Dream journaling is a powerful tool that allows us to understand what’s happening in our subconscious and check in with who we are really here to be. What is beyond your everyday self? What is your inner power trying to tell you?
Recognising your dream and how it makes you feel is a magical experience which allows you to dive deeper into who you are and build a greater relationship not only with yourself, but with others.
You know those feelings that you just can’t quite put your finger on during the day? A dream journal can help identify patterns in your subconscious thoughts, helping you understand why you feel a little ‘off’ and allows you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. I mean, it’s much less difficult to work through something when you understand its root cause.
Keeping a record of your dreams can also fuel your creativity and inspire you. Not only the dreams themselves, but the process of thinking about each dream and asking questions, too. You’ll learn to be more open-minded and inquisitive in your waking life, which can help you find more creative solutions to problems and situations you face every day.
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Physically making note of your dreams each morning is an intentional act, something deserving of your time and mental energy. When you spend time physically noting and writing down your dreams, you’re making both your conscious and subconscious mind aware that your dreams are important to you. This can then make it easier for you to achieve a lucid state of dreaming – in which you are aware of the fact that you’re dreaming and can then control the action within your dream. Lucid dreaming can improve your waking life, but you have to be open to it. I will dive into this further in another article. For now, let’s look at how you can start dream journaling.
Each morning, as soon as you wake up, try to remember as much as possible about your dream and write it all out in your journal.
The purpose of your dream journal is to record your dreams and the meaning behind them.
- First, describe your dream in as much detail as possible. E.g when, where, who
- Next, describe what you think your dream represents. E.g change, trauma, growth
- Now, how did this dream make you feel? e.g anger, sadness, joy, laughter
If it’s easier, try sketching your dream, instead of writing it out.
Remember, there aren’t any rules to dream journaling — only potential. Maybe you’ll come up with something big; maybe you’ll start to notice new things about your own psyche. Either way, it’s a great way to self-reflect, connect with yourself and re-align with your purpose.
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It’s exciting trying to figure out what your subconscious mind wants to teach or show you, isn’t it? And with a whole journal of your dreams to investigate, the self-discovery never has to end.
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To understand more about dream journaling and how it can help strengthen the relationship with yourself, I encourage you to listen to my Flourish & Fulfilled podcast episode with Brad Fennell, relationship facilitator/coach. We discuss relationships, how to keep a healthy balance, communication and how important dreaming is to a relationship.Listen to the episode 'Why the Relationship With Yourself Is Important' on Apple Podcast or Spotify.