We all dream whether we remember them or not. Set your intention to remember when going to sleep, lie still upon awakening and ask yourself what was happening before you realized you were awake. Write down the dream before getting out of bed. Dream fragments have value and should not be ignored.
Always approach your dream with the intention of creating more than one acceptable interpretation for the entire dream or any part of it. Never explain an aspect of a dream “as only due to the day before” (known as day residue).
Resist being seduced by the overt content of the dream, and always remember the dream is primarily about you, not others in the dream. All objects, living beings, and actions in the dream represent you, what you may be feeling or thinking, or personal characteristics that are out of your conscious awareness.
There are some standard meanings applied to some dream symbols, e.g. death indicates change or transformation. Generally however, any object, action, or person in a dream is best understood, not by freely associating to it, but by giving it a definition as if it were in a dictionary. Consider those parts of the definition that you resonate to, weaving them into the narrative story that is the overall dream interpretation.
We rarely dream about what we consciously already know, and so when we do, it is best to seek out any new information the dream may be communicating to us. Also, we remember dreams less often if we are in a period of being extraordinarily self-aware about important personal issues.
One may re-enter a dream by re-imagining the dream as one returns to sleep. You can do this to create a different ending to the dream, or to let it continue to its own conclusion. Writing out different endings to one’s dream, or enacting a dream through roleplaying also provides insights to one’s dream.
Dreams are best understood in series, either three to five throughout the night, or several each night for several nights in a row. And working this way with dreams enables you to do dream incubation in which you ask your next dream for clarity about a past dream. Like dream re-entry, one holds the question in mind as one falls asleep.
Dreams may either be images or thoughts, the former occurring during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the latter at other times in sleep. In REM dreams one is usually acting, in non-REM dreams you are often observing a scene you are thinking about, but only tangentially participating in. Either way the information is from the unconscious and has value.
Dreams that are vivid are not lucid dreams. Though lucid dreams are vivid and luminous they are distinguished by ego conscious volitional control similar to what one has in waking life, but which is not present in ordinary dreams.
Lucid dreams, as well as ordinary dreams are related to the out-of-body and near-death experiences because of the subtle realm in which all of them occur. Though all dreams occur in this subtle realm, and ordinary dreams may inform one about one’s spiritual life, not all dreams are spiritual. Typically spiritual dreams are infused with a powerful archetypal energy, are often numinous, and have mythological and/or spiritual themes.