I am currently reading Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams by Jeremy Taylor, and he has some pretty interesting things to say about dreams. I’ll get into more of that later, but I thought it would be nice to start with the basics–remembering your dreams to begin with!
Jeremy Taylor is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has been doing dream work in churches, schools, hospitals and prisons for many years.
8 Basic Hints for Dream Recall
- The single most important step is deciding that you want to remember your dreams.
- Next, decide how you intend to record your dreams (a journal, tape recorder) and place the items you need within reaching distance of where you are sleeping so that even half asleep you can record what you remember.
- Develop a nightly ritual (it can be as simple or as complicated as you like) for remembering your dreams. This is a way of informing your subconscious that you intend to remember your dreams.
- If you awaken with a dream memory, take some notes or record a few key phrases. Usually, this is enough for you to fully recall the dream in the morning.
- If you awake without recalling any dreams, try moving into some of your habitual sleep positions. Sometimes, this will help bring back a memory of the dream.
- If you can still not remember anything, try running through your mind faces of people you have a strong emotional response to in your waking life. This can also help trigger dream memories.
- If you’re still having problems remembering dreams, check your diet for B-vitamins. People who have a regular intake of B vitamins (including those in supplement form) tend to have not only good dream recall but are also less stressed.
- Finally, consider sharing your dreams with someone you care about or join a dream group. It is not unusual to improve your dream recall when you have another person or people to share your dreams with.