I have tried the lucid dreaming but am having a little trouble. In my experimenting I get to where I am in the dream and try looking at my hands but when I do I wake up every time. I don't know what I am doing wrong but it happens every time. Submitted By: John Mcune
Robert Waggoner 2/25/2010 12:28 PM
Matt, Sounds like you have natural lucid dreaming abilities. Regarding your second lucid dream experience, did you have the ability to hear your phone vibrate, while dreaming? You may have incorporated the time of the call into your lucid dream in that fashion. As you finish my book, you will discover new ways to investigate this more thorougly and completely. Best wishes.... Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Matt 2/23/2010 1:24 PM
Hi Robert, I am in the middle of reading your book and I had some interesting experiences while napping yesterday. After waking up early to work I took a nap in the afternoon, and had a couple of either lucid dreams or OBEs, I can't really tell. The first one involved me "rolling out" of my bed/body, and I was instantly aware that I was in a different form of consciousness. I began to fly about my apartment, showing off to my roommates who seemed unimpressed. I then went outside to fly around there, but lost my ability and grabbed on to some trees before I woke up. It was nice outside, not snowy like reality. The next experience was the same, except a little longer. I went and talked to my one roommate, who wanted to study. I said no, and began to explore my apartment complex. Flying down the halls, which had different carpet than normal, I came across a clock and a telephone, like in a hotel or something. The clock said 12:21, which reminded me of my alarm clock and I woke u
Robert Waggoner 2/22/2010 12:31 PM
Dinae, Thanks for recommending my book to others. Your question about flying only a foot off the ground reminds me of my early attempts at flying lucidly. Normally, I would only get about six feet off the ground, before I began to focus on "how high" I felt (with a bit of uncertainty) and then, usually crashed to the ground. I realized that I needed to concentrate my focus on where I wished to fly! When I did that, and concentrated on a place to fly to, I did so easily and gracefully. But when concerned about "how high" and focused on the ground, I followed that focus and crashed. For you, begin to focus on high places like a tree top, and then see yourself there -- make that your intent and focus, and soon you will find yourself flying easily through the dreamscape. By using focus and intent, lucid dreamers make things happen. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Diane 2/21/2010 8:41 PM
Robert, just finished your book. I really enjoyed it. I thought I was a lucid dreamer, I guess I am just a semi-lucid according to your book. What is the cause in a dream where you are trying to fly but can't seem to get more than 12 or so inches off the ground? I have been interested in dreams for a very long time, as a child and even now, when I have a memory, I cannot always remember if it was real or in a dream...Thanks for your book. It is much needed, I highly recommend it and have. Submitted By: Diane
Robert Waggoner 2/15/2010 3:37 PM
William, Glad you enjoyed the book. The non-dual experience of what you call "Pure Awareness" came after twenty years of lucid dreaming and seeking to go beyond form or symbolic form. In a sense, I sought to go beyond lucid dreaming. So that non-dual clear light seems to be what exist beyond thought or form. To your question about dying in a dream or lucid dream, some people have lucidly placed themselves in situations of dying within a lucid dream, but they always seem to wake back up in physical reality to tell the story. Best wishes to you as you begin to explore lucid dreaming. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 2/15/2010 3:27 PM
Zach, Thanks for your question. If I understand it correctly, I think the issue may involve the depth of your lucid awareness, as you suppose. Or perhaps, your sense of feeling disconnected may exist as a defense mechanism -- that means you find lucid dreaming too incredible and so to defend yourself from that awesomeness, your waking self views the lucid dream with a 'so what' attitude. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
William 2/10/2010 5:18 PM
Hi Robert, Just finished your book, and being exposed to all the information thoughout the book was an amazing experience, even without actually having lucid dreams. There were a few questions I raised while reading the book that were not answered in the book, and I would love to hear your insight. 1) Do you believe the Pure Awareness you experienced (from page 81) was God? 2) Can you--the part in a dream and not necessarily your physical self--die while in a dream, or would you wake up first? And if so, 3) If dream events are closely paralleled by brain events, could your physical body die if you die in a dream? Thank you for writing such an amazing book. It was truly life affecting. Submitted By: William
Zach 1/10/2010 11:12 PM
I have been interested in lucid dreaming for a long time now, and thanks to your book, I am becoming more proficient at it. But there is one problem that I often encounter. During the dream, I feel like I am very aware; aware enough to perform experiments that I've wanted to do, such as predicting lottery numbers. (I actually got very close with my last attempt!) But as aware as i seem while in the dream, when I remember the dream the next day, I feel somewhat disconnected from it. It's as if I was experiencing a lower level of lucidity, where I am aware, but I just follow the plot of the dream instead of consciously making decisions. Is this just a normal part of lucid dreaming? Or have I just not progressed enough yet? Submitted By: Zach
