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

Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan) 7 years, 4 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
Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

What does your dream mean? Jung said we have a collective unconscious with generic identical symbolism….. what do you think?

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/http://www.dreamdictionary.org/http://www.dreambible.com/http://www.worldofdreamsymbols.com/dream-dictionary.html

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Yesterday I woke up so tired that I could only recollect the dreams in my head, which was probably not very effective :)

Today I could not remember any dreams upon waking.

I generally find that writing dreams down is too slow, so ideally I would type them out using my laptop. What medium works best for you?

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

A while back when I was doing this regularly I started off writing all my dreams down in a notebook. This wasn’t really effective because 1. My handwriting upon waking was so sloppy that I could barely make out words when I tried reading it back through later, 2. Eventually it got to the point where my hand would start to cramp up because there was so much to right down, 3. Eventually notebooks run out paper… so yea.

When I switched over to a computer, it was kinda better. By the time I turned it on and started jotting down my dreams, I kinda forgot some before I even began typing. But it is a lot faster.

So the method I finally stuck with was a combo of both. Upon waking, I would just right down key points from my dreams, enough that would allow me to remember them later in full for when I type them up on the computer. This was alright, but when I would wait 6 – 7 hours later to type them up, by then even with my notes I kinda forgot the entire dream.

Back then I just had a desktop, but yea, a laptop probably would be the best option…. unless the person typing is a slow typer, in which I’d probably say stick with pen and paper.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

The first night I woke up during the night, it was cold and I didnt feel like putting a light on or going and grabbing a pen and paper, so I lay awake for probably an hour going over the dream again and again. I remembered this one in great detail, and wrote it out in the morning. Since then ive had my ipod by my bed to quickly type them out on there, but there hasn’t been as much detail. So yeah, I’m not really sure yet.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

So this morning I went over the dream in my head again and again before I wrote it down and there was a lot of detail again. It seems my head is the best notebook initially, and then its easier to transfer. Writing it out on any medium I think is just too slow.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I feel kinda dumb :) For some reason I took the title of this thread to mean that it wasn’t starting until the 15th of March, not the whole month of March 2015.. yeaaaaa :D Luckily I can still remember the dream I had this morning.

[Dream Journal 1 – 5/3/15]

I was driving through town late at night. Don’t know where I was going, but it was though a dark part, where there weren’t really any lights. Scenery wise I remember the road being at the base of this mountain type ledge, which is actually a piece from another dream of mine. Eventually I was stopped… and a group of 3 people, 2 men and a woman… I’m pretty sure they were car jackers. I think I saw them walking, and they had their hands out as if they need a ride somewhere, and when I stopped they pulled a pistol on me, and told me that they were jacking my car.

They made me get into the back seat and we drove off somewhere. My memory of where we went is a little fuzzy. I remember it being a white house with, what looked to be a saw table in it.. I remember a 4th person was there in the house… But yea, we began talking, and it turns out they were actually pretty cool people. Can’t remember exactly what we were talking about, and I don’t think I completely ever forgave them for stealing my car and holding me at gun point, but I do remember enjoying the conversation we were having. It go to the point in which they asked me something along the lines of – what’s the most profound, useful piece of knowledge or advice you have to offer to… either people in general or to them? I took a second to think it…. What’s the most intelligent thing I have to offer…. After thinking for a min I remember the only thing I come up with was something from someone else… A quote that I don’t remember… it was good one, but I just can’t remember it. I was sadden that it wasn’t my own, so I continued to try and think of an original one.

After that little segment, something happen to the dream. It refreshed some kind of way. I think it rewinded only because of the events that happened next. I found myself in my house with my sister and my mom, and still remembered that I was car-jacked and that my car was in that dark place of town, just sitting there. It’s like the previous event of us driving away to that white house didn’t happen, and I just knew somehow that my car was still sitting there. So immediately I begged my sister to take me to that part of town again so I could get my car before the car-jackers beat us there. My mom started yelling at me saying that would couldn’t go… ya da ya da ya da… my sister didn’t really want to take me….. I remember I was getting pissed, hehe :) I really wanted my car back.

Eventually my sister agreed to take me there, and we were on our way to get it. While heading there, she stopped at a pizza place….. I forgot why. I think she was rallying more people to come and help us…. yea. The location of where my car was was just up the road, so I took off on foot to try and beat them there….. I see my car, the door is open, I don’t really see anyone else….. as I come up to it, the car-jackers arrive there too. The pulled the pistol on me again and started saying something. It had the same feel as before. Dark, and I felt helpless…. But about that time a helicopter comes in! All these cop cars and swat teams come from no where! and they did there thing, stopped the car jackers from getting my car, or hurting me. I remember when they, the cops arrived, the car jackers turned around and said something along the lines of “you turned on us” or “you betrayed us”…… as the cops put him in hand cuffs, he started cursing and stuff at me……

And that’s all I remember. I had other dreams last night, but can’t really remember them. To anyone who read this, this is raw and unedited, so there’s probably going to be grammar errors.

