recording dreams

Wrote it Down in the Wrong Place

I dreamed the other night that I wanted to remember something from my recent dream-experience when I woke up, because I wanted to do a Google search for it, so I sat up and wrote a few words in my notebook.

Except, I had only “woken up” to the astral plane at that point, I wrote it down there – so when I actually woke up physically, a few minutes later, I was still lying in bed, I hadn’t written anything down at all in our world!

This time I couldn’t remember enough of it to write it down for real, so I couldn’t actually Google it.  I was annoyed.  🙂

 

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Advanced Dream Remembering

I caught myself one time on the Astral Plane “writing down” the dream I just had – which means the “dream” must have been on the Higher Mental plane!  I was confused – I came down to the Astral plane, and I thought I was wide awake and writing down my dream!  But doing this, writing my dream in the astral plane, actually helped me a lot; because I recited the dream experience 2 or 3 times, with pictures in my mind, and trying to find the words for it – words which, probably, disappeared off my made-up astral notebook moments after I wrote them down!

Then I really woke up in the physical plane – sitting up in bed now, realizing I was confused, and now I “really am awake”.  Then it was super easy to write down what I had just memorized in my notebook on the physical plane, that I always leave next to my physical bed.

I think the same thing happens when you meditate regularly. You eventually start meditating ON the higher levels too – which probably helps you reach EVEN HIGHER levels.  I can actually remember a time many years ago that I “meditated” in the Astral plane, and popped immediately into the Mental plane.  That’s one of 2 or 3 ways to reach the Mental plane from “way down here”.

How to Remember Your Dreams

The best way to remember your dreams, like anything else in our world, is to practice.

How do you practice remembering your dreams? By creating a system to do it.

Go to sleep with pad of paper and pencil or pen next to your bed; really. It might sound stupid, but try it. It works.

Immediately after waking up, write your dream as best as you can. After writing that part, if you remember something else, write that down too. Indicate whether it came before or after the first thing you wrote down.

Try to always put the time and date on the corner of the page. You will find interesting patterns later when you review them.

If you wrote half a page of your dream, that’s great. If it didn’t make any sense when you read it back the next day, that’s just fine. Don’t worry about it. You have to start somewhere.

Eventually you will be able to write more and remember more. Today I can write about 6 full pages of notes after waking up, for 3 or 4 “chunks” of memories, in reverse time order. For whatever reason I always write down the most recent memory that’s freshest in my mind. Then I often harken back to the memory before that, and write that one down too. Then I usually remember the thing before that, and sometimes the thing before that.

I could never have reached this point without having my pad of paper and pencil nearby when I sleep. I always use a mechanical pencil to write with because ballpoint pens give me trouble, especially when I’m groggy and my eyes aren’t fully open when I wake up. I can’t afford to spend 5 minutes figuring out why my pen isn’t writing – I’ll lose too much of the dream that way. With a pencil, if you can see the lead, you know it will leave a mark on paper. That’s why I prefer pencils 10 times more than pens. Yes the lead sometimes breaks, and I have to click it a few times to get a new lead. A good pencil reliably provides a new lead after 8-10 clicks.  Mechanical pencils just work.

In order to see what you’re writing, you need a light next to your bed that’s easy to turn on. That’s why I built a lamp with a touch-circuit from Home Depot in the base of it – I just touch any metal part of the all-metal lamp to turn it on.  Actually each touch cycles thru a different level of brightness; 4 levels total (including “off”). Stabbing my whole hand in the general direction of my lamp is much easier than having to grasp at a tiny hidden twist-knob or slide-switch up and under the lampshade, right next to the burning-hot light bulb! There’s no need to spend $$$ on a touch-lamp; you can just find a regular metal lamp at a garage sale, buy an $8 touch-circuit from Home Depot, and wire it up yourself. I’ve done it many times.

I don’t write down dreams every night. I only really experience maybe 2 or 3 interesting dreams a month, or so. But those are often pretty amazing. Way more creative and interesting than anything I could have produced with my “creative imagination”. That’s one of the many ways that I can tell my dreams are real experiences, not just brain-short-circuiting hallucinations or whatever scientists think is going on when a human being is asleep. Another way is, I’ve learned new things from my dreams – things that help in the real world. There’s no way THAT came from my subconscious mind or past experiences.

Writing down your dreams helps you study some interesting things you never observed before:

  • what is the pattern to when you have your most memorable / recordable dreams?  Once a week? Once a month? a bunch grouped together or spread out? what’s the pattern?
  • what time of the night do you have the most interesting dreams? what time do you wake up and record them? What is the hours, and the minutes?  (I found that when I wake up, the minutes are ALWAYS either on the hour or the half-hour.  That is not random.)
  • What kind of dreams did you have this time last year?  The year before? Is there a pattern? Why do you think that is?
  • Do you dream more during full-moon periods? new-moon periods? before the full moon? after the full moon?  any particular time of the year?
  • When you review your past dreams from the last few months during the middle of the day, how does that make you feel? Is it a good feeling, or a bad feeling?
  • Do you find yourself remembering the feelings of a dream in the middle of the day, for no reason? What is that connection?

There’s something to this dreaming, and experiencing. It feels like such a relief to experience the higher worlds, it feels like freedom, more than we have in our earthly lives today. You don’t have to take my word for it. I’m asking you to experience it for yourself. What is it like for you? And does it change, now that you’re writing things down?

