Your Questions About The Journal Of Hypnotism

Daniel asks…

Is their a way to recall dreams other then keeping a journal?

I am keeping a journal . But i dont see the point of it except that it makes us recognize dream sign . Can any one explain that too

Journal of Hypnosis answers:

Hypnotism might do it if you’re open to that sort of thing.

Mark asks…

What are some strategies for recalling a recent dream?

I’m thinking of starting a dream journal and I’m good at remembering the details, but sometimes when I record them I get too wrapped up in writing it down in a sensible way and lose some of the memories.

Journal of Hypnosis answers:

Your best bet is to move quickly as soon as you wake up.

Dream memories can fade very quickly once you wake up because your brain is “shifting gears” as it comes out of sleep and it is hard to have dream imagery make the jump to long term memory during the translation.

To remember your dreams, try to engage as many of your mental facilities as you can as soon as you wake up. Immediately write it down. This engages many different parts of the brain at once.

Remember as much detail as you can while writing it down, this helps make the transition to long term memory. If you can’t write it down, tell someone right away or say it out loud to engage the speech centers of the brain.

If its too late to do these little tricks when you first wake up, try getting as physically relaxed as you can and tell yourself “I’ll remember that dream” and then play a game of 20 questions with yourself:
Was it about a person, place or thing?
Was it about a person I know?
Was it about a celebrity
Was there an unusual situation…

Etc.

With practice, these kinds of questions will let you get excellent at remembering past dreams. Another slightly more complicated but sure fire way is hypnotism/self-hypnotism.

Under hypnosis, we can remember just about everything!

Sandy asks…

How to get into a lucid dream?

How do you get into a lucid dream? When your in bed about to go to sleep what do you do? I know about the dream journal and reality checks but what do you do before you go to sleep to get into one? Thanks.

Journal of Hypnosis answers:

See: www.wikihow.com LUCID DREAMING, and http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamtypes/luciddreams.htm From Y!A:”A lucid dream occurs when you know you are dreaming, there are ways such as keeping a dream journal and programming your subconscious to induce a lucid dream; also hypnosis; see http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_13.html * about dream analysis (remembering dreams) and autosuggestion/self hypnosis, which can be used to induce lucid dreams in those who are capable of them, and proficient in hypnotic induction techniques. Hypnotism is merely a heightened state of suggestibility, in which you are better able to communicate with your subconscious mind. 85% of people are suggestible, to some degree so you could seek professional hypnotherapy, or hypnotictapes.com has: DREAM INCUBATION – lucid dreaming, or you can try the autosuggestion (self hypnosis) here*. Dream Journal method: go to a store and buy a cheap book that you like and a good working pen (I use a pencil, because it writes at any angle) and keep it by your bed at all times, when you go to sleep put your hand on the book and say out loud “tonight i will remember my dream”, then open it to the nearest blank page and proceed to go to sleep. When you wake up grab the book and write down the images and sounds and as much as you can remember from your dream. Do this every day and you should get used to realizing when your in a dream and you should be able to remember your dreams very well after a month or so. I also suggest writing it down at least 5 times, to visually convey that message, as well as verbally, then fold that sheet, and place it under your pillow, symbollically “sleeping on it”. Repeat nightly. Subconscious Programming Method: assuming you have kept a dream journal for a month or so this method allows you to program your subconscious into inducing a lucid dream. Every night you must concentrate for up to 10 minutes on the words “tonight i will have a lucid dream” and say it out loud about 6-10 times to help program your subconscious into inducing a lucid dream. After a few nights you should be starting to be able to control your dream, congratulations, your having your first lucid dreams. What To Do In a Lucid Dream: when you realize your in a dream a good method of turning it into a lucid dream is to look at your hands in the dream, this will help you gain control over the dream.

If you start to feel like the dream is taking over again stare at your hands again to help yourself gain control again. Lucid dreaming can take months or even years to achieve. It requires a lot of careful meditation and preparation until you’re finally ready to do it. It’s not for the faint hearted at all. Also be aware that you’re not sleeping if you lucid dream, and you’ll wake up feeling really tired and probably will need to go straight back to bed. You should read these sites, and see if it’s what you’re really looking for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream &
http://www.infobarrel.com/How_To_Lucid_Dream & www.ld4all.com/guide.html & http://www.consciousdreaming.com/lucid-dreaming/how-to-lucid-dream.htm & http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/ & http://lifehacker.com/286836/how-to-lucid-dream &
http://www.lucidity.com/LucidDreamingFAQ2.html & http://www.dreamviews.com/learnable.php & http://www.cleverinput.com/lucid-dream-technique/index.php The Sticky Notes: Grab some different colored sticky notes and write “Am I dreaming?” on them, then stick them everywhere. I suggest, on the clocks, right above the door knobs, bathroom mirror, on the hallway walls, front and back of doors, etc. Hypnosis: “Am I dreaming?” Repeat this phrase in your head over and over before falling asleep or have a recording of it and play it continuously before and after you fall asleep. Consumption: Try experimenting with different foods and drinks before you go to sleep. Some will give you intense dreams, some will give you nightmares (sweets will do that), some will give happy dreams that you would not want to wake up from. How does this work? Well, you are made up of many different chemicals, and adding a change to it with other chemicals (foods, drinks, smells, temperature) will cause it to react a certain way, and this will have an effect on your dreams. Milk gave me happy dreams, vitamin c made it intense, melatonin made it even more intense, (limit it to 3 nights, max, or it may interfere with your brain’s natural production of it!) and I filled up a few pages in my journal with notes on the dozen dreams I have had with it. Also, try sleeping with different scents; they stimulate memory, moods, emotions. What you can do tonight is drink milk or take 1,000 mg of vitamin c, right before going to sleep. Google: “herbs; lucid dreaming” like Calea.

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