What an incredible time we are having week one into 2022. I do know that the energies are continuing to be incredibly intense. We are on a wild ride of self-discovery, and intuitive development. As these energies continue to build sleep disturbances are incredibly common. I wanted to discuss the role that Valerian plays in our sleep cycles, lucid dreaming, and connection to the dream world. And HOW Working with Valerian & Dreams can be an effective tool! We will be able to decipher between what is a message from the collective ancestors and creator, as we dive into our dream world with valerian.
People ask me all the time, how does valerian work? There are many folk remedy uses of Valerian. But with the modernization of herbal medicine, how does the body respond to it. Modern science is showing us how Valerian is working inside of the body. And a lot of the research that is being put out is linking Valerian’s effectiveness for sleep management and stress relief to GABA.
What is GABA?
Gaba is an inhibitory neurotransmitter within the central nervous system. It is a key protein in synthesizing and balancing our stress and sleep responses. GABA is a protein and it is bioavailable to the body in many forms from food and herbs.
Valerian contains chemicals that promote the synthesis of GABA into the body. Through the modulation of GABA neurotransmitters and receptors it is shown to increase sleep time in experimental trials of animals. This is so exciting to see, not only does it validate our centuries old folk medicine with valerian. But we can learn how these herbs are actually working within the body.
What I love about Valerian is not only these GABA responses to deliver a nourishing sleep response. But, Valerian is also an herb that creates a space for our minds to explore the dream state in a somewhat conscious container. When we are dreaming in the nighttime, or even during the day with daydreams. Valerian provides a vessel for us to be the observer within.
There are lots of supplements available to work with
when we are talking about GABA coming into the body. GABA is a, amino acid, in other words a protein. But it is present in bacteria, plants, and vertebrates. Initially GABA was discovered in plants and then discovered in the mammalian brain. When we are taking synthetic supplements like GABA, it is important to understand WHAT that creates within the body. This creates more availability to working with valerian & dreams.
Taking supplements of proteins and hormones USUALLY do more harm than good. We are not able to fully synthesize the effects of proteins & supplemental hormones, like GABA into our bodies. However, many studies are showing that when we are taking plant, animal, or fungi sources of chemicals like GABA we are fully synthesizing all of the components of the protein.
This is one of the main reasons why it is so important to be taking supplements that are from full plant chemicals. Without exploring the harmful effects of what synthetic compounds are creating in the body. We generally are not absorbing or using any of the active components of the supplement. This, to plainly state, simply means we are completely wasting our money when taking supplements of synthetically derived proteins and hormones.
Crossing the BBB
I also found it interesting, that for many years GABA has been thought to not cross the blood brain barrier. When compared to artificial supplements, and natural supplements like getting GABA from valerian or other pant sources. We are seeing that GABA is in fact able to cross the blood-brain barrier. This would be the reason it is responsible for working with our sleep and stress responses effectively.
In the placebo double-blind trials that are being conducted in research sleep laboratories. Valerian, St John’s Wort, and Kava kava, amongst other herbs, are being shown to be highly effective in creating a balanced and nourished sleep response. Chemicals present in these plants and many others are being shown to produce a sleep effect that is nourishing calm and effective in reducing stress responses and promoting nourishing sleep. When we are creating space for a balanced state of sleep each night, our entire life is changed.
Balanced Sleep and Working with Valerian & Dreams
With a balanced state of sleep, our dreamscape is something more powerful than before. This allows for a clear communication within the dream space from our ancestors & the collective subconscious. When we are working with valerian & dreams with plants in this capacity, we can understand and break apart the messages that are coming through from spirits.
Dreams are often presented to us from Spirit in a very broken language. Because the ancestors are not able to work with verbal language in a consistent manner. When we are not able to understand the signs and symbols, and more mythological components of the dream space, deciphering our action from the dream space becomes a difficult thing to attain. Understanding the messages become convoluted to say the least.
However, when working with plants like valerian, kava kava, white sage, Mugwort, and even herbs like rose and lavender. We can anchor into a more physical & earthlier container of understanding. These plants give us an anchor into the physical realm, from our dream space.
Working with these herbs creates a container for us to thoroughly digest and understand what these messages are meaning for our waking lives. As well as HOW to create action for us to grasp. This is HOW working with valerian & dreams can be so nourishing!
Understanding symbiology from this earthly space creates a form of action for the physical life. Being able to grasp a specific symbol from a dream can be an earthly way of exploring what our guides, and the collective ancestors are bringing through in our dreams. When we are sleeping with a plant Ally that grounds us into the Earth. Grounding us into this physical realm we are really able to explore these symbols and understand their true meaning. When working with herbs like valerian, or California poppy, our dream world becomes a place that we can explore and manifest into our physical reality.
When we understand our dreams in this capacity. We are able to manifest a lot more efficiently in our physical reality. The dreamscape is not just an accidental state of mind. From my experience on this Earth, the dreamscape is where we are in direct communication with spirit for a prolonged period of time. And when I have brought herbs into my dream practice like Valerian, I have found that the exploration of the symbols have has become much more graspable to this physical reality. This allows for implementation in the day to day life of our soul path & connection to the divine.
When we are having a nourished sleep state that is a long and uninterrupted.
State we can come into the deep realms of the dream world. When we are in these places of the dream state we are fully connecting to our subconscious, and the collective subconscious. This is where we can create a relationship with our Spirit guides, and the collective ancestors. To fully understand and implement the teachings of our soul, this leading to fulfillment of our soul contracts.
When we work with valerian and other plans to promote nourishing sleep, we can cultivate a beautiful dream state that allows for psychic visions, and clairvoyant action throughout the day. This nourishing our ability to remain on our soul path. Making decisions and acting from a place of pure alignment.
I fully encourage us to all look at the dream state with plants like Valerian and California poppy. When we are curious about our soul path, everything becomes that much clearer when we are working with plants like Valerian. Happy dreaming dear darlings!
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