Archive for February, 2010
Brainwave entrainment technology, also known as binaural beat technology, represents a new way to alter our consciousness. Binaural beats can be used to create drug-like effects on the brain, encourage meditation and also improve the possibility of lucid dreaming.
While it may sound strange, binaural beat technology utilizes nothing but sound files played through stereo headphones. In one ear, a certain pitch is played, and in the other a slightly higher or lower pitch. When listened to, the brain synchronizes these two pitches and a wavering sound can be heard. These differing sounds alter the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain. The resulting effects depend on the two pitches and the distance between the two tones.
Does it Really Work?
The company i-Doser, which works in binaural beat technology, offers a “Lucid Dream” mp3 specifically designed to encourage the chance of lucid dreams, and improve your in-dream memory. I’ve used this audio file on a number of occasions, and have generally had more success than I have when sleeping without any lucid dream aids. More >
There are plenty of predictions out there about what will happen in 2012, some more legitimate than others. Forget about Nibiru and the Planet X predictions, we’re not going to see the complete destruction of our world. And personally, I doubt there will be a single massive event that occurs at the exact time of 11:11 AM, December 21 2012. Instead, these predictions point to an era of great change, with one phase of life ending and another beginning.
According to the Mayans, the era that ends in 2012 has been dominant for the past five thousand, one hundred and twenty five years. One thing we can be assured of is that human life existed before this cycle began, so the chances that life will continue afterwards are pretty good. So don’t worry about 2012 end of the world predictions, they make for profitable Hollywood movies but they aren’t anywhere near reality.
So there is an awareness that a change will be taking place, but unfortunately, we can only make general predictions about the form this change will be in. No one knows for sure what will happen at this date, and you shouldn’t trust anyone who says they do.
One very simple way to predict what could happen in the future is by looking at the way we live today. Is there anything about the way we currently live that is unsustainable? What do we do that can’t last? The answer to this is simple enough: Pretty much everything.
There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. They rarely talk about it, but they use it all the time, and it is fundamental to good mental health. This secret is called The Fine Art of Not Being Offended. In order to truly be a master of this art, one must be able to see that every statement, action and reaction of another human being is the sum result of their total life experience to date.
In other words, the majority of people in our world say and do what they do from their own set of fears, conclusions, defenses and attempts to survive. Most of it, even when aimed directly at us, has nothing to do with us. Usually, it has more to do with all the other times, and in particular the first few times, that this person experienced a similar situation, usually when they were young.
Yes, this is psychodynamic. But let’s face it, we live in a world where psychodynamics are what make the world go around. An individual who wishes to live successfully in the world as a spiritual person really needs to understand that psychology is as spiritual as prayer. In fact, the word psychology literally means the study of the soul.
There are a number of commonly discussed advantages of lucid dreaming. Some of these are the ability to rehearse real-life scenarios, to practice mental tasks we’re working on in life, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhists, to get ourselves ready and able for when we cross over to the spirit world.
There’s another big advantage to lucid dreaming, one that makes it incredibly important for today’s world: The ability to question what is happening around us.
It’s no secret that in today’s society, we live with a great deal of control from others over our lives. We’re forced to work long hours, pay for things we don’t really need, and keep our thoughts and actions in line with what is generally acceptable. After September 11, many were afraid to go against the media and Government-driven campaign of patriotism and fear, and those that did were often unwilling to take real action to stop two unnecessary wars.
This same acceptance of what is happening can be seen in our dreams. We could be sailing on the Titanic, being stalked by zombies or at a news conference with our pants down, and still not question the reality of what is happening around us. If we’re able to accept these fanciful situations as reality, what kind of mutations of the real world could we be willing to accept as “the way things are”? More >
There are plenty of different tips and tricks currently around to get you to have a lucid dream. But how are you supposed to know which one will work best? In this article, I’m going to articulate my own lucid dreaming method. I advise that you try doing things this way, see how it works, then alter your own practice until you find what produces the best results for you.
As always, remember that these things take time and practice. You might get lucky early on and have a long, clear lucid dream. Don’t get too disheartened if you struggle to have another one in the next week, or longer. It takes a long time because you’re breaking down years of accepting the dream-world as reality. With time, anyone who sticks to a commitment to achieving lucid dreams will have them.