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Jan. 25th, 2005

I'm annoyed that I haven't had a dream that I can remember in probably a year. I don't think I've had more than a handful since moving out of Colorado. I think that's sad, even if my waking hours are dreamy.


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Jan. 26th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
"moving out of Colorado" ? When did you move away from Colorado?
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
1999. I lived in Corvallis, Oregon for two years.

Good years, but in so many ways, it's better to be back.
Jan. 26th, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)
Heh. No commnet. ;)
Jan. 26th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Shush. You were a good bit.
Jan. 26th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
If you try to concentrate on having dreams, and try to write them down in the mornings, you often can increase your ability to remember them.

Also, not remembering your dreams is often a sign that you're getting good sleep, as people most easily remember their dreams when woken in the middle of them, which isn't good for you.

Good luck!
Jan. 26th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Yes and no on that last bit, re good sleep. The REM period of the sleep cycle, during which most (but not all) dreams occur, becomes longer the more continuous cycles you've been through. The longer you sleep, the longer the period when you can dream lasts, and longer dreams/more time dreaming makes you more likely to remember your dreams. It is indeed unhealthy to wake up in the middle of REM sleep (which does make you likely to remember what was just happening), but if left undisturbed, you're very likely to wake up immediately after REM sleep, which is also a reasonable time to remember your dreams. Good sleep can be very good for dream work.

If one spends some time seriously into dream work, two of the best techniques are to pick some days when you can sleep in (ha! as if! ... but sometimes it happens), wake up early, spend about a half hour awake doing something very calm, and go back to sleep while concentrating on whatever you're working on ("I will remember my dreams", "I will dream about the ocean", "I will realize that I am dreaming", etc.). Soon after you fall asleep with those intentions you'll get a huge ol' chunk of REM sleep since you're just coming off many hours of sleep and you weren't awake long enough to reset. Seriously increases your chances of success.

The second good technique is for if you're doing intensive introspection and analysis, and it takes a little more practice. If you concentrate, you can teach yourself to wake up right after several REM cycles throughout the night, turn on a little light and write down the dream you just had, and then go back to sleep and continue. You won't feel as well rested the next day, but you'll have a lot of material and you'll have that many more chances to see if you can accomplish some particular thing. You'll likely also be able to observe the "long dreams later in the night" phenomenon if you'd rather believe your own experience than me & my sources.

I've done both of those myself. I've never been dedicated enough to reach the point where I can just decided I'm going to be lucid and it will happen, but I have occasionally had it happen, mostly following my intentions and my habits of state testing. There are a bunch of little lucidity techniques - ask if you want to hear more.

The first step of any dream work is just remembering/recording, though. Probably worth working on just that for a few months at least.
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
When I do dream, I am lucid, though not always aware I'm dreaming. It's as if I accept that being able to control things is normal. I'm rarely passive.

Not that dreaming at all happens often that I can remember.
Jan. 27th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
Curious! I think "lucid" is technically defined as "aware that you are dreaming when you are dreaming" ... many people experience the opposite of what you describe, namely, they know they're dreaming, but they still can't act on that knowledge to alter the environment without limitation. I think having both at once is informally termed "high lucidity", but perhaps I'm making that up. See The Lucidity Institute for more. (They're definitely a .com, but they do good work.)
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