The other day I was talking with a friend about dreaming logs and he offered me a glimpse of his journal. The dark leather-bound book filled my outreached palms, a slim steel buckle guarded its contents.
“Are you sure? I recognize these matters are sometimes private.” I sheepishly asked.
“Go ahead!” he urged.
I held my breath. My thumping heart made me fumble with the simple latch. Within were the unconscious records of another’s mind, the first scribbled pages felt like mountaintops of the great frontier.
From these a pattern of heavy pen inked drawings emerged. These etchings were extremely stylized and ranged from incomplete to intricate. Long-armed damsels had their curvature enhanced through trans-dimensional gowns. Gaunt gentlemen garbed in gothic suits were surrounded by eerie smoke. They were inspired bits straight from another world!
My friend explained that he enjoys fashion design and often wakes with the memory of these clothing styles. His journal was shudderingly alive with these images and wonderfully disjointed words to supplement….for about 15 pages.
He felt that he wasn’t ‘doing it right’ with journaling and had trouble committing to the practice.
There is no wrong way to record your dreams! I’d have yelled it at him if I had a more alpha personality, but instead I suggested it gently.
So here’s an experiment. Remember the last time you ate icecream….1……2…….3…….Now STOP!
What did you think of? A word? A taste? A sound? An image? Record whatever you thought of on a scrap piece of paper.
Try again with something else. Remember the last time you pet an animal. How about an audio story? Was it a fast-paced affair or did you cuddle?
[I made an audio recording of this one but apparently can’t insert that on wordpress, does anyone know how to transmit audio here?]
Keep it fresh!
There isn’t a wrong way, but there’s a whole lot of ways to try. Make it personal and fun, don’t stress over the little details. Your dreams are just that, yours!
Dream on little dreamers,