Lucid Dreaming, 8-10


Connecting with the Hidden Observer


pp. 87-8 the conventional current materialist-atheist dogma concerning dream-beings

p. 87

"MOST {materialist-atheists} ... HAVE NO PROBLEM BELIEVING THAT THE DREAM FIGURES we encounter represent aspects of our self ... . ...

{This absurd notion that the divine worlds which we encountre in altered states of awareness are mere fragments of one's own impotent self, is a deceitful invention contrived early in the 20th century Chr.E. by a conspiracy of ruling-class propagandists who sought by this mode of fraud to trick the working-class into neglecting to adjure the power of the divinities whom we all encountre every time we sleep. By this adroit deception, the capitalist stooges in charge of disempowering the working class intended to disconnect the working class of the only feasible means of obtaining adequate succour for an insurrection to overthrow the capitalist system. [written c. Oct 1 2013]} {Although residual tribal peoples in non-capitalist circumstances may (as, e.g., among Amerindians) retain the realization that in dreaming we have opportunity to cultivate friendships with supernal divine powers, they are simultaneously hampred by their lack of adequate scientific knowledge from being able to establish a functionable alliance between the working class (exemplied by themselves) and the hierarchy of supernatural entities for any such purpose as overthrowing and abolishing capitalism. [written c. Oct 1 2013]}

p. 88

As long as the lucid dreamer continues to focus on the dream objects and dream figures (which Western psychology tells us exist as reflections of the self), then the lucid dreamer remains involved with the reflections of the self."

p. 89 calling out to a limited-resource controlling-factor of the dream-world

"I and other lucid dreamers ... simply shout out our requests to the dream ... . ... However, lucid dreamers who shout out their requests to the dream do receive responses."

{Quite possibly, if there be no emergency, to call out needlessly to the controlling factor of the dream-world, if done excessively, may result in some quite deleterious effect : such as, neglect of the divinities to bother to come to one's assistance in a true emergency (because one hath, in effect, feigned an emergency too many times). [I have been praeternaturally rescued from being murdered on more than one occasion when I called out to be divinely rescued. (Pious persons who are careful to refrain from feigning emergencies will be so rescued; swaggering habitual praetenders will not be.)]}

p. 92 atman versus ahamkara

[quoted from Doniger-O'Flaherty 1984, pp. 224-5] "Ahamkara, literally 'The making of an "I," is best translated egoism; it is a mistaken perception, the source of the whole series of errors ... {the errors producing avarice}. Once we realize that 'I' does not exist, we are free from the most basic of all illusions. ...

{Ahamkara ('Egotism') is a directing of solipsism into the non-sociable channel of self-centred greed. It ought to be recognize that there is in existence no such thing as an Aham ('I') apart from responsible social interaction (especially including communistic sharing of all means-of-production).}

The self (atman), by contrast, links one ... to everyone and, further, to the real world (brahman), which transcends everyone."

{The linking is to establish communality with every divinity constituting the reality of the divine otherworld of immortals.}

Doniger-O'Flaherty 1984 = Wendy Doniger-O'Flaherty : Dreams, Illusions, and Other Realities. U of Chicago Pr.

p. 93 multifarious awareness

[quoted from Hilgard 1977, p. 1] "The unity of consciousness is illusory."

{The observation that because of the multiple factors involved in constructing the social awareness, constructive awareness could be practicably regarded as a non-unity, may be a central consideration of Bauddha philosophy in its doctrine of skandha-s.}

Hilgard 1977 = Ernest Hilgard : Divided Consciousness : multiple controls in human thought and action. NY : John Wiley & Sons.

pp. 93-5 co-consciousness

p. 93

"The American Morton Prince used the term "co-conscious" to denote ... that "subconscious celebration is going on concurrently" with one's principal intelligence. [Hilgard 1977, p. 6] ...

p. 94

In his research work with deep hypnosis, Hilgard noted a type of co-conscious awareness, which he called the "hidden observer." This hidden observer was ... "... 'some part' of the subject ... aware of what was going on." [Hilgard 1977, p. 186] ... his "other part" or hidden observer could respond to questions,

write automatically about its experience,

{So-called "automatic writing" (which my hand hath performed) is done by means of one's hand under rather unobtrusive control (partial-body spirit-possession) by a divinity; it is closely related to full-body spirit-possession [which I have also experienced under similar circustances].}

and make requests. Responses from the hidden observer were found to be clear, coherent, business-like, and analytical, according to Hilgard ... . ... "The hidden observer was an extra, all-knowing part ... .

The hidden part knows the hypnotized part, but the hypnotized part does not know the hidden one.""(Hilgard 1977, p. 210)

{One's body can become spirit-possessed (rather more deeply than merely "hypnotized") by means of appropriate formal ritual spirit-possession caerimonies traditional to African (and other) worship-services.}

p. 95

"the inner observer of lucid dreaming would not normally manifest as a dream figure".

