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Why You Should Keep a Dream Journal

Updated on August 21, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content-sharing websites. She's the author of 12 books and helps other authors publish theirs.


Dreams are like movies...

Every night for a few hours we find ourselves in a state of dreaming, whether we recall doing it or not when we wake up.

Our dreams are like movies. They are very vivid and utilize all of our senses. Sometimes our dreams are full of drama; sometimes they are thrillers; sometimes they are romantic comedies; sometimes they are packed with action; sometimes they are filled with mystery; sometimes they scare us in some way. Whatever movie genre exists today we can all experience it when we dream at night. And there isn't always a happy ending.

Some dreams occur only once while some play out again and again possibly with a different ending each time. Some dreams can run in sequels - that is we have a dream one night and the next night the dream continues from where we left off the night before.

Interpreting Dreams

When you dream at night more often than not you are the lead actor (and even the director) in the scenes and stories that unfold in your mind. Everything that you go through in your dreams has a purpose, has a deeper meaning. It is up to you to interpret what everything means.

In order for you to do that the first thing you have to do is record the events of your dreams, so they don't escape from you or are forgotten. That is where keeping a dream journal daily comes in handy. Every morning when you wake up you should take a few minutes and write down everything that you can recall from that night's dreams. It can be full stories or it can be snippets here and there. Regardless of what you remember every little bit will be useful in interpreting your dreams and relating them to your real lives.

The meaning of dreams can help you in your daily lives and can open a new path for you into the future. You may discover an answer to a question or a situation that you did not have the answer to. If you have been unsure of something in your life, interpreting your dreams can help make things much clearer.

Dreams also can instill you with the confidence that you have been lacking in real life to do something that you've wanted or had to do. They can help get rid of the fear running through you that has stopped you from accomplishing what you've always wanted to achieve.

Dreams are very powerful and interpreting your dreams and finding the meaning behind them is important. To help you interpret your dreams you can consult a professional or you can make use of the many books available out there on how to interpret dreams and what they mean. Regardless of what route you choose to follow you will be surprised at what you find after you interpret your dreams.

Dreams don't just happen at night...

Whenever we sleep at night we dream. Dreams don't happen only at night though. We can dream during the day as well. This happens when we take a nap, or when we find ourselves lost in thought, events or scenarios playing out in our minds. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a dream journal not just for the dreams we have at night but for those we have during the day as well. They can be just as important.

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Dreams can be a source of foreshadowing

Sometimes the things that we experience in our lives can leave us with a sense of deja vu, making us feel like we've been through a certain situation before, even though we don't recall going through it in real life. That can happen because sometimes the things that we dream about at night can play out in our real lives sometime in the future, whether exactly as we've dreamed them or with certain variations.

Dreams can be a source of foreshadowing and can give us clues on what's to come in our lives at some point, be it in a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. That is why it is important for us to keep track of our dreams, especially those that occur more than once.

Dreams as a source of inspiration

Dreams can be a great source of inspiration for writers. If you are a writer dreams can often give you great ideas for stories, poems, songs, or other types of writing. If you are unsure of what to write about look through your dream journal for possible ideas, or if you don't have a dream journal try to recall any of your recent or past dreams. You will be amazed at the stories, poems, etc. that unfold and come to life.

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© 2012 Lena Kovadlo


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