Dream Journaling

Dream journaling can be enlightening and fun. Your dreams can tell you a lot about yourself. They can help you work out troubling issues in your everyday life and give you new insight into your own personality.

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Benefits of Keeping a Dream Journal
You may have an issue you are struggling to solve. Recording your dreams may help you find a recurring aspect in them that happens to be the answer to that troubling issue.

Keeping this type of journal every day can lead to lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when you are aware that you are dreaming while in the dream state. In this state you can control your dream; you can ask questions of people in the dream and control events.

    I know someone that has experienced lucid dreaming. I remember her telling me how she could control colors and enjoyed fun things like flying; she could fly anywhere she wanted.

You will also gain the benefit of increased self awareness by uncovering the subconscious side of yourself.

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Getting Started
Once you have decided you want to start dream journaling you can choose the type of journal you want to write in (then again you may prefer to record it electronically). You can create you own journal or go to your favorite book store where they will have a wide selection of beautiful journals ready for you to record your dreams in.

Begin by reminding yourself each night before going to sleep that you want to remember your dreams. A good way to reinforce this is to repeat a statement each night before sleep. It can be a simple statement like, "I will awaken in the morning with the memory of my dreams." Whatever statement you wish to use should be written in your journal so it will be easily accessed before you go to sleep. Of course your journal should be kept by your bedside.

You can also ask questions. Before you go to sleep write them down and see what your dreams have to hold in answer to your questions.

Remember to keep your favorite writing pens and/or pencils with your journal. Keeping colored pencils near by is great if you have images from your dreams that you'd like to illustrate in your journal. They also serve useful in highlighting key words and phrases from your dreams.

You can also ask questions. Before you go to sleep write them down and see what your dreams have to hold in answer to your questions.

Dream journaling is a personal experience, you decide the best way to record your dreams. Use whatever is best to help you achieve your goal of remembering and recording your dreams. Being consistent in keeping the journal is important because it then becomes habit. Don't expect to remember every dream in the beginning it does take practice the more you do it the better you will become at remembering your dreams.

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Recalling Your Dreams
When you awaken do not open our eyes immediately. Keep your eyes closed and just let the images and dream scenarios come to mind. Sometimes you'll remember just bits and pieces of the dream, continue to lie quietly with eyes closed, recalling those small fragments of the dream may lead to more details, and the story should follow. The more you practice the more you will remember.

Once you have got the dream firmly planted in your mind you can begin writing. Also if you have not got all the details don't worry when you begin writing what you do remember more details will most likely follow.

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Recording Your Dreams
In dream journaling, as in all journal writing, it is a good idea to first record the date, day of the week, and time this creates a good timeline when looking back at your dream history.

It's good practice to write the dream events as if they are happening in the present moment. For example, "I am walking on the beach and the waves are crashing on the shore." Recording in the present tense helps the images and details come to life.

Don't be shy to record even what may seem trivial or silly. Once you get to the point in your dream journaling where you want to begin analyzing your dreams these trivial or silly details may hold significant meaning.

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Analyzing Your Dreams
Compose a title for the dream by using important elements from it.

Highlight key words in your dream. Here is where colored pencils come in handy to make those key words standout. Highlight words and phrases that are recurring or have special meaning to you. They can be names, objects, places, descriptive words, and phrases.

Use different methods for each type of word or phrase. For example, names can be underlined or highlighted, while words that express feelings can be circled. Use various colors this will allow you to see at a glance all the key words and phrases in your dream story.

Also remember to ask about the who, what, where, when, and why within each dream and make note of the emotions you were feeling in the dream and upon waking.

Once you have covered all these elements with practice you will easily be able to find the answers you seek and clarify issues in your everyday life. You may find recurring aspects in your dreams that will give you a new awareness.

Explore and discover the world of dreams. Be open to this fascinating aspect of yourself.

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