How do we maintain track of our aspirations? The easiest way to achieve this is with a Dream Journal, so let’s figure out how to get one started.
I am accustomed to sleep, and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. – RENE DESCARTES
It’s wonderful to see how our daily lives percolate through the nocturnal creative activity that we all engage in for around two hours every night, dreaming! Yes, dreaming is a significant aspect of the human experience, and the dream world is a terrain rife with deeper meaning and symbolism, a tremendously creative period we may learn to employ for self-development.
Whether we recall our dreams or not, we are all nocturnal artists, co-creating and co-weaving the tapestry of our lives in partnership with the unconscious!
But have you ever considered how dreams might permeate life and reality? It blew our minds when We realised how unaware We had been in the past, but when We realised the messages from our dreams and how they would affect our waking life, we were stunned! Dreams seamlessly combine with our dull everyday existence, infusing it with symbols, patterns, emotions, and colours that give rise to new ideas and excitement.
Dream ideas may help us make decisions, give personal discoveries by intensifying emotions or reducing tension, and help us make peace with terrible events, especially when we dream about a deceased loved one.
Do you recall the mind-bending? Inception, the sci-fWe thriller? A dream within a dream? It’s worth noting that we normally don’t aware we’re in a dream, and we frequently experience a dream inside a dream, which prompted Descartes to conclude that there is ambiguity regarding the information that we get from our five senses.
In his book “Meditations on First Philosophy,” he proposes the concept through a series of thought experiments and concludes that dreams are eerily lifelike, with touch, scents, and vivid colouration! Our minds become perplexed: is this real or a dream? “We are the Gods’ dreams,” as the Upanishads put it!
But how can we keep track of our hopes and dreams? The easiest way to achieve this is with a Dream Journal, so let’s figure out how to get one started.
If you think about it logically, it is plainly evident that we cannot work with something we forget (and we do forget dreams!!! ), thus these nonlinear tales that emerge as transitory bubbles on the cinemascope of our sleeping minds must be documented methodically. Their impermanence requires some permanency, but is anything ever truly permanent? Is our need for permanency an entrenched human flaw established as a trauma response to unavoidable, death?
If you prefer not to write down your dreams, simply record an audio clip when you wake up and keep it neatly in your dream folder by assigning dates.
Because your memory changes, jotting things down frequently allows you to refresh your mind with a fast scan of the page. Have you ever heard of the term “false memories”? Humans have a tendency to exaggerate or manufacture events, resulting in false memories that look extremely genuine and are frequently indistinguishable from reality.
We know what you’re thinking: it’s as if our minds are conspiring against us; otherwise, why would they produce false memories? No one understands why this occurs, although there is some mystery about it. Perhaps all of these memories are images of alternate universes in which we live in the multiverse.
We may fabricate dreams in the same way that we manipulate reality. It’s best to merely write it down or record it and utilise memory triggers (words connected with sentiments) to recall what you wrote with accurate imagery because studies have shown that humans remember dreams filled with emotional power over generic ones.
Once you’ve established a habit of writing down your dreams, you’ll see it as a great tool for self-awareness. Your inner space abruptly expands, unveiling a fresh perspective. The depth of the dream experience also allows for the expression of repressed feelings, or as Carl Jung referred to it, The Shadow self.
There is a Hyde in all of us that has to be acknowledged and absorbed, which may be accomplished by gleaning the dreamscape and blogging about it. There is much to learn and much healing to be discovered.
Dream journaling also serves as an electric shock treatment for your creative mind, which is brimming with ideas now that the linear manner of seeing time is no longer an impediment. In dreams, time dilation occurs. It’s as though Saturn, Father Time, had no power over our dreams, despite supremacy over the practical world. Because dreams typically have no strict meaning and everything becomes a symbol of something else, our sense of SELF metamorphoses (breaks down) amid the ineffability of the dream world.
It’s fascinating to see how nonsensical narratives emerge in our dreams, and how the effervescence of positing meaning becomes redundant. Dreams provide us with new insights, which builds compassion.
Purchase a one-of-a-kind diary or make your own, and before you begin, simply establish the intention that your dreams are significant and deserve to be documented. Then, before going to bed, repeat to yourself, “Tonight, We will recall our dreams and connect with them.” Just have a dream diary by your bedside, easily accessible, so you can jot down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences as soon as you wake up.
It’s also likely that you’ll wake up in the middle of the night after a terrible dream; scribbling it down even if it’s 3 a.m. and you’re all drowsy and sluggish since being half-asleep really aids with dream remembering. Wake up gently since moving quickly might trigger total forgetting, and if you’re using a voice recording tool, you might want to whisper.
Another sure-fire technique to recollect your dreams is to confide in your friends or partner and explore the complexities of your dreamscape with them. They may provide helpful advice and insightful insights, as well as shine a light on issues you had not previously considered. When you share your dreams with your loved ones, you may notice a trend.
You should pay special attention to repeating motifs because they have an underlying significance that, if uncovered and resolved (or integrated), can aid in the path of self-actualization.
Hopefully, this article has persuaded you not to neglect your dreams any more and to perform your due diligence by dream-keeping since those dreams provide innovative answers on the path of self-development. Make dream journaling a holy practice, and allow the divine to connect with you via your unconscious.