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Six Ways To Remember Dreams
THE BASICS OF DREAM RECALL
If you don’t know the right techniques it can be very frustrating trying to recall dreams. Not only do most people never remember most dreams, the ones they remember can easily slip away and evaporate. However, with a little guidance and effort, you will soon remember more dreams than you know what to do with. The techniques will be explained in detail later, first consider the basic steps that will empower you to remember your dreams.
These simple recall methods will be discussed in detail soon:
1 BE PREPARED: Before you go to sleep make sure you have a pen and paper within easy reach by your bed. When you awake, whether in the night or in the morning, jot something down. Even writing “I don’t remember anything this morning” will do, but a more positive statement such as “I will remember my dream at the next opportunity” is much better. The important thing is to establish a habit of dream recall and to train yourself to remember your dreams. Your intention to have a dream and make an effort to remember it in itself will help you to recall dreams.
2 CONTEMPLATE YOUR DAY: When you go to bed, relax your body and think about the day’s events in reverse order. This is a technique will teach you how to reflect and can itself be very relaxing. It will also help you remember your dreams. For example, ask yourself questions such as: “How did I get ready for bed?” “What was I doing just before going to bed?” “What did I watch on TV this evening?” “What was it like coming home from work?” “What did I do at work?” The events of the day will start to unfold naturally and you may fell like you are watching a videotape recording. Finally, you will reach the point where you woke up in the morning. Can you go back just that little bit further and remember what you were dreaming?
3 PROGRAM YOUR UNCONSCIOUS: As you get close to falling asleep, repeat, “When I wake up, I will remember my dream.” The unconscious and the memory are influenced by repetition. You may think you sound stupid but actually saying the words aloud reinforces this inner command. Some authorities recommend that a physical “trigger” along with the verbal suggestion often helps. Again, try pressing your thumb against each finger as you say each word of the suggestion.
4 DON’T JUMP STRAIGHT OUT OF BED: When you wake up in the morning, lie still. Relax your body and let your mind drift. With practice, you can easily hover between waking and dreaming without falling back to sleep. Remind yourself that you want to remember your dream. You may prefer to keep your eyes closed or look at something bland such as the sheets close you your face. Whatever you do, don’t start running through lists of what you have to do during the day. If you do, your dream will evaporate immediately.
5 WRITE, WRITE… WRITE: Most dreams are forgotten within 10 minutes so start scribbling as soon as you remember the first snippet of a dream. Write down whatever you remember immediately so you’re not trying to remember that material while trying to recall new material. Do it as it comes to you or you will forget what came a few seconds earlier. Don’t give yourself a chance to forget. If you prefer, review the parts of your dream in your mind once or twice before recording them on paper. Work whichever way best suits you, but act quickly.
6 TELL SOMEONE: It is surprising how many extra details surface if you talk about your dream. Someone you can trust may even be able to help you with the interpretation. In most tribal societies it was a tradition to share your dreams with other members of the tribe.