Some of the more interesting aspects of the dark corners of reality…
Have you ever had that moment when you’re deep in a dream and have become aware of the fact that you were dreaming? If so you experienced lucid dreaming before. Chances are, at some point you’ve had this experience or one similar to it. Today many people claim to be able to lucid dream and there are steps one can take to maximize their potential to lucid dream.
Like many, being able to alter their dreams at will makes for a much better dreamstate and a much better reason to sleep altogether. Controlling dreams is something that many would like to do and claim to do often. Afterall, what is not want worthy of literally composing your dreams in a pleasure related or experimental fashion? In essence you can create a vivid and virtual dream world that is dictated to your wants, desires, and curiosities.
Lucid dreamers have better insight into their daily lives and are often able to establish connections between the dream state and full consciousness that can be of profound importance to the individual. Studies have shown that those who lucid dream or learn to, have better self reflection during consciousness and in some cases, pay more attention to detail in consciousness. There are a multitude of different methods to lucid dream and I discuss them. In short, if you want to learn to lucid dream, there are different techniques available to your disposal and, in combination, will better aid your journey in being the architecht of dreamland.
- Technique 1: Keep a dream journal. Every time you wake up and as soon as you do, write down your dreams, the details you remember, and do this for every dream. It seems to be that after a week or two of consistently doing this you will train your brain to better remember dreams and start to recognize patterns in them, thus allowing you have better dream recall, pattern recognition, and more quickly learn to lucid dream. Try to notice signs in your dreams that might appear to be repeating or appear to share commonalities and try to recognize things that might appear as a sign.
- Technique 2: Trigger points – In dream state there are trigger points you can use to signal to your brain that you are dreaming, in essence inducing lucidity. The seemingly best triggers are, when in dream state if possible, look at your hands, look in a mirror or at your feet and try and pay close attention to the detail of them. Ask yourself, where possible, “am I dreaming?” You should try to do these a few times a day as well in wakefulness as it will help you to be more likely to do this in dreams, due to repetition. Detail in dreams are often blurry, but when you have a moment to use these self recognition techniques, your brain, more often than not, becomes self aware.
- Technique 3: Set your alarm to wake you up every couple of hours throughout the night or every 5 and a half hours (there are useful apps on your smartphone that can do this also). Upon waking, remember and record your dreams, and after about 10 to fifteen minutes of being awake, go back to sleep with the intention to lucid dream. When falling back asleep, think about the dream or dreams you left and visualize yourself becoming lighter and lighter. This technique can also be used in conjunction for OOBE’s (out of body experiences or astral projection) By consistently waking up every few hours and going back to sleep in 10 or fifteen minute intervals from waking, you condition your mind to become more aware of its sleep states. When going to sleep tell yourself that you are going to lucid dream. Sometimes just repeating this until you fall completely asleep can induce a lucid dream.
- Technique 4: Use the chemical makeup of your brain to induce lucid dreams. There is a chemical called Galantamine that is claimed to have amazing abilities to induce lucid dreaming and has some profound abilities in the area of not only dream recall, but memory as well. Galantamine is found naturally in the world, in plants such as the daffodil and is a pretty powerful tool for lucid dreaming. Even the greeks noted Galantamine’s noticeable mind effects. Galantamine also appears to be effective in treating Alzheimers and prolongs your REM dreaming state, which is the state of sleep where you dream. Galantamine, however can have adverse side effects and should be taken in small doses initially until a tolerance is reached. The lowest dosage is 4 mg and studies have shown that Galantamine is more effective for inducing lucid dreaming than a placebo by almost six times. The adverse reactions are that, if not using this right, you can experience higher odds of sleep paralysis and restlessness, which is why it is recommended to take it after sleeping for four hours and then go back to sleep after about 10 or 15 minutes. It is not to be taken lightly as it does work and does alter your brains chemistry, being at full strength within an hour after taking it. Reviews of this are saturated with people having vivid lucid dreams but also have those who didn’t follow the reccomendations for its use. Prepare yourself ahead of time and make sure you are going to receive a full nights rest. It is suggested that light sleepers use pure galantamine, not in combination with choline, which helps strengthen its effects. You can find galantamine on a number of websites but the cheapest seem to be on Amazon.
One of the problems when reaching lucidity arise in the fashion of not being able to remain lucid. Basically, you finally realize you are dreaming and wakeup because of it. This can be learned to be overcome and the more practice at lucid dreaming, ultimately the more control you will gain. A useful tip to remain lucid that seems to help many is to try and calm yourself when you realize your lucid. A lot of times the excitement alone of being lucid is enough to wake you up so try and remain calm, talk yourself down, and try to focus on your dream and the details of your surroundings to distract yourself.
