But my days are hectic. My days are filled with activities. My days are stressful. I have a boss. I work long hours. I have kids. I’m in school. I’m a single mom. I’m unemployed. Everones days are filled with stuff that taxes the mind, body, and spirit. How do you turn the world off? How do you transition from waking state to dream state and eventually to the experience of the Source of Thought? You must give yourself a transitional off-ramp to gear down and ready yourself for dreams and dream symbols.
We recommend you consider using some of the hints given in this book, such as the yoga poses given earlier and meditation to ease into dreamland and toward the Source of Thought. These practices will encourage dreams to be richer and stay with you longer after you wake up, making journalizing easier.
Keeping a dream journal is easy. But there are a few things worth remembering.
First, find a notebook or journal to record your dreams in. Keep it within arm's reach of the bed. Dreams fade quickly on awakening, so you need to write them down as soon as you wake up. If you do get up before you write in your journal this will cause motor neurons to fire in your brain. This activity "overwrites" the memory of the dream. So be prepared to jot down a few details immediately. Before going to bed write the date of the dream in the journal. Usually, this will be the date of the morning you awake.
When you awake, even if it is the middle of the night, write down everything you can remember. Write everything in the present tense (eg, "I am flying around the country side when I see my brother"). This helps with remembering dreams by putting you in the moment. Try to write in the journal without turning on the lights. Just feel around the edges of the journal and find a place to write. The more you write at night the better you will get at it. This practice will ensure you get back to sleep quickly.
Identify the dream theme. Think about the location, characters, sensations, sounds, objects, and emotions of the dream. Underline key themes that may help with identifying the proper dream symbol. (eg, "I watched the purple rose grow in size and brilliance and felt that I was somehow growing as well!").
Do not attempt to analyze the dream at this point; just continue to write down all the memorable details in your dream journal. Later, during the day, once you have identified the dream symbol and calculated the winning lottery number, you can analyze the dream if you want to.
Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, or grammar. As long as you can read it back later and it still makes sense, you are fine.
Sketch any strong images from the dream. It doesn't matter if you're not an artist. A sketch is just to help you visualize the dream later on.
In the morning before leaving the bed, give the dream an appropriate title. Do not try for the most creative title. The first title that comes to mind is usually the best.
No need to be as creative or poetic as Lewis Carroll, ending his classic work Through the Looking Glass with the poem titled Life is but a Dream. Meant for children, the poem seems to epitomize youth's yearning for knowledge of the transcendental spirit.
Life is but a Dream
A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream
Lingering in the golden gleam
Life, what is it but a dream?
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