Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Perchance to dream

For a long time now I don't remember my dreams. I am sure I dream (I'd be a raving loon if I didn't, right?) but I remember nothing when I awaken.

I am jealous of people who remember their dreams...lucidly, in detail or even in flashes. In the past year I think I remembered maybe two dreams. I don't remember them now but I did remember them when I woke up.

I know my dreams are disquieting because recently I never wake up refreshed and ready to go . Instead, I wake up already tired, like I've been working hard all night. Perhaps I have too many dreams. Maybe if you have too many dreams you don't remember them.

There are some theories about why some people don't remember their dreams. They don't value their subconsious, they are stressed, they don't want to remember the (disturbing) content of their dreams, some people are genetically predisposed to not remember their dreams upon waking.

I used to dream...or I used to remember them, once. Still, occasionally, very occasionally I do remember them.

For some reason I think my dreams might help make me a better, more prolific writer. I fear that by not dreaming I am deprived of a part of myself that is precious and creative and adventurous.

I heard somewhere that if I write down 'I want to dream' on some paper and leave it on my nightstand or if I say those words aloud and firmly, I will remember.

I'll try that tonight. Let's start now, I want to remember my dreams.



Anonymous said...

Wow! Fantastic. You are a true inspioration. I love the way your words flow like a meandering river through the prairies.

I feel exactly the same way about my dreams. Great work!

Prabha said...

Hi, I too feel the same way.. sometimes I remember that I had a dream and just traces of the dream but never get the full view.. on someother occasions I could remember the dream lucidly. I still remember some of the dreams after a few years too...nice blog.. appreciated..

Maria said...

I usually remember my dreams, and I have very very strange ones - with all these twists and turns. And recently I've started thinking that I should keep a dream diary, because my dreams would make really interesting stories. I see I'm not the only one who thinks dreams can be a source of inspiration for writing :-)

gautami tripathy said...

I agree writing is putting our dreams on paper. I try doing that at times too!

Anne said...

I'm one of the lucky ones who remembers her dreams. Well, most of them anyway. Sylvia Browne has a really good book about dreams ... How to remember them, the different types of dreams, what they mean and how to make them work for you in your waking life. It's very interesting and helpful.

Jawahara Saidullah said...

Anne, maybe I should get that book. What's it called? :-)

Nowhere Nick said...

I don't know if you do this already, but maybe if you tried keeping a pad of paper and a pen really close to your bed, and as soon as you wake up from a dream write it down. Don't try to make any sort of sentence structure or corrections. Also, I have heard that if you try not to move around so much after waking from a dream they are easier to remember. Maybe the reason you are waking up unrefreshed and tired is because you are having out-of-body experiences. I know that may sound crazy, but I have had them and I wake up feeling like that also after having such an experience or from having prolific dreams.

Hope some of this helps,