the BIG remembering dreams topic part VI
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#1: the BIG remembering dreams topic part VI Author: Gothic Fighter PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2009
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<mod>This is part VI of the BIG Remembering Dreams topic.
Links to earlier parts Part I * Part II * Part III * Part IV * Part V
There is also a topic in the knowledgebase forum Improving Dream Recall moogle </mod>


Hi! I kinda have a bad situation here. I used to remember up to 5 dreams per night. Now I only remember 1 if I'm lucky. It all started when I stopped remembering dreams for a day or two. After that I only wrote key words of my dreams but never make a big story out of them. I had them scattered on some papers so I've picked them and wrote them back on my DJ. A day or 2 I was remembering 2-3 dreams but then I couldn't remember that many. I kinda lost my enthusiasm so please help me.

#2:  Author: Svenshinhan PostPosted: Fri 11 Sep, 2009
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Gothic Fighter wrote:
Hi! I kinda have a bad situation here. I used to remember up to 5 dreams per night. Now I only remember 1 if I'm lucky. It all started when I stopped remembering dreams for a day or two. After that I only wrote key words of my dreams but never make a big story out of them. I had them scattered on some papers so I've picked them and wrote them back on my DJ. A day or 2 I was remembering 2-3 dreams but then I couldn't remember that many. I kinda lost my enthusiasm so please help me.

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I'm sort of an on-and-off lucid dreamer. There will be periods in a year where I'll work on my dream recall and try to improve my lucid dreaming ability. I'm now in my first week of this year's effort lol. Yeah, I know I should stick with it for longer.

Anyway, as always I have to build up my recall from scratch. It goes a little faster every year, but the basics remain the same. Focus on your intent to remember dreams before you go to sleep and then just write down anything you can when you wake up. You can always weave those keywords into stories later during the day. But keep in mind that building up dream recall takes a little time. For me it's usually about 2 weeks to go from "virtually nothing" to 3-5 dreams a night, but for others it takes a little longer.

Also, everyone has dry spells. There was a period last year where I remembered about 2-6 dreams a night for 3 straight weeks, and then suddenly there were three days with no recall at all.

It depends a lot on what you've got going in your life. You kinda need a steady sleeping rhythm to remember a lot of dreams, but by far the most important things are:

- the intention to remember dreams (work on this before you go to sleep - a couple of minutes should suffice)
- keeping track of ANYTHING you remember

And, once again, dry spells happen. It's natural. Just keep writing down everything you remember, however minor. Before long you'll be like me where you even remember what direction the wind was blowing in a dream.

I also often read dream journals of other prominent LD4all members to get more inspiration. The more I read about other people's great dreams the more motivated I am to have dreams that rival theirs.

#3:  Author: Gothic Fighter PostPosted: Fri 11 Sep, 2009
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Thanks for the reply. The first time I made a DJ I remembered 3 dreams, ad it kept going like this for weeks. Today I've only remembered part of a dream. Anyway, I'll set my intention from now on.

#4:  Author: silverstar PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep, 2009
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I usually don't have to do much to remember my dreams. If I really interested in my dreams I usually remember them. If I'm not I only remember bits and bits of the one I had just before waking up. I think the key is intention. If I haven't been interested in my dreams for a while but want to start remembering them I just make an intention to remember them before I fall asleep. And in a few days time I can remember all of them again. How much sleep I get also determines if I remember my dreams. So my tip is: Get enough sleep and just keep at it!

#5:  Author: Svenshinhan PostPosted: Sun 20 Sep, 2009
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I write down quick notes on a college notepad during the night. Just keywords really. Then during the day I'll write detailed accounts in my dream journal. For those you who also use a similar approach...

Do you ever wonder what the fork you were writing when you read your notes? One of my notes from yesterday read: "Jurassic Park, Rijk, alarm" (Rijk is a friend of mine).

The only thing I could think of was: "okay, now what?" I had no idea what I was supposed to write down, since those three words were basically all I had. When I tried REALLY hard I managed to remember another detail or two so that I could at least craft a complete English sentence (but just the one, mind you).

#6:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Mon 21 Sep, 2009
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Svenshinhan, if I can READ the words I am ok. but the earlier in the night I write them the harder it is to read .. plus if I leave it a day or two to type them up it's more difficult to guess what the vague word/s were supposed to be

#7:  Author: Phasmagnosis PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009
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Hi. Newbie here.

After spending yesterday reading about LD and stuff I had a short lucid dream during the night. My intention wasn't really focused on going lucid but rather on remembering my dreams. It all began with me waking up in my bed, the bed standing out on the road outside my house. When I got up and started walking up my driveway I affirmed to myself that I was dreaming. I also focused my eyes on my house to keep myself lucid.

Then I decided that I wanted to fly, as I had made a plan about flying earlier if I would end up going lucid during the night. And so I flew away shooting straight up in the air above my house, but then when I tried to stop flying and go back down again it did't work, and I kept on fying over the forest and landed at another house, so about here I lost my control and don't remember much more... What should I have done here too keep lucid and in control?

flying

#8:  Author: Phasmagnosis PostPosted: Fri 16 Oct, 2009
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Also, I recalled parts from about six other non lucid dreams, more than I have remembered in a long time, so I guess spending time reading about and researching the subject and of course intending as mentioned several times before really works.

#9: DR recovery recomendations Author: Fallen Youth PostPosted: Thu 05 Nov, 2009
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so basicly for the past week i have only been able to remember about 1 dream every 2 days.....this angers me. any suggestions on how i get it back?

#10: Re: DR recovery recomendations Author: tosxyChor PostPosted: Thu 05 Nov, 2009
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Fallen Youth wrote:
so basicly for the past week i have only been able to remember about 1 dream every 2 days.....this angers me. any suggestions on how i get it back?

More effort, more writing (you gotta try to remember as much detail as possible), more confidence, autosuggestion, learn Spider's DR tech.

#11: Remembering? I'm horrid at it... Author: RestlessDreamer PostPosted: Thu 19 Nov, 2009
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My friend directed me to this site a while ago and I just recently found it again under all the junk in my bookmarks. We had been talking about dreams once day and she started going on about lucid dreams and wanting a dream buddy. I was supposed to be practicing all this time.

Sadly... I can't remember my dreams most of the time. I've tried nearly everything but, to me, it seems like I just don't dream. I may remember a snippet here or there once a month from a single dream but that's about it.

So if anyone has any suggestions as to what I can do to better this problem and remember my dreams, even partly every night, so I can step on the path of lucidity, please share.

-Your Friendly Sometimes Insomniac and RLS(?) newcomer,
RestlessDreamer

#12:  Author: Presence of Light PostPosted: Thu 19 Nov, 2009
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i mean it could be environmental or nutritional,

but it might be that you should just refuse to move your body after you wake up, and think about if you remember anything,

you don't need to write it down really if you remember it,
i want people to figure out more quickly that all we need for lucidity is to become familiar with waking up.

