01 September 2017
Something I found helpful when I was learning to remember my dreams is to ask myself a few questions when I first wake up. Instead of waking up and leaping out of bed, I would lay still in bed for a few minutes and just observe the nature of the images in my mind or the feelings/sensations in my body. If there was a strong emotion I would sit with it for a while and wait until more came up about what dream caused this emotion to surface.
I found thinking of a dream as a story line really helped. I’d ask myself key questions that are a part of every story.
- What as the setting? (Was it inside/outside? In nature? In a city, etc)
- Who was there? (Did I know the person? What were they wearing? What details are clear here?)
- What were we doing? (This is where the plot of the dream starts to emerge.)
- What was the main challenge/obstacle? (Every story has a challenge which comes either from a) nature b) inside the person c) from another person/group
- What was the outcome? How did it end?
When I asked these 5 questions I could begin to easily remember a dream nearly every time I slept.
Try it and see if it works for you too. Please let me know how it goes for you.