10 August 2009

These Dreams

A few years back I had a dream blog. I started it for a variety of reasons, but mostly because writing my dreams down by hand took much longer than it took to type them. I only posted in my dream blog for a few months before I moved on to other things and ditched it. But I've been thinking of starting a new dream blog for a while and I've been getting signals from the universe for a few weeks that a closer examination of my dreams would be a good idea. A startling dream here and there, dream related articles that pop out of seeming nothingness and other signs of synchronicity have been making themselves known to me.

I've done some digging and found that I am not the only weirdo who wants to keep an online dream journal. There are tons of dream journals out there ranging from the very visual yet amazingly language based to those with only the bare facts. In fact, I've found a great site called, you guessed it, Dream Journal and I'm really liking it so far. I know it makes me a traitor to the almighty Blogger but this is a unique site that keeps track of specific facts like whether the dream occurred indoors or in the past, if you were lucid, the setting and feelings, etc., and allows the user to see trends and themes over time. It also offers some interpretive help as well as opening up your dream to the interpretations of other dream bloggers. There's a forum and all kinds of other groovy, helpful things on the site; I highly recommend it. There are a few ads but they're tasteful and not obnoxious so I don't really mind considering the benefits. It's a helluva lot better and much more useful than a handwritten dream journal in my opinion; at least it is to me. So, without further ado I'd like to introduce My Dream Journal.


Aquila ka Hecate said...

"..writing my dreams down by hand took much longer than it took to type them."


I write longhand much faster than I type - perhaps a testimony to my age.

I keep a paper dream journal. I keep them all once they're full, and it's helpful for me to go back and see what the universe was saying to me in years past.

I'm not sure I could keep up a dream journal online, as it would mean practically sleepwalking from the bedroom to the lounge, turning on the computer, booting it up, and swearing at it while it took years to connect to the internet.
Whereas with my paper journal, I just grab it and the pen by it when I wake up from a dream, and that way I get most of them down while they're still fresh.

Terri in Joburg

Griffin said...

Interesting that you find it easier and quicker to type than write by hand. I'm a left handed writer so I had to work at my writing. But I can write just as fast with a pen as type.

With all the personal stuff I always write by hand. It just feels more personal than not. Yet I admit that with a story or poem it's easier to type and edit on the screen than the page.

Good luck with it. And here's to my favourite weirdo! From another unashamed weirdo... it's the people who think they're sane you have to really worry about!!!

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Cyg here...


Worth every spot of ink, electronic or penned.

And... I know a Swan knows a thing or three about dreams-- not all the word-book tripe, Lady Indica-- the DREAM WORLD. Kinda like he knows his way around a garden...

Do the Journal, Lady Livia. You'll grow Leaps and Bounds...


Livia Indica said...

Hi friends. I'm guess I'm lucky in that I took a year of typing in my senior year of high school and the internet hit big that same year. I've also speed typed for a job so I guess I'm faster than the average person.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Witch of Herbcroft said...

. Livia,
I just wanted to tell you I really enjoy you writing and I wanted to pass on an "eaward" I received. Please come to my blog to receive it. I too used to journal dreams but have gotten away from it. However I remember what an amazing tool they were in hindsight. I would enjoy going back and reading dreams that did not seem clear at the time, to see what my subconscious was communicating. It was amazing how obvious they became after the fact. I am sure if I kept at it they would be easier to interrupt when the message was truly needed. Best of luck in your dream work, it seems the universe is guiding you in that direction. I hope your dreams are sweet.

lucid dream girl said...

Hi, I just came across your blog and I have to agree with your friends -- do it! I'm one of the weirdos you mention... I was in the same boat as you a short while ago but decided to take the leap and since then I have been having many more extremely vivid dreams. Just the act of regularly writing them down has made me see recurring themes and images that keep popping up, and they're helping me better understand what is REALLY going on in my mind underneath the white-noise jabbering of my waking thoughts.

... I write my dreams down in a journal in a scrawled, nearly illegible shorthand when I first wake up and then type them up on my dream blog later on in the day. Returning to them later on helps me remember new things about them, I find.

You can check out my dream journal at http://www.luciddreamgirl.com if you're interested.

Sweet dreams! ;-)

Livia Indica said...

Hi Witch of Herbcroft, thanks for the award. I will hopefully get to it soon.

Hi Lucid Dream Girl, thanks for your encouragement! I will visit your site!

Danae The "Crafty Chick" said...

Hello Livia...

love the post, and will defintely have to check ut the Dream Journal Site...whatta great idea! I have kept many Dream Journals by hand over the years and think they are very helpfull when working with that aspect of ourself. (by hand or computer). I have become a bit of a speed typer too, and now i cannot seem to write by hand (as much) anymore.

I recently started an Astrological Cyber Journal in my Word program. I copy the day's horoscope into it, and then jot a few quick toughts about my day in the evening (or many times a day or two later because i am a total bogger! I guess that makes me a bogging b(l)ogger. LOL)

I have been finding that a usefull endevor as well.

As your friends & readers have said...a hearty 'Go for it!'. :)

Off topic- I have an award for you & your awesome Blog over at Crafty's Cup. (I didn't know u already received one of 'em...but the more the merrier.)

Us weirdos gotta stick together. :)

Livia Indica said...

Hi Danae! Thanks for the award. I'll try to get to it sometime soon. I've got a lot going on right now and not as much time for blogging as I'd like. Thanks again!

Livia Indica said...

Hi Danae! Thanks for the award. I'll try to get to it sometime soon. I've got a lot going on right now and not as much time for blogging as I'd like. Thanks again!