Robert Waggoner 10/22/2009 9:48 AM
Georgi, Glad to hear that you are "loving this book!" A very interesting experience with your nephew which suggests a possible mutual dream. As for additional hints, my book's appendix contains a load of tips, techniques and hints for more frequent lucid dreaming. If that fails, ask your nephew to lucidly find you in the dream state and help you achieve conscious awareness :-) Best wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Georgi 10/21/2009 7:54 PM
I am absolutely loving this book! So mind expanding. I have been intending to see my hands as a trigger to lucid dream. I keep seeing them, but don't pop into lucidity. I had also studied my rings on my hands, trying to further the trigger. I do remember having a dream about my rings. My nephew called me the next day, and said I had shown him my rings in his dream, and was very descriptive of a particular one. HE had the lucid dream, with my trigger. Darn it! Could I smack myself lucid in a dream? Kind of a joke, but hey, if it would work I'm all for it. I have had lucid dreams before, a few, but never understood I had control. So it shouldn't be hard for me. Any more hints? As soon as I can "get" one, I know I'll be on my way. LOVE the book, thanks. Submitted By: Georgi
Robert Waggoner 10/2/2009 1:17 PM
Sweetie, Earlier this week on Facebook, a grandmother wrote me that she had read my book, diligently practiced and had her first lucid dream ever! So, lucid dreaming happens to people of all ages. What helps is to approach it youthfully -- with sincere curiosity, with youthful hope and wonder, with a playful spirit. If you can do that, chronological age will not matter. Best wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sweetie 9/30/2009 10:18 PM
Dear Robert, I heard that peoples' abilities to lucid dream gets less as they get older. Is this true? Okay, babies have more REM. So, where is the natural curve of loss of REM? And to what extent can we make up for this by training and practicing? How much hope do we have for those of us in our middle age? (I seem to notice many people doing this are in college). I am in my mid-50's. Thanks! Submitted By: Sweetie
Robert Waggoner 9/15/2009 9:11 AM
Karen, Glad you enjoyed my book. I have been thinking about developing a CD course or audio tape on lucid dreams. Currently, I am unaware of any. Thanks, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/15/2009 9:06 AM
CMSHIN, I normally do self hypnosis/meditation, as just part of my life. Often I found that I spontaneously lucid dreamt on the nights after my Iyengar Yoga classes. For you, I have two recommendations -- first, get more sleep (most lucid dreams occur in the final sleep cycle of a seven to eight hour sleep period) and second, before sleep, suggest to yourself that you will easily recall your dreams for your dream journal. Best wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Karen McIntyre 9/12/2009 1:38 PM
I read your book Lucid Dreaming. I like to listen to self-development lectures whilst getting dressed for work. Are there any CD courses on lucid dreaming that you can refer me to? Thank you KM Submitted By: Karen McIntyre
cmshin 9/10/2009 5:24 AM
Hi Robert. I wonder if it is necessary to practise other stuff like meditation, self-hypnosis or dream yoga to learn and master lucid dreaming. Do you do that? And also, what mantra should I use best to help in dream recall? My dream recall seems to be deteriorating. I find it hard to remember even one dream during weekdays because I have to go to school and I hardly have six hours to sleep. Any advice? Thanks in advance! Submitted By: cmshin
Robert Waggoner 9/9/2009 10:31 AM
Alasdair, To your question about performing a reality check in your class room, the solution seems to be a new reality check. Instead of jumping up in the air to see if you levitate, may I suggest that you try to stick your hand into an object or try closing your nose and breathing. If your hand goes into the object or you can breathe when you shut your nose, then you can assume that you are dreaming. These state test actions will hardly be noticed by your students. Good luck -- and for more advice, ideas, please read my book. Thanks! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 9/9/2009 10:23 AM
Frank, Generally, I feel that people should practice lucid dream induction techniques and learn how to lucid dream naturally first. Certain herbs, vitamins and chemicals can affect a person's awareness and increase the chance of becoming lucid. However, LaBerge noted that the lucid dreams were different in some respects from a normal lucid dream. I have heard of at least one person who took a lucid supplement, woke to get a glass of water (since she felt so hot) and fainted on the kitchen floor. For this reason, I encourage people to pursue non-chemical induction techniques. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Alasdair 9/9/2009 4:47 AM
