7 Steps To Remember Your Dreams

Not infrequently the dreams show that there is a remarkable inner symbolical connection between an undoubted physical illness and a definite psychic problem, so that the physical disorder appears as a direct mimetic expression of the psychic situation.

~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 502
AFFIRMATION ♥~The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful.

Have you ever passed through the Sacred Doorways of Dreams and met Your spirit-guides or guardian angels? You may think this question a bit far-fetched but in the recent Breast Cancer Dreams Research Project by Dr. Larry Burk, Radiologist at Duke University Medical, and published in medical journals, and in the book Dreams That Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and other Diseases, forty stories validated by pathology reports shared one common thread. The dreams that saved the dreamers lives contained guardian angels and/or spirit guides that often took the form of deceased loved ones and animals.

Yes, the dead returned in dreams through the Sacred Dream Doors.

In the dreamers dream-world guides and angels shared life-saving information with a dreamer who did not even know there was a medical crisis brewing in their body. When the dreamer sought medical testing to prove the dream wrong the insuring pathology reports proved the dreams correct. They had a life-threatening condition.

One such dreamer whose amazing dream story of overcoming lung cancer is published in the book Dreams That Can Save Your Life, chapter 22  titled, “Go for an X-ray!” is New Age Chronicles contributor Dr. Carl O. Helvie. His article  titled You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions is published in the May issue of New Age Chronicles on page 16. Dr. Helvie remembered, and followed his dream to a healthy life.

Your dreams are the doorways to a parallel universe where passed over loved ones, guardian angels and spirit guides can speak to and work with you. These conversations can take place using words or pictures, signs from the language of Universal Symbolism, or your own personal dream language.

At first your personal dream language can be confusing. You may feel much like Alice in Wonderland from Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking-Glass when Alice encountered the frightening Jabberwocky in the forest. She could not see the forest for the trees or completely understand the Jabberwocky because the words got in the way. However, Alice understood enough to realize the message was importance for her in the frightening dreamscape.

Our nightmares are often like the Jabberwocky’s confusing message to Alice. Yet, at the same time nightmares be a gift in disguise that can lead us to the path out of the deep dark woods. It is easy to forget a nice dream, but difficult to ignore a nightmare. The power of the message is in the memory. An ignored call-to-action dream is doomed to repeat itself in the form of a recurrent nightmare until the message is understood and remembered.

A nightmare is a call to action. But, first you must understand the dream language to discover the message.

This is all part of the challenge of finding your way through the Sacred Dream Doors filled with information and guidance for a more fulfilled life. Sacred doors connect you with your innate Spirit-guides and Guardian Angels. You are born with them. You are their job and they take their job seriously. When you are in a crisis of any kind including health, wealth or relationships, your Sacred Dream Doors open to the Devine.

If you feel your doors are not open ask for them to open and you will receive.

Set your request as an intention. It will be heard and answered. Universal Law is always listening and responding.

Connecting with your Spirit Guides is as easy as one, two, three.

Here is an easy strategy for dream recall using the acronym SO DREAM.

S=State your intention to the Universe, because it is always listening. Tell the Universe you wish to meet your Spirit-guides in your dreams tonight. Write your intention on a piece of paper and place it beneath your pillow. You are acting out the requested event by taking an abstract idea (meeting your guides) and making it concrete (writing it on a piece of paper.) You are taking an idea from the fourth dimension of spirit and bringing it into the third dimension of existence. You are connecting these parallel universes with your written intention.

O= Organize yourself before you dream so you may record your dream upon awakening. Put your dream journal, pen, paper, and a flashlight  if necessary, or dream recording device like a smart phone by your bed within reach. If your dream awakens yo, it may be telling your to write down or record relevant information before you forget it. This often happens with multiple dreams. If you get up to hunt for apencil and paper you may lose your dream.

D=Dream on your intention.  “Sleep on it” is a more than a play on words. It is the key to opening the Sacred Dream Doors to answers within the dream realm. Everyone has access to their Sacred Dream Doors. Studies have shown that all living things dream, including you , because recent studies have shown babies begin to dream in the womb at seven months; 28 weeks. Their REM; Rapid Eye Movement is seen on ultrasound. Dreaming is so easy a fetus can do it, and so can you. You just need to remember not to forget upon awakening. This is a skill you can develop.

