I've started multiple dream journals and at one point did a bunch of lucid dreaming. Both turned out the be pretty easy and pretty fun. They just were again something that I couldn't keep up. I always read a bit of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, got excited about interpreting dreams and writing them down and then I stop after three nights.
I haven't finished that book yet either.
This time I have all the tools to try to make sure I manage to keep up the habit for a bit longer. Dreams are super-interesting and lucid dreaming is always a blast when you manage to pull it off properly. I normally don't remember any dreams at all, so there's much to gain here. I'm wasting one third of the day just effectively being unconscious, when I could be having all sorts of adventures with Batman.
I did some lucid dreaming at some point, but I think I stopped doing it also on purpose. If dreams are brain's way of unwinding and going through stuff, then controlling them consciouscly seems sort of wrong. Like building a steel mill on the last nature reserve in the country or something.
Now as a slightly older person, this seems like a pretty naive way to think about the issue. As I've been using Freud as the main source for theories on sleep and dreams, I might also have a pretty old school-y view of the issue. As Lucid Dreaming is not just about controlling dreams, it should be safe even if you want to leave some stuff untouched.
Learning to dream better would also probably help with sleeping in general. Skills to go to sleep effectively, for example. I don't really have a problem with sleeping, but learning skills is always fun and useful.
So, what I'm going to do
- Read Daniel Love's Are You Dreaming? - "a thoroughly enjoyable guide for those interested in exploring their inner worlds." I'm hoping it's not about proctology. Anyhoo, I guess I'll want some new tools in addition of Freud for this.
- New Beeminder-goal: write a dream journal at least 4 times a week (in the unlikely scenario that I don't see any dreams at all, writing that down immediately after waking up will be enough)
I will be using Momento to write the journal. It has tags feature, which can be used to track entries about dreams. I seem to remember people saying that a dream journal should be a separate from a normal diary or journal, but unless I find something solid about it on Are You Dreaming?, I probably won't bother getting another app for it.
Reading up on a new technique or skill is always really exciting, so let's dig in. Maybe I'll let Freud rest in peace this time.