NEVER FORGET A DREAM:
Before we can work with our dreams, we firstly need to learn how to remember them. A simple technique is to set your alarm clock a little earlier than usual. This may interrupt a period of REM sleep and you are more likely to recall a dream. Some authorities claim that many people unconsciously wake themselves at a time when they are not dreaming, because they want to repress what their dreams are revealing. It has also been shown that you are more likely to remember dreams if you are keen to have them. The fact that you are reading this book will increase the likelihood that you will have more dreams- or so it seems. In reality, you are only becoming aware of the rich dream life you already have. The difference is that now you are learning to take notice and remember them.
Another technique is to drink a large glass of water before you go to bed. You’re likely to wake up during the night wanting the bathroom. By doing this you may interrupt a REM period and thereby recall a dream. I’ve tried the method and it works but apart from being uncomfortable, I invariably wake to find that I’ve been dreaming of trying to find a toilet!
Keep A Dream Diary for better Dream Recollection
If you enjoy the whole process of dreaming and take pleasure in catching a dream before it fades into obscurity then you are much more likely to improve your dream recall
skill. The best method of all is to write your dream down. You can read detailed instructions of how to keep a special dream diary. I strongly advise that you do this, as it is by far the best method to remember a dream. In time, you will treasure your dream diary and realise that the inner events it logs are as important as the story of your worldly life. Your dream diary is a permanent record of your spiritual development, reveals your hidden potential, offers solutions to problems and gives insights to enable you to become a better person.
Record & Recollect Your Dreams
Some people prefer to record their dreams onto cassette but, apart from being expensive if you keep them, this method denies you the opportunity to quickly referring to past dreams and compare similarities when making an interpretation. However talking about your dreams to someone will greatly help your recall. As you describe your dream, you are likely to be reminded of snippets that you had completely forgotten. Also, sharing dreams with a friend may help you with your interpretation of the dream’s symbolism.
You can also talk to yourself about your dreams. Before you go to sleep, say to yourself “Tonight I WILL recall a dream”. This will programme your mind to remember and is an effective and proven method to trigger dream recall. In the morning, your first thoughts are likely to be about your dream. As with most dream techniques perseverance brings success.
If you still have difficulty remembering any dreams I suggest you try a method devised by Dr Fritz Perls who is the father of Gestalt therapy. Imagine that your dream is a person sat on a chair opposite you. Then ask the invisible dream person “Why can’t I remember you.” Next, listen to your own inner voice. What does it tell you? The same technique can be used to help you understand a dream’s meaning. Again, you imagine the dream is a person sat in a chair opposite you but this time you cross-examine it about its meaning.
For many years, before becoming a Spiritualist medium and author, I was an artist. Art can be a wonderfully pleasurable way to work with dream recall. Simple sketches and doodles are best. Scribble a picture of something glimpsed from your dream and soon you’ll be frantically trying to get down all the other dream images that flood your mind. You can make a dedicated dream sketchbook or include your material in your dream diary. The Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Rene Magritte were masters at painting dreams but so were some psychologists. For example, the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung painted some beautiful pictures of the images from his dreams in a book he made that was reminiscent of a Celto-Saxon illuminated manuscript. His ‘Red Book’ included his dream guide Philemon, a mysterious representation of the tree of life and some beautifully executed mandalas.
If you still find that you cannot remember your dreams do not become overtly anxious. The more desperately we try to grasp the details of a dream the more it alludes us. Instead, take your time waking up in the morning. Allow yourself to float between sleep and waking for a few moments and take time to contemplate what dreams you may have had. Think about the dream for a while before you record it. And start with just a few very notes that can trigger a more detailed recall later.
I sometimes make a simple ‘mind map’ of keywords associated with the dream. These are ringed and linked together. For example, supposing I dream of a station. I write this word down, draw a circle around it and draw lines to other key words such as where the train was going, who I saw, what the atmosphere was like etc. Next I’ll go back to each individual symbol and expand this i.e. the man I saw on the station, what was he like, did he remind me of anyone, what was he wearing etc. In this way, I quickly capture the detail without worrying about the chaotic plot that dreams follow.
You must choose whatever method suits you best but once you begin making a conscious effort to recall your dreams it will become easier every time.