Richard, I have been practising various techniques from Stepehn LaBerge's book "Exploring the world of lucid dreaming". He talks about reality state teasting and suggests that we consitently use one technique (eg reading some writing twice, jumping/flying etc). However I have found that sticking to one technique in waking life (in order to inculcate the habit which should then carry over to dreaming) is impractical. I am a teacher if something odd happens and I want to do a state test I can hardly start jumping up and down in front of my students! Any suggestions? Submitted By: Alasdair
Frank Shields 9/7/2009 2:30 AM
Hey Robert, I'm writing to see if you have heard of Thomas Yuschak & his book Advanced Lucid Dreaming... ? I cannot find any information on his studies at all, do you think using supplements to help induce lucid dreaming is worthwhile and safe? Its an avenue that i'm looking into and want a professional opinion, thanks! Submitted By: Frank Shields
Robert Waggoner 9/1/2009 1:29 PM
Sylvo, Thanks for your comment about my blogging. Yes, lucid dreamers see something that few others do -- a subconscious that operates according to principles, and the infinity that underlies it. Or said otherwise, the Emptiness that supports the Form. Best wishes on your lucid journeys! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Sylvo 9/1/2009 9:41 AM
Hi Robert: Read your most recent blog posting. Love that phrase: "the principled infinity of the subconsious mind." How evocative! How descriptive! As for the "Expectation Effect", it is alive and well, certainly in my own lucid dreams. Cheers, Sylvo Submitted By: Sylvo
Robert Waggoner 8/31/2009 12:09 PM
Howard, Thanks for ordering my book. I have heard that a new version of the NovaDreamer will be coming out, so you might want to wait. Otherwise, google reviews about the earlier models, and see what others have said. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Howard 8/29/2009 7:56 PM
Hi Robert, I just listened to your interview on dreamland. very interesting.I also ordered your new book. If I were to buy one of those dream masks do you recommend them and is one better than the other? Thanks, HOward Submitted By: Howard
Robert Waggoner 8/28/2009 3:50 PM
David, At my highest level of lucid dreaming, I hit thirty lucid dreams a month, using MILD almost every night. Based on that, I'd suggest the following: 1) commit to one technique like MILD and follow it faithfully, 2) create a monthly chart of your lucid dreams and hang it in your bedroom as a reminder and goal, 3) read about lucid dreaming before going to sleep (print off The Lucid Dream Exchange for example or use my book), 4) get curious about lucid dream possibilities -- expand your wonder. That'd be my recommendation in a nutshell. Also check out my blog on developing a lucid mindset. Best wishes! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
David 8/27/2009 8:03 PM
Hi Robert, I have about six years of lucid dreaming experience, but I can't seem to have any more than once a week or so. I try nightly, but my results seem very sporadic. Any suggestions for increacing my frequency? Submitted By: David
Robert Waggoner 8/25/2009 11:58 AM
Joan, Numerous young people report these type of experiences (associated with OBEs) in their teens and twenties. Like you, many become frightened, since it can be quite intense and seems strange. Some learn to accept it, and go along, and discover themselves in an apparent OBE state (which some people consider a lucid dream, but in my book, I discuss the differences). You end your post wondering if these experiences are the result of psychological issues (teenage angst, etc). Personally, they seem too widespread to be related to psychological issues; in fact, these occasional buzzings seems to be quite normal. I included a chapter on lucid dreams and OBEs for this very reason -- they are common and normal experiences. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Joan 8/25/2009 9:30 AM
hi Robert, I've just read in your book your experience with the 'buzzing' for OBEs. Unbelievable because you are the first other person I have heard this happened to. I experienced the 'buzzing' many many times in my youth when lying in bed (between sleep and wakefulness). It used to frighten me, I didn't know what was happening. Besides the 'buzzing' I always experienced major sensation in my head - it felt very large and fluid and pulsating. I felt like I was almost all head and no body. It felt like suctioning as well. The entire experience was all about sensation. It was always dark. I felt like a pulsating 'being', in limbo. I only experienced this once again in my 6th month of pregnacy of my second child. I was in bed upset about something. The 'buzzing' started and I recognized it. Being older, I decided to let the feelings creep over me like they had so many times before. The buzzing would be the inro, the other sensations would join in. I then thought it was pe
Robert Waggoner 7/1/2009 9:11 PM
Bruce, Thanks for recommending my book and your comments on the Scientific American article. At present, some science suggests that dreaming may assist in aspects of memory, emotions and creativity (the latest research showing creativity being enhanced by dreaming). However, this field has far to go, and lucid dreaming provides an entirely new area of exploration on many levels, as my book points out. Fifty years ago, famous scientists called dreaming "the junk of the mind" and lucid dreaming was a fantasy. Thankfully, those days are over -- and lucid dreaming now provides a new revolutionary scientific tool to consciously explore dreaming. However, it must be utilized as such....All the best, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Bruce Blair 6/28/2009 10:25 AM
