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Here we are in agreement with FREUD that dreams are the royal road to the unconscious But this is of little help when in the orthodox psychoanalytic sense normal dreams are experienced with a hazy consciousness and the absence of an ability to act Or after waking when we report to a biased psychotherapist about our even more hazy and distorted observations and the associations connected to themIn order to gain insight into our psychological problems and resolve them it is much more important to interact with the symbolic world in a way enabled by lucid consciousness and the consequent greater freedom of action Just as we can interact with physical reality in a waking state by means of the sensory-motor feedback system we are capable of taking action in the psychological reality of lucid dreams due to the reciprocal reactions between the symbolic events and the underlying psychological processes These fundamental principles have provided the basic underpinnings guiding our investigations into lucid dreaming The results of the research have shown them to be extremely sound in practiceBut now let us turn to the epistemological considerations described in the article written for Lucidity Letter in 1986 in which I focused exclusively on the process of perception I also emphasized that it was an understanding of the critical realistic model which first brought me to the idea of developing a method for inducing lucid dreams a method I will only briefly describeTechniques for Lucid Dream InductionWhen I recognized that the objective - and intersubjective -appearing perceptual world was merely a phenomenal world it occurred to me to compare this phenomenal waking world with the dream world through systematic observation The dream world is in fact a phenomenal world But being less dependent on sensory stimulation it is possible for events to transpire which are not possible with normal perception in a waking state Such unusual events made it possible for me to recognize the dreaming stateOn
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