Adventures in Dream Journaling

For the past few weeks, I have been trying to write down or draw anything I could remember from my dreams in one of my Moleskine notebooks. I was semi-inspired to do this when my boyfriend started a Tumblr of literal visual representations of his dreams. I started off including the dates, but then I stopped for some reason and found it wasn’t really a necessary part of the journaling. I’m not sure what I expected to get from this but it will be something I will continue.. until I fill this Moleskine at least.
The key to actually remembering what I dreamt about was to write about it the second I was conscious. That sometimes meant getting up at obscure hours of night, getting the journal and writing indecipherable chicken scratches in the dark. I even sat there and did some drawings in the dark. What I learnt from this was that in writing these notes in the dark, I could actually visually remember these dreams at later periods.

It’s interesting to see what my subconscious mind thinks about, but at the same time I try not to take dream reading too seriously. Sometimes people I thought I forgot about or grudges I thought I was over appear. Maybe it’s a good way to learn what I still need to learn to let go of. On the flip side, I can finally remember the dreams that make me not want to wake up because they were just so pleasant. I tend to dream about eating fried food a lot and getting into mischief with my sister.

I don’t believe in the whole dreams can tell your fortune thing, but knowing what I dream about is hilariously fun at times, especially when I retell them to friends. Give it a try for a night or two, you might realize that your subconscious mind is a lot more creative than you think.

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