SIGNIFICANT ATTITUDES THAT IMPROVE DREAM RECALL
A. ACCEPT AND VALUE EACH DREAM
Accept the dreams that you have regardless of how foolish or fragmented they are. Many times the total picture of a dream will be compressed into one or two images. These images may have as much significance as remembering an entire dream that is c omposed of different dream characters and sequences. If you remember a small fragment of a dream, this will many times lead you to remember the entire dream image.
B. MAKE A CONSCIOUS INTENT TO RECALL YOUR DREAMS
Rather than taking a passive approach to dream recall, be actively involved in the process. Expect that you will recall your dreams every night. As you go to bed tell yourself that you will remember your dreams in the morning. This will improve you r ability to recall your dreams.
C. ACCEPT ALL DREAMS
If you only accept certain types of dreams as having significance and all other dreams as meaningless, the amount of dream recall will be reduced. You will screen out those dreams that you consider unacceptable.
D. APPROACH LEARNING DREAM RECALL AS A SKILL
Try not to attach any more importance to remembering dreams than any other skill or subject that you are studying. Thinking that dream recall is a special skill that is difficult and hard will result in just that. The harder you try to recall your dreams, the less recall you will have. Give your self suggestions that remembering dreams is as easy as Vegetarian Cooking. (everybody liked that course didn't they???)
E. LEARN RECALL AS A PARTNERSHIP
Do not punish yourself or feel guilty about your lack of recall. By taking a negative approach to dream recall, you set conditions and expectations that you will not recall your dreams. Rather than following the idea that you will not forget your d reams, try approaching dream recall from the standpoint of I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS.
F. WHEN YOU DON'T REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS, LET IT GO
If you don't remember your dreams, don't get upset. Any significant dream content that you might have missed will be presented again in another dream. People go through cycles in their dream recall and that might be the reason that you are not reca lling your dreams.
G. EXPECT TO RECALL DREAMS WHILE YOU ARE AWAKE
Tell yourself that waking events, objects, situations and circumstances will trigger your dream recall. Expect that dreams will become conscious during the day.
H. ACCEPT DISTORTION THAT YOU THINK IS OCCURING IN YOUR DREAM RECALL
If your dream is a bit hazy, accept it as a valid memory of the dream regardless of any distortions you think may be occuring. This will get you in the habit of accepting all dreams and increase your recall ability.
I. DON'T COMPARE RECALL ABILITY
If you need to compare your ability to recall dreams with anybody, compare it with yourself. Comparing your recall with others will not increase your dream recall. At best it will make you feel superior or inferior so you can beat yourself, or beat someone else.
J. THINK OF DREAMING AS RECREATION
Rather than trying to put the dream into some psychological context that must be understood, allow for a more flexible method of viewing your dreams. Think of your dreams as a free movie in which you are the star. Not only are you the star of this film, you are the director and the audience and can do what ever you like. Look forward to a great adventure every night with who ever you want, doing whatever you would like.
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