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    Thread: Lucid Dreaming Book Club (March-April)

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      Lucid Dreaming Book Club (March-April)

      Sorry this is late. Here's our winner for March and April:



      Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self by Robert Waggoner
      (suggested by EddieDean)

      I found these sources online if you need help accessing the book:

      Ebook:

      Hoopla Library Website (free)
      Overdrive/Libby (free if your library has purchased it)
      Amazon

      Audiobook:

      Audible
      Scribd

      I also recommend checking the catalog of your local library. There's a good chance you could find it on CD / Mp3 player or just the physical copy.

      Happy reading!
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      I am glad it is on audible. I would never have the time to read a book, lol.
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      "Instruction in Dream Yoga"

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      I have read this book, it's great, however, I think I'll read it again. In any lucid dreaming book, I love reading the chapters on how to get to lucid. I always find something I forgot, or, haven't practiced, or something completely new.
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      Started this book last night. In Ch. 3 somewhere.

      I like how he talks about lucid dreaming not taking away from regular dreaming, after facing criticisms about it. I've always felt that way, too, and it's in line with how I lucid dream most of the time (outside of LDs where I am trying to complete tasks). It doesn't take away from regular dreaming because you can still interpret things in a lucid dream, so long as you're not creating those things directly. Also, it can give greater clarity than a regular dream because all we are doing is bringing heightened awareness, memory, and logical thinking into the dream setting. What we do with our dream is all up to us.

      In fact, the way I like to LD, I like to follow along with the plot and setting, not controlling the dream, but only controlling myself. This type of LD can give greater insight into the psyche than a regular LD, especially if you follow a Jungian or similar school of thought. And it can still be a high level lucid, even if you're not controlling things.

      “No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like a sailor on the sea, we lucid dreamers direct our perceptual awareness within the larger state of dreaming.” - Robert Waggoner
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      HumbleDreamer asked me my thoughts on this book last summer on this thread . So I read the book then and this is what I had to say about it then:

      Spoiler for Thoughts on the book last summer:


      Now, it's almost been half a year so to summarize my thoughts, I would repeat the quote MoonageDaydream brought up:

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      No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like a sailor on the sea, we lucid dreamers direct our perceptual awareness within the larger state of dreaming. - Robert Waggoner

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      I like his dream example of an "OBE". He describes being lucid in his front yard, when someone approaches on a bicycle. He hides on the roof as they throw something at the house. When he wakes, he finds the newspaper was delivered. This reminds me of my experience of seeing my brother approach the house while I was lucid, then a moment later, in waking life, he rings the door bell.

      I'm not sure if OBEs are different from lucid dreams or not, but if they are, these are good examples!
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      So, reading chapters 4 & 5 has made me think about the way I attempt to go places within the dream. I like how he talks about the importance of intention, and focusing on the goal rather than getting there. I think what I will do next time is practice on only focusing my mind on where I want to be. Let the dream take me while I focus on the end goal only. Something to practice.
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      Finished reading this today. Honestly, the 2nd read through was great. There was so much I forgot about that I wanted to try out. Here's my original review with an edit for the 2nd read-through from Goodreads.

      Spoiler for Review:

      Some things I want to try out, inspired by the book:

      1. Request the dream to give me a "time extension" when I feel the lucid dream is near its end.

      2. Try singing in the dream about my dream activities, as this has been reported to help maintain awareness.

      3. Practice visualizing becoming lucid in dreams I have just awoken from, right after journaling.

      This was a great book!!
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      This is the book about LD which I consider being the best from all I have read until now (around ten).
      In fact, after reading it I basically do not feel the need or urge to read any other because it somehow filled the gap, if I can describe it this way. It shows that the space for exploration is so vast.
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