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How to Keep a Dream Journal

How to Keep a Dream Journal

Want to get to know your Self better? Want to find solutions to your problems that feel right to your heart and spirit, not just your mind? Want your life to feel more fascinating and meaningful? Dreams can help you do it all!

But to engage in the magical world of dreams, you need a handbook. That handbook is your dream journal, and your dreaming self is the author of it.

Here are the easy steps to keeping a record of your dreams so you can embark on the nightly adventures of a lifetime.

Your dream journal is completely unique, private, and personal. To get the most out of the practice of recording your dreams in a journal, you should use it every day. Even if you do not remember your dreams at first, being prepared to record them is essential. Before long, you’ll be able to grab your journal and pen immediately upon waking and dash out more and more detailed images.

Here are the Daily Guidelines. Include some or all of them to help you remember your dreams:

First reaction
Basic storyline

What was the mood or atmosphere of the dream?
Who was in the dream?
Where were these people?
When did this dream take place?
What sounds do I remember?
What colors do I remember?
What smells do I remember?

How did this dream make me feel?
What do these emotions mean to me at this time in my life?
How does this dream relate to any previous dreams?
Is this a dream prompted by something that happened recently?
What is my interpretation?
What remains to be interpreted?

Read more: Spirit, Self-Help

Adapted from How to Keep a Dream Journal, by Diana Rosen (Storey Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Diana Rosen. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from How to Keep a Dream Journal, by Diana Rosen (Storey Books, 2002).

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3:01AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Thank you for this.

Everybody should try it! So many brush off their dreams. We sleep nearly a third of our lives. I say that knowing, exploring, and understanding what happens during that time is not a waste of time and is very important.

5:50AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

I have been writing down all my dreams that I remember, for about three years now. Very interesting to read them again.
I only would love to know what they mean, because there are many things that happen over and over again in my dreams and I have no idea why.

5:45AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Not a bad idea to keep a journal, whether dream journal or not. Jotting things on paper can be beneficial to us in many ways. These written snippets can help us find solutions, understand ourselves or others or events, and create stories.

7:57AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:16AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Given that half my dreams i can't remember and the other half offer no refuge from life's disappointments...well i guess there's no point in having a dream journal. Maybe a drawer filled with anti-depressants instead!!!!

4:21AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Very interesting article

10:41PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thank you :)

3:06AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

So useful and creative, to have a dream journal!!

2:57PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Nice and interesting

4:09AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


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