Dream Journal How To
Keeping a dream journal is a powerful tool to get a glimpse into your subconscious. For thousands of years people have searched for meaning to their often unusual dreams. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud looked to dreams to explain motivations, while other psychologists feel that it is the mind's way of solving problems that one can't solve in real life. Whatever the reason for dreams, journaling them is sure to shed light on different parts of your life.
The value of your dreams simply can't be discounted. Amazing books like Frankenstein and screenplays like The Terminator originated in dreams. Paul McCartney's song “Yesterday” came from his dreams. Einstein's theory of relativity sprung from a dream. The chemical benzene was discovered thanks to a dream. The sewing machine was invented because of a dream. Who knows what is waiting in your subconscious? A dream journal can help you unlock it.
Why Keep a Dream Journal
- Keeping a dream journal can help to demystify your dreams.
- It helps to improve the recall of your dreams.
- By journaling the stories of your dreams, you may find a solution to a problem, a different way of looking at a situation, or an undiscovered creative side of yourself.
- Dream journaling can also be useful from a psychological point of view.
- By keeping a dream journal, you can harness the power of lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming, and can take an active part in turning a scary dream into a fantasy.
Dream Journal Tips
- Leave an electronic device close to your bed, so you can record your dreams as soon as you wake up. By noting them right away upon waking, you get more vivid details, and don't forget anything.
- Include your personal reflections of the dreams.
- Delve into the details of your dreams, examining the symbolism behind the objects found in your dreams.
- Tag your journal entries according to categories. This will allow you to see how often you have dreams about the same things.
- Make note of how often you dream, and what you were doing in the day prior to each dream.