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Prepared by Sandy Shapiro at The Study of What If...www.thestudyofwhatif.com  

One of the greatest tools an individual can make use of is the practice of keeping a dream journal.   A dream journal provides a record of where one has started his/her journey, what has developed along the path, and provides a picture of where the individual is at a particular time in his/her life. 

     I have found that moments after waking up, the average individual will forget parts or all of their experience in the dream state unless he/she takes the time to record the experience.   More often than not, if the dreamer does not immediately record the dream, even though the dream is strong when he/she wakes up, the memory of the dream is gone by the time the feet hit the floor.  

     The act of recording in a journal releases the experience to the individual in a tangible way.   It seems that written words activate a part of the individual’s consciousness which, in turn, sparks thoughts or ideas in the individual which explain something about what the individual is experiencing at that time in his/her life and gives clues on what the individual can do to bring resolution or change.

 

What can be used as a dream journal?

     A dream journal can be a notebook kept by the bed.   Upon waking, one would handwrite notes about the dream; recalling the dream in as much detail as possible.

     A tape recorder kept by the bed can also be used as a dream journal.  One would record notes/details about the dream. 

What information goes into your dream journal?

     The dream journal should keep a record of the experience as complete as the individual can remember or it can just hold notes of what the individual can remember.  Important things to put into the dream journal would be: 

  • places (home, school, state/county/city, ocean, mountains, etc.), people (male/female, how many people, names/relationship to the individual),
  • clothing (of the individual, of the people in the experience),
  • things (furniture, flowers, animals)
  • colors
  • season (winter/spring/summer/fall)
  • numbers (of people, of cars, etc.)
  • transportation (cars – who is driving/what direction, what color is the car; trains, planes, ship, etc.)
  • water (ocean/lake/etc. – is water calm or chopping or flooding),
  • what stands out as a desire or a fear?
  • whatever stands out in your dream; e.g., sights, sounds, emotions, pictures, people, items, etc.

 

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