Do you remember your dreams every morning? For the most part, I do and always have. My journey with dreaming has been an interesting one. In this post I’m going to share some of my most memorable dreams and give you tips on how you can begin remembering yours too.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always remembered my dreams. When I was a little girl, I remember my mom sharing what she dreamed the night before. My sister and I would proceed with sharing ours too. I can’t help but wonder if this is a genetic trait? (I couldn’t find research proving that lol).
Most of my dreams are vivid and realistic. I have had moments where I couldn’t remember if a past memory took place in real life or in a dream. That’s how realistic they are. I love it. I typically have more than one dream (probably because I sleep more than 7 hours each night) and I remember as many as possible.
Documenting my dreams
I never really thought much of my dreams until my late 20’s when I started having some intense dreams. In 2013 I began documenting my dreams because I wanted to look back at them in the future. I figured it would be entertaining to look back at them so I downloaded some iPhone app where I’d type my dreams first thing in the morning while being half asleep.
I still have those entries today and they’ve become an important part of my journey with dreaming. When I glanced back at some of them it reminded me of other memorable dreams I’ll probably never forget. In one of them I was a mother to two children and I legit felt the love a mother has for her kids. I’m not a mother in real life but that dream caused me to experience that type of love even if it was in a dream. I remember waking up from that dream almost in tears because of the intense and new emotions I had just experienced.
I’ve also had intense nightmares where I’m being chased and wake up in an adrenaline rush. In one dream I was in school and there were 2 students shooting at everyone. There was so much panic and mayhem in that dream. I was running up the stairs trying to get away but I woke up when I got shot on the back. Sadly, I don’t think this has been the only dream where I wake up like that.
Lucid dreams are when you become aware that you are dreaming and can control or manipulate the dream. I’ve had my fair share of lucid dreams and a few of the most memorable ones involved flying. In one dream I was in a green open field and realized I was dreaming so I chose to start flying. I waved my arms up and down to push me off the ground. This caused me to fly above the trees as I looked down with a huge smile on my face seeing the people at the park. The dream didn’t last for too long since I got too excited and woke up.
The creepiest dream I’ve had to date was in a lucid dream. The following is my dream entry: “3 nights ago I dreamed I was either at a school or some sort of public place, possibly a YMCA. There were 2-3 girls by me and all of a sudden I realized I was dreaming. I was sitting on the floor and after that realization I said to myself, “OMG this is a dream.” One of the girls in the space was in front of me and as she walked by me she clearly heard what I said to myself and looked directly at me and said, “I know” with a smile on her face. She made direct eye contact and it creeped the shit out of me so much that it woke me up.”
My current journey with dreaming
I haven’t documented every single dream since 2013. For some reason, it was difficult to keep the habit back then so I only have a handful of entries from 2013 and 2014. I began writing down my dreams every morning (instead of using an app on my phone) and this habit has stuck. It has become a part of my morning routine and I’ve been recording my dreams for around a year now, daily.
As I write down my dreams, the wheels begin to turn in my brain as I process possible correlations to my real life. My dreams have become an integral part to help me understand my waking life. I truly believe they go hand in hand for me. Currently, I typically remember at least two dreams every day. Most of them involve people I know in real life. I plan on experimenting with lucid dreaming again in the near future.
So there you have it. My journey with dreaming is ongoing. I plan on learning more about dreams and our consciousness because I find it all intriguing and important.
Some tips on how you can remember your dreams are the following:
- Set the intention that you WILL remember your dreams in the morning. Tell yourself, believe and expect that you will remember what you dreamed in the morning.
- Get enough sleep. Make sure you’re developing a healthy sleep hygiene such as getting more than 7 hours of restful sleep each night, sleep in cool temperature and avoid alcohol or drugs before bed.
- Wake up slowly. Use a gentle sounding alarm to wake you up so you’re not shocked out of your sleep and forget all your dreams lol.
- Record your dreams first thing upon waking up. Keep a small notebook and a pen on your nightstand so you can write them down OR
- Share your dreams out loud to your partner/housemates so you can get in the habit of remembering them!
Dreaming is one of my favorite things to experience and share with others. I love asking and hearing other peoples’ dreams. I hope you begin to record your dreams or at least begin to pay attention to them in a deeper way! Last thing, I’ve been using this website to look up the meanings of my dreams so you might find it helpful too.
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