Apr 24 2020

Dream Journaling

Published by at 4:28 pm under Counseling & Psychotherapy

Our dreams offer a path to self-compassion, wisdom, healing and empowerment.

Dreaming at night and daydreaming are evidence there’s something more going on than just what we think and how we feel and what we sense with our body.  I would call this our psyche, the Greek word for spirit or soul.

Just like our skin automatically begins to heal from a wound, our psyche is always working to heal psychological wounds that we may have experienced. Our dreams are an example of that healing effort.

In order to analyze and evaluate our dreams I recommend the following steps:

  1. Assume that every element of our dreams symbolizes something our psyche wants us to learn about ourselves and that every element and aspect of our dreams has positive meaning.
  2. Keep a notepad and pen or pencil beside your bed that you can reach easily upon waking and remembering the elements of your dream.
  3. Before going to sleep place your hands over your heart and just close your eyes and repeat to yourself, “I will remember my dreams.”
  4. The most important step is when you begin to wake up whether it’s in the middle of the night or in the morning, don’t move and keep your eyes closed.
  5. With eyes closed and not moving, try to recall every element of the dream. It’s like you are watching your dream in reverse.
  6. When you think you have remembered as much of the dream as possible, take your notepad and write down as much of the dream as you can.
  7. Give the dream a title and let it be the first thing that comes to your mind.
  8. Take the elements of your dream and write them down in chronological order in a circle going counter clockwise.
  9. Take each element at a time and search for how that element symbolizes something about yourself. This means that even if the element of the dream is someone else you know or some stranger or even a monster, it’s important for you to search for how this element relates to you.

In conclusion, focus on the positive message. Understand that scary elements in dreams are similar to characters in mythology which present themselves as opportunities for transformation. Whether it’s a dragon, snake, or other scary element, our psyches offer us these elements to heal our wounds and increase our awareness of ourselves, our relationships and the world.

For questions, feel free to leave a message or contact me directly.

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