Note: Yes the website is called "Botanical Guides". I do like to write about related topics. Lucid dreaming is related to ethnobotany in the sense that certain ethnobotanicals have been used to help induce lucid, vivid and even prophetic dreams. Botanicals, and Lucid Dreaming are both used by individuals who are seeking spiritual evolution.
Lucid Dreaming is the skill of recognizing that you're dreaming, while you're dreaming. I'd like to mention to all of the skeptics out there, that Lucid Dreaming has been scientifically proven beyond any shadow of a doubt by researcher Stephen Laberge from the Stanford University Sleep Research Center. He's written several great books that details the science behind it, and offers many methods for Lucid Dream induction. He's also founded the Lucidity Institute.
If you've been researching the art of Lucid Dreaming then you probably know by now how important it is to keep a dream journal. This is a journal where you document your dreams every morning ( obviously ). This encourages your ability to recall your dreams every morning with much more ease. Now were going to talk about going through your dream journal to make note of all of possible dream signs.
Anything that can not and does not happen in the waking world is a dream sign. This can be anything from floating wind chimes, to flying. There are some universal dream signs and I will name a few. Sudden changes from night time to daylight, shadows looking distorted or going in the wrong direction, everything looking strange or out of the ordinary, objects of attention appearing larger than everything else around, shapes shifting, reading and writing morphing or changing, and psychedelic patterns manifesting out of thin air, are all solid universal indications that you are in fact asleep and in the dream world.
Going through your dream journal, and making a list of all of these types of indications is key. After doing so, go through them and study them like you were preparing for a mid-term or final exam. Thoroughly remember them so that when you are asleep, you're unconscious mind will pick up on them and you can then become lucid. Once you are lucid, it is advised that you rub your hands together, as this seems to prolong the dream. Making affirmation statements that you are in fact lucid is also important. This is because you can go from being lucid, to non-lucid in a matter of seconds. Pleasant journeys.
I will be releasing more articles related to Lucid Dreaming and how to master the art.
Please check back in the future for more.
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