GOD FORBID but, are you in a noisy place where people would rob your memory by talking to you or making noise or an alarm clock just violently waking you up without any reflection time ? silence during sleep = sacred,

#13:  Author: Zentaro PostPosted: Thu 19 Nov, 2009
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Yeah, that's true, I find it very hard to remember my dreams after waking up from an alarm clock or if it was noisy while I fell asleep, silence during sleep is very important.

#14:  Author: Winter Depths PostPosted: Sat 21 Nov, 2009
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When you first wake up, and don't remember your dream, try not to just dismiss it and move on.

Sit in bed for just a second and try to remember, think of just dreams in general. Its funny how I can sometimes go from "Oh, didn't remember the dream" to having a whole dream roll out before me.

If that doesn't work, try to think of trigger words. These are random words that may have some involvement with the dream you had last night. These can be hit or miss sometimes, but they've helped me out a lot.
What to do: When you wake up, and don't remember the dream, just start thinking of random words, (EX. Elephant, dog, vampire, computer, LD4all.) Words with no pattern of specific meaning. You could also think of places or situations, those work sometimes too. All the while trying to think of your dream.
The hope is, one of the words you think of will remind you of a fragment of the dream, then the fragment will remind you of the rest.
(EX, One of the words you thought of was elephant, and you suddenly remember riding an elephant in your dream, and then you remember your dream was about you going to the circus or something)

It might not always, work, but it's worked for me, and it's worth a try. smile
Goodluck! ^^

#15:  Author: chris4268 PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan, 2010
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I know this may be a dumb question but how are normal dreams suppose to be? Cause when I dream, it's like wathcing TV with low brightness and contrast settings.

#16:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Mon 25 Jan, 2010
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chris4268 wrote:
I know this may be a dumb question but how are normal dreams suppose to be? Cause when I dream, it's like wathcing TV with low brightness and contrast settings.

It varies from person to person. My normal dreams are very vivid and like real life.
Some experience normal dreams like you do. But it could be that you just lose some dream quality when having vague recall. Even if that isn't the case .. all dreams can be improved once lucidity is attained.

#17: I cant remember my dreams lately Author: Joe650paraD PostPosted: Fri 23 Apr, 2010
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Ok so i have been waking myself up with an alarm two to four times a night for 3 weeks now, but this week ive done the same thing but cant remember my dreams. Maybe the problem is that most of the time i will just turn my alarm off and go back to sleep. But ive sat still right when i woke up every once in a while and tried to remember my dreams but still cant remember!!! What should i do????

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#18:  Author: Lucidity_Master PostPosted: Fri 23 Apr, 2010
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First off, dry spells in both LD's and dream recall do happen, so try not to get too frustrated. First thing to check is that your alarm is set for 90 minutes intervals after you go to sleep, with the first interval coming no sooner than 4.5 hours into sleep. Second thing to worry about is how much sleep are you getting, anything less than six hours is terrible from most dreaming work, and 9+ is ideal. The reason is that REM period length drastically increases towards the end of the night. Third thing is are you telling yourself when you're going to bed that you're going to remember your dreams and write them down, or something of the sort. As you do, you should be thoughtfully considering the meaning of the words, a mindless mantra is no good at all. Finally, as soon as you wake up, don't move; just lie there and see what comes to you. Even if you don't remember a full dream, do you remember a fragment, some details, ot even just a mood or impression you're left with. If so, write it down. Try not to move until you've recalled as much as you think you're going to then go right it down.

Also, we have a nice guide already compiled on the subject that you might want to take a look at here: http://ld4all.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33195

#19: Having Difficulty Remembering Dreams Author: Jake Kobrin PostPosted: Mon 07 Jun, 2010
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Hi,

Does anyone have any tips for improving dream recall? I'm just getting back into dream studies/lucid-dreaming after about 9 months of break. I used to remember an upwards of 6 full dreams a night, and for some reason I haven't been able to remember anything from my dreams for the past 3 nights. If I recall, mugwort tea greatly intensifies the vividness of dreams... [tried this last night, same problem] But if anyone has any other tips, I'd appreciate it. And, for the record, I'm getting plenty of sleep and waking up naturally (which is rather important, I think.) I'm recording my dreams with a tape recorder when I wake up. That's not the problem. I wake up not remembering any of the dreams, before I move or open my eyes or anything of the sort.

This has sort of bummed me out because I used to have several LDs a night and could fully remember tons of dreams... sadblauw

Thanks!

p.s. Perhaps I'm just in a rough patch, eh?

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#20: Re: Having Difficulty Remembering Dreams Author: Jake Kobrin PostPosted: Tue 08 Jun, 2010
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Jake Kobrin wrote:
Hi,

Does anyone have any tips for improving dream recall? I'm just getting back into dream studies/lucid-dreaming after about 9 months of break. I used to remember an upwards of 6 full dreams a night, and for some reason I haven't been able to remember anything from my dreams for the past 3 nights. If I recall, mugwort tea greatly intensifies the vividness of dreams... [tried this last night, same problem] But if anyone has any other tips, I'd appreciate it. And, for the record, I'm getting plenty of sleep and waking up naturally (which is rather important, I think.) I'm recording my dreams with a tape recorder when I wake up. That's not the problem. I wake up not remembering any of the dreams, before I move or open my eyes or anything of the sort.

This has sort of bummed me out because I used to have several LDs a night and could fully remember tons of dreams... sadblauw

Thanks!

p.s. Perhaps I'm just in a rough patch, eh?

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I figured this out. I've been taking St. John's Wart which allows you continue releasing serotonin while your sleeping and it messes with your dream and sleep cycle. A lot of people who take SJ'sW or other similar drugs have problems with insomnia and such. SO, I'm going to take a break away from the stuff and see what happens... Even if I fall back into depression.

#21:  Author: Fiskis PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010
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Hi!,
I'm new here about all this with LD's and such. I've tried to remember my dreams two nights a row but I dont remember anything sadblauw I use a mantra every evening bofore sleepnig: "When I wake up I remember my dreams." Please help me with this meh

#22:  Author: leprechaun PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010
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Fiskis wrote:
Hi!,
I'm new here about all this with LD's and such. I've tried to remember my dreams two nights a row but I dont remember anything sadblauw I use a mantra every evening bofore sleepnig: "When I wake up I remember my dreams." Please help me with this meh


First of all I use a simpler mantra (I will remember my dreams) because it is five words as opposed to your mantra's eight.

Second of all if you want it too much it isn't going to happen. Let the mantra be your last thought but just relax and let it come to you. If you want it too bad it is not going to work out as well. Concentrate and relax. (I sometimes use a breathing exercise of some sort before going to sleep to help relax which also sometimes helps.)

#23: Mantras Author: #Six PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010
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Speaking of Mantras,

Is anybody here familiar with sound intonations that give psychic affects? <Well that could be a whole different topic in itself, but I just want to share a mantra that is specifically to produce the effect of remembering dreams in the morning.

"RAOM-GAOM"

How to use this:

When you wake up in the morning, do Not move.
Close your eyes, Keep eyes closed
Now, internally, in your head, that is, repeat the mantra "Raom-Gaom" over and over until the dream images start to emerge "out of no where" into your mind's eye.

