6 Effective Dream Journaling Techniques
Do you remember your dreams? Often times, dream recall is the first step to recognizing patterns and symbols that can guide us in our waking moments. In addition to this, the more you are familiar with your dreamscape the more likely you find yourself lucid. This is only the beginning of linking your dream life to your waking life. What do you want your reality to look like after all? Dream journaling might serve as the space to script that answer out.
If you aren’t utilizing the powers of dream journaling, then these tips will help you get started. Not only does dream journaling increase your ability to lucid dream, but it helps in bringing out your intuitive voice. It’s the voice that speaks to you when there isn’t a sound distracting you from it and it is important you cultivate your relationship with it.
Get a dream journal
This is where you start! You might find it helpful to dedicate a specific journal to recording your dreams to prevent different realities from mixing with one another. Keep you regular journal separate. By doing this you create a specific space for reference and growth.
Keep your journal nearby whether it be on the nightstand or underneath your pillow. The closer it is the easier it is to write without distraction. We all know how a dream can fade and the longer you take to write it down, the more fragmented it will become. Dream journaling should be done as soon as you wake.
Dedicate 5-10 minutes
You might want to adjust your alarm clock settings here so adjust your schedule. If you’re just starting out, give yourself 5-10 minutes where you can write in peace. This prevents feelings of having to rush it all out or skip it entirely because you have to get the day started. Besides, it’s better to have a nice slow start in the morning anyway.
Write in the present tense
This is important. Writing in the present tense keeps you that much closer to the dream than if you were to write in the past tense. Instead of saying, “I was walking and I saw a butterfly” you can say, “I’m walking and there is a blue butterfly fluttering its wings leading me to a path.” Dream journaling in the present tense you also open up the door to remembering more details than if you were to write as if the event has come and gone.
Add doodles or sketches
Make your dream journal a portal for the world you experience at night. Bring it life by adding a doodle of the butterfly you saw. This has a similar effect as writing in the present tense where you remember more details. Maybe you’ll remember a distinct feature on the butterfly’s wings or something else. Even more importantly, allow yourself to have fun with dream journaling!
Date and title your entry
By dating your entry you are able to have a point of reference. As you continue to journal you’ll record patterns in symbols and events. When you go back through entries, certain things will stick out to you that you might have missed. A bonus here is looking at entries from your dream journal along with your regular journal. You’ll notice the hints your intuition was showing you in regard to certain opportunities, issues, etc… As you improve you’ll automatically pick up on things naturally because the relationship you have with your intuition will be deeply cultivated.
These are just some of the many ways in which you can begin lucid dreaming
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