Take time in the morning
The most interesting dreams when working on yourself are dreams that occur during REM sleep, the last phase of the sleep cycle. We usually remember the dreams we have when we wake up, whether between two sleep cycles or in the morning.
Therefore, if you can, in the morning, before emerging and projecting yourself into your day, take the time to linger in your bed, eyes still closed, to stay connected to your dream, to remember it. When you have just woken up, it is possible to wonder about what you dreamed of. Write it down as soon as you decide to open your eyes.
Have something to write on hand
This advice follows from the previous one. The memory of the dream is very evanescent, so you have to mobilize quickly after waking up to keep track of it. Have a notebook or dictaphone handy to write down the images, the main elements of your dream. A few sentences, even a few keywords may be enough if you then have the time during the day to reconstruct the dream as a whole.
Writing down a dream correctly can be very time-consuming, because you have to recompose it, put it in a timeline. Often, he does not have one: it is by writing that one creates it.
Stay open-minded during the day
If your dream eluded you in the morning, all is not lost. It is possible to have the reminiscence of a dream in broad daylight. All it takes is one item to trigger an associative thought, and it comes back to you clearly. This is not surprising since the dream works by analogy.
Slow down your pace of life
It’s not just mornings that go 100 miles an hour. It’s sometimes the whole day, the whole week, which unfolds at the same pace. However, the fact of having a very demanding daily life, whether suffered or chosen, influences your ability to remember your dreams. If your days are a race against time or you don’t see them passing, chances are that your memory of the content of your dreams is less strong.
Start a scan
While dreams can be great material to work with in therapy, having trouble remembering them or not remembering them at all can be a reason to start therapy. Indeed, some people do not remember their dreams because the contents of these are disturbing. Their superego censors them and the unconscious fails to convey messages that could help overcome blockages. Therapy can help in other ways to release these blockages.
Thanks to Tristan Moir, psychoanalyst and orinotherapist, for his advice and explanations.
Tristan-Frédéric Moir is the author of dictionary of dreams that can be consulted on Psychologies.com. He is also the founder of the EVER method to train in the language of dreams. His website: tristan-moir.fr.
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