With awareness of lucid dreaming on the rise, new industries are emerging to support our conscious dream practice.
In 2013, it was the return of the lucid dream mask. In 2014, smart supplements are the talk of the town.
The following is a compilation of the most purchased lucid dreaming aids on Amazon this year - by our own online community.
Many people take multivitamin pills to improve their general physical and mental health.
Now lucid dreamers are tapping into the use of supplements to enhance the vividness of their dreams, improve dream recall and even boost self awareness in dreams.
A number of "smart supplements" have come to market in 2014, some of which ranked as bestsellers:
In 2014, book sales are divided between the classics (see LaBerge's ETWOLD, first published in 1991) and fresh entrants looking to share their passion for lucidity in original formats.
Such books are a powerful way to increase your understanding of the lucid state. In teaching first-hand insights, stripping away fallacies and encouraging independent practice, the following bestsellers on lucid dreaming are thought-provoking stuff:
Sleep masks are used by lucid dreamers for numerous reasons:
Sleep masks are now among the bestselling gear of all lucidity aids:
The most popular and affordable of old school lucid dream masks remains the REM Dreamer, sold out of Europe.
We also saw growing sales of night lights and travel pillows, which can promote relaxation and lucid dreams during light catnaps on the go:
Mainstream interest in lucid dreaming often comes from cultural references - and movies play a major role.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?