Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple is co-authored by Caroline McCready and Robert Waggoner. It is the perfect book for those just starting out with lucid dreaming, but also has a wealth of original and helpful information for experienced lucid dreamers. It shows the reader how to enter and fully experience the lucid dreaming as well as:
- Consciously decide what actions to perform
- Explore dream space (or the contents of your subconscious)
- Interact with different types of dream figures
- Conduct personal experiments
- Be free of waking state limitations (e.g., flying, walking through walls, and discovering creative solutions to waking issues)
- Meditate in lucid dreams
This book approaches lucid dreaming from a cognitive psychology stance, focussing on how to lucid dream and 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!”, readers will learn valuable tips and techniques gleaned from scientific research and decades of experience to explore this unique state of awareness more deeply.
“It really is the perfect book for beginners and intermediate lucid dreamers. The book’s subtitle is the best way to sum up authors Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready’s approach to lucid dreaming. The book is written like a workbook for lucid dreamers to work through and gauge their progress. The techniques given range from the basic ‘LaBergian’ MILDs to Robert’s modified hand technique to ones I have never heard of or seen. I consider myself an advanced lucid dreamer with about six years of frequent lucid dreaming experience. I wish I had a book with this much information as a beginner. Most lucid dreaming books are copies of LaBerge’s work or filled with induction
techniques that just don’t work. I’ve read them all. This book is impressive for looking at the mechanics of the dream space, the aware nature of dream figures, and the symbolism of the overall dream setting. Robert writes deep psychological insights about the entirety of lucid dreaming and Caroline expresses her fresh spiritual and emotional outlook on healing and meditating in lucid dreaming. The intro and beginning act to impart the basics of lucid dreaming and induction techniques. The bulk of the book looks at the lucid dreamer’s role in creating the dream and ways in which manipulating your mind stream (beliefs, expectations, focus, intent, and will) manipulates the dream. The authors mention a completely new concept to lucid dreaming called Projected Mental Overlay. This concept is just one of the many new ideas that have never been written about in other lucid dreaming books. The last few chapters are about more intermediate concepts like healing, meditating, and surrendering to an inner Self. The book is more than enough for any just starting their path into lucid dreaming. I feel that if you’re already an intermediate lucid dreamer or even an advanced lucid dreamer like me you will find completely new information on the subject of lucid dreaming that pushes you to consider new possibilities.” J.P (Amazon)
“This book is a gem.
It is packed with information on the history and science of lucid dreaming as well as many very practical tools for finding this other realm …It also proffers significant insights on how to stay there and more importantly what to DO when we get there, He points out that one can get information and guidance from the ‘awarness’ behind the dream;
including spiritual insights, practical knowledge and even information about healing. He sites examples of individuals who have experienced various kind of healing with lucid dreaming.…I like the references to Jung and how his dream research is interwoven with lucid dreaming. I found the section on meditation within a lucid dream very powerful. Having had the experience myself I would describe it as truly mystical. In summary this work is a very enjoyable and enlightening book. I look forward to practicing it’s techniques and rereading it several times.” P.W.S. (Amazon)
“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 that 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 fascinating and very readable book – clearly strikes me as a reductionist, whereas the present authors are refreshingly humanistic. For me both books are complimentary and essential companions.” H.M (Amazon)
“Fantastic Book, Loved EVERY Page!!Oh! I sooooooo loved this book.Fab introduction to lucid dreaming, and more.
Not only was there info about good techniques about how to get into a lucid dream, but also lots of info on where-to-go-with-it-after-you’ve-learnt-how.
Not only is lucid dreaming good for learning how to fly etc, but more meaningful things can be achieved.
One of which, most lucid dreamer ‘experts’ say, is to learn how to live lucidly.
That’s the key message with this book.
Lucid dreaming isn’t just about doing stuff while you’re asleep, it’s about making your waking life more meaningful and peaceful.
Great book:)” Miss M.L.English (Amazon)
“For the perfect beginners guide to lucid dreaming choose this fantastic lucid dreaming book from Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready. After teaching the reader exactly how to lucid dream the book then fully explores the whole lucid dreaming world. From how to control your movements to how to walk through walls and fly through the air.
I found this book extremely useful for overcoming many obstacles I faced during my earlier attempts. Such as how to prolong the lucid dreaming experience when I could sense it was about to end and what to make of the various dream characters that I often encountered. Even if you’ve already got the basics under control you’ll still find a wealth of information in this book. Definitely worth checking it out.”
Also available in French and German