Many of us have been formulating dream questions, not realizing that’s what we’re doing. We remember what has bothered us most through the day form the question then drop off to sleep immediately afterwards. We can take more control of these questions or situations by writing them out first and ensuring they are as open-ended as possible.
Repeat the dream question to yourself just before dropping off to sleep. This will help you to gain insight or answers into problems experienced in the waking world. And if you literally want to “sleep on it,” then write the question on piece of paper and place it under your pillow.
When journaling dreams there are specific questions that we can answer that will assist in dream interpretation.
Questions for your Dream Journal
The following are examples of the types of questions to include in your dream journal:
1. How am I acting in this dream? And What are the various feelings/emotions of myself and others in the dream?
2. What is the context of the dream? And does it relate to anything happening in my waking life right now?
3. In the dream, who are the main characters?
4. Who (or what) is the adversary?
5. Who (or what) is being wounded?
6. Who (or what) is being healed?
7. Who (or what) is my companion?
8. Did I dream of actual people, or imaginary people?
9. Could the characters all be different aspects of myself?
10. What features or symbols stand out most in the dream?
11. How do these features relate to me, my emotions, or my personality?
12. How does the dream, taken as a whole, relate to my personality?
13. What are the main actions in the dream?
14. What would I like to avoid in the dream?
15. What actions might it be suggesting that I consider?
16. Does the dream trigger any memories?
17. Do any of the elements of the dream relate to my past?
18. Why might this part of my past be called to my attention now?
19. Does the dream trigger any further questions?
20. Why did I need this dream?
21. What is its positive message for me?
22. Was the dream more physical, or emotional in nature?
In addition to helping us solve daily problems in our waking lives, dream journals can be an important tool that illustrates methods we’ve used in the past to handle similar situations today. They’re a marker for the way our thoughts, emotions, and behavior changes through the years; marking our adult growth in maturity as surely as hash marks on a door used to mark our physical growth as children. Thus the more we make a point of journaling dreams, talking about dreams, and learning about dreams, the richer our dream life will become.