The majority of our brain activity is run by our subconscious mind. It influences everything from who we fall in love with, to which jobs we take on, personas we adopt, addictions we develop, and aspirations we have in life. It’s also where we hide or suppress the emotions that we don’t want to face.
Subconsciousness doesn’t have verbal processor like our conscious mind. It relies on feelings and images to get the messages across. Paying attention to our dreams is one way to find the voice of our subconsciousness. Follow these simple 6 tips to help you kick start your dream journal.
- get a nice writing journal that you really like – something you will look forward to writing in.
- keep your journal by your bed and write in it as soon as you wake up
- add a title and date to each dream
- write your dreams in the present tense – it helps to put you in the moment as you’re writing them down
- don’t spend time on spelling, punctuation, or grammar – just focus on getting your dreams down on paper before you forget
- add sketches to your dream journal – a picture sometimes can bring back entire memories of a long-lost dream
It’s unrealistic to capture all your dreams through dream journaling. Your aim is to get in the habit of writing dreams down regularly. If you can do it a few times a week, then you are doing really well.
Here is an example template. Find your own style over time and enjoy!