Here is a video of how the mantra sounds out loud, but remember, it is actually meant to be chanted internally. The first time I used this mantra, I woke up and had the feeling, "Oh, I was dreaming something cool, what was it!?" then I remembered the mantra that I was taught. I closed my eyes and repeated it. After a few times, the dream came back and just hit me! like this> truit
This mantra really worked like magic, and I can't believe I sometimes forget to use it in the morning when I wake up not remembering.
I know other people who use this mantra and they say it works for them. I am one of them and I hope it can also help some of you too. kiekeboe

#24:  Author: Ambsi PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010
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Oh, interesting grin I think I'll try that.
Maybe it works because it makes sure your mind won't start to wander when you're trying to remember your dreams. I know I often have that problem, I'll try to empty my mind but thoughts keep popping up Such a sound will probably keep you focussed.

This morning I got "hit" by a dream as well I guess I just need the right thought to trigger the rest of my dreams.

#25:  Author: Fiskis PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010
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Thank's for all good answers! :D I'll try that tonight (and in the morning) smile

#26:  Author: Amberkitty8 PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010
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Okay so I've been keeping a journal since the end of February this year and I've always been good at remembering dreams. In the beginning it was less consistent but I have made a big improvement in recall. Though in general I cannot remember more than one dream per night, and when I hear of people who can remember five dreams, I get a bit discouraged.
Though I'm not sure quite how to separate dreams. I'm not sure whether some things I dreamed count as separate from other things that night. For example last night I had two parts that were completely unrelated, would that be two dreams?
How can I remember five dreams per night? I have been waking myself in the night using autosuggestion and when I do it I usually cannot remember anything either.

#27:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2010
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Quote:
Though in general I cannot remember more than one dream per night, and when I hear of people who can remember five dreams, I get a bit discouraged.

One dream per night is a good base to build onto. It is probably a bad idea to just compare number of dreams. Length and quality should be considered too.

Counting/separating dreams is really a matter of judgement. There may be two unrelated scenes but you feel there was just a jump between them thus making it one dream: whereas another two dreams may have a continuous plot or be more connected but they feel like two different dreams.

Dream recall will go up if you just continue to keep a dream journal and keep motivated.

#28:  Author: Kore PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2010
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It's not always fun to remember many dreams a night. I feel obligated to write every single one of them down, just in case I find something interesting about them later on, but writing down just two dreams in the same day can already feel like such a chore. Maybe I write them in too much detail, but then again, it's fun to preserve the detail if you can remember it.

#29:  Author: x Puffycloud x PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2010
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Kore wrote:
It's not always fun to remember many dreams a night. I feel obligated to write every single one of them down, just in case I find something interesting about them later on, but writing down just two dreams in the same day can already feel like such a chore. Maybe I write them in too much detail, but then again, it's fun to preserve the detail if you can remember it.


Thats definately true. I've been slacking majorly with my DJ. I've been getting better though ^^ I try not to worry about keeping it neat and adding details later.

#30:  Author: Kore PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2010
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Well, the way I go about writing my journal is that I take notes in the morning when I wake up, and later on I write a more organized, detailed version in my proper journal based on those notes. I've described my method more in detail in this post.

Often I do the neat re-writing in the evening in bed, it helps keep the act of dreaming fresh in my mind when I go to sleep and I think I have that habit to thank partially for my good recall. However, it sometimes leads to annoyance when I completely misjudge the time the writing is going to take and I start writing around 00:00 and aren't done until 01:00...

#31:  Author: Drumm PostPosted: Wed 11 Aug, 2010
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I've found that my recall drastically changes based on whether or not I keep a DJ. Right now, I'm recording all my dreams in as much detail as possible. I still want more tips on improving recall, though...

#32:  Author: Kirbypowered PostPosted: Sun 29 Aug, 2010
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Okay, so since school started I've been having quite terrible recall, only remembering enough to scribble down a couple sentences. At first I though it might be that I was getting a little less sleep than usual, but on Thursday morning I could recall an entire dream and I woke myself up at exactly 6 am, all after not getting to sleep until 1 am. I expected that I'd get some good recall out of the weekend, but that never happened. I haven't wrote them down in my online DJ yet, but they're just as short as the others and probably even more boring.

My thoughts when I go to sleep could be the problem. I've been going to sleep thinking that I will remember my dreams in the morning, but not so much in a mantra, I just say it a couple of times and forget it, eventually falling asleep.

Anyway, I was wondering what some of you think I should do. Should I get more serious with the mantras, forcing myself to keep repeating them, or maybe take a break? I'm open to trying something else, since what I'm doing right now obviously isn't working.

#33:  Author: Download PostPosted: Sun 29 Aug, 2010
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I'm remembering about a fragment a night, but I want to say, if you can't remember anything for a long time, try sleeping elsewhere.

For some reason, whenever I sleep on the floor, an air mattress, at someone else's home, or someone else's bed, I always remember until I have slept in it for about a few weeks.

When I moved out to my dad's, my recall was great, 2 dreams a night... but then I got used to the bed, and it turned into nothing... Maybe it's just me, but someone else may agree with me here.

#34:  Author: Fiskis PostPosted: Sun 29 Aug, 2010
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Hi again all Lucid Dreamers out there =D I've been taking a break from all this stuff but now i will finally start again but I got some problems with my recalling sadblauw I'm thankfull for all tips and so on tounge2 the best would be if somone had like a begginner tutorial with alot of tips. But as I said I'm very greatful for all tips =D

#35:  Author: Kirbypowered PostPosted: Sun 29 Aug, 2010
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Download wrote:
I'm remembering about a fragment a night, but I want to say, if you can't remember anything for a long time, try sleeping elsewhere.

For some reason, whenever I sleep on the floor, an air mattress, at someone else's home, or someone else's bed, I always remember until I have slept in it for about a few weeks.

When I moved out to my dad's, my recall was great, 2 dreams a night... but then I got used to the bed, and it turned into nothing... Maybe it's just me, but someone else may agree with me here.

I kind of have the same problem, just with sleeping. I can easily sleep anywhere, but when I get used to sleeping somewhere I start having a harder time falling asleep. I don't know about dream recall, as whenever I've slept somewhere else my mind wasn't on remembering dreams. I might try this next weekend if my recall still isn't good by then.

#36:  Author: Ninja PostPosted: Mon 30 Aug, 2010
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I believe I can explain why sleeping in a different bed can lead to better recall. When you sleep lighter, you have better dream recall, which is why sleeping in a different bed makes better recall, because your body isnt used to it and thus you sleep lighter. It works with other things too, I got new next door neighbors and their dogs barked all night, so the sound made me sleep lighter and I had better recall. Anyway, just my 2 cents.

#37:  Author: Kirbypowered PostPosted: Mon 30 Aug, 2010
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Thought that I'd just get back to you (no one in particular) on here and say that I had great recall last night, with the same thing happening as last time my recall was good. I did focus on saying the mantra over and over and I think that it did help, although I'm not really sure because it seems very odd in that both times I woke up early on my own without thinking of it.

