Recording your dreams allows you to see the greater picture of your life. Keeping a dream journal will help you understand your journey and your truth. In time, you will start to notice things you may not have noticed and understand things you may not have otherwise come to know. Life will take on a whole new meaning and will start to look and feel completely different. Just because you don’t understand a dream doesn’t mean that you won’t understand it six months from now. In time, you will get better at it.
There are several ways to record dreams and it is best that you choose a method that works best for you and your individual circumstances. The first and most important thing is to have the intention to recall your dreams and to record them. Your intention to do so is key. It serves to improve recall.
Once you have decided to journal your dreams, decide what method will work best for you. The three main methods are as follows:
1. Keeping a notepad and pen by your bed and recording them as they happen. If you’re a heavy sleeper this method may not be right for you. If not, I highly recommend this method. You will be able to record 4 or more dreams a night and thus learn much quicker. This also allows you to change and improve your life much quicker. Think about it like going to school. If you have a class that meets 5 days a week for one hour and you only attend two hours a week, what do you think your chances are of getting an A?
2. Keeping a digital recorder by your bed and retelling it as you recall it. This is fine if you live alone, but a spouse or partner may not be too happy with you trying to record your dream in the middle of the night.
3. Waiting until you wake in the morning and then recording them. Personally, I do not recommend this method because of the likelihood that you will forget key details or get details wrong, but it is a good way to start. You can either write them out by hand using a notepad or journal or enter them into an electronic file by using a PC or laptop. Most people who use this method record one to two dreams a night as that is all they are able to recall.
Once you have chosen a method you will want to record the following information:
1. Date of the dream
2. Main characters and their gender-Who is in the dream?
3. Action-What is happening?
4. Location and or setting-Where is the action taking place?
5. Your emotions-How did you feel in the dream?
6. Focused items, thoughts or statements. Was there anything in the dream that you focused on or said or thought that stood out? Was there anything someone else said or did that stood out? This is often the prime element or factor of the dream and might be the key to understanding it.
7. Note any specific colors, numbers, sizes and shapes.
8. Point of View: The point of view of the dream is extremely important. Was it first person? Did you see things as you normally see them in your waking life? If so, then this is your perspective. If you see yourself in the dream, then this is third person perspective or guidance from your higher self.
Now that you have your dream recorded, give it a title. The title of the dream should sum up what best describes the dream. For example, you have a dream that you won the lottery. You may wish to title the dream “Lottery Winner!”
Titling your dreams is very important as it will allow you to notice reoccurring subjects or themes and finding commonality will help you to understand and interpret your dreams.
That is the basics of keeping a dream journal. However, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by using the contact page.