wellness

Dream Journalling: Technique & Interpreting


RECORDING & INTERPRETING YOUR DREAMS

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I believe the symbolism of dreams to be very cultural and individualized; for this reason in interpreting dreams the more important take away is any consistent theme i.e. feeling anxious, sad, worried, pensive, joyous. Be as detailed as possible in your recording, for example, knowing that the dream surrounded performance anxiety, instead of just recording general anxiety. The more you know the more you benefit.

In time, you will start to recall more and more dreams (upwards of eight a night), and a clearer subconscious theme will emerge. This can point to things that you maybe feel during the day, but are either unaware of their presence, or things you feel but do not say/express in a healthy way. Ask yourself what is coming up consistently, and gauge how much you relate to that experience in waking, potentially taking steps to better manage those subconscious and fear driven responses.

 

DREAM RECOLLECTION TECHNIQUE

  1. STEP ONE | EQUIPMENT - Keep a dedicated dream journal and stationary next to your bed.

  2. STEP TWO | THE PROCESS - On waking, keep your eyes closed, mentally run through the major details of the most recent dream(s) point by point.

  3. STEP THREE | RECORDING - Open your eyes, then record in point form all major details, i.e. how you felt emotionally, place, interactions etc.

  4. STEP FOUR | INCREASE RECALL - After just a few days your ability to recall dreams will increase from one to as many as 8+ dreams. Record as many as possible.