Stage 1 of Dream Activation

Your Input

 
  1. Upon waking while lying in bed take a few moments to admire the dream. Philosopher, Gaston Bachelard offers a clue as to how to listen to the gestures or stories of the dream world, "One enters the world by admiring it." Admiring a dream is non-judgmental; it is simply admiring the simplicity, complexity, the color, beauty, sensuality, bodily feelings, and the emotional tone of the dream.

    Quickly note any adjectives that come to mind. 

    Briefly note the aspect of the dream that has the most intensity or feeling of importance.

  2. Write down your dream in the present tense. For example, rather than describing what happened in the past tense, "A man named John, asked me to make chocolate chip cookies for a group of lost boys. I made the cookies and wrapped them up in a box." 

    Keep the dream experience in the present and active, i.e. "John, a middle aged, short and stocky man, asks me to make chocolate chip cookies for a group of lost boys. I make the cookies and wrap them up in a box."

  3. Choose a title for your dream.
  4. Notice the landscape of the dream. Describe the landscape(s) and your dream perspective (in it, on it, above it looking down). Is it inside, outside, does it involve one or more elements, air, water, earth, fire? Who visits this landscape with you, or are you the sole visitor? 

    Try to be vivid in your description, i.e. "The water came down upon me in a flash flood and I am carried by the rushing river." Or you may prefer to jot down key words, i.e. water, flash flood, river.

    Who visits this landscape with you, or are you the sole visitor? Try to be vivid in your description, i.e. "The water came down upon me in a flash flood and I am carried by the rushing river." Or you may prefer to jot down key words, i.e. water, flash flood, river.
  5. Is there any food or food related experience? Are you offered anything to eat? Do you eat it? Describe the experience and your reaction in the dream scene (sensual, disgusting, textural, color, feeling, emotion).
  6. Notice the dream figures. Do you know them or recognize them visually or by name. Think about their relationship to you in the dream. Notice their name(s) if stated in the dream. Sometimes the name offers a clue. For example, the name, Doug Pitt, a person you haven't seen or thought of since grade school appears in your dream and may suggest a dug pit.
  7. Are there animals present in your dream? Creatures, Monsters, Aliens, Eves, Fairies? Describe the intensity of the experience, the communication between you and the "other", any other details.
  8. Think about the dream in terms of your recent day to day experiences and personal concerns and history. Do you have any chronic or acute symptoms or afflictions? Are you worried about developing a particular health problem or condition?

 

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Recording Your Dream In a Journal

Three ways to record your dream

  1. Email your dream to The Psychesoma Center by completing this form. 

  2. Go to the Printer-Friendly Dream Journal Page and Print it. Handwrite your response and mail it to Dr. Jean John

  3. Use your own journal. For guidance, click on My Dream Journal

My Dream Journal