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Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth

By Authors, Robert Waggoner & Caroline McCready

Aimed at beginners, Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple shows the reader how to enter, stabilize and fully experience the lucid dream. Consciously aware in the virtual reality of the dream, these experienced authors teach you how to do the following:

  • consciously decide what actions to perform
  • explore dream space (or the contents of your subconscious)
  • interact with dream figures
  • conduct personal and scientific experiments
  • avoid costly mistakes and assumptions
  • be free of waking state limitations (e.g., flying, walking through walls, and discovering creative solutions to waking issues)

This book approaches lucid dreaming with insights from cognitive psychology, and focuses more on how to use lucid dream techniques for personal growth, insight and transformation. Whether a reader is completely new to lucid dreaming or someone who has experienced that incredible moment of realizing, “This is a dream!”, you will learn valuable tips and techniques gleaned from scientific research and decades of experience to explore this unique state of awareness more deeply.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A lucid and captivating book with practical strategies and inspiration to explore more deeply

By Student from London on 8 February 2016

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A beautifully (and lucidly!) written book.

I am a beginner (have been dream journalling for about 5 months and had a handful of lucid dreams so far) and found this book to be the most suited to me out of all of the ones I have read. The other two I have read are Charlie Morley’s “Lucid Dreaming – A Beginner ‘s Guide”, which was very readable but mainly contained information I had already accessed elsewhere – a great guide for early beginners – and “Gateway to the Inner Self” by Robert Waggoner, which was very interesting read, more towards the advanced side, with loads of great ideas of how to direct your intent in the dreamspace, but less instructional, more descriptive/anecdotal.

“Plain and Simple” was a perfect blend of clearly described techniques for beginners to practise, and deeper insights and practices to work towards. I am sure I will be reading it again this year and will continue to refer back to it. I circled loads of the passages in here and connected with many of the ideas. There are chapters covering all sorts of topics, such as basics like reality checks and how to improve recall, as well as practical ideas about how to stabilise dreams once you are lucid, how to maintain lucidity, and how to navigate the dreamscape, and also suggesting ideas of what you can use lucid dreaming for, and how to manifest your intentions.

It’s also a very pretty book to carry around, which helps 🙂

I would highly recommend this to all beginning and intermediate lucid dreamers, and I ‘m sure even advanced lucid dreamers would find something to brush up their techniques in here!

5.0 out of 5 stars The style is clear and inviting with some great examples woven into the text

By Lucidity chick on 18 March 2015

Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready have written a lovely guide to lucid dreaming. Unlike most “beginner’s” guides, this book has depth and a sensitivity to the subject born of years of combined personal experience with lucid dreaming.

Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple covers topics from ‘the power of projected belief’ to making thoughtful responses in the lucid dream, and explores dream settings as projected mental energy. The style is clear and inviting with some great examples woven into the text.

This book is well worth reading and not just for beginners either – for anyone interested in exploring lucid dreaming. Highly recommended!

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Read for Personal and Spiritual Development

By Heffernan Michael on 13 February 2015

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Having already read Daniel Love’s excellent ‘Are You Dreaming?’, I thought there was nothing else to learn about lucid dreaming. How very wrong I was ! Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready boldly go right up to the level of our existential/spiritual nature (dare I say bordering on the mystical) that lucid dreaming can lead to, while remaining at all times within the professional and scientific criteria of mainstream psychology. In this, they go way beyond LaBerge too. But they deal thoroughly with the necessary personal development that ‘s so important to work on before this level. In fact the psychology throughout this book is superb : even if it’s only to help you further enjoy the fun and excitement tha lucid dreaming offers!

Daniel Love scores very high for his thorough, systematic layout of the subject – winning way over Robert waggoner and Caroline McCready when it comes to induction techniques especially. But Love – despite producing a most facinating and very readable book – clearly strikes me as a reductionist, whereas the present authors are refreshingly humanistic. For me both books are compilmentary and essential companions.

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