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      I can't find a way to be dedicated to keep a dream journal. When I wake up from dreams I just laugh and go back to bed. I reflect on the dreams and then let myself fall back asleep. I usually wake up at 12:40 am, 2:10 am, 4:50 am, etc, and then get up at 9. I've only got one lucid dream in the past few months and really want to develop discipline and a greater awareness. So, if I am more aware when I'm awake, the same extended consciousness will follow me to my sleep and in my dreams.

      Any ideas on how to keep a dream, run turn the lights on and write it down? Any ides on keeping enough of the dream to make it into a journal? Any tips besides WILD, DILD, etc? Do you think meditating before sleep will help? I want to learn from my dreams but also it is fun to explore my dreams so I used to slip back into dreams instead of getting up and writing it down. What balance can I find?
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      For me, I stopped using a dream journal.
      The thing with recall is, it's more like an on/off switch instead of an exp bar. You don't have to really, work hard for it to be amazingly good. All you have to do is really just analyze your dreams during the day when you reflect on them, much like a meditative state.

      Interpreting your dreams is a huge way to achieve both outcomes, not only you'll get longer and richer dreams, but you won't need a DJ at all
      All you have to do is set an intention to remember all your dreams for that night. Accept that reality and then go to sleep. You'll either wak
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      I'd suggest to use either tags or a voice recorder.
      Both methods aren't as annoying as writing in a dream journal and you can just write down all the details later.
      As for remembering more of the dream, its the usual. Don't move to much and don't turn the lights on. After waking up, immediatly try to remember your dreams. If you just remember a fraction, ask yourself questions like "What happened before" and "Where did I go next". You'll often find that those will help you to remember more of your dreams. And if you're using a voice recorder, or just your phone you don't even need to turn your light on.
      But your dedication is another problem. Whats most important here is that you set a goal, that motivates you to stick with it.

      And yeah I think that meditating helps, because it always does. Your dreams will be more vivid and you'll remember them better.
      If it's really that important for you, you can definitaly do it, but I for myself found just as Skipper did, that I don't really need a DJ. For me it's easier to just think about my dreams and I'll remember enough.
      And just google habit building or something similar, if you still have problems. There's lots of info about that out there.
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      Hi rebeccaprophet! Good question. I've been one for keeping a fully written DJ. Why? Because I might remember it the next day but the memory will fade with time and unless its written, I think I'll have no clue.

      Then again, how much of that do I need? I rarely, if ever, read my old DJ's. (I probably ought to start again soon because I used to and it helped alot) So maybe if I just remembered them, I'd have enough to think about the next day.

      One important thing is not to judge yourself too harshly. The "loving parent letter" from one of my groups says to say, "Dear Loving Parent. I recognize you, and I am depending upon you to help me be more gentler with myself, and more accepting of myself. Please challenge me to try if I am apathetic, but also help me give myself a break, if I judge myself too harshly. Help me focus on progress, rather than perfection." (sometimes I even say help me focus on *process* rather than perfection, which is even less judgmental in my view)

      I've noticed that some of your posts mention religious subjects, so perhaps you could tailor that into a prayer. It was originally written to access an "inner loving parent" but could be tailored to a prayer to a higher power of one's choosing.

      About remembering your dreams, like others have said, just lay there perfectly still, as still as you can. And try to think of the dream as soon as you wake up, without opening your eyes yet. Think of as much as you can.

      This video probably says it well:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6Vdc5EO7Dw

      That's exactly what I do. Then, if I am still awake by the time my recall feels complete, I get up and write. Sometimes I drift off to sleep but it's OK. That's where I have a balance. There are plenty of times when I have enough energy after recalling it to get up and record it. Like others have said, sometimes a voice recorder can make it easier.

      One last thing I want to say is recently I started putting my word count from my dreams in the title of my DJ entry. This helps me because it kinda shows progress, and I find it motivating. So maybe if you see that you have 100 words a few nights and then you get 300. it motivates me to put as much detail as I can.

      I hope this helped and thanks for your great question, and all your great posts here!
      Here is what I am up to in the dream world!
      https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/charles3/

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