How To Keep And Understand Your Dream Journal

A lighted pen and rubber bracelet are useful for keeping a dream journal.

The Dream Recovery System

(Basic Version)

A simple way to help practical people remember and analyze their dreams

 

Chapter 1

Why It’s Best To Remember Your Dreams

For many Americans, the 1930s were a nightmare. A quarter of the population found themselves without work. People from all walks of life were starving, suffering, and despondent. Depression ran rampant. Many took their own life by jumping out of windows, hanging themselves, shooting themselves in the head, or poisoning.

Those were truly the “bad old days.”

Memories and images of that significant economic downturn are still fresh thanks to photographs, movies, and recordings. The generation that personally experienced it grows fewer in number every day. The phrase “Great Depression” still conjures thoughts of unemployment lines. People think of dirty, starving children with haggard, worried mothers. They visualize crowded soup kitchens, sharecroppers, and shantytowns. Perhaps they think of the song, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Many families have stories about how their relatives suffered during those days leading up to World War II.

Almost everyone seemed to suffer in some way. 

Though it’s the best-remembered period of steep economic decline in the United States’ history, the Great Depression of the 1930s wasn’t the first; it’s merely the best remembered. 

Almost a century before the Great Depression, world commodity prices collapsed in the Panic of 1837. As it did in the Great Depression, unemployment reached a quarter of the population in some areas. Consumer prices fell seven years in a row. This caused people to put off purchases. The economy contracted and then cratered. Why buy today when the price might go down some more tomorrow? It was a seemingly never-ending spiral down an abyss.

Millions of men and women lost—many starved. 

One of those affected by this crisis was a young man named Elias Howe. After the textile factory in Lowell, Massachusetts he worked at went out of business, Elias and his cousin Nathaniel moved 30 miles away to Cambridge. The young men found work as mechanics on carding machinery. Carding machines were important in the creation of textiles. The machines clean, sort, and spin threads together when cotton becomes cloth.

Elias had an idea for a machine to make strong stitches in fabric. With such a device, clothing, drapes, wind sails, and other textile products could be sewn more efficiently. If he could invent and market the machine, it would make him a fortune. He’d never have to worry about not having a job and going hungry ever again. As he had gone through a lot, that was undoubtedly utmost in his mind.

He was confident such a machine was possible. It had to be. With his textile factory experience and his apprenticeship in a precision machine shop, he knew what had to run right. Nevertheless, when it came to bringing the idea to life, a few details stymied him.

The first designs used the needle and thread conventionally. The eye of the needle was at the top. The thread ran through. That wasn’t the right way to do it, he realized. Those designs failed. 

One night, Elias went to bed perplexed and discouraged.

When he went to sleep, Elias dreamt he had to build his invention for a savage king in a strange country.

“You have 24 hours to finish this machine and make it sew,” the king said. “Or else.”

The problem still stumped him in the dream. He couldn’t get the machine to make a single stitch.

In the dream, the deadline passed. The savages began to prepare to execute him. 

Upon being led to his death, he noticed how the warriors carried spears pierced at the top.

That was the answer! He woke with a start. 

It was 4 a.m, but he paid no attention to the time. He ran to his workshop. By 9 a.m., he had invented the sewing machine. While other inventors developed other sewing machines before, Howe’s was the first to make a lockstitch. This kind of stitch was much more durable than others. It revolutionized clothing production.

It all came about due to the inspiration he got from a dream.

The gist of Elias Howe’s story about how he invented the sewing machine isn’t rare. Dreams have inspired many scientific breakthroughs, songs, and other creative works.

While every one of your dreams may not have the world-changing impact of this dream, if you forget most of them upon waking every night, you’re missing something. Maybe it’s not an invention, a hit song, or a new scientific theory. Perhaps it’s how you’re feeling about a particular topic in your life. Maybe it’s vital knowledge about a significant relationship. That’s a problem because it’s an opportunity for self-knowledge.

