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Dramatically Increase Your Dream Recall For Lucid Dreaming

teacher avatar Zachary Phillips, Meditation, Writing, Self-Improvement

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Dream Journal

    • 3. But I Don't Remember My Dreams

    • 4. Waking Up Etiquette

    • 5. Talk About Your Dreams

    • 6. Meditate

    • 7. Read Fiction

    • 8. Look At Your Hands

    • 9. Class Project

    • 10. Quick Recap

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About This Class

Want to remember all your dreams?

We spend a third of our lives asleep, wouldn’t it be good if we could put some of that time to use? Dream recall is both interesting and insightful, as well as vital tool for lucid dreaming.

On average we dream 5 times per night, yet most untrained people can barely recall part of one of those dreams. The good thing is that dream recall is a skill that can be learnt, better yet, it is one that compounds upon itself, meaning that the better you get at dream recall, the easier it is to get even better at it!

In this course you will learn a collection of methods that will dramatically improve your dream recalling abilities, and in the process improve your capacity to lucid dream.

It’s time to take a journey into our minds!

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Zachary Phillips

Meditation, Writing, Self-Improvement


Zachary Phillips is a mental health advocate, author and mindset coach. In these roles he has helped thousands of people move from a place of barely surviving to passionately thriving.

He is the author of seven books including: How To Get Your Sh!t Together and Mindfulness: A Guidebook To The Present Moment, and the creator of the Depresso Espresso web comic.

He is also an instructor on Skillshare and Insight Timer, teaching mindfulness meditation, personal development, and creative writing.

