[HE 30 Day Challenge] March ’15 – Dream Journaling!

Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan) 7 years, 5 months ago

Is everyone super zen from last month’s meditation challenge? I hope so :)

The challenge for March is dream journaling!

Dream journaling is the practice of writing down your dreams immediately upon waking (before you forget!). This steadily increases your dream recall — an essential step for lucid dreaming.

Challenge Instructions

1) Before you go to bed, make a firm intention to become aware and remember your dreams. This might sound like hogwash, but it makes a huge difference.

2) Keep a journal or phone/iPad near your bed so that you can immediately write down your dreams upon waking. Write down as much as you can remember. It’s okay if you don’t remember any dreams for the first few days. You’ll get there!

3) Come back to this discussion and share your progress. If you’re comfortable sharing your dreams here, please do too! That will further hammer them into your memory.

4) Comment on other people’s posts to give them encouragement and advice :)

5) Check the links below for extensive explanations and instructions for lucid dreaming!


Click these links if you…

Don’t know what lucid dreaming is

Are not sure if lucid dreaming is worth your time

Want to hear more opinions and experiences from other HEthens

Lastly, check /r/luciddreaming

March 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm
Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Tried this once before and on the verge of actually starting to remember dreams in detail I stopped. So here is to try #2 and having some accountability for myself. Together WE DREAM!

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

all in with you josh, lets dream away :)

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DanielCelin (0) (@DanielCelin) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Same thing happend to me, and i too just started try #2 :)

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

This is the one I’ve been waiting for. My hope is that this challenge will get me back into the habit jotting down dreams every morning, regardless of time. Can’t wait :)

Depending on how in depth people describe their dreams, I think this will be a very exciting thread to read though. First the journals will start off tiny, but with time they’ll eventually grow into epic stories and adventures.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

One amazing piece of advice I have for this is:
Upon waking, if you don’t remember your dream, just make one up. Just start imagining random things – anything, L I T E R A L L Y anything. Chances are you’ll suddenly start to describe the dream from the night before.

It works! :)

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

This is a really interesting idea, thanks for the tip.

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S (102) (@tictacfanman) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Not a bad tip.

By the way, much of what you have written in many past threads has benefitted me. Just wanted to thank ya.

Now go resurrect or something.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Thanks for the thanks! Love to hear that.

“BRB LOL” – Jesus

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Alex (0) (@Alexandru) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Very interestin! So this is my first day.
I go to bed with the deep intention to bekome lucid and take my awake awareness into the sleep state with me. My sleep was kinda wague, it’s like I was half awake all the time, I remember moving around in bed, turning from one side to the other. When I wake up I am almost sure I didn’t dream at all.
Then I remember the tipp from you JohnH, saying that I should try to make something up. I spend a few seconds trying to imagine what I would dream if I had the choice to. Images of events from yesterday zapp trough my head and then it hits me. The whole dream that I had jumps into my head, and I can remember it so clearly, like it was the fresh memory of an actual real life event.

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Aimz (1) (@aimzq) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

You are totally right about this! Instantly when I make up a dream. I remember what I dreamnt of. It’s kind of eerie.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

Yeah, its because you’re using the same part of your brain :)

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Don’t post your dreams on the net…web. What is a web or a net anyway? I question the integrity of this site now.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I don’t follow. Why is it bad to post dream journal entries on the interwebs?

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

For myself, some things must remain sacred I suppose. Also an accurate interpretation of another’s dreams is mostly impossible. I feel we each need figure out our dreams personally by deep introspection and an extensive study of symbology over many years to even come to any usable conclusions. To throw the depths of our subconsciousness out on the net is simply a waste and very open to invading in the hands of the wrong people. For my self, it’s a degradation to my inner self and my spirit. It would be far less invading to post naked pic’s on the web. Most will not agree of course, and that’s fine if you all wish to do so. This is merely one persons perspective that is most likely a unique one.

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Anonymous (2) (@) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I agree with this.. I think its fairly easy to interpret dreams. And they are intimate soul stuff.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I disagree, what do you have to hide? We’re all one anyway, right?

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Aimz (1) (@aimzq) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

Totally agree with you Jon. Plus we do all have a choice to post what we want. We don’t have to tell every detail of our dream. Just a summary. That’s why we keep a dream journal to read for ourselves.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I see. I hear ya. I thought it might be something along those lines. Dreams are a reflection of our inner worlds that can potentially produce useful information if pieced together right, but personally I think it’s almost impossible for a random person, or a person who isn’t close to us, to use this information in an unwanted, or malicious way, that could prove to be detrimental to those sharing their dreams.

