JoAnne Bassett, Contributor
For millennia people from around the world have been using a powerful technique called lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During this type of dream, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. In Eastern traditions, cultivating the dreamer’s ability to be aware that he or she is dreaming is central to both the Tibetan Buddhist practice of dream yoga and the ancient Indian Hindu practice of Yoga Nidra. Now science is catching up to prove the powers of lucid dreaming.
There is a group of plants known as “Oneirogens” (from the Greek oneirosmeaning “dream” and genmeaning “creating”), which produce and also enhance dream-like states of consciousness. These herbs and roots have been used for thousands of years for prophetic divination through dreams, out-of-body experiences, and to consciously awaken you during dream states.
One of the rarest and most obscure to most people is Agarwood, also known as Oud. The “Wood of the Gods” has at least 3,000 years of history around the world, in India, the Middle East, Japan and China. Agarwood facilitates clarity of mind, emotional balance and inner peace. The Koran and Bible both point to Oud as a sacred incense that leads one into paradise. One story tells of a monk’s sacrificing spirit in which he grinds one of his agarwood beads into powder whenever he met the sick in order to cure them with it, which resulted with even the seriously stricken person getting well.
Agarwood also has been associated with the Chinese tradition of Fengshui, a discipline of governing the flow of energy in a particular place, and the Oud wood has been associated with producing good luck and positive energy wherever it is placed. Agarwood calms the body, removes destructive and negative energies, provides enhanced awareness, reduces fear, invokes a feeling of vigor and harmony, and enhances mental functionality. Oud also eases neurotic and obsessive behavior.
Buddhists deploy agarwood for transmutation of ignorance. Tibetan monks utilize it to convey energy to wind down the mind and spirit. The Sufis and Japanese shamans also use agarwood oil in their esoteric rites.
Another prized and royal oil is that of the Blue Lotus. In Ancient Egypt, as well as in the Mayan civilization in particular, Blue Lotus has been used to invoke higher states of consciousness. The significance of the lotus is such that it is even cited in The Egyptian Book of The Dead. The blue lotus high provides a mild sense of tranquillity and euphoria, along with an altered sense of awareness. There are more reports of a noticeable impact on the vividness of dreams and dream recall than lucidity itself. Some advise that the dreamlike sensation the plant induces whilst waking continues into sleep itself – where dreams seem more colorful and lifelike. The alkaloids of the lotus can be absorbed through the skin making the essential oil a fragrant option for dream enhancement.
Frankincense has a history of use around the world as an antidepressant and spiritually uplifting medicine. Inhaling the aroma of frankincense essential oil has been show to have an impact on the clarity of dreams and the ability to recall dreams. Frankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, is one of the primary oils recommended for stimulating the pineal gland.
Jasmine Sambac has a tradition of use in astral travel blends. One milliliter of this essential oil takes on average 8,000 hand-picked flowers. One study conducted by researchers at the Wheeling Jesuit University found that jasmine is almost as effective as conventional sleeping aids. Researchers found that individuals who inhaled jasmine’s scent before going to sleep had deeper, more restful sleeps and woke up more alert with higher energy levels as well. They also found that it was effective at reducing anxiety.
Few herbs have had more uses in magic and ritual protection in European folklore than mugwort. Mugwort is a powerful imagination booster and has a long history of dispelling nervousness and fatigue while also being a potent dream herb, aiding in the remembrance of altered states of consciousness, this plant spirit acts as a bridge between worlds. It’s one of the main constituents of the infamous Witches flying ointment used for out-of-body and mystical experiences. It is found to also keep you longer in a conscious dream state (REM sleep).
Cedarwood was in use by the Sumerians and Egyptians over 5000 years ago and is believed to have been the first essential oil to be distilled. The Egyptians used it in their embalming process and the Tibetans used it in their medicine and incense. King Solomon used cedarwood in the construction of his temple, because its aromatic content would last indefinitely.
In the past, Cedarwood was used widely for worship, to elevate the mood and bring clarity to the mind. This is not surprising when you consider that, of all essential oils, cedarwood has the highest content of sesquiterpenes, molecules which are capable of penetrating the blood-brain barrier and transporting oxygen. It also has calming properties and in clinical tests it has been successful in treating ADD and ADHD.
