When I was a kid I used to have fantastic dreams and my favorite was when I got to fly in them. As I got older though I found that I could not recall them as easy when I got up in the mornings. Now though I am working on improving that skill and would like to share with you today the simple steps I learned on how to remember dreams.
Why Bother Remembering Your Dreams?
First off, why would you want to remember your dreams? Sometimes they can be scary or just have things in them that we would rather avoid, but there is a good reason too. There is so much that you can learn from your dreams and they often play a vital role in helping us deal with the stress of life.
Dreams for the most part often do not make a lot of sense. Things in your dream world are often very different from the real world, for example I often dream of our camp in the mountains though it is never the same as it is in real life.
Another important note with dreams is that often you may not understand why at the time, but later on with hindsight you realize how important it was. Dreams can often help foretell important moments in our life or to help us with important decisions. In many ways they can be the road signs that help direct us through life.
In my experience the most important step in learning how to remember your dreams is to set the intention of doing so. Much like we set the intention to wake up with our alarm clocks in the morning, we can do the same for dreaming.
It is important to remember that this is a skill and just like any other skill out there, you need to work at it and develop it. Just setting the intent is not going to make you a dream recalling expert right off the bat.
In light of that I would advise to set your intentions in a step like pattern. So first start with the simple intention of just remembering that you were dreaming. Then build up to the intention to remember what you dreamed about. From there you can continue to build if you would like to explore things like Lucid Dreaming.
The Importance of Writing Them Down
Keeping a dream journal helps in a variety of ways, from helping set your intent to figuring out the meaning of them. Writing down the dream itself can also be an important tool in remembering the finer details as well. There is a certain power in writing things down that really helps most of us with the experience.
- Back to Intent: Having the journal at your bedside with a pen ready to write is telling your mind that you want to remember your dreams so that you can write them down. These two things go very hand in hand with each other.
- Finding Meaning: Once your dreams are written down and you can review them, you will start to see patterns or synchronicities that will help you to understand the things that are going on in your life.
- The Finer Details: When you first wake up dream memories are fresh but will quickly dissipate as the day goes on. While writing them down I have often found that I tend to remember more of the dream. This just goes to show that as soon as we wake up our dreams begin to evaporate, thus why it is important to chronicle them.
I would like to share with you an overview of something that happened in my life, the dreams that followed and now looking back with hindsight, how it all fit together:
Several years ago during the fall, my wife and I bought a fire bowl for the back yard as the neighbors and us had talked about doing it a lot over the previous winter. For whatever the reasons where this ended up causing a rift between us and our neighbor lady that lasted through the coming winter.
During this winter was when I first chronicled my dreams and in looking back I can see where I had several dreams where I was talking to her to resolve the issue so that we could move forward as friends again. From arguments, to just being able to feel the friction, to being discussing wanting to be friends again, all the dreams were there.
When spring and the warm weather broke in that next year the kids started playing outside more and our two little girls were best of friends. That helped bring us back together and we were able to bury the hatchet and move on in life as friends.
By writing down my dreams I was able to track various ones to this situation and in the dreams I saw the relationship healing and that really helped me to move on with the situation. Looking back now I am half amazed at how often that theme popped up over that winter in my dreams and I am thankful that the end result came to fruition and that we are friends again.
Online Course Available
We all learn by different methods and I know I tend to be a very hands on type of learner. I want to do it until I can learn it and do it right. Others want to take notes and study, some just pay attention and apply the lessons they learn and so forth.
In light of that I would like to recommend an online course, How to Remember Your Dreams, provided by Udemy. They have a ton of different courses available for all kinds of different things. I and several of my friends have enjoyed the courses from them as they are generally pretty affordable and provide excellent information on the topic of interest.
Please Share What Works for You
Before you go today I would ask that you please share with us what methods you have used successfully in your life to help remember your dreams and or what journaling your dreams has helped you with. The more we share the better the picture we will all have and the better that we can all learn.
If you have any other questions, concerns or general comments please feel free to share them in the comment section as well or shoot me an email.
Lastly, if you enjoyed this article here are several others that tie in very well with the subject:
- Spiritual Journaling – The Power of Writing Things Down
- Learn How to Trust Your Intuition Using Hindsight
- How to Be Happy in Life – The Power of Living with Intent
- Even Little Steps Are Progress
- Everything Happens for a Reason
Thank you for stopping by today I hoped that I was able to shed some light on life for you and to provide some new perspective. Please stop back by another day and say hi!
James W D