He is a qualified school teacher, personal trainer, martial arts coach, and disability support worker. Working in these industries has given him a depth of experience teaching across multiple topics, to learners of all ages and ability levels. It has also enabled him to condense... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to the course, dramatically improved your dream array col. This course is a follow on to my previous courses on lucid dreaming. The lucid dreaming one-to-one, two hundred one and reality check deep dive. Basically, it's, the idea behind this course is it will be a very specific, focused on helping you to remember your dreams better. The basic premise is, the better you can remember your dreams, the better you'll be able to realize when you are dreaming in the future. And thus you'll be able to become lucid. For those that aren't aware, lucid dreaming is the act of becoming away inside a dream and then taking control of it. So without further ado, let's learn how to dramatically improve our dream re call my name except we're Phillips. I'm an online mental health advocate and author and coach. And in this role of helped thousands of people move from a place of surviving to passionately thriving. One of the things that I've found is helped people to deal with that mental states, to enjoy life, to have a bit of fun. And it just recover from that past, is to be able to enter their dreams and explore their mental states. Lucid dreaming is one of them and greenery coal is one of the approaches to, to be able to play and practice in the dream state. So let's get into. 2. Dream Journal: The golden, The best way to height no dream or a goal is to take a dream journal. Simply put, it is the gold standard. You've gotta be having a dream journal taken every night, maybe most important every night in as a way to just get into the habit of dream very cold. For whatever reason. The dream seems to dissipate very quickly. It's not like a normal a normal memory. You know, you can go to the shelf, you can do certain things. Things happen in your life and you can remember them pretty easily. Unless we write down our dreams, they seem to dissipate very, very quickly. So I strongly encourage you to take a dream journal. Now, we'll get into the practical nature of how this looks. But the broad strokes of it is, is you need to be recalling and remembering your dreams, okay, you need to be actively noting them down. There are a lot of approaches to actually having a dream general, you know, you go to the really specific example of a diary that's laid out by the date. And there's, there's a whole bunch of Dream journals online and some people find a lot of benefit from this. They are, you know, Date and Time, Dream Signs and colors. And I can give you all of these prompts. If you think that that would help. As in you've got the day's open and everyday it sort of tells you what to fill in. By all means, use those approaches. Just do a quick Google search and look up dream diary and find the approach that works for you. A good one will give you space to write, the space to play and prompts on the different answers. Okay? Another approach would be to literally just have a PIN pad beside the bed. And just soon as you wake up, you write down whatever you think and whatever you feel. It doesn't have to be anything specific. You could also use a voice recorder. You couldn't use your phone. There are multiple different options for right now. I don't really care how you get that dream down. I just want you to get into the practice of taking notes on the drain and running down like this is what I'm remembering. Do it. Okay. You'll start to notice that increase. 3. But I Don't Remember My Dreams: But what about for people who say they don't remember? It's like, oh, I don't remember my dreams. You probably remember a little bit of them. You might not remember the whole narrative. You might just wake up and go, oh, something was going on, but I don't quite know. I don't quite right down by this approach. I use these users write down, if you can't remember that the narrative story of it, write down the specific things you do remember. And it might be something as broad as a one-word emotional response, fear, happiness, elation. It might be a color, it might be a person. Okay. Whatever it is, start with something, start with something and get that something down. The idea being is, is that over time, you're basically telling your brain's like, hey, this is important, pay attention. There's an analogy to say driving or walking to work. How often have you got it to work? And sort of just realized you weren't paying attention to where you're going and you just sort of arrived. Now you were paying attention in the moment. But because it's a run day, mundane routine experience, you know how to get to work. You didn't and you haven't needed to remember anything. So your brain doesn't commit that memory space was like this is an important, The same thing is probably happened to your dreams. You tell it you buy by actively writing the dream to handle, you're saying to yourself, Hey, this is important, pay attention Brian. And over time you're teaching you, right? Like, hey, we want to know about this. So the act of writing the dream journal will tell your brain as an act of like active, important that this matters to me. And that's a separate practice that I want you to consider as well is before you go to bed, before you you fall asleep, s0 self, I'm going to drink tonight and I'm going to remember my dreams actively say to yourself, I know it sounds silly, but if you start priming yourself, if you start at like highlighting, this is a thing that you wanna do. It become something that works for you. So actively highlight that. You can practically do that by writing the dream journal in some capacity, but actively saying yourself before you get bet, hey, I want to remember the string. And when you wake up, you gotta remember the dream. 