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Writing Your Dreams

Writing down your dreams is a valuable tool for interpreting them and applying their messages to your waking life. In any situation where we find it necessary to take notes, we find it better to do this immediately, while the incident is fresh in our minds. This is even more critical with dreams, since simply transitioning from the theta dream state to the beta wakefulness state can often cause us to forget our dreams. Unlike incidents in waking life, when dreams are gone, they're gone - vaporizing right back into the unconscious from whence they came. If you let time elapse without writing down your dream, you are likely to forget important symbolism or to forget the dream completely.

The good news is that no special equipment is needed. Although dream journals are wonderful, any piece of paper or notebook will do. I've designed a form that you can print and use as a guideline:

Sample Dream Journal Form

If you intend to make a commitment to writing and interpreting your dreams, a dream journal or notebook that you have designated only for this purpose can help you focus. Many choices are available, from rich leather bound models to dollar store notebooks with pretty covers. You may also want to make your own with a ring binder or notebook that you've decorated yourself.

Keep your journal sheet or notebook by the bed with your favorite pens. Write down your dream as soon as possible after waking up, and write it as though the dream is actually taking place. Try to remain in a "dreamy" state as you write your dream. Name your dream. This will give your mind a point of reference when you've been practicing for a while. You don't need to analyze your dream right now if there's no time. As long as you've written it, it will be there in full detail when you're ready.

If you simply don't have time to write, a hand-held recorder may be the answer. You can transcribe the dream into your journal when you have more time.

Don't worry if you can't remember the whole dream. Write down what you do remember, even if it seems meaningless. When you make dream journaling a regular practice, you may begin to see patterns. These pieces of dreams will be useful in recognizing them.

If you're new to dream interpretation and journaling and are having trouble remembering your dreams, try this tip. Start a dream journal and when you don't remember your dreams, write "No dream memories this morning." This will reinforce your intention to work with dreams to your subconscious. You can even write down a past dream if you'd like. It's the act of writing that will invite your dreams to follow your lead.

Working with dreams can be immensely rewarding. It is a wonderful way to connect with your inner wisdom and guidance.

May all your dreams come true!

Parthena Black is a professional social worker and ordained minister with experience in tarot and runes. For private spiritual counseling and intuitive readings via e-mail, please visit her at oymygoddess.com.

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