Sandalwood has been used in India for centuries for its calming properties and its ability to relieve tension. One study focused on the effects that one of the natural compounds found in sandalwood, called santalol, had on the sleeping patterns of certain individuals. Researchers found that the test subject’s sleeping patterns were markedly improved after smelling sandalwood. Sandalwood essential oils are also high in sesquiterpenes, which is the chemical component that stimulates the pineal gland, increasing melatonin production. Sandalwood essential oil helps to heighten one’s intuition, aiding in experiencing astral projections.
Valerian Root has been used to induce lucid dreaming for centuries. It can help create more vivid dreams–and intense ones, too. Among the oil’s ingredients are valerenic acids and isovaltrate. Both of these turn out to be important in terms of its impact on the sleep cycle. Valerenic acids, like other sedatives, act upon GABA receptors. GABA, one of the brain’s most common inhibitors, reduces activity across neuronal networks by decreasing the excitability of neurons. The resulting decrease in communication between brain areas allows sleep onset to occur more quickly. Valerenic acids in Valerian root generally induce sleep onset more quickly, and allow the body to spend additional time in REM sleep stages evoking hyper real and possible strong emotional responses from the dreamer. Because of the short latency between dream periods, it is possible to have a lengthy, continuous dream episode on Valerian.
Angelica Root Essential Oil is also known as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit Root, Archangel Root and Oil of Angels. Angelica has been anecdotally found to be beneficial in protecting from night terrors and nightmares and is a perfect addition to a lucid dreaming blend for an uplifting and protective quality.
Bay Laurel was inhaled by ancient priestesses, including the oracle of Delphi, to induce a prophetic state and powers of divination. It is used to enhance clairvoyance and remove bad energy and spells from the body.
Chamomile is used for its soothing anti-anxiety and sleep inducing effects. Many people underestimate the power of chamomile for lucid dreaming which for many provide more vivid dreams than some popular lucid dreaming supplements.
One can experiment with these various oils to produce different effects in the endeavor of astral travel and lucid dreaming, as they can act as an out of body magic potion to the dedicated practicioner.
About the Author
JoAnne Bassett is a Natural Perfumer, Intuitive, Aromatherapist, Galactic Shaman and Royal Alchemist. Her service to humanity is being a divine messenger as a powerful light leader and intuitive healer. Her light coded natural perfumes raise vibrations and consciousness to love, peace, joy gratitude when worn.
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My beloved, you can only run for so long. The things you attempt to hide from, that follow you and have been following you for quite some time are demanding your attention. Rest assured; once you have ‘faced your music’ and release what you need to release, it will free up space for further growth. Although it may feel challenging in the moment, The Universe always has and always will be there to support and protect you throughout the process. You have been blessed with your existence, it is time to start living it! ~ Creator
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When you attain to the innermost core of your being, you are happy without any cause, you are happy without any reason, you are happy without any excitement. There will be no boredom. And this is what happens in love also.
You need love, because only in love do you become self-unconscious; only in love does the other disappear. There is no need to be ‘I’. With someone you love you can be alone. Even if the lover or the beloved is present you can be alone. The deepest possibility in love is that it helps you to drop self-consciousness.
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If from this Life on Earth you had one adventure to choose as your all-time favorite, you might find yourself attached to a slew of moments. You might not have the heart to give away even one of the now precious moments that wove themselves into your Life.
Which person could you give away? Truly, it would be too difficult. You have many moments and many people in this Life you may have called miserable more than once, yet you see now that they mean more to you now than you had let on to yourself.
Which face could you give up? Which voice? Whose eyes? Which hands? Which breath?
You may have well made a fuss during these moments you now see in a different light. It’s hard to understand now that you had carried ill-will. Of course, your ego was uptight. How could one or another person have stoked so much animosity in you? How could you have wasted even five minutes in resentment and indignation?
You would cast out your ego now. At this moment, you have cast it out. Tomorrow you might find another occasion for upset here and there. Perhaps you will think better of it sooner this time. There is no way you would really toss out one soul so ruthlessly.
You have had an amazing cast of characters in your Life. They all played their parts spectacularly. No one could have played their parts better.
