Journaling is a popular ritual for recording thoughts and activities that occur while we are awake. However, our minds are still quite active when we are resting. Since the memory of a dream often begins to fade as soon as we wake up, dream journaling can help us remember what goes on in our minds while we sleep. Recording dreams can give us invaluable insight into ourselves through observed patterns and themes. This practice may also unleash creativity, reduce stress, and improve health. Keep your dreams alive with dream journaling.
The practice of keeping journals and diaries dates back to ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Native Americans. By recording their dreams, many people graced the world with enduring legacies. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity came to him in a dream. Famed inventor Nikola Tesla attributed much of his scientific genius to his dreams. Thanks to Thomas Edison’s regime of lucid dreaming and recording what he experienced, we gained efficiently working cameras and light bulbs. Countless artists have harnessed imagination and inspiration through dream journaling. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, author Stephen King, and director Christopher Nolan have all acknowledged the impact of dreams on their work. Paul McCartney of The Beatles composed his classic “Yesterday” as it came back to him from a dream.
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