Created by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and Charlson Meadows.

Dream Journal Exercise

Dreams are a way for the unconscious to work on issues that may not yet be in the conscious mind. While very few dreams are prophetic, they can provide precise insights into our personal needs, desires, and concerns. They are also compensatory and healing.  

Dreams are highly symbolic, so they are frequently dismissed as silly or useless until the dreamer starts to take them seriously by writing them down and reflecting on them symbolically.

Keep a dream journal by your bed and allow yourself a few minutes each morning to write down what you remember. You will probably find that you remember more and more of your dreams as you do and begin to develop an understanding of your own unique symbolic language. Be sure that you don't rush to interpret your dreams—let them speak to you, perhaps over time. Dreams are often multilayered and their truth may not become evident until years later.

Can you remember any dreams or dream fragments from last night?; If not, can you remember a vivid dream from the past?Take a moment to write down the dream without editing it, no matter how irrational it seems.

  • Where were you?
  • What did it look like?
  • What were you doing?
  • Who else was there?
  • How did you feel?
  • What happened?

Note the words used. Look up meanings in the dictionary

Don't try to interpret the dream, just reflect on it and allow the meaning to emerge.

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