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Dreams

Dreams can be a deep source for reflection because during sleep analytical thought takes a backseat to the brain’s sorting and sense-making processes. Intuitive thinking rules our sleeping hours with remarkable power and effectiveness. Dreams can present solutions and ideas in the form of metaphors and images. The use of dreams as a source for reflection means using the images we have experienced in our sleep in the same way we might use a photo or another object.

Writing your dreams down in your journal gives you a chance to reflect on them. If you are one of the many people who have difficulty remembering their dreams, recording them will enhance your ability to recall them. Make it a habit to keep your journal close to your bedside so that you don’t have to move far to get to it. People generally dream about every ninety minutes. It’s not unusual to wake up in the middle of the night with the memory of a dream fresh in your mind. It’s not likely that you will remember the dream in the morning, so having your journal nearby is important.Drinking alcohol, using certain medications, and hearing the sudden ringing of an alarm clock can make it much harder to remember dreams. If you want to experiment with using your dreams as a source for reflection, try waking on the weekends without an alarm.


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