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“EXERCISE: Cataloging Your Dreamsigns 1. Keep a dream journal Keep a journal in which you record all of your dreams. When you have collected at least a dozen dreams, proceed to the next step. 2. Catalog your dreamsigns While continuing to collect dreams, mark the dreamsigns in your dream reports. Underline them, and list them after each dream description. 3. Classify each dreamsign using the dreamsign inventory Next to each dreamsign on your list, write the name of its category from the dreamsign inventory. For instance, if you dreamed of a person with the head of a cat, this would be a form dreamsign. 4. Pick target dreamsign categories Count how many times each dreamsign category (inner awareness, action, form, or context) occurs and rank them by frequency. Whichever occurs most often will be your target dreamsign category in the next step. If there is a tie between categories, pick the one that appeals to you. 5. Practice looking for dreamsigns while you are awake Make a habit of examining your daily life for events that fit under your dreamsign category. For instance, if your target category is action, study how you, other people, animals, objects, and machines act and move. Become thoroughly familiar with the way things usually are in waking life. This will prepare you to notice when something unusual happens in a dream.� This excerpt from Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming can be used to understand how to use the recurring events in our dreams to become lucid in the dream state. As we move into exercises of conscious manifestation, understanding the process of using our dreamsigns to become lucid in the dream state can give us the ability to see how to use our dreams when categorized, as described in Chapter Two, to find our waking signs to become aware in the waking state.

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