Some people think they never dream, others know they dream all the time because they have developed ways to remember dreams. But if you think you don’t dream, think again, because we all dream; it’s what helps us figure out the problems of the day.
Unfortunately, the area of the brain where dreams exist has no memory attached to it. That’s why it’s hard to remember your dreams – they aren’t put into your memory. Therefore, if you’re not consciously aware that you did indeed have a dream and try to remember it, you will not get benefit from the dream.
Dreams are important because they bypass your conscious mind. The conscious mind is what causes us to doubt ourselves and stops us from doing a lot of things that might be beneficial to our lives, but because there are so many questions asked by the conscious mind, it’s hard to move on and find more success in life.
But our dreams occur in the subconscious; there are no questions asked, no concerns raised, just good quality information and problem solving that would be very helpful – if only we could remember them.
The subconscious dreaming part is what I addressed in my book called “Directed Dreaming.” Your dreams can work on whatever they want, or you can make them work on a specific problem or concern. It really is up to you how your dreams can benefit you, but the most important part is to remember your dreams so you can benefit from this information.
You’ve all heard that it’s important to keep a dream journal by your bed. Yes, the old dream journal advice again! But this is the only way you can remember your dreams for the long term. Believe me; I’ve tried it the hard way. I once thought a dream was so important, and so clear that I repeated it to myself about five times before going back to sleep. Then every time I woke up I tried to remember it again.
But this really is the hard way to remember dreams, because in the morning, I still only remembered half of it, and lost a lot of sleep just trying not to lose the information I had received.
So the dream journal is definitely important. I like to use the one that comes with the lucid dreaming kit, not only because I can type much faster than I can write, but also because I can look back and see if there are any themes in the messages I’m receiving.
So maybe if I have a recurring dream about running down a track, it MIGHT be telling me that I’m on the right track in life – which is important for me to know right now. I made a short video on lucid dreaming which includes a sample of the dream journal software that comes with it, so I’ll attach it below.
OK, so what exactly is that one little trick that will ensure you remember your dreams? It’s to lie perfectly STILL after you wake up, and make a conscious effort to remember them! Don’t do a thing but try to remember what you were just dreaming about! And lay there – still – until the entire dream has been presented to you (they’re longer than you realize). THEN, get up and write in your dream journal immediately!
Just because you can now remember dreams easily when you wake up, doesn’t mean the information will stay with you unless you write it down! Try it! I was amazed at how well this one thing helped me remember dreams.