If you want to dive deep into your dream life then a dream journal is absolutely essential for you to have. When you write your dreams down they will be easier to recall offhand for future reference. Your dream journal will also become your go-to point of reference when you begin to connect the dots between your dreams and your waking life. If you haven’t had a dream journal before it’s nothing to be intimidated by. Your journal is for you and you alone, unless you feel led to share with a confidant or interpreter at some point. Because it’s yours, you want to make sure you choose a journal that oozes with your essence. It should feel magical in your hands, like it was stamped with your unique spiritual signature. The reason for this is because the more your dream tools align with your essence, the more fluid the process of dreaming and creating will be overall.
Once you find your dream journal, you’ll want to keep it within reach by your bedside, along with a pen. This pen is not just any pen. This pen will become another tool used specifically for documenting your dreams. Therefore, it should also feel special upon selection. Decide to use this pen solely for recording your dreams.
There’s nothing to fear when it comes to journaling. If writing down your dreams is new to you, don’t overthink it. What’s most important for documentation is to write it down as soon as you wake up. The best process I have found for this is rather simple. Upon waking up, whether naturally or planned by an alarm or drinking water, take a deep breath and grab your tools. Sit up comfortably in your bed, date the page of your journal, and proceed to write down everything you remember without judgement. Once you get it all down, you will also want to write how you felt overall in the dream and in key scenes. Sit with it for a moment and re-read what you’ve documented and if there are any additional details that come to mind, write them down no matter how meaningless they may seem. Once you get it all out on the page, write what you sense the dream may mean to you in a new paragraph. It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong, this practice will begin to build your muscle for both self reflection and interpretation.
Though it’s common to type notes on our phones, it’s best to hand write your dreams in a physical journal. Not only is it therapeutic, but it’s a sensual process and the more senses you incorporate, the stronger your practice will become. Consistency is key with recording your dreams. Decide now to make this activity a part of your daily routine and commit to doing the work. You will find that in time your dreams will reward you.
Like most mature books, your life has many chapters. One helpful trick you can incorporate in your dream journaling is to give each dream a title once you are finished writing it down. This will typically be the last step in your process, a sort of finishing touch on each new entry. By naming your dream, it will help you have the eyes to see the dots in your waking life that connect back to it. I’ll give you an example from my own dream journal and waking life. Years ago I had an incredibly vivid dream that woke me up on the morning of my 28th birthday. In the dream I was driving down a beautiful street with impressive homes on each side. To my left I noticed a stunning white house with rather large pillars and I immediately declared, “That’s my house.” In between the pillars were three moving symbols. The first one was a podium, the second an open book, and the third were praying hands. I titled that dream “My White Pillar House of Purpose”. Mind you, the title doesn’t have to be award-winning, it just needs to make sense to you in a way that will enable you to recall the dream when needed. Roughly seven years later I was out for a walk in my neighborhood. On my usual route a film crew had blocked off the path I normally take, so I decided to take a turn. Once I rounded the corner and looked up I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the same stunning white house with pillars from my dream.
I knew I had to go inside.
Once inside I was welcomed by a cheerful man who invited me into a sitting room with dozens of spiritual books on healing. In the corner was a Victorian styled wooden podium with fresh sunflowers. As, I took a seat on the plush velvet couch I realized that all of the moving symbols in my prior dream were in that very room. The podium was there and so were the books. The books were spiritual in theme, specifically healing, so that connected to the praying hands. And in that moment I knew I had successfully connected a dot between my dreams and waking life thanks to journaling. I was able to understand my purpose on an even deeper level by recognizing the key I was meant to get in that moment was healing. Through speaking and writing books primarily dealing with spirituality I can help bring healing to others.
With this example that I’ve shared you can see that journaling your dreams can help guide you in life. But also take note that patience is often required. It took years for me to get another piece of the puzzle tied to that specific dream. This may not always be the case, but trust the process because everything is revealed at the ideal time if you pay attention.