The waking state is that time period where the conscious mind is the primary director of your activities. Unconscious processes are secondary in nature. The following are exercises to increase dream recall during the waking state.
A. ACTIVE EXAMINATION OF YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT DREAMS AND THE DREAMING STATE
You should question the orders you are giving yourself about the dream state. See that your conscious beliefs are following your conscious desires. This active examination should be done through writing down your beliefs about dreams (interests, ad vantages, fears, expectations etc...) or by processing your beliefs with others.
B. EXAMINE THE MOTIVES YOU HAVE FOR REMEMBERING YOUR DREAMS
Write down your expectations in remembering your dreams. What are your motivations for remembering your dreams and what do you see as the benefits for investing your time and energy in this direction? We remember what we choose to pay attention to.
C. BECOME AWARE OF YOUR UNCONSCIOUS PROCESSES DURING THE DAY
Observe the images and thoughts that run through your mind during the day. When you are busy, stop and listen to the under-currents that are flowing through your unconscious. Freeze one of these ideas and follow that train of thought.
D. SPEND SOME PART OF THE DAY DAYDREAMING
Allow your mind to wander during the day. Close your eyes and let your mind drift. Record your images and feelings from this activity.
E. VIEW ALL EVENTS OF THE DAY AS IF YOU WERE DREAMING
Keep a log of the feelings, and the areas of inflexibility in yourself that you become aware of. Where are the areas of resistance during your waking reality and why are they there?
F. KEEP A JOURNAL OF THE ACTIVITIES, SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES DURING YOUR WAKING REALITY
Through recording what is happening to you during your waking reality, your unconscious has a tendency to do the same during your dreaming state.
G. TALK TO OTHERS ABOUT YOUR DREAMS DURING THE DAY
By talking, reading and listening to and about dreams you are consciously validating the dream state to yourself. You are consciously directing yourself to become aware of the dream state.
H. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Take some physical action during your waking state based on your dreams. Create or rethink a situation. In some way incorporate your dreams into your waking reality.
I. READ OVER YOUR DREAMS DURING THE DAY
Spend some time during the day thinking over your dream from the night before. Are the images related to experiences you are having during your waking reality?
Meditation enhances movement among different states of consciousness, including the dream state.
K. ALTERATION OF HABITS
To increase recall, decrease the amount of alcohol that you use during the day. Change your eating habits. Rather than eating 3 large meals, take small amounts during the day. Another method is to change your sleeping patterns.
L. EASY RECALL TECHNIQUES
- * Set the alarm for 2 to 4.5 hours after you go to sleep
- * Set the alarm to wake you 30 minutes before you normally awake
- * Drink water before you go to sleep so you will have to get up during the night
- * Fast for a period of time
- * Use hypnosis during the day to suspend you current beliefs about your dream recall ability
- * Isolate yourself from any social situations
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