The Importance of Keeping a Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal is important to many, young and old alike.
You dream every day of your life, several times per sleep with each one lasting 5 to 20 minutes.
But guess what?
Dreams are elusive. They go away as soon as you step out of bed, or are alerted by your alarm clock.
You need to capture your dreams.
Journaling is the best way to nail down your dreams, recall details of each, and make sense of their meaning in your life.
Why People Keep Dream Journals
People keeping dream journals usually do so for the following reasons:
- Recall dreams – They tend to forget their dreams. It disturbs them to not remember them or to try recalling them and not be able to.
- Decipher messages in dreams – They get dreams that are good, bad or who knows? Whether pleasant or not, these dreams to them are chock-full of symbols, images, colors, puzzles or cryptic messages that they want or need to understand.
- Understand self better – They get to have a better perspective and regard of themselves. They get insights of themselves in terms of their motivations, attitudes, behaviors, emotions and thoughts.
- Act on messages in dreams – Dreams are a great vehicle for messages that may be urgent or provide enlightenment and guidance for things in the future.
If that sounds boring, well, get this:
Your dream journal may let you win the lottery!
A close kin won over half a quarter million dollars by keeping tab of his dreams. Through the years, he has kept a journal of numbers – daily expenses, monthly bills, paycheck, payables, pension, cash on hand, bank account information – including his dreams of lottery numbers.
My hubby was close to it. While at university ages ago, he dreamt of two sets of numbers. They didn’t make sense to him but recorded them anyway. That week, there was a draw to a numbers contest and the winning number corresponded to some simple calculations he made up using the first set of numbers.
Well, he applied the same formula to the second set of numbers and… surprise, surprise! He ended up with the winning number for the next draw.
Bummer of bummers – he didn’t bet on it.
That would have easily been $100 cash to his pocket, which was handsome money at that time.
Your dream may be an omen.
It may be good, like:
- getting a job offer for a lucrative position in a prestigious company
- court case settlement working at your favor
- winning a trip to Europe.
It may also be bad, like:
- cheating by spouse or business partner
- accidents or deaths
- upcoming environmental turbulence or disasters.
What Do Dreams Really Mean?
Dreams are your key to the unknown.
To Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist well-known in the 20th century for his interpretations of dreams,
Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.
They are like movements or motions in the mind – a shoutout by your subconscious – to try to grab your attention, point you to important messages, and let you act on them.
Dreams have helped people solve problems, get out of messy situations, or simply see light on ongoing issues.
This connection between dreams and the subconscious has been speculated on for centuries. Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, theorized that there is a definite connection between dreams, emotional needs and waking experiences.
Your dream journal is therefore an antidote to your failure to recall dreams.
However, for you to take full advantage of your dreams, you need to record them in as much detail as you can remember.
Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says. ~Sigmund Freud
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