Hi Robert, I'm halfway thru your book which I find most interesting. I've had a couple dozen lucid dreams which were mostly just a few seconds long, but the last one was almost 30 seconds and was in an urban setting. As an architect, I'm most interested in developing lucid dreaming as a way to review and design projects. As a subscriber to Scientific American (the country's oldest magazine), I read and commented on a recent web article of theirs on dreaming (the 2nd comment) and as I mention your book, thought you might like to read the article also. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=evolutionary-enigma-dream No one else had a lucid dreaming comment, tho; so far, at least. This may be an indicator of the interest and acceptance of lucid dreaming by our Scientific Illuminati at this particular point in time. Thanks again for the wonderful book. Bruce Submitted By: Bruce Blair
Robert Waggoner 6/19/2009 12:08 PM
Martin, Interesting comment! Sorry it was cut off - apparently this software has a character limit. To your main point, lucid dreaming appears to provide evidence for another layer or system of inner awareness with deeper knowledge, concepts and information beyond the ego's knowing. It would be interesting to have brain wave patterns on lucid dreamers in the process of seeking conceptual information. Perhaps, we would see the brain wave patterns of 'the Muse' in action. Lucid dreaming is a profound tool to boadening our individual and collective awareness. Cheers, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
martin 6/19/2009 11:15 AM
This not so much a question but I did not know how else to contact you. Just reading your 'gateway to the inner self book' and after reading all the other literature on lucid dreaming I finally found someone who hits upon the looming reality of the other sentience behind our ego. In Ovid's Metamorphosis there is a great discription of the island of sleep Where Somnos rules. His son Morpheus gives us human forms of greater portent, where as his two other brothers Phobetos and Phantasus they create the dream landscape and animals, trees etc. Folklore abounds with the island metaphor Neverland, Phantastica etc . My view is that the sea is the delta waves of deep sleep, the island is the 'place' where, as an example of our waking world, the theatre can take place. I have felt the call of the unconscious through Art and writing as well.i feel that it is wanting to contact us, to help us to wake up. One way is by producing gentle connatations of the absurd within the dream so our reas
Robert Waggoner 5/31/2009 1:56 PM
Rishabh, In general, the greatest likelihood for a lucid dream has been shown to be in the final two hours of sleep. However, if you wish, you can try to have a WILD or wake initiated lucid dream, by taking your conscious awareness into the sleep state as you fall asleep. In my experience, WILDs do not seem as interesting as regular lucid dreams. You may wish to look at the techniques I have summarized at www.dreaminglucid.com under Incubating Lucid Dreams. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Rishabh 5/27/2009 11:40 AM
Is it possible to have lucid dreams in the first REM period of 10 minutes with the MILD technique? If I say I have an average quality of prospective memory , still can I take lucid dreams with MILD technique without prospective memory training? Submitted By: Rishabh
Robert Waggoner 5/26/2009 9:23 PM
Rishabh, When using the MILD technique, I suggest seeing it as a role-playing, visualization technique to be done in a playful manner. If done with too much intensity, you can become too alert -- it is better to stay in the creamy-dreamy state of the visualization which will make it easier to go back to sleep. So play easily with MILD as a dream fantasy. Best wishes, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Rishabh 5/26/2009 4:22 AM
Is it necessary to do reality checks if I am trying to master the MILD technique While doing the procedure of MILD I find some problems: 1.Its hard to get back to sleep 2.Due to which I have to sleep without intention. I do intention-reflection technique to get some of my lucid dreams.So tell me how to get frequent lucid dreams. So please help me!!! Submitted By: Rishabh
Robert Waggoner 5/22/2009 3:42 PM
Peggy, First, Congratulations on becoming lucid! So at the seminar, I suggested four crucial things to do in the first 15 to 30 seconds: Modulate your emotions; Elevate your awareness; Maintain your focus and Express your intent. Many people discover that they become too excited at being lucid, and the lucid dream collapses. In my handout, I gave three things to do to modulate emotions (check that out). My other suggestion is to create a goal, such as, "I will become lucid and fly around the room." That intent will help you when you become lucid, since it will act as a focus or goal for you to achieve. It may be that your current suggestion to become "lucid" is being achieved -- you are! But without a plan to do after becoming lucid, you wake. Keep at it, and let me know how it goes. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Peggy 5/22/2009 3:32 PM
Hey Robert, It's me again. I've been consistently attempting to achieve lucidity since your visit to Norfolk. I think I have two or three times, but as soon as I realize it, I awaken. This is frustrating. Also, I'm wondering if conscious awareness can occur in the 'twilight' state, which is where most of my remembered dreams seem to occur. If so, is that why I wake up so quickly? Thanks. Peggy Submitted By: Peggy
