Lucid Dreaming is a practice that involves the training of oneself to become aware of the fact that they are dreaming while its happening. A number of techniques can be practiced in order to achieve this great skill. The use of oneirogens is common among people who are interesting in this conscious ability.
Diet & Detox
Completely remove fluoride from your life. (Google Fluoride Neurotoxin Scholarly) You want to live healthy, and eat a proper balanced diet of raw foods. Such foods can be used to prepare gourmet meals using all natural and organic food items such as garlic, onion, olive oil, etc. I eat a lot of cherries,
almonds, and cilantro to help with dreams and sleep. Cherries literally contain Melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone that the pineal gland releases to induce sleep. That delightful, comfortable, mellow, "my body feels like cotton candy" type feeling, is caused from Melatonin. Almonds are rich and loaded with vitamins and minerals, more so than the average
food item. Finally, Cilantro is believed to detox heavy metals(human kryptonite) from the body.
In my opinion and efforts, this is useful for detoxing the pineal gland. Pineal gland health is essential for good rest and vivid dreams. Regular exercise that induces sweating is also a great way to detox and cleanse your body. Other herbs can be used for detox and to stimulate dream activity during your nightly sleep cycles. Also, getting regular exposure to daily afternoon sunshine helps the body to produce melatonin! It also stimulates Vitamin D production, which is essential and lacking in most foods.
Meditation, Awareness, & The Hypnogogic Vs Hypnopompic
From my own experiences, and also in the eyes of master Buddhist, meditation, consciousness (awareness), and mindfulness in general, are all keys to experiencing this skill. The trick is to consciously fall asleep, making a leap of awareness from the Hypnagogia state, to the deep dream state. The Hypnagogia state, is a psychological state of perception that we experience every single night of our lives. It's the state of mind in between wakefulness and sleep. In opposition is the hypnopompic state, which is the psychological transition between dreaming and waking.
Another great way to enhance our inner awareness, is to make the habit of doing "dream checks" every single day of our lives. Anytime you experiencing something odd, or get the feeling of "De-Ja-Vo", ask yourself, "Am I dreaming?". A trick I like to use is I cary around a blue piece of paper in my pocket that says, "Dream Check". Throughout the day, I randomly
pull it out and look at it.
The color blue has psychological connections with feelings of calmness, bliss, tranquility, and even some scientific studies that suggest colors activate certain glands in the body ( See The Book - The Ancient Art of Color Therapy which list scholarly references on these statements. Interestingly enough, according to scholarly studies, blue is the color the pineal gland responds to. According to the ancient Chakra system, purple is the pineal gland color. Sense blue and purple are nearly the same frequency, I postulate that both of them are effective for third eye exercises.
Last but not least, oneirogens are plants or substances that help to induce intense dream activity. From my own personal experience, there are many more of them out there than people think. I've noticed that Damiana has oneirogenic properties, as well as Sassafras root, and Nutmeg, to name a few. Once you begin to learn all of the different phytochemicals in various botanicals, you begin to put the puzzle pieces together in a scientific
way. This enables the neo-shaman, the herbalist, or the natural healer, to create tinctures, elixirs, or "potions" to produce the most desirable effects that they seek. Combining herbs is an art form that must be done precisely to avoid any negative effects.
There are many oneirogens out there. Below I will briefly discuss several of these sacred visionary entheogens and how they were traditionally used. These species are readily available for grabs online. Both live cuttings and seeds are available from Bouncing Bear Botanicals
Impheopho is the nickname of an oneirogenic entheogen used in South Africa by the KwaZulu natives. There, it is a most sacred visionary herb and sedative. It's used to induce more powerful and profound dreams. Traditionally, Imphepho is smoked. Any oneironaut out there may find it useul on their journey towards more vivid, lengthy, and finally CONSCIOUS dreams. This is only one of many plants out there that have a history of use in this fashion.
The root is used to aid diviners interpret their nightly visions in a more vivid detail. It's the perfect addition to anyones oneirogen stash that happens to be taking up lucid dreaming. Plants like these are not mentioned often on the web. I'm proud to help spread the word. This particular one is harvested and used in Africa.
Mugowort is one of two plants in this family that offer oneirogenic properties. Wormwood is mugworts distant cousin. Both have chemical constituent make-up's that provide visionary and sleep inducing activity in the human mind. This is another great addition to anyones dream herb stash.
I believe that altered states of consciousness enable the human mind to evolve at a faster rate than usual. I believe that certain plants and foods have played a vital role in the collective evolution of our species. Anyone who conducts enough research will discover the inner most connection between everything in nature and the cosmos.
Dreams have everything to do with consciousness. They are the process of information being transfered between the unconscoius, subconscious, and conscoius mind. I encourage everyone do conduct further research on these interest. :)
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