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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part IV
    be little recognizable warnings that something radical is about to happen though by reading the stories told by a few people who have natural peak experiences or enlightenment something that is also related to Kundalini we can see a pattern clearly outlined throughout their lives that frequently points to unusual psychological events not common to the population in general Also the stormy Kundalini like events may be present through emotional upheavals and therefore again not recognized per se Again it is a problem arisen from ignorance on this extreme type of phenomenon of the CNS unfortunately often not taken seriously by our academics or health professionals What To Do Once again I suggest you get informed The Internet has loads of information and personal stories from people who have suffered Kundalini awakening in situations frequently involving meditation practices though there are also cases where no meditation practices were involved Reading case histories and books on Kundalini awakening helps us to understand the variety in both the characteristic phenomena and the various intensities that the energetic phenomena can take If possible find an expert There are some health professionals who are informed about Kundalini troubles The understanding of Kundalini phenomena may in the near future break the present cultural conditioning that prevails about the mentally ill which may lead us to view the mental and neurological phenomena present in the abnormal behavior of the mentally ill in a new light A friend of mine who has undergone many events of Kundalini like awakenings which are events where there is expansion of consciousness argues that the phenomenon seems to be quite akin to epileptic events however in an organized way as opposed to epilepsy per se where the electrical storm in the brain is disorganized But we will have to wait for serious research in this area to test the veracity of this conjecture Here is an example again from my personal history of an experience with the energies of Kundalini In February of 1991 I had been for more than a year systematically practicing a method I learned in Brazil to develop the ability to have out of body experiences See reference by Bianca This method has characteristics of both the meditation and the energetic like practices as the ones suggested by Robert Bruce So one evening while I was practicing I suddenly had this intensely bright light shining on my forehead which instantly took me from the attention to the exercise putting me into an intense effort to not break my relaxed state However soon it went off and I managed to continue my exercises only to again be surprised by the same type of intense light on my forehead After the second time I could not maintain my state and fully came out of it puzzled by the phenomenon Unlike the sun imagery of the hypnagogia described at the beginning of this article this was almost physical I pondered if I could be seeing the reflection on the wall

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part V
    brought out the healer within Again Edgar Cayce provided many instances of this wisdom that came while he entered a profound state of trance Everyday intuition and creativity springs from the wisdom of the super conscious mind Difficult problem solving Remember Kekule s famous dream Dreams of events in the future Perhaps the influence of a common human wisdom which would pervade and influence each human mind in a process quite like Jung envisioned Wisdom and Synchronicity So we understand that the super conscious mind is wise I propose that the super conscious part of the unconscious may also bring about events of synchronicities Synchronicities involves situations or events that bring up opportunities for the resolution of problems or to learn knowledge pertinent to a question or search by the conscious mind An example of synchronicity is related to my own experience with the light on my forehead as told above The synchronicity is how I found an explanation for this oddity In 1993 I acquired a copy of OMNI magazine see Patrick Huyghe 1993 because it contained an article about lucid dreaming However there was also another article that I decided to read which was about difficult experiences people could have due to the practice of meditation While reading this article I was immensely surprised that among other phenomena there described due to the Kundalini phenomena was the perception of lights during meditation I immediately connected with my problem and soon understood that the method I was practicing supposedly for the development of out of body experiences was in fact quite related to the practice of meditation A Two Way Interaction with our Unconscious I propose that a two way communication means with our unconscious is possible By reaching to the unconscious sub super parts of it through the continuous practice of any protocol or method that includes techniques similar to meditation By posing questions requests or intentions then by listening preferably while in a meditative state or in a state of trance The listening is an attitude of relaxed expectation or of trust that we will receive an answer from our unconscious By the choice of a special timing in going to sleep and or getting up so as to favor periods of rapid eye movement REM when dreaming is more likely and also by taking purposeful naps By repeating the process of meditation before falling asleep By practicing exercises to increase awareness through reality testing also from lucid dreaming techniques as suggested by LaBerge By practicing energy type exercises as for example the ones proposed by Robert Bruce or any other technique that produce the development of this energetic or Kundalini related property of the nervous system By practicing purposeful visualizations of the desired outcome Reviewing The Process Therefore the suggested process includes the regular practice of any method similar to meditation and I have stressed the importance of this practice due to its ideal condition for the appearance of hypnagogia It includes what is known as seeding of the unconscious mind from lucid dreaming techniques It is important to remember here that this seeding is similar to the learning process followed by our brain mind to learn a new skill The process also includes a listening or expecting attitude the relaxed posture within the right condition meditation sleep threshold alpha theta session remote viewing session which should be taken as an attitude of trust on the wise part of the unconscious we call the super conscious mind Another important contribution by Wilson Van Dusen came in the form of his book The Natural Depth in Man first published in 1972 In short Van Dusen s suggestion is that we are in constant contact with our unconscious and that therefore we can practice this interaction while fully awake in our everyday dealings The practice of meditation or of purposefully entering a trance or other technique of focusing our attention inward will help bring out visuals not easily obtainable while awake except for a few who see visions The seeding of the unconscious and the practice of reality testing will increase awareness in situations where it is too low as when in a too deep state of trance or sleep onset or when in dreaming situations within sleep It is Important to Make it a Habit It is critical to make a habit of the listening or expecting attitude which should follow our everyday activities When the habit is established it means the mind has incorporated this new skill The problem posing is already naturally done during our everyday activities More awareness or purposefulness of this process means better results This is what I have referred to above as the purposeful seeding of the unconscious As suggested by Van Dusen we are constantly in contact with our unconscious mind while awake even if not aware of it Then it will be to our advantage to increase awareness of this contact which is done by reality testing during our waking period The Format of The Messages From The Unconscious It is well known that frequently the unconscious will send us a message through symbolic imagery in dreams or through synchronous events This is of utmost importance because if we do not understand the message it will be lost Remote viewing uses the method of imagery and records the messages from the unconscious through the use of drawing and other artistic methods to translate the information taking advantage of the use of various channels In this case the images sought are information from a remote location or person what was important to know was the details from the target not its symbolic meanings However frequently our hypnagogia or dream imagery that are messages from the unconscious will be symbolic though with a flavor that helps us relate the imagery to the related event It is implicit here that the person must have some mechanism to interpret these symbolic imageries or should be an accomplished intuitive to get to the point

