Here are some tips and guidance/coaching to ream recalling, journaling and interpreting your dreams. Remember you are the best interpreter for your dreams because they are reflections of your thoughts, your beliefs, and your experiences. Out of all the brilliant people in the world you are the most brilliant scholar of yourself. In my work here I only offer to guide you on your own journey based on my knowledge and experiences.
When you first awake from a dream you may recall a lot or very little. There will always be something that gives you a clue to the dream whether it is a feeling, emotion, a song, a color, a symbol or a fragment of the dream. It could be anything, pay close attention to what is going on when you first wake up. Record whatever comes to mind in your journal. You may even want to sketch it out.
The night before I go to sleep prepare a page in my journal for the next morning as follows:
Feeling upon waking:
Outstanding symbol, object, color, song etc:
Outstanding words or numbers:
Main Action or Situation:
When I wake up I just start writing anything and everything that comes to mind. Sometimes I don’t even fill out that stuff above until I am finished writing the dream. Write it all down and try not to edit yourself or worry about spelling. This is first and foremost your personal journal for your eyes only not something someone else sees or a test to be graded! Secondly, if you write with abandon you can get everything out as opposed to omitting/forgetting things because you are busy checking your spelling and grammar.
Next, go back and rewrite it more coherently and list outstanding items etc. Pay attention to any feelings or thoughts that pop into your mind relating to this dream. How does it remind you of yourself and what your waking present life? Write that down.
When you go to interpret this dream make sure you have plenty of time to do so otherwise just leave it for later that night or whenever you don’t feel rushed. It can be hard enough to wake up and write what you can before getting ready for work and all the other things we have to do in the mornings. Sometimes you can just be a weekend dream worker and work on a weeks worth of dreams on Saturday or Sunday or your days off. I often go back over my dreams later in the week.
Utilizing a dream dictionary book can be helpful in sparking an idea or a hint but try to rely on your own personal feeling and meaning to each part of your dream. Asking yourself Who, What, When, Where, Why and How can be very helpful when discerning a meaning for a dream. If you get stuck, just walk away and leave it for awhile. Working with our dreams is meant to be fun and helpful not another job or chore to be dreaded.
After you have understanding or clarity to the meaning of the dream ask how this applies to your life and then make the changes or adjustments to enhance your life accordingly.
Remember be open, receptive, relaxed and have fun. You are learning about one of if not THE most interesting and complex creatures on earth: YOU a spiritual being having a human experience.
Many Blessings and Sweet Dreams.