R= Remain in your same sleep position when you first awaken for as long as possible, and slowly think about the last part of your dream. Too much movement may cause you to “drop” your dream. If you do lose your dream settle back down in bed for a few seconds in the same position you were in when you woke up and see if you can slide back into your dream. This strategy is called dream re-entry. You can use this technique to re-enter your dream to retrieve additional information. Once you have some part of your dream, write it in your journal.

E= Emotion that refers to those parts of your dream also known as dream-snippits, or tiny parts, that Elicit Emotion. These snippits will stick in your mind and create a physical response, such as rapid breathing, cold sweats, pounding heart, or laughter.

A=Add to your snippits by asking yourself, “What colors, sounds, words, people, animals, plants, signs, and symbols did I see? Was it daytime or night time in the dream? Was it sunny, raining, or snowing? Add that to your journal.

M=Meaning? Underline anything in the dream that holds a meaning for you. Write your feelings about them. This is the beginning of learning your dream language because your dream world speaks to you with pictures and a picture is worth a thousand words.

After you have followed steps 1-7 look closely at your dream because you may have met your spirit guides and guardian angels. Watch for validation during the day also known as synchronicities.

Validation is very personal.

You will know your validation immediately when you get it. You will feel like you have just experienced an “Ah-ha” moment.

And lastly, give your dream a title, even if it is the title, “My Dream Without a Title” because during the day in a daydream you may get more information when a window opens into your night dream. Now, you know where to add the information.

Meeting your Spirit guides and Guardian Angels will be a positive turning point in your life. It will be the beginning of the next phase of your life-purpose-journey toward your destiny. This is a path you will only travel once in this life-time, so enjoy every step of it and remember to smell, the flowers, listen to the animals and walk with the guides in your dreams. The TV Documentary Waking Universe by Lions Gate producer Lance Mungia below may answer more of your questions about dreams.

TV Documentary: Waking Universe TV Documentary Interview on Cancer, Spirit Guides, and Lucid Dreams by Lance Mungia, Writer/Director/Producer; Palm Pictures/Lions Gate Ent. International Film Awards; with guest Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos


Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author of Surviving Cancerland, and co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher/editor of WEBE Books Publishing. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Dreaming Healing on DV7Radio/TV Network, Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in Positive Tribe Magazine, and Desert Health Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. She is co-author to the inspiring books; Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. Great tips to remember our dreams! How helpful to know if a dream or vision agrees completely with the Bible in its message and content. Remembering details will help us in knowing if a dream is not of God. Don’t we all hate nightmares! If Satan bothers us with bad dreams, we should ask God to grant us peaceful dreams.

    • Thank you for your comment Nathalie, I was told by my angels/spirit guide Monks that if I ever ran into anything associated with the devil while doing God’s work to just say, “Get thee behind me!” and walk away. By God’s Law of Permission, it must leave you alone. Remember, your Guardian angels are watching. You are their job and they take that job seriously. Bad dreams are often a call-to-action from God to face the darkness in your life in order to step into the light.

  2. Thank you, Kathleen – a well organized and a good actionable post! I’ve yet to find a way how to heal dreaming in people who cannot recall them ;). I know some who decidedly turned them off for years, but there are some who have never remembered. Although I often do envy their restful sleep ;). Thanks for sharing!

    • Maria Lehtman, thank you so much for your comment. I remember when going through cancer treatment I would set my intention before sleep NOT to dream, but to have a restful sleep. I was getting so much information in my dreams I would wake up exhausted in the morning so I can certainly sympathize with the people who turned their dreams off. However, I realized my dreams were so important to my life that I only occasionally took a break from them. Thanks again for your insights.

  3. Kathleen great tips to remember my dreams. i easily connect with my angels and my spirit guides in meditation. Can’t remember when I last had a nighmare/ i do have a dream journal , i will put it beside the bed and use your tips xx

    • Thanks Suzie! I connect with my spirit-guides in both dreams and meditations. But my meditations are so much less wild than my dreams. I love my dreams. It is my hope that once you try using the 7 steps you will connect with your guides and angels through your Sacred Dream Doors, too. Please let me know. Thanks again for your comment.