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By Rebecca Turner / Source: World Of Lucid Dreaming

Some foods naturally enhance your dreams thanks to their nutrient content. Specifically, we’re looking at foods that are rich in vitamin B6 and tryptophan – as both are linked with greater dream recall and intensity.

Although this is not a magic bullet for lucid dreaming (no food or supplement is) you can use this to boost your dream recall and dream vividness. In doing so, this increases your chances of lucidity when paired with some basic techniques like dream journaling and reality checks.

Dream-Boosting Foods and Supplements

Before we look at specific dream-enhancing foods, let’s examine how and why these ingredients affect dream intensity and what levels are safe to ingest, both in terms of food consumption and as a daily supplement. Consider this a two-pronged approach: below I’ll explain why you’ll want to take a B6 supplement and eat tryptophan-rich foods in combination in order to stimulate your dream life.

Step #1 – Take a Vitamin B6 Supplement

In 2002, a double-blind study revealed that participants who took a daily 250mg B6 supplement reported a significant increase in dream content – as measured in dream vividness, bizarreness, emotionality and color.

This is actually greater than the recommended maximum daily intake for healthy adults, which is 100mg. In fact, you only need about 1.3mg of vitamin B6 each day, and you usually get that from the foods you eat.

So 100mg a day is a fair whack of a dose, especially if you take it on a prolonged basis. In the study above, participants took the 250mg dose for just 3 days. So this is not a long term experiment and should be maintained at your own discretion.

How much is too much? Doses of 500-1,000mg, taken daily for several months, can lead to sensory neuropathy (pain and numbness of the extremities).

To get started, know this: casual experiments by other dreamers have shown the amount of B6 needed to increase dream intensity varies from 100-500mg depending on the person. Try starting with a safe 100mg vitamin B6 supplement taken an hour or two before bed for just a few nights in a row, then have a break for a few weeks. If you don’t see any benefit, you can increase the nightly dose at your own risk, but remember not to do this on a prolonged basis.

Unfortunately, if you don’t want to take a B6 supplement, you’ll have to eat a heck of a lot of B6-rich foods to make that 100mg quota. (Rice bran is especially rich in B6 and yet one cup contains only 4.8mg. Meanwhile, yellow-fin tuna offers 0.88mg in a 3-ounce serving.) So, while you can eat certain B6-rich foods, getting a high enough dose to affect your dreams will realistically require a supplement.

Step #2 – Eat Tryptophan-Rich Foods

One of the roles of vitamin B6 is to convert the essential amino acid tryptophan into serotonin and niacin. This helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. As a result, tryptophan is used therapeutically to treat insomnia, depression and anxiety. Low levels of tryptophan are also linked with poor dream recall.

The Recommended Daily Allowance for tryptophan is 392mg for men and 322mg for women, assuming a normal RDA-level protein intake. While there is no upper limit identified, it’s interesting to note that doctors prescribe tryptophan therapeutically in doses exceeding 5g per day with no adverse effects.

On the flip side, you should also be aware that the FDA doesn’t allow the sale of tryptophan as a supplement due to a suspected link with EMS (eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome). Though many experts now believe the 1989 scare was caused by a contaminated batch, tryptophan is now only available on prescription.

So, in order to increase your tryptophan intake, you need to eat tryptophan-rich foods. Luckily, it’s not hard to eat sufficient tryptophan to affect your dream intensity. We’ll look at the best food sources below.

(Note: If you want to skip the whole process of eating tryptophan-rich foods and pop a pill instead, there is another workaround to the FDA ban. Instead of getting more tryptophan, take 5-HTP instead, which is what your body naturally converts tryptophan into before it becomes serotonin. A 100mg 5-HTP supplement an hour or two before bed should do the job.)

Step #3 – Make More Serotonin

The purpose of taking higher doses of vitamin B6 and tryptophan/5-HTP is to increase your serotonin levels, which play an important role in regulating the sleep/wake cycle. In particular, serotonin creates more vivid dreams at higher levels.

You may be wondering why you can’t just skip the middle-men and take serotonin supplements directly. Unfortunately these aren’t available because serotonin can’t easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Instead you must produce serotonin naturally.

