Keeping a Dream Journal

In order to do meaningful dream work, you’ll need to keep a dream journal. The following tips will help you get started.

  1. Buy or create a dream journal that is pleasing to you and easy to use. The journal should be of a size to fit on the shelf or table by your bed so you can conveniently write in it.
  2. Have a light source available, bright enough so you can see what you are writing but not so bright as to wake you up fully or disturb anyone sleeping in the room with you.
  3. Before lying down, put the date at the top of the page and write a sentence or two about what went on in your life that day. This provides a context for later understanding the dreams you remember.
  4. When you wake up remembering a dream, write it down as though it is happening right then. In other words, use the present tense. This tends to increase dream recall and helps bring the dream to life.
  5. Give each dream a title. A title helps you remember the dream later. Coming up with a title can also trigger an understanding of the dream.
  6. Leave a space after each dream so you can later write down ideas of what the dream might be about.

Set aside about 15 minutes once or twice a week to look over your dreams and jot down patterns or themes that emerge.

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