Psychic dreams and the dream world can be both perplexing and astonishing. Mankind has long wondered if dreams have real meaning or are just a figment of the imagination. The ancient Greeks believed in prophetic dreams that could foretell the future. Sigmund Freud believed that dreams were the basis for understanding how the subconscious mind worked. Still, others have taken a different approach to try to understand the meaning of dreams and the value they may hold for us. What they have found is inconclusive. Dreams can be meaningful or meaningless, they can provide resolutions to problems we face in our everyday lives, or they can be about events that are unrelated to us altogether. Dreams can be part of our learning process. They can present us with challenges and then offer solutions like putting together pieces to a puzzle for dealing with life. There are also many people who still believe that dreams can be influenced by our own psychic abilities and intuition.
The first step to better understanding your own dreams and what they may be trying to say to you is to learn how to better remember them. Unfortunately, our dreams are like words on a chalkboard that gets erased each time we cycle in and out of REM sleep (dreaming sleep) during the course of the night. Very few of these dreams get stored in our memory. In most cases, unless we are woken up while we are actively dreaming, they are completely forgotten. Since most of us do not have someone to wake us up the three or four times a night we enter REM sleep, the best alternative is to train ourselves to be aware of our dreams and to remember as much as possible.
Here are a few techniques you can use to better recall and interpret your dreams:
Keep a Dream Journal
Since dreams are often forgotten so quickly, one of the most effective ways to remember them is by keeping a dream journal next to your bed. This can be either a pen and pad of paper or a blank journal purchased from a stationery store. In your journal you should record the date and a description of what happened in your dream, as well as any emotions you felt while you were dreaming. Some people also find that drawing a picture of what happened in the dream works to trigger forgotten memories.
Furthermore, when you first wake up, do not focus on your surroundings. Memories of dreams will usually start to fade almost immediately. Your first thought should be to grab your journal and record whatever dreams you can remember. Many times you will find your memories may be fragmented or make little or no sense. These should be entered into your journal regardless. Taken together these fragmented dreams can often take on meaning and, over time, form the pieces to a larger puzzle.
Train Your Mind
Make a conscious effort to try to remember your dreams before you go to sleep. Tell yourself that you are going to have a dream and that you are going to remember every single detail about that dream the next morning. Many people find that they eventually get better at remembering their dreams through focus and practice.
Look for Resolutions
Think about something that you wish to resolve before you lose consciousness. This can be something that is impacting your life emotionally, or you may even want to call upon a higher power to help you resolve the problem at hand.
Many believe that our psychic intuition becomes much stronger when we dream. This is because the rational part of our conscious mind often tells us to ignore our feelings and intuitive premonitions. We have a tendency to repress many of these thoughts and feelings when we are awake because we think they are far-fetched. When we dream we are free to explore ideas that we are afraid to touch upon when we are conscious.
Interrupt Your REM Sleep
The most effective way to remember your dreams is by having someone or something wake you while you are in full REM sleep. If you are an active REM sleeper (e.g. you talk in your sleep or toss and turn a lot when you dream) and share your bed with someone, you could ask them to wake you the next time they observe you dreaming. Alternatively, you can also set your alarm clock to wake you so you can record your dreams. REM sleep cycles usually repeat themselves about once every two hours. If you can determine your own cycle, you can set your alarm clock to go off about two hours after you fall asleep and hopefully wake yourself while dreaming. The downside though is that REM cycles can also be relatively short in duration so there can be quite a bit of luck involved as well.
Make a Mental Impression of Your Dream.
Certain people know when they are dreaming and a few even have some ability to control their dreams as well. If this applies to you then see if you can make a mental record of your dreams as they are happening.
Try to Find Answers.
Once you become proficient at both remembering and recording your dreams, you should review your dream journal and look for answers. Ask yourself what your dreams may be trying to say to you. Are they about finding a way to resolve a problem you are facing in your life? Do your dreams challenge you by confronting you with subconscious fears or anxieties that you may only be vaguely consciously aware of having? Or, perhaps it is your intuition that is trying to send you a message? If in the end, you are still unsure then you may want to consider contacting a psychic who specializes in psychic dreams interpretation.