How to Remember Your Dreams…

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“I didn’t have a dream last night.”

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Have you ever said this? Well… it’s not true.

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Dreaming occurs during our rapid eye movement (REM) cycle of sleep and, based on an eight hour night of rest, the average person will cycle through REM between four and five times. With each REM cycle lasting approximately 20 minutes, we will experience 100(+) minutes of “dream” time per night!  So, you may have heard it said before: we dream every single night. No matter if we remember our dreams or not? Well, that is the truth. During our sleep, a dream will last anywhere between 30 seconds and 45 minutes. And the dream world we enter into is exciting and adventurous…

if we can actually remember our visit when we awake from it…

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To remember your dreams, try these mental techniques just before bed:

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1)       If you’re having trouble recalling your dreams in the morning, awareness is your first step. Having the desire to remember your dreams, and looking into methods that help you do so, will aid in your recollection of dreams.

2)      Hold yourself to a regular sleep schedule. It is important that you lay your body to rest and awake from it around the same times every day. Then your body will know when to expect a solid night’s rest.

3)      As you lay in bed, clear your mind of everything rattling within it. The stresses of the day, the worries of tomorrow, and the anxieties of your discomfort… Forget it all. When your head hits that comfortable pillow, focus on clearing your mind entirely.

4)    … (SEE MORE)

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© 2013 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved.

No part of my writing may be reproduced, published, distributed, copied or displayed.

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Mind Power via Dreams

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I had a pretty crazy dream last night. It seemed that many people and commodities of my past came back into my realm of awareness. I’m talking about things and people that I have not thought about in years… and yet, they were exactly as they were. Specifically, I was at my old house (where I lived with my father and siblings) and it was during my early high school years… For whatever reason, my friend was folding and hanging my clothing onto hangers. He was handling shirts and sweatshirts that I owned nearly A DECADE ago! The patterns and materials were exact, as if I had seen these articles yesterday. I woke up this morning realizing that everything is still logged in the cabinets of my mind. Everything we have ever seen, felt, smelled, owned, learned… is still within our reach. I’ve heard it said that if you sat in a room for long enough (probably days) thinking about all of the people in your second grade class, you could eventually recall the names (forename and surname) of every one of them. It may seem difficult to recollect, but the information is stored in the depths of our brain, still there for us to access. While we dream at night, we enter into a stream of consciousness that represents everything we have ever experienced. These scenarios can influence the direction of our dream, and we may be reintroduced to our pasts (just as I was last night). We only use a small portion of our brain at a time, and we may underestimate the skills of our mind, but our bank of memory can store more information than we could possibly fathom. It was interesting to awake with a more clear understanding of the power of my brain. I could see the colors and stitch work of clothing that I would have, otherwise, never recalled owning!

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Dreams are great fun, aren’t they?

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© 2013 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

No part of my writing may be reproduced, published, distributed, copied or displayed.

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