Lucid Dreaming with Anima Mundi Herbals

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
— C.G. Jung

How many of you have ever experienced lucid dreaming, or the act of being conscious while dreaming, before? According to Adriana Ayales, founder of Anima Mundi Herbals, lucid dreaming is an ancient catalyst for planting seeds for manifestation. The tea is delicious, and if anything, will simply put you into a calm state of mind before sleep. It's important that we relax our bodies because it is in this state that we access our intuition and communication with ourselves and other living beings. A calm mind and body is a healthy mind and body. Read more about how to utilize these herbs and techniques in the interview below. 

Q&A with Adriana  Ayales from Anima Munda Herbals

Q: What is lucid dreaming to you?

A: Lucid Dreaming, or Dream Yoga, is the art of awakening in the dream. An advanced spiritual practice that brings you closer to the source of being. Being awake within dreams has a lot more potential to coming closer to our authentic enlightened reality, than being awake in our every day reality. In Tibetan Buddhism, the coarsest state of consciousness, the one with the least potential for spiritual development, is our ordinary waking state. The dream state is the one with most potential, but if we fail to recognize the dream state for what it is, we inevitably mistake it for the waking state and proceed through the dream in the state of delusion (as in waking life). To realize that either reality is a dream, and utilize them as platforms to total manifestation and enlightenment within every moment of the day, is the true art of lucid dreaming.

Q: Why did you choose to create a lucid dreaming tea?

A: I've been an active dreamer for quite some time now. When I started, I wanted to find the means to access this ancient art with the proper assistance to be able to dive straight into the psyche. At first it's not easy, especially when the mind fills with expectation every night to finally get what it has been wanting. So I created this formula to help shut the mind, relax the nervous system, increase ALPHA waves (the juicy waves that are said to emanate from the third eye) and support deep sleep.

Q: What are some of the qualities one might experience when drinking Dream Tea? And why?

A: One might feel calm and soothing energy throughout the whole body. Many say they feel their aura decompressing emotional entanglements and general psychic stress that we absorb throughout the day. In the tea, Passionflower, Kava Kava, and Blue Lotus are nervines, that relieve muscle tension and spasms, bringing circulation to the nervous system. They also calm a worried mind, prevent insomnia and relieve stress that has built up in the body. Adaptogens, like Ashwagandha, treat chronic stress, and help us handle stress as it happens. Adaptogens help restore overall balance and strengthen the functioning of the body as a whole.

Q: Are we all supposed to lucid dream?

A: Yes! It is a natural state within every brain. It is a hidden reservoir within the mind, that we all have to take the time to cultivate and develop. It is part of our nature to distinguish the different levels of reality through the minds eye, and lucid dreaming is one of the many tools that support us within this enlightening process.

Q: Is there anything else (tips, recipes) you would like to share on calming the body?

Third Eye Herbs: Drinking nervous system tonics and third eye teas to increase brain activity before sleep. Steep the lucid dreaming tea, and drink warm before bed.

Aromatherapy: Light some sacred incense before bed. My favorite ceremonial smudges are palo santo, juniper, sage, and black copal.

Rose Visualization: Turning the lights off, and doing visualization techniques while laying in bed. One of my favorites visualizations is to imagine a rose (or your favorite flower) floating in front of you. With your minds eye, rotate the rose towards the left side. Then start peeling a petal at a time. Gaze at the rose, as it keeps turning and letting go of its petals. You'll start feeling the lucid mind awakening within 10 minutes into this practice. Stay focused and keep gazing, while turning the flower. Your mind will start falling into dreams, try entering the dreams with the same mind that was visualizing the flower. This will trigger the lucid dreaming. 

Waking up at 3am. Set your alarm for 3 am, and stay awake for 5 minutes. Some Amazonian traditions, steep their tea right before bed and leave it on the night stand to drink at 3 am. Usually this induces lucid dreaming quite quickly within the "third eye peak hours", which go from 4 am-6 am.

Look at Your Hands in the Dream: While dreaming, try remembering that looking down at your hands means you are dreaming. If you think about it, we don't recalling look down in our dreams. Remind yourself that looking down, at your hands, or feet, means you are asleep. Immediately after your lucid dream will kick in.

Don't Get Excited: If one of these techniques works immediately for you, don't get excited! It'll wake you up and out of the dream. Remain calm and act as if you've done this a million times. Start projecting ideas and manifestations of any kind right as you remember that you are dreaming. Don't allow the regular mind to kick in because it won't allow you to go back in.