A Journal is a diary in which dream experiences are recorded. A dream diary might include a record of nightly dreams, personal reflections and waking dream experiences. It is often used in the study of dreams and psychology, and for the purpose of dream interpretation and analysis. The use of a dream diary serves as an aid to memory and a way to preserve dream details, many of which are otherwise rapidly forgotten no matter how memorable the dream originally seemed. The very act of recording a dream can have the effect of improving future dream recall. Keeping a dream diary conditions a person to view remembering dreams as important and further reflections upon the dream content can help in self-development. Dreams can be recorded in a paper diary (as text, drawings, paintings, etc.) or via an audio recording device (as narrative, music or imitations of other auditory experiences from the dream).
Dream diaries are often kept by people practicing to have and remember lucid dreams. Writing down dreams increases one's ability to remember dreams, and can even result in more vivid and extended dream content. When writing down dreams, the dreamer often searches for dream signs, or recurring themes that have been detected between dreams. Dream recall can vary from day to day but keeping a diary tends to regulate waking dream memory.
It is important to record the dreams in the diary immediately after waking up, as individuals forget the details of their dreams very quickly. Writing the next day's date in the dream diary asserts a conscious thought to remember dreams, which communicates intention to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind then responds by fulfilling that desire. This mental action causes the conscious and subconscious minds to work together toward the common goal of remembering the dream.
Unique Dream Journals
A collection of unique dream journals and dream-themed diaries
"The Dream Kit offers an enjoyable and enlightening interactive experience. It is designed to enable all of us to dream more vividly and memorably, to keep track of our dreams in order to understand ourselves better, and to use dreams to learn the way to personal fulfillment. The kit consists of four interrelated components, all designed for enjoyment and instruction in equal measure: The Dream Book is a 96-page illustrated book providing a basic introduction to dreams, guidance in how to stimulate, remember and control over dreams, and an 8 page A-Z of the 50 most common dream symbols and their meanings; the Spiral Notebook is sectioned in order to make a consistent, self-indexed record of dreams.
Also included: the Dream Cards -- a deck of 22 -- depict the major dream archetypes and symbols with visual detail on the front of the cards designed to stimulate interpretation and further guidance provided by text on the back. These cards are also used as "cues" to stimulate significant dreams; and the Native American-style Dream Catcher is made of feathers, beads, and thread, designed to be hung on a bedpost to catch the most elusive of dreams.