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Astral Projection Guide For Beginners

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Astral projection can serve as a wonderful tool for your spiritual journey. However, there are certain things you need to know about it before you even start trying to practice it. In this article, I want to share with you an astral projection guide that can help you better understand astral projection and learn some helpful tips on how to start your astral journey!

What Is Astral Projection?

Astral projection is an “out-of-body” state in which consciousness moves from a dense physical body to a less dense astral plane. In this case, human consciousness controls the situation and sees the surrounding reality, including observation of his physical body.

Astral projection is inextricably connected to lucid dreaming. These two phenomenons have similarities and, at the same time, big differences.

Lucid dreaming is the self-realization in a dream. In other words, lucid dreaming is an altered state of consciousness in which you are aware that you are dreaming and can control the content of the dream in one way or another. This is a kind of borderline state between REM sleep and wakefulness.

Astral projection (or astral travel) is an intentional out-of-body experience that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an “astral body” that is separate from the physical body and capable of traveling outside it throughout the universe.

Astral projection is a person’s wanderings in the external world but lucid dreaming is rather a journey within his/her own subconscious.

Lucid dreaming, as well as the astral projection, are fraught with dangers. However, the level of seriousness of the danger is different. For example, sometimes lucid dreaming is accompanied by nightmares, without bringing real harm. At the same time, during astral travel, you can face quite dangerous astral entities that can cling to your astral body bringing a lot of trouble.

What Is An Astral Body?

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Between your spiritual and physical body, there is an intermediate body known as the astral body. It is lighter, less dense, and more changeable than the physical body. The astral body is in most cases recognizable, as is the human form, but it can also change appearance, shapes, and do fun things like moving through walls.

What Is The Astral Plane?

The astral plane is one of several (most often, seven or twelve) planes of existence, along with physical, etheric, causal, and mental. Although humans function within all these dimensions at once, they are usually only conscious of the physical plane. The astral plane is the level beyond the physical, the realm of dreams, spirits, and psychic phenomena, the substance, and vehicle for the contact between the material and the mystical.

While it is usually referred to in the singular as the astral plane, there are actually many different levels of it. Within the astral plane, there are numerous densities and vibrations, commonly divided into the lower, middle, and higher planes. Each of these planes is associated with a distinctive sound and color. After death, people are thought to shed their physical bodies and exist in the astral plane in astral bodies resembling their previous physical ones. From there, they may ascend to a higher plane of existence and/or be reincarnated in a different physical form.

Astral Travel In Astral World

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The Astral world is much less dense and more liquid than the physical. Travel in the astral is not bound by the limitations of time and space. You can visit different dimensions, as well as make a journey to the past or future of your experience. For many people, these trips allow communicating with deceased loved ones.

The astral planes range from the ordinary to the phantasmagoric and the Divine.

Is Astral Projection Dangerous?

There are some risks you should be aware of when practice astral traveling!

#1 Improper grounding

The very first thing you should learn is how to ground yourself before making an exit into astral projection. To learn more about grounding, read my article “Earth Grounding Techniques Everyone Should Use“.

#2 Astral Addiction

Once you master the astral projection skill, you will always have a desire to do it all the time. The more you astral project the more you want to stay in the astral. It can turn into a real addiction. And the problem is that your material life will start to suffer. Therefore, you should always try to find a healthy balance!

#3 Exhaustion

It is quite common to feel exhausted after returning from astral travel. Especially strongly it affects beginners. Therefore, it is very important to let yourself rest and sleep after your astral travel.

Astral Projection Guide

It’s better to start practicing astral projection in the morning, instead of doing it at night. Start in the early hours in the morning when you are still sleepy. Some say it is easier to achieve the necessary state of relaxation and heightened awareness at dawn.

Step 1: Relaxation

This is the most important step in the astral projection guide!

You basically need to relax every single part of your physical body and your mind. In other words, you need to create a synthesis of physical and psychological relaxation. Breathing exercises (pranayama) can help you with it.

With each breath, relax one of the muscles of your body, starting with the legs. Try to breathe deeply. A slow inhale fills the stomach and lungs and helps your muscles to relax. Then exhale slowly.

