How to dream
Apparently many people show interest in dreams. Maybe because we are all familiar with them, especially the ones that were so special that they really left a deep impression. Most people recall childhood dreams that were in some ways extensions of their waking life desires, providing joyful opportunities of ... well, kissing girls at school who they secretly loved, being able to fight of injustice, or to fly across a nearby lake at their home town.
Through lucid dreams, many students learn that the dream state is actually highly immersive and provides a full experience in which we embody all of our dream senses in the same way as we experience waking reality. In dreams we can touch, taste, hear, smell and see. Isn't that mind-blowing? No computer console could ever compete with that kind of immersiveness.
A misconceptionFunny enough, a popular first question posed to me at any of our lucid dreaming workshops is "How do I learn to dream?".
How to dream is a silly question actually, since we dream each and every night of our lives independent of whether we have the intention to recall our dreams the following morning.
Therefore are more useful question would be "How do I learn to recall dreams?" Be sure to know, however, that recalling dreams is actually quite insignificant compared to what is known as lucid dreaming.
Recalling dreamsThe first thing you need to do is to get interested in dreams. Recalling dreams is simple. An important factor determining your success in dream recall is your total time of sleep: the longer you sleep, the more REM-sleep your mind is able to generate in the morning hours and thus the more easy it becomes to recall a few dreams. Once you wake up, don't move a muscle and keep your eyes shut. Only turn off your alarm clock but immediately return to your previous sleeping posture (slow and easy!). Refocus. Immediately ask yourself "What have I dreamt about?". Have patience. Write down any dream or dream fragment that you were able to recall.
Dream journalingA great way to boost up your dream recall skills, is to start keeping a dream journal. Pick a journal that resonates with your desire to become a skilled dream recaller. Write down your dreams in full length, include all details. Keep your dream journal close to your bed so that once you wake up from a dream at night, you can immediately write down dream fragments that you are able to recall. Some dreamers use a notepad to jot down any dream fragments before journaling their dreams in full length the following morning.