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.
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!
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Lastly, check /r/luciddreaming
Sometimes I dream about mundane things like work and stuff, other nights I do the most epic things (like meeting powerful animals or doing ritualistic dancing). So I see more and more that everything in life (love, emotions, opportunities, people) has its own rhythm, a seasonal / circadian / to-and-fro like waveform… Last night, btw, was a mundane night. I dreamt about work and colleagues. But still it was informative because the dream told me to be more myself.
I’m new to this site but this thread intrigued me. I long to dream like normal people do. For as long as I can remember I have suffered with nightmares. For 30+ years (I’m now 47 yrs old) I have tried various ways to stop dreaming, or at least stop remembering them.
Sometimes they linger for days, not just the feelings but I can actually visualise them.
Often I wake myself up screaming and I grind my teeth so badly I literally break teeth. My dentist jokes that without me she wouldn’t be able to afford holidays.
I rarely go a night without waking up sweating and exhausted, tangled in the sheets.
As a terrified child I would go and get in my parents bed. I also used to sleep-walk as a child but that stopped in my teens.
When my husband was alive he would wake me up and soothe me.
There are several I have that recur, it’s like watching a video, with exactly the same events and people and powerful feelings.
I’ve tried relaxation techniques, reading or listening to music before sleeping, getting drunk, writing down the worse recurring ones in detail (in the hope of neutralising their power), smoking weed, taking valium but nothing has ever helped.
Occasionally (every 2-3 months) my brain/mind will shut down and I’ll sleep for 18+ hours solidly, without dreaming or waking or remembering dreams.
I think I’m lacking a protein or enzyme or there is a chemical imbalance in my brain…
Interestingly, the best sleep I have ever had was when I slept in a bamboo hut in the jungle in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. For 3 whole weeks I didn’t have one nightmare and I didn’t remember dreaming. Unfortunately it’s not practical to live in a hut on a remote island in the middle of the Bay of Bengal for the rest of my life…
However, I will read this thread with interest and maybe learn something from it that will hopefully help me.
In the meantime – I wish “sweet dreams” (sogni d’oro) to all of you …
I suffer from night terrors and nightmares my whole life too. I hardly ever have a GREAT dream. They either cause me to wake up unable to catch my breath and then follow with sobbing or they are just disconcerting, non happy dreams that are weird and sometimes come true. Sounds strange but I swear, they do! Anyway, if you want to chat send me a message. If anything, I know the best ways to forget what you just dreamed of and how to try and change your dreams from nightmares to less terrifying dreams. Sorry you get these too, they SUCK ! : ) PM me anytime! PS I sleep better ANYWHERE but my own bed too! lol Weird huh?
The one difficulty that I have is that when I wake up in the morning, its still dark and I’m sharing a room with multiple people so i have to get up and go to the living room to write my dreams down. So as soon as I wake up I repeat the dream in my head over & over. But that really isnt a big problem. Lol
What I have noticed is that i only remember my dreams in the morning if I wake up at least once during the night. Like if I go to bed at 9pm and wake up at 1am, I’ll remember my dreams that next morning.
I’m having difficulty remembering to journal in the morning. If I don’t remember my dream right upon waking, then I won’t remember to journal. And the point of journaling is to be able to remember your dreams… so it’s a vicious circle!
What have you done to help yourself remember immediately upon waking?
I would suggest not getting up and doing anything for the first 10 minutes. Lie back down, keep your eyes closed and don’t try to hard to remember, your mind should take you right back where it was before waking and if you are awake but still in that half asleep phase you should be able to remember what you were dreaming about better. I do THE OPPOSITE when I have nightmares. If I keep my eyes closed and stay lying in bed I am still in that “place” I was in the dream. It works for me and worth a try! Good Luck! : )
I’ve been practicing lucid dreaming for yesrs and a kid . I wasn’t aware of it but I’d keep a dream journal and relax and while drifting to sleep I could imagine my dreams and as I doze off that theme would continue. I can walk talk do whatever in my dreams. And can wake up and return right back to where the dream left off.
