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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 between dreams […]

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Lucid Dreaming:
– Dream diaries help induce and remember lucid dreams
– Writing down dreams increases dream recall
– Searching for dream signs between dreams is common
– Dream recall can vary but keeping a diary regulates waking dream memory
– Recording dreams immediately after waking up is crucial

False Awakenings:
– Recording dreams upon waking can lead to false awakenings
– Some dream diarists write down the same dream multiple times in a dream
– Dreamers may record the previous dream while still in a dream state
– The dreamer then records the dream in a physical diary upon waking
– False awakenings can occur due to the discipline of waking up to record dreams

Specific Uses:
– Followers of Eckankar often keep dream diaries
– Dreams are seen as teaching tools and a gateway to Soul Travel
– Soul Travel refers to shifting consciousness to higher states of being

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

References:
– Ann Faraday’s “The Dream Game”
– Comprehensive Guide to Dream Diaries – sennik.biz
– Barbara Condron’s “The Dreamers Dictionary”
– Giorgio Buzzi’s study on false awakenings in lucid dreamers
– H. Klemp’s publication on dream diaries

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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