Step 2: Reaching The Edge Of Sleep

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In psychology, this state is known as hypnagogic. Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep. In this state, the presence of auditory, visual, tactile and logical hallucinations, as well as sleep paralysis, is possible.

To achieve this state, lie down on the floor or on a hard bed as if going to sleep. Arms bend at the elbows and keep upright with emphasis on the elbows. When you suddenly begin to fall asleep, your hand will fall and you will wake up. With practice, you can learn to control the hypnagogic state.

There is another method to get into a hypnagogic state. You need to relax and focus on any object. Gradually your mind will start to consume different thoughts. These thoughts will become more and more uncontrollable. Finally, your consciousness will step back and stop controlling your thoughts. This means, that you’re entering a hypnagogic state. Try not to strain. Allow yourself to be in this state.

Look at all the visions passively with no logic being involved. Don’t try to move thoughts in the right direction. Your goal is to maintain a passive state of sleep. It is known as the “alpha sleep” phase (or State A). This is the necessary step before you do a stable astral projection.

Step 3: Deepening Controlled Sleep

The next step of the astral projection guide is to start clearing your mind, purifying your thoughts and mental body. You can observe your mental body on a mental level through closed eyes. Try to mentally embrace your mental field. In the beginning, don’t do anything, just mentally look at it. Your physical eyes should peer into the blackness of your closed eyelids.

After a while, light patterns will start appearing in front of your closed eyes. Observe them. Patterns appear due to relaxation and nerve discharges. They do not carry any information and do not matter. Ignore them. When the patterns stop, it means that you enter another state, which is called “State B”.

Now you should perform another transition. From “State B”, you have to get even deeper relaxation, which will be “State C”.

“State C” is the phase of deep relaxation in which you lose your awareness of the body, and feel as you’re falling as if in a warm, safe shroud. Nothing affects your senses, you do not give in to sensory stimulation. You are in a void where your only source of stimulation is your thoughts.

“State C” is the anticipation of entering the astral, but the ideal state for this is another state – “State D” which is a modified state C. It is caused by a rested and refreshed state of your body and mind. “State D” is not caused by fatigue, but is a state of complete rest and readiness to make the transition. This condition can be experienced in a natural way. For example, enter it in the morning or after a short sleep in the afternoon. Practice it for a while. Observe all your sensations.

Step 4: Vibration

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This is the second important part of the astral projection guide.

Many astral travelers have noted that such vibrations occur at the beginning of the projection. The vibrations feel like a slight tingling throughout the body, as if the electricity of a weak discharge permeates you completely and passes through the whole body.

The causes of such electrical discharges are a mystery. Perhaps this is a physical registration of the moment of leaving the astral body, that is, its exit from the physical, the moment of separation. Many of us experience similar sensations, for example, when we quickly fall asleep and suddenly feel some “shake”, a shudder of the physical body, from which we wake up.

How To Enter The Vibrational State?

Remove all jewelry or other items that touch your body, including headbands, bracelets, rings, chains.

Close the blinds on the windows for creating darkness in the room. But don’t block out all the light. Just make it dark enough.

Lie on your back. Do not cross arms and legs, lie straight. Attention: over the past year, the magnetic North has shifted towards Russia, so first specify its coordinates.

Before you begin to create an astral projection, ensure complete physical security. Warn loved ones not to disturb you, remove all possible sources of noise. You should not be disturbed by anyone or anything during the practice. Make sure there will be no noise, sudden phone calls, alarms, and other sounds.

Keep your eyes closed and step by step enter a state of complete relaxation.

Tell yourself that you will remember everything that will happen to you and your consciousness during the upcoming practice of creating an astral projection, and you will remember everything that will be useful for your experience. Repeat the intention in the formulated form three times.

Continue breathing slowly and calmly through your half-open mouth. Make sure that your jaw is relaxed.

While breathing, concentrate on the emptiness that is in front of your closed eyes.

Then start concentrating on a point 12 inches from the middle of your forehead. And then move it away, somewhere about 60 inches. Concentrate on this point again.

Rotate the point 90 degrees. Direction – up above the head along the axis of your body. Concentrate on that new point.

