Let’s discuss the subject of Dream MEMORY. After all, what’s worth the experience if you can’t remember it?
Many novice lucid dreamers and astral projectors suffer from poor dream memory, thinking that their practice is unsuccessful. In reality, they have achieved lucid dreams and astral projections and are oblivious about it.
One of my students once said – “I have a perfect memory, and I remember everything!”. To which I replied – “Except things you have forgotten, right?”
With enough of the practice of lucid dreaming or astral projection, you will remember one day a forgotten experience. Many think that an emotionally charged even such a dream with awareness has a very little chance to be forgotten. The reality is – “It is only partly TRUE.
Let’s review the key aspects of the memorization process for dreams, lucid dreams and similar experiences. You will also learn how to take advantage of the dream journal for the practice of Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection.
Also known as neural plasticity, or brain plasticity, is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. These changes range from individual neuron pathways making new connections, to routine adjustments like cortical remapping.
How can new neural pathways improve dream memory?
Memory is one of the key aspects for the practitioners of The Shift into a lucid dream or an astral projection. Ask yourself this one question: “what is the point to have an experience if we can not remember it vividly or even forget it altogether?
You will eagerly admit that it is not advisable to neglect this step, as whatever the efforts and work you will give in to what you try to achieve, you will need to remember the experiences to take full advantage of them!
The memory gaps or complete loss happen to both beginner dreamers and more seasoned practitioners of the art of lucid dreaming!
We know now that dreaming memories and waking memories occupy two different regions in the brain! We want to reinforce the brain connections in the areas that contain dreaming memories.
The trick is simple: REPETITIONS! REPETITIONS! REPETITIONS!
Dream Journal will be our way to make those REPETITIONS. Each time we revisit a dream mentally, we re-access the same brain regions. More electrical current goes through the chain of neurons involved in this event. Our body understands that as a signal of important information and builds a more robust access road that translates into more neural connections. Consequently, we have more neural connexions to a given dream, and simultaneously, we have increased the total amount of neural pathways to the brain’s dream memory brain region.
Step 1 – Record Dreams, Lucid Dreams & Astral Projections.
Step 2 – Re-read the records in the evening before sleep to strengthen the memory!
Dream recall can improve quickly within ten days. But sometimes it may take two to four weeks. It varies depending on a few factors:
Factor 1: How dedicated is your dream journal practice?
Factor 2: How long have you been having issues with dream recall?