It is a documented fact that most people forget a huge chunk of their dreams. The exact point in time when one forgets a dream may not be known, but the obvious observation is had dreams been recorded, little trouble would be met in trying to remember the dreams. This article shed more light on how to keep a dream journal.
Dream journaling is fast gaining ground as a laudable way of maintaining dream accuracy, legitimacy and sequencing. The bottom line is that dream journals are— to a huge extent— an antidote to dream forgetfulness, besides enabling an individual to track the sequence of dreams over a period of time.
Recording as an Art Needs Patience
Recording dreams in dream journals is an art that can be acquired and perfected over time. You need to hone your skills in certain ways so as to be able to keep a dream journal worth the read of any average third party or yourself. To begin with, to keep a dream journal, you need to be patient. Hurried recording a dream instills fear and accelerates the rate of erring. Erring in recording, needless to say, leads to erroneous dream interpretation and consequently wrong meanings rendered.
Invest in Equipment
In addition, it is recommended that one makes an investment in a good journal, pen, audio and or even audiovisual recording equipment. The idea is to make the recording exercise as enjoyable as possible without the slightest indication of error. The inclusion of audio or audiovisual recording equipment may serve the purpose of first recoding— as though reporting, the series of events and the ensuing succession of images. Writing in the journal follows later on. This is more appropriate, for example, if one wakes up and feels like not immediately writing down the dream. The journal, pen and other equipment must be kept by the bedside for ease of access.
It is also worth noting that room lighting in important in recording dreams. Immediately after one awakes, it is inadvisable to immediately switch on light. Let the status quo remain up to the time you feel fully awake and consciously feel you need light. This helps you to keep the startling suddenness of light that triggers unnecessary apprehension and forgetfulness at bay. You may even opt to record your dream (s) in the morning.
In order to keep a good dream journal, care should be taken at the time of recording so that no judgment or attempt of interpretation/ analysis is made. This, however may not include a quick conclusion on the possible rendering of a dream. Only pay attention to the details of the dream. For example, enumerate or describe the scenes, coloration, characters and emotions you can remember. It is essential that every noticeable issue is recorded because it may bear some symbolism.
Further, to keep a good dream journal requires consistency. The process has to be repeated as often as a person dreams. Make it a habit. The beauty of executing the recording plan consistently is that it will eventually stick. When that happens, it is possible that the process of dream interpretation and analysis may be easier owing to the likelihood that certain patterns, symbols and symbols may be perceivable in recurring dreams.
Finally, a good recording plan ought to include titles given to individual dreams. It is interesting to note that dream titles can challenge a person to consider other aspects of the dream that would previously suffice as unnecessary. Possibly, give a dream a title the first title that pops into mind— although this can later be relooked at during revision or rereading. The idea is to curtail any disruptions to the thought process during remembrance of a dream.
Good and recommended dream journaling should be elaborately based on the concept of recording as a principle of aiding memory. As a result, an investment should be made on the choice of books, pens and other equipment needed to make the process as flawless as possible. It also defines the ease with which dream journaling can be achieved and eventually contributes to better analysis and interpretation procedures.
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