Dream journal intro
I’ve been considering starting to take a dream journal for quite some time, but I never really got around to it. So, starting tomorrow morning, when I wake up I’m going to immediately write down everything I can remember about any dreams that I had that night. The idea is that eventually I’ll be able to recognise patterns in my dreams, and I’ll be able to distinguish between when I’m dreaming and when I’m awake; and of course, when you’re able to recognize when you’re asleep, you’re able to have lucid dreams. I don’t really have any specific reason for wanting to have lucid dreams, but they do sound pretty fucking cool. Anybody who also wants participate in this endeavour is greatly encouraged to keep and/or publish their own dream journal, and perhaps we can get some interesting discussions going as a result. Leave a comment and tell me if you’re going to be posting your own!
Tips for achieving a lucid dream (that I’ve seen repeatedly all over the web):
- During your (supposed) wakefulness, do little “consciousness tests” where you do such things as flick a light switch a few times to see how it reacts, or look at your watch or some other clock. Light switches apparently don’t react correctly during a dream, and watches don’t keep time that makes sense, because your brain’s perception of time is fucked. If you can make these things a habit, you’ll eventually start doing them in your dreams and you’ll be able to notice when something’s off, thus cluing your mind in to the fact that you’re not in the physical world any more.
- When you know you’re in a dream and you feel yourself slipping back into wakefulness (due to your mind being exposed to so much sensory shit and feeling like it’s awake), look at the floor and spin around in circles in your dream. This makes you concentrate on the dream, and brings you back into it.
- Try to discuss and really think deeply about your dreams when you’re awake. Try to think about what they mean, what your mind is trying to tell you, and try to identify patterns (like, for instance, “I always always always see one particular dog” or something silly like that). That way, you’ll be able to notice when something that only happens in your dreams is happening.
I’m going to try really hard to actually make time for this, because it sounds like it’ll be really interesting. I hope we can get some good discussions happening, and perhaps discover some deeper things about ourselves.