All this can lead to significantly increased intensity of your regular dreams, providing the springboard many beginners seek for having lucid dreams.

15 Foods That Intensify Your Dreams

Now that we’ve got all the messy explanations out of the way, here are those foods which will enhance your dreams by ramping up your serotonin conversion.

When you’re ready to begin the dream-intensity challenge, take your vitamin B6 supplement and then fuel the fire with plenty of tryptophan-rich foods such as:

Chicken (4 oz) gives 0.41g tryptophan
Soybeans (1 cup) gives 0.39g tryptophan
Turkey (4 oz) gives 0.38g tryptophan
Tuna (4 oz) gives 0.38g tryptophan
Venison (4 oz) gives 0.36g tryptophan
Lamb (4 oz) gives 0.35g tryptophan
Salmon (4 oz) gives 0.35g tryptophan
Halibut (4 oz) gives 0.34g tryptophan
Shrimp (4 oz) gives 0.33g tryptophan
Cod (4 oz) gives 0.29g tryptophan
I realize that list is a little meat-heavy, and if you’re a vegetarian it doesn’t give many options. So here are five more veggie-friendly foods:

Kidney Beans (1 cup) gives 0.18g tryptophan
Pumpkin Seeds (0.25 cup) gives 0.17g tryptophan
Tofu (4 oz) gives 0.14g tryptophan
Cheese (1 oz) gives 0.09g tryptophan
Soy Sauce (1 tbsp) gives 0.03g tryptophan
These foods are best consumed at night with your evening meal, a few hours before bed and before ingesting your B6 pill. Sweet dreams!

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Can Dreams Predict the Future? Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:20:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Can dreams predict the future? There is surprisingly little scientific information available to provide concrete answers to this common question.

Accounts of predictive dreams can be found dating back to the stone age. In the Old Testament, Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dream as predicting seven years of abundance followed by famine, an event that actually occurred. According to a close personal friend, Abraham Lincoln dreamed that his funeral was taking place in his home shortly before his death. James Watson dreamed of a spiral staircase, leading him to the discovery of the double-helix component of the structure of DNA.

Despite thousands of accounts from individuals who claim that their dreams have predicted events that actually occurred, the majority of dream experts seem to believe that these dreams are more coincidental than clairvoyant.

In his writing, Carl Jung cited as an example one of his own dreams that appeared to predict the onset of World War II. Jung did not give this dream psychic credit for two reasons. He explained that the dream was about his own perception of discord in German society at the time, and also mentioned that he didn’t connect the dream with the event until after it had occurred.

Most individuals who claim to have frequent predictive dreams often report similar patterns. They express frustration that they were not able to connect their dream with the event until after it had happened. Some accept this phenomena with relief, admitting that if they gave much weight to these dreams, they would worry constantly.

A large percentage of individuals who pay attention to their dreams report having at least one dream that predicted an event. Individuals who rarely remember their dreams have also reported these experiences. One of the most common types of dreams reported features a person the dreamer has not seen in some time. Within days, weeks or months, the dreamer receives news about that person or connects with them.

Sigmund Freud’s idea that dreams are the “royal road to the unconscious” was initially scoffed at. Although some flaws have been found in his theory, the basic premise that our minds harbor emotions and memories below the conscious level continues to have a strong influence on psychology’s treatment of mental and emotional issues. Pioneer psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung took Freud’s theory further, determining that dreams extract knowledge from the unconscious mind of the individual as well as the “collective unconscious.” He defined the collective unconscious as a shared history of the human race.

Famous psychic Edgar Cayce maintained that the visions presented in dreams are necessary for personal development and should be applied in waking life. Cayce said that dreams should be taken as warnings, advice and guidance toward conditions to be met. Lucid dreaming expert Stephen LaBerge reports that when we dream in a state of both sleep and wakefulness, we can solve problems, learn new skills and even create positive events in our lives.

Dreams are the product of the unconscious mind and occur in the Theta brainwave state, where we are deeply relaxed. In this state, we can connect with insight from the subconscious. In the deeper state of Delta, our minds are resting even more fully and we are further distanced from the physical world. Perhaps it is in this state that we can receive cues from the energy of people and situations that we are connected with in waking life or from Jung’s collective unconscious.