{This is due simply to the fact that the two situations belong to two different states of consciousness : the hidden (inner) observer is evoked by spirit-possession caerimonies in an entranced waking subject, whereas "a dream figure" is summoned by, instead, dreaming. Exceptionally ("not normally") overlaps of such consciousness-states may occur, howbeit.}


The 5 Stages of Lucid Dreaming


pp. 98-101 the hindrances to skill in lucid dreaming

p. 98


"Long Process of Discovery" : "learning to become a proficient lucid dreamer takes time, practice, and devotion. ... At a recent IASD [International Association for the Study of Dreams] conference, I heard a presenter[ess] and experienced dreamer[ess] say that it took her twenty-five years before she felt like she truly understood lucid dreaming."

p. 99


"Temptations, Fears" : "Occasionally, some lucid dream events may spill out of the dreaming and intrude into waking reality, reminding us of ... the curious nature of this realm. Finally, as you go deeper and feel the immensity ..., ... You may ignore clear signals of greater potentials ... because the implications may appear too staggering."

p. 100


"cherished assumptions" : "Deeper into lucid dreaming, we confront situations that conflict with our assumptions, perhaps even our most cherished assumptions."


"Intent and Will" : "In that long journey, as the self deals with temptations ...; avoids the dangers of apathy ; and

p. 101

persists through provisional assumptions to greater clarity, the self constantly re-creates itself. To a large degree, the lucid dreamer becomes thejourney, the realized awareness, the inward probing."

pp. 102-5 the 5 stages of lucid dreaming

p. 102


"marveling at the lucid state" : "The lucid dreamer may relate to dream reality in ways appropriate to physical reality such as flying by swimming through the air or flapping arms."


"greater movement skills such as flying like Superman" : "At this stage, the lucid dreamer may experience false awakenings."

p. 103


"appearance of apparent "independent agents" or dream figures acting in purposeful and volitional ways".

p. 104


"lucid dreamers may be forced to consider what is beyond this realm of lucid dreaming."

"Fear Blockage " : Could I lose touch with waking reality?"


"the lucid dreamer become deeply curious about the foundations of dream and waking reality ... . ..

At this stage, the lucid dreamer realizes a deep connection with all awareness and a connection to a broader whole. He or she may wake

p. 105

from sleep with a recollection of self-less experience of awareness characterized by light."

{This is known in Vajra-yana (and in Taoist) dream-yoga as the "Clear-Light of Sleep".}

p. 105 development sentiments for the successive 5 stages

"First, we come to terms with focus (maintaining balance while lucid) and emotion ... .

Then, we add belief and expectation as we see that they play an important role in ... what we allow ourselves to experience.

Next we learn to master and use intent and will ... to deepen our ability to manipulate the dream realm.

And finally, we come to the "other" ... when we realize that to go even further,

we have to surrender ...

{"Surrender" (which is the meaning of />islam/) to the will-and-judgement of supernatural deities is necessary for a yogin's (mystic's) progress in the divine path to moks.a (liberation) from the trammels of the material plane.}

and seek the presence behind lucid dreaming.

Beyond this fourth stage, we reach for something unknown and

fundamentally inexplicable."

{fundamentally paradoxical}

p. 105 co-creation

In stage 4, one realizes that dreaming is definitely a cocreated event, which the lucid dreamer may direct but [where] ... the conscious ... inner observer participates in the lucid dreamer's reality creation.

In stage 5, one basically arrives at an experience of

pure awareness

{This "pure awareness" is to be utilized as the medium for telepathic concertedness with committees of deities.}

as one attempts to go beyond the system of ... lucid dreaming and discover its basis."

p. 106 the author's seeking the unexpected by posing quaestions to the awareness

"Crucial to my development has been the realization that the lucid dreamer does not control the lucid dream ... . ...

I have also sought to place expectation as only one portion of the lucid dream reality creation, by ... seeking ... the unexpected. Through focusing on and courting the unexpected, lucid dreamers engage the greater reality in which they exist ... .

When the inner awareness behind the dream began to announce itself, ... I began to ignore the manifest dream and pose questions and requests to the awareness behind the dream ... . ... At this point, the awareness ... spontaneously began to have

mystifying and self-less experiences of light".

{This is the "Clear Light of Sleep", which may result in a continuation throughout the waking-state of a "Clear Light of the Path" [seeing which may result, within that godless tyranny known as the United States of America, in one's being forcibly committed to the "insane asylum" (as befell a living saint with whom I was acquainted, in GA)], and (after one's death) in the continuation known as "the Clear Light of Death".}


Creating the Dream-Reality


pp. 110-1 a dream-scene set in New Amsterdam

p. 110

"you see numerous skyscrapers and suddenly realize, "I don't live in New York City. This is a dream!" ... To the left, there's ...

p. 111

a man dressed in an orange robe, like a Buddhist priest.

{Bhiks.u-s (monks), not purohita-s (priests), wear saffron (or orange) robes.}

To the right, you see a black carriage pulled by beautiful white horses. ...

