Something always bothered me about having to write your dreams down in a journal.
It’s cute, you’ve got to give it that. Whether or not it’s the best way to remember your dreams is another matter.
The reason I dislike it so much isn’t that it doesn’t work. It’s more the fact I know people can’t or won’t do it. There’s only a tiny percentage of people happy to fill in a dream journal. My guess is maybe 10% or less.
Then you have my 3 dream seeds technique, which I think people will find easier. But this new way I’ve been experimenting with is going to improve your dream memory like nothing else.
Why do you keep a journal?
You’re meant to stay still (very important) and go over your dream. Now you write it down, every last piece of information you can remember.
It’s now officially stored in your journal. You can read your entries before you go to sleep or whenever you want. You’ve meant to relive them in your head and your dream memory improves. Sounds simple enough.
But those entries in your dream journal were thought up in about 2 minutes. 5 minutes tops! Now you want to read them a week later in the hope your memory improves?
We know a dream journal works. I’ve kept one; you’ve kept one; we’ve all kept one. It works, but compressing your dream into a journal entry might not be the ideal way to build your dream memory.
When dreams merge with reality
I’m a big fan of merging the two worlds and in the future I hope to do much more experimenting on the topic. At the moment I’m interested in bringing our dream memories into reality and keeping them there for as long as possible.
The two most important things you need to build your lucid ability are: memory and awareness. Instead of just writing down your dreams in a journal you should try and combine the two.
You can do this by…
Stretching your dream memory
You can do this in 4 easy steps:
- Wake up
- Go over your dream
- Write down 3 dream seeds
- Remember your dream for as long as possible when you wake up
The tricky part is step 4. Once you go over your dream you need to hold it in your head for as long as possible. Try not to let it slip away.
It’s going to be hard. And challenging. You need to take a piece of your awareness and ask it to keep watch of your dream memory, or it will disappear.
Sooner or later you’ll start remembering more of your dreams, then you’ll notice you remember multiple dreams. It’s quite weird being able to remember hours worth of multiple dreams, but it’s great for lucid dreaming.
The final conclusion
Instead of spending 5 minutes compressing your memory into a dream journal entry…
… I think you should try to hold onto your dream memory during the day for as long as possible.
In other words: try your best not to forget about your dream
I’m eventually going to have a follow-up article explaining how I do it. I’ve only been testing it for a few weeks in between long working days. I’ve seen good results, but I’ve not had the chance to fully break it down.
The trick is to keep a part of your awareness on it, like you might do if you wanted to remember an appointment. Remember you have your dream seeds written down, so use them to squeeze out as much time as possible if you start forgetting.
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