#38:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Mon 30 Aug, 2010
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Fiskis wrote:
Hi again all Lucid Dreamers out there =D I've been taking a break from all this stuff but now i will finally start again but I got some problems with my recalling sadblauw I'm thankfull for all tips and so on tounge2 the best would be if somone had like a begginner tutorial with alot of tips. But as I said I'm very greatful for all tips =D

This is the nearest we get to a tutorial in the knowledgebase
Improving Dream Recall

#39:  Author: Fiskis PostPosted: Mon 30 Aug, 2010
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Thanks for the tips it seems helpful. I'm going to test it tonight. I recommend it to other people too. =D see ya next time ;D

#40:  Author: Lucho PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep, 2010
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Hi there, everyone!

It's been two weeks since I started training my dream recall. So far, I had made a wonderful improvement. Three days ago, I could recall two full dreams average per night, and even full dreams during my half-an-hour-long naps during the afternoon!

With that in mind, I decided to give it a try to WILD and MILD, but my dream recall became void. Zero dreams per night or nap. It's been like that two nights in a row, so I'm still not 100% worried, but just a little.

Maybe I became a victim of the you-are-trying-too-hard trap? Or I got so into WILD and MILD that I stopped paying attention to dream recall?

help!

#41:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010
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Dry spells are common.

the key is .. 'did you think you had 'ticked off dream recall' and could now 'forget it' and go on to attempting to LD? You need to focus on both.

#42:  Author: tosxyChor PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010
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Different efforts when going to sleep can alter the way you wake up, and make remembering dreams a little easier or harder. A thing to keep in mind is, despite what you may think at first, you've always dreamt something, and one way to recall would be just staying in the position you woke up in, trying to remember what you last did.
Good luck wink

#43:  Author: Lucho PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010
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Thanks a lot! Last night, I tried to forget a bit about WILD and MILD ans go on focusing on dream recall. I woke up at 8.30 and again I felt my head was blank. I tried to stay calm and in the same position and voila! Images started to pour in into my mind. In five minutes I had a fresh memory of one of my dreams (and a pretty complex one, full of dreamsigns!).

I guess the idea is to find a happy medium, right? As you guys said, not to take for granted your dream recall skill and divide your efforts between old and new skills yes .

#44:  Author: tosxyChor PostPosted: Sun 26 Sep, 2010
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Lucho wrote:
Thanks a lot! Last night, I tried to forget a bit about WILD and MILD ans go on focusing on dream recall. I woke up at 8.30 and again I felt my head was blank. I tried to stay calm and in the same position and voila! Images started to pour in into my mind. In five minutes I had a fresh memory of one of my dreams (and a pretty complex one, full of dreamsigns!).

I guess the idea is to find a happy medium, right? As you guys said, not to take for granted your dream recall skill and divide your efforts between old and new skills yes .
Glad I could have been of help ^^

About DR, it seems a conscious effort is always needed to remember dreams, no matter how many times you have done that, but it sure gets easier and lighter with practice and confidence, plus one way to skyrocket your DR is clearing your mind before going to bed ^^

#45:  Author: Alaky PostPosted: Mon 11 Oct, 2010
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Hello woo ,
During the vacancy, I recall a dream per night, but since school started, I can't recall my dreams. I think it is because I wake up with my dial. How can I do for recall my dream and don't be late at school??

Thank you for your help! mirror
Alaky kiekeboe

#46:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Thu 28 Oct, 2010
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@Alaky sorry for the late reply.
Best way is to allow for the extra time in the mornings by setting the alarm a little earlier than you need. Also make sure you get enough sleep, might need to go to bed a little earlier than you would do if not aiming for lucidity.

#47: Memory Author: setmefree PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010
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Hi everyone, at the very beginning of my topic I wanna sorry for my english, I know I'm not good at it, but I still hope you'll get my point.

I've been practicing LD and some techniques connected with LD (like mantras) for a week. I know this is not really long, but I've already became lucid (last night). It feels fantastic, but also I've got a little problem with all this. I can remember that I've been lucid for about 20 minutes, and I can feel subconsciously I've done sooo many great things, but I can't remember what was it neutral. I can only remember that at the first time, when I was aware (i did reality check) I got kicked, because I was to much excited. Right after that I did the same thing (reality check) and there I was. Next thing I can remember: I was flying (I remember some buildings with foreign language inscriptions), and then i brought some sun because it's been raining and i dind't like it (I felt fantastic then). And finally, nothing... I woke up or went to the next dream - I don't really know.
How I get there? It is quite like MILD technique, but not exactly. I woke up at night, moved, opened my eyes and wrote down all my previous dreams (to the diary), drank some water and went back to sleep (I thought I was talking to previous dreams' characters).

So here is my question for you: What I need to do to remember everything and every detail of my dreams? eh

ps. I'm not sure if this is right section.

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#48:  Author: Lyrium PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010
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Dream diarys,
Buy a book, and a pen, Only use that pen and book to write what you dream, That way your memory of your dreams should improve

#49:  Author: setmefree PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010
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I have a diary and a pen which i'm using only for lucid purposes.

#50:  Author: Lyrium PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010
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setmefree wrote:
I have a diary and a pen which i'm using only for lucid purposes.
Nonono, Write down ALL dreams, Remembering your normal dreams will help with lucid dreams, my dream memory had increased ALOT since i started.

#51:  Author: Lord Antares PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010
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It called dream journal (DJ).
Keep it beside your bed, and use it when you wake up after sleep.

You should write all your dreams, and not just the lucid ones.
Even if you remember very little about a specific dream, write what you do recall. That may be feelings, sound, pictures or a part of the storyline. Anything at all.

This way you will train your mind to remember your dreams and make them clearer.
When your dreams are vivid and (more) easily recalled, you could fully dedicate yourself to lucid dreaming.

Also, when you wake up at night, don't move for a while, and let the dream memories come back to you. Only then should you write them down in your DJ.

I hope this helps wink5

#52:  Author: Nuevefactorial PostPosted: Thu 06 Jan, 2011
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I have a little problem: when I wake up, I don't realize I am awake.

Sometimes I find myself just lying in bed looking to the ceiling and I suddendly say "Oh, look! I'm awake already!" so I just get up and go away. But it seems like I have wasted a lot of time just lying in there and I cannot remember much of my dreams.

The only way I can realize the moment I wake up is when I use an alarm clock.

Any ideas on what I should do? (I don't want to use an alarm clock during vacation)

#53:  Author: kargaroc PostPosted: Thu 06 Jan, 2011
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Nuevefactorial wrote:
I have a little problem: when I wake up, I don't realize I am awake.

Sometimes I find myself just lying in bed looking to the ceiling and I suddendly say "Oh, look! I'm awake already!" so I just get up and go away. But it seems like I have wasted a lot of time just lying in there and I cannot remember much of my dreams.

The only way I can realize the moment I wake up is when I use an alarm clock.

