Writing Exercise: The Dream Journal

The subconscious is a powerful thing. In it, you solve problems, answer questions, and explore millions of worlds and/or scenarios in your dreams. The best way to use your subconscious to your benefit is to record your dreams. We call these Dream Journals.

Most people don’t remember their dreams, or very much of them, and it takes practice in order to remember them. This means time, since we usually only sleep once a day deeply enough to actually go into the REM sleep stage where dreams flourish. While we don’t always understand what we will end up writing down, in time, things will start to connect and make more sense to you. This is where you start to learn to tap into the deepest part of your mind.


“Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.” – H.F. Hedge


So how does one go about making a Dream Journal? Well, it’s quite easy. Let me explain:

  • Get a notebook, journal, or something to write in dedicated to recording your dreams in with a pen or pencil. Yes, we are going to do this the old-fashioned way. There’s a reason for this, as you shall learn.
  • Place the journal is right next to your bed so when you wake up, it’s immediately within your reach.
  • As soon as you wake up from sleeping, grab the journal and the pen and write down everything you can remember about your dream or dreams. Don’t worry if you don’t remember much the first few days or week, it will become easier with practice.
  • After you’ve started to recall a more significant portion of your dreams, you can begin reading the dreams from the night before right before you go to sleep.
  • Every month, do a check on your dream journal and see how much you are able to record. Read over everything and allow your conscious mind to process it. You might be surprised at what you realize when you replay over things.

Writing by hand connects you to the page, allowing you to focus strictly on what you’re writing with no other possible distractions that exist on screens. As you continue to do this, you may begin to become aware of the fact you are dreaming while you are asleep and may be able to exert some control over your dreams.

This will ONLY work if you do it every single day, at least at first. Once you’ve got it going, though, you’ll discover if you miss a day or two, it doesn’t throw you off too badly. After a while, you won’t even need the journal to recall them, but it’s always better to write it all down.