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Dream diary

Lucid Dreaming: – Dream diaries help induce and remember lucid dreams – Writing down dreams increases dream recall – Searching for dream signs reveals recurring […]

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Lucid Dreaming:
– Dream diaries help induce and remember lucid dreams
– Writing down dreams increases dream recall
– Searching for dream signs reveals recurring themes
– Recording dreams immediately after waking up is crucial
– Writing the next day’s date in the diary reinforces the intention to remember dreams

False Awakenings:
– Keeping a dream diary may lead to false awakenings
– Some report writing down dreams within dreams
– Dream diarists may record the same dream multiple times
– Recording dreams in a physical diary post false awakenings
– The discipline of waking up to record dreams can trigger false awakenings

Specific Uses:
– Followers of Eckankar keep dream diaries
– Dreams are seen as important teaching tools in Eckankar
– Dream diaries may facilitate Soul Travel
– Viewing dreams as gateways to higher states of consciousness
– Dream diaries are frequently used by followers of Eckankar

See Also:
– Sleep diary
– False awakening
– List of dream diaries
– Lucid dreaming
– Stream of unconsciousness (narrative mode)

References:
– Faraday, Ann: The Dream Game, Harpercollins, March 1976
– Comprehensive Guide to Dream Diaries – sennik.biz
– How to Keep a Dream Journal– Free Psychotherapy in Your Own Dreams
– The Dreamers Dictionary by Barbara Condron
– False awakenings in light of the dream protoconsciousness theory: A study in lucid dreamers

Dream diary (Wikipedia)

A dream diary (or dream journal) is a diary in which dream experiences are recorded. A dream diary might include a record of nightly dreams, personal reflections and waking dream experiences. It is often used in the study of dreams and psychology. Dream diaries are also used by some people as a way to help induce lucid dreams. They are also regarded as a useful catalyst for remembering dreams. The use of a dream diary was recommended by Ann Faraday in The Dream Game as an aid to memory and a way to preserve details, many of which are otherwise rapidly forgotten no matter how memorable the dream originally seemed. Keeping a dream diary conditions a person to view remembering dreams as important. Dreams can be recorded in a paper diary (as text, drawings, paintings, etc.) or via an audio recording device (as narrative, music or imitations of other auditory experiences from the dream). Many websites offer the ability to create a digital dream diary.

An artist's dream diary, written as a comic strip. "We kept bones in the chest, in preparation for a magic spell [...] and all the while I had to keep up my best telephone voice."

Using a dream diary not only enhances recall but can also offer fascinating insights into the subconscious mind, providing a unique introspective tool. People who consistently use dream journals report better understanding their emotions and thought patterns, which can contribute to personal growth and self-awareness. Furthermore, tracking dreams over time allows individuals to recognize recurring themes or symbols that may be significant in their waking lives. This practice can lead to a deeper understanding of one's inner self and possibly reveal underlying desires or concerns that might not be immediately apparent in conscious thought.

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