Dream Recall: Remembering Your Dreams

Dreams can be fascinating but at times they are difficult to capture and remember. Upon waking, our first thoughts are often directed and intrigued to consider what we have dreamed during the night. Some people might remember their dreams, but feel pressured to attend to more ทำนายฝัน important things than these seemingly random stories being played out in their sleep. How could they possibly have any meaning at all, some might ask?

Many dreams don’t make sense to us, so we dismiss them and go about our morning routines, essentially aborting what the Holy Spirit was communicating to us. The dream can appear as a random story that strikes us, but without having an interpretive lens we can’t seem to make any sense out of what we dreamt. It is not unusual within minutes of waking from sleep, to forget the dream we dreamed in the night or the early morning hours just prior to waking up. By the end of the day, we can only remember fragments or bits and pieces of the original dream. So the story goes. Does this sound vaguely familiar? Has this been your experience with your own dreams?

Because of other priorities and responsibilities, we in the western world typically become focused on the day ahead of us rather than taking a few minutes to respond to the dream we just had.

Many people that I dialog with ask me this question, “Why is it that I can’t seem to remember my dreams?” They go on to tell me a familiar story I have often heard. They sensed or knew they were dreaming, but could not remember what it was they had dreamed about. This is frustrating and such a common occurrence that some would even begin to accept it as that which cannot be changed. In other words one might ask the question, “Do I really have the ability to change something like dream recall and begin to remember my dreams, and furthermore, do I want to?” If this is something you identify with and want to change, then pay close attention. I am going to address how to better remember your dreams and thereby increase your ability to hear God’s voice at night in your dream life.

Obviously, God is the Creator and Sovereign of the Universe and we can’t make Him give us a dream, but we can by faith respond to the dreams that He does give us. Ironically, you may find that this will result in an increase in the amount of dreams that you receive from God. It is a principle that we must learn. This principle of responding should also take into account we often have seasons of dreaming where the frequency of dreaming in our lives varies.

Passivity: Can I Really Change This?

The first issue that I want to address in relation to our dream recall is passivity. Many people accept too easily that because they can’t seem to remember their dreams that there is nothing they can do about it. The truth is actually to the contrary. Perhaps we have never been taught that we can change this condition. If we really want to dream and remember our dreams, then we can if we so choose. It may take prayer and some work on our part, but we can change this. The first thing we must do is prayerfully make the decision that we want to remember our dreams. In fact, I challenge people to go to bed thinking about this very issue. Once they have made the decision that they want to remember their dreams, I will exhort them to meditate on this at night before they go to sleep. Tell yourself some form or variation of this statement; that you are going to remember your dreams and that you want to remember all that you dream each night. Say this over and over to yourself as you fall asleep. Watch and see what happens as you do this and note the change that takes place in your ability to recall the dreams of the night before. This is a simple exercise and easy to do. Over time, it will begin to influence your mind and spirit and therefore, your dream recall muscle will become active and enhanced.

Another reason we may not remember our dreams is that we have been taught directly or indirectly that our dreams just aren’t that important. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Oh, it was just a dream”. Case in point. It is widely accepted that dreams are just dreams and really have no bearing on “reality.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This type of mindset is more akin to a cultural worldview in our western society. This isn’t the only reason for our absent-mindedness when it comes to our dreams. Other factors play into this issue as well. Relationship struggles, drugs, poor health, how we handle stress, spiritual warfare, and our current circumstances all can play into our inability to remember our dreams.

God Speaks in Dreams

For you to insist on remembering your dreams is in essence a way of saying to God that you value what He is saying to you no matter how or when He chooses to speak. Are you concerned about your dreams really being from God? It’s a good thing to examine and question this. Not all dreams are from God; we will take a closer look at the source of dreams in a future chapter. Be that as it may, consider the statement (and principle revealed) that the Lord made known to Aaron and Miriam when they spoke against Moses.

“And He said, hear now my words: if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak to him in a dream (Num. 12:6).”

Clearly stated, God speaks through the vision and through the dream. He spoke that way in the Old Testament to the prophets and He still speaks that way today to many. The Holy Spirit is a prophetic spirit and we are becoming a prophetic people. We can expect that God will speak to us today in the same way as His Spirit is being poured out all over the earth!

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