DREAM POTION Pillow Spray 30ml. Inspired by the Greek Sleep Temples of antiquity and dream herbal remedies recorded in the Greek magical papyri.
This DREAM POTION is a blend of relaxing and memory enhancing essential oils such as Frankincense, Rosemary and Chamomile with a rosewater base and the blessings of the Greek goddess and personification of memory #Mnemosyne and the Greek dream healer God #Asklepios.
Use this spray in a dream incubation practice. The olfactory senses can be powerful tools for developing awareness in a dream.
My tip for using this spray is to use it before sleep to add a new sensory layer to your environment as you begin your dream preparation.
Firstly write down everything that has happened during the day. Starting from the present time and working backwards. Try to see the events and symbols you have encountered in your recent waking life with the same sort of critical enquiry that you might use if you were analysing a dream.
As you write it down, try to visualise the scenes and events as vividly as is possible. Visualisation is the practice that nourishes your dream worlds.
Focus your attention upon the fragrance of the oils and write down your desired dream outcome or a request for greater insight into a particular problem or situation. Sit with this intention in a meditative state for at least 5 minutes.
SPRAY the DREAM POTION on to your pillow, lie down to sleep on your back and remind yourself that you are about to enter the dream state, try to remain sleeping on your back for as long as possible.
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William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.
A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.
A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
A fibre from the brain does tear.
A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The game-cock clipt and arm'd for fight
Does the rising sun affright.
Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from hell a human soul.
The wild deer, wand'ring here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
The lamb misus'd breeds public strife,
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.
The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won't believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever's fright.
He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be belov'd by men.
He who the ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by woman lov'd.
The wanton boy that kills the fly
Shall feel the spider's enmity.
He who torments the chafer's sprite
Weaves a bower in endless night.
The caterpillar on the leaf
Repeats to thee thy mother's grief.
Kill not the moth nor butterfly,
For the last judgement draweth nigh.
He who shall train the horse to war
Shall never pass the polar bar.
The beggar's dog and widow's cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
The gnat that sings his summer's song
Poison gets from slander's tongue.
The poison of the snake and newt
Is the sweat of envy's foot.
The poison of the honey bee
Is the artist's jealousy.
The prince's robes and beggar's rags
Are toadstools on the miser's bags.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro' the world we safely go.
Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.
The babe is more than swaddling bands;
Every farmer understands.
Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in eternity;
This is caught by females bright,
And return'd to its own delight.
The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar,
Are waves that beat on heaven's shore.
The babe that weeps the rod beneath
Writes revenge in realms of death.
The beggar's rags, fluttering in air,
Does to rags the heavens tear.
The soldier, arm'd with sword and gun,
Palsied strikes the summer's sun.
The poor man's farthing is worth more
Than all the gold on Afric's shore.
One mite wrung from the lab'rer's hands
Shall buy and sell the miser's lands;
Or, if protected from on high,
Does that whole nation sell and buy.
He who mocks the infant's faith
Shall be mock'd in age and death.
He who shall teach the child to doubt
The rotting grave shall ne'er get out.
He who respects the infant's faith
Triumphs over hell and death.
The child's toys and the old man's reasons
Are the fruits of the two seasons.
The questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to reply.
He who replies to words of doubt
Doth put the light of knowledge out.
The strongest poison ever known
Came from Caesar's laurel crown.
Nought can deform the human race
Like to the armour's iron brace.
When gold and gems adorn the plow,
To peaceful arts shall envy bow.
A riddle, or the cricket's cry,
Is to doubt a fit reply.
The emmet's inch and eagle's mile
Make lame philosophy to smile.
He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.
If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
To be in a passion you good may do,
But no good if a passion is in you.
The whore and gambler, by the state
Licensed, build that nation's fate.
The harlot's cry from street to street
Shall weave old England's winding-sheet.
The winner's shout, the loser's curse,
Dance before dead England's hearse.
Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.
God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.
