If you wake up remembering a dream jot down the basics before they disappear for ever then try this set of questions out.
I don’t recall where I got is from but suspect as I am introduced to her work as part of B822 ‘Creativity, Innovation and Change’ that it is Patricia Garfield (1976).
It is part of the ‘Technique Library’.
We are invited to ‘Keep a dream diary’.
Wouldn’t that be interesting, to have reporters outside Downing Street first thing in the morning being briefed on PM Dream Time?
I can see it being used in the creative department of an ad agency or TV production company, or for product development, though I can’t imagine a Financial Director or Legal Manager wanting to turn to their dreams or the dreams of colleagues to solve a business problem.
I offer this to help extract the essence of the dream
1: Who are you in the dream?
2: Who are you with in the dream?
3: What details stand out?
4: What do you feel about these details?
5: What are the various actions in the dream?
6: How are you acting and behaving in this dream?
7: What relation does this dream have to your personality?
8: What does the dream want from you?
9: What are the various feelings in this dream?
10: What relation does this dream have to what is happening right now in your life?
11: Why did you need this dream?
12: Why have you had this dream right now?
13: What relation does this dream have to something in your future?
14: What questions arise because of this dream work?
15: Who or what is the adversary in the dream?
16: What is being wounded in this dream?
17: What is being healed in this dream?
18: What or who is the helping or healing force in this dream?
19: Who or what is your companion in this dream?
20: Who are your helpers and guides in life as well as in your dreams?
21: What symbols in this dream are important to you?
22: What actions might this dream be suggesting you consider?
23: What can happen if you work actively with this dream?
24: What is being accepted in this dream?
25: What choices can you make because of having this dream?
26: What questions does this dream ask of you?
27: Why are you not dealing with this situation?
28: What do you want to ask your dream spirits?
Garfield, P. (1976) Creative Dreaming, New York, Ballantine, Chapter 8, ‘How to keep your dream diary’.