Lucid Dreams

how to lucid dream

Dreaming has been a part of the human understanding of the world since the dawn of man. In ancient civilizations, the imagery received in dreams often had divinatory purposes and they could indicate the coming of a great blessing, or catastrophe. Grandious dreams by religious leaders represented a gate to the divine, from where the leader could extract important guidance for the future of their people.

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In modern times, science has changed how we look at dreams by debunking many of the myths about dreams and how we interpret them. In place of mysticism, science has replaced myths with an even more mysterious world: the realm of the human subconscious.

Carl Jung is a scientist that greatly helped us understand how the dream world relates to the human subconscious. Jung is a common example of someone fascinated by dreams and what they could mean and he firmly believed that the symbology that populated the dream landscape was a direct reflection of the things that the dreamer experienced in everyday life and it often was something that the person suppressed in their waking life.

From this, scientists all over the world started to look at dreams as an important investigative tool that could hold the answers to understanding the human brain and navigating the shadow – the part of ourselves that we are unaware of. Writing your dreams down immediately after they happen and analyzing them later can be a good way for someone to have some insight into themselves, and it could reveal things that we usually don’t notice exist inside of us.

What Is Lucid Dreaming?

With the idea in mind that dreams are the door to the hidden layers of the self, methods of dream exploration have been becoming increasingly more popular, and with them, Lucid Dreaming. A lucid dream means to be aware while the dream is happening. To some, this may seem impossible, but with enough practice, it is possible to achieve enough lucidity during sleep to even control some aspects of the dream.

Dream Recall

There are many methods to start Lucid Dreaming, but the most popular way to go about this is to start by practicing dream recall. If you are the type of person who dreams almost every night but you can’t remember any dreams, then this step is important for you before you start lucid dreaming. Taking a moment every morning to reconnect with our dream and make an effort to put it on paper is a great way to make us accustomed to tuning in to the dream realm.

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Dream Herbs

Another possible route for the Lucid Dreamer is to use nature as a helper by introducing a dream-enhancing herb such as the Dream Herb or the Blue Lotus. Most of the herbs traditionally used for dream rituals in a tribal context have the characteristic of making the dreams seem more vivid and easier to remember. Other herbs work by helping the participant go into a deeper state of sleep that is harder to be interrupted.

Best Herbs for Vivid and Lucid Dreams

Exploring your dreams consciously means facing parts of yourself that you usually don’t face, and this can be challenging. There are many ways to approach this exploration of the self, but in all cases, preparation is super important. Look for good reliable information and be gentle with yourself and your limits. Learning Lucid Dreams is more about taking a deep dive into the self than anything else. Part of the journey is learning how to accept what is inside of us and make it work in our favor with balance and integrity.

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