The same goes for when you feel like you are beginning to lose control of your dream. Try and calm yourself and if necessary, distract yourself by other details of this realm.
LUCID DREAMING SUPPLEMENTS:
More and more people these days are using lucid dreaming supplements to help them attain lucidity that so many desire. When used correctly with the right attitude and respect required for lucid dreaming, these supplements have been said to be very helpful, powerful and sworn by, by many.
- Sometimes called the dream herb, Calea Zacatechichi is from Mexico has been used by shamans and has been, at times, used as a cure all. Studies indicate that it has a powerful effect in heightening imagery and making dreams much more vivid during stages of sleep that aren’t REM. According to reviews the herb is quite bitter but is a good means to use to induce lucidity.
- Mugwort is said to be a softer version of a supplement for lucid dreaming and is reviewed to be good in particularly remembering dreams. It has a history of being used by midwive’s as well as it is good at increasing bloodflow and circulation. It symbolized the moon and it’s power in ancient greece as well.
- The next supplement is called Silene Capsensis and is in a root form, imported from South Africa. It is said that it has been used for years for initiation rites. The initiate would take the root and then report their dreams afterward but its active components haven’t been completely discovered yet and its reviews are quite mixed.
- Another suggested supplement is Melatonin and is naturally produced in the pineal gland and is excellent for promoting healthy sleep/awake cycles. It does have a number of good reviews for helping with lucidity and from personal experience I know how powerful it can be, as a whole. If you find yourself restless, melatonin is an ideal and powerful aid in helping you sleep. Just don’t take too much because you might wake up from a deep slumber groggier than usual. Melatonin is also worth trying due to its antioxidant properties. If you haven’t used it before I would highly suggest starting with a low (3mg) dosage about 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
- Vitamin B6 or pyroxidine is also useful in promoting healthy sleep and can be used as a light supplement in adding to your dream recall along with 5-HTP which is believed to supress REM sleep during the initial stages of sleep, ultimately making them stronger in later stages of sleep, therefore inducing more vivid dreams and increasing serotonin levels in the brain.
- Next, we have Choline, which is an amino acid that supports the production of acetylcholine, and from there, enhances your dream state during REM states. It can naturally be found in bananas, potatoes, onions, plantains and soybeans as well. Not only is choline known to make your dreams easier to remember but it extends them and makes them longer. Many reviews are positive for choline, especially when combined with galantamine.
- Galantamine as is discussed in another article seems to be the most popular of the supplements and the most strong, especially when combined with choline. It has come to be known as the lucid dreaming pill by many. However, don’t take it’s effects with a faint heart for it can induce sleep paralysis if not taken correctly. Even in Homer’s Odyssey its vaguely mentioned and has been used for years in europe and for Alzheimers patients. For more information on the proper use of Galantamine for lucid dreaming read here.
There are other lucid dreaming supplements such as arginine, phenylalinine, tryptophan, fish oil, ginko biloba, vinpocetine and B vitamins, but they are not as strong and not geared specifically toward lucid dreaming as the above described supplements.
For those who have used meditation in the past, many know of its benefits and it’s abilities to ease stress and help you remain more clear minded and calm in conquering every day life. For those who haven’t used meditation before, now is a better time than ever to look into its variety of benefits and abilities to tame the mind.
Most think of meditation as a trance like state but there are different kinds of meditation, most helping you clear your mind and learn to find a profound balance in every day life. Even Hugh Jackman uses transcendental meditative techniques and has for years and swears by them!
For many the benefits are definitely worthy of looking into. Meditation can be used for different things from easing stress, to figuring out a solution to a problem at hand, to working as a pain reliever. That’s right! Believe it or not, but studies have been done that show not only does meditation reduce your stress but in some cases, has been more effective for individuals experiencing pain than morphine. Some hospitals even suggest meditative techniques to help patients retain their calm and reduce physical pain.
Not only does meditation increase activity in the brain that deals with coping with pain, but our emotional balance is shifted toward our control, and, as studies have shown, we are less reactive to life and more active.
Training in a meditative technique is a good idea in a modern world as our conscious and subconscious are consistenly bombarded with extermal stimuli. Even if only for 20 miutes a day, the dramatic effect over time can be amazing and has health benefits now being discovered such as lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and helping with depression.
Believe it or not but even Einstein meditated of his own accord in what he called “thought experiments”. He described a process, in which, he would go into a meditative trance, visualize a problem he was involved with, and come to conlcusions on it. When you quiet the mind, the mind opens up and is more able to open a channel between you and the answers of life.
There are stories of great mathematicians going into a meditative state for answers to complex and complicated problems and receiving them and even though meditation is still being studied for it’s benefits there are many useful areas where it can affect your life.
Some more benefits are:
- According to a study that was performed those who meditate for just 40 minutes a day thicken their cortical walls actually making their brain age at a slower rate than normal.