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Dream Creativity Is Still Relevant Today

Even today, while approaching 200 years of technological breakthroughs, dreams haven’t stopped inspiring people. From the Pillow King to the Terminator movie franchise to hit songs too many to count, dreams have played and continue to play a significant role in inspiration and planning.

It’s practical to want to remember and to try to remember your dreams. Creativity refers to the ability to use or produce original ideas. Every field uses and needs creativity in some way. There’s no surer way of doing this than using the dreams you already have to do so.

Moreover, creativity comes from a form of self-expression. There’s no source more undistilled of this kind of expression than the dream. 

When it comes to tapping into the power of your dreams, it all starts with merely remembering them. 

This short book was written to motivate you and show you how with a basic technique. Because the dream information occurs during the everyday altered state known as sleep, that’s where we’ll begin. Read on.

Chapter 2

The State of Sleep

In the context of the pressures of day-to-day life, it’s easy to put down the importance of sleep and dreams. There always seems to be something more important or more urgent. There’s always a class to go to, a paycheck to earn, someone you’ve got to see, and something more to do. Who has time to sleep? 

 

In our society, sleep is seen by many as something to be bargained with. It’s something to be negotiated away. If only you can get enough caffeine with the right energy drink or the right coffee, maybe you could do without it completely! Imagine what you could accomplish if you didn’t have to sleep at all! Around seven or eight annoying hours occupying the dark of night—what a waste of time!

The practical, ambitious, goal-oriented person tries to get by with as little sleep as he or she can. He or she sometimes even brags to others about how little they sleep.

On the surface, that we have to sleep seems to be a hassle. Some stimulants come with terrible side effects. Nodding off is more than inefficient; it’s dangerous. We’re not able to remember much of what we do or what happens. We make bad choices—our tempers fray. Whatever kind of reprieve energy drinks offer, it’s only temporary.

We go to bed reluctantly. When we’re there, we look at our phones. Unless we take steps to do so, we’re affected by their sleep-reducing properties. Blue light emitted by the devices tricks our brains into thinking it’s time to be awake.

Some unfortunate people go down the path of using methamphetamines to stay awake. Unless they’re terribly young or outstandingly naive, when they do it, they’re usually aware of at least some of the adverse health effects like bizarre behavior, hallucinations, “meth mouth,” and skin conditions. Nevertheless, thousands of people conclude none of those horrible effects won’t happen to them or won’t be so bad. In desperation, they start down a path that never ends well.

Most people fight the need to sleep. More people fight sleep every year. 

Of course, not everyone is against sleep

The people who embrace the need and activity are the minority. One group are fitness buffs. They seem to obsess about the way their body functions, making little tweaks in their exercise routines and nutrition. Yet, they don’t always seem to be having much fun. They treat their bodies like a machine. What could they achieve if they weren’t exercising all of the time? 

Another group who have no trouble embracing the activity are terminally lazy and indolent. These people, too, seem to have their priorities all wrong. Imagine what they could do if they only applied themselves a little. Instead, they often indulge in the use of some substance that gets them high. 

The efficiency-minded, practical person usually wants little to do with that, unless, maybe, it’s their day off. There are a lot of reasons for that. They’ve got things to do. They don’t like ceding control and don’t want to tumble into a spiral of substance abuse.

Some people have completely retired from life who sleep for many hours a day. They’re burned out. Most practical people haven’t reached that point yet, though they may or may not realize they’re headed that way unless they take care of health maintenance basics. Practical people are achievement-focused, or, at least, not too keen on messing their lives up in any way.

A counter-intuitive approach to sleep

Practical people with a historical bent realize the need for sleep has evolved right along with humankind for many good reasons. Yes, it takes up hours each day, but that profligate use of time is what it is. There’s not much to be done about it.

To understand how you can be the best you can at sleeping, it helps to know why we sleep in the first place.

First, getting enough sleep is a big deal. That’s because it’s one of the fundamental cornerstones of health, along with diet and exercise. You’d never realize that it was as important as those other two cornerstones from the number of TV shows, magazines, and books dedicated to it as compared to the other two. It’s dwarfed! 