Robert Waggoner 5/19/2009 11:15 AM
John, Most lucid dreamers discover that expectation and intent help create the situation that they then experience. So, I assume one could expect and intend an OBE state by suggesting that as one falls backward. In my experience, I have practiced with this: becoming lucidly aware, and then shouting out to the awareness behind the dream, "Hey, take me to the next level" or "Let me feel the next form". At least on one occasion after doing this, I then had the experiential phenomena associated with OBE. Thanks for your question. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
John 5/18/2009 1:04 PM
Hi Robert, In your book, you talk a little bit about out-of-body experiences (OBEs) you've had. Do you know of any way to convert a lucid dream into an OBE? A friend of mine said that if you let your dream body fall backward during a lucid dream, it will sometimes cause you to have an OBE. Any idea if this will work? Submitted By: John
Robert Waggoner 5/13/2009 10:41 AM
Peggy, Thanks for coming to my lucid dreaming seminar at the Studio for the Healing Arts in Norfolk, VA. Best wishes on incubating a lucid dream. It helps if you have an idea of what you might like to do, when lucid - since this creates emotional energy which makes lucid dreaming more likely and more fun. I appreciate your note, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Peggy Saunders 5/12/2009 3:04 PM
Robert, I met you in Norfolk this past weekend. I had to slip out a few minutes early, and didn't get the opportunity to thank you for all of the helpful information you provided. I am not, yet, dreaming lucidly, but I'm studying my hands every night. I know it will come, and when it does, I'll let you know. Peggy Submitted By: Peggy Saunders
Robert Waggoner 5/11/2009 8:54 AM
Nekoda, This past weekend, I was giving a lucid dreaming seminar in Norfolk, VA., so just received your question. Most all of us have dreams that (in retrospect) seemed filled with 'unreal things.' On my Lucid Dream Exchange website ( www.dreaminglucid.com ), I provide Five Successful Techniques for incubating lucid dreaming. In your case, I might suggest my modified version of the Castaneda technique, which involves simple mental conditioning. You learn to associate the sight of your hands with the thought, 'This is a dream' -- once, this is established in your mind, your hands will suddenly appear in your dreams and you'll realize, "This is a dream!" Then you will experience consciously being in the dream. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Nekoda Harris 5/7/2009 12:58 AM
Hi Robert, I've been researching "Lucid Dreaming" for some years now. I understand, that waking to lucid dreaming is by recognizing something that is out of place in the dream and then acknowledging that you're dreaming. Here's where my problem lies. Most or all of my life my dreams have been filled with nothing but unreal things. So do u think that I've become so used to those type of dreams that I can't do anything about it? How do I push myself out of this situation so that I can lucid dream? I feel like I can't even fathom the idea of dreams feeling and looking as real as reality. I just don't know what to do. Submitted By: Nekoda Harris
Robert Waggoner 4/18/2009 11:06 PM
Hi Ryan, Thanks for your note below. Some people find that they need to employ one of the lucid dreaming induction techniques that I mention in the book's appendix and apply it consistently for a week or two. Using the MILD technique or Castaneda's hand technique - consistently - and without too much emotion, often lead to success. But pick one, and use it consistently. Congrats on remembering dreams -- that skill will be very important as you develop your lucid dreaming. Also, you should find that you have dreams in which you almost become lucid or say, 'That reminds me of a lucid dream that I read about.' Persistence, Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner 4/18/2009 11:00 PM
Frank, If it were my lucid dream, I would begin by having some conversations with Condy. Ask her about her presence there. Does she represent something? Why does she seem to be around? Do you know her from the past, etc? By initiating a conversation, you may learn a lot about the nature of this recurring dream figure. Cheers! Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Ryan 4/17/2009 12:07 PM
Robert, I have been trying to experience a lucid dream since I started reading your book about a week ago. A few days ago I finished it and began to employ many of your techniques but I just can't seem to get it. I have been keeping a dream journal for a week to record my dreams and interpretations. Sometimes I have up to 3-4 dreams a night that I can recall but none that are lucid. I have even been reading about experiences of other lucid dreamers before bed. I know it is very emotionally driven and the more excited I am the better chances I have at becoming lucid, but I am already very excited! Have you discovered anything new that could help since writing your book? I would love any additional advice you have! Thanks! Submitted By: Ryan
Frank 4/16/2009 8:46 PM
