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      How to effectively Dream Journal

      Welcome. Thank you for reading my tutorial for journaling your dreams. This method is to show a way to get the most possible out of your dream journal. It will help you understand things about your lucid journey and your recall journey.

      What you need:
      Dream Journal
      Dream Goal Journal

      Dream Journal
      You already know what this is. You probably keep one. The reason you keep one is probably to increase recall. You know that a dream journal is the most effective way to increase recall. This is true, it really is amazing. I am not here to convince you to DJ though, I just want to show you what a good DJ has in it.

      This is a format for a highly effective Dream Journal

      Spoiler for Format:


      "But Brandon! Why do you have all these things in your Dream Journal? That seems like a lot of work for no reason!" -Random voice from the crowd of people that are always around me asking me questions.

      I shall give you a reason for all of these.

      Date, total sleep
      Obvious ones first. The date will allow you to look back from the days surrounding this DJ entry and see things like "I slept 1 hour the night before and it really effected my recall the night after". Total sleep works the same as well. You can see how more hours of sleep really effects your sleep and hopefully see an amount of time that is prime for you to sleep each night.

      Daytime Techniques
      The techniques you did throughout the day, not things that you do right before you go to bed. Note that these 3 are only at the beginning of the Whole DJ, not to be repeated for every dream. Anything below this will be repeated if you have multiple dreams.


      Lucid and Recall Techniques
      This is so you can look back at the techs that you are using for this night and see how it effected everything. Another obvious one, but an important one. Remember that LDing techniques can make your recall go up or down as well. So put that into consideration when analyzing.


      Fell asleep and Awake
      This is the time you fell asleep and the time you woke up for this dream. If you didn't wake up after the dream then put that down as well. Everything must be documented.

      Dream
      No. I am not explaining why.

      Vividness, Awareness, and Length
      These are the things that you are always trying to maximize in dreams. If any of these are higher than usual you can count a success.

      Emotions
      This is helpful, because the emotions of dreams fades after time. If you have it written down, you won't lose it.

      Dream Signs
      "This doesn't count for me, I don't use dream signs."
      You don't think you have dream signs
      This part is actually mislabeled a little bit. This isn't really for dream signs you have, but things that might be dream signs. I will discuss where dream signs go later, if you are still with me after this crazy long tutorial. So you put anything that has happened in a dream before. Also put emotions in here as well as pains. You might see them more than you think. Just noting that something has happened multiple times in a dream can increase your awareness in this matter.

      Tags (optional)
      This part is optional if you use tags. This will help you see if your tags in the middle of the night help, and which ones help. Things like "When I put a color theme to the dream, I remembered it much better" will pop into your head and you will get better at tagging, because everyone is different, so one word tags might not work well for you, or they might work better.

      Summary
      So this whole thing is here so that after a while, you can analyze what helps you, and what doesn't. I would recommend only adding one technique every 2 weeks. Also keeping a technique for at least 2 weeks. Then analyze.


      Dream Goal Journal

      This is for your goals. Start with your long term goals. Where do you want to be at in terms of lucidity and recall in a year? A year is a long time. Reach far on this point. I can't tell you what goals to put in this, but I can tell you how to format it. This is also good for long term "in-dream goals"

      Spoiler for Format:

      FAQs by the weird voices in my head that are skeptical about this tutorial

      "But BrandonBoss! I don't have that many LDs a month or dreams a week! I can't put this many down! What do I do?"
      First, you don't have goals for the first month. Then going by the previous month, you make your own goals.

      "Why is it separated into sections of six and one of 7?"
      3 reasons:
      1) I lie to myself and call each period a week to make myself feel more motivated. 1 LD in a week! I can do that!
      2) So I can have 5 "weeks" every month instead of four, this gives me more goals to hit.
      3) So that it always starts at the beginning of a month, because that is a lot easier to set goals for.

      "Why is there a goal journal at all?"
      To analyze your success and failure (I can use this word without it effecting my LDs) even more and giving you motivation through goals. Goals help a lot in shaping your lucid future. Right now your goal may be just to have a lucid dream. That is a goal. Go for it! Write it in Goal Journal!

      "Why does your total LDs not add up to the amount of LDs in each of the weeks combined?"
      Because you are going to do better than that on at least on week. I recommend 1 or 2 LDs higher than your total at first, make it higher in the future if you wish. Your goals.

      "I can't get 1 LD a week even, what if my goal for the month is one LD?"
      Good question. I am afraid my only answer is that you should prove yourself wrong! You can has 1 LD a week! You have at least seven tries (see how I lie to myself about the week thing?)! I hope this doesn't discourage anyone. Another thing would be to not have amount of LDs in there until you get better.

      "What do I put in the Goals for January spot?"
      In-dream goals! You should have an expiration date for these, so they stay fresh and you are always trying something new and exciting. If you don't accomplish these, then make sure not to get discouraged. If you want to keep them, then move them to long term goals and continue to try.

