Dream journaling has been around for a long time, and many people have tried it out for a little bit of entertainment.
But it is so much more than just something to do for fun…
When done correctly and consistently, dream journaling is one of the simplest ways to connect to your subconscious mind, to access the sacred, and to receive guidance about your waking life directly from your soul.
Many cultures — from the earliest shamans and Ancient Greek philosophers, to modern-day dream explorers — have known that dreaming is information coming at you straight from your soul.
And with the right tools for accessing, interpreting, and taking action on the “soul data” you receive from your dreams, you can unearth a deep wellspring of guidance and wisdom for manifesting your soul’s truest purpose.
This wellspring of soul wisdom is a more pure and potent source of guidance for manifestation than other tools. This is because common methods for manifesting such as visualization alone can be muddied by the desires and distractions of the ego.
In your dreams, your ego is asleep and therefore detached from what you are seeing and experiencing so that what you are left with is only the messages, wishes, and longings of your soul. Your mission is simply to interpret those messages and bring that wisdom to your life.
So how do you remember your dreams, interpret their messages, and bring that incredible soul wisdom from your sleeping dreams into your waking, daily life? It all starts with a dream journaling practice.
Before we get into the methods of having a dream journal practice, let’s look into the benefits of dream journaling and how it is one of the key ways to help you manifest a meaningful life.
The Benefits of Dream Journaling:
Dream journaling can be very helpful for those who don’t remember their dreams (or remember only dream fragments). To help you remember, start by recording the feeling that you have when you wake, or any dream fragment, image, symbol, or color that comes to mind. Don’t give up! Once you start to remember your dreams, you can then begin to access your soul messages!
Recording something by writing it down provides an opportunity to process the information from your dreams in a new way and brings more clarity to what you saw or experienced in those dreams.
As you start writing down your dreams, your soul’s secret messages and desires are likely to become more clear. Bringing those desires into your waking life allows you to become aligned with your truest purpose in the night and in the day, and that clarity will inevitably strengthen your ability to manifest those things in the world.
4. Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming is the state where you are aware that you are dreaming. As you build your dreaming awareness by recording the symbols, imagery and memories of your dreams, your conscious mind begins to recognize the patterns that make up a dream vs that in your waking state.
When this happens, you can begin to bring your awareness to your dream, enabling you to ask important questions within your dreams, explore answers that come to you through symbols, guides and stories, and then apply them to your waking life.
Read more about lucid dreaming in this insightful infographic:
How to Keep a Dream Journal:
1. Find a method that works for you.
Most people choose to write out the details of their dream, but there are many other ways to record your dreams instead of — or as a complement to — writing them down. You can record a voice memo, draw pictures, symbols or shapes, use keywords, write/record patterns you notice — or you can do any combination of the above. Trust your intuition on this one.
2. Make it as simple as possible.
Prepare in any way you can to make dream journaling an easy task to complete when you wake up in the morning all groggy-eyed. Put your dream journal near your bed stand or perhaps next to where you drink your morning coffee. Set your alarm 5 or 10 minutes earlier so you have time to journal without feeling pressured to get going. Figure out what it is that will help you the most in making this an easy task to do.
3. Build a routine.
If you make a commitment to complete your dream journaling every day, soon it will become like second nature. And the more consistently you journal, the more quickly patterns will begin to emerge about what your dreams are trying to tell you.
4. Be conscious of patterns and connections.
Each time you write, ask yourself if there is a pattern forming across dreams or between your sleeping and waking life. The more you keep this in mind, the more you will start to put the messages together.
5. Re-read your dream journal regularly.
Even if you aren’t really seeing any rhyme or reason to your dreams as you go about writing them, you may find that things will start to make sense and themes will emerge when you re-read what you have written in the past.
Once you have gotten your dream journaling practice down, that is when the magic starts to emerge.
You may find that important things start manifesting in your life that you never expected or thought were too far away to achieve...
You may suddenly find yourself in a new project or letting go of something that is no longer serving you...
You may even start to see more of the patterns of your dreams begin to pop up synchronously in your life. Follow these synchronicities and continue to follow your intuition.
Dream journaling is just the beginning of a lifelong journey to manifesting a meaningful life through dreaming. Consistent practice of this vital tool coupled with other powerful shamanic dreamwork practices can open your world to an open-hearted, soul-connected place of flow and manifestation that you may have only imagined — dare I say it? — in your dreams...
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Learn Learn more about dream journaling as well as a number of advanced techniques from renowned dream expert, Robert Moss, in his free online event, The Power of Active Dreaming: How to Use Your Dreamtime for Healing and Transformation.
You’ll discover key tools for understanding your dreams so you can bring the wisdom of dreams into your life and manifest your soul’s desires to live a life of deeper magic, joy, alignment, and purpose.
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