Dreams are a favorite topic here on The Daily Awe: we’ve talked about epiphanies through dreams, emotional healing through dreams and dreams becoming reality (prophetic dreams). Most of the details of our dreams, if we even remember them at all, are forgotten within 30 minutes of waking up.
Keeping a dream journal next to the bed is a great way to keep track of our dreams and the messages held within them. L. Marie from Closed Lids provides us with some super helpful tips for dream journaling in today’s guest post. Enjoy!
Sidenote: it was a toss-up between this and another article today, but since I woke up vividly remembering a dream in which I gave birth to a black kitten, as if that was totally normal, I figured that was my ‘sign’ to post Lisa’s article on Dream Journaling. Anyone wanna analyze that dream for me, btw?
Dream Journaling 101
- Obtain a notebook/ journal of your choice. One of pleasant appearance or decorate a notebook to your pleasing
- On a nightstand next to your bed place pen, paper, tape recorder (optional), book light (optional)
- Inside the journal, note the date
- Prior to going to sleep, write 1-3 sentences describing your day and mood.
- While lying in bed before sleep, meditate, pray, repeat mantra or affirmation (whatever you desire). Ask your higher self for assistance in your dream recall
- When you wake up, lie still and recall your dream from the last thought back to the first. If you awake in the middle of the night, still record the dream – don’t try to commit it to memory for the morning – chances are it’ll be gone from memory when you wake
- Write your dream as you remember it: all feelings, persons, settings, colors & anything that comes to mind. Don’t try to make sense of your dream, just write what you remember in details.
- If you do not recall your dream , write 1 sentence of whatever was in your mind as you awoke
- For every dream give a title and record date and time
- Repeat this step every time you have a dream. Over time you will begin to notice themes.
- Look for connections between life experiences and your dream
- What is the message in your dream?
- How can this message apply to your life?
- What will you do to apply the message to your life?
- What are some themes throughout the dreams?
- What memories or feelings come to mind when recalling the dream?
- Who in the dream do you recognize, and how do you relate to them in waking life?
I am reading a book called Dreams: Exploring the Secrets of your Soul by Marilyn Barrick Ph.D. She made an interesting suggestion that can add to the understanding of dreams. She suggests that a separate journal be made notating major experiences, activities and milestones in your life from birth to present.
Continue to record meaningful events and experiences in this journal and as time goes by, correlate them with your dream journal. Be sure to take note of the trends you see running through your experiences. Place a summary of this in your dream journal as a point of reference to help you connect your dreams to your waking life.
Dreams guide and help us after we set our goals and ideals for our lives – Edgar Cayce
Do you keep a dream journal? What tips can you give to others who are just getting started? Have any cool dreams or dream themes to share with us? Please do so. And take a stab at analyzing my aforementioned dream while you’re at it!