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HQC_Vonz (12) (@HQCvonz) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m In :D. gonna start tonight !

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philosophical-meditator (11) (@philosophicalmeditator) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Okay so I always have paved attention to my dreams because later on they may come to mean something. I was wandering if anyone would like to have an input on what this dream may entail. I will give a little back story as to make it easier for everyone to understand what is going on.
I am a senior in high school who recently got accepted into UH. I’ve been thinking maybe I should go somewhere else but not quite sure where that would be. College has been on my mind a lot it seems. Also there is this girl that I have liked who knows that I have had a thing for her which is different for me because I’m not one to get hung up on girls, usually just a one and done kind of person. Espe I ally since I am about to graduate this is not something of my usual doing. Strangely enough she is going to UH for the same degree plan. What is weird is she hasn’t really been on my mind recently until my dreams.
Okay so in this dream it starts off with me recieving couple of packages in the mail. these packages turn out to be acceptance letters from both UH and UTSA. strangely enough ive never even thought once about going to UTSA. after ths point the dream jumps to me being in the library waiting in line with this girlthat i liked. it quickly changes scenes and i am then in i room surrounded by white walls with other people, one being that same girl. the room is split into two sides with both sides having platforms coming from the walls i would say about 25 ft from the ground which is what everyone is standing on. below us are giant insects crawling around in what is a pit like area and we have to find a way to kill them without falling below. The girl that i lik is on the other side and i cant help but find myself literally being attracted to her. ths wholetime i still have my collge packages in my hand. staring at her i see her smile and in that instance with no thought i run and risking my life jump the distance which is about 8 ft across to the other side to be with her. we dont really talk once i get over there, but instead just stare at each other.
The scene then changes again and i am back in the library this time waiting in line with the girl. we wait and when i get to this table,(having no idea why ive been waiting this whole time), i hand the lady the packages with the UTSA one being cearly on top and for some reason me talking about that one. everything is blurry after that.

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m totally in guys however i already came across a problem.
The dreams I have are incrediboly long and complex and I simply cannot write it down. I remember my dreams in great detail, because I’ve been focusing on them for a long while now, but never wrote them down.
Time in dreams is very stretched out, and it can seem eternal. My dream of this morning seemed like the happenings of various years. I simply dont have the writing ability to write it down.
If i were a writer, I maybe would have it easier, but I haven’t written much in my life and don’t have the skills.

The main purpose of writing down your dreams is to become aware of them. It’s the first step towards lucid dreaming -that’s what all of you are going for, right?-
Once you start becoming aware and are able to recall them, you write them down. The story doesnt end here however.
What you do next is you analyze your dreams and try to find common traits among them. Once you become conciously aware of some of your common themes of your dreams, you will then be able to recognize these traits WHILST dreaming, thus becoming aware that you are, indeed, dreaming. You become lucid.

I already know one common trait of my dreams: i view myself from a third person perspective.
That is, I don’t see the world the same way than in real life. Instead, more like a narrator. My feelings and thoughts are mine, but I see myself from above.

What are your common traits? :)

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Yeah it sounds like you’ve nailed already what this thread is about. In the past I’ve had regular lucid dreams and viewed as the third person but that kind of stopped, so I’m starting again. At the moment my dreams are mostly everday situations, with people from my everday life. After a pretty turbulant time in my life it appears I’m mainly dealing with residual emotions from that, and it’s been great for clearing my head.

In the past I would fly often when lucid, so I’m looking forward to that, and being in some fantastical situations, rather than everday life.

If you felt like practicing your writing I reckon writing down your dreams would be a great place to start :)

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

haven’t started as yet and my excuse is stupid too but ill definitely start tomorrow

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Shaye (59) (@shayefull) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m down, this sounds really intriguing and it is something I’ve always wanted to try. I have full blown cinematic experiences in my dreams, I’d like to catalog them and make sense of them if I can. And maybe come to a better understanding about myself in the process.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

We are not one on the lower planes, and we are not one on the net. Anyway’s, we need pages on these threads.

@thoughtless
, What IR suggests is alot different and can be done without a 3rd party if desired. @HE,The beast may not rule some of us, but it does rule this world atm and will for some time to come. Things will be more clear in the future and the darkness has only begun.

