Last night, I dreamed an important dream. I remember nothing about it, except that it was significant. My assuredness that it was extraordinary is not based on fact, but rather on feeling. I have learned to trust such impressions, so I am sure the dream was special.
When I was 24 years old, I began to record my dreams. I was an officer in the Navy at the time, and I shared a stateroom with the ship’s chaplain, who was an avid student of Jungian dream analysis. It was he who introduced me to the world of dreams.
Upon the chaplain’s suggestion, each night I would write my dreams on scraps of paper. Soon thereafter, my regard for my dreams increased, and I began to write them directly into a journal. Eventually, I decided that it was more convenient to use a three-ring notebook, and that is the method I use today.
When people find out that I have recorded my dreams for most of my adult life, they frequently comment that they do not dream or that they do not remember their dreams. If they are receptive, I assure them that they do indeed dream, and I add that recalling dreams is easy if one does four simple things:
1. Keep a lamp by your bed
Arrange your sleeping area such that you can reach a light without getting out of bed. I have a touch lamp that is easy to use in the middle of the night. Any lamp, though, or even a flashlight, will do.
2. Place a pen within reach
Keep a pen on the night table by your bed. If you don’t have a table, then put the pen somewhere within easy reach. When you go to sleep, it’s important that you know exactly where to find it.
3. Position writing materials nearby
Place a pad of paper, journal, notebook, or other writing material within reach, as well. I use lined notebook paper, and periodically, I put the sheets into a three-ring binder. Any kind of writing material will work, as long as it’s easy to manage when you’re sleepy.
4. Have the sincere intention to record your dreams
Go to sleep with the intention of recording any dreams you may remember. If you are sincere about your desire to record your dreams, you will remember many of them. You can’t fool yourself on this. If deep down you don’t want to go to the trouble of waking up and recording a dream, you will indeed not wake up or remember the dream, no matter how many pens and sheets of paper are close at hand.
I’ve made these suggestions to many people over the years, and without exception, everyone who followed them recorded numerous dreams as a result. If you put this advice into practice, you will remember and record many dreams. I wish you luck with this exciting step on your inner journey.