Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
HOW TO REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS
TIPS FOR DREAM RECALL. You have to remember a dream before you can interpret it. Some people easily recall their dreams while others notice only a few. Whether you have trouble recalling dreams or want to remember more, here are a few ways to improve your dream recall.
Motivation.You dream nightly and if you have trouble with dream recall, you can change that. Enthusiasm starts the ball rolling. It can be as simple as priming the pump. Once you get excited about dream analysis, dreams begin to flow. A image becomes a snatch which becomes a dream, then or two or three. Be eager to remember your dreams. That tells your psyche you are ready to hear its messages.
Find Some Down Time For a Relaxed Sleep. If you have not worked with dreams before, finding a few minutes of quiet time each day to get in touch with your inner self can help forge a path to your psyche. Anything that helps unplug from intense daily activities will work such as meditation, music, nature, or a hobby. The opposite feelings like stress and intense emotions also create dreams. When stressed and anxious, at times dreams appear to provide answers or, like a digestion system, to process your feelings.
Get Enough Sleep. If you are overtired and sleep too little, you are less likely to remember a dream. Catching up on sleep during the weekend can be a great way to improve your dream recall.
Give Yourself a Presleep Suggestion. If you are new to dreams or having trouble with recall, tell yourself in a relaxed manner before falling asleep that you will remember your dreams. A presleep suggestion informs your psyche that you are ready to pay attention to dream messages. However, if the thought of using your dreams feels intense or scary, you may not be ready even if their messages are positive and helpful. There is no rush. Wait until the notion of understanding dreams feels comfortable.
Make It Easy.Keep a paper and pen handy. If you don’t have time to record the full dream, jot down the gist and add specifics later.
Notice What's On Your Mind As You GO TO SLEEP. The few minutes between being awake and falling asleep, as you begin to get groggy and less aware of your surroundings, is called the "hynogogic state". Notice what what you are thinking or feeling as you go to sleep. Dreams are responses to the feelings, thoughts and questions (direct or indirect questions) that are on your mind during the day, and as you go to sleep. Noticing what is on your mind will be the first clue, the next morning, about the topic of your dreams.
Find Your "I Feel Happy and Loved" Space. To facilitate falling into a peaceful sleep, fill your thoughts with the people and activities you love most, onces that make you feel loved and happy. A peaceful sleep can help dreams flow. Avoid thinking about problems and what makes you anxious which can interfere with falling asleep and the quality of your sleep. Though dreams also come through when stressed and anxious, their images and meaning are clearer when you remain relaxed.
Notice What's On Your Mind As You WAKE UP. The interval of a few minutes between sleep and waking up is called the "hypnopompic state". Some of your most creative thoughts and solutions arrive during this transition, pre-waking time, so pay attention. Even if you don’t remember a dream, notice how you feel and what's on your mind as you wake up. As you notice those feelings and thoughts, a dream may come back to you unexpectedly. Savor the dream and go over what you remember. You may go on to remember other scenes or whole dreams. Once you have anchored the remembered dream by reviewing it, it’s time to write it down.
Relax as You Awake Up. As you dream, the major muscles of your body are immobile, which is why sudden movements like jumping out of bed immediately tend to interfere with dream recall. Lie still for a moment and get your bearings. As your thoughts inch into awareness, take a breath. A dream wisp may unfold.
A Journey from Pictures to Words. The mind jumps through a nightly hoop as it makes a transition words to images when you fall asleep, and then again from images back again to words as you wake up. Take a few seconds to savor any images that emerge as you are waking up. It helps to bridge the gap.
Leaving a Peaceful Oasis. As you awake up, if often feels as if you are exiting a lovely oasis of peace for body, mind and soul. For most people, sleep is a nightly green pasture in life’s desert of challenge and confusion, and some mornings may beckon you to linger a while longer. Make it a priority to get enough sleep. Waking up is easier when you feel refreshed. Alas, no matter how pleasant sleep may feel, life beckons and brings its own joys, including the joy of overcoming daily challenges with the help of your dreams.
Record Something. If you do not recall a dream when first starting out, note feelings, ideas, or thoughts that hover as you wake up. These may be remnants of a dream message, and recording them can help with future recall.
Apply What You Get. Once you have a dream and you zero in on its meaning, apply the message. Like taking advice from a good friend, dream advice keeps coming if you listen to it.
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