Herbs and plants are an integral part of the life that exists on our planet on every level.  Plants are our food, our medicine, and are also catalysts to the expansion of our consciousness.  Throughout our daily lives we are more likely to coast by using our automated behaviors and modes to experience our reality, but at night those boundaries are broken down and our spirits fly.  These 7 plant allies can stimulate our consciousness to expand opening us to alternate experiences of reality and new ways of perceiving our selves and surroundings;

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1- Xhosa Dream Root – Vivid and Prophetic Dreams
Silene Capensis, or Xhosa Dream root is most associated with the Xhosa people of South Africa who are knows to ingest this herb to induce vivid and prophetic dreams.  This herb is often used by the Xhosa in the initiation rites of shamans and is believed to open up pathways of communication to ones ancestors. It is believed that the ancestors are most likely to communicate in the dream state.  The root is ground into a powder which is mixed with water and drunk in the morning on an empty stomach.  The effects are apparently slow to be induced and will take effect by the nighttime.  According to entheology.com, “The effects of S. capensis usually manifest during sleep as prophetic lucid dream states that are rich with significance.  Individuals do not usually perceive any effects in the waking state, although one individual did report perceiving wavy lines of light in the air about twenty minutes after consuming the root.  The dream state is often compared to going under water by the Xhosa.  Interestingly enough, it is said that the plant has no effects on individuals who are not meant to be diviners.
(Image Source: Silene Capensis)
2- Celastrus Paniculatus – The Elixir of Life
This amazing herb is not only known to promote the incidence of lucid dreaming and dream recollection for those who take it, but has often been called the ‘intellect tree’ because of its long history of use in ayurvedic medicine as an herb to help with mental focus, longevity, and memory.  Users have reported that by adding 10-15 Celastrus paniculatus seeds into their daily regimen, they notice a marked improvement in cognitive function, ability to focus, and sharpness.
(Image Source: Celastrus-Paniculatus)
 3- Blue Lotus – Mind Body Spirit Herb
Blue Lotus was among the most sacred of plants to ancient Egyptins. It grew throughout Egypt where its consciousness-enhancing properties were well known and taken advantage of.  The Blue Lotus was associated with the origins of life and the divine perspective.  According to iamshaman.com the plant was used in Egypt to stimulate the sex drive and, “Egyptian medicinal practitioners also used this flower to stimulate blood flow, and as an anti-aging treatment.  The ancients worshipped Blue Lotus as a visionary plant and it was the symol for the origins of life.  When this flower was soaked in water or wine, and then ingested it acted as an intoxicant.”  Considered very sacred, the Blue Lotus was used to reach euphoric states of visionary consciousness.
(Image Source: Blue Lotus)
4- Wild Asparagus Root – Fly by Night
Wild Asparagus root, according to some old legends throughout Asia, allows the consciousness to fly during sleep.  Journeying into other dimensions and places while asleep are common associations with this adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogenic herbs help the body better adapt themselves to stresses that they face. This herb is also a respiratory and kidney tonic, helping to heal the body while letting the mind soar.
(Image Source: Asparagus Root)
5- African Dream Bean – Master Spirit Connections
Growing along the coasts of Madagascar, Southern Africa, Australia, and Asia, this common bean is used in a wide variety of ways by an array of people groups throughout the world.  Its uses vary from a skin treatment to a food given to teething babies to relieve pain.  However this bean’s most well-known and interesting use is its traditional use in South Africa to induce intense lucid-dreaming states in which a person is able to communicate with the spirit realm.  For its consciousness-altering properties, the meat inside the bean is eaten.
(Image Source: Dream Bean)
6- Mexican Tarragon – Grow a Garden of Herbs for Dreaming
Mexican Tarragon is commonly grown in gardens and used as an herb for flavoring in cooking. Also known as Mexican Marigold, its flowers are associated with Dia De Los Muertos celebrations and observances.  The herb can be used in a variety of ways to induce lucid dreaming from burning as incense, smoking before bedtime, or infused in water as a tea.
(Image Source:  Mexican Tarragon)
7- Mugwort – A Versatile Dreaming Herb
 
 Throughout the ages Mugwort has been a widely used herb in Europe associated with treating digestive or parasitic troubles and as a dream herb.  Mugwort, like Mexican Tarragon, can be smoked, burned as an incense, or drunk as a tea.  Mugwort is known to also stimulate lucid and meaningful dreams.  It can also cause things deep in the subconscious to be exposed during dream-time.
(Image Source: Mugwort Leaf)
Main Image Source: Juan Carlos Taminchi
This list originally appeared on quantumstones.com by Stephanie Lucas


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The challenge has kicked off and is flowing exactly how the breath should!  Everyone is sharing experiences and the different methods of finding focus within your breathing. These are some of the amazing post  from our conscious breathers in the challenge & giveaway!

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Swami Yogananda Maharaj Ji is a truly amazing man. He was born on 14th September 1908 in India. Swami Ji started the path of yoga at the age of 17 and attributes his good health to his continued practice of “Sukshumavyayam” Yoga.

It is an ancient regime that combines subtle yogic warm-up with gentle stretching, breathing, relaxation and simple exercises.

Even at the staggering age of 104 years old, Swamiji’s faculties are still functioning at optimum level; he has been able to maintain a high level of mental clarity.

He has very good eye sight without the need of glasses and healthy teeth. He is an amazing  example of the true benefits of doing regular yoga and meditation. In his entire life, he has never taken medication and actually eats only once a day!

We can all learn a thing or two from his example of leading a healthy, very long lasting life.

 

Source-http://thespiritscience.net/2014/11/18/this-104-year-old-yoga-teacher-is-still-thriving/

I haven’t seen a praying mantis since I was very very young. When I began walking I was surprised to notice this huge dark brown insect looking thing crawling on the wall. Taking a closer look I realized it was a praying mantis. Continuing my journey I hopped in the car and went to wherever I was going … On my return I thought of the mantis right before inserting my key to unlock the door to the house, wondering where it went. Then I looked up and there it was… I took this as a sign so here is the symbolism of the praying mantis.

The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.

After observing this creature for any length of time you can see why the symbolism of the praying mantis deals with stillness and patience. The mantis takes her time, and lives her life at her own silent pace.

A List of Praying Mantis Symbolism

  • Stillness
  • Awareness
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Mindful
  • Calm
  • Balance
  • Intuition

The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives.

Overwhelmingly in most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds.

An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm. It may also a sign for you to be more mindful of the choices you are making and confirm that these choices are congruent.

I Definitely needed that message.

Source: Whats your Sign

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You’ll feel your throat vibrate.
The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
Read the full article at Mind Body Green 

kdeerhauteyogaRise and shine! Right now, decide for yourself that you will be open to the amazing things in store for you this week... Decide that if challenged with negativity or circumstances beyond your control, you remain true to your purpose and integrity. Decide right now, to embrace change, success and joy, because you deserve it! Rise and shine, remember that your light can never be turned off ;) #kdeer #alexisstripe #yoga #love #selflove #fashion #style #hautelegz Beautiful posture by @__gabriella__ 💙🌟💙
kdeerhauteyoga Rise and shine! Right now, decide for yourself that you will be open to the amazing things in store for you this week… Decide that if challenged with negativity or circumstances beyond your control, you remain true to your purpose and integrity. Decide right now, to embrace change, success and joy, because you deserve it! Rise and shine, remember that your light can never be turned off 😉 #kdeer #alexisstripe #yoga #love #selflove #fashion #style #hautelegz Beautiful posture by @__gabriella__
electricandrose"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." - Martha Graham #yogis #surfers #dancers #athletes #breakers #contemporary #breakdancing #instayoga #igyoga #instafit #activewear #fashionfintess #madeinusa #electricandroseclothing #yoga #surf #lifestyle #VeniceCA
Electricandrose “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” – Martha Graham #yogis #surfers #dancers #athletes #breakers #contemporary #breakdancing #instayoga #igyoga #instafit #activewear #fashionfintess #madeinusa #electricandroseclothing #yoga #surf #lifestyle #VeniceCA

