How to remember your dreams: in 7 foolproof steps

You will be able to achieve the goal of remembering your dreams, you just need to practise. There are a few things you can do to help. I have spent many years studying dreams; my own, other people’s and also “dream theories”. No one can interpret your dreams for you, you have to do it yourself. But there are many dream symbols which are universal and can be learned and taught. But the most important thing you need to learn to do is to remember your dreams – then you can learn to interpret them.

# 1: Limit drugs and alcohol

Yes, no one wants to do this but it works. If you really cannot remember your dreams it’s a good idea to skip any sleeping tablets, and don’t drink alcohol or do any other drugs. If you do like a tipple or a jazz cigarette, don’t worry too much. Everything in moderation is fine but use your intuition to guide you.

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#2: Have a regular routine

Good sleepers go to bed at the same time each night and wake at a regular time too. It’s a good idea to practise this as it will aid you when you’re trying to remember your dreams. Having a regular schedule will set you up for success when trying to remember your dreams.

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#3: Write your dreams down

Yep! Sometimes you’ll only be able to get down a word or two – but in many cases, you’ll be able to piece together a whole, intricate dream that may surprise and shock you like my dream of black water going down a huge sinkhole in my recent traumatic dream. Write anything down that you can remember: colours, shapes, smells and feelings. Yes, you may remember smells and how things feel in your dreams when you get really good at remembering.

#4: Sweep your bed

I like this little trick. After you wake up, take your sheets and doona (blankets) off the bed and run your hands firmly over your base sheet with both hands in a sweeping motion. I find that this will sometimes bring a memory back to me. Give it a try.

#5: Picture images in your mind

Get used to visualising things in your day-to-day life. For example, think of an egg. Picture it in your mind. Picture rolling it across a table, gently with your fingers. Imagine the weight. Feel the temperature of the egg. Imagine the slightly rough surface of the shell. Imagine the exact colour. See? It’s just like you really have an egg. Practising these sorts of esoteric exercises will help your consciousness move between waking and sleeping states.

#6: Return from the dream state during the day

Most of us are in a perpetual dream – we fail to see the illusion of life – which is not really all there is around us. Come out of your dreams state. Look at the world afresh. See it for the first time. Wake up! Be present in the moment. Practise this and try to extend the amount of time you can remain fully aware. Work on this your whole life. Keep working.

#7: Become more aware in your daily life

Wake up constantly from your waking dream state – that way when you are really in a dream, you will be more likely to be able to wake up while dreaming and be conscious of what you are learning and seeing in your dreams. We all receive teachings in our dreams and when we place importance on awakening – our life changes.

What are you dreaming about at the moment? Please tell me below!

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