By Morgan Potts
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Logging my dreams has been one of the most fulfilling, exciting and down right fascinating practices I’ve added to my daily regime. This simple habit opens up an entire world of vivid, delightful and visionary consciousness — a world we’ve always been a part of, but that few of us access regularly.
Pump that creative muscle, get un-stuck and let the creativity of awareness flow!
Flex Your Subconscious Muscle
Dream awareness takes you deep into your subconscious mind, and allows you to flex this little used muscle that has so much potential to grow and evolve. Just like anything else, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
This area of tenderness and sensitivity is a place so few of us go and try to explore – but a place where we have so much work to do! We all get so caught up and busy with the worldly accomplishments and goals we have set for ourselves that we often forget about the (more important) soul work that truly helps us to advance and thrive.
This is the work that stays with us forever.
Access the hidden meaning, desires and emotion behind your dreams. Dream life is just as real as the waking, and I like to take each and every situation as a chance to learn, grow and experience.
Think. Ask questions: What does this all mean? How does this reflect what is going on in my life, and what I want or need? Have I experienced something in dream life I so desperately need to have while awake?
Dreams can also provide insight into future happenings, the more you write them down, the more you realize you know so much more than you are aware of.
Don’t Miss the Message
So much of what I write on paper after dreaming is completely lost to my conscious (waking) memory after doing so. Once I re-read my entries I can dive back, in and remember the atmosphere, energy and mood of the dream, just like revisiting a fond memory. But if I didn’t write it down, it would have been lost forever!
Identify Recurring Themes
Have you been here before, or sworn you have? We’ve all experienced dreams that seemed so close and familiar to us, and by writing each and every dream we are able to remember down on paper, we finally have real proof of their recurrence. If you have a familiar dream experience, go back through the book and see what you can find! You may find yourself in the same exact place and time as months or years before. Wild.
Practice, Exercise, Adventure!
The more we access, assess and become aware of our dream lives, the more likely we are to be aware of them WHILE we are still dreaming. Known as lucid dreaming, we eventually gain the ability to actually CONTROL them, and really play around.
One of the first steps to training the mind to lucid dream is logging each and every dream as soon as they happen, which could mean waking several times throughout the night — but believe me, its worth it! You can go anywhere you’d like to, in a dream…
Creating a Wonderful Storybook
Going back and reading what you’ve dreamt is one of the most interesting things you can do. It’s crazy the things a person can dream up! Some are so charming, insightful and captivating. Others are melancholy, gloomy and cold, but somehow all so beautiful, mysterious and vivid.
We sleep almost half our lives. This time should not be wasted and forgotten – and writing each down is like creating a wonderful storybook to read forever and ever.
So get out there, (or go in there) and explore — see what you’re really made of… romance, love, adventure and mystery. Meet your “other half”.
Happy dreaming lovers!
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About the author:
Morgan Potts is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She works with busy women who are struggling with anxiety and nervousness, helping them to find balance in life, tap into their inner energies and sync in with nature. She teaches clients to really slow down and enjoy life, with increased mindfulness, awareness and connection. Whole foods, green juice, and holistic methods for detoxing are also subjects of passion and inspiration for her work. She has an active juice blog full of recipes, photos and juicy online inspirations. (Kale, love, and positive vibrations!)
Morgan received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and works both locally in Rochester, New York, and over the phone with clients from around the world. Connect with Morgan via Facebook, Twitter, or visit her website balanceinnutrition.com