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Suereyya (164) (@drapetomania) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I have no problem remembering my dreams in great detail, as the majority of them is very vivid.
The actual “struggle” though, is having peaceful dreams. Most of mine could be seen as quite disturbing; ranging from people killing children by breaking their necks, to pregnant women bleeding to death, or me trying to cut other people’s throats as a defense.
It eventually stopped bothering me since I’m getting used to it. In fact, it’s starting to get a little boring because I only experience the same dark and twisted, post apocalyptic atmospheres. I don’t wake up in utter horror or anything, therefore it’s no big deal.
But if anyone wants to share some kind of advice (other than lucid dreaming) on how to dream of nicer things, that would be great.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Being for the most part that dreams are a reflection of our minds, maybe you have deep suppressed emotions of hatred, or something along those lines, that spur up out of your subconsciousness during sleep. How’s everyday life? Are there any situations or people that might be causing you a lot of stress? Maybe meditate before going to sleep. Focus on calm peaceful things that bring you joy, and let go of any stressful thoughts.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

You will do so when it is time. Many things must arise first. Dreams are given to us in order it tell us that more study and introspection is needed. For another person to give an answer will only make us spiritually lazy in the end. One person cannot find another’s soul, only his or her own soul.

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Suereyya (164) (@drapetomania) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

That sounds wise if you hear it at first, but in my opinion it’s not always best to just wait and do nothing. There’s a fundamental difference between keeping a clear mind and staying calm though still wielding influence, and ‘just let things happen’. One allows you to shape your world, the other lets the world shape you.
I hear ya, but I’m just sayin’.

Oh, well you edited your post, so here’s my edit. Yes, that sounds better. Essentially, I agree with you.

Although I didn’t ask for an answer. Actually, asking for advice or exchanging information in general don’t have much to do with spiritual laziness. It all depends on how you handle it. If you accept anything that’s thrown at you, then yes, that’s not beneficial to the own thinking. But if you on the other hand ‘entertain’ somebody else’s thought, search for parts to agree or disagree with and consider it, think even further than that and improve it with your own ideas, then you’re already training yourself to have more differentiated thoughts. Although we can be our own source of inspiration and stimulus, we would be even more pathetic without the outside world.

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Gautty (0) (@GautamAggarwal) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

i always pen down my dreams on my diary but most of the time its same or else i continue with the same dream next night when i sleep but i really want to get rid of this because am kinda fed up….. any certain activity if u can suggest me….. my dream was just about being myself alone somewhere and try to get rid of some place but i couldn’t and same thing goes on again and again every night lol…… am bored and when i think about it i feel so stupid and blank…..

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Maybe before falling asleep, try to create and maintain an image, or intention of where you want your dream to take place. One day during meditation I was having visualizations of racing on the highway. Then afterwards when I fell asleep, my dreams were of just that – racing on the highway. Maybe, to some extent, we can control what dreams we have? That or, in deep meditation we can experience things similar to dreams.

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nahte (3) (@nahte) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

I have been Lucid dreaming my whole life,and never knew it had a name..i remember my dreams every mourning i wake up,since i was like 7 years old,for the last ten years,i share my nights dream in the mourning with my wife,and in great detail. what does this mean?..umm

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Don’t know if it means anything specific. I’d just say that it seems like you can easily maintain consciousness during the REM stages of sleep, maybe from practicing it from that early of an age. It’s a cool attribute to have.

Have you had any significant observations about the nature of your dreams? Any patterns or insights? Meet and have conversations with any cool people? I’ve seen a couple post on HE of people who live whole other lives in their dreams, that span years. I find things like that very interesting.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

[Dream Journal 2, 8/3/15]

I AM finding this to be a challenge. Right now I have a lot of things going on currently and find myself rushing off to do them, instead of focusing on dreams. When I wake up, the memory of the dream will be there for 2 seconds, then vanishes. Instead of actively trying to remember it, I just go on with the day. To resolve this I’m going to wake up 10-15 min early and focus on remembering them.

This morning when I woke up and the memory of dreams were still fresh in my head, I grabbed my phone really quick, and jotted some details about them down.

The first was about this guy who kinda reminded me of Wiz Khalifa; looked like him at least. This guy was a rapper and did more consciousness based raps, dispelling some of the illusions of modern society. He was in trouble with some corporation…. they thought he was slandering them in one of his songs, which took business away from them. Everything else about the dream is a little fuzzy… I remember a supermarket, nothing specific about it though. The guy, the rapper in the dream also had animated music vids, and talked a bit about his origins.

The second dream was related to fighting and stuff.

! – I just remembered shards of a third dream while typing this. It took place in a school. I saw one of my friends from my current school there and we talked a bit. Once we got into class, I think I was getting in trouble with the teacher…. something to do with the assignment.

I think these dreams were just surface ones, and weren’t things embedded deep within my subconscious. They’re all related to things I was doing/talking about last night before going to sleep.

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

It isn’t irrelevant WHEN you wake up. The nearer you wake up to your REM stage, the better you remember the dream. Time your alarm accordingly.
Also, you have more intense dreams in the morning. Time an alarm 90 minutes or so before your normal wake time, then sleep back. You will have better memories of the dream.
This is also a lucid dreaming method called Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming (i think) or WILD.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 3 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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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 7 years, 3 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, 3 months ago ago

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

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 7 years, 3 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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