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7 Conscious Altering Herbs

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.
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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

Yogi Focus with Ms Lovely Desire!

Yogi Focus will shine a spotlight on one single yogi for  a truthful Question & Answer session.

For our first Yogi we have went with MsLovelyDesire! We would like to focus in on her and learn a little bit more about how yoga helps her through out the day to day.Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 4.23.43 PM

Whats your name and where are you from?

“Ashley Coleman from California. “

How were you first introduced to yoga ?

“I picked up a Dvd, I love working out and yoga was on my list of things to try.”

Have you ever had any yoga related dreams?

“No, only if I did it would be about getting the pose just right”

What have you learned about yourself physically and mentally through yoga?

“That I am beautiful and strong. That I can do anything I set my mind on I even inspire myself at times! Yoga has made me a better me not just for me but for those around me. Such a blessing! “

Whats your favorite pose/routine

“I love me some back bends but I love flowing through Sun salutations popping up to a handstand down to an arm-balance.  So free you know “Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.49.52 PM

Which type of yoga do you connect with most if any?

“Ashtanga yoga”

What was your first memory, The furthest back you can remember.

“When i was a child in San Diego, All i can remember is this big park across some apartments, but when I ask my parents if we ever lived in San Diego they tell me no but we visited. Sometimes the kid in me runs back to that time at the park. I guess It was a safe place.”Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.50.18 PM

What do you find yourself visualizing most throughout your day to day?

“My life, how I have changed  and so have the things and people around me. How beautiful life is. That I am nothing but a speck in this world. I’m not like most I don’t need fancy things, lots of money no no not me. As long as I have love and understanding Ill be just fine. To be remembered for my laughs and talks is just fine with me  🙂 When I look at my life I see a bright future because I do Love and understand on so many different levels! “

What is the best advice you can give to people that would like to improve their health and well being.

“Do it for you and you only. You are your only competition. Making  a lifestyle change is big. You get to see yourself in a new light, that may be the light someone special is able to see you under.  Its a beautiful thing to see yourself in a new light I did and Im not turning back. The best you, you can be is you.  Love the skin your in embrace your be different”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“Different is good , Im always willing to share more in depth if need be so let me know”

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few question to encourage people to join in on yoga

Desert Breath

 

In 1997, she joined with industrial designer Alexandra Stratou and architect Stella Constantinides to create a breathtaking spiral made up of alternating conical dips and protrusions in the Sahara Desert, near the Egyptian town of El Gouna just off the Red Sea. The project, known as Desert Breath, spreads over one million square feet of sand.Egyptian-Desert-Sand-Spiral-4

While the installation is still visible from the sky, there are marked signs of weathering. A body of water that once acted as the work’s center point has since evaporated. The earthen mounds have flattened over time, and cracks can be seen on the overall surface of the piece. For the artists (known collectively as D.A.ST. Art team), Desert Breath’s impending demise is the whole point.

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Chatohuchi Yoga

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The name Chattahoochee is thought to come from a Muskogean word meaning “rocks-marked” (or “painted”), fromchato (“rock”) plus huchi (“marked”)

The vicinity of the Chattahoochee River was inhabited in prehistoric times by indigenous peoples since at least 1000 BC.  Among the historical nations, the Chattahoochee served as a dividing line between the Muscogee (Creek) (to the east) and the Cherokee territories (to the west) in the Southeast. The United States accomplished the removal of Native Americans, to extinguish their claims and make way for European-American settlement, through a series of treaties, land lotteries, and forced removals lasting from 1820 through 1832. The Muscogee were first removed from the southeastern side of the river, and then the Cherokee from the northwest.

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Coming down to the River is always refreshing.
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A deep stretch to the left to get things started while the wild wind blows altering my balance.
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I wish I would of had my mat for this one. Wood and my pelvic area do not agree with each other all the time.
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Gaze up into the clear blue sky as I get a good lower back stretch in
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A new variation to me …. Deep lunge while wrapping both hands around thigh.

