Blue Opossum Replies

Blue Opossum Replies

In a previous post, I compared several weeks of my dream journal to Blue Opossum’s. He responded to the April 12 blog post by e-mail. Blue Opossum is a metacognitive dreamer, meaning he’s aware of a whole lot of his dreams, far more than most people. There are misconceptions in your post, but that is…

I Compare My Dream Journal

I Compare My Dream Journal

Understanding yourself better using your dream journal (Part 6/7) Blue Opossum (a pseudonym) is a K-12 educator from Australia. He has an incredibly detailed recall of his dreams and a heightened awareness of the different stages of sleep. He’s got a real gift. Born in 1960, his dream journal, for practical purposes, starts in 1963…

Compare Yourself To Others The Right Way

Compare Yourself To Others The Right Way

The how and why of understanding yourself better using your dream journal (Part 5/7) Don’t compare yourself to others. Be yourself. These ideas find their way into all kinds of creative expressions. There’s a big reason it’s on so many minds. Creators are creative people. Each has a spark or many sparks in them demanding…

Encode Your Dreams If You Must

Encode Your Dreams If You Must

Part 3/7 Everyone, no matter how young or old they are, has dreams. They also have other people in their life, people who might not understand their dreams the way they do. They can’t. No matter how close you are to someone, your experiences and their experiences are different. You’re two different people after all.…

Keep An Actual Dream Journal

Keep An Actual Dream Journal

Part 2/7 It’s a fact: without a written record, dreams are quickly forgotten, often as soon as by the end of the day. There is no good way to remember them without a written dream journal, preferably on paper. Understanding the dream consists of more than remembering the actual dream components. You’ve got to understand…

These Are the Best Strategies For Confronting Nightmares, Fears, and Hopelessness

These Are the Best Strategies For Confronting Nightmares, Fears, and Hopelessness

In Charles Dickens’s The Christmas Carol, the old, miserly protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge confronts his nightmares and emerges a better man. Dickens describes him as greedy, ill-tempered, and grasping. Scrooge, at least, is good in that he becomes a better person by the end of the story. Dream journalers sometimes have nightmares so unsettling they don’t…

Make A Dream Journaling Hobby a Habit

Make A Dream Journaling Hobby a Habit

Make sure your dream journal is ready for writing every night. A dream journaling hobby needs to be a habit. When it’s a habit, it’s at its most powerful. Simply because we spend one-third of the day sleeping or in bed, a lot is going to happen when you climb between the sheets. One-third of…

Why You Should Sometimes Write Your Dream on a Notecard

Why You Should Sometimes Write Your Dream on a Notecard

What happens if you’re going to be away from home, and you don’t want to risk losing your journal or worry about leaving it behind? Consider writing your dream down on a notecard. It’s highly portable. Smaller than a journal, a notecard or a small pack of them take up less room when traveling. A…