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lena97QTgurl
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The Power of Dream Journals
PostPosted: Wed 12 May, 2010  Reply with quote

I used to be very good at writing in my dream journal, but after a while I got lazy. I still had excellent dream recall, but sometimes I wouldn't write down my dreams or wouldn't put enough detail. I stopped having LDs. I wondered why, and tried many different techniques to get back my LDs. Finally, I came to one conclusion: it was the dream journal. I started writing in it every single day, waking up a few minutes early so I'd have the time to record my dreams. The next night, I had an LD. Ever since, I've again started to have more LDs.

So if you think dream journals are just a nuisence, don't. They help you express your interest in your dreams and tell your SC that you want LDs. Dream journals are waaay more important than you think.

Happy dreaming. ^^


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PostPosted: Wed 12 May, 2010  Reply with quote

Thanks, i'm going to get back to writing in my dream journal and see how it works

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kwaran
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PostPosted: Wed 12 May, 2010  Reply with quote

This motivated me, i'm gonna start writing again. I wonder for how long...
There should be a guide on how to keep writing in your DJ tounge1


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PostPosted: Wed 12 May, 2010  Reply with quote

I didn't have a LD yet (I started just a week ago trying) but what can I say without doubt is that since I started writing in the DJ I have perfect dream recall! I can even remember the dream I had since I wake up for WBTB and the dream I have after it! ^^

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PostPosted: Wed 12 May, 2010  Reply with quote

Huh. I have been a little lazy concerning my DJ lately...

You have any tips for keeping an organized & concise DJ? It always takes so long for me to actually write everything down. help!


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PostPosted: Thu 13 May, 2010  Reply with quote

NightOwl413 wrote:

You have any tips for keeping an organized & concise DJ? It always takes so long for me to actually write everything down. help!


I usually have pretty long and detailed dreams, and it takes me a while to write them down, too. So, I set my alarm for around 10-20 minutes earlier than usual so I'll have time to write them all down. If I can't do this, and I don't have enough time, I jsut write the basic summary and then, underneath the dream, write 'notes' and quickly jot down the rest of the details in point form.

If you're having trouble getting motivated to keep your dream journal going, start an online one, also. First, write your dreams in your DJ. Then, when you have a chance, write them in your online one. Think of it this way: If you don't enter a dream in your online DJ almost every day, people will notice and think that you're not a true LDer.... and you'll feel like you're not a true LDer. SO get writing!

If that doesn't work, either, make a story out of your dreams. Put all your dreams from your DJ together and change them so that they make sense and fit in together. Then, every day, add more onto your dream story. This way you'll always be waiting to see what happens next in your story.

Hope that was helpful. smile


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PostPosted: Thu 13 May, 2010  Reply with quote

NightOwl413 wrote:
You have any tips for keeping an organized & concise DJ? It always takes so long for me to actually write everything down. help!

Not a insanely helpful tip, but I always write down the date (the date that it'll be when I wake up, at least) before I dream.

I also write down what I'm going to try to dream about before I dream, in hopes that it'll help me dream of that... and because that often helps to jog my memory of my dream when I wake up and open my DJ to that page, though I'm not sure if that works for everyone..


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

must...restart...dream journal

tounge2


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PostPosted: Thu 03 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

Being the lazy bum I am, I usually tell myself to remember the dream I just had and write it down later that day. Just so everyone knows, that attitude is total BS! One may be able to recall every dream one had in the morning, but until one writes them down, one might forget about half of them again - at least that's my experience.

So writing your journal entry ASAP is of utmost importance, even if it's just scribbled into your DJ with terrible handwriting and just in keywords (as many keywords as possible, that is).

After reading this thread I promise myself to write down my dreams as soon as I wake up!



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PostPosted: Sat 05 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

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Being the lazy bum I am, I usually tell myself to remember the dream I just had and write it down later that day. Just so everyone knows, that attitude is total BS! One may be able to recall every dream one had in the morning, but until one writes them down, one might forget about half of them again - at least that's my experience.

So writing your journal entry ASAP is of utmost importance, even if it's just scribbled into your DJ with terrible handwriting and just in keywords (as many keywords as possible, that is).


I completely agree, I've forgotten quite a few dreams with this attitude.
I'd also add that it's better if you make sure that your DJ entries are readable (if it's written, of course). I go through phases (I'm in one now actually) where I wake up really tired and end up just writing stuff down quickly, don't go back to expand on it, and then a few days later I have no idea what I wrote. It looks like I had a series of muscle spasms with a pen in my hand, and just happened to hit the paper some of the time.



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PostPosted: Sat 05 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

stabbyuz wrote:
must...restart...dream journal

tounge2


same here. let's form a club! :D

or at least make a poll about our current DJ status wink5


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PostPosted: Sat 05 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

For me i started my dream journal and the second night i had a very vivid dream that i can still recall now (even though that was only a few days ago about 11 now i think). for me i don't normally have time in the morning to write them down so i do when i can if i cant i retell it to my self over and over until i get to school and can write it down if i can remember it after i get out of bed i have a good tendency to not forget most of it there are rarely any holes in them except the starts of them which are always blurry for me ;.;

for organization im just using a normal notebook and i lable each day when i wrote it down time wise and the date i had the dream works well enough for me ^_ ^



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PostPosted: Sat 05 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

I use a computer to keep my DJ, on notepad so I can get to it easily. Is there any dignificant downside to typing? I'll easy switch to a notebook if it's stopping LD's.

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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

stabbyuz:

I'm sure opinions on this vary greatly, but in my experience there isn't a downside to typing your DJ. The important thing is that your mind recognizes writing in your DJ as a special ritual. That's why it's often recommended when you have a handwritten journal to use a special pen.
However, there's no reason why typing it on your computer wouldn't work. You could even set up for it by opening Notepad before going to bed to make it more "ritual"-like.

I personally write down keywords and short sentences after I wake up from a dream in a notebook, and then later write up the interesting dreams in more detail when I have more time (when I can read what I originally wrote about them of course. grin )



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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

Yeah, your so right! I used to write in my DJ every single morning, during that time I had at least 1 LD a week. But then school got in the way, and I lost focus on LD'ing altogether and didn't write in my DJ at all, and I haven't had a LD in Forever. So I'm going to start again. I'm looking forward to many LD's this summer ^^

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