Lucid dreaming is an amazing experience that anyone can have and enjoy if they know what lucid dreaming is about, how to prepare for a lucid dream, what to expect from lucid dreaming, and what to do in a lucid dream. But what should you do once the lucid dream ends? What post-dreaming benefits will you gain from lucid dreaming? This is where a lucid dream journal comes into play.
Your Mind’s DVR
A lucid dream journal is simply your way of recording what you have seen, felt, experienced, and done in your lucid dream. Many people have amazing normal or lucid dreams and enjoy the experience while it is happening, but moments after they wake up, it is lost, and they struggle to recapture the amazing feelings all throughout the day. It can be quite a loss to feel that, so the best solution to be able to relive it is to record it ASAP!
Fortunately, it is quite easy and fun to record your lucid dreams; it can even be the first thing you do for your daily routine. And like any skill, the more you do it, the better you become at it, and the more you can enjoy the benefits of the lucid dream journal!
We’ll have a more detailed guide on how to use a lucid dream journal to record your dreams in a future blog post, but for now, here’s what you need to know and what you should have:
- Have a notebook, notepad, or actual diary (with a pen of course!) ready to record your dreams by your bedside within reach. It is important you can easily grab your journal as soon as you wake up because your dreams will start fading at that moment, so be quick!
- As soon as you wake up, write everything you can remember. It is best to write them in the present tense so you keep the “moment” experience when you read them back. Be sure to add as many details as you can. Don’t think about grammar or spelling. Don’t correct anything! Write things down!
- Draw what you saw. It doesn’t matter if it’s stick figures or if it looks like a 3-year-old made it. Dreams are mainly visual after all, and this will help you recall your dream when you read back.
- Don’t skip a dream day. Write it down every time you dream, whether it’s a normal dream or a lucid one. This will train your mind to do it.
Oh, one more thing. It is important to have a dream anchor, something that will trigger your mind to remember your dream when you wake up. To do this, simply select an object in your room before you sleep and tell yourself that that object will make you remember your dreams. Always look at this object before you sleep, if you wake up in the middle of the night, and of course, upon waking up. Training your mind to do so will associate that object to your dreams, making you remember better!
The Benefits Of Keeping A Journal
The main benefit of keeping a journal is improving dream recall, and extending the experience of the dream into reality. Just like how re-reading a book or re-watching a favorite movie evokes the feelings felt when experienced the first time, only more potent and personal. This is most especially important with lucid dreams, as lucid dreams are of your own conscious creations, and like any work of art, you don’t want it to go to waste!
Another benefit is training your mind to be able to revisit your previous dreams, or at least, the theme of said dreams. Have you ever experienced dreaming about very similar places and experiencing very similar things over the course of your life? Imagine being able to consciously go back to those dream places when you lucid dream. The journal, with its records of details, will help you with that.
And finally, it also helps expand your mind. Making effort to recall your dreams, and the skills and the knowledge you have gained in those dreams makes your mind stronger, its reach bigger than before. Think of it like bodybuilding, but for your brain. And the stronger your mind gets, the more potent your dreams and the potential they carry can be.
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