Compare Yourself to Yourself

Compare Yourself to Yourself

Understanding yourself better using your dream journal (Part 7/7) When you compare your dream journal to someone else’s, you’re seeing the inner mind of someone very different from you, no matter who they are. They have a different personality, different experiences, and different roles and reasons for being. Those differences are just a start. It…

Encode Your Dreams If You Must

Encode Your Dreams If You Must

Understand yourself better using your dream journal (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…

Keep An Actual Dream Journal

Keep An Actual Dream Journal

Understanding yourself better using your 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…

What You Know and Don’t Know

What You Know and Don’t Know

Understand yourself better using your dream journal (Part 1/7) “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”   Donald Rumsfeld…

When To Quit Dream Journaling

When To Quit Dream Journaling

Dream journaling should never be a grind. It should be part of a routine. Once you know how to do it, once you develop the habit, dream journaling is the easiest and most convenient form of meditation with all the results. Yet all habits have a beginning and an end. Maybe, for some reason, the…

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. Though Dickens describes him as greedy, ill-tempered, and grasping, the man at least is good in that respect. Dream journalers sometimes have nightmares so unsettling they don’t want to write them down. They can’t write…

Quick Dream, Long Time

Quick Dream, Long Time

Sometimes the time it takes to understand a dream is much longer than it takes to have the dream itself. A picture is worth a thousand words. Unbound by physical constraints, unlike other information transmitted through your five primary senses, dreams are more than pictures. They’re communications affecting all the senses. You’re making a huge…

Dreams Without Symbols: A Slice Of Life

Dreams Without Symbols: A Slice Of Life

Not every dream is symbolic of something, though many are. People tend to ignore the dreams without symbols unless they’re an instance of deja vu where one has the feeling they’ve been somewhere or done something before. Dream journalers tend to talk about dreams with symbols more often. They’re more interesting because we learn from those dreams.…