How to keep a Dream Journal
Any way you want to – as long as you do it!
Writing down your dreams is the first tiny step to connecting to the vast resource within you. It’s the beginning of a relationship with your deeper Self. Dreams vanish easily – even writing them down does not cement them in memory but does preserve a record of them to possibly work with later. More importantly, writing your dreams down signals your deeper psyche that you (conscious waking-life you) are listening to the messages coming from the deep.
I use a 8 x 6 1/2 spiral notebook with a plastic cover by Miquelrius of Spain, usually in blue. I get these at Barnes & Noble, two or three at a time. I leave the notebook open to a blank page with a pen hooked in the spiral on my bedside table, within easy reach. I write down anything I remember from sleep whether it’s just an image, a story or an epic movie. I’ve been doing this for 26 years.
Other folks I know do other things. One woman I know buys beautiful journals, somewhat larger than mine and uses one journal for both dreams and waking life journling. She journals life in as one regularly would but turns the journal sideways to record her dreams. The result is she readily has dreams interwoven with waking life – often very useful.
Jeremy Taylor, author of Dreamwork and Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill, takes this one step more. He keeps a much larger notebook – almost scrapbook sized, under his arm at all times and constantly updates it day and night, marking off on each page ideas, events, processing, and dreams – and, in fact turning the notebook into a scrapbook by including ephemera that accompanies each day, like ticket stubs, notes from friends, articles torn from newspapers and magazines, drawings. I tried this approach once but could not keep it up. But I don’t need to – and unless you’re called to it, neither do you! Just catch your dreams in the way that works best for you!