Dream Recall is the very first skill to master if you are serious about having Lucid Dreams. It’s believed that the average person has about 5-7 dreams each night. Being able to remember your dreams when you are awake greatly enhances your ability to realize that the dream you are dreaming is a dream. If your dream recall is less than desirable, it is actually possible that you could have had lucid dreams in the past and are not able to remember it!
There are several methods to remembering your dreams more. Here are three:
- Simply intend to remember more of your dreams
- Keep a dream journal
- Get really good at describing your surroundings (one of my favorites)
Intend to remember more of your dreams
This is so simple it is often overlooked. By simply holding the intent to remember more of your dreams, your chances of remembering dreams is greatly enhanced. I suspect this may just be some sort of pre-programming yourself as you fall asleep to remember more dreams. It works.
Keep a Dream Journal
This is one of the most often recommended techniques to boosting your dream recall. I think this ties in with the above mentioned step of intending to remember dreams. Each and every time I’ve started a dream journal (I’ve fallen off the wagon several times before), I noticed a virtually instant boost in my dream recall. The intent is there. Keep a notebook by your bed, under your pillow, wherever you want, as long as you can reach it without moving around too much upon waking up.
When you write in the dream journal, simply write down what happened in the dream. Don’t try to interpret the dream itself. This usually kills the effect of remembering.
‘Tis best to try and stay in the same emotional state you are in when you first wake up. Feelings and emotions seem to carry over from the dream into waking life. If you can keep that emotional state going as you write down the dream’s events, you will remember a LOT more.
Remember, don’t try and figure the dream out as you write. Save the interpretation for when you are in a lucid dream, so you can just ask your subconscious mind directly about it 🙂
Get really good at describing your surroundings
This is something to do while awake. This method is beautiful because it can be done literally ANYWHERE.
As an example, assume you are walking on a busy crowded downtown street during lunch hour. As you are walking, just start describing aloud (it works best, if you can ignore the occasional stares from passers-by) what you are perceiving. Keep it in the present tense. You might say “I see a bunch of buildings, many of which are lined with glass”, and so on.
Sometimes, it might help to take along a tape recorder or recording device of some sort. This way, you can listen to it later on in privacy, with eyes closed, and attempt to remember in as much detail the experience of the walk itself.
Just remember to keep the descriptions in the present tense. The power of this method is that you will eventually be in a dream state, describing what you are perceiving, and you will suddenly start to describe the flock of birds (or are those pigs?) flying in circles. And then, it will hit you…PIGS (or are they birds?) DON’T FLY!
Each of these methods are powerful alone. Now, imagine making a successful habit of doing all three together.
That is basically all there is to boosting your own dream recall.
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