We all dream, whether we remember our dreams or not. Our most intense dreaming typically occurs when we’re in deep sleep (REM state sleep) when the brain becomes most active.
Not everyone agrees on the purpose for why we dream. Some scientists say there is no purpose for dreaming and that it’s just the brain acting chaotically while others say it plays an integral role in our mental, emotional, and even physical health.
Some spiritual teachers say that dreaming is basically the same as having an out-of-body experience where the subconscious reveals what is in the process of being manifested. Dreams, in this sense, directly reflect your truest desires and deepest feelings.
If you’re one to believe that dreams have spiritual significance, you may be interested in figuring out what your dreams mean. To do this, it’s helpful to keep a dream journal.
Journal As Soon As You Wake
Keep your dream journal and a pen right next to your bed so you can start writing down what you dreamt as soon as you come back to a waking state. Most people know what it’s like to be able to remember their dreams most vividly while they’re still fresh in their minds, which is why writing it down right away is so important. This way, you’ll be able to recall specific details about the dream that you might forget about if you waited even as little as 20 minutes after waking up to start journaling.
Write in Present Tense
It may seem obvious to journal about your dream in the past tense because it happened in the past, but tapping into the depths of your subconscious can be more accurately achieved when you write in present tense, as if the dream is being carried out all over again in your mind. So, for example, instead of writing, “I was eating a sandwich,” you’d write, “I’m eating a sandwich.”
Examine Every Significant Perspective
You may be acting as yourself in your dream, but in truth, every single thing that appears in your dream is a representation of yourself — because you created it. This is why it’s so important to write from the perspective of every single significant person or thing that you can remember. You can start with writing from the perspective of yourself first and then move on to the other people, animals, and yes — even places and objects. There’s really no wrong way to do this, so just write what might seem possible to you.
Pay Attention to How You Feel
As you write from the perspective of every significant aspect of your dream, pay close attention to your emotions. Write these down as well. The way you feel will help you uncover the hidden meaning behind even some of the craziest, most bizarre things you can recall in your dreams. Most things that appear in dreams don’t literally translate to what they are in real life. They’re usually symbolic representations of something else.
Want to Dream of Something Specific?
It’s possible to dream of something you actually want to dream about just by taking a few minutes before you go to sleep to visualize what you want to dream about. This is a great technique to use if you’re trying to manifest something in particular or if you’re trying to simply build better habits. You’ll wake up the next day far more prepared to take on what you intend to take on if you had dreamt about something more irrelevant.