One of the most excellent ways that can help you remember and interpret your dreams is to keep a dream journal.
The traditional journaling of writing down the dream works great or appeals more to most people. However, some may find that more creative outlets can help them better understand the meaning of their dreams.
So in this post, we will take a look at six creative alternatives to dream journaling that might help you uncover and interpret your dreams further.
1. DRAW/PAINT A PICTURE:
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And this can be true for dream interpretation as well. It is not a requirement that you have to be a great artist to do this or even be good at painting or drawing. All you need is to draw the best as you possibly can. Once you are done, the drawing, painting, or sketch you made will likely show a mood that relates to the theme of your dream.
2. MAKE A MIND MAP OF THE DREAM:
Creating a mind map is another great way on how you can interpret or visualize your dream. Mind maps can help you realize common emotions and feelings. To help you further, you may want to explore the topic of dream journaling (see also How To Keep A Dream Journal) mind maps.
3. WRITE A POEM:
Writing a poem can be an exceptional method in terms of writing out the dream you had. This is particularly helpful if you do not remember all the exact details about your dream. What’s more, you don’t need to follow any grammar rules or punctuations, or even come up with complete sentences when writing poems. Therefore, it will be able to help you express the main idea of your dream very quickly and easily.
4. MAKE UP A STORY:
Creating a short fictional story that is inspired by your dream is another creative route you can take. You don’t have to make the story very long. Writing a paragraph or two at the most is enough. Perhaps one of the characters that appeared gives you the inspiration to write a story. It could also be that your dream had an amazing plot.
When you are done jotting down the story, see its moral story or find out if it has any insight into your physical waking life.
5. MAKE A COLLAGE:
Collage is a popular art form and a favorite of many as it will require you to have little skill beyond pasting and cutting. This creative journaling is easy enough and just about anyone can do it. If you have old magazines around, browse through them to see if if you can find any images that remind you of the mood of your dream or the dream itself.
Make sure to consider things like feelings, words, textures, and colors. Then, paste all the images you chose onto a piece of thick paper or cardstock. When you are done with your piece of artwork, take a closer and careful look at it. Does it remind you of anything in your conscious life?
6. SING A SONG ABOUT THE DREAM:
Songs can be a truly fun way to interpret your dreams. Sometimes, you may find yourself singing or humming a specific line of a song that stuck with you from your dream. Or you may simply be singing about something that is inspired by the dream. There is no need for you to be a talented singer or musician. You also don’t need to be an aspiring pop star to create a song. You may even be surprised at the meaning of the dream that may unfold when you sing it out loud.
BENEFITS OF CREATIVE DREAM JOURNALING
Being creative with your dream journal offers many benefits that go beyond helping you understand and interpret your dreams. Some of these include the following:
- It helps you remember your dreams much better.
- You will be able to recognize thought patterns.
- It will help you figure out your emotions more.
- Working on creative journals can help you tap into your creativity.
- It’s a fun thing to do and can lessen your stress.
Have you tried doing any of these creative dream journals, or do you have an idea of your own? Share them below and your experiences in the comment section below.