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.