You might not recall, but every night you will go through at least a few dreams. Everyone does. And these dreams are most times fun. Odd things go on, interesting experiences occur and hilarious situations can make sleep time a worthy anecdote.
Dreams are what put a little bit of charm to what if not would be 6-8 boring hours. Remember the most exciting ones and you will have a reason to look forward to going to bed.
You will be surprised by how simple the steps to remember dreams are. Just don’t be suspicious and read on:
Step 1: Make a conscious decision to remember your dreams.
This is the place to start. All your efforts will be worthless unless you put full commitment to remember your dreams. If you continuously propose yourself that you want to remember your dreams you will really do so. It’s a surprisingly powerful way to begin.
Remember your commitment all through the day. But the most important moment to do so is right before going to sleep. Once you turned all lights off and you are set to sleep, say to yourself “I will remember my dreams tonight.” Simple, but this works marvels.
Step 2: Try to remember what you dreamed as soon as you wake up.
As I said, we always dream. It just happens that as soon as we are awake that part of our memory is erased and rapidly replaced by our first perceptions of the day. In order to remember dreams you have to by-pass that system and, instead of having perceptions, the first thing you have to do is to try and remember what you dreamed.
Don’t look at the ceiling nor think about the day’s tasks. Not yet. Just think hard and through “What did I dreamed last night?” Do it immediately and you will recall at least a little bit. Make it a habit and your ability to recall will rapidly progress.
Step 3: Keep a dream journal.
Have pen and paper right next to your bed. And as soon as you wake up start writing all what you remember about the dreams. Even if you don’t think you remember, just spend a few minutes trying to recall at least a few tidbits. As long as you do it immediately after you are awake, you will have something to write about.
The first times you might be able to recall just a few lines and ideas. But with practice and time into it you will develop a multi-page recall of each of your dreams. I wrote pages and pages about a few dreams only a few weeks after starting to practice dream recalling.
Step 4: Practice.
The steps are really easy. Dream recalling something everyone can do. It just takes a bit of commitment and a few minutes of your time before and after you are sleeping. And it’s absolutely worth this small effort: it’s fun, exciting and will make amazing anecdotes.
Commit yourself to practice these steps for a little while and it won’t be long until you see results.
Step 5: Inducing lucidity.
In lucid dreaming is where the real fun is. Basically, it means to be fully conscious while your body is still asleep. It’s big: imagine being in control of the world, the environment and everything that is going on. It can’t be more exciting. I love lucid dreaming and I can’t help recommending it to everyone I meet.
Lucid dreams go beyond flying and sexual experiences. It is possible to learn and practice skills in the same moment your body is resting. Lucid dreams helped me overcome my life-long fear of heights as well as serving as a platform to master social and language skills, just to name a few.
The possibilities are endless and they are in your and everyone’s reach. Stay tuned as I will publish a long how-to lucid dreams article in the near future. In the meantime start building your dream recall as it is the first step in that direction.