For the most part, I believe dreams have more of a subjective meaning behind them, than an objective one. To me, dreams relate more to our own subjective experiences than they do to objective dictionaries of interpretations and meanings. The useful data that comes from interpreting our dreams, I think, comes from relating them to our own experiences and the everyday events that happen in our lives. Well, that and comparing the dreams to one another, but I still believe that no one else but us, the subjective dreamer, would be able to utilize the information gathered in such a way to effect our own personal lives.

With all of that said, I did come across this one article a while ago (I tried looking everywhere for it, but couldn’t find a link to it. I’ll post one later if I have any luck finding it again.) that talked about how this one organization or group wanted to create a database of dreams, and possibly use it to predict the upcoming future through precognition or something… While searching for that organization I came across this kickstarter page for Shadow: Community of dreamers, which is a group of people who hope to use the information to gain a better picture of how our consciousness works through mass dream interpretation – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hunterleesoik/shadow-community-of-dreamers

But anywho, there are plenty of sites that already do this actually – let people record and share their dreams. I don’t think it’d be such a bad thing if HE did it for just a month. Personally I’m thinking about it more from the perspective of it creating a thread similar to Waking Life. Instead of a single person, imagine a whole group of conscious individuals sharing intriguing thought provoking dream stories. Just imagine what lessons or other awesome sauce content could come from this, yknow?

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Shady Giorgio (30) (@giorgioknolege) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

YES! I actually did this one before, i had no problem remembering my dreams upon waking up; I also started noticing patterns in my dreams and every dream made a little bit more sense each time, not t mention that when i was able to “understand” the dream, i noticed a few things that were in the dreams happening the day i woke up or a few days latter.

I will be posting here as much i possible, since i work in the morning i tend not to check my PC since i don’t have time :).

Cheers!

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I already keep a dream journal since a couple of weeks, I will certainly keep on doing it. I am in! :)

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I look forward to peering into all your subconscious minds on this thread! Have at it! A journal maybe useful to some of course…but if you post it on the webs we will peer your inner workings.

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

lol i dont keep things too personal unless it will affect the people around me and they start to treat me different. i dont know if im naive in saying this but i see no real danger in sharing dreams with people you dont know. besides you could end up finding a really good therapist if someone actually takes the time to connect your dreams, and that’s something i would need at this point but sadly i cant afford.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. What we truly need is only the HGA, there is no need for monetary value for this. You know what I mean by this friend.

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

i do understand what you mean, but sometimes life gets so overwhelming that i think a therapist might be a good thing. plus i now see the reason why IR recommended it.

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Romeo (1) (@cerebralenigma) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I’ve been looking for the motivation to get back in to groove, and here it is! i look forward to all of you realizing how fucked up i am after delving into my subconscious haha.

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dboyd (2) (@damienboyd) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

New to this website…..definitely looking forward to speaking with like minded people.

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I had a very cool dark dream last night. I was doing a Native American style dance on a huge urban feeling-prairy, it was night, there was some thunder in the distance, wind, some animals, and somehow revolution and the threat of terrorism was in the air, lots of tirmoil. The night was very much alive.But my dance was strong and elaborate. This was not all I dreamt but it was the coolest part.

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

I look up symbols sometimes, it appears that ritualistic dancing refers to a cennection with one’s inner soul. Which is no coincidence i suppose, as I will drink ayahuasca in 9 days.

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

in the Way of the Shaman (a cool book I recommend everyone) it is said that in Animistic cultures dancing is a form of powering up your spirit animal. If you haven’t danced in a while it might leave (which is another way of saying depression), and you won’t be connected with your power and strength. Amazing omen my friend!

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Maybe I’ll invite this beautiful animal back then :) <3

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Alfred K. (2) (@AlfredKnoest) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Wrote down my first dream ever this morning. Couldn’t remember anything at first but after 2 minutes my dream started coming back in pieces, and the more I wrote the more I remembered! I won’t say what the dream was about though, too…complicated. :)

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Indeed! This was my point.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

The intention of remembering my dream definitely made a difference. Remembered the most detail I have in a long time. Most of the themes were pretty standard, things I had been thinking about yesterday.

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Ian C (1) (@Iantelligentsia) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

This was my first day doing this. When I first awoke, I couldn’t remember much. I knew I had several dreams, but details were horribly vague. As I began writing, so much came back. I tried to stay as detailed as possible. After rereading what I wrote, it was very interesting to see where my mind was wondering. The people that ended up in my dreams were not at all the ones I expected.

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