Hi Robert, I lucid dream at least 4 times a week. It took me awhile to learn, but now it's pretty much second nature. I have this girl named condy who comes to me and when i need her I call her name and she's there. She is usually behind me when I am flying. Anyway she gives me the impression we have known eachother for a long time. Here is my question is it possible that she lives on the earth plane as I am now, and I just havn't met her yet in this life? I hope this makes sense. One more question Can it be possible that our dream characters are actual people that are dreaming as well, but that they are not aware, and can we help them to become lucid? Thanks for your help. Submitted By: Frank
Robert Waggoner 4/2/2009 10:09 AM
Bob, Even pointless dreams likely have a point. You might want to check out some of the books by Gayle Delaney, who has some excellent interpretation techniques and insights. For myself, personally, I would wonder about my 'energy' level -- do I have things in my life that get me excited or curious? Am I feeding my inner self what it needs to grow? Lastly, I would consider incubating a question to my dreaming self. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Bob 3/29/2009 11:59 PM
Robert, I'm hoping you can help. I am not a great lucid dreamer though have had wonderful flying dreams in the past. Now I'm puzzled because my dreams have become what I can only describe as incredibly dull. I seem to spend hours wandering around dull hallways and byways looking for something quite mundane. I'm guessing the next step is to get lucid and get out of there, but can you tell me what might be going on if a person is repeatedly having such long pointless dreams? Thanks! Submitted By: Bob
Robert Waggoner 3/1/2009 4:42 PM
R.A., Hi, and thanks for adding a note about flying techniques. For those first flights, you have some excellent advice. Also, a bit of flying or levitating acts as a powerful 'reality check.' Lucid dreamers just seem to love the freedom of soaring and flying -- a passion shared with many pilots in the waking world. Unfortunately, it appears the software has shortened your long message, but I hope my book spurs new lucid investigations, or flights! Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
R.A. Nocera 2/27/2009 5:26 PM
Hello - I was one of Steve LaBerge's original 'oneironaughts' at Stanford sleep lab during his research. I'm and artist/ composer/synesthete and have been a lifelong lucid dreamer. I just started reading your new book and have a commment on flying, one of my favorite pastimes. I sugget to people that they imagine they're in water and use their arms to do a breastroke to get off the ground. I explain that we are at the bottom of a dense atmosphere, similar to water, and they can use the medium as such. This is a good analogy for waking life in relating one approach to flying. In dreams I just usually tell people to jump up in the air and they're off. Sometimes I get going by running down an incline, but usually I just throw myself off the nearest cliff. I used to 'practice' flying when I was a kid by running down the hill we lived on, in a grassy yard, and just when I crossed the driveway between houses there was a slight dip that I would jump up into and get air. Also, jumping off t
Robert Waggoner 2/25/2009 9:04 AM
Angela, Thanks for coming to my presentation at Iowa State University. Many more people came than I expected. And glad you are enjoying the book -- lucid dreaming has incredible depth. Let me know, and I'll be happy to speak at Drake University. Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
angela 2/20/2009 1:12 PM
Robert, I heard your presentation at ISU and it was fabulous! I would love to see you visit Drake in the near future. I am enjoying your book immensely! angela Submitted By: angela
Robert Waggoner 2/20/2009 11:03 AM
Patrick, Glad you enjoyed the book. Yesterday, I was reading about an old psychologist, Kurt Lewin, who wrote, "If you truly want to understand something, try to change it." On some levels, this relates to your experience. In a lucid dream, first try to 'change' your own action. Make choices - instead of moving to the left, move to the right. Get comfortable with your ability to direct your focus and activity. Then, once you have the ability to direct your self, at that point use your concentrated focus and intent to influence an insignificant object in the dream. If you see a bike, either pick it up and throw it, or mentally imagine it levitating off the apparent ground. Try simple things first, and only one item at a time. As you progress, you will see the importance of those Reality Creating Principles of Belief, Expectation, Focus, Intent and Will (re-read that chapter). Finally, it may be that you are semi-lucid -- you 'get' that the dream seems dreamy and is probably a lu
Patrick Smith 2/18/2009 8:37 PM
I read your book and enjoyed it very much. I remember 4 or 5 dreams a week and on occasion I know that I'm dreaming but I have no control of the dream. Can you give me any advice on learning to influence my dreams a little more? Thanks Submitted By: Patrick Smith
Robert Waggoner 2/8/2009 12:08 PM
I am so glad that you wrote, because experienced lucid dreamers often encounter a unique dream state environment which has few objects or figures. Instead the lucid dreamer finds him or herself in a relatively empty, dark space - like being on a dark theater stage. Frequently, the other party with you is someone that you know, and you converse and exchange information very directly. In my book I mention this as possibly being akin to a unique state called, "dreams of clarity" by Buddhists in the Bon tradition. Also in my book, I mention meeting someone in this unique state who introduced me to his wife in it. I had never met her in waking reality. Months later, we were having a dinner party and some people said they had met the woman. I told them that she had been introduced to me in a dream, and proceeded to describe her -- much to the astonishment and disbelief of my friends. Later when I did meet her, she looked exactly as I had seen and was even wearing the same dress. So
