Lessons From Writing a Dream Journal

Published on February 14, 2014 (↻ June 19, 2024), filed under and (RSS feed for all categories).

I love dreaming. I love dreams. Dreams are fascinating. I’ve learned that dreams are realities just as real as this one, physical reality. I’ve learned that much when it comes to dream memory depends on, as everything, one’s own beliefs with respect to dreaming. And I’ve learned that there are ways to work with and benefit from one’s dreams.

I don’t want to discuss all of these specific matters, however. Instead I like to talk a bit about what I’ve found since a year ago, I started writing a dream log. (I actually prefer that term over dream journal, which seems more popular, or dream diary.)

Writing a dream log simply means writing down everything one dreams. For me that means that the first thing I do every morning is to grab my phone and take down what I dreamed that night. Later I’d copy that over into my dreams document (I’ve played with sleep-related apps and have an eye on stuff like SHADOW but my current process works reasonably well). Since I recall at least one dream pretty much every night, I do this every day. Since last January, I’ve accumulated three documents with a total of about 150 pages of dream notes.


[…] in your dreams you work with probabilities and decide which ones will become your physical “true facts.”

I found out a few distinct things about dreaming, and my experience of it.


If you are afraid of your dreams, you are afraid of yourself.

So far I prefer a role of cautious “active observer,” but then I think I can draw some preliminary conclusions. They’re based on the premise that dreams are just as real as this system of reality.

  1. There are a large number of alternative realities.

  2. We live a large number of different lives.

  3. Science has no constructive clue about dreaming—common knowledge about sleeping and dreaming, representing science, very much appears like nonsense. (That’s not a problem as long as we simply believe and trust ourselves and our bodies. We don’t need a “scientist” to tell us something about dreams if we’re the ones having them.)

❧ Dreaming is one part of what fascinates me about life and my own experience of it, and it’s one factor that fuels my studies. I’ll talk more about all of this when I think I can articulate it well enough. This post I just like to close with a few more quotes now. Like the two above they’re taken from Jane Roberts’s books, primarily Seth, Dreams, and Projections of Consciousness and The Nature of Personal Reality. They require some openness, but so far I haven’t met any fault in them.

[…] in dreams you often do work quite as valid as any performed in the day, and in the dream state you meet and interact with your own [simultaneous] selves.

Dreams are one of your greatest natural therapies, and one of your most effective assets as connectors between the interior and exterior universes.

This bouncing back of energy into itself is the meaning of the dream state, in which experience that is basically nonphysical is embarked upon, and is then interpreted as a dream through the brain. Your deepest dreams involve nonmaterial comprehensions, however. Your dream, though clearly remembered, is already a translation of the physical brain.

(See even more on Google+. I nearly forgot I’ve already touched dreams before.)

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens (long: Jens Oliver Meiert), and I’m a frontend engineering leader and tech author/publisher. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like Google and as an engineering manager for companies like Miro, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma.

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  1. On February 14, 2014, 3:13 CET, Rupert Breheny said:

    Nice write up Jens. It’s worth reading some Freud at this point. He called dreams the “royal road to the subconscious”. Great way of getting insight into what makes you tick. And of course Inception can be enjoyed on many levels too.

  2. On February 14, 2014, 3:39 CET, Rupert Breheny said:

    You might also like this app which wakes you up in a way you should be able to remember dreams, but it does chart your REM sleep too - which is where the real dreams happen.

  3. On February 15, 2014, 23:41 CET, Neovov said:

    Having a dream journal (or dream log as you prefer) is a great initiative… as long as you don’t mis-interpret your dreams.

    Surely, some dreams are responses your subconscient give to you. Some are just bulk ideas.

    I’ve learn that it is not easy to be opened to its subconscious. If you know how to be in peace with yourself you’ll learn some useful things and even take huge decision with a few stress.

    I’ve tried some apps to track your sleep, but, on me, it doesn’t seems to work very well (and turns to be useless at the end).

    I hope you’ll learn a lot on yourself. And I hope you won’t have nightmares for months like I do 😊.