I wanted to share with you this tip to help you remember your dreams better:
Go to sleep 2 hours before the time you usually go to sleep :), but beware that that will activate your subconsciousness more and real life will influence much more what you seam about.
Its wonderful! I started to forget the importance of dreaming but I am back at it remembering and writing them down! I have about 20 days written down and after I write my next one down, I am going to re read my last ones. Its funny when you are trying to remember as soon as you wake up, I find myself reminded of long past dreams and the vivid details. Its truly amazing to know that our brain possesses such power. And lucidity makes me want to explore my consciousness even further!
During this past week I had a few dreams, but only wrote down two. Became semi-lucid in one of them, by that I mean the dream become really vivid, but I didn’t become aware that I was dreaming.
Something cool happened. I experienced a little precognition. In one of my dreams, I was driving around in the first car I ever got, but it was fixed up and decked out in new stuff. I pulled into a parking lot to check out all the new gadgets. In the middle of my dash board there was camera equipment for viewing things in front and behind the car. It was fascinating because the monitor to view the camera was some type of headset device, kinda similar to an oculus rift a little, but more flat. During the next day, in waking life, I went to an interview and the guy took me on a tour of the resort in his car. Right on top of his dashboard was a monitor for his rear view camera…. weird.
My goal for this coming up week is to at the very least write down one dream upon waking, no more waiting til later.
Just came across the HE page and i feel at home. Wish i was here for last months challenge. Anyways, a week late or not, I’m in. I feel I am personally, & slowly entering a higher state of “awareness” thats has been slowly culturing throughout my entire life. The more I do become aware, the more it all makes sense. I have a good feeling that this site & many of the people will greatly help me reach the level of consciousness I have been patiently yearning for.
As far as dreams, I have always had weird, crazy, bizarre, extraordinary dreams. Several times I knew I was dreaming but didn’t control or influence the dream. Hopefully this challenge will help me reach that stage.
I already started wrting down my dreams and had several Lucid Dreams to share. I hope they are entertaining enough for reading :) By the way, I know that some people dream in color and in Black and White (I have heard this from several places) I want to say that I dream in VIVID color, VIVID sense of smell and taste and have TACTILE (feel) things in my dreams. In fact, upon waking, I sometimes have tastes and odors that will NOT GO AWAY even after I have been awake for hours. (Talk about Lucid Dreams!) Anyway, I will post my dreams in order of date and describe each one. If ANYONE would like to take a crack at INTERPRETING what my dreams might mean Psychologically, Metaphysically or plain old Superstitiously.. have at it! I would be interested in hearing it all. It might be worth mentioning that I have a REM sleep disorder documented by a Sleep Study Neurologist. While in the REM stage of sleep I have what is best described as a seizure and there was a period of years where I would wake up during the REM cycle “physically” but not “mentally”.. my eyes would be rolling around as if I were still dreaming, meanwhile, I could sit up, I was awake, and have my eyes rolling uncontrollably for a good 10 minutes or so. Sometimes it was so bad I threw up afterwards and could not get the “spins” to stop until I slept again for at least a 1/2 hr and reawakened without the eye rolling issue. Every single Psychology Professor I have asked about this has looked at me like I was nuts. And Doctors are baffled. My Neurologist monitored my sleep for 48 hours with 30 or so electrodes specially glued to my scalp connected to wires and a small computer hard drive in order to diagnose me with this special rare disorder that causes me to awaken during REM and also have a sleep disruptive seizure about every 15 minutes during sleep. While I am telling you all of this I also want to add that, as hard as it is to believe, and I KNOW people are going to tell me I am “full of it” but I do have dreams that come true. Not all of them, but, I DO have dreams that are nonetheless foretelling of something that happens shortly afterwards. It is usually a vague thing that I don’t realize until I watch it unfold. But I swear, This happens to me often. Anyway, I hope people will comment and PLEASE if anyone else has things like this happen to them I would LOVE to have someone that I can relate to! So let me know. I mean, we only use about 10 percent of our brain capacity, who is to say that maybe something in my brain is a little over that 10 percent? I will leave you all with that and post my first dream following this post. Thanks for reading! I love this website! Kat
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.
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.
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.