Yet, without enough sleep, your reflexes suffer. You get into accidents. Trauma is a significant cause of deah. These accidents are a major reason why people who sleep too little tend to die prematurely.

The chronically sleep-deprived also have problems with their tempers. Getting into fights might also contribute to their premature deaths.

Sleep deprivation leads to having a poor memory. It dumbs you down.

When you get enough sleep, you can learn more quickly and efficiently. It makes you smarter.

A lack of sleep can cause pain. Not just from accidents, but also from things like headaches.

It affects how your body processes food and undertakes other functions by changing the way hormones are released. This can contribute to premature aging and depression.

The practical person realizes sleep helps you win by not screwing up.

They come to regard it as a passive good, something you want to make sure you get enough of, but not necessarily an active good, something worth seeking out.

It is, though. Sleep is more than a maintenance activity. It’s an active good to connect you with your subconscious and unconscious mind, even God.

There’s a spiritual component to getting enough sleep few Western-oriented medical personnel speak about. The experience of sleep and dreaming is individual; western medicine operates through studies. But it’s there. Diverse cultures like the aboriginals of Australia, Islam, and various Native American tribes, have sleep practices built around it. 

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Dreams

Having and remembering your dreams is one of the significant benefits of sleeping rarely quoted in the Western mindset outside of the realm of psychology.

People don’t know what to do with them. It’s a side effect of sleeping. Sometimes, that’s because they’re about things that make them feel uncomfortable for one reason or another, either because they forbid themselves from thinking certain thoughts or don’t immediately understand what their dreams are about. Dreams make them leery.

Another reason is they simply don’t remember their dreams. They’re so tired when they do sleep. They don’t spend much time in the sleep stages where they can remember much of their dreams.

This is unfortunate.

While nobody knows fully how or why we dream, the act can inspire your life. That’s why these aspirations for the future are called dreams!

By communicating with your subconscious mind, you learn what’s truly important to you, whatever phase it’s in.

The Subconscious

What is the subconscious mind? Simply defined in this context, it’s the part of your mind taking over when you’re asleep. 

Its opposite, your conscious mind, is in control when you’re awake. The conscious mind makes day-to-day decisions. It’s often rational, sometimes emotional.

The brain is the physical organ containing these minds. It’s not the mind itself. The subconscious weighs these experiences while you’re asleep. It’s thought the result of these thought patterns are dreams.

The mind has an even deeper level, the unconscious mind. This is the place it buries frightening thoughts. They’re the thoughts you don’t allow yourself to think because to think them makes you feel uncomfortable.

A variety of ideas can be stored there, depending on what you don’t like to confront. Some of the ideas are about what constitutes a threat to your safety. Others can be about what you don’t want to think of yourself. There are a lot of different things people don’t want to confront.

When you remember and journal your dreams, there’s no guarantee you don’t go that deep, all of the way into the unconscious mind, a level some people feel uncomfortable with. Sometimes you do. It’s better if you do, as long as these things aren’t bought out all at the same time to where they overwhelm your ability to cope with them. If you’re able to realize some things we repress aren’t necessarily shameful, that they’re normal, understandable, tough, or whatever, we can assign their appropriate level of importance to the point where we can process them and take what we need from them. We can move on, and they no longer can hurt us anymore.

If you’re game, if you’re willing, if you’re emotionally strong enough to go that deep into your psyche, you can benefit from remembering, journaling, and analyzing your dreams. 