Mentally draw a line from the original point, which was 12 inches from the forehead, then to the remote point at 60 inches and to the new point. Imagine a new point vibrating. Start creating the same vibrations inside the body and stretch your vibrations to this point. Touch that point.

Return to your body.

The first experience will be weak, you may not even be able to understand what you experienced was vibrations. But, after the repeated performance, you will recognize the vibrations and will be able to feel them intensely.

Step 5: Vibration State Control

The next step of the astral projection guide is to learn how to control the vibrations. Mentally pass the vibrations through the head, through the whole body to the toes. Make the vibrations stay in the whole body at the same time and increase their strength. Create vibrational waves. Let the waves go from head to toe.

To create a wave effect, you need to concentrate the vibrations in your head, and then mentally push the wave down through your whole body. Practice over and over again. Your goal is to learn how to cause vibrations on command, adjust their strength and intensity.

Before you make your first astral projection, learn to control the vibrational state. When the goal is achieved, it means that you are ready for astral projection!

Step 6: Partial Separation

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The key point of this step is thought control! Your goal is to keep your mind focused on the idea of leaving the body. It is necessary to forbid thoughts to wander. Your mind must remain static. The emergence of delusional thoughts often leads to a loss of control over the situation, and this, in turn, interferes with astral projection.

After you enter the vibrational state, start exploring the OBE (out-of-body experience). Get your experience outside of bodily existence!

Before you make an astral projection, learn to control yourself outside the body, first release the astral arm or leg from your physical body. If this is difficult to do, then try to stretch the limb until it reaches a familiar object, such as the wall next to you or the headboard. Then push the limb through this object. Put it back in place by placing it back in the physical shell. After that, reduce the oscillation frequency and stop the experiment. Lie still for a while after practice. You need to fully return to your physical body, to your reality. This exercise will prepare you for the full exit of the astral body.

Step 7: Exit The Astral Body From The Physical Body

There are different methods for performing the exit of the astral body from the physical body.

Method 1: “Lifting”

The essence of this method is to lift your astral body from the physical body. To do it, you need to think that you are becoming lighter and lighter. Find lightness after entering the vibration state. Mentally move yourself to float upward. Focus on this goal and let no extraneous thoughts interrupt it. In this case, the astral projection will happen naturally.

Method 2: “Rotation”

You can apply this method only after you have entered into a vibration state. After that, try to roll over, as if you are turning over in bed over your side on your stomach. There is no need to try to turn over your physical body. This should be done by your astral body!

Try to twist your body from the top and actually flip into the astral body right out of your physical body. If everything is done correctly, then you will find yourself as if outside the body, but next to it. Mentally force yourself to go upwards. Pull yourself up to the ceiling. At this point, you should be pushed to the ceiling and find yourself floating above the physical body facing it.

Method 3: “Rope”

Imagine a rope that hangs from the ceiling right above your body. Stretch out your astral arms towards it. You may feel dizzy, it’s normal. Now take the rope and focus on climbing up the rope.

The Bottom Line

Most astral travelers explore the physical world they know during their astral projections. However, there are limitless possibilities to explore during astral projections. When you are able to project into the Higher Astral plane you can even get access to the Akashic Records.

Moreover, during your astral projections, you can travel through time and space, and even communicate with other people (and sometimes with other astral projections), astral beings, build astral worlds, etc. All you need is consistent practice and you will discover many different ways to explore the Astral plane.

Hopefully, this astral projection guide was useful for you and very soon you will be able to start your own astral journey!

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Soul Loss: 5 Signs You Are Going Through It

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Did you know that our minds and bodies activate an elaborate survival mechanism when we undergo immense emotional or physical trauma? Think of that fatal road accident where the victim is the only survivor, the loss of a loved one, a painful divorce, or child molestation. 

Scientific studies  suggest that excessive stress induces the reprogramming of particular brain receptors at the amygdala (the brain’s emotional center). These protect us from developing uncontrollable fear. One of the effects of such brain coping mechanisms is soul loss.

A part of our soul leaves the body, allowing us to survive the trauma. Have you ever experienced soul loss? How did it happen, and what were the implications? Here is a detailed guide: –

Understanding Soul Loss

Psychologists define soul loss as the departure of the soul from the physical body and traveling through spiritual realms, with a possibility of not returning. For, the traumatized part of the soul fragments and disassociates from the body. Likewise, Animism reasons that the soul can detach from the body and wander into the spiritual realms as we sleep. And, spiritual practitioners like Shamans can guide and control a wandering soul, back to its body.

