Theater of Dreams© | A Dreamer’s Journal

Cinematic Expressions of Unconsciousness©


In early 2017 I began a Dream Journal. During this journey of almost two years, I’ve made note of almost 200 of my dreams. Now I am sharing these dreams with the world in a continued semi-daily blog here at


For those of you who are wondering, yes I am a huge Dream Theater fan. Next to Rush, which is my number one lifelong obsession, Dream Theater comes in a close second. When compiling a massive list of over a hundred potential names for my dream journal blog, I kept coming back to “Theater of Dreams”. This name is not only applicable and poetic, but is also my homage to John Petrucci and Dream Theater.


Speaking of Rush, did you know that throughout their career of over 40 years and 20 albums, Neil Peart has written lyrics with the word “dream” over 50 times? Fifty Rush songs speak of or mention dreams. For this and many other reasons, Neil’s lyrics have always been a great inspiration and motivation for me throughout my entire life.


Dreams are endlessly fascinating. I have been consumed with the concept of dreaming for most of my life. We all dream when we sleep. Dreams can be a inexhaustible source of inspiration, potential genesis of stories and tales straight from our unconscious minds.


The subject of dreams has been part of storytelling, in written or spoken word, for as long as people have been sharing their dreams. One of my primary aspirations for keeping my dream journal has been my hope that my dreams will inspire new ideas for stories. I’m happy to say that many of my dreams will make excellent short stories, novels and screenplays.


Throughout the history of Earth, ancient texts, such as the Bible for example, have mentioned and documented dreams in many forms. For every written word about dreams, there are as many questions raised by curious, inquiring dreamers.


There are two major ways to approach the subject dreaming.


Scientists attempt to analyze our dreams with the scientific method, clinical trials and lab testing. Scientific approach is cold and detached, theorizing that our dreams are biological manifestations of our human minds.

From Wikipedia:

Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. Current research seeks correlations between dreaming and current knowledge about the functions of the brain, as well as understanding of how the brain works during dreaming as pertains to memory formation and mental disorders.

** The study of oneirology can be distinguished from dream interpretation in that the aim is to quantitatively study the process of dreams instead of analyzing the meaning behind them.

Oneironautics – refers to the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. Such a traveler in a dream may be called an oneironaut.



Artists view and describe our dreams through the lens of creative expression, using their imagination to explore dreaming. Through art, our dreams are expanded upon and extrapolated through an infinite set of variables and possibilities.

Throughout all of TIME. Throughout every GENERATION. Throughout the entire EARTH. Everyone dreams, every night, everywhere.


Imagine the billions of dreams in the course of only one 24 hour period.


During a single rotation of our big beautiful blue world, no matter the time zone or time of day, millions of people are asleep and dreaming in every minute of every hour.


Dreaming every night is a universal fact of life, however, remembering your dreams is another matter altogether. I’ve heard it many times from family and friends, when the topic of dreaming comes up, I’ve been told that they do not dream, ever.


Remembering my dreams became a personal mission that I began in earnest in early 2017. Early one morning, while the world slept, long before any hint of sunrise, I stood in our master bathroom and fired up my Samsung Galaxy Tablet, with it’s companion Bluetooth wireless keyboard.


That was the first of many early mornings where I would wake and recall a dream. Ever since that day, I have committed myself to the immediate notation of every detail I could remember in that moment. On that February morning in 2017, I created the first entry of what would become a dream journal with almost 200 documented dreams.


Part of my steadfast commitment to documenting every remembered dream, was a promise made to myself. I made a set of guidelines or rules to which I have adhered since my journal’s inception. The following “7 Rules to Creating a Proper Dream Journal” have not been known to anyone but myself, nor were they ever written down until now.


7 Rules to Creating a Proper Dream Journal


  1. 100% honesty! NO embellishments, NO additives when notating a dream.
  2. ONLY type what you can remember, nothing more, nothing else. (Okay, you’re right. 1 and 2 are very similar)
  3. Make Note of the TIME and DATE of your dream.
  4. Make Note of ANYTHING in your life that may have influenced or caused a particular dream to occur.
    1. For example, if the day before you touched base with an old friend for the first time in years and then that night you dreamt that you were with them back in high school.
  5. Make Note of a Dream ASAP!
    1. If you wake and remember a dream, get up and type it up immediately, no matter the time, no matter how tired you are or how much pain you’re in.
    2. A dream remembered comes first and foremost, otherwise you risk forgetting it by morning.
    3. Each dream for which I’ve typed extensive notes, I’ve spent 30 minutes to an hour standing in the glow of my tablet at 4 in the morning.
  6. Attempt to influence your dreams. Before falling asleep at bedtime think of something specific and later discover if you dreamt about it.
    1. This is much more difficult than you might believe.
    2. Numerous times I’ve tried thinking about the plot, locations and characters in my novel, “Aretherra” before falling asleep. Every time I hoped for some dream-based revelation, or amazing new idea for my book.
    3. Not once have I remembered a dream based on my attempted influence.
    4. I keep trying to influence and steer my dreams nonetheless.
  7. Wake yourself up in the middle of the Night! This is by far the most important aspect when attempting to remember and create an ongoing Dream Journal.
    1. Skip the potty break before bed. Getting up to go pee in the middle of the night can wake you out of a deep slumber, giving you a chance to remember a dream.
    2. Fall asleep without your blanky. If you’re like me, you sleep best under covers, whether its for warmth or security.
    3. Go to sleep uncovered. When your body naturally cools a couple hours later you’ll be cold. Now train yourself to wake just enough to hopefully wake from a dream and remember it.

Remember a Dream? Now go type it up!

For almost two years I’ve committed myself to this set of 7 Rules to Creating a Proper Dream Journal. Like I mentioned before, I have a collection of nearly 200 dreams and counting.

This Blog is my Journal of Dreams, my own Theater of Dreams© and I’m sharing them with you.

With every dream I blog, this will be the beginning of an online community dedicated to the exploration and sharing of our dreams.

Please share your thoughts about my dreams, your ideas, your comments, your input, it’s all welcome.

Please follow the 7 Rules when typing up your own dreams and submitting them to the Theater of Dreams©: A Dreamer’s Journal.

This blog will seek to understand and analyze dreams, to discover their meanings and to share ideas, concepts and theories about our dreams.

In addition, I will share my feelings and theories about the nature of dreams, what they are, and why we have them. This topic alone has sparked many hours of conversation and mediation in recent years. Why do we dream? What are dreams? Are Nightmares and the darkest impulses of our unconscious mind actually therapeutic and healthy psychologically?

I look forward to hearing about your dreams, I know together we can all share in the majesty and marvel of our most precious involuntary Cinematic Expressions of Unconsciousness©




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NOTE: Every Dream in the Theater of Dreams©  – A Dreamer’s Journal contain the original notes, typed moments after waking from each dream. Every dream in The Theater of Dreams is original, contain zero embellishments and are only based on what could be remembered upon awakening. All Dreams, stories and concepts are solely owned by Eric L Gardner (ElGardner) Copyright © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED