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.
A lot has happened in the last 5 months. But how did we go from business as usual to changing the face of the entire lucid dreaming supplements industry? It’s a story that I think will interest you – and you might even learn a thing or two in the process. When I was first taken on-board as Chief Lucidity Officer in 2016, one of the first things I was tasked with was taking a good look at our operations and giving things a bit of an overhaul.
What is reality? How can we define it - fit it into a box - so that whatever experiments we throw at it, our definition always holds true? I consciously observe the lucid dream world. It is real to me because the firing of neurons in my brain stem are interpreted as real sensory data by my brain. I could argue that lucid dreams constitute part of my reality.
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.
Years ago, before I had my first lucid dream, I had a very specific idea about what a lucid dream would feel like. I thought it would be intense and magical and a little bit spooky. This turned out to be a pretty accurate representation. Becoming aware in the dreamstate is like entering another world. One where physical laws can be manipulated (there is no spoon, Neo) and your fantasies can come true in an instant. There's definitely something magical about that - and it's as if the lucid dream world is a living, breathing organism that can react to your very thoughts.
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...
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?