Have you ever had a dream where a dead person you knew was speaking to you? Did the experience seem very real?
Have you ever dreamed of a genie? A demon? A zombie?
Did you ever have something happen to you in a dream and then happen again in real life?
Did it make you feel uncomfortable — or was it thrilling?
Welcome to the woo-woo. The “woo-woo” is defined as something dubiously or outlandishly supernatural or unscientific.
Some people talk freely about these kinds of experiences. Others believe in keeping them to themselves. Still, others deny they ever happened. No matter how real it felt at the time they attribute the experience to being under stress, a drink they consumed, or some other excuse. This latter group is the most likely to dismiss the idea of dream journaling right out of hand. They’re more afraid of something that makes them feel like they’re strange than they are curious about the world around them — as well as the world they can’t see.
Sleep occurs at the boundary line of seen and unseen. Much of it can be easily studied because it can be measured. Much can’t.
We can hook someone up to an EEG machine and track their brainwaves. These changes in brainwaves correspond to five separate stages found in all people. Because of this, modern medical science knows many ways of treating sleep dysfunctions like insomnia and sleep apnea.
We know even more than that. We know how much sleep people need.
We can track the amount of sleep we get at home. Accelerometers in many fitness trackers like Fitbit can track the amount of sleep someone is getting. It won’t be as accurate as the results from polysomnography, because the accelerometer is only using one measurement point but it’s not bad for general information.
On the other end, the unscientific end, there’s the paranormal. We’ve all heard stories of people dreaming and having conversations with those who’ve died. The characters in the dream behaved with the same mannerisms that they had in real life. The dreamer awakens believing they’ve really encountered the deceased.
We’ve all heard talk about “spirit guides” and angels. Some have had dreams of Hell and other of far-off planets. Not all of the experiences can be true — but what if some of them are?
You don’t have to believe in anything “woo-woo” to benefit from studying your dreams. Even if you have one of these dreams, it doesn’t make your crazy. Plenty of sober people have had these kinds of dreams before.
You also don’t have to be trying to find a solution to anything to benefit from dream journaling. Remembering and understanding your dreams can help you better understand yourself. It can increase your awareness of the people in your life, your environment, and your circumstances. Your subconscious notices what your conscious mind misses.
Dream journaling is an underutilized form of meditation. In meditation, you gain awareness of the world around you and your life itself. The same thing happens in dream journaling. You gain a heightened perception of where you are in life.
Dream journaling can reveal truths both uncomfortable and profound. It can also make you wonder if you’re crazy. No matter, dream journaling is for anyone who loves the “truth” or “truths.” We all need inspiration and these insights give a huge amount.