Any ideas on what I should do? (I don't want to use an alarm clock during vacation)


Do you use autosuggestion?

#54:  Author: Nuevefactorial PostPosted: Thu 06 Jan, 2011
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kargaroc wrote:
Do you use autosuggestion?


Ummm... I don't think so... What is it?

#55:  Author: kargaroc PostPosted: Sat 08 Jan, 2011
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Nuevefactorial wrote:
kargaroc wrote:
Do you use autosuggestion?


Ummm... I don't think so... What is it?


It's where you say what you want over and over in your mind, until you just know that the message has gotten into the subconscious, where it will be obeyed.

I'm not sure that's the best description, but I believe there is some autosugestion articles in the article forum

#56: Having Trouble Remembering My Dreams Author: kendallc123 PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011
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Hey everyone! I just joined the site today smile I recently got into the idea of having a lucid dream. I think it would be very cool, like an art. I've been reading stuff about it, but as I'm thinking to myself-I can never remember my dreams in the first place. I try to tell myself to remember my dream before I go to sleep, but my mind always ends up wandering off.

I will tell you of a dream I had about 4 years ago when I was 12. Could this be a Lucid dream?
Ok, so I don't remember much of it, but I was running from some guy and I was in a warehouse. I remember being able to choose which hallway I would run down and stuff. Sorry, that's all I remember. Is that a lucid dream? Being able to choose what you do?

Ok, so, wrapping this all up-is there a way I can remember my dreams? Was my dream a lucid dream?

Thanks everyone!! I hope to have my first Lucid dream sometime soon!

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#57:  Author: bored299 PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011
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Well if you look through this site you'll see that remembering your dreams is a big part of the guide so just read that.

And no, it wasn't really a lucid dream. In a lucid dream you would be like "I know I'm dreaming so why am I running from this guy? I feel like flying into my tv now so I can be on my favorite tv show..." or something like that. point is you would know your dreaming and be able to do whatever you want.

#58:  Author: kendallc123 PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011
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Ok, I'll search the site more. I guess I'm kind of lazy in that way wink

Ok, so if I were lucid dreaming, I could've done whatever I felt like instead of just choosing where I ran, right?

#59:  Author: Loah PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011
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kendallc123 wrote:

Ok, so if I were lucid dreaming, I could've done whatever I felt like instead of just choosing where I ran, right?


Right. A lucid dream is when you know that you are dreaming, and you have control over yourself, and sometimes your environment. If you were lucid, you would have not run, but probably either ignore him, or come up with some entertaining way to dispatch him.

#60:  Author: kendallc123 PostPosted: Tue 11 Jan, 2011
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Loah wrote:
kendallc123 wrote:

Ok, so if I were lucid dreaming, I could've done whatever I felt like instead of just choosing where I ran, right?


Right. A lucid dream is when you know that you are dreaming, and you have control over yourself, and sometimes your environment. If you were lucid, you would have not run, but probably either ignore him, or come up with some entertaining way to dispatch him.


Awesome! Thanks everyone!! Sorry I didn't look around the site more before I asked this! I'm lazy wink

#61:  Author: allenthelero PostPosted: Fri 21 Jan, 2011
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I hate it when this happens!!!

Pretty much this week. What I do is use my cell phone to record my dreams the second I wake up. Then I write down the dream just before I go to bed, that way the dream is still fresh ion my mind and I don't have to waste morning time remembering and writing down my dreams.

#62:  Author: bquips PostPosted: Tue 01 Feb, 2011
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doesnt it depend on the person dreaming? Mine are much brighter than real life but there are times when I cant make out whats happening, I always feature as myself though and see the dream as I would if I was really there. LD is completely different for me, too like NL sometimes, it can get very confusing.

#63: How to remember sex related dreams. Author: Majorben1942 PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011
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Yes, I'm asking it tounge1

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#64:  Author: Quiesco PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011
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It's just like any other dreams. Keep a dream journal, and try to focus on your dreams first thing when you wake up.

#65:  Author: tiantian PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2011
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Svenshinhan wrote:
I write down quick notes on a college notepad during the night. Just keywords really. Then during the day I'll write detailed accounts in my dream journal. For those you who also use a similar approach...

Do you ever wonder what the fork you were writing when you read your notes? One of my notes from yesterday read: "Jurassic Park, Rijk, alarm" (Rijk is a friend of mine).

The only thing I could think of was: "okay, now what?" I had no idea what I was supposed to write down, since those three words were basically all I had. When I tried REALLY hard I managed to remember another detail or two so that I could at least craft a complete English sentence (but just the one, mind you).


I do that and sometimes it's extremely frustrating. You wake up in the worning and find on your piece of paper some insignificant words. Then you keep thinking and trying to remember. You're like 'did i write that?'
Or when I have a vague flashback of the part when I told myself, 'I'm sure I won't forget. I'll remember. I'm sure of it.' just after I wrote the keywords. Then I wake up trying desperatly to remember cry

#66:  Author: allenthelero PostPosted: Tue 08 Mar, 2011
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I'll have to try that sometimes. Honestly the only frustration I experience is attempting to decipher my morning voice on the crappy phone mic.

#67:  Author: Svenshinhan PostPosted: Mon 21 Mar, 2011
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Hehe, I find that recording a dream through voice takes so much longer than just jotting down some notes. I just make sure that they're detailed enough to make sense of them.

Thanks, tiantian, for quoting that old post of mine. Had to laugh at reading my own stuff.

#68: Dream Recall HELP??!!! Author: LucidBoy97 PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar, 2011
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Hi, I've been trying to lucid dream for a while now, and right now I'm trying to work on my recall. Some days I can remember a dream because I wake up from it, but if I don't, I can't remember any dreams usually. I usually remember alot of dreams on the weekend, but only because I wake up after each dream, more towards the morning. Sometimes I can remember more dreams by thinking what happened before that. How do I remember dreams if I don't wake up from them? Any advice would really be appreciated! Thanks!

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#69:  Author: Railking PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar, 2011
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well one think that i know that is essential to dream recall is a Dream journals o if you don't have one get one as soon as possible. it seems to be the key to more vivid dreams and remembering them too.

#70:  Author: LucidBoy97 PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011
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I already have a dream journal.

#71:  Author: HabaneroS PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011
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One technique that works for me is to just lie very still with my eyes closed for a minute directly after waking up in the morning (this may take some practice), and try to remember your dreams.
I often find that I remember not only the dream I just woke up from, but at least some fragments of previous dreams as well. It's not 100% foolproof, but it works most of the time wink.

Since you mentioned that you can sometimes remember other dreams by thinking about what happened before the events you do remember, this might enhance whatever you do currently.

#72:  Author: Puce PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011
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HabaneroS wrote:
One technique that works for me is to just lie very still with my eyes closed for a minute directly after waking up in the morning (this may take some practice), and try to remember your dreams.
I often find that I remember not only the dream I just woke up from, but at least some fragments of previous dreams as well. It's not 100% foolproof, but it works most of the time wink.