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part VI
    Experiences Hampton Roads 2007 Energy Work Secrets of Spiritual Development and Healing Hampton Roads What is The NEW Energy Ways System article at http www astraldynamics com tutorials Waldo Vieira 2002 Projectiology A Panorama of Experiences of the Consciousness Outside the Human Body IIPC Publishers Website International Academy of Consciousness http iacworld org Patrick Huyghe 1993 Dark Side of the Unknown Psychiatrics and psychologists with advanced degrees are investigating the mysterious realm of Kundalini UFOs and ghosts OMNI Magazine September 1993 Elmer and Alice Green 1977 Beyond Biofeedback Delacorte Press Elmer Green 2001 The Ozawkie Book of the Dead Alzheimer s isn t what you think it is Philosophical Research Society Jim Robbins 2000 A Symphony in the Brain The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback Atlantic Monthly Press Paul H Smith 2005 Reading the Enemy s Mind Inside StarGate America s Espionage Program published by Forge Lyn Buchanan 2003 The Seventh Sense The Secrets of Remote Viewing as told by a Psychic Spy for the U S Military Paraview Pocket Books Joseph McMoneagle 2000 Remote Viewing Secrets A Handbook Hampton Roads St John of the Cross 1990 Dark Night of the Soul Doubleday Lawrence Le Shan 1974 How to Meditate A guide to Self Discovery Little and Brownman Company Momir Maksimovic personal communications on his methods 1998 His book Na Putu Astralne Projekcije The Mechanics of Astral Projection not officially translated to English Beograd 1995 Lon Milo Duquette 1999 My Life with spirits The Adventures of a Modern Magician Samuel Weiser Garret Porter and Patricia A Norris 1985 Why Me Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human Spirit Stillpoint publishing Kyriacos C Markides 1985 The Magus of Strovolos The Extraordinary World of a Spiritual Healer Penguin and Arkana books See also by the same author 1987 Homage to the Sun The Wisdom of the Magus of Strovolos and 1990 Fire in the Heart Healers Sages and Mystics both published by Penguin and Arkana About The Author Sirley Marques Bonham is a PhD physicist by education but due to her long time involvement with the subject of consciousness she also considers herself somewhat of a neuroscientist She was born in Brazil and first came to the US in 1986 to follow post doctoral research with the Astrophysics Group at the University of Chicago and the NASA financed Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Fermilab located in Batavia IL near Chicago Her main scientific work was done in an extension of Einstein s unified field theory but she has also worked in neuroscience research at the University of Texas at Austin and in biophysics for the US Air Force in San Antonio Texas She has also taught at universities in Brazil South Africa and the US Dr Bonham s involvement with the phenomenon of Consciousness as viewed by neuroscience started in 1992 through a group of scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio followed by a brief work with a group for research