From your past, schoolteachers now long gone thirty years, let’s say, which one would you not run up to now in Joy? Any one of your elementary school teachers you would not? If the teacher still lives on Earth, he or she may no longer have any recollection of you, yet you remember all your teachers from long ago. Unbeknownst to you, each teacher had stolen your heart. Had you only known sooner, you may well wish that you had said a fond goodbye. Their role in your Life may have been a minor role, yet now their participation in your Life means more to you. Please do not think you are just being sentimental.
What you realize now, whether others’ places in your Life were minor or not, pleasant or not, no matter what they represented to you or not, each teacher played his or her part in your Life. Whatever the parts were, whatever their significance or insignificance may have been, they played their part to the hilt. They were characters and personalities in your Life. They played their parts for you in good stead. You may be sorry now for the part you played.
Even Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, as wicked as she was, was instrumental. If there had not been the wicked stepmother and wicked stepsisters, would Cinderella’s foot have fit the glass slipper so perfectly?
Somehow the people in your past, even those you begrudged, were nevertheless part of your engagement in Life. This was the story you wrote then. You would rewrite the story now.
I applaud Cinderella that she rose above her past. She didn’t let her wicked stepmother hold her back.
In a fairy tale, the good thing is that there are roles. The people who play the roles enact them.
Some of the characters in your Life may not have been virtuous. They may well have been seriously misguided. They may have been hazardous.
Now that they are no longer on stage, they dropped their ridicule of you, and now you drop your attachment to the roles as you saw them then.
They were like no other, those who played their roles in your Life. One way or another, they entered your Life. Whether they played a horrendous part in your Life or a sweet one, they played their roles.
Now you would play your own part differently, and together your lives would have made up a different story.
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Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’ve often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’ve wondered why you dream at all.
Although many techniques exist for inducing lucid dreams, previous studies have reported low success rates, preventing researchers from being able to study the potential benefits and applications of lucid dreaming.
Although anecdotal reports of people awakening inside a dream have been around for centuries and over 50 percent of people report having at least one such experience in their lifetime, the first rigorous study of the phenomenon was only conducted in the last century.
Dr Denholm Aspy’s research in the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology is aimed at addressing this problem and developing more effective lucid dream induction techniques.
The results from his studies, now published in the journal Dreaming, have confirmed that people can increase their chances of having a lucid dream.
The study involved three groups of participants, and investigated the effectiveness of three different lucid dream induction techniques:
1. Reality testing — which involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming.
2. Wake back to bed — waking up after five hours, staying awake for a short period, then going back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur.
3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) — which involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then developing the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” You also imagine yourself in a lucid dream.
Among the group of 47 people who combined all three techniques, participants achieved a 17% success rate in having lucid dreams over the period of just one week — significantly higher compared to a baseline week where they didn’t practise any techniques. Among those who were able to go to sleep within the first five minutes of completing the MILD technique, the success rate of lucid dreaming was much higher, at almost 46% of attempts.
“The MILD technique works on what we call ‘prospective memory’ — that is, your ability to remember to do things in the future. By repeating a phrase that you will remember you’re dreaming, it forms an intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember that you are dreaming, leading to a lucid dream,” says Dr Aspy, Visiting Research Fellow in the University’s School of Psychology.
“Importantly, those who reported success using the MILD technique were significantly less sleep deprived the next day, indicating that lucid dreaming did not have any negative effect on sleep quality,” he says.
“These results take us one step closer to developing highly effective lucid dream induction techniques that will allow us to study the many potential benefits of lucid dreaming, such as treatment for nightmares and improvement of physical skills and abilities through rehearsal in the lucid dream environment,” Dr Aspy says.
Dr Aspy is continuing his research into lucid dreams in an attempt to further increase the effectiveness of the technique. He’s conducting a new study, which is open to any English-speaking people aged 18 and over anywhere in the world. For more information and to take part in the study, visit: http://ift.tt/2gnTvpa
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What do you do when your village is not connected to the main electricity grid, but you have a waterfall nearby? John Magiro is an unsung hero from a small village in Murang’a county, Kenya. After seeing his mother struggle, he decided to build a hydropower station using everyday objects, including a dynamo and a bicycle rim. Despite failing his exams at school, Magiro has successfully produced power for over 350 households.