While I agree with Jung’s theory that we analyze waking life in our dreams, I have seen and experienced evidence that predictive dreams can and do occur. Everyone dreams, whether they remember their dreams or not. As human beings, we all share a connection. That connection is particularly strong among people with an emotional attachment. For instance, couples who have been together for many years tend to finish each other’s sentences or know what their partner wants before they ask. Parents “sense” when there is something wrong with their children. Perhaps this emotional, possibly “psychic” energy is better able to transmit to the unconscious when the receiver is in a deep state of relaxation and can enter the mind as a dream. Instinct may also play a part.

When we consider the ground-breaking theories of Freud and Jung, proving that dreams can divine the future is difficult, if not impossible. We know that dreams speak to us in a language of symbols that we must translate in order to interpret the meaning of the dream. The symbols have both traditional and individual meanings. For instance, a dream featuring a car that was stolen from the dreamer may not be about the physical image of a car at all. Instead, it may represent the dreamer’s freedom and independence. Dreams of death rarely mean physical death. As a dream symbol, death symbolizes endings and new beginnings. Dreams have no sense of time and the symbols that appear are often fantastic and unrealistic. In fact, dreams frequently make no sense at all! If things are not what they appear to be in dreams, how can they possibly predict events?

Dream symbolism can be quite complicated, and few individuals possess the skills necessary to arrive at a completely accurate interpretation of dreams. For some individuals dealing with deep psychological issues, dream work can be so powerful that it should be done only under the supervision of a psychiatric professional.

While experts do not seem to completely discount the idea of predictive dreams, there seems to be general agreement that these dreams are simply too “unpredictable” for anyone to have the ability to identify them as such. Since there is no way of determining that a dream is predictive until after the event happens, placing excessive belief in such dreams can be harmful, causing fear and anxiety in the dreamer. According to Freud’s “self-fulfilling prophecy,” believing and declaring that an event will occur can actually cause it to happen. Freud also said that dreams indicated wishes that the dreamer longs for to be fulfilled, which has since been viewed as a flaw in his theory.

Freud and Jung’s theories have been analyzed and implemented from a medical and psychological standpoint. Perhaps the idea of predictive dreams is too “new age” to be included in research and literature.

While there is no clear evidence proving that dreams predict the future, there is far more information proving that dreams can open the door to the inherent wisdom of the self. Some also believe that dreams are messages from the Divine. Saint Patrick believed that he was instructed to become a missionary through several dreams.

Our dreams can help us connect with knowledge from the unconscious that we cannot readily access due to the distractions of waking life. Working with our dreams can inspire us to evaluate our patterns and behaviors and work toward changing them to improve our emotional and spiritual health. When undertaken responsibly, dream interpretation is a valuable tool for personal and spiritual development.


How Your Dreams Create Your Life Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:59:39 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

If you generally ignore your dreams, as most of us do, you are wasting one of the most powerful resources you have access to. Your dreams are the vital link between your conscious experience and your subconscious desires and goals.

Dreams are not random misfirings of your neurons while you sleep. Dreams are your connection to the psychological web that connects you to all other humans. Dreams connect us to what Carl Jung called the collective consciousness of our race, and this power of our dreams can teach us all that is truly important about our lives.

Modern science teaches us that we use only 15 percent of our brains. It is more accurate to state that we use 15 percent of our brains for all of the physically verifiable processes of our bodies that science can measure. It takes only 15 percent of your brain power to operate within physical reality.

The other 85 percent of your brain, by far the greater portion, is involved in all of those things which reductionist science cannot measure: your creativity, your emotions, your dreams. The truth of your life is that only a small fraction of your brain power is used in actual practical dealings with the physical world. The majority of your psychological power is engaged in drawing your experiences to you, in subtle psychological interactions with the people you meet or wish to meet, and in experiencing ramifications of future events on a psychological level before you decide to live them out in reality.

Most of this work is done in your dreams. While you sleep, you literally act out your wishes, hopes and fears with other people on a basic emotional level, and from these experiments choose which physical events to experience in your life. This is awesome power, and I urge you to take hold of it today.

Pay attention not only to your dreams, but also to the inner voice that knows what you should do. Pay attention to ideas, motivation and help. Trust your instincts.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” –Carl Jung

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