… many things. And now, I have a record of some of them.
I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up, but I’ve started an experiment which has proven to be very useful, fruitful, and interesting. I’ve started keeping a dream journal.
Here’s how it works:
When I wake from a dream, I have a pen and composition notebook beside the bed on the night table. I turn on the light and even though I can’t see worth a darn I start writing down anything I can remember. Usually, if there’s enough significant impact for me to remember the dream, I can recall quite a bit. There are details, and images, but also my impressions and any thoughts or interpretations I may have. My dreams most easily remembered, of course, are those immediately before waking, but I’ve done some good recall of others as well. It’s been really interesting.
And the more I do it, the easier the recall is becoming. I heard this was the case when I first found out about dream journals. Practice remembering the dream’s details will make it easier to capture them. Working out for the dream recall, I suppose.
There’s nothing in there I can use as a story yet, but I have a feeling eventually there will be. And I suspect later I’ll find things which seem obvious to me that aren’t now. I know the subconscious speaks to the conscious mind in dreams, so I’ll be watching for repeated symbols and things like that. I’ve found one (it was blatant, but still, I found it; that’s progress for me). So now, I just have to figure out a shorthand method of recording them. If I don’t I’m spending anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour writing them down.
But at least I can do that from bed. With my computer I’d have to get up.
How ‘bout you? Anyone out there kept a dream diary or journal before? What’d you learn? How long did you keep it up?
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