I noticed that when I do this, I remember a LOT of dreams, dream fragments or even little reminiscents, but just as I reach for my DJ I forget some of them as a whole (especially when I chain). The process happens like this:

'Okay, so I remember 2 dreams and 4 fragments.' I get my DJ and pen. I write what I remember. 'Hmm, 1 dream and 2 fragments written down. What were the rest of them? Remember, remember, remember!' angry

Does this happen to anyone else? What would you suggest?

#73:  Author: Galactic Kiwi PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011
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Sometimes, I have a hard time, remembering my dreams, but from time to time, I remember my dream in the middle of the day, out of noting. Happened to me today, I was having breakfast and bam, two dreams got back to me. :D

#74:  Author: HabaneroS PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar, 2011
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Puce wrote:

I noticed that when I do this, I remember a LOT of dreams, dream fragments or even little reminiscents, but just as I reach for my DJ I forget some of them as a whole (especially when I chain). The process happens like this:

'Okay, so I remember 2 dreams and 4 fragments.' I get my DJ and pen. I write what I remember. 'Hmm, 1 dream and 2 fragments written down. What were the rest of them? Remember, remember, remember!' angry

Does this happen to anyone else? What would you suggest?


Unfortunately this happens to me all the time. I agree, it's really frustrating grrr.
I wake up and have a lot of great stuff to write down, and by the time I get to my DJ all I end up with are maybe a song title and a random fragment like "LEGO cheeseburger" that isn't too useful.

The best solution I've come up with is to try and quickly solidify the list of what you remember before reaching for your DJ. For example, if you remember two dreams and four fragments, list some defining feature (an important DC, song, location, feeling, etc) of each in your head, going through them all a couple of times. Repetition is sometimes useful.

For me, this usually makes the memory stick a little longer and helps me recall some of what I would normally forget. I'm hoping it gets easier over time with practice smile.

#75: Cannot remember my dreams, at all. Author: AzureSky PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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Hey guys,
I'm new to the LD4all forum, and new to the prospect of lucid dreaming. I have had this problem for a long time. I just cannot remember my dreams, i remembered a fragment of the ending of one about a week and a half ago, but this was before i started consciously wanting to remember my dreams. I have post-it notes on my home and work computer, saying "I will remember my dreams", as well as the greeting on my phone says "recall dream", as well as consciously telling myself throughout the day and before bed. And when i get up in the morning (even if i wake up during the night), i draw a complete blank. No images, no feelings, no sounds. I can remember dreams of my past, ones that have stuck with me since i was younger(about 11 or 12). I wrote the date preemptively in the dream journal i keep beside my bed (which remains empty, its disheartening =( ). I miss my dreams. Any other ideas as to what could help me?

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#76:  Author: OddDreamingDreamer PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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Are you getting proper sleep? That has greatly held me back here with my quest, but the circumstances of my current occupations make it hard to have a steady sleep schedule

#77:  Author: AzureSky PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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I try to get to bed at 1:30am at latest. My occupation doesn't mess too bad with my sleep. when i work days im in bet by 11:30, and up at 6:30 or 7. This week i work evenings sooo... 1:30 - 3 before bed. meh

Its so frustrating not being able to remember. It may be a mix of just everything, smoking (cigarettes and mj), diet, sleep pattern. Not to mention my memory is terrible on a good day meh, maybe i'm just not meant to remember?

#78:  Author: Rhewin PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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If there's any way you could wake up just a couple of hours before you actually have to get out of bed it will help you a lot. You're mind is a bit more rested and it's in general easier to remember dreams this way. You could use an alarm, but remember that you generally will wake up after a dream if you can train yourself to not roll over and fall asleep without thinking. Also we've found that a glass of milk or fresh fruit/juice before bed can also be helpful.

#79:  Author: AzureSky PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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I can try that out, anything that helps me on my way. I'll try those things out tonight turn3, hopefully it comes through and i can finally remember something =D

#80:  Author: dB_FTS PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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I would recommend to stop thinking about how much you can't remember your dreams, because spending most of the day with thought: "I have to remember my dreams, did I see this note, did I see that note" etc, makes very wrong mindset. I really don't have much experience with meditation, but I can say that it helps to "get" negative energy out and "put" positive in, trough meditation you can get this peace and and like I said get rid off negative energy.

Try to spend more time believing that you can remember your dreams, and that the DR isn't something you can't achieve... Try to be more positive about the "situation" ["situation" - you may call this a problem, but I more like to call this situation, another way to be more positive].

And if is possible, try to sleep as much as you can.

Peace!

EDIT: I've also red somewhere about technique for DR: You should take a glass of water, drink half right before bed time and said to yourself that when you in the morning drink the other half that you will remember your dreams!

#81:  Author: zyonc PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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<mod>Drug related comment removed ysim </mod> Also, before you goto bed each night. Train yourself to remain still when you wake up and try not to move for a few minutes while you try to remember what you dreamed about.. Hope that works for ya.

#82:  Author: Minato PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr, 2011
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dB_FTS wrote:
I would recommend to stop thinking about how much you can't remember your dreams, because spending most of the day with thought: "I have to remember my dreams, did I see this note, did I see that note" etc, makes very wrong mindset. I really don't have much experience with meditation, but I can say that it helps to "get" negative energy out and "put" positive in, trough meditation you can get this peace and and like I said get rid off negative energy.

Try to spend more time believing that you can remember your dreams, and that the DR isn't something you can't achieve... Try to be more positive about the "situation" ["situation" - you may call this a problem, but I more like to call this situation, another way to be more positive].

And if is possible, try to sleep as much as you can.

Peace!

EDIT: I've also red somewhere about technique for DR: You should take a glass of water, drink half right before bed time and said to yourself that when you in the morning drink the other half that you will remember your dreams!

Man i really like the sound of that drink idea thanks I've been having some trouble remembering dreams lately.

#83:  Author: AzureSky PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr, 2011
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I'm not forcing myself to read the notes and stuff, they're just passively in the places where i spend most of my time that way throughout the day i realize its there and repeat it in my head. Im going to give the water trick a try as well turn3. I think a big problem is how i wake up as well, i usually snap awake and move instantly, or open my eyes. Ill try to refrain from that as well. Thankyou for your help guys, i'll let you know what the outcome is. Ill try it for the next few days first. Lets hope im not remembering them for a reason lachgroen

#84: Re: Cannot remember my dreams, at all. Author: genjac88 PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr, 2011
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AzureSky wrote:
Hey guys,
I'm new to the LD4all forum, and new to the prospect of lucid dreaming. I have had this problem for a long time. I just cannot remember my dreams, i remembered a fragment of the ending of one about a week and a half ago, but this was before i started consciously wanting to remember my dreams. I have post-it notes on my home and work computer, saying "I will remember my dreams", as well as the greeting on my phone says "recall dream", as well as consciously telling myself throughout the day and before bed. And when i get up in the morning (even if i wake up during the night), i draw a complete blank. No images, no feelings, no sounds. I can remember dreams of my past, ones that have stuck with me since i was younger(about 11 or 12). I wrote the date preemptively in the dream journal i keep beside my bed (which remains empty, its disheartening =( ). I miss my dreams. Any other ideas as to what could help me?

