Dreams can be a tool for understanding the messages the soul is communicating to the conscious mind. Sometimes these messages are clear and easy to interpret. Other times they are confused and hard to understand. And then there is the difficulty remembering them!
I have always enjoyed insights my dreams provide, but I have not always listened to them. When I do not focus on remembering my dreams, they seem to go quiet, or become like ghosts, impossible to pin down. Here are some tips I have found useful when restarting my dream recollection practice:
- Stock your bedside table with a book light, journal and writing utensil (I like to have at least 2 on hand in case the lead breaks or the ink runs out). I prefer a book light to my phone or bedside lamp because the light is softer.
- As soon as you wake up from a dream, write it down. For whatever reason, our brains to not seem to shuffle dreams into our memory so grab those illusive dreams as soon as you remember them or you will lose them. If time is short, note the key elements of the dream. This should be enough to bring back the dream in fuller detail later.
- Get plenty of sleep. Being rested makes it easier to take time in the night to write a dream down. Also, the longer you sleep, the longer and closer together the stretches of dreamtime are. This explains why so many of the most intense dreams seem to happen in the morning.
- Before going to sleep, remind yourself either out loud, by writing in your journal, or saying silently to yourself “I will wake up and recall my dreams”
- Once you start remembering your dreams regularly, it is possible you will recall several dreams each night. If you do not want to record them all, choose those that felt the most intense.
- Finally, once you start remembering your dreams regularly, experiment with asking your dream state to address particular issues you are having and see what happens. You may be surprised at what you dream up!
Working with Your Dreams
Interested in ideas on working with your dream symbols and stories? You will find my suggestions here.