The past two decades have witnessed a rise in scholarship investigating western occultism, which is also termed esotericism. The discovery of the occult as an influential drive in diverse modern counterculture, political and artistic movements, from paganism and new age spirituality, modernist art and cinema, to the Nazi party, has become a new discipline in the study of religion. Its non-Cartesian role in Renaissance Europe and classical world traditions has also been demonstrated implying it is not the creation of a specific age or cultural frame. Examining its core ideas, systems of correspondence and the organisational characteristics and rituals of groups, a form of occult activity can be traced to the Upper Palaeolithic. From cave art serving as a symbolic storage system of astronomical information in the timing of feasts and ritual events, to secret societies of the Upper Palaeolithic-Neolithic boundary, we encounter a range of prehistoric occultism in art, megaliths and ritual paraphernalia. The symbolic expression of thought these pre-civilization, hunter-gatherer groups utilized was not an alternative to another language system as it might be today but was an aspect of the ceremonial activity from which civilization appears to have emerged.Read More
Daniel Lee and I visited the Brecon Beacons to check out the location of the Awake + Away Dream Retreat we're holding at the Llanthony Priory in July.
The bunkhouse we will be staying in is a converted stone barn. It's cozy and dark and absolutely ideal for deep sleeping.
There's a communal dining area and wood-burning stove where we're really looking forward to experiencing the menu designed by Cardiff's Atma Cafe catering, all food is vegan, organic and gluten-free and put together with love and an awareness of the power plants have to aid dreaming and clarity.
We are also delighted to have Amy Turner from Nature Therapies with us on this weekend. Amy is a gifted masseuse that specialises in massages that connect us with the healing power of plants, using essential oils and resins derived from plant species including oakmoss, honeysuckle, sweet birch, and scotch pine, Amy's unique, intuitive massages are powerfully grounding and activating and she has a super-natural ability to make you sleep.
The surrounding Llanthony Priory site is absolutely gorgeous, with its beautiful ruins framing the powerful black mountains that surround on all sides. Springs, streams, iron-rich earth and magical mountains abound in this part of the world.
Myths and natural wisdom are woven into the landscape everywhere and we shall be working with these stories and energies in our dream incubation. We shall incubate on the mountains, learn the fairy tales of ancient Wales. Yoga practice, breathwork and mythological walks will all help us develop good sleep hygiene and the right kind of calm for lucid dream work.
The chapel of St. David is said to have been built atop the monastic cell of St. David himself, making this place of sacred importance to Welsh folklore and spiritual culture.
Down the road, through the Treats camping ground and B&B, you can walk into the Llanthony Forest and take a drink from Callum's Well - an ancient spring that surfaces in a lovely meadow full of celandine and wild watercress.
In Llanthony there is no phone signal or WiFi, so this is also a perfect opportunity for a digital detox.
This is a fascinating book that explores some of the methods ancient people have used to predict the future. The first section dealing with the fascinating and elaborate Oracle tradition of Ancient Greece and later chapters delving into the spiralling colons of extispicy (divination by means of inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals).
Robert K.G. Temple is dubious of the thaumaturgists - wonder-workers - of yore and accuses them of charlantry , devising complex trickery to dupe unwitting enquirers who he believes were mostly drugged and suffering from sensory deprivation.
This book certainly contains an incredible amount of thoroughly researched material and I especially enjoyed the sections on the Oracle of the Dead at Baia and Trophonious which is a particular interest of mine.
The second half of the book is a analysis of ancient Chinese divination, with special emphasis on the I Ching and very ancient tortoise plastron and oracle bone methods.
Temple is much more convinced and enthusiastic about these techniques and recognises the natural pattern based systems as overall quite superior to the dramatic, illusory devices of the Greeks.
The definitive tome on Ancient Greek dream incubation practices and the culture of Asklepion Sleep Temples.
Healing Dream and Ritual - C.A. Meier
Professor C.A. Meier was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Switzerland. A co-founder of the C.G. Jung Institute and its president.
This book is an exhaustive exploration of Greek Sleep Temple culture, history and the practice of dream incubation as a self-therapy.
A comparative analysis of ancient incubation and modern, Jungian psychotherapy in which the human need for divine intervention is seen as the ideal device for activating a self-healing mechanism within the psyche.
According to Jung modern humans suffer when they feel a remoteness from God. Healing occurs when the distance is reconciled. Dreams are the journeys the unconscious embarks upon to re-integrate with the divine.
What are the 'Spiritual Senses'?
