About Robert Waggoner
Above photo, being interviewed by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer (on the left)regarding my new book.
An active lucid dreamer since 1975 and a member of IASD since 1995, Robert Waggoner is co-editor of the quarterly publication, "The Lucid Dream Exchange," and the author of the recently released book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self
In the book, I suggest that some experienced lucid dreamers are engaging the inner self or inner ego theorized by Carl Jung. Through a counter-intuitive technique of lucidly ignoring the dream figures and relating to the apparent awareness behind the dream materializations, lucid dreamers have apparently encountered this thoughtful inner awareness. In numerous instances, lucid dreamers have found this awareness to be responsive, creative, intelligent much like the Hidden Observer in deep hypnosis, discussed by Ernest Hilgard, Ph.D. in his book, Divided Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1977.
I also address the misconception that lucid dreamers control the dream. No sailor controls the sea. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream.
Though the field of psychology has traditionally alluded to various features of the dream realm such as Freud's pleasure principle and wish fulfillment theory, this book proposes lucid dreamers have commonly discovered that the expectation effect (in which the lucid dreamers experiences what he or she expects to experience) explains the wish fulfilling aspect of the dream environment more cogently. Similarly, Carl Jung's theory of a collective unconscious has been investigated by experienced lucid dreamers who intentionally seek out unexpected and unknown information. Their experience appears to show that some type of inner awareness carries a larger body of knowledge than the consciously aware lucid dreamer, though not exactly as Jung supposed. Additionally, this clearly refutes a mental model mechanism as the paradigm boundary of unconscious awareness.
Borrowing from Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development in children, I propose five developmental stages for lucid dreamers, beginning with pleasure seeking and play, and culminating with the experience of a non-dual awareness, suggested by some Buddhist traditions (see Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Ithaca, New York: Snow Lion Publications, 1998). I conclude that while aware in the dream state, one has a revolutionary psychological tool from which to begin to understand the principles of dreaming as well as the larger picture of mans psyche.
List of dream-related publications and/or web sites where
my work is featured.
The Lucid Dream Exchange www.dreaminglucid.com A quarterly publication featuring interviews with experienced lucid dreamers, articles on lucid dreaming and reader submitted lucid dreams.
Book website, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, at www.lucidadvice.com
Web address for PsiBer Conference paper "Patterns in Precognitive Dreaming" http://www.asdreams.org/telepathy/paper_waggoner.htm
Also, I own the domain dreamtelepathy.com if anyone would like to help me set up a site where people can meet, pair up and try simple dream telepathy experiments.