Overestimating The Power Of Dream Supplements & Technology
Many out there will advocate the use of dream herbs, supplements, and brain technology for lucid dreaming. While there is an inherent recognition of their value, and when used properly can aid in inducing lucid dreams, it seems these tools have the potential to inhibit one from actually building up the awareness and physiological responses necessary to completely master lucid dreaming.
In short, using these tools as crutches, in the long term, will not allow you the mastery that comes with consciously ingraining the awareness, the recall, and the recognition of lucid dreams into the conscious and subconscious mind. With long term use, they could prevent the neural memory that forms from having a lucid dream directly by using one's own awareness.
Instead, a neural memory is formed between taking a certain supplement, (Light pulses from a dream mask, or transcranial direct current stimulation from a head band etc.) and the lucid dream that you have. You train your subconscious to begin looking for those cues to initiate a lucid dream, instead of setting cues or anchors for actual metacognition to occur. You also stimulate your reward center in the brain, associating your success in lucid dreaming with those tools instead of your own awareness.
Without those tools would you still be able to have the same number of quality lucid dreams? Would you still have the same type of awareness? This is an important question to ask yourself. Have you mastered the basics, and have you done the necessary groundwork needed to have your lucid dreams, or did you use a tool to try and have a lucid dream as quickly as possible?
When you master the basics, you're basically a master. If maintained , using the power of your own mind guarantees permanent results. It produces not only quantity but quality lucidity in dreams.
Not only can these tools cause a mental dependence but many of the supplements, herbs, and transcranial direct current stimulation products have side effects and may not have been thoroughly tested for the safety of everyday use.
If you choose to use supplements properly, check out this guide for the top lucid dreaming supplements and how to use them.
Stay informed and keep Livin' Lucid Dreams