Starting a Dream Journal

I am just beginning Dr. Stephen LaBerge’s Lucid Dream Program.  These are Dr. LaBerge’s dream journal recommendations and a few of my own thoughts on the subject:

  • Get an attractive notebook or journal and dedicate it elusively to the recording of dreams. My brand new dream journal is a cute flowered journal from a discount store and cost under $2.  I didn’t feel the need for anything pricey as I know I’m going to be scribbling in it in the middle of the night.
  • Record your dreams immediately after awakening (See The Recollection of Dreams for specific instructions).  Use your journal to record key words, sequence of events and anything you can remember about the way image and characters looked, sounded or smelled – including your reaction to them.
  • Record anything unusual such as any event that would not occur in real life.  This is the beginning of your catalog of dream signs which you will use to identify future lucid dreams.
  • Record all fragments no matter how how fleeting.  Make quick sketches if you wish to record characters or scenes.  I would also recommend getting a second small notebook to keep with you at all times, to jot down any dream memories that pop up during the course of the day.
  • After recording your dream, put the date at the top of your entry.  Leave a blank page following each dream for the exercises you will do later on in the program.  If you recall a whole dream, give it a short catchy title which captures the subject or mood of the dream.
  • When you have accumulated some material, look back on it and ask yourself questions.  Try to become familiar with what is dream like about your dreams so you can recognize them while they are occurring.

2 thoughts on “Starting a Dream Journal

  1. Great ideas here. Love the fact that you access & make a distinction between the dream & the dreamer what with your comments about your reaction to the dream character. Seems this could do a lot to increase the dreamers awareness in the dream. Also, I used a micro cassette recorder that way you don’t have to write whilst awakening. Great blog Barbara as always! :)

    • Thank you so much Jenny. Your support means so much to me! I have a recorder and have used it before for both dreams and but kind of forgot that I had it. LaBerge recommends a journal but I do think that turning on the light and writing interferes with the flow of capturing the dream. I may go back to the recorder and transcribe when I wake up. Thanks for the suggestion!

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