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds - Rudolf Steiner
In his book - Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, Rudolf Steiner talks frequently of the need to develop the spiritual senses. In order to observe the spiritual worlds, one must develop the necessary perceptual apparatus. Otherwise these realities will remain occult. Knowledge of the occult is acquired only through direct experience - gnosis. A process of purification, meditation and increasing energetic subtlety is the path to gnosis.
Steiner directs his reader/initiate in a number of exercises designed to cultivate, open and nourish these spiritual organs (the chakras). As you work through these exercises, your sensitivity does indeed increase and your sense for energy and invisible forces is greatly amplified. You do begin to sense the life-force in your environment, plants, trees, in people, buildings and city crowds. Healthy and negative energies are tangible feelings.
One thing I notice in this new version of reality is that the sense of energy perception is somehow close to that of the experience of hearing.
How to Have Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs)
The name says it all: during a WILD, you literally hand-off your awareness from a physically waking state directly into a sleeping lucid dream state.
Though not the easiest technique, it does have two big advantages:
- Lucidity on demand - choose when you go lucid
- Peak lucidity - it's the most vivid type of dream possible
In this tutorial, I explain how to have a Wake Induced Lucid Dream via two routes: visualization (using your hypnagogia) and the out-of-body exit.
Buckle up, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye bye.
This WILD technique stems from Tibetan Dream Yoga, a Buddhist philosophy used as a path to enlightenment. It's much easier if you frequently meditate. You'll see why in a moment.
Also know that, while it does usually require practice, WILD is also totally intuitive. I know people who naturally taught themselves to WILD as children. I call it "dreaming yourself to sleep".
The key is getting to know your body's sleep signals. Once you can identify the natural triggers and responses to falling asleep, you'll be able to exploit the process to have lucid dreams.
Step 1. Relax into The Corpse Pose
Think about how you fall asleep every night. We're going to replicate that process with one difference: as your body falls asleep, your mind will stay awake.
That may sound like an alien concept, but rest assured it's entirely possible - and it becomes easier with practice. When it does happen, you'll be surprised how natural it feels, slipping straight into the dream state with full awareness.
To begin, your body should already be very relaxed and loose. That's why it's so much easier to do after waking up from a deeper sleep (the ideal time to have a WILD is after 4-6 hours of sleep).
If you’re going to take a dream enhancement supplement to potentiate this method, then take it now.
Step 1: Relax into the corpse pose
Lie on your back in the corpse pose. Other sleeping postures can work too, but I find this most effective because it doesn't cut off blood supply to any limbs and allows you to imagine floating for the OBE exit.
Empty your mind and gaze into the blackness of your closed eyelids. If any thoughts pop up, just observe them and send them on their way. Don't interact with your thoughts or let your inner monologue kick in.
Breathe slowly and deeply. Focus on breathing in to the count of four, holding for seven, then breathing out for eight counts. (This is also a great stress-reliever at any time of day.)
Do this ten times. You'll be totally relaxed.
If you find it hard to enter a state of quiet meditation, brainwave entrainment is extremely useful. It gets me into the altered state of awareness necessary for a WILD on any occasion.
Step 2. Observe Your Hypnagogia
After a while, you'll notice the onset of the hypnagogic state.
The most obvious sign involves phosphorescent patterns flowing behind your closed eyelids. Allow yourself to become mesmerized by the color play and let it draw your awareness inwards.
Some people have difficulty seeing these patterns for some reason. I normally suggest that you try very gently placing the slightest bit of pressure on your closed eyelids with the palms of your hands for about 20-20 seconds
As you do it, try to literally look at the back of your eyelids.
This should trigger slowly trigger a cascade of phosphorescence!
This trick can help plant the seed for the rest of this technique, as once you start the patterns off, they are easier to latch onto.
This will be especially true if you are using an AChE inhibitor like huperzine , where the colors will become intensely vivid.
Don't let it all seize your attention, but relax and flow with it as you transition into the dream state.
You can interact with your hypnagogia if it draws you deeper into the meditation. Some people prefer to ignore it, allowing what's beyond the hypnagogic imagery to produce the dream instead.
As you go deeper, your hypnagogia may also simulate sounds (like distant music or voices) and physical sensations (like floating or tipping out of bed). This is all normal. Often, your mind is asleep by this point.
Hold on to your consciousness awareness. Don't fall asleep. You need awareness to go lucid.
Step 2 - Observe your hypnagogia
Sometimes you'll wake up in the night and find yourself already immersed in this deep, dreamy state. Your body is soft and relaxed. And your mind drifts between your bedroom and the dream world.
When you catch that cloud - float on it.
If you jump out of bed to use the bathroom at this point, you'll have to start over. The same goes if your partner starts walking around the bedroom. You need absolute peace and stillness and mental immersion.
Zero external distractions allow you to focus in.
Soon, the internal dream world will start to evolve, either directly from the hypnagogic images or from the space beyond it, beyond your field of vision. Wherever it comes from, embrace it.
All the while, silently and slowly repeat the mantra: "I'm dreaming... I'm dreaming... I'm dreaming..." At this point, the temptation to let go and fall asleep mentally is the strongest. Hold on just a bit more.
If you're startled by any unusual hypnagogia remember it's just the dream world emerging in your mind.
I once heard a man's voice which seemed to come from outside my bedroom window yell: "It's f***ing winter!" Of course, there was no-one there. It was all in my head.
Expect the unexpected!
This may include the onset of sleep paralysis. (Don't be alarmed - use it.)
More often, you'll find your body becomes a distant memory (you can no longer feel it in bed) and your mind will start to make leaps into other realms.
The dream is close.
Step 3. Create a Dream Scene
If you feel the dream state coming on in fleeting but intense snatches of memory - you're ready to start the launch sequence for your lucid dream.
If not, then enjoy the hypnagogia for longer, and don't put any pressure on yourself to succeed at every attempt. In fact, you'll probably need to practice just getting to this point many times before you can launch into a lucid dream. It's totally worth it.
If you're ready to launch, you have two options:
- The visualization method
- The out-of-body exit
I prefer the former. Not that I always get a choice.
3a - The Visualization Method
If you're a dab hand at visualization, you can start to picture your desired dream scene in your mind's eye. Layer up the landscape, like an artist, or recall the face of a desired dream character. Make it vivid.
Once again, you can either program the images into your moving visual hypnagogia (it's easily controlled with willpower at this point) or draw the imagery from beyond your field of vision.
As the scene intensifies in your imagination, put yourself right in the middle of the action. Explore your surroundings in a calm, peaceful manner. Immerse your awareness as fully as possible.
Move around. Kinetic sensations such as walking, running or riding a bicycle are a great way to "teleport" your awareness into a dream body. And that's the critical goal here: to forget about the real body and inhabit a lucid dream body, wafting around in an alternate reality.
Step 3a - Visualize your desired dreamscape
With your mind absorbed in the vivid daydream, allow your body to fall asleep altogether. You do this by forgetting - or even denying - its existence. It should be completely limp and relaxed; a distant memory of an old body. It's not yours, you don't control it, you don't even know how. Right? This is dissociation.
With complete dissociation, the moment of transition is unmistakable. You will POP into your daydream, now a highly vivid lucid dream world, surrounding you in three dimensions and fully tangible and interactive.
The dream is now easy and effortless and you will not believe how you just did that.
You are now lucid dreaming!
3b - The Out-of-Body Exit
Here's the alternative route to a Wake Induced Lucid Dream.
Sometimes you're so swept up in your hypnagogic meditation that your body falls asleep before you have the chance to visualize a dream scene. No big deal.
When this happens your awareness has nowhere to go but your own bedroom, except now you are lucid dreaming. It is a dream bedroom, and you are lying in a dream bed.
It's hard to tell, because the room will look incredibly lifelike, whether it's your familiar bedroom or a temporary sleeping environment like a hotel room. Look for minute oddities - there's usually something to give it away.
The startling realism, combined with the lack of any clear transition, is why so many people believe they are having a literal out of body experience at this point.
Don't be fooled. Scientific simulations of the OBE state, plus considerable crossover with the WILD technique, strongly indicate this is a type of lucid dream.
(Believe what you want, I'm just saying there's no need to shatter your existential philosophy when all that's happened is you had a WILD lucid dream.)
Here are some clues to help you recognize when you're in this state:
- Vibrations. You may experience hypnagogic vibrations, or a very loud buzzing sound, which seems to come out of nowhere.
