For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know how much I love dreams! When I honor my dreams, I feel connected to my divine, my life flows, I’m living a meaningful existence, I am on my path, and I’m living from the heart.
There are moments though when I suddenly feel disconnected from my dreams. I don’t remember them as easily, or I’m feeling too tired to reflect upon them as I wake up, and I end up going back to sleep for a few minutes – and voila they are gone! The key is to not let periods like that go on for too long. I need my dream connection for my own well-being, and to feel whole and complete.
When a period of poor dream recall happens to me, I accept this is what I am going through right now, and when the first flash of dream reappears in my conscious mind, I honor it with gratitude, and immediately write it down – even if it’s just a glimpse of a bigger dream.
In dream work, it is our intention that is valued. Quality wins over quantity. It is not how many dreams we remember that matters at the end of the day. What is essential though is our dedication to soul growth, and our commitment to learn more about ourselves by honoring our dreams.
A few years ago I attended a wondrous workshop held by a fascinating woman who had been living with African healing tribes. She was actually invited to the tribe through a dream! Dreams were very sacred in the tribe, and so imperative to people’s ability to function well in life that the elderly leader shared: “If they do not dream, I cannot heal them”.
If you are going through a period in your life where you don’t remember your dreams, rest assured there are many ways to reactivate that connection, and enhance the memory dream flow. I believe the key is to be alert as soon as it happens, and not live without honoring our dreams for too long – because why would we want to live our lives feeling disconnected from a bigger part of ourselves?
When I don’t honor my dreams, my life feels empty and hollow somehow. There is something missing – and I know exactly what it is. It is the connection with my higher self. When I listen to my dreams, I know I am so much more than my conscious self. I am more than my body. I am more than my mind. Furthermore, there is a connection to something even greater, a big universal field that connects all of us, outside of time and space. Carl Jung referred to this field as the collective unconscious.
We have so much to learn about ourselves, and how we handle life. If we pay close attention to our dreams, we can easier see what what it is we need to see so that we can accept and understand why we do what we do – and instead of judging ourselves, embrace that part of ourselves / or that behavioral pattern with compassion.
How to remember your dreams 101:
- If you can’t remember your dreams, there is no need to panic. Just accept this is where you are right now, and love yourself for noticing. Observing is different from reacting.
- When you go to bed, tell yourself to remember your dreams when you wake up.
- Keep a dream journal and pen on your nightstand, close to your bed so that you do not need to get up to write down your dreams. The less we move around as we wake up, the better. Once we shift our sleeping position the dream could retract back into our unconscious.
- Even if you just remember a fragment, write that part down! Dreams love when we honor them, or perhaps better expressed – the bigger part of you loves when you honor yourself.
- Think about your dreams throughout the day, and see if you can identify particular themes in your dreams. The more dreams you write down, the more material you have to work with!
- Work with each dream like it is your soul friend – because it is.
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund, M.A.
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a writer and dream expert based in Newport Beach, California. An intrepid world traveler, she has lived in five countries and loves exploring different cultures and connecting with people. Her latest book, The Dream Alchemist: A woman’s search for love, bliss and freedom across India, time and dreams, is a memoir based on a spiritual journey to India and the philosophical remnants of stepping into her power and finding the path of self-love. She is also the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! Anna-Karin loves sharing her passion for dreams and personal growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Orange Coast Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.