Dream Glossary

Three Bottles

1. Acetylcholine: A neurotransmitter that brain cells use to communicate with one another. It is the main neurotransmitter responsible for memory.

2. Acetylcholinesterase: The enzyme responsible for the destruction of acetylcholine. Reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors such as Galantamine, break down acetylcholinesterase, resulting in a temporary rise of acetylcholine levels. This effect, combined with an effective lucid dreaming practice, can greatly increase the chances of lucid dreaming.

3. Astral Projection: The process of separating your astral (or psychic) body from your physical body. The astral body is then free to move about through time and space, while the physical body remains in the same location. It sometimes occurs during lucid dreaming or deep meditation.

4. Choline: An essential nutrient used in the body for acetylcholine production.

5. Circadian Rhythm: The "internal body clock" that regulates our body processes based on the 24-hour cycle of light and darkness.

6. Dreamscape: The world of your dreams, sometimes similar to your waking world, and sometimes radically different. It is often possible to consciously manipulate your dreamscape while lucid dreaming.

7. Dreamwork: Any systematic inquiry into or use of dreams with the purpose of healing or self-development.

8. Galantamine: An acetylcholinesterase inhibitor extracted from various plants such as the common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). Galantamine is the same memory-function enhancer used 3200 years ago by the Greek hero Odysseus, the champion of memory and the enemy of forgetfulness. See How It Works for a detailed explanation.

9. Ginkgo Biloba: Extracted from the tree of the same name, Ginkgo is often used as a memory enhancer.

10. Lucid Dream: When you become consciously aware that you are dreaming while still in a dream, that state is referred to as Lucid Dreaming. This can lead to having control over the dreamscape which can be helpful for dreamworkers.

11. Melatonin: A hormone that occurs naturally in your body. Melatonin has been linked to the regulation of the circadian rhythms and sleep.

12. REM Sleep: Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, or the dreaming stage of sleep, is characterized by an increase in activity in the brain and body. It gets its name from the eyes darting back and forth under the eyelids.