In fact, it’s crucial
One of the crucial parts in learning how to become a lucid dreamer (something that many ignore, to their own detriment) is keeping a dream journal. This has several benefits.
First of all, lucid dreaming means that you need to learn to remember your dreams. After all once you’re in a dream and you happen to become lucid, if you end up forgetting it as soon as you woke up, what’s the point?
A dream journal helps you learn to remember your dreams so that when you will become lucid and then you wake up, you will remember the wonderful experience you’ve just gone through and live to tell about it.
Also the journal helps with gathering cues that you will need during your dreams on which to focus on. For example, let’s say you keep dreaming a lot about talking to your grandma, who has passed away in real life. Or you keep dreaming about your home being in another location, possibly in another country.
If you notice in your dream journal that you have something like this occurring repeatedly let’s say once a week, then you know that you can use that as as cue for a reality check. Next time you dream and it happens to you again, it’s your cue, you will realize that you’re dreaming and you can become lucid very easily.
Finally, I think it’s a great way to keep your diary over time and read through it after a while. It’s an awesome feeling to see just how far you’ve come from your first feeble attempts at lucidity, and how much more vivid and interested your actual dreams have also become in the process.
How To Use Your Dream Journal In Dream Recall
Once you have your dream journal, how do you use it in a way that will help you recall your dreams so that you get as fast as possible proficient at becoming a lucid dreamer?
1. Keep your dream diary with a pen or pencil next to your bed. Never have it far away from your easy reach when you wake up.
2. As soon as you wake up from a dream, if you can, remain motionless for a few seconds to recall as many details from your dream as possible and then start writing it all down. Don’t worry about mistakes, but make sure you write down everything you remember, including the feelings you had during the dream.
3. Write down the time you went to sleep, and what time you woke up from your dream. This will come in handy over time when you figure out your REM sleep cycle (used in WBTB -Wake Back to Bed), something we will talk about below).
4. Once you have a good dream recall, you can stop journaling if you like. However many people keep writing in their journals over several years simply because they enjoy putting down their thoughts in a journal.