I believe dreams are wonderful and useful messages sent from the Divine and coded through our complex brains whilst we sleep.
I used to give dream work workshops a couple of years ago. And I would always teach my students the importance of keeping a dream journal.
I have one, and some entries are as long as War & Peace. For a while, I felt I had to write down every single minute detail that I could remember. But as time went by, going about composing entries in this manner actually deterred me from writing them down at all. Just thinking about doing a long entry would just make me say, "UGH". I would go about my day and promise myself I would write it down later when I came home from work. Spoiler alert: I never would.
So I discovered 2 different ways to make it easier to post entries. I wanted to share them with you in case you have wanted to keep a dream journal, but the thought of writing a short novel made you want to (rightfully) say "UGH!"
- Writing using Keywords - this has probably been the best form of writing entries for me. Not only is it SO much faster, but using this technique has also immensely helped my dream recall!! Instead of writing every detail, just write main points that you remember as keywords. It should look something like this:
- Keywords: Purple ocean, found rose quartz necklace, felt sad, Uncle John as movie ticket teller, laughing at me, movie theatre looks like my high school gymnasium, sat next to ex-boyfriend, so in love, smell mom's chicken cooking from theatre
- Voice Recorder - If a pen and pad are not your thing, how bout an iPad? Or a smartphone? This is the 21st century for Goddess' sake! We have technology up the wazzoo! iPads and iPhones come with Siri. And almost all smartphones now come with some form of "Voice Recorder" or "Voice Notes". Since most of us sleep with our phones close by us, this gives us easy and fast access in the morning to roll over, turn on voice recorder, and mumble as much of your dream as you can before you fall back asleep for an extra 10 minutes (love you "snooze button") . You can either keep multiple audio files, or listen to your recordings and write them down in your journal. Half the fun is listening to your recording later and trying to decrypt your sleepy, verbal diarrhea. Hysterical.
No matter which one you choose (you can do a combination of both by the way!), make sure you write/say THE DATE. Keeping a dated record can help you compare the time difference between when the dream happened, and when an incident associated with the dream occurs.