I have just finished reading David Jay Brown’s excellent “Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics”:-
and it’s comprehensiveness and David’s candour has set me back off on several old trains of thought, and a few new too.
DMT, aka N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, star of the movie “The Spirit Molecule”
is a fascinating brain chemical, found all through nature, to the extent it is found in traces in orange juice, but more importantly, produced by the mysterious human pineal gland, the seat of the soul to Descartes, in the absolute centre of the brain,
esoterically symbolised by a pine cone,
and producer also of serotonin (the happy chemical) and melatonin (sleep chemical). DMT surges at the mysterious time of 3am, when many of us are roused from sleep, a sign of enlightenedness (or at least awakenedness) and perhaps all did in past generations, when there were two “sleeps”, also known as segmented sleep, with a gap inbetween, and lucid dreaming may have come more naturally.
The idea that the changes in the usual activity and interaction of the creative right brain and analytical left brain may be detectable during a lucid dream is of interest, the methods of induction of lucid dreams were also thoroughly discussed, the REM-Dreamer was highly rated, whether working directly or more through expectation effect, and makes me want to dust off my similar Novadreamer,
good effects were also had with substances such as mucuna pruriens, velvet bean, which is quite readily available.
I have three new lucid dreaming themed movies to watch now too, “The Good Night”, “Paprika” and “Waking Life”.
What a great book, with quite a few naughty stories…