The more dreams remembered, the more content a person has to work on to start making sense of and analysing their dreams. One way to do this is to keep a dream diary.
Your Dreams and Keeping a Dream Diary
Dreams should be recorded in a dream diary the moment the dreamer awakens. The reason for this is that the details are recorded while still fresh in the mind. Also it is surprising how quickly dreams can be forgotten. Even if they are recalled vividly first thing in the morning, daily routines can often wipe the dream from the memory.
Be firm with yourself and keep up this habit of recording your dreams. It will take a degree of discipline. Initial enthusiasm can mean two or three weeks of dream entries but by the fourth week, distractions can lead to the exercise fading to almost nothing. To be serious about analysing dreams, be committed in your attempts to record them.
Psychic Dreams and Dream Meanings
A dream diary can show how innermost thoughts and feelings have altered over time. It will reveal the dreamer’s true reactions to the development and outcome of situations. If a dream might seem prophetic, the dream diary will become your own proof of this.
Keeping a Dream diary is nothing new. There are many published diaries devoted specifically to dreams such as:
The writer Graham Greene’s A World of My Own: A Dream Diary. The actress and author Nancy Price’s Acquainted with the Night: A Book of Dreams and Singer-songwriter Henry Rollins 61 Dreams, a section at the end of his book, “Black Coffee Blues.”
Dream Symbols and Keeping a Dream Diary
Include in your dream diary:
- Content of the dream – events as they happenned
- People in the dream – make a note of everyone, even those characters you don’t recognise. If they remind you of someone, note this down. Describe everything you recall about them.
- Theme of dream – What was general plot? Were you a participant or an observer?
- Atmosphere/Environment of dream – Was it light, bright, dark or eerie? Did the dream take place on land, sea, another planet? Note colours and mood. Did you recognise the scenery, was it a mix of places visited?
- Emotional Responses – Make a special note of your emotional responses to the dream and how you felt on waking.
Don’t forget to date the dreams as you can then compare dreams with what is going on in your life at the time and this might give a clue as to their interpretations. Remember too, the more details recalled, the more you have to work with when trying to understand the meaning of your dreams.
Keeping a dream diary and seeing how they change and develop over a period of time can help you start making sense of your dreams.
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