Sleeping, Dreaming.

This blog goes out to David Barnes, a fellow artist who should have a blog, but doesn’t. I was really surprised when he said that he read my blogs. So on that note, I’m now inspired to write more, now that I know at least one person reads my rantings and ravings.

Lately, I’ve become aware of my dreams or more appropriately put, aware of not remembering my dreams. At first this did not bother me, but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered why I could not remember them. Of course there are those rare times when a dream is vivid and lingers all day after waking. But most of the time, I don’t remember anything. To remedy this dilemma, I started doing research on dreams, what they are, why we have them, and more importantly, how to remember them. So now I am practicing the technique of Lucid Dreaming. First you start off by preparing yourself to remember your dreams by setting up a journal to record them in. You have a special notebook and a special pen to used only for recording your dreams. All throughout the day, you start prepping yourself by telling yourself and being conscious that you dream and that you will remember your dreams. You look around you at other people and muse over what type of dreams they may have at night, always keeping in mind that everyone dreams. Then right before you go to sleep, you relax and slow your mind and quietly say to yourself, “I will remember my dreams”. You keep your journal by your bed table just in case you wake up in the middle of the night and want to write down the dream that you just had. Or for first thing in the morning before you get out of bed or do anything you write down what your dream or dreams were. It has been one week since I’ve begun this exercise and I still can’t remember, although I do have this lingering feeling now that I did dream, but the theme is very, very distant. It’s just a feeling that I’ve dreamed. Perhaps the repression of my own subconscious is so strong that it might take some time. This is not an obstacle however, for now I am more curious than ever to figure out what secrets, I’ve kept from myself. Hopefully, I won’t end up stark raving mad in an institution once I find out what these secrets are. I’ll just keep dreaming away. There is a really good part to this Lucid Dreaming that I completely left out and that is once you become aware of your dreams and can remember them, then you can begin to consciously participate in them, changing them around and creating in them. Humm, sort of sounds like real life!!!!

(image post is from a painting  by Grace Iradian)

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