Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
HOW TO RECORD YOUR NIGHTLY DREAMS
KEEPING A RECORD OF A DREAMis the first step to understanding your dream message. As you write a dream down in a notebook or a computer, setting down the words and which words you select brings out meanings and fresh surprises about the dream, of which you were not previously aware.
HINT: Notice what is on your mind and in your feelings as you fall asleep - that is a likely the topic of a dream. Notice what is going through your head as you wake up, which can be an important part of the dream message.
1. GET A NOTEBOOK. Writing dreams down is a good first step to make them concrete. The words you pick as you write a dream down often gives interesting insights. Having a written record on computer or in a dream book allows you to review dreams later and see the big picture of your own psychological patterns.
Some people suggest keeping a notebook beside your bed so that if you wake up during the night, you can record a dream. I do this, but with a slight difference. As I fall asleep I suggest to myself to remember my dreams just before waking, unless it is a dream that will not be repeated later. Without this kind of instruction, you may wake up often and get too little sleep. Dreams as stories are generally repeated through the night, like making rough drafts of a term paper. The last version as you are close to waking is likely the clearest one so it is okay just plug into the last batch. With programmed instruction, you can have both sleep and dream time.
However, if you have trouble with recall, waking up for each dream at first may be better a better plan, at least initially. Do what works best for you. To some extent, your psyche is like a computer and can be programmed and interacted with, as suits you best.
2. RELAX & UNWIND.Take a few minutes before going to sleep to unwind. Get in touch with the quiet, relaxed part of yourself which is the connection to your unconscious and soul self. We lead two lives: the outer, role‑oriented one such as your role as spouse, friend and career roles. Three is a second, inner life which consists of feelings, thoughts and reactions. Every day, as you carry out the outer roles, you experience the inner at the same time as private thoughts, feelings, reactions, perceptions and more. Relaxation before bedtime allows the psyche to shift gears from the outer to the inner life and prepares your to communicate with the unconscious via your dreams.
3. NOTICE WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND. As you doze off, notice what thoughts, ideas, feelings, hopes, questions, decisions, and relationships are going through your mind. Dreams mostly deal with whatever your attention is on during waking hours, which is the content of your presleep thoughts. By taking a quick look at what is on your mind, you see what your dreams will be about when you wake up in the morning.
Once you feel a rapport with your psyche, you can ask yourself a question stated clearly and simply, that your dreams will answer. This is a technique called "Dream Incubation" which the Greeks and North American Indians used. Your dreams will always answer a question, for the psyche is naturally set up to want to dialogue via dreams and problem solving with you is the default stance of the unconscious.
4. TELL YOURSELF TO REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS. As you fall asleep, peacefully tell yourself: "I will remember my dreams tonight". This establishes the mind set or attention cue that any activity requires. Because of my philosophy that life is a spiritual journey, I also say a prayer, asking for guidance to come through where I need it most, in a form I'll understand and remember clearly. Then I put myself in the hands of the Almighty for the night.
5. WAKE UP COMFORTABLY. It is important to get a good night’s sleep to remember dreams. At times when you get less sleep, dream recall may temporarily disappear. That is nothing to worry about because dream recall will bounce back, like an elastic, the next time you get more sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
As part of waking up comfortably, if you use an alarm clock, find one with a sound that is not too loud or jarring. Loud noises tend to wake you too abruptly and lose contact with the unconscious which interferes with dream recall. Once that contact is broken, it is hard to remember a dream even you know you were dreaming. Wake up gently, if possible.
Before I used dream interpretation, I was half‑dazed and grumpy for the first hour or two every morning. Dreams allowed me to become in tune with myself, so now, most days I wake up with zest and a sense of peace, and look forward to the day.
Though I set my alarm, I wake up five to fifteen minutes before it rings, even for a new wake‑up time. Your unconscious hears and notes your thoughts and intentions, so you can program yourself to wake up in your comfort zone.
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