Do you wanna know some tips to memorize your dreams?
Does it come naturally to you - or do you use specific techniques to boost your dream recall?
To lucid dream, it's very important that you will remember at least one vivid dream per night. This increases your self-awareness while dreaming, and most importantly, it means you may actually remember your lucid dreams.
Does everyone dream?
Some people claim that they never or very rarely see dreams. Well the truth of the matter is that everyone dreams practically every night of his life.
If they did not do so, then they would soon begin to suffer from all sorts of psychological ailments. For dreaming is absolutely essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind. The thing is that some people remember their dreams, others not.
The reason that some individuals don't seem to remember their dreams may be explained by the fact that during the course of a typical night, we all go through a cycle of four distinctly different levels of sleep.
It has been found through experimentation, that if an individual is awakened from sleep, whilst they're in this state. Then they tend to remember dreaming. Although the exact details of the dream usually quickly fade away. Whereas if they are awakened whilst they are in either level 3, or level 4 of sleep, then they are far less likely to remember the exact details of any dreams that they may have experienced.
I will now try my best to explain a few of the many theories, that have been put forward over the years to explain why exactly it is that humans dream at all. Why do we dream?
There'are some number of interesting theories around, all of which proclaim to offer the definitive explanation for why human beings, and a large variety of other animals experience the condition that we refer to as ‘dreaming.’ I will now endeavor to outline 2 of the most widely accepted of these theories. These are:
- Dreaming for organisation
- Dreaming to symbolize
Dreaming for organisation
Every healthy human being on this planet spends an average of eight hours out of every twenty-four sleeping. What our brains seem to be doing whilst we are in this vulnerable state of unconsciousness, is organizing and categorizing events and information that we were exposed to during the course of our waking day. Then proceeding to file this information away, in our long-term memories.
Experiments that have been conducted by various psychologists, who worked in the field of ‘Sleep deprivation,’have shown that subjects who have been exposed to long periods of uninterrupted consciousness appear to become increasingly paranoid.
1 possible explanation for this paranoia could be severe interference of clear thinking in an individual. This interference can result from the vast amount of information, which is just hanging around in such a person’s conscious mind, awaiting categorisation and eventual storage.
Another symptom of prolonged periods of sleep deprivation is a tendency towards hallucination. Again this appears to be the result of the unsorted information in the individual's mind, interfering with their ability to think clearly.
Dreaming to symbolize
The psychologist Sigmund Freud (1901) put forward the theory that dreaming was the minds way of dealing with emotions, desires, and feelings, that the conscious mind would have a considerable amount of difficulty dealing with in any other way.
These emotions are sometimes completely suppressed by the individual’s conscious mind and thus exist only in the unconscious mind. Where they appear in a disguised form, known as dreams.
The term that is most commonly used to describe the study of these suppressed and disguised emotions is ‘Dreamwork.’ In dreamwork, symbols are believed to represent the desires and private thoughts of the individual. For example Freud often made reference to the image of a tower in a dream, as being a kind of phallic symbol. He also referred to a vulture as being representative of death.
Freud also seemed to believe that an individuals mind sometimes hides emotions or desires from itself, by altering a dream image into its exact opposite. For example an image that an individual would find repellent whilst awake, can bring forth emotions such as love in a dream.
Whichever of the above theories you personally believe to be true (both or neither), the system that can be used for committing to memory any dream that you feel merits such attention, is a relatively straight-forward one that I will now proceed to outline.
Upon awakening from a dream that you wish to commit to memory, all that you can to do, is to follow these 3 basic steps:
- First take about 3 or 4 key images from the dream. That is the images that stood out the most to you in that particular dream.
- Next link together these images in an imaginative and creative way. The exact details of how to do this were explained in how to link together memories.
- For the last step, you simply need to link the first of your key images to something that is already stored away in your permanent memory. For example an object in your bedroom, such as a bedside lamp, or a picture on your wall. You could even use the peg numbers that I will outline in Pegging (although I don’t advise tying them up in this way), or more effectively the super pegs that will be outlined later in the mental database.
Using the above method, you will find that all that you need to do in order to bring forth the memory of a particular dream, is to think of the object or peg number that you linked the first key image of your dream to, and then you should find that as you work your way through the rest of your key images, the entire dream will return to your conscious memory. Unraveling itself in mere moments.
To keep a list of your dreams over several weeks, months or even years, you simply need to take a couple of your Super Peg images and then use them as a kind of group dumping ground for your dreams. Each one linking to a super peg image. This way thousands of dreams can be memorized with relative ease.
If you are still a little uncertain about the effectiveness of this system, then why not try it for yourself. Maybe even tonight!