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Nov 1, 2011

MEDITATION-How important is it really?



Meditation has been known to man for thousands of years and reaches out to billions across the globe daily, BUT how important is it really? 
How much can it help our dream work, or any lifestyle choice for that matter!?! Well, the answer is simple, 'Significantly'


Let me first explain the science...


GABA

People who regularly meditate have considerably increased levels of the neurotransmitters GABA. What is GABA and why is it so important? GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) is one of the major inhibitory neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. It‘s best known for stabilizing mood disorders. Anxiety, tension, insomnia, and epilepsy are believed to be due to the failure to produce adequate levels of GABA. In a study at Yale University, people with panic disorder were found to have 22% less GABA than people without panic disorder. Addicts, including those addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, food, gambling, and even shopping, all have one thing in common: not enough GABA. As you can see, GABA is very important!




DHEA
Meditation provides a dramatic boost in DHEA hormone levels. We now know that low levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) are strongly associated with the risk of heart attack, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and chronic fatigue. On the positive side, DHEA enhances memory, alleviates depression, and causes a remarkable improvement in a person's sense of psychological and physical well-being. It also provides strong support to your immune system—so much that many scientists are convinced that a deficiency in the DHEA hormone is what contributes to the collapse of our immune systems during old age.

Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone manufactured in the brain by the pineal gland, from the amino acid tryptophan. Levels of melatonin in the blood peak before bedtime and its function is to create restful sleep. Research has also revealed that it is a powerful antioxidant. Stress, however, significantly lowers melatonin levels. People who meditate are able to maintain healthy levels of melatonin by reducing stress and restoring balance. As a result, they sleep more soundly and wake up feeling refreshed each morning.


Serotonin
Meditation also increases the production of serotonin within our brains. Serotonin is a main neurotransmitter and has profound influences over your mood and behavior. Depleted serotonin levels are directly linked to depression, obesity, insomnia,narcolepsy, sleep apnea, migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, and fibromyalgia. In treating anxiety and depression-related disorders, drugs such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft help to restore healthy levels of serotonin. But why put yourself through the adverse side effects of these costly medications when you can achieve the same results by using Equisync audio technology?

Endorphins
Endorphins are a category of neurotransmitters that the body uses as an internal pain killer. These compounds are also responsible for the all-encompassing sense of happiness we sometimes feel. Endorphins are thought to reduce blood pressure and have been linked in the fight against cancer. People who exercise know endorphins well, as they produce what is known as 'runner's high'. These same pleasant feelings are also experienced by people who meditate, and studies show this is due to the higher levels endorphins that meditation elicits.

HGH 
Deep meditation dramatically boosts levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which your body naturally produces. It stimulated your growth throughout your childhood and sustains your tissues and organs all the way through your life. Starting in your 40s, your pituitary gland, the pea-sized structure at the base of your brain where growth hormone is produced, gradually decreases the amount of HGH it creates. The body's diminishing supply of HGH causes the frailty that comes with aging—decreased bone density, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, weakening heart contractions, poor mood, lack of motivation, and poor exercise capacity. This is why so many people nowadays spend lots of money to take HGH. It‘s a very important hormone when it comes to our overall health and well-being.

Cortisol 
Cortisol is the one hormone you want less amounts of and meditation is proven to significantly decrease this harmful hormone. Higher and more prolonged levels of Cortisol, an age accelerating hormone, in the bloodstream has been found to have effects such as decreased bone density, elevated blood pressure, suppressed thyroid function, weakened cognitive performance, chronic stress, blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia, decrease in muscle tissue, lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, increased abdominal fat (which is related to many more health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body), heart attacks, strokes, increased levels of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and decreased levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL), which lead to other health problems. Too much cortisol is very damaging to your body and meditation can help reduce the risk of its many harmful effects.


Dreaming & Meditation
Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. It often involves turning attention to a single point of reference.  It is a state of experiencing a state of consciousness that has the qualities of enlightenment.  By meditating you are learning how to be free of thought, feeling, emotion, and time. 

When we detach and just 'observe' our perception from this unique view point we begin to shift into the 'now' and start to look more within ourselves. 
This complies so well with anybody pursuing conscious dreaming. Not only do you greatly increase your chances in becoming lucid but you provide your mind, body and spirit the necessary intention to help drive it forward into the everlasting bliss of you.
I personally see meditation as the foundation for all consciousness and it strengthens my awareness towards dream work in so many ways.