Clair, lucid dreamer 2/8/2009 11:58 AM
Robert, I have not purchased your book, but will after finding this site. I was online searching to see if it is possible to speak with others(living not deceased) in a dream when I came across this site after many others. On three occassions I have conversed with someone I feel very strongly about. One time it was in the middle of the afternoon, so it was not like he was sleeping also. In the dreams it is very simple, the background is black nothing around, except the two of us talking, asking the other questions. We are unable to be together at this time in our lives and basically in these dreams, he is telling me it is alright and we will be eventually. Is this possible or is it my ego telling me what I want to hear. I feel strongly that this is really transpiring and has been over the course of 3 years. I am afraid to talk about it with others and have asked for guidance from my angels and believe I have got confirmation from them, but I always second guess that I am clair Submitte
Robert Waggoner 2/8/2009 11:55 AM
I am so glad that you wrote, because experienced lucid dreamers often encounter a unique dream state environment which has few objects or figures. Instead the lucid dreamer finds him or herself in a relatively empty, dark space - like being on a dark theater stage. Frequently, the other party with you is someone that you know, and you converse and exchange information very directly. In my book I mention this as possibly being akin to a unique state called, "dreams of clarity" by Buddhists in the Bon tradition. Also in my book, I mention meeting someone in this unique state who introduced me to his wife in it. I had never met her in waking reality. Months later, we were having a dinner party and some people said they had met the woman. I told them that she had been introduced to me in a dream, and proceeded to describe her -- much to the astonishment and disbelief of my friends. Later when I did meet her, she looked exactly as I had seen and was even wearing the same dress. So
Robert Waggoner 2/8/2009 11:40 AM
Tom, Glad you enjoyed the book. There are stories of lucid dreamers, who state that they have entered another's dreams. If you were to try this, it seems advisable to find a friend who has good dream recall (otherwise you might have a great lucid dream and they recall absolutely nothing) and agrees to experiment. Best wishes on your lucid dream explorations. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Tom Hughes 2/8/2009 8:48 AM
Wakeup Call for Beginners Dear Robert Wagonner, I found your book absolutely captivating. Again and again, I discovered that you have arrived at the same insights with lucid dreaming (and set yourself the same goals) as I have by practicing the ancient consciousness expanding techniques. However, based on your descriptions your progress has been much faster than mine, and your experiences much more direct. Furthermore, nearly all of the scriptures indicate that you’re lost without a guru. Mine doesn’t seem to have entered my life as yet, and I’m somehow doubtful that he will in the modern western world in which I live. I’ve often thought, however, that perhaps the guru is within – and you’re book certainly gives me additional reasons to believe that this is true. But to finally get to my question: Do you have any experience with, or have you heard any reports of, skilled lucid dreamers entering into the dreams of not-yet-lucid dreamers in order to coax them into lucidity – a s
Robert Waggoner 1/31/2009 2:02 PM
Jake, Thanks for getting the book. A lot of people have written me that simply reading the book has increased their lucid dreaming dramatically. As your mind gets engaged in the ideas, lucid experiences and questions, you will likely find yourself having more lucid dreams. Throughout the book, I have included techniques for inducing and maintaining the lucid state; however for those people new to lucid dreaming, I have pages 259 to 281, which focuses exclusively on techniques to induce lucid dreams. So, my main advice for anyone is to get mentally engaged in lucid dreaming (create a lucid mind), and then select an induction technique and consistently do it. Best wishes! Robert Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Jake Dillard 1/31/2009 2:11 AM
Alright, well I just bought your book at Barnes & Noble a few hours ago, and before I start it, I just wanted to come to this website to ask for great tips to get me started on how to lucid dream, and I came to this part of the site, so I thought I would ask for some direct tips from you rather than sift through the web for good techniques. Thanks! Submitted By: Jake Dillard
Robert Waggoner 1/26/2009 8:01 PM
Bill, Your lucid dream experience reminds me of a lucid dreamer in one of Paul Tholey's experiments. The lucid dreamer was a young woman, who felt strongly about a guy but could never tell if he had an interest in her. So she became lucid, saw the guy, and then transfered her 'ego-core' into him, and viewed herself from his perspective. As they interacted in the lucid dream, she saw that he would never have an interest in her, due to his own issues. When she woke, she could completely accept that, and was now able to go her own way without regret. It's fascinating how an experience like your's changes the situation, both internally and externally. Thanks for submitting that. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
