The Beauty of Lucid Dreaming

by Robert Waggoner

In 1981, Stephen LaBerge, PhD, reported the scientific evidence validating lucid dreaming, or the capacity to realize within a dream that you are dreaming.  Aware within a dream, you have the profoundly magical ability to make choices, direct your awareness and explore the beauty of your dreaming mind.  Reading his Psychology Today article on a cold January morning in my university library electrified me – finally someone had provided the proof for lucid dreaming!

My interest in lucid dreaming dates back to 1975, when as a high school student I taught myself how to become consciously aware of dreaming, while in the dream state, using a simple technique I cobbled together.  Since that time, I have logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams, and followed the science and practice of lucid dreaming with considerable interest.

My two books seek to help everyone understand and take advantage of this unique and special state of consciousness.  Lucid Dreaming – Gateway to the Inner Self (now in its ninth printing) explains the underlying principles of lucid dreaming and the incredible things that an experienced lucid dreamer can do there, while Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple (co-authored with Caroline McCready) focuses on beginners with the techniques and science of how to become lucid, stay lucid, and consciously explore.

The Beauty of Lucid Dreaming

Why would a person care to lucid dream?  For many, its extraordinary nature can bring it to the level of Maslow’s ‘peak experience’. In general, though, experienced lucid dreamers would claim that it allows you to choose from the following goals:

  1. Experiencing Joy and Freedom,
  2. Accessing Inner Creativity, and Developing Skills,
  3. Promoting Emotional Health,
  4. Promoting Physical Health,
  5. Exploring the Unconscious and Consciousness,
  6. Engaging in Spiritual Practices (e.g., meditate within a lucid dream)

Having five or six years of solitary investigation of lucid dreaming (before the evidence emerged in 1980/81) taught me many lessons about the principled nature of the dream state.  I began to grasp the underlying rules and principles, as I played around and explored the dream, lucidly aware. Years later, when I met other lucid dreamers, I felt amazed to realize that most had learnt the same basic rules and principles.

Yet I differed with many, since my investigations helped me to understand one very significant point: lucid dreamers do not completely control the lucid dream.  Importantly, lucid dreamers relate to personal symbols and psychical elements within the dream, as they direct themselves through the dreaming.  At its heart, lucid dreaming involves ‘more aware relating’ and not control.

I developed a metaphor to make the point:  The sailor does not control the sea, neither does the lucid dreamer control the dream.  Like a sailor on the sea, lucid dreamers must learn to relate to many forces (internal and external) within the dreaming. 

When you see lucid dreaming as ‘more aware relating,’ then you learn to respect the power and majesty of dreaming, and honor it.   You become more observant, more considerate and more engaged with the heart of the experience – the profound exploration of self/Self.

Lucid wishes on your journey of awareness!

Robert Waggoner is a past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and a graduate of Drake University with a degree in psychology. He is the coeditor of the online journal, Lucid Dreaming Experience and is a frequent speaker at national and international dream conferences. He shares his love for lucid dreaming, creative fulfillment and personal growth at online workshops ( and events internationally.  He is the author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. Visit him at




Our January Titles Are Here!

It’s a new year, time to kick it off with some new titles!

Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple9781573246415

Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready

Aimed at beginners, Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple shows the reader how to enter and fully experience lucid dreaming. Among the amazing things Waggoner and McCready teach readers are how to:

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

This book approaches lucid dreaming from a more cognitive psychology stance, and focuses more on how to lucid dream and how to use lucid dream techniques for person growth, insight and transformation.

(Conari Press)

9781573246408_strokeYou Can Say NO to Chemo

Laura Bond

“Very well written and non-technical, [this book is] an excellent source of information. Highly recommended!” – Jonathan V. Wright, MD, author of Natural Hormone Replacement and founder of The Tahoma Clinic

This is a book about choices – for all cancer sufferers and their families. It’s about making good choices based on information and not fear. It’s also a treasure trove of top information about alternatives to chemotherapy and an easy and fascinating read. Bond spoke with over 60 of the world’s leading cancer specialists and holistic healers who were getting remarkable results with everything from hydrogen peroxide therapies, juiced cannabis, high-dose vitamin C injections, coffee enemas (Gerson Method), eliminating sugar from the diet, drink green vegetable juices, and infrared saunas. You Can Say NO to Chemo is a great and inspiring read for anyone wanting to explore alternative options, build their body’s own resource to heal and restore itself, or find ways to supplement conventional care.

(Conari Press)


R.U. Sirius with Jay Cornell9781938875090

“Sure-footed guides through the treacherous landscapes of infinite possibility, RU Sirius and Jay Cornell are lucid, witty, and stealthily profound. Transcendence is a refreshingly pro-human report on transhumanism and the ‘Rapture of the Nerd.'” – Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity, through such developments as:

  • The Singularity – the creation of machine intelligences that exceed the capacities of our biological brains
  • the ability to replicate individual minds and put them into solid-state bodies or virtual environments
  • individual control over mental and emotional states for enhancing functionalities and/or ecstasies

Some of this is happening now, while some is still in the minds of dreamers. In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multi-layered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, space exploration, robotics along with other topics. It introduces the culture around Transhumanism, covering all the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist movement.

(Disinformation Books)