Below are typical phrases persons undergoing soul loss would use describing it: –

  • Feeling lost, living in a limbo
  • Someone mentions that they have never been the same ever since a certain traumatic event happened
  • They feel that a part of them is missing
  • Feeling like their lives are shattering into many pieces

Fortunately, this experience shields the sufferer from the painful psychological aftermath of the traumatic events. And, once the trauma is over, the soul should return. 

Why It Happens

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Now, you may experience soul loss when dealing with emotional, physical, or sexual trauma. Typical instances include undergoing sexual abuse, domestic violence, extreme bodily injury, or molestation during childhood. Here, the trauma triggers the soul to flee the body, allowing us to survive the traumatic experience.

Can Soul Loss Be Permanent?

Yes. First, if the traumatic experience is ongoing, soul loss can be permanent. Here, the soul detaches from the body, and for unknown reasons, cannot find its way back to the body. For example, a soldier who spends years in the war zones, dealing with one trauma after another may experience permanent soul loss. 

Secondly, Ghost Sickness can cause permanent soul loss. Here, the ghost of a deceased person may lure the nocturnal wandering soul away from the body.

Thirdly, if the soul loss is due to the action of a discarnate entity like sorcery, it may never return to the body.

Implications of Permanent Soul Loss

Permanent soul loss can lead to illness or even death.  The illnesses are psychological. They include going into a coma, having fainting fits, prolonged loss of consciousness, or getting epileptic seizures. Often, when a soul departs the body, it heads to the land of the dead. The closer it gets in contact with the dead, the body becomes weak, and the person looks delirious. A shaman can intercept this wandering soul before it reaches the land of the dead, otherwise, the person dies.

5 Signs You Are Experiencing Soul Loss

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#1: Unending Grief

Soul loss causes deep sadness that never seems to end. Only, those around you may hardly detect the profound grief as it may not interfere with your daily activities. But, unless you address the grief, it will grow and transform into an illness.

#2: Addictions

Soul loss prevents us from connecting with what we consider as essential in our lives. Eventually, you may turn to addictions, substance abuse, workaholism, eating disorders, unhealthy sexual relationships, dogmatic beliefs, or stimulants to try and fill the void.

#3: Chronic Depression

A traumatic experience that results in soul loss may be followed by a massive depression episode. Here, you may lose interest in your career or hobbies. Constant sadness may prompt you to shut out your friends and loved ones.

These feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness may last for weeks or months. Note that, chronic depression is a mental disorder treatable via medical interventions. You should seek medical help as soon as possible.

#4: Suicidal Tendencies

Chronic depression, if not treated, may lead to suicidal thoughts. Here, the victim’s search for meaning in life seems to bear no fruit. It is the ultimate effect of depression eating away at what we consider our basis for living until we remain hollow inside.  In turn, they see death as the only way out of their current anguish.

#5: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is quite common with war veterans returning home from war. For, these former soldiers have had their spirits exposed to immense degradation. 

However, these victims stop speaking about war or the unimaginable horrors they witnessed ever again. In turn, the silence takes a toll on their family, relationships, and future careers and hobbies. PTSD may also occur due to a mother who had painful childbirth, refugees fleeing war in their countries, and accidents that involve severe trauma. Hypnosis is one of the effective ways of managing PTSD.

Soul Retrieval

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Soul loss results in lost vitality which can result in illness or sudden death.  Yet, this experience is a vital brain coping mechanism that shields us from the massive trauma we are going through. One way to regain your life is by undergoing the soul retrieval process. Soul retrieval aims at connecting the dots in our lives, attracting the wandering soul back to the body. Here are some known soul retrieval practices:

  • Visualization and Meditation – It taps into the power of imagination to bring back the fragmented soul.
  • Tapping into our Inner Archetypes – Use our positive archetypes to unblock what is obscuring the soul
  • Yoga, Binaural Beats, and Breathing Exercises – Alter our state of consciousness to guide the spirit back to the body
  • Self-Hypnosis – Works like yoga and meditation
  • Prayer and Mantra – Wade off negative energies that may have a hold on the wandering soul.