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Take some time to think of what you have been through and how far you have come to get where you are today! Enjoy the life

Yogi Selects XIV

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@liifong Day 23 #spreadahimsa #paryankasana #couchpose with @yogagoddess_jo @dalima26 @sequellife_bp
veer_yog i#YogaforMobility #YogaforAthletes #YogaforEnergy #YogaforStrength #StayFitCebu
@veer_yogi #YogaforMobility #YogaforAthletes #YogaforEnergy #YogaforStrength #StayFitCebu
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@dalima26 Day 21: #SpringUpYogis challenge, #flyingpigeon @northcarolina_yogagirl & @dms_yoga #anarmbalanceadaykeepsthedoctoraway #armbalanceaddict #addictedtoarmbalances #stretchyouryoga #strength #selftaughtyoga #iloveyoga #igyogafamily #igfamily #yogafamily #yoga2014 #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #feeltheyogahigh #homepractice

Keep up the great encouragement and hard work!

Prahlad Jani The Breatharian

Prahlad Jani, also known as “Mataji“, (born Chunriwala Mataji, 13 August 1929) is an Indian sadhu. He claims to have lived without food and water since 1940, and says that the goddess Amba sustains him.

Born Chunriwala Mataji, Jani grew up in Charada village in Mehsana district.[1] According to Jani, he left his home in Rajasthan at the age of seven, and went to live in the jungle.

At the age of 11, Jani underwent a religious experience and became a follower of the Hindu goddess Amba. From that time, he chose to dress as a female devotee of Amba, wearing a red sari-like garment, jewellery and crimson flowers in his shoulder-length hair.  Jani is commonly known as Mataji (“[a manifestation of] The Great Mother”). Jani believes that the goddess provides him a liquid sustenance[2] or water, which drops down through a hole in his palate, allowing him to live without food or water. 

 

Since the 1970s, Jani has lived as a hermit in a cave in the rainforest near the Gujarati temple of Ambaji, awakening at 4am each day and spending most of his time meditating. 

One thing I found interesting and was able to make a connection to was when they were speaking of looking at the sun. I have read that the geometrical pattern in leafs is the same pattern which is in our eyes to receive light  -Flower of Life Vol 2. We receive light to communicate images to ourself but have we forgotten the real power to transfer energy from the sun. imagine a time we could live without food or water… interesting. 

 

Yogi Selects XIIV

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@NightmareTales    •Humanity Rising• Photo by @nois7 http://www.CYBERYOGA.LA

@NightmareTales is one of the most brave and flexible yogi I follow on Instagram. His post will make your stomach drop and confidence rise. Pushing the limits to test your ability is the only way to know your max! … If there even is one. He inspired me to climb and test my balance. Balance I barely can keep on flat surface! … Stay In Focus

•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS
•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS

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Pranayama: The Nose Knows

The topic of breathing and pranayama (the practice that works to direct the movement of life force) is a fascinating one.

Exhaling through the mouth can be beneficial in that it allows for a greater volume of air to be released at once and may help your jaw to relax. We all do this naturally when we are exasperated, tired, or weary. Take a breath in, then breathe out with a soft, sighing sound: You will feel your shoulders release, and as your jaw releases, your tongue will relax down into the base of the mouth, creating a quieting effect on your mind.16963-122

However, in most instances, it’s preferable to breathe through your nose. There are several reasons for this.

The first reason is that the nose does much more than just let air in and out. There are texts that claim it performs more than 30 functions, such as containing the receptors for smell, filtering out dirt and pathogens, and moisturizing and warming incoming air.

The yogic viewpoint is less concerned with the mechanical functions of the nose and breath and more interested in the process of how our breathing affects the nervous system. The ancient texts describe a network of subtle channels, called nadis, the three most important of which originate at the base of the spine. The ida flows to the left nostril, the pingala flows to the right nostril, and thesushumna is the central channel and balance point of the other two.nadis

The ancient yogis were able to map out thousands of these channels, not through dissection of the body, but through intense practice of introspection and awareness development of both the gross and subtle levels of the body-mind. Current research supports the yogic observations.

The reason that nose breathing is more effective in creating energy changes is that when you breathe in or out through your nose, you stimulate the olfactory nerve; this impulse is then passed on to the hypothalamus, which is connected to the pineal gland, which is associated with the third eye area—seat of the “sat guru,” inner wisdom. Some say the ida and pingala interlace their way up the sushumna and end somewhere in the sinus chambers; others say that they end in the “third eye.” When you breathe through your nose, you are helping to open and balance the sushumna and quiet and steady the mind.

For more helpful information go to the Yoga Journal