A dream is the brave spark of creation that lives within you. It takes courage and imagination to fan the trembling light into a roaring fire with life and power of its own. Anything goes in the realm of dreams - limitations serve as mirrors to the ways you hold yourself back in life and the challenges you face beyond your control. Curiosity and imagination are the only true currencies in the bank of dreaming. It is possible to approach dreamtime with purpose. To use the process of dreaming to unfetter your mind and roam the hallways of possibility, to dance in the dark mystery, to bring to conscious mind the hard won gold of demons whose secret names you have uncovered.
Dreaming brings balance
The sleep phase where dreams occur is called REM or Rapid Eye Movement. On average you spend around 50 percent of your total sleep time in stage 2 sleep, which happens about 5-15 minutes after first drifting off. You spend about 20 percent in REM sleep, which is the last and deepest of the sleep cycles. The remaining 30 percent is experienced cycling through the other sleep phases. The sleep phases repeat, one after the other, during your whole rest period. Infants, by contrast, spend about half of their sleep time in REM sleep.[i]
REM sleep is important for the retention of learned skills and metal abilities. It is thought to support creativity and problem solving.[ii] Many dream experts suggest that dreams help reduce depression and can elevate your mood by keeping you in balance.
“Conscious Dreaming” Soul Challenge
Conscious dreaming is a practice that allows you to navigate your dreamscape and be both the guide and the follower, in an attempt to unlock unconscious potential that your awake mind does not allow you to fully realize. When you lay down to fall asleep, consciously put yourself in a place you want to be in your mind, you choose the setting. Then allow your mind to take you down roads and only follow without judgment or fear. As you are drifting off, following your conscious mind down a dreamy path and ask your higher self to reveal visions that will help you be inspired or live out your destiny throughout your sleepy time that night. In the morning, immediately write down all dreams and visions you can remember. Do this exercise everyday for a week and see what unfolds. Conscious dreaming is a practice, and you can work this unconscious muscle like any other in your body, with focus, intention and will.
There are many ways to honor the dreamtime space that lives within you. Take some time to allow yourself to drop into the medicine of your personal brand of dreaming and flow with whatever presents itself to you.
Lucid Dreaming Oil blend for a diffuser
What You Need:
How To Make + Use It:
Mix oil and witch hazel or glycerin together. Add to water and shake well to emulsify. Add about 10 ml of this solution at a time to oil burner or diffuser.
Omit mugwort essential oil if pregnant or nursing.
Sweet Sleep Bath Soak
What You Need:
How To Make + Use It:
Mix everything together in large jar and use about ½ cup -1 cup per bath.
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[i] Understanding Sleep, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, July 2014. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brain_basics/understanding_sleep.htm
[ii] "REM, not incubation, improves creativity by priming associative networks" Denise J. Cai, Sarnoff A. Mednick, and Sara C. Mednick. PNAS. 2009 June 23. Accessed December 5th 2013.
"Sleep and Dreaming" Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Accessed December 5th 2013.