Conclusion

Soul loss may happen to anyone who is undergoing a traumatic life experience. It causes a disharmony that is visible as a multitude of illnesses or even death. Yet, there are proven ways to reconnect to the wandering soul and restore harmony to the body. Practices like hypnosis, yoga and meditation, and visualization, under the guidance of a spiritual healer, will help you overcome soul loss.

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The Common Ego Defense Mechanisms and Their Impact on Self-Growth

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We all go through and react differently to conflict and stress at some point in our lives. But, are you the kind that will repress the situation, deny that it is happening, or direct your frustrations to the nearest person that is less threatening to you? If your mind is constantly telling you that you are a hopeless, good for nothing person, that is your ego defense mechanism at work. Mental traps our minds use unconsciously to avoid feelings of guilt or shame.

Understanding Ego Defense Mechanisms

See, ego defense mechanisms refers to the psychological strategies that we use to detach ourselves from any unpleasant thoughts, actions, or events. That way, our sanity stays intact, and we can cope with the uncomfortable phases in our lives.

The Psychoanalytic Theory

Ego defenses stem from a Psychoanalytic Theory proposed by Sigmund Freud, an Austrian Neurologist and the founder of Psychoanalysis.  The theory describes the sum of our personality based on the unconscious mind; an interaction between our id (instincts), ego (reality), and super-ego (morality).

This unconscious mind is shaped by the events from our childhood. It also dictates how we behave when in conflict or stress. If we have deeply repressed conflicts in our unconscious mind, it will show up later on in our adult lives, affecting our self-growth. Hence, Freud aimed at making this unconscious mind conscious and addressing these dysfunctional thoughts.

How It Happens

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Ego defenses are inevitable in our psychological development. For, they help us deal with unpleasant encounters. However, the unconscious mind may be clinging to an outdated reality to try and protect us from the current unpleasant situation.

And, since these cognitive errors are so ingrained in our minds, we hardly realize how much it is affecting our decision making and growth. Hence, you end up with a perception tainted with negativity that results in unrealistic beliefs.

Common Ego Defense Mechanisms

Below are the 6 most common ego defense mechanisms and how they affect our lives and self-growth process: –

#1: Extremism

Definition: Having extreme beliefs about life. Here, the person views life in black or white, with no room to accommodate in-between beliefs. They express their view in the absolute.

Examples: Using such phrases as, “I am ugly”, “Other people are always out to get me”, and “They hate me”.

Implications: False extremist beliefs leave us with low self-worth, hurting our social interactions and growth.

#2: Repression

Definition: Hiding ideas or feelings in the unconscious mind since we see them as too painful or socially unacceptable. Here, the person puts on a cheerful front unconsciously denying any unpleasant impulses in their lives.

Examples: Repressed memories of sexual abuse in a child may hinder them from forming meaningful relationships in their adult life. A phobia for pets due to a dog bite that happened to the child years ago.

Implications: Repressed memories can only be recalled using hypnosis or other therapeutic tools.

#3: Suppression

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Definition: The conscious blocking of any unpleasant feelings that we find too difficult to face. It is similar to repression, only done by the conscious mind. People who opt to suppress their feelings want to avoid getting anxious.

Examples: A patient choosing not to talk about their recent diagnosis of cancer so that they won’t have to think of the implications of the illness. A student who is sitting for an exam without adequately preparing for it may opt to remain positive about their outcomes, to prevent panic attacks.

Implications:  Suppressed emotions lead to physical stress seen as erratic blood pressure, insomnia, and memory loss.

#4: Regression

Definition: Slowing or having a negative growth due to underlying stress. Here, the person seems to act immature, childish, or in an age-inappropriate manner, as they regress to their behavior at an earlier developmental stage. This mechanism offers a temporary feeling of safety. The person relates to a safer, carefree stage in their life when all their needs were met.

Examples: A teenage bedwetting when they had stopped it a few years earlier. Adults throwing tantrums at the thought of divorce.

Implications: Regression is an ineffective way of dealing with life stressors. In turn, the persistent avoidance of hardships makes the victim over-dependent on others to make most of their life decisions.