4. Waking Up Etiquette: Let's talk about like our waking up etiquette. If you have a partner or kids or, you know, there's people in your house. The first thing you wanna do is drink gentle. Don't talk to anyone else. Like let the people know. It's like, hey, I'm gonna wake up, I'm doing this in owner record my dreams. You might only take like a minute, max, right? Even if you're writing a narrative, you can get a lot written down and then you can talk to your partner, then you can say hi, then you can do what? All of these other things. But you want to get that narrative down because it's, it's like it's like its waters are going through a sieve. It rushes out quickly and then you'll have a conversation, you'll think about this. And then it's got the worst thing you can do is anything but writing it down. Don't check your email is don't jump on social. You've got your pen and pad or voice recorder, you dream journal, whatever it is beside your bed. And you wake up to the ulama or how have you wake up and you, right? That's that's what you do. Don't like the the least amount of time between Wake and record is ideal. Once you've been recording dreams for a while with your dream job, once you've started that practice at night before you go to bed, have a little peruse through, have a little look through. Now. You don't have to read the whole thing because as it grows it'll get extensive obviously. But over the past few days and just remind yourself of those dreams. Because once again, the memory of dream seems to work a little bit differently. It doesn't quite sit in the same place or it doesn't quite have the ease of access. But if you read those Dream journals, if you look over, if you think about dreaming, you will find that you have more access to that space. Once again, to telling your brain, look here, think of this, do this. So before you go to bed, just have a quick look over. I'm look, I reread what you've done and just remind yourself like, hey, in the morning, we're going to be looking at this, we're going to be writing this down. So you priming yourself before you go to sleep, your problem yourself in the morning and you're Almaty yourself, authors Greenberg says you telling you bright height, this is important. 5. Talk About Your Dreams: Act of taking a dream journal. Oh, like inner, noting down the dreams that you've got, there are a couple of other things that you can do to dramatically improve your dream. Recall. Old suggests like just the act of watching this course will help you to get into that mental state. The, the idea is, is that the more you talk about the dream of where you consider lucid dreaming, the more likely you are to. Once again, remind your brain that it's important. I've got a couple of friends that I talked about. Lucid dreaming on a semi-regular basis, will takes message each other. We'll talk about it a little bit and just remind each other that, hey, this is something we're thinking about. Sending each other. Text me. You dreaming, right? Talking about the dreams that we've had, sharing the concept of lucid dreaming as a whole, talking through edX dreams. Why it keeps us in the zone, keeps us in our mind. Now, you don't have to do this in real life necessarily that's ideal. But their online Facebook groups, Reddit groups, pages, all of those sort of things online that you can get into a community of like-minded, lucid dream is all people that are curious about extending the dream. Mariko, and just share your experiences. Hey, I had the string, hi, I'm struggling in this path. Hey, have you been lucid height? Just talk about it and keep it in your mind a little bit more depth. 6. Meditate: One of the best things that I've found to improve my dream re coal has been the practice of meditation. I've got a whole variety of courses on meditation up. So click the link below and you'll be able to get started on those. But put simply, mindfulness meditation is the act of stepping back and just observing the present moment. You can use, for example, the breath as a point of focus. Your mind wanders, you bring it back to the breath Him I wanted as you bring it back to the breath, once again, watch those courses. But the idea is that you doing a couple of things here. You're focusing on the present moment. And you're able to train your mind to recognize the distractions. Now for whatever reason, I see a dramatic increase between meditation shrine at time and dream recall, the more I meditate, the more clear and crisp my dreams I, it's like I'm in the more somehow the layout is solid, the world is solid. Everything's going great. And when I wake up from them, I remember them all. I'm not exactly sure the connection, but I think it's because my brain is just sort of trying to tune a bit more than it used to be. All I know is that when I'm meditating the day, that Night's Dreams seemed to be fun. We'll vivid and far more memorable. And the more that I've meditated over time, the more vivid my dreams have. Chris Now obviously, as I'm meditating, I'm also doing during the early and the things I do. So it's not a direct, necessarily causational, but I just know that the benefits to my lucid dreaming practice for meditation is clear. So I strongly encourage you to start a daily meditation practice. You can do it in the morning, can do it at not to increase your dream recoil. 