- 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.
- 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
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."
- Choose a title for your dream.
- 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
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,
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?