Friends, I want you to listen to me very carefully.
A little more.
Ok. Here it is.
Your dreams are tiny treasures designed to help you achieve harmony, balance, and success in your life. Some would say they are messages directly from Spirit. When you brush your dreams aside, you are tossing goldmines of insight into the trash.
My friend, you are totally capable of deriving insight from your dreams. One of my missions in the Hidden Moon Tarot blog is to help you gain value from these phenomena, like I have for the past four years. Over the next two weeks, I will guide you through how I do it.
But I don't remember my dreams!
Well, not with that attitude you won't!
Ok, maybe that's a bit harsh. It's true that not everyone can pull up last night's feature with ease and grace. Heck, there are stretches of days when I can't seem to retain anything!
Yet, those times are few and far between. How do I manage it? Here are my 3 quick tips for retaining your dreams.
1. Set the Intention
You are about to start a long-term relationship with a part of your brain Jung called the Unconscious mind. There's the stuff you know - that's the Conscious mind. The stuff you'd rather not think about or judge you don't need in life - that stuff lives in the Unconscious mind. Well, the Unconscious is about to become a very close friend.
Before you do anything, you need to set the intention that your Unconscious is going to give you information via dreams. One effective way of doing this is through writing and repeating an affirmation. Something like:
Every night, I produce and easily remember my dreams; my dreams become more frequent and detailed every day.
Another way is to simply buy a dream journal, put it next to your bed, and have a pen handy. That simple act sends a message to your Unconscious that you're really serious about this. And it puts a little pressure on you too - haven't put anything in that journal yet? Shoot! Must get dreaming!
2. Feed the Source
Your Unconscious loves flattery. When I first started reading about dreams, I would recall 8 or 9 dreams every morning - my journal would be brimming. How did I unlock this torrent so suddenly? It's because my Unconscious loved that I was suddenly paying attention. It realized that it had an audience! Time to perform!
So, feed the beast by reading a book or blog about dream analysis. There are many excellent resources out there - Amazon is your friend. I've read a few and my favorite remains Robert Johnson's Inner Work. However, for the purpose of helping dream production and retention, it really doesn't matter how good the book or blog is. Your Unconscious will love it either way. Heck, just reading this blog may do the trick! Why, halloo there, Mr. Unconscious! So nice to see you...
3. Capture Everything, Fragments Included
I can hear the "duh" from a mile away, but this is important: make sure you have something to record your dreams in. Your memory may be good, but for just how long? A simple notebook or journal will do. Sometimes I use the "Notes" feature on my phone. Digital media is great because you can easily search for certain dreams later - this becomes mighty handy if you have a lot of them. However, a notebook may simply be easier and more organic. Whatever works for you!
Often times, the only thing we can remember about a dream is a short idea or image. That's fine. Write it down in your dream journal and move on. You've just turned on a faucet that perhaps hasn't been used in awhile, so be patient with the trickles. The fact that you're retaining a little today and a little more tomorrow and even more the following day is progress in itself. You're getting your dream mind into shape. The more you work it, the stronger it'll get - guaranteed.
Friends, I really hope these tips get the dream factory humming! Next week we'll talk about what you do with your dreams once you've captured them. Sound dry to you? Well, what if I mentioned that Bradley Cooper will be part of the discussion? Intrigued...?
Ha, thought so. ;)