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Dream Journal

The Dream Journal is one of most important tools for the lucid dreaming. It’s your personal log of the the dream world. Keep it close (within reach) of your bed and make an effort to write in it immediately after you wake up.

I saw a tweet that said a your dream journal should be the first and last thing you see every day. I completely agree with this. A dream journal reinforces the fact that you want to have a lucid dream. I go to sleep with the intention that I will record that night’s dream when I awake. The process of using a journal will help you to naturally remember your dreams.

Experts say that people typically forget more than 50 percent of their dreams within 5 minutes of waking up. Within ten minutes, 90 percent is lost. This is why it’s important not only for you to write down your dreams, but also to do so as soon as you wake up. “
–From the book A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming. Buy it on Amazon.

Here are the things I typically note in my dream journal:

1. Date of the dream
2. Was the dream lucid?
3. Dream Signs
4. Emotion of the dream
5. Description of the dream
6. Dream Title – This is something new I’m trying to help me search through my journal and label my dreams.

Q: How descriptive should the dream journal be?
A: A good idea is to capture keywords…especially when you are first starting out. This isn’t about creative writing, it’s about capturing the essence of the dream. Over time your entries will become more descriptive.

Q: What are Dream Signs?
Dream signs are recurring dream elements that show up in your dreams. Soon you’ll recognize these signs that they will become triggers that alert you that you are dreaming.

Q: Should I use a regular journal or a computer or tablet?
Do what works for you, but my preference is to use pen and paper.

What tips do you have when using a dream journal?


References in this post:
Book: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

As far as questions go, this is probably the most common: What is lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is when you are aware that you are dreaming. You as the dreamer have the ability to control your actions and the contents of your dream. The term “lucid dreaming” was coined by Frederick van Eeden, with the his reference to “lucid” being the mental clarity experienced in a lucid dream. Another common terms is “conscious dreaming”.

A lucid dream is often realized when a dreamer experiences something impossible or peculiar in the dream. Stephen LaBerge, an expert on lucid dreaming, refers to this as “a single out-of-place feature in an otherwise convincingly realistic scene” in his book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming.

Having a lucid dream is a natural experience and often a lucid dream will leave you excited and refreshed after the experience.

Can anyone learn lucid dreaming?

Everyone has, in theory, the capacity to learn to dream lucidly, because everyone dreams every night.” – Dr. Stephen LeBerge.

What are the benefits to lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreaming can be a form of escapism, but there are many productive benefits to lucid dreaming including:

Self Awareness – exploring your unconscious mind

Facing your fears or nightmares (See this TED video)

Improve creativity –

Practicing new skills –

Solve Problems –

Escapism –


What are dream signs?

What are dream signs?

Dream signs are recurring dream elements or cues that show up in your dreams. Soon you’ll recognize these signs that they will become triggers that alert you that you are dreaming.

Dream signs can be anything: People, places, things, or reoccurring themes. Again this is training for your subconscious to recognize that you are dreaming.

Dream signs are elements from your dreams that you should note in your dream journal. As you go through your dream journal, highlight or make a note on each dream sign. I typically write “DS” with a circle around it so I can find them easily.

I then have a page called “Dream Signs” at the back of my journal. I write all the dream signs I’ve noted with the number of times I’ve come across that dream sign. Here is an example:

White Wolf……..10


Clock with 11:11 as time..2

By reviewing your list of dream signs you are training your subconscious to look for them.

Dr. Stephen Laberge covers these in his book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

He identifies 4 categories of dream signs.

  1. Inner Awareness
  2. Action
  3. Form
  4. Context

As a personal note, context is the type of signal that tips me off that I’m dreaming. I’ll often find myself in a situation that just doesn’t make sense where I question what is going on and tell myself “Wait a minute, I must be dreaming.”  One time I remember I was flying around an ancient city and I didn’t realize I was dreaming until I was “mid-flight”.

Lucid Dreaming References found in this article:
Book: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

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