Electric Dreams

A Few Words About Journaling

Richard Bouchard 

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Bouchard, Richard (1996 January). A Few Words About Journaling. Electric Dreams 3(1). Retrieved from Electric Dreams July 27, 2000 on the World Wide Web: http://www.dreamgate.com/electric-dreams  

1. Date your entry. This can help you later make con nec tions between your dreams and the events in your life.

2. Title your dreams. This can help in cataloging and, later, in locating dreams. Also, "where" you get the title tends to be from the same creative, inner place that the dream comes from. Pay attention to this!

3. Write the dream in a journal in the present tense. This allows you to reserve the past tense for when it really happens in the dream (e.g., I am walking down the street and suddenly recognize a wom an I once worked with). Writing the dream in the present tense also allows you to experience more closely and acutely the feelings you were actually having when you had the dream.

4. Lastly, at the bottom of the page, make a few notes about what is going on in your life at the time. This can help you later see patterns.

5. Choose a journal that meets your needs; this will make journaling a more pleasurable experience! For example, I find a journal that lies flat, has pages that can be re moved and later reinserted, has pag es that will not al low ink to bleed through to the other side, and, which has a hard back for support is most in line with my needs as a dream journaler.