This was in a response I got a question yesterday about how to remember one’s dreams, as this person was having what we was describing as very symbolic and important. So I sent him this email and thought I should share it with all of you as well.
As for dreams, all I can do is share some of the things that I did and see if any work for
you. I don’t think there are any tricks that work 100% for everyone.
The first thing was I had to have the intention that I did want to remember my dreams.
That I was serious about it.
I always kept a pen and paper right beside where i was sleeping. That included if i was sleeping somewhere other than
my own house. If the dream came in the middle of the night- ie i wake at 2am, then i would get out of bed and go to anotherplace in the house- to avoid falling back to sleepit it was normal waking time, then i would first try and do a quick scan and see if it was just one dream, or several dreams
The next part was key for me. It was to write down the dream in 3-4 sentences without too much detail. this happened then this, then this. I found that if I tried to write all the detail out right away, that I would forget the dream halfway through, and I would have a detailed first third and have almost nothing from the end. Once the 4 sentences were down, then i have an overview, so as a whole it wont be forgotten, then I would go out and put down as much detail as possible. If it was “I started by getting out of a a car.” what kind of car? what colour? where was it? was i driving or just sitting in the car when i got out?
That sort of thing
Then i would just leave it for the rest of the day, and then come back to it around 5 or 6 at night before eating and read it all over one more time and then see what impression i got from it then