As a child, Magiro used a kerosene lamp to study in the evening. The kerosene would often run out which meant that he had to walk almost one kilometre to buy more fuel. Due to lack of school fees, Magiro was sent home from school. He used this time to work on his turbine power plant project which has turned out to be a huge success. Magiro charges a standard fee of $2 a month and the electricity generated is now being used by many people in the village.
Across sub-saharan Africa an estimated 621 million people do not have access to electricity. Magiro is now determined to power thousands of homes. “In Kenya, we have a lot of waterfalls that are not being used. If I can start mini Magiro Hydropower stations, it will serve the communities around these falls.” he said.
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A Buddha is so fulfilled, but there is no excitement about it. He’s simply fulfilled. He has not achieved anything, nothing new has happened, but he has simply become so content with himself that it is very, very cool state of enjoyment – it is a cool state of bliss.
Remember, that is the difference between bliss and happiness: happiness is excitement; bliss is happiness without excitement. If there is excitement, sooner or later you will get bored, because only when the excitement is new it is excitement.
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Coincidences are what you see in front of you as unlikely bizarre occurrences. Coincidences carry a certain aura of unbelievability, yet such combinations do occur, and they occur frequently enough to be common even in their seeming impossibility. Well, you have heard that there are no limits, so why are you so surprised?
Some remarkability appears as rare and odd to you, for you do not expect the improbable. You see limits whereas Life sets none. This includes what you are thrilled with as well as what you are appalled at. Your view is your view, and it is you who puts your view in place. It is you who doesn’t hold conscious awareness to seeming coincidence.
You bought a certain size bag chock-full with sundry items for $5.00 at a yard sale, and the bag, as it turns out, contains either a cubic zircon or a rare diamond, all seemingly by chance. Which is for your shopping pleasure? You call yourself out of luck when your bag includes a zircon. You find yourself whoppingly lucky when it is a 2-carat diamond you come home with!
You have good fortune regardless. You simply have one experience, or you have another. Of course, it matters to you, yet, in the long term, what difference does it make?
There are many ways you can look at the feats in Life. It’s all in your mind, isn’t it? Something is as you say it is — it is like this or like that. You make appraisals often, one you favor and another you don’t. In this way, it can be said that you call the shots. You are the one who considers yourself an authority. What if you aren’t really? What if everything you vouch for is simply a label you paste on? You declare conclusions.
Inevitably, what does it matter when the tables are turned, and glass is called rare and diamonds common? If gold were seen as dross and tin held the rank of gold, you simply could say up-sa-daisy! Regardless of reasoning, is everything, after all, a matter of opinion? If everyone has his or her own opinion, who can declare the validity or fallacy of another’s opinion? Who has the right or might to judge, and what for?
In the world, votes generally come down to numbers. Is Life a matter of pecking order? Who has the right to say another is correct or incorrect? Your heart may say one thing and another’s heart something else, yet which of My Children insists on one way or the other. What is the difference between a squabble in first grade and a war in the adult world?
And so people line up, and choices are made, and someone wins, and someone else loses. The one who is called victorious — what has he won? Anything? Pride perhaps, yet what is pride but an empty promise? For a moment, he is prideful. His arm is raised for only a moment as winner. He will pass the winner’s cup on soon enough.
What is winning but another stamp of approval here today, I say, and gone tomorrow.
Even when Peace is won, what is the meaning? Forced surrender isn’t peace. Forced surrender isn’t so quiet. Forced surrender can be a brewing storm. Declaring Peace may not mean Peace, so what is the good of it? Does the world think that silenced uproar is the same as Peace? Peace has to be more than the absence of riot.
Only beautiful is beautiful. Declaring something beautiful is a declaration of beauty. You can declare righteousness or anything until you are blue in the face, yet what good is it?
You can declare fallacy true, yet fallacy remains fallacy.
No one needs to declare himself a Prince. Declaring doesn’t make it true.
I declare you a Prince. I speak Truth — yet when will you believe Me?
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We are having a New Moon in Libra on October 19th at 7:12pm Universal Time. This marks a new wave of energy influencing the upcoming lunar month, yet the astrological configurations at this time will be the strongest over the following two weeks leading up to the Full Moon on November 3rd/4th.
Libra energies have been present for the last month — since the previous Equinox, which is when the Sun always enters this sign. As an air sign, it is social and intellectual. Libra is about all types of relationships, as well as balance, fairness, equality, and diplomacy. Consideration of others’ needs is also a theme, as well as anything to do with beauty, aesthetics, and even creativity and the love of art.
