DREAM RECALL: Boost Your Memory Techniques
Making a consistent effort to recall and record your dreams will help your waking mind to associate itself more closely with your dream experience. It’s also an excellent way to increase imagination, creative and intuitive capabilities which are all intimately connected with dreams. Dreaming is absolutely essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind. The thing is that some people remember their dreams, while others do not. The reason that some individuals do not seem to remember their dreams can be explained by the fact that during the sequence of a typical night, we all go through a cycle of different levels of sleep.
According to Sigmund Freud, a well-known psychologist puts forward the theory that dreaming was the mind’s way of dealing with emotions, desires, and feelings, that the conscious mind would have a considerable amount of difficulty dealing with in any other way. These emotions are sometimes completely suppressed by the individual’s conscious mind and thus exist only in the unconscious mind. This is what we call dreams, where they appear in a disguised form.
How to better remember your dreams? Here are some helpful techniques in helping your dream recall:
KEEP A CLEAR MIND. It is important to stay positive about being able to remember your dreams. Having too many thoughts on your mind can distract you from remembering your dream in the morning. Tell yourself that “I will recall my dream when I wake up”. This is a proven technique to help dream recall. Simply by motivating yourself to remember your dreams will actually help you to better remember your dreams.
FOCUS AND ATTENTION. You need to understand that dream recall is an inherent, natural human trait. That is why young children are usually in touch with dreams, as are some native cultures who share their dreams with each other daily. Dream recall is a bit like a mental muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Without exercise, it may shrink, but it is there if you decide to work it out again. So if your recall is poor, trust that it will come in time, and the trust alone will actually help.
AVOID ALCOHOL INTAKE. Taking medication before going to bed or eating fatty foods too close to bedtime as these things can hinder you from remembering your dream.
BEDTIME HABIT. Before going to sleep, review your dreams from the previous nights. This allows you to begin to connect with your dream memory and is also an opportunity to interpret your dreams and spot connections to the day’s events. Suggest to yourself that you will spontaneously awaken when you need to without using an alarm clock since it can inhibit recall. This method works well with practice, but you may initially wish to set your alarm for 15 minutes after your suggested wake-up time, just to be safe. Any time you awaken, keep your eyes closed and do not move. If you moved since waking, return to your earlier body position. Gather as many images, feelings or impressions as you can, then rise and keep a pencil/notebook or tape recorder next to your bed so that it will be within reach as soon as you wake up. You want to make recording your dreams as easy a task as possible. Having a small lamp by your bedside is also a good idea should you wake up in the middle of the night and want to record your dream immediately. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can remember as you write. This is a challenge to yourself that requires a little more dedication but has it’s pay-offs since it gives your waking and dreaming states of mind more opportunity to overlap, and hence triggers better dream recall.
DRAW A PICTURE. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Even if you are not an artist a simple drawing can help to remind details of your dream.
MEDITATE. During the first few weeks of focusing on increasing your recall, take a quiet/meditative moment and imagine your dream journal’s pages filled with many written down dreams, and even accompanying drawings, images, and other notes that you’ve added about them. See this as clearly as you can in your mind and make sure to feel pleased that your dream recall is very good and still growing even better.
SHARE YOUR DREAMS. A weekly study group with a shared interest in dreams is unmatchable for sustained motivation and inspiration. Learn to share your dreams and talk about them with others, no matter how apparently insignificant. The more often you acknowledge your dreams and bring them into “reality”, the easier it will be to remember them.
Increase the number of dreams you can remember by waking up more often at night. We have several (Rapid Eye Movement) REM cycles in the night, and they get longer and longer toward the morning. If you only record the last dream you had before you get up in the morning, there are more dreams you might not be remembering.
Many people believe that dreams can provide insights into our lives and feelings, but the trouble is, they’re notoriously difficult to remember. With conscious effort, you can remember more of your dreams and recall them in greater detail.
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