Working with Your Dreams

Once you're adept at remembering and recording your dreams, you can hone your abilities at interpreting and working with dreams while you're awake. To reinforce the dream-recall process, remind yourself at quiet moments throughout the day that you're going to remember your dreams in the coming night. If you have particular questions to which you'd like answers, jot them down — you can incorporate them into your dream intentions at bedtime.

Sometimes, you may think that a dream is too silly or embarrassing to write down, or that it's not worth remembering. Don't judge the importance of a dream or the dream imagery. Do yourself a favor and write down everything. Things you consider insignificant may make more sense later.

You may want to start your day by setting your alarm about fifteen to twenty-five minutes earlier than usual. Immediately press the snooze button when the alarm sounds and go back to sleep. Experts say you will have your most vivid dreams during this time, and you should be able to remember them easily. If you make this a morning habit, it will become second nature to you. If you can awaken naturally without an alarm, you will find there is a dream available to you at that precise moment.

When you awake, don't open your eyes. Just lie there for a few minutes, retrieving your dream images. If nothing comes to mind, move into your favorite sleep position. This might trigger some dream fragment you had.

“For some (as yet) unknown reason,” writes Patricia Garfield in her book Creative Dreaming, “additional dream recall often comes when you move gently from one position and settle into another.”

Weekly, try journaling about recent events in the main areas of your life in order to see patterns and repeated messages. When you have a strong desire, information can come in the dream state from unexpected places. If you take a few minutes each week to jot down significant issues that are going on, whether they seem related to your desire or not, you will be better prepared to work with your dreams. Key areas to consider are your relationships, your work and career, your spiritual development, your health, and overall life circumstances.

As you journal about the various areas of your life, you may find you get an immediate awareness related to your desire. If so, write it down so you can explore it further and develop it in future dreams. If, for example, you experience fear or anxiety in your dreams or notice fear appears as a theme across several nights, you are being given important information about unconscious blocks on your path of manifestation. Work with the Dream Dictionary in Part II to develop each dream as fully as possible. Once you have identified key dream themes or messages, you are ready to actively engage your dreaming self in order to manifest all that you desire.

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