It feels like electricity, or a fast vibrating in your head, and you may even wonder if your head is going to explode. But it doesn't actually hurt; it's just a very noisy distraction that simply means you're on the brink of falling asleep consciously. Think of it as like changing frequencies on a radio.
- Sleep paralysis. When your body goes to sleep, it enters REM atonia, or sleep paralysis, to prevent you from acting out your dreams.
However, if you're trying to have a WILD lucid dream via the out-of-body route you have a greater likelihood of experiencing REM atonia. It feels like your limbs are going numb; a lead blanket moving up your body. If you're scared, snap out of this state by moving any part of your body which is not yet paralyzed.
Otherwise, relax and embrace it. This is the start of your lucid dream.
- A presence. If you become afraid during sleep paralysis, you may accidentally invite unwanted characters into your lucid dream (yes, you are already lucid dreaming at this point; you're just "stuck" in the wrong bodily concept. Your awareness is geared to a paralyzed physical body when you want to be in a liberated lucid dream body).
Sleep paralysis figures can actually be menacing or benign. It depends on your own thoughts and beliefs. Just remember, you are dreaming and you are in control.
The moment you realize it's happening, you can launch your out-of-body exit.
You may be able to climb out of bed normally. However, more often, it's hard (even impossible) to move your limbs. No problem. This is a dream, remember? With willpower, you can sink, swing or float out of your body.
Step 3b - Float, sink or swing out of the paralysis
How do you visualize the sensation of floating out of your body?
Imagine floating in water. Or imagine how it feels when you're swinging really high on a swing in the park. That kinetic sensation can free you from the illusion that your dream body is paralyzed.
Alternatively, visualize a new dream scene. Say to yourself "I'm going to the mountains now". You're already lucid dreaming, so it's easy to teleport away with the power of thought. This is how dream control works.
If, in the rare instance, you find you have company in your bedroom (I'm talking angels or demons or even Bart Simpson) welcome them with positive feelings and ask for some help.
Say: "Can you take me to the park?" (Or anywhere to get out of the paralysis environment. Where do you want your lucid dream to go?)
Expect that they will. Expectation drives everything.
Even Bart Simpson can appear during your sleep paralysis hallucination
Troubleshooting Wake Induced Lucid Dreams
Learning how to have a WILD can take time and an understanding of your body's sleep signals.
The first WILD is always the hardest because you don't know what you're aiming for. Stick with it, and make it a night-time meditation habit. Even a failed WILD attempt is good practice.
And when you do pull it off, you'll be amazed at how easy and seamless it all felt.
The most common complaints with WILD? Either people find they can't relax enough, or they become too relaxed and fall asleep. So bear these points in mind:
Total relaxation is essential.It's just like falling asleep every night - you won't get to sleep if you're tossing and turning, or if your head is full of internal dialogue.
When I first started practicing WILDs, I spent a lot of time listening to white noise for meditation, such as BlissCoded Sound. This creates an effortless meditation, clearing your mind and relaxing your body. It also feels really good.
If you meditate like this for 30-60 minutes regularly it can help prime your mind and body for more lucid dreams. It's also good for stress relief, concentration, learning, and encouraging abstract thought. Meditators are naturally easy lucid dreamers. The two skills go hand-in-hand.
Conscious awareness is key.It does take practice and mental conditioning to stay conscious while your body falls asleep. But it is not as hard as you may think.
Practice WILDs when you are relaxed but not completely exhausted. This is one reason why it's ideal to have a WILD after 4-6 hours of sleep.
Focus on your dream visualization and choose a mantra that brings you into the moment.
You don't have to be a yogi. The WILD technique need only take a few minutes from start to finish. When used in dream re-entry, it can happen in seconds.
Don’t rule out supplements.I know a few lucid dreamers who are dead set on doing it all the natural way. And this is totally fine.
But if you don’t have any strong objections to dream herbs, then they can lend a big helping hand to the process and make having your first WILD a ton easier.
For example, if you’ve been struggling with the WILD method, you might find that a dreaming supplement gives you the extra push you need. Sometimes it can be hard to fully understand the concept of a WILD until you actually experience it.
And many people find that once you’ve had your first lucid dream with a supplement, it becomes easier to have them naturally (a bit like muscle memory in the gym).
Consider it like a learning tool that you can choose to ditch later on if you desire – rather than a crutch to rely on.