Remembering Your Dreams
Throughout the years, I have met many people who flatly declare, “I do not dream.” When we explore this statement further we usually arrive at some point in that individual’s life where dreams were remembered. For some it might be a few years ago, for others twenty or thirty years ago. Eventually there is a remembrance of several dreams which reaffirms their ability to dream. When I first began teaching people how to interpret dreams, some felt they had to take my word for it that dreaming occurs each time man is consciously asleep. In those ensuing years, many studies of brain activity have been done at colleges and universities in the United States and the world which substantiate the fact that each of us do indeed dream nightly. Although these studies serve a valuable purpose for many because they offer physical support of our common mental experience, they do not address the questions of the origin of our dreams, why they exist and what they mean. This is the realm of the meta-physicists, those who explore what is beyond and behind those physical effects in our brain, body, and environment.
For the individuals who state they do not dream, the first step is to realize that the short-circuit is not in the dreaming ability. Rather, it exists in the control of recalling the dream experience. Those who forget their dreams are often the same people who have difficulty remembering in their daily life. Rather than direct their full attention toward the experience before them, they scatter their mind’s energies, receiving information in a piecemeal manner. Later, when they desire to recall the information it comes to them in the same scattered form it was stored and they can recall faces but not the names or events but not the demarcation of time. Being able to recall your dreams is the first step in learning the Universal Language of Mind. To enhance your recall begin developing conscious control of your attention during your daily activities. Endeavor to direct your mental will so you can receive through the five sensory receptors the full experience. Take nothing for granted and do not ignore what is occurring from boredom or because you find the experience unpleasant. Through exercising your will in this manner, you will develop skill in wielding your attention, honing your ability to systematically store information in the brain for later recall. You will be able to draw upon this enhanced skill to remember the details of your dream experiences.
Nurturing a sincere desire to use the communication received in your dreams is another important factor for dream recall. In order for your will to be productively active, desire must be present. You must want to receive information from your daily experiences otherwise you remain ignorant, ignoring what is presented to you. People who claim they do not dream perpetuate the lack of knowledge available to them because they ignore the messages being relayed from their inner Self to their waking Self. Develop a keen interest in what your dreams are saying. Build your desire for clear and prolonged inner communication by wanting to discover what your subconscious mind has to say about you and the way you are leading your life.
To aid in dream recall, place a stenographer’s pad and a pen next to your bed. Before you go to sleep, make your last conscious thought and action be that of writing down the next day’s date. This will serve as a signal to your subconscious mind that you consciously expect to remember your dream. Immediately when you consciously awake the next morning, write down what you recall. Even if it’s only red car, mountain, or mother and a dog. This is the beginning of mastering your dream state. The red car is a letter in the language of mind’s alphabet that you will need in order to read great mental novels.
You may be familiar with this suggestion from other articles, books, or discussions about dreaming. This is because following these instructions does work. What you may be unaware of is how and why these directions produce the desired results. As we accept the probability of enhancing our soul’s progression by interpreting our dreams and become serious in our efforts, our subconscious mind registers the intent of our conscious mind. Since the subconscious mind has a duty to fulfill all our conscious desires when allowed, it will go to extreme lengths to performs its duty. Giving conscious thought to building our desire to remember our dreams and acting on that desire (writing the next day’s date on our writing tablet) cause that desire to be planted like a seed in the inner levels of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind then begins to respond by fulfilling that desire. Thus with this mental action we are causing our conscious and subconscious minds to begin working together toward a common goal.
Learning the language the inner mind speaks is the key to your storehouse. By becoming fluent, you are no longer a stranger in a foreign land. You have the means to communicate, comprehending the messages given to you and responding with your directives. You become bilingual for you are knowledgeable in a language spoken in the physical world, such as English, Latin, or Chinese, and in the language of images spoken in the metaphysical world. This skill abundantly increases your awareness of the power of the subconscious mind which is intuition. The efforts you make to remember, interpret, and understand the meaning of your dreams give you access to inner wisdom .
–from The Dreamer’s Dictionary by Dr. Barbara Condron, ©1995, School of Metaphysics
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