      Almost over
      Thanks for staying with me. I think that this can help you figure out what techniques are helping you and which ones are not. Ask me any questions you have below.

      Dream like a Boss. -BrandonBoss
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      This is really good, analyzing your dreams really helps and can often be just as effective as using mantra's. Particular emphasize should be place on awareness, lucidity, emotions and dream signs, recognizing these IWL helped me start to recognize them in dreams a lot faster.
      I definitely think this should be an official guide, it's nicely laid out and should give new members a good understanding of dream journalling. Keep up the great work
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      Ah, I like extra details. I already set up my next DJ entry to look like this. Thanks Brandon
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      Wow. This is... Amazing. Good work!
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      Quote Originally Posted by BrandonBoss View Post
      Lucid and Recall Techniques
      This is so you can look back at the techs that you are using for this night and see how it effected everything. Another obvious one, but an important one. Remember that LDing techniques can make your recall go up or down as well. So put that into consideration when analyzing.
      Can you elaborate on this a bit for me please? I'm trying to focus on improving my recall first, and i'd hate to practice anything that would be a detriment to that.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dutchraptor View Post
      This is really good, analyzing your dreams really helps and can often be just as effective as using mantra's. Particular emphasize should be place on awareness, lucidity, emotions and dream signs, recognizing these IWL helped me start to recognize them in dreams a lot faster.
      I definitely think this should be an official guide, it's nicely laid out and should give new members a good understanding of dream journalling. Keep up the great work
      Yeah, same thing happened to me. I realized that just noting these things helped a ton.
      Thanks Dutch. I am glad you liked it.

      Quote Originally Posted by SnowyCat View Post
      Wow. This is... Amazing. Good work!
      Thanks.

      Quote Originally Posted by PennyRoyal View Post
      Ah, I like extra details. I already set up my next DJ entry to look like this. Thanks Brandon
      Yeah, I forgot to mention that you can easily copy/paste this and use it in the Dreamviews Dream Journal. Most people should be able to figure that out though.

      Quote Originally Posted by PennyRoyal View Post
      Can you elaborate on this a bit for me please? I'm trying to focus on improving my recall first, and i'd hate to practice anything that would be a detriment to that.
      Elaborate on how techniques make your recall go up and down, or elaborate on recall techniques?

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      Quote Originally Posted by BrandonBoss View Post
      Elaborate on how techniques make your recall go up and down, or elaborate on recall techniques?
      Sorry, I should have been specific

      Elaborate on how techniques make your recall go up and down. I'm mostly worried about making things worse.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PennyRoyal View Post
      Sorry, I should have been specific

      Elaborate on how techniques make your recall go up and down. I'm mostly worried about making things worse.
      Well all of the "popular" techniques make your recall go up generally. It might differ from person to person, but they shouldn't have a negative effect. If you try any new techniques that pop up, especially ones that mess with your sleep cycle, you should make sure to document it. Also CAT seems to me that it could have a rebound effect on your recall if you don't LD, but I have never tried it. Techniques shouldn't be a problem, but since everyone is different, it is something everyone should check.

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      Very nice tutorial, really great tips for those struggling with recall, or anyone really. I just recently starting doing the bit about writing down goals. I also make note of any supplements I may have taken.

      Though, I am set in my old ways and just write down willy-nilly whatever seemed prominent at the time.

      I'm curious though, Brandon, how long does it take you when writing in your DJ? I already spend far too much time writing in mine already cause Im anal about writing down every detail I can remember... when you start remembering 4+ dreams a night, that gets really tedious. :S
      Rawr!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Alucinor XIII View Post
      Very nice tutorial, really great tips for those struggling with recall, or anyone really. I just recently starting doing the bit about writing down goals. I also make note of any supplements I may have taken.

      Though, I am set in my old ways and just write down willy-nilly whatever seemed prominent at the time.

      I'm curious though, Brandon, how long does it take you when writing in your DJ? I already spend far too much time writing in mine already cause Im anal about writing down every detail I can remember... when you start remembering 4+ dreams a night, that gets really tedious. :S
      Oh! I don't take supplements, so I didn't think of that.

      Since the beginning of January, no time at all. I average about 6 dreams a night, I am starting up again to see if it helps m. I haven't lost any recall because using this set up I found a lot of things that help my recall more than DJing. I am starting up because I am looking into more techniques.

      It took about 20-30 minutes. It will take less time now though, since I am only going to be writing out small summaries of the dreams. I am going to do it on here and have the format. I will Also be posting a weekly goals at the beginning of my "weeks" I think this will help me get lucid. I am guessing it will take 10 minutes to do it now.