 

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This is one of my more tough personal routines that I have been working on.  I plan on creating 33 Routines that I think target specific areas of the body as well as form a specific state of mind. Why 33?  Im not sure but I like what the number stands for! and I like the song Disciplines 33 

The main focus for me while going through this routine is relaxing and slowing down my breathing rate. I also am working on get my toes a bit more open and flexible . The way this routine flows helps me reach a calm state of mind that helps my body reach the same state of calm.  One achievement I have been aiming for with this routine is to start and complete the routine from start to finish with my eyes closed.    A very complex task requiring full concentration, balance awareness and breath control.

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Pineal Gland

The pineal gland is the connection point for the Spirit or Soul. It is the physical center for, and transmitter of, psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance in time and space, and the actual influence of thoughts on the physical surroundings. When activated, the pineal gland becomes the line of communication with the higher planes. The crown chakra reaches down until its vortex touches the pineal gland. crown vortexPrana, or pure energy, is received through this energy center in the head. With practice the vibration level of the astral body is raised, allowing it to separate from the physical. To activate the ‘third eye’ and perceive higher dimensions, the pineal gland and the pituitary body must vibrate in unison, which is achieved through meditation and/or relaxation.

“When a correct relationship is established between personality, operating through the pituitary body, and the soul, operating through the pineal gland, a magnetic field is created. The negative and positive forces interact and become strong enough to create the ‘light in the head.’ With this ‘light in the head’ activated, astral projectors can withdraw themselves from the body, carrying the light with them.”

“The pineal works primarily by converting the higher dimensional Light, that is constantly streaming into your reality, into usable information for your pituitary. As it gradually activates, the pineal permits the body to move its vibrational patterns into higher and higher levels. This process also allows your Light Body to
attach itself even deeper into your physical instrument (Fig. 17).
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 Our process is to reset the focus in the pineal. This chemical ‘lens’ largely disappears as you grow older. The decrease in its efficacy is one of the major reasons for your body aging as quickly as it does. When the pituitary begins to receive the consciousness
energy packets from the Well of Dreams through its interaction with the pineal, it secretes enzymes that permit the chemical ‘lens’ in the pineal to reappear. As this ‘lens’ strengthens, it allows the RNA/DNA protein strings in your cells to activate your ‘third strand’.”

There are numerous anatomical and physiological idiosyncrasies associated with the pineal. It is one of the few solitary organs (most organs in the brain are paired, left and right). While small, the blood flow to the gland is quite large. The pineal has been considered as a homologue of the reptilian ‘third eye’. Its photosensitivity derives from neural connections with the retina. The Taoist practice of Orgasmic Upward Draw is very important to help stimulate the

pineal gland. Taoists regard the pineal as the second sexual gland (Fig. 19).pineal_as_sexual

Nothing could be more natural than the state of Wu Chi, nothingness, or divine grace. And yet, the realization of Wu Chi is clouded by obscurations and confusions. Consciousness streams into every body, but only a few can see the light. Why is this so? An essential function of the “upper brain”, the Upper Tan Tien, is to manifest the esoteric and divine realizations of consciousness into our humanly bodies. Chi spirals through the Crown and the Third Eye into the pineal and pituitary glands, sustaining existence and nourishing the spirit. Infants and children bask in the glow and the power of the Chi Field streaming into, and interacting with, their bodies. The psyche is vibrant and alive and the energy bodies communicate in non-physical dimensions. As we grow older, however, the internal realities begin to fade and the external world begins to predominate

our existence. By puberty, the pineal gland has ossified into a calcified strand of tissue. Our minds project outwardly, and the demands of existence (work, family, daily living, etc.) preoccupy our awareness. Our emotions (fears, angers, resentments and all kinds of distractions to make ends meet) reflect this outward movement of the psyche. Fear is the oldest negative emotion.

