We sleep for one third of our lives, and as such, we should make
the most out of the mind's nightly journey into our personal dreamscapes. From
the exotically absurd to the mundanely routine, the infinite multitude of
experiences we can have while sleeping act as gateways to accessing encoded whispers
of our hidden psychical contents. 

Those that pay heed to their dreams are
rewarded with subtle, and at times screamingly overt, cosmic intimations corresponding
to the on-goings of our own lives, almost as if the mind were trying to figure itself
out within the recursive loops of our imaginal plane. The art lies in the remembering
of our nocturnal expeditions within those first few minutes of awaking as they
can dissipate quite quickly; luckily, there are certain foods,
herbs, and supplements
that can help boost our ability in capturing these seemingly
ephemeral experiences. 

Serotonin plays a vital role in regulating sleep patterns
among other important functions. By boosting levels of this neurotransmitter, you can augment and intensify your dreaming capacity. To do so, eat lots of
tryptophan loaded foods such as chicken, turkey, soybeans, spirulina, game-meats,
fish, egg whites, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds, tofu, and cheese. These are a few food items you can implement into your diet for vivid, nighttime dreaming
experiences. By taking a Vitamin B6 tablet alongside your tryptophan-rich intake,
you’ll be giving your body that extra boost in breaking down this notoriously drowsy
amino acid into serotonin.

As mentioned before, there are also a variety of supplements
and herbs on the market that you can take to accompany this "dream diet." Exalted
in the electronic dance scene as an ecstasy hangover cure, 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin
and can significantly help ramp up the levels of the sleepy neurotransmitter
within your brain. For serious explorers, galantamine
and choline
are both purported to aid in lucid-dreaming and OBE’s; those
that would experiment with these two should take caution as not to overdo it as
the potential side-effects can be nasty.

If you’re looking for something with an
earthier, deep-rooted shamanic edge to your nightly passage, you could try combining
the little-known African dream root, silene capensis and/or
the renowned Mexican dream herb, calea zacatechichi (aka
the Leaf of God) for an exceptionally interesting voyage.

“Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products
of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure
nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted,
as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic
human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations
and run into an impasse.” –
G. Jung

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