#5: Denial

Definition: Refusing to acknowledge a difficult event in our lives. Here, the person may distort their reality by denying its existence.

Examples:  A drug, smoke, or alcohol addicts refusing to acknowledge their addiction.  A terminally ill person failing to seek medical help, hoping that the illness will cease to exist.

Implications: Temporary denial of a serious diagnosis or a traumatic event is acceptable because it gives the victim time to prepare to face the harsh reality. However, if this denial is prolonged, it may result in regressive behaviors, with the victim throwing tantrums, crying, or demanding special treatment.

#6: Sublimation

Definition: A mature ego defense mechanism where an individual channels their disruptive impulses into socially acceptable behaviors.

Examples: A person taking up a dangerous hobby to channel their childhood anger impulses into the sport. A cheating spouse taking their partners out for dinner to try and ‘compensate’ for their infidelity.

Implications: Unlike other ego defense mechanisms, sublimation is a positive way of channeling our negative impulses to a substitute object in a socially acceptable way.

What Next? Overcoming Negative Ego Defense Mechanisms

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Ego defense mechanisms can promote or be a great hindrance in self-growth. If negative, it soothes the ego into thinking that all is well, when in fact; the person has negative psychological growth. But, we can all free ourselves from these negative ego defenses using these tips:

  • Talk about your feelings
  • Control your emotions by performing appeasing activities like sublimation
  • Aim to solve any problem that arises by having a plan for action and a follow-up
  • Reorganize the way you view things by seeking psychological help in hypnosis, meditation, and breathing exercises
  • Try to find meaning in every situation so as you can learn from the unpleasant experience
  • Join a support group where you can learn from the experiences of others

Conclusion

Anytime we encounter an unpleasant situation, our egos will come up with tactics to protect us from the subsequent trauma, hence keeping us sane. However, most of these tactics derail our self-growth. You need to understand how to cope with hardships. And, seek help in addressing any dysfunctional thoughts that are now affecting your adult life.

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Dream Journal: a Powerful Tool For Shadow Work

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A dream is a mysterious phenomenon. Unfortunately, we are not always attentive to our dreams and even if we are, very often we can’t remember them once we wake up. Dreams can serve us as an important tool for reaching our subconscious mind and understanding our shadow self. Also, we can find very important hints to our daily challenges and tap into creative potential if we learn how to do it. A dream journal is a simple but powerful tool for remembering our dreams and analyzing them.

A dream journal not only allows you to analyze your dreams but also trains your memory and increases your chances for lucid dreaming and astral traveling. By keeping records of our dreams, we inform the Higher powers that dreams are important to us, and the prophetic information begins to come to us in our dreams more often.

In this article, I will share with you what dream journalling is, what the benefits of this practice are, and helpful tips to start your practice.

What Is a Dream Journal?

Dream journaling is the practice of writing down what you remember from your dreams. A dream journal is a type of reflective diary, where you keep your records on your dream experiences.

If you do it regularly, over time, your dream journal becomes an invaluable source of insight into your most important concerns, activities, and relationships in the waking world.

Dream Journal Benefits

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#1: It increases your chances of having lucid dreams

According to scientific research, the habit of writing down your dreams increases your chances of having lucid dreams. When you spend time physically writing down your dreams, you’re making both your conscious and subconscious mind aware that your dreams are important to you. This can make it easier for you to achieve a lucid state of dreaming. The mere thought that you are going to write down your dreams can help raise your awareness in your dream.

#2: It helps you better understand your emotions and thoughts

Analyzing your dreams can help you understand why you feel the way you feel. Deep introspection will help you identify triggers for your thoughts and emotions that you may not be consciously aware of.

#3: It helps you solve problems

Writing down the fragmented impressions of our dreams helps us capture some of our nocturnal out-of-the-box thinking and make connections between complex thoughts. While you’re dreaming you can tap into the infinite universal potential that contains answers to all questions. By writing down and attentively analyzing your dreams you can find the solution to your problems. You may also receive a sign or a symbol of the solution in your dream that dream journaling will help you to interpret.

As you may know, many writers have used their dreams to inspire their stories, and even some mathematicians – including Albert Einstein – have relied on dreams to develop their formulas and theories in ways nobody thought possible at the time!