The transition from an internally focused awareness of the Divine, the natural state of infancy, to an externally focused awareness of the adult world, requires significant shifts in the chemistry of the brain. The tissues and molecules which normally manifest the consciousness of Wu Chi must be “turned off” or inhibited.

Chemically, the inhibitors are enzymes such as MAO (monoamine oxidase) which rapidly convert seratonin into inactive by-products, thus disabling the synthesis of the spirit molecules. The enzyme MAO breaks down seratonin before it can be converted into melatonin, 5-MeO-DMT and DMT (Fig. 20).try

Our usual perception of the world in waking consciousness is, in fact, a state of waking ignorance. The brain must inhibit our true nature and divine connections to survive in the physical world. In everyday life, we see everything back to front, as it were. We perceive the primary actions of the brain as providing us with sensibility and cognitive awareness. In fact, the brain’s mechanism is to filter and shut off the flow of divine consciousness, making possible survival on Earth, but obscuring all transcendental realities. Dark Room meditations remove the obscurations. The inhibitory functions of the brain are lifted, and we revel in the experience of Oneness, Wu Chi, the Original Source.

Reawakening – Spirit Molecules

Waking consciousness satisfies the demands of physical existence, but severs the connection from the Divine. Thus, each night we must disconnect from the outer world and reconnect with our divine source, thereby sustaining life and nourishing the soul. In adult life, the experience of Wu Chi is relegated to the unconscious domains of deep sleep and the supernatural worlds of dream. In Taoist Inner Alchemy, we reawaken the soul to the Immortal Tao, the Wu Chi, the Original Source, and bring back the Divine into our conscious awareness.
Chemically, the reconnection to the Divine occurs by inhibiting the enzymatic actions of MAO and INMT, so that seratonin can convert into melatonin and melatonin into the spirit molecules 5-MeO-DMT (5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine) and DMT (dimethyltryptamine) (Fig. 21). The enzymes are inhibited by substances
secreted in the pineal gland, such as harmaline and pinoline. The “spirit molecules” allow us to reconnect to divine consciousness. They cause “color imagery, out of body experiences, lucid dreams, visions of beings and/or animals, mystical states, subjective “other realities” and experiences of “being
somewhere else.” These states are the language of dream.

tryptamine synthesis

In the Dark Room experience, the “spirit molecules” pinoline, 5-MeO-DMT and DMT alter the receiving qualities of the brain. The brain “tunes in” to invisible worlds and parallel universes, like a television tuning in to different channels. Mystical and near-death, out-of-body experiences reflect dynamic equilibria between “channels” in which we experience the essential energy that courses through the receiver.
When you reach the ‘DMT state’ you begin to function consciously from the various psychic centers or chakras. The bodily processes of ‘Healing Love’ combine the human states of true compassion and sexual arousal to create a new chemistry and a new vibration within the body. This ‘special’ vibration occurs at a
frequency of 8Hz. ‘As in the macrocosm, so it is in the microcosm’; hence if we make love, then all the cells and DNA actually make love as well. The DNA crosses over, like two serpents intertwined in an erotic embrace. You need the orgasmic vibration to arouse this crossover process which leads to the ‘two giving
birth to three’; the conception of new cells. The two vital states are compassion and arousal leading to orgasm. Both are inextricably linked to love. 

Read the Full Article on the Mechanics of The Pineal Glant and DMT 

For that you’ll first have to understand what happens when we breathe. Normally, when you breathe in, you inhale oxygen and your body uses it up. The body makes a waste product called as carbon dioxide that is exhaled from the lungs when you breathe out. 

When you are sleepy, bored or tired, you breathe more slowly. Your body requires oxygen and needs to throw out the carbon dioxide. So, your brain makes you take an extra breath, which is deep and long called a yawn, so that you can take in more of oxygen and give out carbon dioxide fully.