Eleven Benefits of Dream Journaling

  1. You’ll gain inspiration for your life. Dreams have a way of underscoring what’s important to you. By understanding what matters and what’s truly important, you can get clarity. From clarity comes inspiration.
  2. You understand yourself better because you know what matters to you. Everyone has basic needs. They have to be fulfilled first, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You’re no different than anyone else. Once you get past that and into the esteem and self-actualization need level it can get confusing as you weigh your priorities and relationships.
  3. Understanding your dreams helps you understand the people who matter to you the most. It improves your closest relationships. You dream about these significant people frequently. Their thoughts, ideas, and being can get lost in the day-to-day crush of events and happenings. They’re complex individuals like you with not every yearning, thought, and idea clearly expressed. Your conscious mind might not notice what’s going on with them, but your subconscious often does. As it processes the events of the day, it can and often does let you know. In this instance, your dreams can serve pretty much the same purpose as an engine warning light on a car. A quick reflection on the dream lets you know: relationship maintenance required. This helps you from being blindsided. When it comes to significant relationships, the adage is never more true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  4. Dreams provide a filter to interpret the world, especially in times of uncertainty. Dreams communicate in a metaphorical language more subtle than verbal and written ones. When COVID-19 started developing into an epidemic, people began having dreams about it. Some of the dreams were frightening; some of the dreams were priority assigning. People who were able to get to the root of their concerns about the epidemic could cope with it more easily. What sacrifices were they going to be able to make to keep themselves and their family safe? How much social distancing and isolation should they practice? There were a lot of decisions to be made with frightening and unknown consequences. Unlike in the past, the media was of little help because it was click driven. There’s nothing to drive performance on the Internet like “click-bait” headlines. Dreams help one understand what’s important from the noise. The experiences surrounding COVID-19 are nothing new. Something similar happens frequently.
  5. Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. First, decide what you need. Yes, sleep is a way to refresh, but it’s also time to think. Eyes closed, your brain is left mostly to itself. On busy problem-filled days, it can be the only time you have to truly think. That’s probably why so much problem solving goes on when we’re sleeping. Dream journaling and analysis supercharges day-to-day creativity because, at its root, creativity is an effort to solve various problems. 
  6. While it’s not a feature of Western medicine, there’s a spiritual component to dream journaling and analysis. With experience and self-understanding, you’ll be more able to discern communication from your spirit guides. We’ll cover more on this aspect later in the chapter on guided dreaming.
  7. Not every achievement is the result of something you do. Sometimes you achieve by not making mistakes, by not losing. Dream journaling and analysis gives you a bird’s eye view of your life, sometimes calming you, letting you know when to be patient. 
  8. Having excellent recall of your dreams helps you avoid stress by giving you perspective. This, too, shall pass. When you’ve journaled your dreams for a while, you start to see a development in your character, even as an adult.
  9. The time you spend asleep is about one-third of your life going hand-in-hand with the other two thirds where you’re awake. One section shines a light on the other. It only makes sense you should know what’s going on in each.
  10. Dream journaling is a form of meditation. It’s probably an efficient way of gaining benefits without spending any time from something you’d be doing in any case. It hasn’t been directly studied as such yet. When it is, this list will undoubtedly grow much longer.

 

Dream journaling and analysis and the process of self-discovery is well worth your time and the minimal effort it takes – even for the most practical people there are. Read on and discover how by using the Dream Recovery System.

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Chapter 3

How To Remember and Journal Your Dreams

 

Everyone has dreams. You, too, will dream tonight. You dream every night, even if you usually don’t remember them.

The key to success with dream journaling is to be prepared. You’ll want to have a pen or pencil, something to write the dream on, and a band or some kind of memory device for one of your limbs. 

Every one of those objects has its purpose. Miss one of them, and your dream recall rate will suffer greatly, especially if you’re new to dream journaling.

The writing utensil and paper are useful for waking up and having something to write the dream down on. If you don’t note it right away, even if you make an effort to remember the major points of your dream during the night and go back to sleep, you’re likely to forget a lot of the details. This is especially if it’s a complicated dream with a lot of points and other details. The more parts of your dream you forget, the less you’ll benefit. Consequently, the less relevant to your life, the memory will be.

When sleeping, you’ll wear the memory device on a wrist opposite from where you wear your watch. Even if you don’t regularly wear a watch every day, wear the memory device opposite of where you’d wear a watch. This has the effect of allowing your body and mind to differentiate sleep from wakefulness.

If you wear other bracelets, take them off before going to bed.