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      I only write the date and the actual dream itself. I feel like I've really been slacking on my DJ now lol. Thanks for this, I've been missing out on so much.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mahoogie View Post
      I only write the date and the actual dream itself. I feel like I've really been slacking on my DJ now lol. Thanks for this, I've been missing out on so much.
      That is what most people start out with on DJing. I kept randomly hearing people say "add this to your daily DJ." And I kept the stuff I liked.

      I hope it helps.

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      Good thread Boss!

      It can also be very helpful to jot down anything you ate or drank that might affect dreaming, or any unusual activity (hard labor, video games, maybe a movie or show that you really got into). Often after waking up and remembering my dreams it strikes me that some of these factors might have contributed, so I'll write them down as well as I remember.

      And on dream signs, it's a good idea to just read through a week or so of entries now and then with an eye toward noticing any signs you might not have thought of before. From time to time old dream signs can sort of fade and new ones creep in.

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      In the Goal journal in the part where is says 'Next page', do you just write down how many dreams and LDs you had that day? And I understand how you write the goals you have for january, but what do you write in the goals for this week part? Is is just what you have achieved during that week or something else?
      Lucids (2013):
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      DEILD - 1

      Lucids:

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      Quote Originally Posted by MysticalDipshit View Post
      In the Goal journal in the part where is says 'Next page', do you just write down how many dreams and LDs you had that day? And I understand how you write the goals you have for january, but what do you write in the goals for this week part? Is is just what you have achieved during that week or something else?
      Yes.

      For the week you will have goals at the bottom.

      Monthly goals would be something that takes more than 1 LD to accomplish, or might fail at (like "go to the dream army base"). Weekly goals are like... Remember to stabilize or something small. As you get better, it won't be the same. For instance it has been 3 weeks and 2 tries for the dream army base. But for dutchraptor it was 1 night. That would be a weekly goal for him. A monthly goal for me.

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      Alright, thanks. I just wanted to be sure.
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      thanks so much for this, this is really motivating me now to keep a DJ, and is it better to actually write them down on paper, or is it ok to type it on an android app i have
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      Quote Originally Posted by azoller1 View Post
      thanks so much for this, this is really motivating me now to keep a DJ, and is it better to actually write them down on paper, or is it ok to type it on an android app i have
      I prefer to use both. Partly because I'm a private person, and some dreams I don't want to publish publicly. Also because I can put things like Goals, times I slept, etc in my DV Journal because I don't like my paper journal to be all cramped up with numbers and things that are not specifically my dreams.

      I also noticed a small influx in my dream recall when I went out and bought a nice leather bound journal that was aesthetically pleasing to me because I was excited to put my new dreams in it.

      I think the Digital vs. Paper really comes down to personal preference.

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      I do both too. But when you first wake up you want whatever is fastest for you and most intuitive. If it's hard to peck around and find the letters on your Android, I wouldn't do it that way. I want to just be able to write as fast as possible so it doesn't interfere with remembering the dreams.

      I like the method of first scribbling them down in rough form in the notebook and later typing them up online - I find I've had a chance to think about them more and ofen remember more details or understand some parts better. It's sort of like writing a rough draft and then refining it.

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      Yeah I was also going to say its faster just writing it on paper, and yeah I agree that its also good to re type them and kind of re write how you want it since its already written down in your journal
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      I think that everyone is different on this point. Many say that the lights of a computer or phone will take down your recall, but I have never had it happen to me. Try it both ways and see what works for you. Also as dark matters said "whatever is easiest for you in the morning". Even if the light hurts you, of you don't want a notepad and pen near your bed it might be easier to just grab your phone for a second, or to just turn a light on for a second. Do what feels comfortable and what works for you. You can write that down in your DJ as well (taken by phone, or by paper) that way you can compare them better.

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      How would you know when you fell asleep? Do you just mean when you got in bed, or are you supposed to put an estimate of the time that you fell asleep?
      V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask.
      Evey: Well I can see that...
      V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation. I'm simply remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.

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      Good point. It takes me approximately the same time to fall asleep each night, so it doesn't matter for me (results would be the same). But if you struggle to fall asleep some nights, you might want to always put time that you fall to sleep.

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      Hey just to make sure I know that I understand certain parts, Day time techniques would be like reality checks, lucid techniques would be like MILD and recall techniques would be DJing?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Masumi View Post
      Hey just to make sure I know that I understand certain parts, Day time techniques would be like reality checks, lucid techniques would be like MILD and recall techniques would be DJing?
      Yes! Except DJing, technically DJing would be both LDing and recall. You would be able to tell when you DJ though, so you wouldn't need to write it down. I think that people that spend the time DJing should get more out of it then just a little extra recall! They should be able to compare techniques that they used with time sleeping, with amount of dreams!

      Here are some recall techniques:
      http://www.dreamviews.com/dream-sign...ompendium.html

      DJing is a mediocre recall technique for me, using this DJ I was able to get my recall to what it is and to realize that stopping DJing doesn't effect my recall as long as I keep other techniques going.

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