“You have to play when your dreams want you to play. If you don’t, you’ll lose them, and their magic with them”.
One of my students told me recently that she’s feeling very frustrated because she knows she’s dreaming but when she wakes up in the morning, she’s completely lost her dreams.
When I questioned her further, it turned out she often wakes in the night from her dreams, but assumes that she’ll remember them in the morning and so doesn’t note them down at the time of waking.
While it would be much more convenient if this were the case, when your dreams want you to play is when they want to play. Unfortunately, this is often in the middle of the night, which is why it’s important to keep your journal/dictaphone and a torch handy.
Many people are worried that if they wake themselves up enough to write their dreams down, they won’t go back to sleep. In my experience, I sleep better if I DO write them down, because then I can relax, knowing I will still have access to the magic in the morning (and by magic I mean often very cryptic or nonsensical seeming dreams – that actually make great sense once you know how to decipher them).
This might sound weird, but sometimes if I’ve been woken by a dream in the night and I need to go to the loo, I’ll just take my journal with me and – multi-task, let’s just say. 🙂
Of course, like everyone, there are nights when I just feel too tired and those dreams get lost. But even if you can write down a couple of key words, that can be enough sometimes to jog your memory enough to harvest at least some of the magic the next day.
The bottom line is, if you want to play with your dreams, you have to show up and do it on their terms (and it’s so worth it if you do!)
Interested in playing with your dreams (on their terms…)?