Many have heard about lucid dreams, but few people manage to see them. Someone even sincerely believes that he does not see any dreams at all or he sees them very rarely. But I want to try what kind of fruit this is - lucid dreaming.
No wonder they say that this is a very useful practice in terms of self-development. And just to solve some personal problems, whether it’s health or the search for one’s own vocation.
Even if you are not interested in lucid dreams, and you are just looking for an intelligent dream book for interpreting dreams, you first need to be able to remember what you dreamed about. And it is desirable in detail, so as not to confuse anything in the interpretation of dreams.
I dreamed of Freud. What would that mean?
Stanislav Jerzy Lets
Want to achieve lucid dreams? Learn remember your ordinary dreams. If you don’t even remember ordinary dreams, then where is the guarantee that you will remember a lucid dream?
Someone naively believes that a lucid dream in itself is so vivid that it should be remembered. Nothing like this! Such vivid dreams, even among the conscious, are very rare. They are usually seen by trained people.
In most cases, a lucid dream differs little from ordinary sleep in its intensity. You just suddenly realize that this is a dream and that’s it. To enhance its brightness, saturation and to be able to manage it, you need to train.
And the very first training is just to learn to remember your dreams. This will not only allow you not to miss lucid dreams, but will also help you find your clues over time to realize that you are dreaming.
What, in fact, are we talking about? The fact is that each person has his own personal signs of a dream. It can be flying in a dream, repeating unusual plots, places or objects, looking at which you involuntarily wonder - what kind of garbage?
Life and dreams are pages of the same book.
But in an ordinary dream, as a rule, the critical mind does not work, so all sorts of unusual things pass by the cash register and are not particularly offended.
Your task, having learned to remember your dreams, then write out these signs of a dream in order to work with them to achieve awareness. We will talk about such work in detail in a separate article. In the meantime, we will take up our first task - we will learn to remember our dreams.
Working ways to remember dreams
To learn to remember dreams, it is enough to follow simple steps, but do it persistently and constantly. There will be no use if you only try a couple of times and then abandon this practice for weeks or even months.
The Internet is full of articles on the topic of “how to remember your dreams,” but often there are simply written out standard tips from the books of Stephen Laberge and other authors. In practice, half of these tips do not work at all, while others are so complex that they are inaccessible to most novice dreamers.
Here you will find the simplest and most important - working ways to quickly remember your dreams. Checked by me personally on my own experience. Go!
Method 1. Memory Training
Look through the window and for 5 minutes examine the picture that you see in front of you, down to the smallest details: at home, people, cars, animals. Focus on who is wearing what, what brand of car, what breed of dog, which insect or bird you see.
Then sit down and write down in a notebook everything that you managed to remember. After a few weeks of training, less and less nuances will slip away from memory.
Thanks to this technique, the brain is trained to remember the smallest details of what it sees. This will help to fix in memory and dreams.
Method 3. Dream Diary
Put a notebook and pen next to the pillow and write down in it everything you remember, whenever you wake up, even if you wake up at night. You can record all the details of sleep or only key points.
In the morning, looking through the notes, try to remember what you dreamed about. Over time, you will notice that dreams become brighter, and remembering them becomes easier.
The most important dream memory development tool is the dream diary.
Before going to bed, prepare to record your dreams. You can wake up in the middle of the night and remember the dream. You need to write it down immediately, so the notebook and pencil should be at hand. You should not get out of bed and go to the table to record a dream. As long as you get up and get to the table, you can forget the dream. Everything necessary for recording should be at the distance of the outstretched arm. This can be any notebook, pencil or pen, and preferably two, one just in case is better to have as a spare.
Also take care of a not too powerful light source. When in the middle of the night you turn on your flashlight to record a dream, the light should not blind you.
How to fall asleep
In order to increase the chances of remembering a dream, you need to fall asleep correctly. You are much more likely to remember a dream if you fall asleep with a calm head. When you go to bed, try not to think about anything, you can just watch your breath. This can be quite a challenge, as thoughts will attack your mind. It's okay if you find yourself actively thinking about something. Just let go of these thoughts and return to a state of thoughtlessness.
Alternatively, you can meditate a little before going to bed. Fifteen minutes of being in the silence of the mind during meditation will help you fall asleep in a calm state of mind.
One more very important the moment is the intention to remember a dream. Consciously create such an intention before falling asleep. There is no need to pronounce the phrase “I will remember a dream”, although such a technique can also work, it’s about the confidence that you will remember a dream. If you fall asleep with such confidence, you will definitely wake up and will remember the dream.
Sport helps to relax.
So that the mind does not fuss so much under the influence of annoying thoughts, I suggest going in for sports. After a good workout, the body is tired, it is easier to relax such a body before going to bed. And if it is easy to relax the body, then the mind will be much easier to relax.
What to do in the morning
As soon as you wake up, first try to remember the dreams. If you don’t remember more than one dream, all the same take a couple of minutes to try to remember.
Remember dreams immediately after waking up, that is, you do not even need to get out of bed. As soon as you understand that you are no longer sleeping, immediately concentrate on remembering dreams.
Record your dream immediately, without getting out of bed. You can write down a dream in a draft while lying in bed, then rewrite it in your dream diary with a neat and beautiful accent.
What to do during the day
In order to better remember dreams, think about your dreams during the day, remember them, relive the events of their dreams, walk your attention along the dreamed streets, forests and fields.
Also try to keep your mind calm. Catch yourself on the fact that the internal dialogue processes completely irrelevant information, spending your life force on it. Immediately gently stop this stream of thoughts, you can pay attention to breathing and for some time consciously follow it.
It is also very useful to study the phenomenon of dreams during the day, for example, read books about lucid dreams or watch a video on this topic.