How To Meditate For Beginners
Have a look at one of my favourite videos on how to meditate... It explains the basics of meditation very easily so take a look if your not entirely sure how. 
Of course there are many methods out there for this practice. The most important thing I've learnt over the years with meditation is to 'keep things simple'! The experience will become easier the more you daily practise. So even if it's just for 15 minutes per day and you keep it consistent, you will be sure to see the many benefits meditation has to offer...
Good luck!



Book Reference of a wonderful meditation book from Dr. Wayne W.Dyer:


Peace & Blessings, Nick


Oct 31, 2011

Want To Stay Lucid For Longer?

Lucidity is wonderful when it finally arrives, but how can we stay lucid for longer and maintain a stable dream environment? 

Well, firstly it's always good to ground your energy body before setting out on any epic adventures. It’s highly important to gather your focus and say out loud, “Hey, I’m lucid and this is all a dream!”. Whilst saying this obvious statement make sure you remain calm and collected. The more excited you get, the more chance you have in snapping back to your physical body and ending the whole experience. 

I find that keeping things in motion is a highly effective technique. Should you stop and smell the roses, so to speak, the environment around you will decay rapidly and eventually cease to exist. Another great way to start your grounding process is to touch and examine everything around you. Our subconscious mind will make up some fantastic scenery and manifestations, so be prepared for the unexpected, no matter how weird! 

The important thing is not to ignore what's around you and interact with everyone and everything that comes within your path.


Grounding example from one of my lucid dreams...

(felt like 45 mins)
I am in this beautiful green mountain landscape with the sea to my left. The sun is shining and in front of me what appears to be an outdoor market place from the 18th century. It reminds me of the untouched hills of ancient Scotland-only better weather!
The market is full of happy people, some are haggling and some are carrying things. Kids are playing around the market stalls and laughing all around. I notice to my right a large long table full of interesting fruit and vegetables.
I ground myself first ...
I then show appreciation for being given the experience of lucidity and I walk up to the fruit stall. I pick up loads of apples and lettuce and munch the whole lot, WOW! It tastes so real! The market lady seems to not care for my lack of payment. I feel really secure within this dreamscape, such a peaceful place. I then speak to some people to my left and they seem pleasent. I move further down the market and attempt to fly around...


I have listed the most successful and  effective tools for you to use when lucid…



Spinning Around 



Spinning around with your arms out can really cause a sensory explosion! From experience, I find that I lose my balance and if I close my eyes I suddenly teleport to a random destination. It's a bit of a loose canon this one because you don't always know where you're going to end up. So give it a try and see where it takes you!



Rubbing Hands Together

This is the most common way in getting grounded. Immediately do this when you become lucid and state that you are lucid out loud. Keep rubbing your hands until you feel the area is stabilised.



Leap Backwards

Leaping backwards should only be performed once your dream environment is stabilised. I performed this completely by chance one night and the results really blew me away! It seems to be associated with your astral body because the result of you leaping backwards can make your physical body vibrate. This is a direct sign of your astral body being stimulated. When you leap backwards make sure you spread your arms out and just have a feeling of complete trust and surrender. By doing this you feel as though you go through the ground and into the unknown. But don't fear! 
It is a highly effective tool for when you need a quick exit from any situation. You can then enter into an OBE environment! In some cases you may snap back to your physical body a few times and feel the vibrations. If this occurs simply don't move a muscle and relax and repeat the process. You will soon re-enter the dream world with full lucidity!



Examine all your surroundings


I do this a lot more nowadays because of how effective and stimulating it is. This is a great way in getting a stabilised environment. As soon as you become lucid, everything and I mean every-thing must be examined. You do this by touching what's all around you and really examine closely what it is you're interacting with. 

Feel the ground, breathe with your dream lungs, touch the bark on trees and zoom in with great detail! This will give you a greater sense of clarity and stimulate your ever expanding senses. The more sensitised your energy body becomes the more chance you have in creating longer lasting lucid dreams.



Remain calm and keep moving


It's totally understandable to get a little excited when we first become lucid. 
Who wouldn't?!? 
But if we remain calm and have peace in our hearts, we can really focus our attention and be objective to the matter at hand. This doesn't simply mean stop, but be calm yet always in motion. Find a nice consistent pace you feel at ease with and maintain this focus throughout. This will guide you and keeps things interesting.


Hungry?


Yes, that's right people! You can create all kinds of great grub and drink in the dream world! All you have to to do is get grounded and close your eyes. Intend on having a tasty dish in front of you and really imagine it with your mind's eye.
Hey Presto! There it is...YUM-YUM! 
By eating and drinking every now and then you can stimulate your dream taste buds and stay firmly in the dream world for longer!




Reality check every 5 minutes!