{A "black carriage" may figure in Irish folktale ("HMLF"), while "white horses" pull the chariot of the sun in Hindu mythology (loc. cit).}

An experienced lucid dreamer might focus on ... flying to the Statue of Liberty, and a more advanced lucid dreamer might ignore the whole scene and focus on an experiment".

"HMLF" = "Horses of Myth / Legend / Folk tale".

p. 112 in dream, man presseth his face against dream-woman's buttocks

"I ... see my girlfriend lying asleep on the floor near the door to the shower. ... I realize I am dreaming. ... . ... In lean over and softly bite her rump. ... So I bite the other side of her rump."

{This is part of the male wombat's reproductive behaviour to an female wombat : "the male delivered a bite to her rump" (AM 7.9.3).}

AM = Stephen Jackson : Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management. Csiro Publ, Collingwood (Vic.), 2003.

p. 113 becoming lucid in theatres in dreams

"a series of lucid dreams ... found me becoming lucidly aware in theaters. Sometimes I would sit in the audience and realize, "I'm dreaming!" At other times, I became consciously aware onstage."

{In other literature on lucid dreaming, it is mentioned that one became lucid while one "dreamed of being in a movie theatre." ("5WBLD", "Lucid Dream Trigger #3")} {A particular successful technique to be practiced in a dreamed theatre is ("EDC") to keep one's eye shut so as to see "rings", to hear "ringing", and to feel vibration of Kun.d.alini (/kun.d.a/ 'ring').}

"5WBLD" = "5 Ways to Become Lucid in Dreams"

"EDC" = "Exploring Deep Into the Consciousness"

p. 114 the 3 foci of attention of categories of lucid dreamers

__ lucid dreamers

focus attention on __


their dreamscape


their implied surroundings


the potential dreamscape

pp. 115-6 being caught within a wall in a lucid dream {This peculiar praedicament is also

described in books by astral-projectors.}

p. 115

"a lucid dream in which I was flying back through a wall that I had previously flown through. Suddenly, ... I became stuck halfway through the wall! ... Hanging there in the wall, half in and half out, I realized ...

p. 116

the situation, and proceeded to "expect" my successful passage through it."

p. 116-7 rotating one's body during a lucid dream

p. 116

"I become lucid ... . I start spinning myself.

A circle of greenish light begins to manifest in the space around me as I spin with my eyes open. ...

{"there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald." (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 4:3) [As for the rainbow, I once (in Ch., IL, in its C. County gaol) saw myself completely surrounded by a circular rainbow.]}

Then I ... seem inside a pastel ball of light

{"a jasper and a sardius stone" (loc. cit.)}

in which I'm hovering over the floor [with]in a circle around an axis. ...

Now I see four colored balls of light, vertically arranged in two sets of two ... .

{These may be the 4 "living creatures" (H.ayyo^t) of Ap. of Ioan. 4:6-7 & 15:7 ("4LC&24E").}

Then four

{These may be the 4 horse-riders of the Ap. of Ioan. 6:2-6.}

p. 117

more balls of light appear."

Apokalupsis of Ioannes 4:3

"4LC&24E" = "Four Living Creatures and Twenty-Four Elders"

p. 119 remembring one's name in a dream

"I read the Russian writer P. D. Ouspensky's assertion that

a person could not recall his or her name in the dream state. ...

During my next lucid dream, I ... found a pen and paper. "Robert," I wrote easily, and then ... recalled my last name, and quickly jotted, "Waggoner." Stephen LaBerge reports [1985, p. 103] ... that ... in a lucid dream. He himself ... had no trouble announcing his name."

{Nevertheless, it would seem to be usual for dreamer to be called by their names during their dreams -- despite the fact that if and when a person in the process of awakening out of a dream ever heareth any words being uttered by an unknown praeternatural source, such words are quite often that person's own name. [Thus in my own experience, and in the experience of others personally known.] Probably, anonymity is expected (of a mere mortal) in the dreaming-world, and the praeternal announcement of one's name while awakening is intended to indicate that the name (of a mortal) is an attribute belonging proprely to the waking-world. [written Oct 2 2013]}

LaBerge 1985 = Stephen LaBerge : Lucid Dreaming. Los Angeles : Tarcher.

pp. 121-2 mentally bending a bannistre in author's lucid dream (of 1985)

p. 121

"My fiance'e ... and I are ... on a ... stairway. Suddenly ... I realize I'm dreaming. ... . ... I turn to her and say, "I'm having a lucid dream. I want to teach you how to have a lucid dream. ..." ... .

p. 122

... I determine to use my will to bend and pull the metal bannister at the top of the stairs down to me. It curls like a ribbon toward me as I grab hold of it, then it rebounds back in place, taking me with it. ... I remain lucid while noticing a number of Chinese men ... . We [the author and his fiance'e] become amorous".

Robert Waggoner : Lucid Dreaming : gateway to the inner self. Moment Point Pr, Needham (MA), 2009.