Some products make dream journaling and sleeping nicer, and, perhaps, easier. For example, pens with lights in them, dedicated, bound dream journals, dim lights that clip on to bound dream journals, and sleep masks. They’re not absolutely necessary, though you may want to experiment with them. The above items are the basics.

Another key to dream journaling success is to have a routine. Try to go to bed and nearly the same time every night. When you delay sleep or go to bed early, you throw off a regular biological cycle known as the Circadian rhythm. It’s the 24-hour wake-rest cycle seen in people, animals, and plants. A routine can be changed, but change needs to happen mindfully while keeping this natural rhythm in mind to have the greatest chance of success.

The sleep cycle occurs in five stages, repeating about every 90 minutes. Many people wake up several times during the night, though not fully. 

Stage One

The breathing rate slows. You’re sleeping lightly. This continues for a few minutes.

Stage Two

The body relaxes some more. The body temperature drops a little. Breathing becomes more regular over the next 20-or-so minutes.

 

Stage Three

This is the first stage of deep sleep. It’s characterized by measurements taken by EEG machines. The measurements show a mixture of slow delta brainwaves combined with a mix of faster waves. If someone is awakened directly from Stage Three, they’re groggy.

Stage Four

This stage is the second stage of deep sleep. On EEG tracings, the waves are almost exclusively slow delta waves. When someone sleepwalks or talks in their sleep, they’re in either Stage Three or Four.

Stage Five

This stage is characterized by rapid eye movement (REM). Before entering this last stage, the sleeper moves back and forth through the other stages several times typically. Without enough time in Stages Three and Four, the sleeper doesn’t feel very refreshed. People spend about 25 percent of their time sleeping in this stage. It’s when they’re dreaming. In this stage, the heartbeat and respiratory rate slightly accelerate.

 

Studies show dreaming is necessary for sanity. Each step of the sleep cycle seems to be necessary, though it’s not completely clear why. For example, if REM sleep is interrupted for several nights, the sleeper will try to catch up by going to the REM stage much quicker than usual. This phenomenon is known as “REM Rebound.”

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The Dream Recovery System (10 Steps)

Now that you have the background as to how the Sleep Cycle works and the basic equipment needed as far as increasing your chances of success with dream journaling, it’s time to spell out the steps.

 

  1. When you lay down for bed, tell yourself you’re going to remember your dreams when you wake up. Tell yourself you have to write your dreams down. Visualize your dream journal. In your mind’s eye, see yourself writing and recording your dreams upon waking. It helps to have some kind of object present to remind you. People have used a variety of objects like a rubber band on the wrist or a piece of tape. You can even write yourself a note. The sooner you reorient, the more likely you are going to be able to remember the content of your dreams. A rubber bracelet can be snapped to wake you when you feel the will to write your dream slipping away. 

 

  1. Keep your dream diary someplace close. This can be under your bed; under your pillow; on the nightstand, or on the floor beside you. You want to be able to remember to reach for it and easily find it when you wake up. Use a paper journal, not a cell phone or computer. Don’t use a voice recorder either. Sometimes you’re going to have dreams with symbols, and you can’t record those symbols accurately.

 

  1. Prepare for writing when you waken. Have a pen or pencil handy along with a little nightlight. If it’s only a few words, you might be able to write clearly in the dark, provided you aim for the middle of the page and you’re not going to write very much text. A flashlight with a red lens is also nice to write with in the middle of the night. It depends on you and your sleeping situation. If you sleep with a partner, be kind and conscious of their need to sleep when recording your dream. Preparation allows you to begin writing immediately upon waking when you have the page you’re going to write on bookmarked, perhaps with the lighted pen. You don’t have to keep the light on when you’re using the pen.

 

  1. Upon waking, start writing by creating a short title for the dream. It can be as simple as one word, say, “Falling” or “Dogs.” A single word can help you focus your thoughts that are sometimes going to be disjointed. Don’t worry about the date. You can add it later. You can also title the dream then. As you build skill, you can write a few keywords about the dream and go back and finish writing it down when you’re done. The longer you wait, the less you’ll remember, so go back as soon as you can.

