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How to Remember Your Dreams and Other Fun Stuff

Updated on August 2, 2012
The Dream at Sutton Manor, near St Helens
The Dream at Sutton Manor, near St Helens | Source

Why Remember Your Dreams?

While there are plenty of times when you may want to forget your dreams, getting into the habit of remembering your dreams can be a frankly very interesting experience. There are dreams where everything is a blather of confusion and scary dreams that you may want to forget, but remembering your dreams can be helpful because dreams can contain messages, answer questions for you, solve problems, or contain premonitions. Studying your dreams can also help you get to the bottom of how you really feel about some situation or issue in your life.

How to Remember Your Dreams

When you first wake up, you'll want to stay still and not move a muscle. Stay relaxed. Now just think about the last thing you remember in your dream. Often, your dream will already be on your mind. Now work backwards to remember the thing that happened before, and before that. Dreams are like a thin thread that you have to delicately follow backwards to its source.

Try to remember your dreams every time you first wake up every morning and you'll soon find yourself remembering your dreams with ease.

Spiritual Help?

Perhaps other spiritual beings help you to understand answers that are helpful to your development in life. Learn more in my article How to Have Out of Body Experiences and Astral Travel.

How to Get Answers in Dreams

Simply ask a question late at night while you're in bed, waiting to go to sleep. Ask and ponder the question and have faith that it will be answered. Often it will be in that you'll have a new insight about your problem. Questions about your own self-growth and understanding related to your relationships with others often get answered.

Where are these answers coming from?
There is a theory that the answers come from your subconscious, which picks up much more information than you're usually aware of. Also, answers can be felt and understood from your intuition, if you get good at listening to it. It's an inner understanding that you just know, without really knowing why you know.

Your subconscious can be working on a problem without your realizing it, and the answer might manifest in a helpful dream.

How much can you trust the answers you receive in your dreams?
I think that depends on the question and on your using your own best judgment. Is your problem solved satisfactorily? Do you feel it's the right answer? It's up to you to figure this out.

Want to Fly?

Check out my article about How to Fly in Your Dreams to learn more about doing just that.

How to Direct Your Dreams

When you realize in a dream that you are dreaming, you can make conscious choices in your dreams to lead things where you'd like. You can decide to fly somewhere or experiment with matter in your dreams by touching objects and watching as your hand can go through walls and things like that. It's very exciting and interesting.

Your consciousness might fade in and out because if you start "day dreaming" what you'll really be doing is losing your awareness, just as in daily life when you day dream.

So what happens in your dreams is largely up to you and the level of awareness you bring to your dream.

Good Night

I hope you've gotten some ideas about sleep and dreaming that you find useful and helpful. Get a good night's rest and enjoy life. :)


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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, dreams are misterious, aren't they. It's too bad the tragedy at Sandy couldn't have been prevented. It's so sad. I haven't had prophetic dreams but I have had odd coincidences happen and I have heard of others who have had prophetic-type dreams. Anyway, I hope my tips help, especially since you seem to have prophetic-type dreams.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Carozy, what a great system to remember dreams!

      I tend to have prophetic dreams at times but the names of places and people tend to get twisted. About a month ago I dreamt of the shooting that took place last week in Connecticut. I woke up knowing that the town was up north, and for some reason I thought it was called Happytown. It was Newtown, and the placement of the letters A and Y that I had associated with the name hAppY matched the placement of the name of the school sAndY, the H from Happy was the beginning of the next word Hook.

      This is not the first time I have prophetic dreams. It saddens me to think that all this information is given to some of us and we can't but incoherently. Even if it was clearly detailed, there is nothing one could do to change the outcome of a situation.

      This is a wonderful hub!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I'll try this.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, that's interesting. I hear some friends say they can't remember any dreams and then others say stuff like what you describe happens. I wonder if it's because we pay attention to dreams more that we can get more out of them. It's a very interesting subject. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your good dreams continue.

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      faith_love_hope32 5 years ago

      I love this, what a wonderful hub. I've had premonition dreams since I was in my teens. I have good premonitions and I have what I also consider to be "warning dreams." I've been keeping track of my dreams the past few months. Many times I wake up between 1 and 3 am with some kind of message or just a strange dream. Sometimes I forget them when I fall back esleep, if I don't write them down right away. If I feel it's important, I'll write it down. Otherwise, I try to wake myself up enough to focus on my dream, so that I remember it the next morning. I try to really absorb it. :)

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Nell Rose, that's a good tip to try, contemplating photos or books. Thanks for the vote up too! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I love dream interpretation, I do remember most of my dreams and have tried directing them in a certain way before going to sleep, I used photos or books to get my mind on the right track, and sometimes it does work! great hub, voted up! cheers nell

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Often I find that something I've been wondering about will be answered ~ whatever I happen to be genuinely curious about might show up in a dream that night. Good luck.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I enjoyed this hub and love interpreting my dreams first thing in the morning. I'm going to try thinking of a question right before sleep and see what happens.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      That's a great idea. I've heard that's helpful also so you can go back and remember past dreams. Sometimes you'll find new meaning in them. Thank you for stopping by and Sweet Dreams. :)

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      bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

      Good hub! I have been writing my dreams down all my life and can easily remember them. The writing process gives them importance and so your brain will comply.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks wrenfrost56. I knew I wasn't the only one to get answers from dreams!

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Really interesting hub, I have really colourful dreams but I have yet to control them, and I agree with you that they can help you answer questions and give you insights about yourself. :)

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      That's interesting, I've had the sensation of deja vu with dreams before also. Thanks for stopping by. And sweet dreams! :)

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      I usually have a hard time remembering my dreams, unless I do exactly what you said - lay in bed without moving and think about the dream.

      I also remember my dreams in a fog of deja vu, once or twice per year, as random snippets of nonsensical dreams evade my thoughts for a brief period of time.