Keeping a dream journal is a great way to help you remember your dreams and interpret them. While most people will find that traditional journaling of writing the dream down works great, some may find that more creative outlets can help them better understand their dreams.
Here are 6 Creative Alternatives to a Dream Journal:
Draw/Paint a Picture: They say a picture says 1000 words, and it can hold true for dream interpretation as well. You do not have to be an artist or even good at drawing or painting. Just draw the best you can. When you are done, you will likely see a mood or feeling from the painting or sketch that relates to the theme of your dream.
Make a Mind Map of the Dream: Mind maps are another great way to visualize and interpret a dream. A mind map can help you see common feelings and emotions. Learn More About Dream Journaling Mind Maps Here.
Write a Poem: A poem can be a great way to write out a dream you had, especially if it's a dream you don't remember all of the exact details about. Best of all, poems do not need to follow grammar rules or punctuation or have complete sentences, so it will help you to express the main point of your dream very easily and quickly.
Make Up a Story: Another creative thing to do is to create a short fictional story inspired by the dream. The story does not have to be lengthy - a paragraph or two at most. Maybe one of the characters in the dream inspires you to write a story, or maybe the dream had a great plot. When you are finished writing the story, look for the moral of the story or see if it has any insight into your waking life.
Make a Collage: Collage is one of my favorite art forms (as it requires little skill beyond cutting and pasting) - it is easy enough anyone can do it. Go through a few old magazines and see if there are any images that remind you of the dream or the mood of the dream. Consider things like colors, textures, feelings, and words. Then paste all of your images onto a piece of cardstock or thick paper. When you are finished with the collage, look at it carefully. What grabs your attention the most? What do you feel when you look at the collage? What does it remind you of in your waking life?
Sing a Song About the Dream: Song can be a very fun way to interpret a dream. You may find yourself singing a certain phrase that stuck with you from the dream, or simply singing about something that is inspired from the dream. You do not need to be a talented musician or aspiring rock star to create a song, and you might just be surprised at what meaning of the dream you might see from singing it out loud.
Have you done any of these creative dream journal alternatives? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!