Keeping a journal can be of much help while learning and practicing lucid dreaming. When properly kept, a journal can help a practitioner to develop an analysis that will increase the quality of lucid dreaming experiences. By and large, keeping a journal helps to iron out a sporadic practice, turning it into a structured discipline that can be mastered.
An effective diary should contain a massive amount of indicators that allow a statistical study to uncover patterns. It is essential that each entry include the date, time of day or night, and a detailed account of entries into lucid dreaming and lucid dreaming experiences. Descriptions of mistakes and a plan of action for the next lucid dreaming should also be recorded. During the novice stages of practice, even noting unsuccessful entry attempts is beneficial. Later on, only successful lucid dreaming experiences may be recorded.
Here is an example of a proper journal entry:
Experience No. 12
January 5th, 2008
I woke up early in the morning. After exercising, I took a shower and ate breakfast. I watched TV and read books until lunch.
I laid down for a nap at 1 PM, right after lunch. I felt like performing indirect techniques, and affirmed this intention. I woke up the first time to movement, but after trying to employ forced falling asleep (in order to negate the effects of the movement), I fell asleep. I woke up the second time without movement and tried to roll out. This didn’t work and I tried levitating and getting up. After that, I moved on to phantom wiggling. Movement occurred in my right hand. After doing this for several seconds, I decided to try listening in. Sounds started, but I was unable to make them louder. However, images appeared before my eyes and I started to view them. After they became realistic, I decided to try rolling out and it worked without a hitch.
My vision was dim, as if through a veil. But then, the rest of the sensations I felt reached the verge of reality. This is when I went to the window. For some reason, it was summer outside, and not winter. There was a red fire-truck outside the window. There were really low clouds in the sky. The sun was above them.
Next, everything quickly faded away and I found myself back in my body. Then, I got up and looked at the time. It was 2:15 PM.
1. When the phantom wiggling worked, I should have aggressively tried to increase the range of movement, and not simply done wiggling, let alone change to another technique. After all, if wiggling occurs, lucid dreaming can always be entered. 2. The same with the sounds. I had no great desire to amplify sounds or even listen in. Everything was done lackadaisically. 3. I should have started with deepening and not actions, as visual sensations were not vivid. 4. I should have employed techniques for maintaining. 5. You can’t look down for long without simultaneously using techniques for maintaining, yet I took in everything outside the window and in the sky. 6. I forgot about the plan of action. 7. I should have tried re-enter lucid dreaming.
Plan of action for next time:
1. Definitely deepen lucid dreaming as much as possible. 2. I should try to go through a wall. 3. Translocate to my Auntie in New York. 4. Translocate to the Statue of Liberty and examine her crown.