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The world of dreams is a magical
place, full of mystery, drama and
amazement. In dreams, we can
find the perfect lover, speak multiple
languages, fly, fall, meet with dead loved
ones, perform feats requiring enormous
strength, rescue and be rescued, die
and rise again. There are no limits, no
boundaries, physical or otherwise, and
certainly nothing there is impossible.
Why then do so many people shun their
dreams, either denying they have any or
refusing to see them as important and
significant to life? Possibly it's because
not all dreamers are recallers, that is to
say, we all dream several times every
night but many wake with very faint or no
Dr Charmaine Saunders guides us through the wondrous world of dream language.
Start by reading some books on the
importance and meaning of dreams so
you have a basic understanding of this
important psychological tool. Then think of
some specific ways in which remembering
dreams might benefit you in your everyday
life so you can generate motivation. Always
relax prior to sleeping and have a pad
and pen right beside you on the bedside
cabinet. If you wake during the night and
have a dream fresh in your mind, turn the
light on and jot down a couple of points to
remind you in the morning, for example,
dog/garden/raining. At first, this will seem
intrusive on your sleep patterns, but with
time and practice, you won't need to
actually wake up to be able to recall dream
sequences. In the morning, you'll have a
vague or sharp recollection depending on
the importance and intensity of the dream.
It's often the emotional tone of a dream
that most matters so hold onto that and try
to connect with it. Say a "prayer" to your
dream guide before you sleep that you
will connect with your unconscious in the
dream world, enjoy the experiences and
have clear recollection upon waking.
Dream recall is a skill and, like any
other, requires practice and commitment.
Yes, it comes more easily and naturally to
some people, but we can all do it if we wish.
The type of person we are has a lot to do
with it. We fall into two general categories
-- recallers and non-recallers. Recallers
tend to be more interested in their inner
workings, psychological makeup, motives,
feelings and so on. Non-recallers are the
opposite -- they're more matter-of-fact,
straightforward, less open to metaphysical/
For me, there's a lot of value in
remembering the details of dreams because
it maximises the benefit of the message/
lesson we're meant to be receiving.
If you already are a recaller, work with
your dreams to improve understanding
and familiarity with the complexity and
metaphorical nature of dream language.
There are ways to make this pursuit easier
and easier. As to not remembering dreams,
it's just a matter of a shift in attitude. I will
outline some practical techniques to help,
but ultimately you have to decide if it's
something that is worth pursuing for you
After you wake...
● Keep a dream journal in which you write
out your dreams each morning. Some
mornings, you will wake with your mind
a total blank. Don't worry about it, you
probably just slept very deeply.
● If there are any outstanding symbols or
sequences, think about those first, but it's
more important to take in the overall dream
experience, particularly the emotional
content. If you feel sad or depressed, don't
worry about it; cry or feel down for a while
till the memory of the dream wears off.
● Meditate on the possible meanings for a
short period before you start getting busy
in your day. If the dream is full of "rubbish",
let it go, but if you feel the message could
be significant, think on it during the day to
elicit as much as you can from it.
Have fun with this. Don't take it all
too seriously. Dreams help us just by
happening. If you want to learn more, by all
means try my tips. You'll definitely improve
your recall as you go along and also find
that your dreams will get clearer and more
accessible simply because you have shown
your willingness to access your nocturnal
Why do dreams matter?
Dreams are a rich source of information
about our subconscious desires, feelings,
insecurities, fears and just about anything
else that lies beneath the surface of everyday
life. When we learn the language of dreams
and begin to plumb the depths of their
messages, there are huge benefits. They are
literally messages from the unconscious.
Along with meditation and hypnosis, they
are a gateway to our deepest selves, not
easily accessible in normal waking life.
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