“The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul.” – C G Jung
Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming you are just forgetting. You are actually dreaming anywhere from one to two hours every night. The issue is we forget 90% of our dreams within five minutes of waking up. However, you can actually make a choice to remember your dreams and to remember them in detail.. The steps are simple but require effort and commitment.
Before going to sleep take the time to clear your mind. Then set the intention that you will remember your dream upon waking. It helps to make a mental affirmation reminding yourself that dream recollection will benefit your waking life.
Stick to a sleep schedule and always keep a journal, pen, or even an audio recorder by your bed that you can access with little effort. The idea is to avoid jumping out of bed the moment you wake. Instead remain still, eyes closed, and allow yourself the space to feel the dream. Then record what you remember, even if it is just an image. Don’t worry about format or style, simply focus on recording the details. You might even find that drawing a picture is the best way to express an aspect of the dream, In the beginning, I found holding these four questions in mind helpful:
- What was the key image in the dream?
- What was the feeling?
- Where was the dream located?
- What situation in my waking life does this dream remind me of?
The most important factor in remembering your dreams is the desire to have them. Once you start remembering make it a habit to read the dreams you recorded the previous night before bed. This strengthens your connection to your dream memory. Then, relax and remind yourself that you will remember your dreams when you awaken. Do this every night and you will remember,