 

  1. If you don’t remember the dream or you don’t believe you had one, write “No Dream To Record” as the title. Date the entry. While this may be disappointing, it’s vital for developing the habit of using the Dream Recovery System. Be patient! Keeping a dream journal is a habit like so many other things. Habits take time to develop. Making sure to do this helps you develop the habit because your subconscious will start associating waking up with writing in your dream journal.

 

  1. Once you have the title, use the acronym PACTREPS to uncover critical details from the dream. Of course you can start reclaiming details from your dream before you start writing. These steps don’t have to be in exact order but each helps and is necessary in order to have the best chance for success. Details are the gold nuggets when it comes to dream journaling and analysis. They’re the key to understanding the dream. Dreams don’t always have a plot, and they often don’t make objective sense. That’s okay. Often the importance lies in the symbolism. It’s helpful to memorize this acronym and what it stands for. As a way of training yourself to have outstanding dream recall, write PACTREPS on the top of the first ten pages (or more) of your dream journal to prod yourself to probe your memory for the nebulous details that tend to slip below the surface. Next, inside the front cover of the spiral or leather-bound journal write what the acronym stands for. Alternately, in the shop on The Dream Recovery System, we have a dream journal trainer for sale that does this for you.

PACTREPS 

P = People — Were there any people in the dream? Did they do anything?

A = Animals — Were any animals prominently featured?

C = Colors — Were there any colors that stood out?

T = Modes of Transport — Was a journey involved?

R = Recurring — Did you ever have this dream or a similar one before?

E = Emotion — How did the dream make you feel emotionally?

P = Plot — Was there a plot to the dream? It’s okay if it didn’t make sense.

S = Setting & Sound — Where did the dream take place? Were there any sounds or songs playing?

This acronym isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of every possible thing that could occur to you in a dream. It doesn’t have to in order to work. An acronym doing that would be unwieldy. For example, it doesn’t ask about any possible objects you might have dreamed of. Its purpose is to job your memory. It works because it gives a framework to your recollections.

  1. Reflect. What did the dream mean to you? What did each particular or feature of the dream mean to you? It’s best if you determine this for yourself. The subconscious is inclined to speak in symbols. Only you know what those symbols mean.
  2. Be patient. This is a process of self-discovery. That takes time. A possible meaning to your dream might not occur to you right away. One Lakota medicine man named Black Elk famously puzzled over the meaning of a vision he had as a nine-year-old boy for the rest of his life. 
  3. If you are truly stuck, you can consult a dream dictionary or visit www.DreamRecoverySystem.com for dream analysis examples. There are also boards and websites where people offer to interpret your dreams. This step isn’t always particularly useful, but you may learn what other people think the symbols mean to them. If you’re from the same background or have some similar life experiences to the person who wrote the entries, it may have some bearing to your dream. Be patient. The meanings of dreams tend to clarify themselves eventually.
  4. Practice dream recall and write in your dream journal every time you go to sleep. Like anything, you’ll get better with practice. Record every dream you can. Sometimes dreams seem trivial right after you’ve had them. You can be writing them down, thinking to yourself about how stupid the dream was. Later, when you’re looking back over your dream diary, you can be blown away by the insight shown by that dream.

Each night’s sleep is a gift, an opportunity to understand and become enlighted about some aspect of our existance. It’s natural to not want to bother with the practice on some nights. Maybe you’re truly bored with the way your life is going and the last thing you want to do is think about something that’s so boring in any kind of detail. Maybe you feel like it’s too much work to go get your dream journal and pen from the other room when you lay down, having only remembered it when you’ve started to relax. Maybe it’s been a few nights in a row when all your dreams have been about one topic and you’re sick of that topic. Maybe you’re having some kind of difficulty at bedtime.

It’s okay to take a hiatus for a few days. This isn’t supposed to be a chore or an obligation. Be sure to come back to it after awhile.

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A Few Other Points

Paper is infinitely better than a computer for keeping a dream journal. Maintaining a dream journal online doesn’t work as well as keeping one in a notebook.

