Last week in the comments, I suggested that reading this blog might be a good first step in establishing dream recall. The reason why is because we’re talking about dreams.
Dreams are like the person sitting next to you on the bus-journey through life. If you ignore them, and look straight ahead, you won’t even know what they look like.
If you don’t open a conversation, they will keep quiet, and you’ll never know what they might have had to say.
Simply talking about dreams means we’re turning round to look, we’re opening the conversation, we’re seeing what they look like and giving them a chance to speak.
Talking doesn’t only raise awareness for people who have little regular recall. It also helps more experienced dreamers to notice more about their dreams.
For example, through conversations on this blog, I’ve realised I don’t have many dreams about flying and I’ve never had a single dream I can remember about school. I know what’s there in my dreams, but in conversation with other dreamers, I can see what isn’t.
The important thing is not to try and interpret. You can’t see what your dream is if you throw a load of ideas and theories over it. Be a good listener. If you talk all the time, your dream can’t get a word in edgeways.
So if you have a dream, tell someone – your friend, partner, parent, child. Tell it here, if it relates to one of the topics that come up. Tell it in exactly the same way you would talk about any experience you have had in waking life, as simply something that happened.
Most people go through their whole life ignoring this person sitting next to them on the bus and that’s a shame, because this person is probably the most interesting person they could ever meet.
There’s more about dream sharing on my Tips page.
The pic of my dream diary in this article has now been included in Susan Hiller’s beautiful book, The dream and the word (p16)