July 04, 2012

6 types of mind enhancing nootropics that you could be taking!

Nootropics AKA Smart Drugs

We may all need it at times. A little pick-me-up that can help stimulate our grey matter.

Smart drugs have fast taken hold in our society. With hectic lifestyles and busy study periods being the norm - quite a few people have noticed they need some extra mental assistance and are turning to nootropics for the answer.

What exactly are nootropics?

Nootropics are supplements that you can take that will enhance and boost your cognitive and mental faculties. They are also widely known as "smart drugs" and many people all over the world take them on a daily basis for increased focus and higher mental functioning.

What are the more common types of nootropics?

Here are 6 types of mind enhancing nootropics that you could be taking:

The Racetams (piracetam, pramiracetam, oxiracetam and aniracetam amongst a few others)
the racetams are known to act as positive allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors - they also have actions on the Acetylcholinergic pathways. They have been used by people to assist them in memory improvements and for better left and right brain intercommunication and cognition.

Piracetam has also been used to treat recovering alcoholics with cognitive impairment.

Vinpocetine - has been marketed for it's vasodilation properties as well as a nootropic that boosts memory formation and recall. It may assist in activities that require increased concentration and focus as it also helps activate cerebral functions and metabolisation.

Ginkgo Biloba - is believed by some people to exhibit nootropic properties and for the most part is used for enhancing memory and concentration and for the treatment of vertigo.

L-Theanine - a main constituent of tea. L-Theanine promotes mental relaxation and stress relief. It has also been shown to improve mood and cognitive abilities as it works in synergy with the natural caffeine that's found in tea.
L-Theanine is a great stress relief tool and helps give you a 'relaxed' type of focus.

Choline Bitartrate - is an essential nutrient needed by our nervous system for the synthesis of Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter that assists with the transmission of neuron impulses. Acetylcholine is regarded by some mental health professionals as important for memory, cognition and sleep.

Picamilon - is an interesting combination of GABA + Niacin (to help cross the blood-brain barrier easier) generally marketed as a supplement for anxiety/depression/panic and alcohol withdrawal. Some users report great benefits from supplementing Picamilon in their dietary intake. Picamilon helps with blood flow and enhances brain functions. It is considered as a nootropic yet also exhibits some tranquilizing effects (without the lethargy) and can also have psychostimulating effects on some users.

These are just a few examples of some useful nootropics. They can be quite beneficial to your mental health and proper functioning. Always consult an expert physician before you take any supplements and do your homework before taking them.

February 15, 2012

Effective Self Hypnosis - Subliminal Hypnosis Programming

Effective self hypnosis and subliminal programming

How to maximise your self hypnosis therapy sessions through the use of effective subliminal software technology.

This article is for those of you who would like to explore using pc software to enhance your self hypnosis sessions and subliminal programming for a healthier and better you. It allows you to access your subconscious mind - in the most non-invasive way possible.

In the past, I have been plagued with traumatic experiences that have developed into phobias. I had been through many one-on-one hypnosis sessions, accupuncture and tried various pharmaceutical drugs to no avail.
It wasn't until I stumbled across this great subliminal hypnosis message program did I come to realise that I was missing something important.

Subliminal hypnosis allows us to directly communicate with our subconscious mind in a manner that becomes highly effective, over a period of time. It allows us to reprogram our thoughts in a subtle way - that really delivers long lasting results. I use this as a part of my self hypnosis techniques that work together to help me combat and overcome my phobias. It has also aided me to quit smoking (cold turkey) which was a 14 year old habit in my life. I am now thankfully nicotine free and have broken my expensive addiction.

With this subliminal hypnosis software download you can try it out and see if it works for you as much as it has for me. They are offering a free trial of the software - which I find to be most helpful if you're looking for another way to enhance your self hypnosis sessions, subliminal hypnosis and to communicate directly with your subconscious mind. Try it today and see for yourself the power of this simple program.

January 17, 2012

Lucid Dreaming - The Power To Control Your Dreams

Lucid dreaming is defined by the act of being conscious during the dreaming state. It's an empowering feeling that allows us to take full control of our dreams and live out our desires, goals and wishes.

If you have never had a lucid dream before... you can picture it as watching a movie where you're also directing it, in real time. It's highly entertaining and a powerful experience that anyone can learn to have.

I accidently discovered lucid dreaming when I was a young boy. I would have some outrageous dreams where I thought to myself 'this can't be real so I must be dreaming!'
The moment your conscious of the fact that you're dreaming is the key to attaining the power of lucidity - you will have full control of the outcomes of what happens in your dream. It's quite fascinating.

The following technique is, in my opinion the easiest way to explore your lucid dreaming powers. Before going to bed each night, get into a relaxed state of mind and close your eyes. Tell yourself that you will have a lucid dream tonight and constantly ask yourself 'Am I dreaming?' or 'I must be dreaming!' this is an easy way I have found to achieve lucidity.

In saying this, there are two different ways to induce lucid dreaming. The first is called DILD (or Dream-Initiated Lucid Dreaming) this is the technique described above - which is my favourite method. The second technique to achieving lucidity is called WILD (or Wake-Initiated Lucid Dreaming) where you go directly from a conscious relaxed state straight into lucidity. The easiest way to achieve WILD is when you find yourself suddenly waking up upon sleeping, you can stay still - relaxed with your eyes still closed and pretty soon you will re-enter the dream state but maintain full consciousness (but have the power of lucidity and gain full control of your dreams).

Are there any limits as to what you can do in a lucid dream? So far, I have not yet found any limits to lucid dreaming. You can literally explore and do anything you ever desired or dreamed about without any restrictions. The most common theme I find myself exploring during my lucid dreams is flying. For me, the ability to fly is the ultimate pleasurable experience and represents total freedom. During one of my lucid dreams of flying I was so happy (I knew I was dreaming and did not want to wake up as I was having far too much fun flying and exploring other continents)

Lucid dreaming allows us to enjoy our biggest fantasies in the most non-threatening (or illegal) ways. Entertaining, exciting and just plain fun. Lucid dreams are also useful in controlling nightmares. Waking up from a great lucid dream feels thoroughly refreshing and downright liberating.

Make your dreams exciting by practicing lucidity daily. As human beings, it is one of our most treasured gifts. Thanks for reading Mind Voyager and I'll be seeing you in our next chapter.