- According to another study those who meditate at night show signs of a greater awareness level the next day by 10 percent.
- A study in 2008 showed meditation to be more effective for treating high blood pressure than medication!
- Meditation has been shown to increase life expectancy and as many say, “meditate instead of medicate”.
If you’re not convinced, watch this and give it a try:
If you have a hard time meditating there are specific frequencies to help induce you into a meditative and trance state just by listening.
One is called Idoser and another popular and very effective series of frequencies is called HemiSync, which works with both hemispheres of your brain by introducing specific and alternating frequencies constructed to alter the patterns of your brain to induce a trance like or meditative state.
In short, meditation is a revealing field and has a large quantity of benefits that have changed many people’s lives and can change yours.
GRAPHOLOGY – YOUR HANDWRITING GIVES YOU AWAY:
Graphology or what many call handwriting analysis is, in essence, the ability to tell character traits and the nature of a person by their writing habits, style and details. It is said that over 5000 different personality traits about you can be gleamed just by looking at your writing with the right eye. This is a very interesting subject and I imagine you wouldn’t mind knowing what your handwriting is giving away about you. Believe it or not but handwriting analysis or graphology has been used in many fields such as diagnosing diseases, evaluating child development, career placement, psychology, dating compatibility, criminality and more. Imagine the case where your boss reviews your application and makes a decision based on your handwriting whether or not you are a worthy candidate. There is a chance that day is here and has passed one of us by unknown to us.
Here is a simple rundown of what you can tell about yourself and others by how they write:
- If your writing slants to the right you are likely more of an open person and more likely an extrovert than an introvert.
- If your writing slants to the left you usually prefer to have time to yourself to reflect and be productive.
- If there is no slant in your writing then you’re more logical and tend to keep your emotions and feelings to yourself.
- If your letters are larger than usual or big then you are more likely an outgoing individual, enjoying the company of others and perhaps being the center of attention.
- If your letters are smaller than usual, you are more likely to focus well and might be a little shy.
- If they fall in between the categories above then you are probably a good mix of the two.
- If you have more round s’ than not, then you are more of a peacekeeper, avoid conflict and enjoy helping others.
- If they are pointy then you are more likely focused on the intellectual side of life, and tend toward higher ambitions.
- If in between, then, again you are likely a good mix of both.
- If you have wide spacing in between words then you enjoy your space and are more independent than not, and likely perform better when you don’t feel crowded or rushed.
- If you have small or narrow spacing in between your words you would rather have company and like to keep others close. You generally don’t like to be alone.
- If your letters are more rounded, you tend to lean more toward the creative and artistic side of life.
- If your letters are more pointy you are more often than not, passionate, aggressive but also intelligent.
Dotting your I’s:
- If you put the dot above your “i” higher than usual, than you likely have a good imagination but can be prone to daydreaming
- If you dot your “i” closer and right over the top then you pay good attention to detail and are good at being emphatic
- If you slash the dot on your “i”, you are more likely to be self critical and less trusting and may need to work on your patience.
- If your dot hangs to the left over the “i”, then you might procrastinate or put things off more than you should.
- If you make a hollow circle for the dot on your “i”, then you are more visionary than you think and have more of a child like imagination.
Crossing your T’s:
- If you cross the top of your t’s then you are more likely than not, optimistic and confident.
- If you cross your t’s in the middle you are confident but also down to earth.
- If the cross of your t is short you might be more lazy or lack determination.
- If the cross of your t is long then you are likely a very determined person but sometimes might not let go of things.
- If you have an open o at the top, then you are probably more talkative and enjoy social activities.
- If your o’s are closed then you are more of a private individual and keep more of your thoughts to yourself.
- When you write, if you press harder and have more distinct and darker writing, you likely take life more seriously and can be counted on to be reliable.
- If you’re writing is light, faded or not easily visible then you are sensitive and care about others, but might lack inspiration.
- If you write more to the left hand side of the page there is a good chance you are living in the past and not letting some things go.
- If you write on the right margins then you probably have a tendency to fear the unknown and focus on the future.
- If you write down the center between the margins then you are probably a good mix, living in the present.
Handwriting can also tell things about your health as well. It’s been noticed how schizophrenics have slant changes in the same sentence and / or word. Those with high blood pressure have been noticed to write with changing levels of line intensity. Basically their writing goes from light to dark. Alzheimer’s patients’ handwriting deteriorates as they do from the disease and sometimes you can notice trembles in their writing due to the disease. Parkinson’s sufferers write very cramped and small.
In many cases where the above ailments are known to not be involved, heavy ink or lead styles and dark lines can indicate a higher amount of energy and lighter lines can indicate lower energy, or that an individual is tired.
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