Before you go to bed,make sure u r fully relaxed (which means u have to stop worrying about forgetting dreams). it helps smile

#85:  Author: AzureSky PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr, 2011
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Success!, last night before bed i drank a glass of milk, and when i was laying in the dark i let myself, unmoving and eventually my body became..hmm..fuzzy? I was counting my breaths and counted to 100, 2 and a half times. I think i must have fell asleep after that (it was about 4:30am,) so i was fairly tired so not surprised. I took Rhewin's advice, and got up at woke up at 10:30. I think i remember dreaming, after i woke up the first time, but i must have fallen back asleep really quick. After i got up the second time is when i remembered.

I was sitting across from my friend Alex (i think), and the song "This could be anywhere in the world" by alexisonfire was playing from somewhere. I dont remember much of my surroundings, but i remember moving my fingers as if i were playing it on guitar and singing it while still looking at my friend. My house phone woke me up at that point.

I layed in bed for a few moments trying to determine if it was a dream, I've been listening to that song since i got up (have it stuck in my head), just like last night too oddly enough. smile, SO SUCCESS!! It might just be a fragment, but this is just the beginning

#86:  Author: dB_FTS PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr, 2011
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Great! It looks like you're on the good road! Just keep it positive!

#87:  Author: WASD PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr, 2011
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I do not remember my dreams perfectly. But when I dream I experience them and I'm aware of the moment. You do not remember what you did exactly 100 hours ago, but when you did it you were aware of it (lets presume you were not sleeping). Even in normal dreams I am aware while I dream them. Sometimes I wake up feeling and knowing that I've had a dream but I can't remember it.

Does anyone else feel like this?

#88:  Author: dB_FTS PostPosted: Wed 06 Apr, 2011
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Yes many times, and sometimes if I spend enough time thinking about it I menage to remember fragments, but sometimes there is just the feeling!

#89:  Author: Blenderman PostPosted: Wed 06 Apr, 2011
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I need to put some work in to remembering dreams again...
Even without a DJ I had perfect recall but I just went down to cristal clear great recall to absolutely nothing in less than a week...

#90: i need serious help!! Author: keybladesrus PostPosted: Thu 07 Apr, 2011
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quite a while ago, i found out about lucid dreaming and became borderline obsessed. i went to a bunch of sites trying to find out how to do it. the first thing i worked on was my dream recall.

at first i did great. i remembered about two or more dreams each night. i was even able to influence a couple of them them, though it was far from lucidity. all of that changed several months ago. at first, i just had a bit of trouble remembering my dreams. then my recall gradually got worse as i was unable to record anything in my journal (i can't write what i dont remember...).

then something terrible happened. i was unable to remember a single thing about any dreams! in all the months since this started to hapen, i have only recalled a single dream, even that was only barely. i have tried to get my recall back, but i haven't had any luck.

if anyone could help me, i would greately appreciate it! help!

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#91:  Author: Cornelia Xaos PostPosted: Thu 07 Apr, 2011
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I keep seeing people say that you have to have a dream journal if you really want to improve dream recall. I understand this, but how are we supposed to have one if we can't remember any dreams to put into it. Sure having a friend wake you up 90 minutes after you fall asleep could help spark dream remembrance but how are you to do this when there's only so many hours in the day? And who's gonna watch you for 90 minutes anyway?

#92:  Author: Blenderman PostPosted: Thu 07 Apr, 2011
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@Scipio Xaos. Yes getting started is the tricky part but not that hard. First of all it is best to drench yourself and your mind in LDing and dreams in general: Read and think about dreaming as much as you can, read other people's dream journals, read articles etc.. For me this was enough to boost my dreams first time round.
If that isn't enough yes it will help to wake up in the night. But try about 5 hours after you go to sleep, rather than 90 minutes. The best dreams often occur later in the night. And the best way to wake up is a simple alarm clock I'd say, you don't need someone else to do that for you.

#93:  Author: Cornelia Xaos PostPosted: Sat 16 Apr, 2011
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Yeah it's tricky. But I used to hope it would just fall into my lap (like that would happen...). Now I'm tired of waiting so I'm determined to do all I can to reach that glorious an LD per night milestone. And while I still have trouble remembering most of my dreams I'm seeing a large improvement since I've decided to become diligent. (Last Sunday). I've had at least one dream recall per night since except Thursday.

#94:  Author: Faeline PostPosted: Tue 03 May, 2011
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I have lost a great deal of my motivation and nearly all recall. I'm trying to keep a DJ but have nothing to write down! Also, I'm trying to keep my LDing interests secret from my family because I know they won't approve of such "fuzzy thinking". How can I improve sneakily? HELP!

#95:  Author: Bird PostPosted: Tue 03 May, 2011
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Faeline wrote:
I have lost a great deal of my motivation and nearly all recall. I'm trying to keep a DJ but have nothing to write down! Also, I'm trying to keep my LDing interests secret from my family because I know they won't approve of such "fuzzy thinking". How can I improve sneakily? HELP!


Your DJ is pretty personal so your family shouldn't look into that.
When you wake up in the morning or at night just lie there for a couple of minutes thinking about what you dreamt that night. If nothing comes up, try setting your alarm clock 4, 5, 6 or 7 hours, whatever you prefer, later than going to bed. You will wake up during REM sleep or close to REM sleep and your dream recall should be better then. Good luck. ^^

#96:  Author: Blenderman PostPosted: Tue 03 May, 2011
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@Fealine:
Yeah I'd rather keep my LDing and family seperated as well, but for me that isn't that much of a problem. My parents would never search my room or anything like that so I simply keep my DJ behind a stack of books or under my bed for if they walk in. I don't know how it is in your house of course but I'd say it is very well possible to find a moment every now and then to write something down.
But more importantly than anything you do physically is what you do mentally. The mindset and mental part of lucid dreaming is by far the most important, and no-one can see what is going on in your head ^^ . Point is if you have problems keeping you DJ or LD4all activities secret there are loads of tricks you can do that are purely in the mind. Me myself I manage to keep quite a good DJ in my head by simply 'studying' my dreams everyday.
You should of course find what works best for you, but taking a few minutes just after waking up to search you memory for dreams of that night is the best way to start I'd say. And once you have something, anything, you can build on that. Go over it a few times a day, especially at night, and try to gather more and more untill you remember full dreams. Also, keep your head on dreaming and lucid dreaming when going to bed. There are loads more tricks that are just in the mind, you should look around in the 'Quest for Lucidity' for that.
Just hopes this helps to get you started

#97:  Author: Ch0s3n PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun, 2011
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Woah, I haven't been to this site for a loooong time.

Anyway, I always think "Alright, next time I have a dream - I'll write it down", but I keep forgetting to do it. Oh well, at least I remember my longest and most interesting dreams.