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  • How to Stop Nightmares with Role Playing and Lucid Dreams
    lucid dream training to the study had a noticeable impact Though both groups reported fewer nightmares after three months of treatment the lucid dreamers were reporting results before the Gestalt therapy had concluded at 10 weeks Here s what the researchers did for the group who learned lucid dreaming Explained what lucid dreaming is and what can be achieved Gave scientific information about sleep and dreaming Explained how it s possible to have an effect on your dreams Led guided meditations or hypnosis on lucid dreaming Provided articles about lucid dreaming Taught concentration exercises relaxation techniques and meditation Other Effects of Gestalt Therapy and Lucid Dreams Interestingly the 12 people who were exposed to both Gestalt therapy and successfully learned to lucid dream during the study reported improved sleep quality to a statistically significant degree Though it s still a small sample it does lend credence to the idea that lucid dreaming besides stopping nightmares can also provide a better night s sleep Another finding was that lucid dreamers got much better that remembering their dreams after 5 weeks while those in the Gestalt therapy only groups found no difference on their dream recall About The Guest Author Jenny Casale is a teacher with a passion for learning about everything She is a grandmother of two and lives in New Zealand Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th century lucid dream researcher Marquis d Hervey de Saint Deny took a bottle of an unfamiliar scent on his travels to France He whiffed his scent laden handkerchief by day making an

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  • Celebrating 40 Years of Lucid Dream Science
    their clients Others shared that they had been having lucid dreams since childhood without knowing there was a name for these kinds of dreams Back then for me Dr Keith Hearne was a distant scientist a historic figure I never dreamed I d meet Our paths only crossed at the 2013 Gateways of the Mind conference in London where I spoke on Lucid Dreaming Waking up in Dreams in Life and in Death Keith Hearne made a brief appearance and soon afterwards we met up at the Science Museum where his prototype Dream Machine is displayed so that I could interview him for my forthcoming lucid dreaming book His gentle approach to dreamwork and hypnotherapy mirrored my own fascination with the power and healing potential of unconscious imagery As we shared inspiring stories and our love of lucid dreaming we connected Keith Hearne and I decided to work together in 2015 to celebrate forty years of huge advances in the field of lucid dreaming since his 1975 experiment This will kick off with a day long celebration at the Dream Research Institute in London on Sat 28th March 2015 where we ll be exploring everything from the science of lucid dreaming to its creative and healing applications Afterwards there ll be a lucidity dinner where participants can chat informally to Keith and I about all things lucid Lucid dreaming has enormous potential and we still have much to learn about what it can teach us When we consider how much we ve learned in the past 40 years of scientific and therapeutic discoveries we re bound to wonder What will the next 40 years of lucid dreaming exploration bring Join Clare Johnson and Keith Hearne at this one day exploration of lucid dream science therapy healing creativity and the dream body With practical tips for working with lucid dreams Click here to book your ticket Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of the times don t draw our attention

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  • How to Grow Your Own Dream Herb Garden
    study in 2006 found it to improve overall sleep quality without producing side effects It has heads of sweet scented pink or white flowers Buy Valerian seeds here Step 3 Grow and Cultivate Start your seedlings indoors where they re not exposed to extreme temperatures wind rain or animals which can destroy them in a second Make sure the soil is moist but not soaking too wet and the seeds can develop mold Sow your seeds into a potting mix or a well drained sandy soil for best results Generally speaking the smaller the seed the shallower you want to sow it Some will barely need any soil covering at all 1 2mm Seeds need to be covered and kept warm A fluorescent desk lamp will help them germinate while a cover will help prevent them drying out remove it every now and then for air flow and to prevent mold Water the seeds lightly every day When they are very small just mist them Don t pour water in and risk damaging them or washing them away Even after several weeks the seedlings can be quite fragile You can add a rooting hormone to the water to help the seedlings mature faster This will increase their chances of survival as well Expose the plants to direct sunlight to promote growth window lighting is enough Once they re 3 4 inches tall you re out of the rough and can transplant carefully if needed Just don t touch or damage the roots You can create more dream herbs by taking cuttings of your existing plants dipping them in rooting hormone and planting in a separate container Look after them closely until they take root Step 4 Harvest Your Herbs It s best to use your dream herbs fresh Just like cooking When harvesting the leaves snip up to one third of the stem length regularly to encourage branching and new growth If needed you can preserve your herbs by hanging the stems in a warm airy place to dry them out Then put them in an airtight container or bag Store them in the refrigerator and they ll be good for up to two years Step 5 Take Your Dream Herbs With most of the herbs listed above grind up the leaves and pack the extract into gel capsules Alternatively you can smoke it or brew it as a tea Take your sleep herbs before bed and dream herbs after 4 6 hours of sleep Then go back to bed and practice a lucidity technique like MILD or meditation The exceptions are Silene Capensis and Valerian where the active ingredient is in the roots Either chew the roots brew them into tea or grind them into a fine powder and mix with water drinking the foam Do you grow your own dream herbs What s your favorite Share your comments below or skip to our lucid dreaming forum for in depth discussion Too lazy to grow your own Try a

