I've always been incredibly interested in dreaming. What happens to our mind when we go to sleep? Some people rarely dream at all (or at least can't remember them), while others have the ability to control their dreams to a certain extent.
For as long as I can remember I've had very in-depth dreams that I can remember a lot of the details of, I'm not always able to remember them for a long time, but long enough to write them down. However, I rarely wrote them down until recently. I began to record all of my dreams in a journal after learning about "lucid dreaming". I had heard of lucid dreaming before but had never stopped to consider what it was or how to do it.
For those of you that don't know, a lucid dream, according to Wikipedia, is "a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment." Lucid dreaming has shown to help people overcome fears, experience things they've always wanted to, but couldn't, and even practice and improve real-life skills. I also can help you "find your true self" and "find more meaning in life".
I felt like I needed to experience this phenomenon. I started to research techniques to lucid dream. This is when I started writing down my dreams to find common themes that could help me realize when I'm dreaming and when I'm not. I also found a "trigger" to help me realize I'm in a dream; I look at my hands in my dream, they do not look normal and I know I'm dreaming.
I've only had a handful of lucid dreams and can only control one small detail in my dream. But I continue to write down my dreams and sometimes analyze them, I would love to share some with you eventually.
If you would like to learn more about lucid dreaming, here are some links to pages that I found helpful: