Memory Strategies For Your Nightlife And Why I Don’t Do Lucid Dreaming

Memory Strategies For Your Nightlife And Why I Don't Do Lucid DreamingPeople around the world wish they could remember their dreams. And not just remember them.

They want to remember their dreams with clarity, consistency and in ways that change their lives. Profoundly.

And although I don’t do lucid dreaming myself all that often (and try to avoid it), remembering dreams can help you feel more lucid during your waking life.

Here’s what I mean with props to my friend Stefan for his incredible lucid dreaming and memory questions:

Even with this powerful information, I wonder how many people will ever develop the skills needed to recall their dreams consistently?

If the number is low, I find that incredibly sad.

Because here’s the consequence:

Now being able to remember your dreams means you will never develop fluency in one of the world’s most prominent languages: the language of dreaming.

Worse, you will never experience the nuances and layers of experience made possible by advanced dream recall.


Why Is Remembering Dreams Just As Difficult As Lucid Dreaming?


Why is dream recall such a struggle? Many would-be dreamers blame a lack of sleep time. They don’t have enough time in bed for effective dreaming. But with proper training in dream recall, you can learn to notice yourself entering the dream world even before you’ve fallen “unconscious.”

Don’t believe the REM myth that dreaming begins at some special hour after you’re in deep sleep. The notion that dreaming only occurs during REM has never been true. In fact, you are dreaming right now but have not yet learned to see and experience it.

In short, dream recall begins by changing your definition of what counts as a dream. Then try some of these tips:

But even with an improved definition (you’re always dreaming), some still claim that dream recall is too hard. And no doubt. Authors on the top don’t make it easy.

They teach that you should draw symbols on your hand, practice “reality checking” and engage in other tedious methods. The truth is that you don’t need to artificially create “triggers.” There are better ways, more enlightening and elucidating ways, and ways that can improve all aspects of your life.

So what helps with dream recall?

1. A Dedicated Memory Strategy For Remembering Your Dreams

Strategy starts with motivation, so before you start, please make sure that you really want to remember your dreams. It’s an important consideration because you learn a lot about yourself when you recall dreams at an advanced level.

And you motivation requires method if you’re going to experience real gains as you stretch your memory muscles.

2. Believe That Dream Memory Strategies Will Work For You

People often tell me that they cannot remember any dreams. They never have and never will.

But such statements usually come from disbelief. Dream recall has been going on for thousands of years using different techniques. If you can accept that you’re not different than anyone else, your memory will amaze you with what you can achieve.

Try out the main technique discussed in this episode of the podcast and you will marvel at the progress you’ll make.

3. Stop Thinking That Memory Strategies Are Too Much Work

You will need 1-5 minutes every morning to practice the dream recall technique talked about in this podcast. There’s nothing to it. You only have to do it over a period of two or three days to get results. Often, you’ll get results as soon as the next day.

The best part is that once you start, dream recall will serve your life in many ways.

So I have a suggestion for you before you finish the podcast and start your journey toward advanced dream memorization skills.

Believe in yourself.

When I started working on dream recall, I told myself it wouldn’t work. I wasted a lot of time with this false belief.

But once I settled into the practice, dream recall hooked me. Now I’ve got a YouTube playlist all about the practice:

The ability to remember your dreams with near-100% accuracy creates wonderful things for you. And it opened the world’s doors for me. It also healed me in many ways and changed how I view reality. As a result of dream recall, I am more a positive, productive and contributing member of society. And I’m confident that becoming an effective dream memorizer will do the same for you.

Please note that I’m not talking about anything “New Agey” or “NLP-ish.” I base the dream recall techniques and related approaches I teach on scientifically demonstrated principles known to increase the happiness of individuals.

Dreams remain essential to the human experience. And those with an advanced ability to engage with their dreams experience greater pleasure and more interesting lives.

So I hope that you will take the time to practice dream recall after listening to this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast. And if it changes how you think about lucid dreaming, let me know. You can also check out the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass for more information about advanced dream recall.

Further Resources

Lucid dream article on Wikipedia

A dreamy article about using movies and series as Memory Palaces

4 Responses to " Memory Strategies For Your Nightlife And Why I Don’t Do Lucid Dreaming "

  1. jano says:

    In your podcast your mention the non use to control dreams. Did you try things that your mind don’t allow to do it normally? like see yourself inside out, or be in two places in the same time? To me, is another tool in the box, some people are perfect for this technique, others need something different. All depend of your goals. I was wonder about your meditation style. I didn’t really understand how we are always in “fantasy” state even when we are meditating. Could be only the “concept” sometimes change depending of the school or method , even when they have the same goal.
    Besides that, I really appreciated your insights. Are fun and give some fresh perspective about some areas. Sometimes look out of my point of view feed my brain with new ideas.
    I almost forgot! In Japan and all over the world the apt. for STUDENTS are tinny. I saw the video and I didn’t find much different with the apt in NYC hahaha…in fact, my first apt in Tokyo is bigger than my first one in NYC. Well, thanks again for sharing.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jano.

      I’ve tried a number of things in the lucid state, my favorite being directing the kinds of movies I’d like to see. But even then, I don’t find anything nearly as useful as recalling dreams over which I have no control.

      My meditation style is different depending on the situation, but for sitting, I sit just to sit and wait for that moment of focus. Or I’ll “force it” a bit by doing psychic alternate nostril breathing or Pendulum breathing.

      And when that moment of focus finally lands, it’s not as if the fantasy ends. It’s rather pushed out at a distance and the mind focuses on the now, something usually accompanied with feelings of warmth and laughter, sometimes to the point of tears.

      And then the mind turns to reflect on the situation itself, but still thinking about a state of difference. It thinks about how long the bliss will last, will it get any better, can I tolerate the intensity and how absurd the entire world is.

      Some claim that they can shut off the reflective mind entirely, and this may be the case. But as with my preference for not-lucid dreaming, if “enlightenment” involves being in a state of non-thinking, I don’t want it. Things that sit without thoughts are called stones.

      No, I want to step as far outside of the fantasy state as possible as I described it in this episode, while at the same time holding onto it as a form. And that’s what’s so great about meditation. It’s not that you leave or go anywhere or cease thinking. It’s that all thoughts become shapes with differing levels of density. And when that becomes clear, they can be understood quite differently. And this leads to new forms of response from us that wouldn’t be possible any other way.

      Even if tiny apartments in NYC and Japan! 🙂

  2. Steve Jump says:

    What you say about how we’re always dreaming reminds me faintly of a technique called “image-streaming,” credited to one Win Wenger, author of a book titled “The Einstein Factor.”

    As I understand it, you sit down with another person or a voice recorder, close your eyes, and for several minutes describe in as exacting detail as possible the images that come to mind.

    All kinds of benefits are claimed, chief among them intelligence increase (supported by a single years-old study). I wonder if you’ve heard of it or if it, or to what degree it sounds like a cousin to your version of dream recall.

    • Thanks for this contribution, Steve.

      I have heard of Wenger’s work, but haven’t looked into it.

      As you describe it, I don’t know if it would lead to measurable increases in intelligence. After all, the measuring of intelligence is still quite a controversial topic and it’s not at all clear that IQ actually exists. (I’m reading a book from the history of memory techniques based on phrenology at the moment and the whole topic is fascinating, albeit murky).

      That said, there are certainly memory games you can play that prove great memory and general memory exercise. I recommend experimenting with these to anyone.

      To answer your question directly, I’ll need to read the book. But based on your description, I don’t think his would be a cousin to how I approach dream recall as such. Why? Because when you’re recording your material with another person, you risk “contaminating” it with unconscious content that comments on the presence of the individual.

      And on this view, I am myself getting into murky waters. However, having done dream therapy with Robert Langs in person and read a lot of his books, I’m quite convinced that when we tell stories and describe things to other people, we usually are delivering more than one message at a time.

      Therefore, I think dream recall is best practiced alone first before relating any nighttime experience to another person. That way, you have greater certainty that your written record has greater accuracy/verisimilitude with the dream events that took place in your head.

      And on the matter of dreaming, the one I experienced last night was really over the top. The best part was that it ended by me telling an associate of mine about previous elements of the dream. It was semi-lucid, but I was able to reign it back in to the fantastic. 🙂

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