Unexpected Benefits of Writing Down Your Dreams

The author of many books, the Doctor of Philosophy, the master of dreams Patricia Garfield has written her dreams down since she was 14, and there are 35 volumes of them recorded. She claims that dreams are things that occupy our mind and make us face something we do not understand at all. Remembering them is a kind of memory skill we all can acquire. So, why don’t we try?

The first thing you should do is to determine that you’re going to remember your dream. Drink half a glass of water before going to sleep, repeating to yourself that everything you’ll dream about will stay in your memory. In the morning, drink the rest of the water, trying to mentally imagine what you were dreaming about. Got it? Then just write it down.

But the question is, why should you spend your morning time to write down strange things that you saw at night? I remember when I studied in college I would always use a few early morning hours to write my essay for the first class that day. Believe me, you will feel the difference in a few days. The way you live your life in daylight may even change significantly.

Master Your Consciousness

Mastering your consciousness is quite a simple practice. In an ordinary dream everything happens according to a certain plan tendency or according to what we would call a desire. When you start to write your dreams down, you raise the level of self-awareness to the point where you can continue to remain aware even without using your five physical senses.

Patricia Garfield began to notice that just by paying an attention to what was going on in her dreams, things started to change. For example, in one dream one of its character, a guy, said to her, “Do you know I represent a fight? Have you noticed that my knuckles are always bruised?” So, dreams began to comment on themselves, and it was a beginning of what the scientist called “lucid dreaming”: a dream in which you know you are dreaming and you can change the action while it is happening by saying to yourself, “This is just a dream and I can wake up if I want”.

So, basically, you can get ready to dream. You can do something within the dream to change it. This very special state of lucid dreaming can give you a power over the seemingly uncontrolled and inevitable. In lucid dream the level of awareness is one point higher. You feel awake, but the surroundings that you find yourself in are still projected, and very often you protect the characters of your dream. Your part in it is lucid, but you are still in this dream. You will begin to notice almost immediately that the level of vividness that you experience in your dreams increases exponentially, usually within just four or five days.

Get to Know Yourself Better

Writing your dreams down is a perfect way to get information about your body and to understand your personality better. You will feel the harmony with yourself and the world around you. Writing down and analyzing your dreams means to understand what exactly you are worried about at a subconscious level. Calvin Hall, an explorer of lucid dreams, emphasizes special importance of studying a large array of dreams. Thus, having analyzed 100 dreams of one person, Calvin Hall proved the possibility of obtaining the most accurate characteristics of a dreamer’s personality. A personal dream book, written on the basis of analyzing your own dreams, will become your most truthful dream interpreter. If you are writing down dreams and life events that may cause them, you can make certain discoveries and conclusions. For example, you will notice that a dream about your aunt or a crow may mean an illness, and raw meat may mean an approaching fight. So, you can take some steps to avoid the trouble.

Creative Dreaming

Lucid dreaming leads to creative dreaming. Every night when we go to sleep, four or five times per night our bodies experience this particular unexplored state that has symbolic meaning. And we can actually learn it. It is called creative dreaming. It’s about setting up a relationship with your dream. For example, falling is one of the most common dream themes that is usually very frightening to a dreamer. Symbolically, it suggests that there is no solid ground under the dreamer, that is the dreamer has lost confidence or support. But if you see such a dream, let yourself fall. Fall gently and land gently. Next time you may try to fly, move through the space, just stay active while falling, not passive. This is one of the major massages to dreamers: change your role from a passive victim to an active participant.

American Indians often practice to isolate themselves in high places in the mountains and seek deliberate contact with figures from their dreams who would become their life guide. An Indian may dream about an eagle telling him that he is going to be a medicine man with a healing power. And this man really derives the sense of personal power from such contact in the dream. Eastern philosophers, for example, believed that we are all characters of Buddha’s dreams. When he wakes up, we are gone.

Time Machine

I guess the main advantage of writing my dream down is a possibility to reread it, to dive back, to dive in, to visit a whole new world, to remember that energy, the atmosphere, the emotions I felt. Try writing down your dreams. You will find that prophetic dreams are not that uncommon, although you have never noticed it before. But if you don’t put your dream on paper, it may be lost forever in the corners of your memory. Believe me, writing down your dreams boosts your creativity. Did you know that Paul McCartney heard “Yesterday” in his dream? And that Stephanie Meyer saw the plot of “Twilight” in her dream. Think you see what I mean.

Tips on Dreaming

I hate theory without practice. So, here are some practical and effective tips on dreaming. We tend to retell stories in the past tense because they actually happened in the past. But when we talk about an event or a dream in the past tense, we move away from it and refuse to take the responsibility: “Yes, this is exactly what I need to work on right now.” Our dreams often show us the problems that require our conscious participation. If we are writing dreams down in the present tense, we open ourselves to the dynamics and emotions which our dreams are related to. For example, you dreamed that you were driving a car, racing at a frantic speed. You were trying to brake, but the car didn’t obey. If, while describing such dream, you write “I am losing control,” then you will feel and accept the depth of the message that you received from this dream. By writing down “I lost control”, you free yourself from musing over the problem and looking for a solution to it. One more thing: try to keep your eyes shut after waking up. It is so easy to break the magic inside your mind. Keep your eyes shut and try to remember what was happening in the other reality. Wake up and write it down. There are many ways to use the resource that is within us. Let’s dig up that treasure.