#98: I need help Author: shadowmax31 PostPosted: Sat 31 Mar, 2012
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I am going to explain my probleme as well as i can (i am french tounge2).
I had some difficulty to remember my dream so i decide to write them the first night i got very (i try to remember my dream for 3 days) nice results instead of 0 remenbered dream i had remembered 2. the second day 0 and the third day 0 too. i am discouraged.
I want to know this is normal and do you have some tips for me smile

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#99:  Author: lucky1990 PostPosted: Sat 31 Mar, 2012
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Try to set alarm clock every 90 minutes and wake up and see whether u remember any dream. Write down immediately. (For this u need to have a dream journal by your bedside). Before going to sleep affirm yourself that you will remember the dream. Maintain good sleeping habits and eat nutrient foods. Hope this helps.

#100:  Author: ReaditTwice PostPosted: Sat 31 Mar, 2012
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Along with lucky1990's good advice, I would suggest you say to yourself before you go to sleep "I want to remember my dreams tonight" (or the equivalent in French wink5 ) several times. This tells your mind that you are indeed interested in recalling your dreams. If you recall no dreams, write down in your DJ "no recall as yet". It's vitally important to write down something as this sets up the habit and also sets up a psychological expectation that you WILL remember something at some stage.

Stick with it, it might take several days or even a couple of weeks. You are on the right track - just keep going, I wish you well and look forward to hearing of your progress smile

#101: how to remember dreams Author: looseyloo PostPosted: Mon 09 Jul, 2012
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I'm just beginning my travels of LD, but I have a ridiculous memory and as soon as I wake up my dreams are gone, before I can even try to process them.
Any tips on how to help me remember my dreams??

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#102:  Author: Paulius PostPosted: Mon 09 Jul, 2012
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Get a Dream Journal. Have it besides your bed each morning (alongside with a pen or pencil), so you can easily write the dreams you remember as soon as you wake up. During the first days you might not remember much. Just write whatever you can recall. It can be feelings, thoughs, colors, or simply write "I didin't remember any dreams". After some days you will start remembering more. After a week or two you should be able to remember solid 1-2 dreams each night. A DJ is probably the easiest and quickest way. Not only does it increase your DR, it also gives you something exciting to read (say, after 1 or 2 years) and it makes sure that the dreams you remember never get lost. Hope this helps.

#103:  Author: looseyloo PostPosted: Mon 09 Jul, 2012
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I have tried to write them down, but I cant remember anything, I mostly just get strong sensations of something strange. And when certain events happen throughout the day i'll remember parts of dreams but it all depends on what I'm doing, where I'm at, and who I'm around. There are also times when I can only remember a brief moment of a dream, but not the rest of it.

Should I write that anyway?

#104:  Author: optimize PostPosted: Tue 10 Jul, 2012
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looseyloo wrote:
I have tried to write them down, but I cant remember anything, I mostly just get strong sensations of something strange. And when certain events happen throughout the day i'll remember parts of dreams but it all depends on what I'm doing, where I'm at, and who I'm around. There are also times when I can only remember a brief moment of a dream, but not the rest of it.

Should I write that anyway?

Yes you should write everything down that you can remember, even if it is just a feeling or small part of the dream. Even if you don't remember nothing at all you should write this down!

#105:  Author: *Laurelindo* PostPosted: Tue 10 Jul, 2012
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looseyloo wrote:
I have tried to write them down, but I cant remember anything, I mostly just get strong sensations of something strange. And when certain events happen throughout the day i'll remember parts of dreams but it all depends on what I'm doing, where I'm at, and who I'm around. There are also times when I can only remember a brief moment of a dream, but not the rest of it.

Should I write that anyway?

Yes.
It doesn't matter how fragmentary your memories are, write them down anyway.
Every little piece of information will teach your brain to pay more attention to details in your future dreams, and then your dream recall will gradually improve from there.
Remember, anything that's greater than 0 can potentially grow huge.

#106:  Author: Thorn PostPosted: Tue 10 Jul, 2012
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Are you waiting until morning to write down your dreams? You may try waking up overnight (a common time is four and a half hours after falling sleep, due to sleep cycles) for a few minutes to write down your dreams, or at least key points from them, before returning to sleep and writing down the rest of your dreams when you wake up normally. Waking up at this time is also useful in for inducing lucid dreams -- look into WBTB for more information.

#107:  Author: Ishtar PostPosted: Sun 22 Jul, 2012
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Hi, I'm very new to LD. It's been 10 days since I'm start practising and I have been diligently (actually struggling) writing my dream journal.

It amaze me on how incredible human subconscious mind work. when I first start and told myself to remember my dream, I woke two times at night and I could remember 2 dreams right away. It's something that never happened in my life.

But as days goes on my dream recall dropped. I wonder if it because I left myself hungry or because it's weekday. Yesterday I can't recall anything and today I forgot what I'm dreaming during my nap time.

Like I would give up. Today I would told my subconscious mind;

"If you really love me then mark every dream as important and let me know!"

#108: A personal problem with dream recall Author: Zealot PostPosted: Mon 31 Dec, 2012
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Hi there everyone! I'm back after over a year, trying again.

I am currently having a problem with my dream recall. I've been going at trying to achieve lucidity for about three weeks now , and before this stint, I had been at it for about two months.

I have no idea why, but my ability to remember my dreams is sucking! It started of great for about a week, and now, I can hardly remember anything! Or I forget it the second I decide to write it down, and when I do remember them, they are very weak, short dreams.

How do some of the pros like y'all manage good dream recall? Any tips?

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#109: advice Author: MicahDreamz PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec, 2015
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1. go to sleep within 30-45 minutes of the same time every night
2. Keep eyes closed and remember dreams in your head when you wake up. When you think you remember most of what you are able to, open eyes and record them.
3. eat fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated
4. Tell yourself to remember your dreams in the morning when you lay in bed at night and vizualize remembering your dreams when you wake up.
5. Dont get woken up by anyone or anything just wake up when your body wakes up.
This should all improve dream recall greatly and really help with dream quality and lucid dreaming over all

#110:  Author: Mismagius PostPosted: Fri 19 May, 2017
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I have been having problems with my dream recall too. And I REALLY wanna start my journal on here soon; and not with an older dream, either meh i wouldn't know which one to use anyways i've remembered like over 2000 of them all together XD See what I mean?

I did listen to disney songs a few nights ago, though. And I remembered ALL my dreams of that night afterwards. So i plan on doing something like that again :U But sometimes i really rather listen to something else...lol.....

Having poor dream recall is painful for me. Dreams have been a huge part of my life since like forever. I don't understand why I don't remember them as much anymore now....I try to remain calm about it, I mean, you HAVE to, but yeah. Dreams are almost like a second sibling to me XD

#111:  Author: Ebilshrimp PostPosted: Fri 19 May, 2017
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Have you tried setting yourself a dream goal? For me I tend to rememebr dreams better when I was trying to do or see something in particular. I normally fail the goal but the important thing is the recall.
That's why the challenges on our forum are so popular I guess, they really help channel recall with a purpose!



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