Dream Journaling

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Dream Journaling

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Jungians say that every character you meet in your dreams is an aspect of yourself. This makes the dream bully encountered in this episode even more interesting!

I’ve been keeping a dream journal on and off for 20 years now. It started as a writing exercise because my dreams were so strange, and I thought it

Authors: Alice Bain

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Jungians say that every character you meet in your dreams is an aspect of yourself. This makes the dream bully encountered in this episode even more interesting!

I’ve been keeping a dream journal on and off for 20 years now. It started as a writing exercise because my dreams were so strange, and I thought it was a good idea to try to capture the creativity for use during waking life. After a little practice I learned the knack of remembering them when I awoke in the morning, so I wasn’t always having to scrawl down keywords in the pitch dark at 3:00 a.m. In about the fifth year of keeping my diaries, I started to see some really strange parallels between dream life and waking life. Often I’d get a case of deja vu, and it would turn out that I’d had a dream two weeks before that was the root of the feeling during subsequent waking life. Not only that, but sometimes via the diaries I would uncover chains of dreaming/waking correlations that snaked back through my life over months or years. For a while I became a little obsessed, but eventually I decided that it probably wasn’t anything special, and that my attention was better spent on other pursuits.

We work out our knottiest problems at night, while our bodies are resting and our minds are let off the leash to run about and stretch their legs. I’m not a personal fan of pursuing lucid dreaming, although many people have found that practice to be helpful and empowering. My feeling is that I’d rather let my subconscious find its own way at least part of the time without being entrained to my waking ego, but that’s not to say that my way is better than anyone else’s. Keeping a dream diary has helped me understand all sorts of waking-life stressors. Whatever your preference, it’s a practice I would recommend.

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    Alice Toler

    Alice Toler hates writing descriptions of herself, but since you have insisted that she do so: She is a New Reformed Animist and card-holding Dudeist Priest who believes that most of this is just, like, your opinion, man. She's a formerly stateless, now multinational international adoptee in reunion with her bio family since 2012 (though her paternal grandfather remains stubbornly elusive - I'm coming to get you, Grandpa! You can't hide from me forever!). She's a DNA sleuth and part-time Search Angel for people who have been separated from their genetic relatives, and she is very, very tenacious. She's a science and opinion writer who once authored a children's book which, I'm told, is still selling in modest numbers in bookstores throughout the Caribbean basin. She's a mixed media and large scale artist who has worked in metal, ceramic, wood, paint, paper, plastic, concrete, fabric, computer design and LED lights. She has never really gotten over her jetlag. She is a biphasic sleeper and a taker of epic naps, and she dreams in 4K UHD. She never, ever wants to get out of the bath. She's a tropical plant fancier, a bee and wasp charmer, a leech wrangler, and an appreciator of other medical methodologies commonly considered to be at least 4,000 years out of date. She is spouse to Saint Trent of Sugar House, who puts up with a daily rodeo of 13 medicinal leeches, anywhere up to 300 bees, 500 worms, give or take 30 houseplants, and one and a half dogs inside their communal home.

 
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