7. Read Fiction: Another way to improve dream R3 coal is to read fiction. I know that sounds a little bit out there, but fiction that's sort of like fantasy, fictional sci-fi fiction operates on sort of things that count quite existing now universe, particularly the fantasy. You know, like I know for me personally in my dreams, fantastical things happen. I can fly this magic powers the world sort of seems a bit distorted. There's technology that doesn't quite exist in our universe, right? Things were a bit often odd. Now, the more fantasy and sci-fi I read them all fiction, I read, the more brains getting used to false narratives, the mold my brain's getting use to disparate stories that the mundane regularity of everyday life. And in my everyday life, I wake up, I do some work, I exercise. It's normal. It's not as out there and crazy as my dream world where I'm flying with his epic stories. It's, it's a completely contrast. But the more I read, the more I'm sort of showing my brain different pathways that it can take. And it's helping me to establish that imagination. And I can't help but feel that this connection between an increased ability to imagine and Peter things in my head and the clarity of the dream space. Once again, the more CLIA and clarity that I have in the dream world, the more I'm able to see, see the dream in its fullest extent upon the waking, right? So I encourage you to read a bit of fiction, reboot of fiction before bed and just sort of probably mine to be like, okay, it's okay, tell the story. Let's go deepened on. 8. Look At Your Hands: Just as an exercise, I want you to hold up your hands right now, lookaheads and say to not when I'm dreaming, I'll see my hands and realize I'm dreaming to not when I'm dreaming, I will see my hands and realize I'm dreaming. This is a great reality check. So at night, when you're dreaming, the handle pop up and you'll be like, I'm dreaming. Now, what I want you to do easy when you become lucid. Now, have a look at the previous courses that I've done as waste stateless isn't all that sort of stuff, but maintain a little bit of lucidity. And in the lucid dream, look very clearly and save yourself. I am going to remember this. I will practice this. I will note this down when I wake up because there's a risk of getting lucid in a dream and waking up and fit getting that you did. Yeah, there's a risk that you will get lucid and just forget the vein loosed, sort of defeating the whole purpose. So we're gonna try and backwards fix that by setting an idea in our mind that the first thing we're gonna do when we do become lucid is to remind ourselves to remember this. Our brain, particularly when we introduce a dreamy state, these very, very prone to suggestions. People use it the lucid dreaming state as a form of self-hypnosis, self guided talking to lucky to pick themselves up and to get them in a different mental state. So prime yourself, you find yourself lucid to now when I'm dreaming, I'll say my hands realize and dreaming. And you'll say, OK, when I wake up, I'm going to remember this. I'm going to remember that rock. I'm gonna remember that we'd creature of with hair, right? And say to yourself, say d self. And then when you wake up, like, oh my god, yes, that's right. Ban. Yeah. So it's it's once again, is that priming a highlight here, Brian length, this is important. And if you do become lucid, You can do it within the dream itself to remind you when you wake up to be able to record it. And that way you are developing that dream recall ability. 9. Class Project: Okay. So the class project is to tell me a juren, okay. Just next time you dream. Brought down whatever you have, whatever pops up. It could be as specificly small or complex as you like. I don't mind right down the dream and just post that as your class project. The reason I want you to do this and actually do it is it does a couple of things. One, you're doing the act of dream re coal, you're sharing it and connecting. And then when we get this dialogue back and forth, I'll ask you about that dream or ask you about your follow up premiums. And now we're having a dialogue and we're talking about the process of dreaming and that will help trick your brain, reminds you to get on board with dream recall. It's very easy to watch these causes and not engaged with the class projects. He's like, you know, the you know, the information. Well you do, but you get so much more out of it if you engage in particularly with something like lucid dreaming, Talk to me about it. Let's start discussing it. And that the act of the discussion from your example dream that you have had will get you deep into evolution, training, practice, and increase it during very calm. And in addition, you can use that class project to ask me any questions on this topic and I'll go deep and address those specific questions and concerns that you do have. 10. Quick Recap: Okay, so just a quick recap here. The way to improve your dream R3 cold primarily is through taking a drink journal. There's a couple of approaches to that. The systematized ones that you can buy online, just a pen and paper voice record of whatever it is. But as soon as you wake up, the very first thing you do is right in that journal. Okay. You're going to look over it and review it intermediately just to check over what you're doing. As you go into bed, you're gonna think yourself, I'm going to remember my dreams when I wake up. If you find yourself in a lucid dream, you'll be like, Okay, I'm gonna remember that thing. As you wake up, you'll start talking with people engaging with the lucid dreaming community in sharing your dreams, okay? And remember, when you're dreaming, You'll see your hands and realize you're dreaming. It will come in time. You basically just a teaching your brain to say, hey, this is important and it's important for me to remember my dreams. The act of watching this course will help engage with the class project. Tell me when he had dreams. We can talk back and forth. If you look above you, it'll say write and review. Please, please, please do so. It really makes me feel good and it lets me know what I'm doing well, what I'm doing poorly, what I can improve on what you want me to talk a little bit more in depth on this topic or any of the other topics that I'm doing. So please start that up right now. And, you know, if you, if you like, this course is a couple of other courses that have got old lucid dreaming. And you can follow me on school share for a bunch more when they come out. And you can check out what I'm doing online. You can head over to my social, Zach, Pete Phillips. I'm everywhere with that with that tag and also on my website Zachary half and philips.com. So yeah, Danny dreams. Let's talk about it and happy, lucid dreaming. Js.