How to effectively start a dream journal, how to remember more of your dreams, how to interpret your dreams, psychic dreams vs normal dreams, tools to help your dreaming and more!
♥What exactly are dreams?
We all dream. Whether you remember it or not, you still had a dream. So what exactly are dreams? Some people think that dreams are just our brains way of figuring out and sorting through the many thoughts that our brains have during the day. When we’re awake, it’s simply too much for our brains to process everything it’s taking in, so it does this processing when we sleep. While this is one scenario, I feel there are others to look at as well.
Another theory is that dreams are the way our subconscious mind works through things that our conscious mind tries to block out when awake. These may be yucky emotions or events that you don’t want to deal with, so you’ve pushed them to the back of your mind. Your brains wants to deal with these thoughts and feelings, it wants to process, so it does it at night while the conscious mind is asleep.
Dreams could also be a way for us to receive messages from our Higher Self, angels, spirits, etc. During the day our brains may be too busy to hear these messages, so we only get the messages to come through at night. It could also be that our conscious is too nervous or closed to let these messages in when awake, so it isn’t until our “guard” is down that we can take these messages in. During these dreams we may also receive visits from those who have passed on, our angels or our spirit guides.
Finally, and sort of connected to the previous theory, is that dreams are a way for us to tap into our psychic energies or other planes of existence. When this happens we may have visions of future events, past lives or events occurring on the other side of the earth.
I personally think that all of the above theories are correct. I believe we have many different types of dreams and each dream could fit into one of the above categories.
♥How can you tell if you’re having a visitation dream, a psychic dream or a normal dream?
The simple answer? The dream feels different. The more you start to pay attention to your dreams and journal about it, the more you’ll be able to tell the difference. I’ve always been a vivid dreamer and tried to pay attention to my dreams. I can now, more often than not, tell the difference between my dream types. I can tell when I’ve had a normal “processing” dream, a visitation dream, a message dream or a psychic dream. I wish there was an exact answer I could give for this, but the reality is, it just feels different. When you have a visitation dream for instance, you will just know with your whole being, that it was a real visitation.
I would like to note here that just because you have a dream with a deceased loved one in it, doesn’t automatically mean it’s a visitation dream. Sometimes our passed on loved ones simply play a sort of character in the movie that is our dream. Sometimes you may just be reliving a memory. Again, if it’s a true visitation dream, you will feel it. You will know.
♥How can you easily begin to dream journal?
Dream journaling doesn’t have to be an overwhelming thing. I’ve heard many people say they can’t dream journal because they hardly remember their dreams or maybe they don’t remember it at all. I’ve even heard people say they can’t dream journal because their dreams are too detailed and journaling would be overwhelming or too much work. I just want to say that anyone can successfully dream journal. Here are some tips on how to make the most of dream journaling.
- Place a notebook and pen next to your bed. You will want to write in your journal as soon as you wake up. Typically, the longer we’re awake, the less details we remember of our dreams. Even if you wake up in the middle of the night, try to jot down a few things into your journal.
- Don’t feel like you have to write a novel in order to successfully dream journal! In fact, I’ve found the best success with writing less but focusing on the key elements. Plus, who really has time each morning to devote to writing pages of dreams? Of course, if you want to write an extensive amount on your dream, then go for it! Listen to your intuition and do what feels best for you.
- When you go to write in your journal, focus on the things that stand out to you in your dream. Jot down any symbols, colors, smells, feelings, thoughts, etc. that stand out to you. For example, for a dream I had recently, I wrote down:
- Black bear
Writing down key elements of your dream gives you something to go off of if you decide to interpret your dreams. Typically, the things that stand out to us in our dreams are the things we should be focusing on anyway. These are the things that have a special meaning, message or purpose.
♥How can you interpret your dreams?
Ok, so remember those key dream elements that you wrote down? Those things that really seemed to stick out for you? Those will be the things you try to interpret. I personally suggest you take a moment to think of how each of those elements makes you feel. What do each of those things mean to you? Everyone is different and not everyone will have the same feelings towards something as you do. That’s why it’s important to relate your dreams and their symbols to you. Doing this will also help you tap more into your intuition.
There are many archetypes though. Symbols and characters that just seem to be ingrained in all of our psyches. This is where dream books or dream dictionaries can come in handy. There is an app called Dream Moods that I have that is pretty fantastic, in my opinion. I have an iPhone so I’m not sure if it’s available on android. If you use an app or a dictionary, you would just look up the word for one of your key elements and go from there.
I really suggest taking a moment to think about what each dream element means to you personally before looking it up in a dream dictionary.
Once you have what each key element means, you can go back and do more extensive journaling if you so desire.
♥Are there any tools to help with dreaming and how would you use them?
There are many fun and easy tools to use to help you with dreaming! Essential oils and crystals are one of my favorite ways to help with dreaming.
Before using any oils please check with your doctor for any health restrictions. I’m not a medical doctor.
- Sandalwood, rose and lavender are excellent at helping you relax so you can fall asleep more easily. Let’s face it, the first step to dreaming is to fall asleep 😉
- Patchouli is good for getting into a meditative state to help you connect spiritually and can also help with lucid dreaming
- Mugwort helps you to have more lucid dreaming (If you are pregnant, please check with your doctor before using mugwort)
- Lavender can help you have vivid dreams
- Frankincense can help you connect to the spiritual side while also helping you to have clear and vivid dreams
- Rosemary can help you to not have bad dreams
How to use the oils:
Put some in a diffuser in your bedroom.
Open the bottle and take a few whiffs of the aroma.
Put a couple of drops of oil into a warm bath prior to bed.
Apply some topically (diluted if needed).
- Clear quartz helps you have clear dreams and to recall them easier
- Amethyst helps you to have psychic dreams while also aiding you in recalling your dreams
- Herkimer diamonds (which are a form of quartz) help you to receive messages from spirit, angels or your higher self. Herkimer diamonds are known as the ultimate crystal for dream work.
How to use the crystals:
Easiest way to use crystals for sleep or dreaming is to sleep with the crystal under your pillow or next to your bed. You can even meditate with the crystal prior to falling asleep.
Do you need help getting the oils or crystals mentioned? Check out these resources!
Healing Moon Obscura has an assortment of crystals. New crystals are always being added. Another favorite of mine is an online shop called Healing Crystals, you can click here. You can also check out small shops on Etsy or check your local new age shops.
For essential oils click here.