I can't tell you enough how many times I've used this great little time keeping bad boy! Yep, I know it's an original Casio that's worth almost nothing these days!
Fact is, it doesn't matter what type of watch you have, just as long as you can remember it and imbed it's image into your subconsciousEvery time you're lucid, every 5 minutes throughout your dream, every false awakening, every time you physically wake up in the morning and as many times in the day.
Check your wrist watch and say the magic words: 'Am I Dreaming'?? 
Really spend at least 20 seconds contemplating looking at the numbers. 'Where am I'?, 'Is it a dream'? By doing this in the lucid dream every 5 minutes, you're keeping yourself grounded and on the ball. This will allow your dream to reach its maximum time allowance. It's also a great safety guard incase you get tranced back into the dream and forget that you were ever lucid in the first place. Believe me this happens a lot! So look at your watch, then look away. Repeat this until you are certain that the numbers are normal and not misshapen. Within a dream, numbers and letters are really difficult to recognise, so this is a great     opportunity for a reality check!


Dream Extender
This is definitely one of my personal favourite tricks to perform. Done correctly you can have multiple lucid dreams all night! 

Unfortunately all dreams have to come to an end sooner or later, even if we really want to stay there and do all we can to stabilise it! 
The way to achieve the 'Dream Extender' is by noticing your surroundings just before you snap back and keeping your focus right to the end. Towards the conclusion of every lucid dream you'll notice things will start to eventually decay around you and almost black out. This is a warning sign that its coming to an end. You usually have 10 to 15 seconds before it ends. 
When this occurs become aware that it's happening first and then say to yourself repeatedly that you are lucid. Keep saying this to yourself over and over again and don't move, again being very relaxed and not over excited. 
By doing this you are not breaking your awareness and will be transported into a whole new lucid dream all over again! YAY!                                                                            


Showing Appreciation


For many of us who lucid travel the experience can become more of a deepening awakening if consistently performed. 
We as humans generally wish to find out the truth about why we are here? 
"Who am I? Where I'm going? Are we alone in the universe?"

Through my dream studies I have taken a personal quest in finding out the answers to these particular questions among many others, and as a result, lucid dreaming has given me a fast track ticket into my spiritual evolution

After a year or so being with countless 'Dream Women' that I managed to manifest for sexual pleasures, not to mention lots of flying and walking through walls, I decided to go deeper into the experience and show appreciation and gratitude where ever I went.
I remember it as if it were yesterday,  when it all turned around for me. 
I became lucid, then grounding myself like normal (using techniques from above.) Then I said "thank you" out loud and clasped my hands together and meditated whilst stood up. I stood there with no hesitation and no fear. I felt the wind pick up around me and felt it softly against my face. I was then suddenly transported to a completely new peaceful surrounding which what appeared to be a beautiful Zen garden with a fountain. I set there meditating with my dream legs folded on a near bench and looked through my dream eyelids. I then got a real sense of 'multi sensory adaptation'. Not only was I peacefully aware of me sleeping in my bed all cosy and warm, I was now meditating in this whole new body simultaneously within this 'dream zen garden'.  The experience left me completely baffled (in a good way) because for the first time I realised that the human mind, body and spirit is so much more than how some westerners perceive it. To know we can access these gifts anytime and be rewarded for the gratitude we show can leave our hearts feeling utterly fulfilled.

So there you have it, I strongly recommend you try it and see what resonates with you! Please leave comments below with any of the techniques and do tell me your experiences. 
Feedback is always welcome! 

I can safely say that when I showed my gratitude for the first time within my lucidity, 
a whole new world was born!


Peace & Blessings, Nick

Oct 10, 2011

The Perfect LUCID DREAMING Supplement

Would you like a 'High-Level' Lucid Dream or O.B.E just by taking a certain supplement with almost guaranteed results? 

If you answered 'yes' then you are now ready to expand your consciousness to the next level and finally get the results you deserve!

This is the supplement that iv'e gladly got acquainted with recently...



Galantamine

This has become known as the 
“lucid dreaming pill.” Galantamine is an alkaloid synthesized from 
the red spider lily plant.
It appears to increase lucidity drastically by promoting an important neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. 

This is taken from Wikipedia:
Some people who practice lucid dream (LD) or out-of-body experience (OBE) use galantamine to increase their odds to achieve LD or OBE. By taking small amount of galantamine (around 4 to 8 mg) after five to six hours of deep sleep and practice an induction technique such as meditation, MILD or WILD many people report more success with galantamine.
There are also reports claiming that taking galantamine without proper induction technique will not lead to LD or OBE but will result in only a vivid dream instead. It should also be noted that, due to a long half-life, galantamine will stay in the body for a period of up to and over 48 hours. As such, it is advisable to space out the use of galantamine over a period of three days so that the body does not build a resistance to the drug, ruining its effectiveness.

