Dream Recall Techniques and Approaches

Write out purposes and ideals: Why do you want to remember your dreams?  Clarifying your purposes or altering them can make a difference.

Go to bed early:  Getting a full night’s sleep can sharpen recall.  Also, our longest dream period is typically at the end of our sleep period.

Learn to wake in the night:  Catching a dream is enhanced by waking when it is over.  A preliminary period of about a week, using an alarm, can train us to awaken in the night at the appropriate time on our own.

Have a partner watch for REM:  Another person watching you sleep can tell you when you are having a rapid eye movement (REM) period.  If you are awakened soon after, you will probably remember the dream.

Pre-sleep suggestion:  Just before falling asleep at night, repeat to yourself a suggestion such as: “I will remember my dreams upon awakening.”

Dream review of journal work before bed:  You can “prime the pump” by reading your previous night’s dreams before going to sleep or by writing in your dream journal.

Paper and pencil by the bed:  Have something nearby to record dreams immediately upon awakening.  Some people prefer a tape recorder.

Don’t move upon awakening:  The Cayce readings say specifically that dreams are best recalled before the body regains its physical equilibrium.  That means lying still upon awakening.

Record just a key word or symbol:  If you cannot record the entire dream upon awakening, write down one or two key elements.  That will usually bring back the entire dream.

Relive the dream in reverse:  Upon awakening you will often recall the end of the dream.  Instead of trying to jump back to the beginning, start at the end and successively ask yourself, “What happened before this?”

Record your feelings:  if you don’t remember a dream in the morning make some entry in your dream journal, even if it si only how you felt upon awakening.

Review life questions:  Since we frequently dream about our concerns in daily life, a simple inventory of questions in the morning can be helpful.  In succession one asks, “Did I dream about…”

Regularly share and listen to dreams:  By sharing our dreams with others, we can develop a sense of dream community or family which may enhance recall.

Act on your dreams:  The real interpretation of a dream is an application in daily life.  By acting on the message of the dream, we deepen our relationship to the unconscious.

Prayer and meditation:  As we attune ourselves to the spiritual forces, our dream recall will improve.  We should certainly be willing to pray for ourselves to recall dreams.

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