Sticking to an old fashioned spiral notebook can be counterintuitive in a day when we want to put everything online.

It’s difficult to draw on a website or in a phone app when you have to illustrate a symbol, cartoon, or drawing to show from your dream. Depending on who you are, the need to draw something can be quite common especially if you’re visually oriented. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” You should try to sketch out your dream when it seems easier than writing it out with words, even if you think you can’t draw well at all.

It’s also quicker to write a dream down in a notebook than to log onto a secure website and input a user name and password. Keeping it in a journal is also less disruptive to your sleep. It’s even better for personal security as long as you can conceal it from prying eyes. Recording descriptions of your dreams may work for some people, but they’re difficult to go back through unless you intend to write them down the next morning. Again, you have the disadvantage that you can’t illustrate any scene from your dream.

Furthermore, you’re more likely to wake up your bed partner by speaking into a recorder. Keeping your journal in a notebook also forces you to be more concise. Your interpretation is the best. However, if you want feedback on your dream, you’re free to share them on sites like DreamJournal.net and Reddit.com’s dream community. Some people really like to talk about their dreams to others. You’re under no obligation to do so, however. Dreams can be very personal.

If you’re worried about writing your dreams in a dream journal because somebody might read them, relax. Most people aren’t as interested in your thoughts as you might think. 

Nevertheless, most people won’t understand your entries the way you will. The symbol language of your dreams is your own personal communication system. 

If you need to keep your diary especially personal, try jotting a few points down to aid your memory. Then, when you have more privacy, reconstruct the entry fully later.

Sometimes your dreams will deal with sensitive material that can be misunderstood by others. You don’t want to make the material in your dream journal freely available to others. Due to them being different people, they might not understand all of the symbols in the same way you do. A misunderstanding could backfire on your relationship in many ways.

When you start dream journaling, if you’re like most people, you’ll be amazed at how your mind works. For example, I never knew how much music meant to me. My subconscious used lyrics and melodies symbolically to convey numerous ideas, in around a quarter of my dreams during a stretch of several months.

Your life experiences provide a palette of examples for your subconscious to utilize. When you start dream journaling, you’ll find it does so in ways often astounding.

Subliminal dream memory help

If after following these instructions carefully you still have difficulty remembering your dreams, try subliminal conditioning.

Subliminal recordings play motivating phrases at a sound level too low for the conscious mind to perceive. What this means is that you won’t hear the phrases consciously. Rather, you’ll hear them subconsciously. The “Remember Dreams” subliminal audiotape available from Real Subliminal features a number of motivating phrases.

  • I will be dreaming soon.
  • I am going to have a dream.
  • I am going to sleep and will be dreaming
  • I will have several dreams tonight
  • I always remember my dreams
  • I recall my dreams as soon as I awake
  • I consistently remember my dreams
  • Every day I remember my dreams in greater detail
  • I remember all the details of my dreams

This helps to train your mind to realize you will be dreaming soon and that you need to remember what happens.

Subliminal conditioning is a form of learning that bypasses the conscious mind. It’s effective when what’s required are a shift in your beliefs. It’s a form of self-hypnosis.

Dream journaling as a hobby

It makes sense to think about what makes a useful hobby.

Ideally, a hobby should be something that benefits your whole life.

There are a lot of possible hobbies.

Collecting rare items like art, automobiles, and comic books can be a way to increase your net worth.

If your hobby is running, that can help your physical fitness.

Sewing can build your sense of fashion and style and give you and your loved ones nice clothes to wear.

Dream journaling deserves to be considered as a hobby. It can give you a level of insight that you’ve never had before opening your mind to a greater reality.

It’s low cost. You can use a simple, spiral-bound notebook as your dream journal.

It’s practical. Dreams are based on the raw material that your life provides.

It encourages a healthy habit. Sleep is necessary to the proper functioning of your brain.

It can help you resolve quandaries with yourself that you wouldn’t be aware of without dream journaling. It’s absolutely possible to feel two ways about something at the same time.

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