What do you do when your dreams fade as soon as you wake up? This has been happening to me the last two or three weeks, though normally my dreams seem to want to be remembered. It’s frustrating when this happens. What can you do about it?
First of all, it’s helpful to remember that your psychic work is going on whether you remember your dreams or not—it’s just that it’s happening below your level of conscious awareness. In my experience, these “blank” times are often followed by periods where you recall really vivid, active dreams. Maybe this active phase kicks in once you’ve processed something to the point where your conscious self can benefit from participation.
Second, remember that once you start actively following your dream life, you will always remember the important dreams. Even if you get busy and forget to write an important dream down before it fades, Psyche will send you the message again in another dream, another form. So don’t fret.
Something you can do when the dreams aren’t clear in the morning is to try to catch and write down even the faintest image or idea that does remain. Sometimes even those traces will be meaningful later on, or will show a pattern that repeats. Here are some examples from my own dream life lately. These few fragments represent almost the only dreams I’ve remembered in the last two weeks:
Monday 13 July 2009. No dreams stuck—only something about having two online stores and not being sure how or why.
Tuesday 14 July 2009. Dreams had to do, again, with something going on at some distance, or electronically, or something like that. Something that I felt like I had no direct control over, though I wanted to or felt I ought to. Not comfortable; lots of other people involved.
Thursday 16 July 2009. The dreams I can remember from just before I woke up this morning are fuzzy, but they were busy and full of traveling, new friends, new spaces, interesting activities—and laughter! I remember laughing. Everything was strange, but apparently in a good way.
Friday 24 July 2009. Dream—don’t remember many details—I am traveling and have lost something, maybe a suitcase, and I am surprised that I have my own car there and have to drive myself back instead of riding with my partner.
Sunday 26 July 2009. Dream fragment: Something about beanbags—some kind of joke or funny story. Lots of laughter—friends talking about this. Then someone hands me a paper grocery sack that someone has left for me—inside are beads for stuffing beanbags and bits of ribbon and trinkets to decorate them. We all laugh—“apparently beanbags are in my future!”
Other dreams during the night were similar in that there was lots of laughter, lots of friends, and (in the only other bit that I can remember at all) I was making very funny and entertaining puns and word plays.
Monday 27 July 2009. Dream fragments: 1) waking up and discovering it was 11:30 in the morning; 2) A friend is mad at me because I didn’t remember someone else’s dream, even though they remembered mine. She insists I try harder to remember.
Busy night—more stuff with friends, lots of fun and activity, none of which stuck.
You can see patterns emerging here, and they’re helpful, hopeful ones. Even though I often feel blue in my waking life, something underneath is shifting in a big way. Looks like the changes will be positive. Bring it on!