When you develop an interest in meteorology, you look up at the clouds.
Then, you may snap a picture when you see a formation you’ve never seen before.
When you develop an interest in botany, you look down at the ground at the different plants.
Then, when you find a new leaf, you might take it home and press it for a leaf collection.
People who are fascinated by insects try to save them for later study.
The same goes for those who like to look at stars and the other elements of nature. While you can’t keep a star in a notebook, you still can keep some records.
Preserving the experiences in a collection is part of the experience of the hobby and the fun.
Collecting your dreams is not very different from these other nature-bound activities.
They come in different subjects and varieties like the slice of life, episodic, dimly remembered, dream about snakes, or something else. Dreams can be classified in a variety of ways. The best way is to look at them as part of a season. The season can last anywhere from a few days to a few months.
Your phone can’t snap a picture of a scene from a dream, and the best you can do is sketch it out. For most of us, that will fall far short of the picture we’ve seen in our sleep.
Between a written description, a memory, and a drawing in your dream journal, you’re going to come as close as possible to adding another item to your collection every night you sleep.
James Cobb, RN, MSN, is an emergency department nurse and the founder of the Dream Recovery System. His goal is to provide his readers with simple, actionable ways to improve their health and maximize their quality of life.
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