Dream Journaling 101

If you think you don't dream, or can't remember your dreams, try these simple steps and prepare to surprise yourself.

Excerpted with permission from "Dreams Do Come True," by Layne Dalfen, published by Adams Media


Many people believe they cannot meet the first requirement of dream work-remembering their dreams. The events in our dreams leave a very feeble impression on our minds, but we can correct this problem by taking steps to capture the memory as soon as we wake up. Dreams are not as difficult to remember as many people think. Most of the methods for dream recall are simple and easy, and they start to work in just a few days.

For those of you who are not accustomed to remembering your dreams, let's discuss the process step by step. The first and easiest suggestion is simply to

tell yourself to remember a dream

. As you drift off to sleep, say to yourself, "I am going to remember a dream."

It is also useful to spend a few minutes visualizing this process. Picture what it will be like to wake up the next morning with the dream images in your head. Imagine what it will look and feel like to reach for a pen and paper and start writing. Leave the pen and paper beside your bed because believe it or not, you will probably remember a dream within a few days.

If you wake with a dream or even a fragment of a dream, it is important to write it down right away. Don't get out of bed. You might forget it. If you can't remember the whole dream, write down as much as you can. Don't worry about writing in complete sentences. Just try to get as many images, characters, actions, and feelings from the dream as possible. Many people find that as they start writing, more and more of the dream comes back. It won't be long before you are remembering all the details. And if you do, go ahead, write your dream down in detail.


When you're done jotting down the notes on your dream, write down how you felt when you woke up. Were you happy, sad, scared, angry? Did you feel tired or rested? Did you have some thought in your mind, or some fragment of a song?

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