Does anyone else get inspired by dreams? I do all the time. I keep a dream journal by the side of my bed, too, so when something interesting happens in a dream I won’t lose it. It just takes a bit of practice to be able to journal dreams, and it’s much easier than one might think.
All it takes is a little mindfulness. At bedtime, just tell yourself that you are going to be interested in your dreams. You are going to try and remember them and try to keep them with you. Put a paper and pen by the bedside with a tiny reading light, and be prepared and willing to quickly write down the gist of the dream without getting up. Believe it or not, writing it down before you get up is important because while reclining, your mind can hold onto the dream so much more easily. If one gets up and thinks one can remember it, well, the body takes over, starts making demands, and the dream slips away. I’ve found that just writing a few words, the basic premise of the dream and the major characters, and go back to sleep, then when I wake up and re-read the few words, the entire dream floods back into my mind.
Dreams are amalgams of experiences and ideas and experiences and images. And sometimes our subconscious minds are actually trying to tell us something, to solve some knotty problem from our waking lives. I’ve done dream interpretations for myself and friends for years now, and it is really interesting to see what our inner selves have to say. Dream interpretation is not a black-and-white art, however; there is quite a bit of room to contemplate and ponder and finally determine what the dream means to each individual.
But as in writing, archetypes are extremely important. What’s an archetype? An archetype is something that speaks to the primal mind, at its root. If you’ve ever heard of the “big bad wolf” or a “happy miser” or “lady luck.” These are archetypes and there are thousands of them. The young hero; the helpful mentor; the lion as the king of the beasts; the greedy king with the beautiful daughter; the wise animal that gives the hero advice; there are so many and our inner selves speak that language fluently.
So this is me, saying you to as a writer, poet, novelist, or just a person interested in the subconscious mind, pay attention to your dreams. And comment here if you want to discuss dreaming or archetypes. I find them fascinating!
(For more inspiration, see my second inspiration post, People Watching!)