The following review of DreamCatcher Project is written by the developer, Jesse Frye.
Keeping a dream journal is an important step in learning how to lucid dream.
Lucid dreamers need to be able to remember their dreams often in order to consciously interact with them. When waking up from a dream there is a short period of time before our waking mind takes over, so most of us have a short window to log our dreams before the details are lost forever.
With traditional dream journal methods you might grab your glasses, turn on a lamp, open your journal and start hand writing your dreams. This method is perfectly valid and has worked for years but I'd like to introduce you to a simpler method that might help you increase your dream recall and expand your dream journal.
The DreamCatcher Project is an iOS app whose goal is to simplify the way you record your dreams. The app lets you set an alarm that will wake you with a pleasant sound and a notification reminding you to record your dream.
When you open the app you can click the microphone icon and simply speak your dream into your phone and the app will transcribe it to text, then you can fall back asleep and attempt a lucid dream or start your day.
Being able to use your phone with your voice instead of a pen and paper should help you remember more of your dream. Having a notification that wakes you up and immediately reminds you to log your dream should also help you log more dreams.
Altogether we think this makes for a pretty helpful dreaming app and suggest you give it a try and let us know what your experiences are.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?