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  • A Guide to Lucid Dream Supplements
    a reality check before trying to fly Experience Go to the moon Go there more often it changes Recollection It s no use lucid dreaming if you don t remember it The supplements we re looking at today can roughly be divided into classes Class I weirding you out There are a whole bunch of supplements that target stage 1 and 2 through a very simple mechanism they make your dreams more bizarre The more bizarre a dream gets the easier it is to realize something is off Class II giving you more time These are supplements that increase the length of your REM cycles These give you more dreams in general and so more opportunities to become lucid In the diagram above a Class II supplement would increase the number of REM peaks you see In essence it lifts the whole diagram up Both classes help with recall as well Class I just causes more memorable dream content while Class II makes sure you don t sleep too deeply A Cautionary Note Don t combine different lucid dream supplements unless you are sure you know what you re doing Polypharmacy taking multiple drugs supplements at the same time is very messy stuff I once took Huperzine A a herbal extract and 5 HTP a melatonin precursor together I woke up at 3am with mild visual distortions As interesting as it was to see my walls covered on non existent patterns I suggest you don t take any risks as not all side effects may be this innocuous Class I Supplements Three often and effectively used supplements are Calea Zacatechichi the dream herb Melatonin or related compounds like L Tryptophan and 5 HTP Nicotine in the form of patches Mostly these supplements do two things Suppress your dream sleep for subsequent REM rebound Increase the bizarreness and intensity of your dreams Personally I m not a big fan of Calea Z only because it tastes disgusting as a tea If you want to use it get capsules as Rebecca recommends here With Calea Z and nicotine standard doses are the way to go With melatonin start with a standard dose and work up if you feel the need but always stay within reasonable amounts Melatonin appears to increase serotonin in the brain leading to weirder dreams It s been observed that people on SSRI antidepressant medication which prolongs the action of serotonin in the brain have longer and more vivid dreams for this reason Class II Supplements There are two often used lucid dream supplements in this category and they are actually really similar Galantamine Huperzine A Both of these two are acetylcholine esterase inhibitors Yes I know quite a mouthful Acetylcholine Esterase Inhibitors in a Nutshell 1 Acetylcholine Acetylcholine Ach is a neurotransmitter involved in cognitive performance among other things Alzheimer s patients are usually given medication to support Ach It has effects with regards to Attention Memory The brain s reward system REM sleep Increasing Ach in your

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  • The Alpha Brain Lucid Dream Experience
    membranes Unlike cheaper forms of choline such as choline bitrartate Alpha GPC has been shown to be well absorbed easily crossing the blood brain barrier Once delivered it helps support brain function and learning processes by increasing the synthesis and secretion of acetylcholine Heightened acetylcholine is linked to memory focus mental drive and REM sleep states Huperzia Serrata An extract from northern firmoss Huperzia serrata Huperzine A is a naturally derived acetylcholinesterase AchE inhibitor It s responsible for the breakdown of acetylcholine and so by inhibiting AchE more acetylcholine is made available to the brain Efficacy has been shown in a range of 200 400 mcg daily and safety has been demonstrated in trials up to 5 weeks and 600 mcg daily Bacopa Monneira A herb found in the marshlands of India Ayurvedic masters have touted its cognitive enhancing effects for centuries Clinical investigations show that it has strong antioxidant properties and may protect mental function in certain adults while animal models have provided evidence that Bacopa improves learning skills Bacosides the active compounds in Bacopa play a protective role in the synaptic functions of the nerves in the hippocampus the seat of memory Also included in the patented Alpha Brain formula are L tyrosine L theanine oatstraw Aneva sativa Phosphatidylserine PS Vinpocetine Pterostilbene and vitamin B6 Pyridoxine What Are The Effects of Alpha Brain So we know what Alpha Brain claims to do Here are my first hand results This product isn t like the pill from the movie Limitless where you re suddenly insanely smarter and see the world in a completely different light That s total fiction During the first night I admit I thought it was probably a placebo effect if anything I took the pill I didn t feel any different I couldn t remember anything except for the very end of my dream But the second day I dreamed that I was having a conversation with my best friend It would ve seemed like a normal dream if not for the black and white movie like setting We were sitting on an old fashioned sofa like from the 19th century just talking and everything was in grayscale I ve definitely never had a dream like that before Now I really started to feel the difference My brain started to work faster during the day and also at night I noticed my dreams on Alpha Brain were set in beautiful locations For example in one dream I was walking around in a beautiful city I had never been to and felt as if I was a real traveller So I m pretty sure Alpha Brain does enhance the way you dream My dreams were more vivid exciting and they were easier to remember But I still would have not been able to control or extend them without my additional lucid dreaming practice Although my main goal was to become more conscious of my dreams I did notice an improvement of my mental capacity during the

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