I’ve been keeping track of my dreams for nearly twenty years now, and have found them to be very useful in helping me to solve problems, see what is ahead, find out information about the world around me, and stay in contact with relatives who have passed, as well as other forms of spiritual guides. Given that dreams have all this to offer and more, who wouldn’t want to be able to remember them? The truth is many people would prefer not to remember their dreams because often they can be disturbing. However, what many also do not realize is that sometimes when you are having disturbing dreams it is because you are not noticing, paying attention to or making an effort to remember the dreams that aren’t disturbing, and that contain information that you need to know.
Not everyone agrees on the source of dream messages, some believe it is simply our higher selves speaking to us, some think that it is divinity, and some believe that dreams are simply a conglomeration of issues and feelings that we have dealt with during the day and that replay themselves in strange images, feelings, and sounds while we sleep. Whatever you believe the source of dreams is, it is still very useful to begin to learn how to remember them and use the information they can give in your life.
So, how can you begin learning to remember your dreams?
1. Tell yourself each time before you go to bed, “I will remember my dreams.” It will take time to train your brain to recall dreams at first, but if you keep reminding yourself that you will remember your dreams, you will discover over time that you begin to and quite easily.
2. Begin keeping a dream journal, it can be a spiral notebook, or a 3 ring binder you add paper to, or even a sketchbook. Before you go to bed write down a question that you’d like your dreams to answer. This is setting an intention, and a good way to train your unconscious or however you view the dream source to give you an answer.
3. Write at least the details of your dreams down as soon as you wake up. If you do this, you will most likely remember more than if you wait until later. The longer you wait to write a dream down, the more information you can lose. You don’t have to write pages and pages, just write the core details down and then as soon as you can write a detailed version.
4. Make sure you date your dreams, and write down the time you woke up. It sounds strange but doing so will help you locate dreams that connect to each other, and for you to pinpoint when a dream is foretelling an event that has or will occur in waking life.
5. Give your dreams a title. The reason for this is that it will help you to find the dream later if you need to compare it to a newer dream, or if you need to compare it to an event in waking life.
6. Even if you are not artistic, you can do one final thing, draw images from your dreams. There is no better way to jog your memory for later when you have a similar dream, or to help you relate a dream to an event in waking life than if you can look at a picture you drew of the images in a dream later.
Doing these five things will train your brain that dreams are important to remember, and that they have useful knowledge.