The secret to keeping a successful dream journal is to keep it (along with a pen or pencil) near your bed and to write in it immediately upon awakening. This creates a greater opportunity for retention of what you may have experienced while dreaming.
During a typical lifespan, the average person will have spent about 6 years dreaming, on average 2 hours per night with each dream lasting from 5 to 20 minutes in length. Except in the case of lucid dreaming, (a state when one is aware that they are dreaming and can exhibit control over the characters and environment of the dream) people dream without realizing they are doing so and up to 95% of dreams are never remembered. The ability to recall our dreams can be increased if we are awakened during a dream- such as when an alarm clock rings.
Why keep a dream journal at all? I believe that there is much to be learned from our subconscious mind with regards to personal growth and transformation. Sometimes answers my be found, or inspiration revealed for a new creative endeavor. Other times, (like when Ben Affleck takes me out to dinner) it’s pure entertainment.
Do you keep a dream journal?
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