If you want to go further in your development and master lucid dreams, I would advise you to read the books of Mikhail Rainbow.
Proper mindset for remembering dreams
I will not embarrass you with a difficult word intention, because even Carlos Castaneda himself could not really explain it. We’ll use a better, more understandable word - mood. From the word mood :)
How you will be set to remember dreams, so they will be remembered. If this is of little interest to you, once there is a feeling of mistrust or doubt of success, then it will be so.
You must really want to remember your dreams, otherwise nothing!
It is important to tune in correctly. The ritual will help you with this. Everyone invents it for himself. You can ventilate the bedroom in advance, take a warm shower, light a stick of incense, put a note under the pillow with the words “Today I will remember my dreams!”, Meditate on a candle flame, pray, turn to your beloved saint, etc.
There are tons of ways to tune in. Find something of your own that you prefer and make it your nightly ritual.
It is not so important what exactly you will do to create the right mood. The trick here is this: when you conduct your ritual, you are thereby reconfiguring your usual perception of the world.
It's like watching a fascinating movie. Just remember for yourself how you were fascinated to follow the events of some cool film. You were completely immersed in it, and the outside world ceased to exist for you.
The ritual works in exactly the same way. You shift your habitual perception to a new state in which you are tuned in to remembering dreams. It is also useful to give yourself a few verbal suggestions:
I remember dreams well. I will remember today's dreams. I remember the dreams very well.
How to record dreams? Many authors recommend keeping a dream diary, which should be kept near the bed and immediately upon waking up write down everything that you managed to remember.
The problem is this: in the diary you can write down only what you will remember in the morning, and this is from the strength of the last 1-2 dreams. And even the tail of the last dream, disappearing without a trace every second. It is difficult, sometimes impossible, to keep it in mind. He is like sand running through your fingers. Once you get distracted by something outside, everything will be forgotten instantly.
The diary is needed for something completely different. And in order to remember your dreams, you need to learn how to quickly sketch them in the form of short notes, to literally make a dream abstract, without unnecessary details. For this, a diary is not needed, but only a regular piece of paper, a pen and a small flashlight are needed.
The process is as follows: as soon as you wake up from the next sleep cycle, which all of us have several times a night, immediately turn on the flashlight, grab the pen and quickly write down on the paper very briefly the plot of the dream and the dialogues, if any.
If you dreamed of some unusual object, then draw it quickly, as you can, without unnecessary details. And then go to bed again.
Personally, I always have on my bedside table a piece of A4 paper folded in half + a good, easy-to-write pen and a headlamp that is convenient to put near so that it does not blind my eyes and shines only on paper.
The process of such a quick recording of a sleep abstract usually takes no more than 5-10 minutes. And even though I don’t write down the small details, they are then easily remembered when I rewrite my dreams in a dream journal in the morning. And sometimes new details come up.
There is only one difficulty - not to be lazy at night to break away from the pillow and record a dream. It’s not even laziness, but just such a state of half-nap, when you haven’t completely woken up yet, but you don’t really sleep. At this moment, uncontrollably pulls back to sleep.
Here you will have to try to pull yourself together, get up and write a short dream.
The most important thing is not to persuade yourself that you already remembered the dream and write it down later in the morning. It's not gonna go! In the morning you will forget everything. This is 100%.
You may have to spend several nights in a row training such a skill, but it's worth it, believe me. I, too, sometimes too lazy at night to get up and record every dream. Especially if it is not very interesting. Moreover, with experience it will seem to you that you really began to better remember your dreams and can easily record everything in the morning.
This is mistake! You can and will remember a little more, but not so much as to successfully work with your dreams and even more so to achieve awareness in them. To do this, you need to not only learn to remember a few scattered passages of dreams, but to memorize entire plots and make maps of the area. I will also talk about sleep cards in a separate article.
Now let's talk about how to rewrite your brief abstracts of dreams in a journal (diary) of dreams.
A magazine for that and a magazine in order to conduct it thoroughly and in detail. Here you transfer all your night recordings in all details, supplementing with pop-up details along the way. The most important thing to remember is not only the details of dreams, but also your mood in them, your feelings, emotions, etc. and write it all down too.
Also in the journal you set the date and write a heading corresponding to the content for each dream. At the end of the journal, leave a few blank pages where the table of contents will be. Here you only record dates, titles and page numbers for quick search.
About the magazine of dreams and how to work with it I will describe in detail in a separate post. Here I note that the dream journal is something that you will need to constantly re-read before going to bed. Not necessarily all, just a few entries are enough.
This not only fine-tunes you to remember new dreams, but also helps to remember some previously missed details of already recorded dreams. They should also be added to the dream log.
For a good memory of dreams, get enough sleep
Often the reason that people do not remember their dreams is a banal lack of sleep. This is especially true for those who go to bed late, and get up only with the ringing of the alarm clock. There can be no question of remembering dreams.
Therefore, for the successful practice of remembering dreams, you just need to go to bed early. Normal sleep should be at least 8 hours. It is best to go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up at 6 a.m. This will not only allow you to get enough sleep and remember your dreams, but it is also very good for your health. No wonder they say that every hour of sleep until midnight replaces 2 hours of sleep after it.
If you are fond of the trend of early waking up today, but go to bed late and sleep for 6 hours or less, then this will only harm yourself. 8 hours of sleep is the minimum of a normal rest regimen for the body. Do not rape yourself in the hope of becoming more productive, getting up no light or dawn. For this you need to go to bed earlier.
That's the whole process of remembering dreams. Make this practice permanent and the results will not be long in coming.
I hope you don’t need to remind about the dangers of such things as eating at night, drinking alcohol and watching action movies or TV shows just before bedtime. It does not lead to anything good. And even more so for remembering dreams.
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