Tap Into Your Dreams and Your Soul
A number of studies have been done regarding dreams and who can recall them. While results suggest we all dream despite many claiming not to, the truth is that they are considered low-recallers and simply cannot register them while awake. If you fall into this group, there’s a lot you’re missing out on. In fact, there are a number of innovations inspired by dreams most of us have benefited from, a few of which include:
- Periodic table
- Scientific method
- Sewing machine
- Theory of relativity
Dreams can offer a way for you to connect your conscious and subconscious selves, and the result is a more aware person capable of making deeper correlations. Whether you can only recall dreams for a few minutes after waking or can’t remember ever experiencing one in your life, there are a few things you can do to encourage recall of dreams to be used to your advantage.
Consider Your Sleep Environment
From the moment your head hits the pillow, there are various stages of sleep you’ll go through, and the American Sleep Association explains them thoroughly. It’s only during certain stages that dreaming occurs. That’s why you need to ensure proper comfort continually throughout sleep. This can be difficult to achieve with many mattresses, for example, as the body temperature falls during sleep. The wrong mattress can instead encourage a higher body temperature, and this takes energy away from the quality of the dreaming process. Cooling mattress toppers can be a great addition, not to mention that they can extend the life of your mattress.
Keep a Sleep Journal
You’d be surprised at the number of people who are successful in the increase of recollection of dreams simply by being more aware that they are trying to do so. A sleep journal can help you trigger your brain into a deeper level of consciousness. To keep a sleep journal when you can’t recall your dreams, keep a notepad and pen next to you in bed. As you begin to drift off, make a quick note of the things you’re thinking of. When you awake, read your notes and see if this triggers any recollection. When you do begin to recall dreams, make sure you write them down immediately upon waking as they can quickly escape your memory.
In order to begin to retrain your brain, it’s important that you keep up on your dream journal for the long-term. Many who have kept dream journals for long periods report being more aware not only of what’s going on around them, but also how seemingly meaningless aspects of life impact the bigger picture.
Nothing connects mind, body, and spirit quite like dreams. In fact, the earliest known book in the world makes dozens of references to dreams and their ability to predict future events. The Bible features recollections of stories such as that of Joseph who continually dreamed of ruling over his brothers, a feat he eventually achieved even though his brothers had left him for dead.
No matter what religion you practice, most have a common spiritual core, and many believe a Higher Power is able to speak with them through dreams. You can explore this when you document your dreams in your dream journal and regularly go back and review them. You might be surprised at some of the hidden connections you’ll begin to make.
Tapping Into a Deeper Level of Consciousness
We spend our days in a busy haze. Work, school, and responsibilities make it difficult to take the time to slow down and really look into ourselves and the world around us. Whether or not you realize it, your brain makes observations during the day that hold a hidden significance you don’t realize until you allow yourself to internally process. By following these tips, you can be on your way to enjoying a more aware life with a stronger connection between the mind, body and spirit.