Lucid Dream

Lucid dreaming is classified as a psychological phenomenon, which is essentially about dreaming while actually being aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, one may in fact be able to exert a certain amount of control over the dream itself, and the characters/environments it generates. Lucid dreaming has been known since ancient times. In fact, the […]

Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dreaming (MILD)

MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) is a technique used to induce lucid dreams. Unlike WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming), the MILD technique is focused on eliciting lucidity in an actual dream, and not on inducing the entire dream experience. As such, lucid dreams sparked by the MILD technique are said to be somewhat less […]

Nostalgia

Every once in a while, I have this strange and magical feeling when I am reminded of certain things. Oftentimes I cannot even remember what it is that I’m longing for. I don’t know exactly what it signifies, but my feeling is that it is a sense of nostalgia. A feeling which has apparently is […]

Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming (WILD)

While lucid dreams induced through the DILD technique are certainly the most genuine, a big shortcoming of that method is that it does not allow for the on-demand triggering of lucid dreams. For that, you will have to turn to the Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming (WILD; a term coined by Prof. Stephen LaBerge) technique, which […]

Mucuna pruriens (Sleep & Dream Bean)

Mucuna pruriens (cowhage; velvet bean) is a tropical plant used by Ayurvedic healers and Native Americans for hundreds or thousands of years for various medicinal purposes. The seeds are also used to make jewelry, necklaces, pendants, charms, and amulets to, for example, ward off illness, headaches, and the evil eye. And its roasted beans have […]

Hallucinogens in Chinese Medicine

Chinese herbology and traditional Chinese medicine employ a wide variety of medicinal plants, some of which have hallucinogenic properties. In this article I review the Chinese hallucinogens, some of which are still used in traditional Chinese medicine, while others were used in folk medicine. Most of the Chinese hallucinogens are not psychedelics but deliriants. Often […]

Oneirology: Why We Dream?

Oneirology, you might be surprised, is not just the name of an album by a Hip Hop trio called CunninLynguists. So What is Oneirology? The oneirology to which I’ll be referring is the scientific study of dreams. If psychology is the science of the psyche, or mind, then oneirology is the science of dreams. Indeed, oneiron in […]