New Moon Opposite Uranus, Conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio
However, the Libra-related needs may be at odds with the opposing Uranus in Aries if both sides are not integrated. This is something that we have already been experiencing on and off since late last year, and also in recent months, during Jupiter’s opposition with Uranus in the same signs. Uranus in Aries is about freedom, breaking free, independence, rebellion, and separations, but in some cases it may even bring new ways of applying ourselves within relationships/partnerships.
This aspect with Uranus may also bring some surprises and sudden changes throughout this Moon cycle, which may be disruptive. This effect will be particularly strong at the time of the New Moon and potentially the day before.
Although this New Moon is in Libra, along with Venus and Mars later on, Scorpio energy will be very prevalent throughout this month, as Jupiter entered this sign nine days prior. Mercury also recently joined. The Sun will be there as well, three and a half days after this New Moon (on October 23rd), as it does every year at this time, but this time it will be joining Jupiter there.
While Libra is associated with relating and relationships, Scorpio represents the deeper aspects of these things, such as deep bonding, sex, and shared values/resources, along with deep desires, fears, intensity, investments, taxes, debts, secrets, hidden matters, suspicions, and mysteries. Negative Scorpio traits include jealousy, possessiveness, power, control, and manipulation over others. It is raw, primal, powerful, complex, and can even be profound and transformative.
Jupiter, along with being triggered by the Sun, is highlighting these themes. An example of this is what is being talked about in the media regarding sexual harassment in Hollywood. On a more positive note, we may also experience an expansive energy related to Scorpio themes. Jupiter is about learning and growing, so this can be a great time to apply this toward the Scorpio themes mentioned above. It can also be related to deep studies and deeper understanding of certain subjects and how things work, which can be done in a way that is penetrating and even obsessive.
Mars Entering Libra, Mercury Trine Neptune, and Venus Square Pluto
Mars is going into Libra on October 22nd and will be extending some of the Libra themes for a while, as it will stay there until December 9th. Traditionally, this is viewed as a poor pairing with Mars, which likes to be direct and assertive. Libra can be indecisive and likes to take things into consideration before acting so it can make both sides happy. Throughout this period, we may find that our actions require more deliberation, which can be more challenging for highly assertive people.
Mercury in Scorpio is moving toward a trine with Neptune that will be exact on October 24th. Mercury represents how we process thoughts and communicate, and when in Scorpio, can allow for deeper communication. Its trine with Neptune can deepen intuition and connection to the unseen and unconscious, as well as the thoughts of others. This can also be great for creative Mercurial communicative pursuits such as poetry, music, and visual arts such as photography and video.
Venus returned home to Libra five days prior to this New Moon and will stay there until November 7th. Despite the New Moon’s opposition with Uranus mentioned above, and some upcoming challenging aspects that Venus is making, this can still bring some harmony to our relationships and our social lives.
However, as we approach October 27th-28th, Venus will be moving toward a square with Pluto, which could trigger already existing Scorpio themes of jealousy, possessiveness, fears, as well as passionate intensity and obsessiveness in relationships. It could also bring challenging or hidden issues to the surface as well, and we may display compulsive behaviours toward loved ones. In some cases, financial issues, or anything to do with aesthetics, might become problematic in some of the same ways. Mercury will also be in an aspect with Pluto at the same time, which can reinforce some of things already mentioned but can also help us look at the issues from a deeper perspective, as it is also in Scorpio.
Making Intentions and Things to Consider
In what new ways can or should you express yourself in your relationships? What themes are being triggered at this New Moon now that are related to what has unfolded over the last few months, and what can you do to take a new step forward? What are the deep underlying issues at play here and how can you use this awareness to facilitate changes, transformations, and better decisions? What considerations do you need to make to ensure that you are taking a balanced approach in your actions? What is the root cause of your fears, obsessions, or compulsive behaviours?
These are just some examples of what your intentions can be oriented around, but they don’t need to be limited to them. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 7:12pm Universal Time on October 19th. You can click here to find out what that is in your time zone. It is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon is possible, but they can even be done within the first 24 hours following. However, the best time for making intentions would be within the first half hour following or just prior.
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