My Experience
Right now I'm using a Galatamine blend with Choline (4mg Galantamine/200mg Choline-per capsule) called 'Lucid Dreamer'.
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The first night I tried this I had no idea what to expect! I was a little apprehensive so I decided to calm my 'nerves of the unknown' and meditate in bed my intention prior to falling asleep. 
From what I've researched, greater results can be achieved when Galantamine is taken after 4-5 hours of good, restful sleep. This is because your body sleeps at its deepest time during the first half of the night and the supplement extends your REM period which is naturally experienced in the second half of the night. 
So taking Galantamine before you go to bed would leave you in a restless 'tossing and turning' state which clearly would leave you with no rest for your body and offer you extreme crankiness the next day! 
For me, I took the capsules at 4:00 AM in the morning after having 4.5 hours sleep, I had 8mg of Galantamine Premixed with 400mg of Choline (2 capsules). I then meditated for 20 mins in bed, stating again my intention to be lucid and firmly setting my mood to positivity, belief and love. 
I then laid on my back and started to recite my mantra for 15 mins, 
"When I Dream,  I  Will Know I'm Dreaming..." 

After this I turned on my right side...
{The Tibetans believe that in order to gain great spiritual wisdom and to make your energy body be most effective, they would lay on the right side (if you're male) and the left side if you're female. This is because your central energy channel is much more compressed when on the correct side thus giving you extra peak metaphysical energy and wisdom to achieve what is to be achieved}. 
During the death of Buddha, he laid on his right side just before he departed to Nirvana.

I then fell into the 'mid-state sleep' (Further detail on this below) and felt the traditional paralysis wave come over me. I then relaxed all the way through it whilst hearing woosh sounds and felt extreme vibrations throughout my physical body! I then finally 'popped out' of my body (I will post details on O.B.Es soon) .
From being free from my physical body I then translocated my consciousness to an unknown random location by using intention. I appeared in this beautiful scenic landscape filled with luscious green trees fully aware and conscious. 
As I stood there in amazement I was overlooking megalithic mountains surrounded by an enchanted evergreen forest with crystal blue water lakes. There were many people there all having the same 'type' of experience as me. Some were talking, laughing and some were even flying (including me!). 
But most of all it was a peaceful and happy place where no fear could ever set in. 
This can be identified as, and is sometimes labelled as a 'higher astral plane'. 
This was truly a magnificent experience for me and I hope you can achieve this too! 
I've attained this high level state of consciousness once or twice before, and since I've discovered Galantamine, taking into account the natural teachings of my dream yoga, I can now safely and responsively visit these places all from 
'just a thought away'...



Please take into consideration
By keeping your awareness and staying with focus you're creating a perfect bridge to cross from the waking/dream state without falling asleep first. 
They call this a W.I.L.D (wake induced lucid dream). This can be a bit tricky at first if your not accustomed to it but in time will become second nature to you.
No doubt you will be feeling a little excited too, as I was when trying Galantamine the first time! But don't worry, this is highly normal and  can actually work tremendously in your favour!


How will being excited work in my favour?
You see, when you get excited you release a chemical in the brain known as 'Norepinephrine' and when combined with the Galantamine, which gives you increased Acetylcholine (ACh) levels, this as a result will give your dream REM period the BIGGEST BOOST EVER! It's the perfect cocktail for inducing high level states of lucidity! 

However there is a catch... 
These particular levels, rising at the same time can result in difficulty of drifting off...
Yeah, Yeah... I know what your thinking! Your probably wondering;
'How do I drift off and keep my awareness together at the same time?' 
Well it's simple, you find a balance of keeping your awareness and not be overly excited simultaneously. Feel as though your drifting off to a 'Mid-State sleep' pivoting on the edge of waking/dreaming and be fully relaxed in the moment with no fear.
This in turn will give you the sleep paralysis state and essentially, if successful will bring a 'wake induced lucid dream'.

What if I fall asleep before?
If you fall asleep before, don't worry! Chances are you will become immediately emersed in a very vivid dream, either instantly realising you're lucid or you'll be very susceptible to being triggered into lucidity. 

Can I combine anything with Galantamine?
There are many different supplements you can combine naturally with Galantamine to give you different levels of high lucidity. 
Thomas Yuschak, author of 'Advanced Lucid Dreaming' 
is a fantastic read to the passionate lucid dreamer and gives you incredible information in how to take Galantamine safely and what works well when combining it with other supplements. 
I will elaborate on this regarding combining supplements in a future blog.

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 Thanks and happy dreaming,
Nick Barrett