#4: It helps you improve your memory

Paying closer attention to what your dreams are about will help you remember them more easily in the future. It trains your brain to be focused on what’s important to you!

#5: It helps you learn from mistakes

When you write down your dreams, you can go back and review them over time. This will help you see patterns in your dreams, which in turn can help you spot behavioral patterns in your life. This will help you understand your true feelings and gain perspective on matters that you didn’t see clearly at the time.

#6: It reduces stress

When you take a moment of quiet reflection, you experience a calming and restorative effect. Moreover, studies show that dream journaling improves your overall physical health, strengthens your immune system, and slows down the aging process.

#7: It boosts your creativity

Writing down your dreams can help you become better acquainted with the most irrepressible parts of your brain and realize the untapped potential of your creativity, helping you generate new ideas. Thus, keeping a dream journal can enhance your own unique brand of creative thinking, because when you are dreaming, you think more creatively.

4 Tips On Starting Dream Journaling

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Place a pad of paper and a pen next to your bedside, and when you wake up with a dream in mind, immediately write it down. Because these bedside notes are often scrawled in semi-legible form, you will want to transcribe your dreams later in the day, either into better handwriting or onto your phone or computer.

Here are some helpful tips on how to make your dream journaling practice more effective:

#1: Write right away!

Write down everything you remember from your dream right after you wake up (even if you wake up in the middle of the night!). The longer you wait, the more you forget. Stay in bed when you’re writing down your dreams to increase the likelihood of remembering them.

Write down all the dreams that you remember, whether they are interesting or not, clear or foggy.

If you can’t remember the whole dream, write down only what you remember, even if it’s just a face, a place, a phrase, or something else.

Also don’t forget to write the date and create a title for each dream! It will help you to navigate your dreams more easily.

#2: Pay attention to the details

It’s important to include as many details as you can. Note everything that you can remember happening in your dream: your location, the surroundings, whoever is around you, time, sounds, numbers, objects, colors, your emotions and feelings, and any other sensations that you experience. At first, this can be difficult to remember any details but it will get easier with practice.

You can also accompany your writings with drawings. Sometimes, it could be easier to express all the details in a drawing, especially when you see some symbols, signs, pictures, unusual facial features, etc.

#3: Compare your dream to your waking life

As a first step towards interpreting your dreams, every evening try to write a short summary of what happened each day. Then, when you write down what your dream was about the next morning, you can look back on the previous day’s events for clues as to why certain elements may have shown up in your dream. Also, you can look at your dream to see how it might have influenced what you thought and felt for the rest of the day.

#4: Analyze

Once you get good at recording the details of your dreams, you can start to analyze them. Try to find patterns in your dreams – they might reveal what you are subconsciously thinking about.

When analyzing your dreams, try to answer such questions as:

  • Are you always in a certain place?
  • Is there a certain person/people with you in your dream, or are you always alone?
  • Is there a particular plant, animal, or some other object in your dream?
  • Are you always feeling a certain emotion in your dream?
  • Are you always performing the same actions?
  • Are you always making the same mistakes in your dreams?

These are just examples of the questions you can ask yourself for your dream analysis. You can come up with your own that would reflect your own unique experience.

If you keep dreaming of the same things over and over, it may point to certain issues in the waking life that you are trying to deal with or may have been reluctant to confront.

#5: Use a template

Using a dream journal template makes your journalling much easier. To download a dream journal template click here.

Dream Journal Apps

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We live in a digital era. For many of us using our phones is more natural and convenient than using a pen. Some people prefer an app over a diary because they find an app more convenient (easier to always keep it next to you, even when traveling), more secure, and eco-friendly. If you’re one of those people, here are some apps that will help you keep track of your dreams right on your phone:

The Bottom Line

By recording your dreams on a regular basis, tracking their themes and patterns over time, you will discover that your dream journal is an invaluable source of insight into your most important concerns, activities, and relationships in the waking world.

By analyzing your dreams you will eventually start seeing patterns in them, which in turn can help you spot behavioral patterns in your life. It will help you understand your true feelings and gain perspective on matters that you didn’t see clearly at the time.

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