bill perry 1/24/2009 11:41 AM
I once had a lucid dream where I pulled up a dream character representation of a person I was having a difficult time getting along with in "real life". Then I did a form of Deep Trance Modeling by ordering that character to become a composite of everything I knew about that person both consciously and unconsciously. I asked a lot of questions of her, and she answered most of them, but a few she would say "How can I answer that if you don't already know the answer?" It ended up being quite amusing, and after that dream, we got along fine after that. The energy between us seems to have changed. Bill Submitted By: bill perry
Robert Waggoner 1/21/2009 11:03 AM
Simon, Very interesting. Each person's symbols are unique, and have special meaning for them alone. I'd suggest investigating 'roses' as a symbol - both outwardly through google or the library, and inwardly, while meditating on that response. It might be an enlightening experience. Another point - often in lucid dreams we become so amazed by the response, that we end the inverstigation right there. For example, one could ask to see their higher self, see a rose bush, and then pose questions to the rose bush. Similarly, you could do like Jung's active imagination technique, and get into a meditative state and then inquire of the rose bush symbol about your life questions. Let me know if you succeed in either approach. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
Simon Stranks 1/20/2009 1:15 PM
I've asked to see my spirit guide or higherself in two lucid dreams now, where i have been completely lucid. I did this because i feel i require some guidance in my life at this point.. On both occassions, a rose bush has appeared. The first had white roses. On the second occassion, it had pink roses, and when i reached out and touched a petal they turned white. Any insight would be greatly appreciated Robert. Thankyou. Submitted By: Simon Stranks
Robert Waggoner 1/5/2009 10:09 AM
John, Glad to hear that your lucid dreaming has increased since reading my book. As you may recall from my book, I mention the importance of phrasing your intent, and having a positive expectation. You may find better success by announcing to the dream, "Hey dream, show me something important for me to see!" Because dreams are so visual, this may result in a more powerful response (than asking the dream to 'tell' you something). With experience, you should find improvement. Best wishes. Submitted By: Robert Waggoner
John Fellows 12/25/2008 9:36 AM
So i had a few lucid dreams when I was a kid, and once i bought your book and started reading about it ive been having them about 3 times a week for a month. Im also 17. Anyways i'n your book you suggest asking the dream to tell you something important, and the 3 times ive tried nothing has responded. Is it just a lack of lucid dreaming experience? or am i only talking the dream and not to it? Submitted By: John Fellows
Robert 10/27/2008 5:54 PM
Richard, Some have suggested that a very small amount of caffeine before sleep may help stimulate lucid awareness. While others have suggested that taking vitamin B6 before sleep may promote memory/awareness of dreams. Good luck! Submitted By: Robert
RICHARD CARPENTER 10/24/2008 7:20 PM
ON ANOTHER WEBSITE I WAS TOLD THAT IF I DRINK A CERTAIN TYPE OF TEA [HERBAL MIX ].....THAT IT WOULD HELP ME REMEMBER MY DREAMS ..... DO YOU KNOW OF IT OR COULD YOU POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ?? Submitted By: RICHARD CARPENTER
Robert 10/7/2008 11:18 AM
Helen, Dreams of the deceased are commonly mentioned by dreamers. When lucid, we can consciously interact with them, ask questions and try to determine their status as merely dream figures or something else. In my book, I have an entire chapter on lucid dream interactions with the deceased. Robert Submitted By: Robert
Robert 10/7/2008 11:16 AM
Jennifer, Yes, you are not alone. Some recent studies have suggested that 50 to 80% of college students report having experienced becoming consciously aware in the dream state. Robert Submitted By: Robert
Jennifer 9/27/2008 6:09 PM
I have been a lucid dreamer since I was a child and for the longest time could not understand why everyone couldn't do as I do. I have tried to teach my daughter and I think its only a matter of time. I finally got her to dream in color so lucid dreaming shouldn't be far behind. Thanks for writing the book and at least I know I am not alone. Submitted By: Jennifer
helen 9/27/2008 5:24 PM
i enjoyed listening to you on c2c last night, but, never heard anybody comment on dreaming about people who have already died. my aunt died in july and i always enjoyed staying with her because she always made the best fried chicken i ever eat. in my dream me and her were in a kitchen frying chicken and making mashed potatoes and gravy and we both had flour all over us and we were laughing and having the best time. what do you think of this. i have dreams about dead people very often, but they are always alive in my dreams. i asked other people about this but, they don't have a clue. can you let me know what you think. thank you helen myers Submitted By: helen
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