You don’t have to disturb your partner, if you sleep with someone else. Just tell them that you like to write down ideas you have, any time of day or night. The touch-switch-lamp thing has a “low” setting the first time you touch it, so that’s perfect for low-powered light to write by.  Then you can touch it 3 more times to turn off the light. That’s what I do. It doesn’t disturb my spouse all that much, most of the time.

 

How To Remember Your Dreams

I wanted to write about some of the tricks for remembering your dreams better once you wake up on the physical plane. The most important thing I can suggest is to write down your dreams.  Keep a notebook and a pen or pencil by the side of your bed or in a dresser drawer, you basically need to be able to reach it when you’re half-asleep without thinking about it. I have been writing down my dreams for more than 30 years now, so I can attest to this being a key technique to retaining higher memories when returning to the physical plane.

You may think you can remember your dreams, but the way our life works, with our logical mind and limitations all around us, those memories fade quicker than you realize. The best thing you can do to remember these precious experiences of the other worlds is write them down as soon as you wake up – minutes, even seconds, count.

Each time you wake up and remember a portion of a dream, write it down in your journal. It doesn’t matter how much you remember or don’t remember; or whether it makes any sense to you right now. Just write it down as accurately as you can. Also be sure to write the date in the upper corner, and the time on the clock by your bed of the moment you woke up. Over time you will notice some very interesting patterns to these times and dates. I don’t want to say too much about this – you can experience it for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your clock is always slow or fast; it just has to be a working clock, the one that wakes you up in the morning, if you use an alarm clock.

When writing down your dreams, start with the last thing you remember just before waking up, it is probably the clearest. Once you finish writing that down, think: what came right before it that led up to it? Your mind will tune into that sometimes while you’re writing the first thing. So write down that previous memory after you finish writing the first part. Then, can you remember and write the thing that happened before that? How about the one before that? I have been doing this for so may years, I can usually write down about 4 chunks of events in reverse order this way. I draw a line underneath each part to separate it from the next, since the “next part” actually came earlier in the dream, time-wise.

Recording the Dream Level

After you’ve done this many times and have studied and learned from my descriptions of Astral experiences vs Mental experiences in the dream world, you can also take a swag at marking each section if your dream as Astral or Mental; and lower, middle, or higher of that realm. I usually write an “A” or “M” in the left margin next to where I wrote, one for each horizontal section, since they can be out of order, as I described earlier. You can write “HA” for Higher Astral, “MA” for Middle Astral, “LA” for Lower Astral, and so forth, if you want to.  These days in my own journal I only bother to write down the higher astral and higher mental dreams, though I used to write everything down. I’m not interested in the lower levels anymore, they’re usually self-centered ego-desire driven dreams. But to get started, I recommend writing them all down. They’re fun to read later. You’ll realize how much you forget over time, even after only a few days or a week has gone by.

Even if you can’t remember very much about your dream, try to write it down.  Write down the feeling of how it felt, in the dream, the emotion of it; or the colors of it; anything you can recall. It doesn’t have to make sense, just write it as honestly as you can. Did it feel like a fun time, or was it foreboding?  Were you in control, or were you being controlled? Were you just along for the ride? Were other people there? Creatures? Objects? Was it indoors or outside? Familiar locale, or not? Did you smell anything, or hear anything you can recall? Were you interacting in the dream, or just watching things happen in front of you? Were other things substantially bigger than you, or smaller than you? When you can’t write anymore, it’s OK – just put your notebook away and go back to sleep.

Over time you will discover patterns like: when do you dream the most? Are there nights where you woke up 2 or 3 times and wrote down dreams before going back to sleep?  It can seem exhausting to do that, but it’s a lot of fun later when you can re-read your dreams and see how many crazy experiences you went through all in one night.

A Bright New Day

You might also write down if you feel like it’s “tomorrow” yet, or not, when you awake to write your dream. I noticed an interesting pattern: my new day starts precisely at 2:30 AM.  Before that my energy feels like the left-overs of the day before, and I’m exhausted; but on or after 2:30 AM it feels like I have a renewed batch of energy, like I’m just getting ready for a new day!  I wish I could explain it better than that.  I believe that the moment when the “new day” begins for each person is individual – if you typically stay up late, or are used to going to bed early, or if you work a late night shift for example, your “new day” won’t be the same as mine. It will be adjusted to your physical life style, for some moment during the period when you get your largest amount of sleep.

If you go to sleep earlier every night and are likely to do so in the future, you probably will have an earlier “new day” point than I do.  Contrary to popular belief, a new day does not begin at midnight. I believe it’s between 1AM and 3AM for most people. But it can change, too. Life is alive – it adjusts to you as your needs and behaviors change in our world.

Have you ever stayed up so late that you suddenly felt guilty that you really should be sleeping now? A sudden onset of realization that makes you feel like you’re late for something. There’s another secret there to be discovered. Don’t stay up that late next time! Go to sleep right away, you’re missing something important.  🙂

Discomfort of Rereading your Dreams

There is a feeling to Astral dreams, I’m not sure how to describe it, but it feels like a world of feelings.  If you go back and re-read a bunch of your dreams, like a year’s worth in one sitting, it can make you feel funny – possibly uncomfortable – if they were mostly Astral dreams.  It’s OK, I’m just suggesting that you should notice what it feels like when this happens. We don’t have any good words in the English language for that feeling. This is new territory we are discovering.