Dreams: Tips on Keeping a Memory Journal

Dreams and memories can be precious commodities, as well as provide useful insight into a person’s inner thoughts, feelings, and desires. A memory journal is ideal for someone who wants to chronicle patterns in their dreams, improve their recall (of memories and in general), and recall important aspects that may require interpretation. Ultimately, it should be viewed as a fun and introspective exercise that can help someone connect with their inner thoughts, demons, and desires. It can help access the dreamer’s subconscious and provide a window to their soul. Here are seven tips on how to keep a memory journal.

  1. Find an Appropriate Journal for Musings–Whether it is one the dreamer finds in a store or a journal of their own creation. Find a journal that will suit the person’s needs, attitude, and style. Something that will invite the dreamer back everyday to share their thoughts and musings.
  2. Set-Up a System to Record Dreams–There is no set approach for this step. Find the best way that works for the individual involved. Whether it by date, days of the week, or whatever the dreamer feels is most appropriate to record their events. This step could also be important in linking memories, dreams, and their interpretations.
  3. Make a Place for Journal–A memory journal is often placed by the dreamer’s bedside. However, that is not always the case–especially if there are privacy concerns. The best place is wherever the journal is easily accessible to the dreamer and they feel most secure about.
  4. Set Aside Time to Record Dreams–Many dreamers select mornings after they wake up to record their memories and musings. However, that is not always practical. Some people work and sleep on different schedules. Therefore, the dreamer needs to determine the best time that works for them on an individual basis.
  5. Follow Usual Sleep and Dream Pattern–Dreamers should adhere to their usual method(s) for falling asleep and dreaming. It might be beneficial to remind a person that they will be recording their memories and musings, so that it may help them focus on the importance of one’s dreams and subconscious thoughts.
  6. Record the Musings–After waking up or whenever the dreamer determines is the optimal recording time, the dreamer should begin recording their dreams. If possible, it is wise to avoid any interruptions between waking and recording the musings because information can be lost or elements of the dream could become distorted.
  7. Learn How to Edit the Musings–A memory journal is intended as an outlet and window into a person’s inner workings. Most people do not have limitless amounts of time to record their dreams and/or write in a journal. The best approach is to learn how to focus on dreams that make the biggest impression and seem to linger on. Write down the most vivid recollections because these are the ones with the most resonance and meaning for the dreamer.

Keeping a memory journal can improve a person’s memory and provide powerful insight into one’s inner thoughts. However, keeping a dream journal requires dedication and self-discipline. Yet, once someone establishes it as part of their routine, many people continue their daily musings for long periods of time. Perhaps, it will even become a lifelong and enduring habit.

By Leigh Haugh

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Guardian LV–Leigh Haugh

University of Kentucky
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