Keeping a Dream Diary

The first and most important thing you can do to improve your dream recall is to keep a dream diary.

You should write down everything you remember from your dreams each night. This can sometimes be a time-consuming process, but don't put it off until later in the day. Keep your diary right next to your bed so you can write in it as soon as you awaken from a dream. If you are in a hurry in the mornings, just make notes concerning your dreams, try to include details such as feelings and colours, and then go back and write out the entire dream at a later time (do this at night when you come home, or take your diary to school or work). It is crucial, however, to get something concerning your dream down on paper as soon as you wake up. You may think that you will remember your dream, but by midday it could become just a foggy recollection.

It is a time commitment to write down your dreams, but if you don't do it, you will have nothing to work with for the later exercises. Make dream recording a part of your daily routine, and dreaming will come into your hands a thousand times more easily.

You should write down the date and, if possible, the time of each dream you record for later reference. Some people like to title their dreams and include them in a table of contents. You may want to leave a margin on the side of your description to add notes that occur to you later. If you are artistically inclined, or learn visually, it may be beneficial to you to include sketches of dream places, characters, or objects. The setup of your journal is a completely personal choice. There is no right or wrong way to do it; the important thing is to record as many dreams as possible.

Recording our dreams helps us to pay attention to the dreams we are able to recall, and establishes a daily routine that moulds the idea of dreaming into our lives. When we perform actions that cause us to think of dreams during the day, it helps us to "remember to remember" our dreams at night. You should keep a dream diary until you are able to consistently recall at least 1 dream one per night before attempting to induce a lucid dream. After all how will you know if you’re having lucid dreams or not if you can’t remember your dreams!

 

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