This morning April 11, 2012, I suddenly awoke feeling a bit worried after having a horrific nightmare or perhaps just a very scary dream. Whatever the case, I did wake myself up screaming “help me!” With my eyes wide open, still shaken from my dream, I stumbled out of bed, stepping over my dog making my way to the kitchen. As I was making coffee, I knew I had to hurry and jot down my dream before it evaporated from my brain.
Strangely in the past, when I jotted down my dreams and dated them, at some time in the future they came true. However, I don’t always remember my dreams but when I do, they come to fruition in some form. Sometimes just a snapshot of the dream will appear later in my life and suddenly I’ll have a Dejavu moment and I feel like I’ve been there before.
There are studies of dreams that say they are symbolic and sometimes a sign of the future so I thought why not have a place where we can share our dreams/nightmares and at the same time document them. This will allow us to come back to review what we’ve dreamt and to see if there’s a pattern or perhaps a peep into the future.
Wikipedia defines; Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.
According to Freud, every dream represents a wish fulfillment. Dreams are representative of the imaginary fulfillment of a wish or impulse in early childhood, before such wishes have been repressed. The dream images represent the unconscious wishes or thought disguised through symbolization and other distorting mechanisms. Freud has postulated the existence of a “censor” which excluded unconscious wishes during conscious states and which in sleep compelled the transformation of unconscious wishes into the disguised conscious form of the dream as experienced by the sleeper. Freud assumed that this “censor” was in the service of the ego: that is, he considered it as self preservative function which was in accord with his belief that reason and volition presided over these functions. With the development of ego psychology, the activities of the censor, along with the manifestations of repression, displacement, and symbolism in waking life, have been included among those functions of the ego and superego which may lie outside the individual’s conscious awareness.
In 1900, Dr. Sigmund Freud penned a book, “The Interpretation of Dreams.”
Here’s my tip on how to remember your dreams. In my experience, the best way is to jot them down right away before you talk to anyone. I try to remain in a dream-like state as I jot down things I remember. Sometimes once I write something down, I remember something else about the dream and I’m able to create a timeline of the events which explains the events in a story-like fashion so to speak.
There are several websites that explain how to remember your dreams. I thought this one was the most concise.
How to Remember Your Dreams
1.) Make a conscious decision to remember your dreams. You’ve got a better chance of remembering your dreams if you really want to remember them. Assuming you do want to, tell yourself that you’re going to remember your dreams and conscientiously follow the steps to make your desire to remember your dreams come true.
2.) Put a pad and pen or pencil within easy reach of your bed. It’s best if it just has plain paper with no designs or other distractions. Use this pad only for recording your dreams. Before you go to sleep, make sure it is open to the next page on which you can write so you don’t have to search for a blank page when you wake up. Always put the pen in the same spot so that you don’t have to search for that, either. An alternative to writing your dreams is to keep a tape recorder near your bed or under your pillow so that you can verbally recount what happened in your dream.
3.) Place your alarm clock close to your bed. When you wake up you want to be able to focus on remembering your dreams before you perform any other activities. If you can wake up without an alarm clock, you won’t have to worry about turning it off, but if you do need an alarm, make sure you can turn it off quickly and easily, preferably without even moving in bed. Don’t use a radio alarm clock, as the ads or chatter on the morning show will likely distract you from your task.
If possible, try using a gentler way of waking up. Wake up on your own, ask someone to wake you gently and without talking to you, or hook up a timer to the lights in your room. Many people find that they are able to better recall dreams if they don’t use an alarm clock.
4.) Place a post-it note on the alarm clock, with the words “What did you dream?” or similar in large letters, so that it’s the first thing you see when you open your eyes (and turn the alarm clock off).
5.) Get to bed early enough to get adequate sleep on a consistent basis. If you wake up too tired to think, you’ll find it hard to recall your dreams. Too little sleep will also limit the number of dreams you have. People who sleep less than six hours have a hard time remembering dreams.
6.) Think about a major problem or emotional concern right before you fall asleep (nothing that will spark too much of a negative feeling). Think deeply about the situation without pressing for solutions or coming to conclusions. Just thinking about the problem “opens the door”, in a sense, to more vividly remember dreams, and the dreams may even offer more insights regarding the problem at hand.
7.) Concentrate on recalling your dream as soon as you wake up. Typically you can remember only the last dream you had before waking. Don’t move and don’t do anything. Stay in the same position as the one in which you awoke and try to remember as much about your dream as possible before you think about anything else.
Focus your gaze on the first object you see as you open your eyes. Look at the object; focus on it. That object will most often take the vague recollection of your dream to a place mark in memory where it is easier to recall details. A doorknob, a light bulb, or a nail in the wall, for example, will quell your urge to begin your day, and will help you to settle into memories of what you had experienced while sleeping
8.) Record your dream in your dream journal. Jot down as much as possible about your dream, starting with a basic sketch that includes such things as the location of the dream, the basic plot, the characters, the overall emotion of the dream (i.e. were you scared or happy in the dream?), and any prominent images you can recall. If you can remember any dialogue, you may want to write it down first, as words in dreams are easily forgotten. Record everything you can, even if you can only remember one image. As you get the basics down, more of the dream may come to you.
If you can’t remember anything about your dream, write down the first thing that comes into your mind upon waking. It may be related to the dream in some way, and it might trigger recollections. Also write down how you’re feeling when you wake up. The emotions you experience in a dream typically remain, at least for a brief period, when you awake, so if you wake up anxious or elated, ask yourself why.
9.) Increase the number of dreams you can remember by writing in your dream journal every time you wake up throughout the night. You dream several times while you’re sleeping, so 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. It’s always tempting to go right back to sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night, but take the opportunity to remember what you were dreaming before you do—in all likelihood you will not remember it in the morning.
Since you usually only remember the last dream you had, you can remember more dreams by waking up several times during the night. We go through a complete sleep cycle approximately every 90 minutes, so you may find it productive to set your alarm to wake you at some multiple of 90 minutes (such as 4.5, 6, or 7.5 hours) after you expect to go to sleep. Dreams in the later half of the night are typically longer than those you dream soon after going to sleep, so you probably want to wait until at least the 4.5 hour mark to intentionally wake yourself.
This is only recommended for people who get adequate sleep and who can fall back asleep easily. Otherwise, skip this step.
10.) Keep a notepad or voice recorder with you throughout the day. Often something you see or hear later in the day will trigger a memory of a dream from the night before. Note these recollections without delay, and think about them to see if you can remember how they fit into the rest of the dream. It also helps to continually think about your dreams throughout the day.
I found Dreammoods.com to be a great interpretation site but feel free to post other websites or even personal information you happen to know about dreams.
Remember everything is subject to personal beliefs and there is no right or wrong. Its perfectly acceptable to interpret your dream in your own personal way too. Who better knows YOU than yourself, just remember to be discreet when posting your dreams. Personal information such as names and locations, are definitely not a good idea. Be creative. Be descriptive and have fun sharing.
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