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In this age of multitasking, text-messaging, and information-overload, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture.
Learning to listen to our dreams is one way of getter better acquainted with the unconscious mind.
-Dr. Jason Holland, Lifespark
Moments of fear, dread, or excitement may briefly bubble to the surface during our waking hours but ultimately fade against a backdrop of busyness and running from one task to the next.
Still, these emotionally-charged moments register in the unconscious brain. And sometimes they re-visit us at night in our dreams.
Learning to listen to our dreams is one way of getter better acquainted with the unconscious mind. It may provide a window into issues or concerns that, for whatever reason (e.g., because they are confusing or psychologically threatening), may have slipped past conscious detection.
If you are interested in peering through this window, keeping a dream diary can be great way to get started.
In our Lifespark Daily Dream Diary we’ve provided you with a structured dream diary that poses 4 general questions about your dream. These questions are based on research findings about the meaning of dreams, as presented in the related article here.
The 4 questions are as follows:
1. Provide a brief sketch of your dream
What happened? What kinds of symbols or imagery appeared? What do these symbols and images mean to you?
2. What was the emotional vibe of the dream?
How did you feel during the dream or when you first woke up? How does it feel to recollect it now?
3. How does the emotional content of the dream connect with issues you are facing now?
Think back on moments from the day or week prior. Do you recall having similar feelings?
4. If this dream were a message, what would it say?
If you had more than one dream during the night (and they seem unrelated), journal about the one that feels most important or vivid.
An example of what an entry into the diary might look like using the “snake dream”, see the image to the right.
Try Journaling about the dreams that you remember for a week. And if you’d like to keep recording your dreams all year long, we’ve provided 52 weeks of blank entries in our Lifespark Daily Dream Diary
Look for trends and patterns in your dreams.
What do they suggest is primarily of importance to you? Do your dreams reflect some persistent unmet need? Or perhaps there is some looming future concern that weighs large in your dreams? When do you notice you are most likely to have vivid or memorable dreams?
Take stock of these insights and use them as catalysts for positive change in your life.
Good luck and enjoy your daily dream journal! And let us know how it goes in the comments box below.