LUCID DREAMING: GATEWAY TO THE INNER SELF
What would you tell this young guy who wrote to my book's website at www.LucidAdvice.com?
Lucas B 10/12/2014
I've read your book on lucid dreaming and it has greatly influenced me. Personally, I've only had around ten lucid dreams, but I am focusing in and quickly getting better. I am a junior in high school and I would like to eventually have a profession in lucid dreaming, but very specifically lucid dreaming, not psychology. Do you have an idea of what I should do in college to make that happen? Also, is there anything I can do to get involved now?
Robert Waggoner 10/12/2014
Hi Lucas, Glad you enjoyed the book, and have had lucid dreams! When it comes to studying lucid dreaming, I encourage people to look at it broadly (since there are no undergraduate college degrees in lucid dreaming).
Some students approach it by studying the brain and neurology -- some by studying the biochemistry of sleep and dreaming -- some by looking at 'perception' in waking/dreaming/lucid dreaming. These are all fields, which a person can study and it will aid their lucid dreaming (they will see lucid dreaming in new ways and contribute to the knowledge of it). Also, some prefer to study lucid dreaming through the disciplines of history and religion, or using lucid dreaming therapeutically to help people with PTSD and phobias.
By focusing on a field of your interest in college -- but which connects in some way to lucid dreaming -- you gain some depth of knowledge in that field, plus get to explore lucid dreaming more deeply with the insights from that field. It then becomes a Win-Win :-)
I love to see the interest in lucid dreaming from high school, college and graduate students -- it shows me that this field of lucid dreaming will have a huge impact on the future.