The ancient Iroquois believed that dreams carried the secret desires of the soul and that these wishes needed to be manifested in order for the soul to remain healthy. Illness and lack of dream recall was a sign of a dissatisfied soul or soul loss.
“[The] soul makes [our] desires known by means of dreams, which are its language. Accordingly, when these desires are accomplished, it is satisfied; but, on the contrary, if [the soul] be not granted what it desires, it becomes angry, and not only does [it] not give its body the good and the happiness that it wished to procure for it, but often it also revolts against the body, causing various diseases, and even death.”1
As an ardent dreamer, I have to agree. Dreams are potent messages from your soul that reveal your purpose and path to health and wholeness. Ignore the messages and you risk upsetting your soul. And that’s a recipe for tough times. (Ask me how I know…)
So what if you don’t remember your dreams?
In Iroquois history, dreamless sleep was a symptom of soul loss, and if Western dream recall is any indication of our soulfulness, we’re in trouble. I’ve discovered most Westerners don’t remember their dreams for a variety of reasons. To name a few:
- Lack of sleep
- Too much alcohol
- Vitamin deficiency
- Lack of interest
- Medication (don’t go off your medication)
All of these contribute to dreamless nights.
But everyone dreams. The real problem is recall. So if you don’t remember your dreams, and you want to, what can you do?
Drink Green “Dream” Smoothies
Drinking green smoothies daily has increased my dream recall, perhaps because of iron or B vitamins. Here’s my favorite recipe:
- 2 cups of spinach
- 5 strawberries (for flavor)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup wild blueberries from Canada or Maine (which have incredible nutritive properties)
- 1/2 cup of cool mint tea (any tea or juice will do, even coconut water)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Flower Essences to Help with Sleep and Dream Recall
If you’re not sleeping, you won’t remember your dreams. So start with good sleep. The following flower essences may help you sleep better and experience better dream recall:
Angelica: supporting the soul to receive spiritual guidance in dreams
Morning Glory: difficulty sleeping, waking up off and on throughout the night, poor dream recall, tired in the morning
Mugwort: deepens awareness in dreams, helps integrate dreams and psychic ways of being in waking life.
Star Tulip: supports dream recall, develop greater consciousness of dream imagery and symbolism
White Chestnut: sleep filled with tossing and turning due to anxiety or overthinking
You can combine them into one remedy, or you can take them individually.
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Take Dream Notes
Dreams are like friends. The more you engage, honor, and celebrate them, the more loyal they become. Keep a dream journal. If you don’t remember dream details in the morning, record how you feel. Once you start remembering dreams, at the very least, record a dream headline or caption, and the date every morning so you know what you dreamed and when. You can always fill in the dream details later. This practice alone can help some people remember their dreams more faithfully.
Even if medication is making you forget your dreams, setting the intention to remember dream imagery and then recording even the slightest fragment can trigger greater dream recall. If you really want to remember your dreams, and you’re persistent with setting intentions, they will likely come back.
Resource and fascinating read for anyone interested in dreamwork: