I have been into Lucid Dreaming off and on for almost 17 years now, and thanks to Daniel's 30 days of Lucid Streams and his continued content, I hope to keep that interest for the rest of my life. I'm here for the long haul.
One thing that has always bothered me about Dream Recall is that, for me, I have to awaken directly during a dream, or shortly after to remember them. This is common, I understand that. What bothers me is as follows: I have an almost 0% chance of remembering anything past that point. If I wake up and do not remember a dream, I will not remember a dream. Even if I lay there and let my mind wander, or try to focus on specific persons, locations, or what have you, I rarely remember anything past that initial point of awakening.
In waking life I seem to mainly be an auditory/ kin-esthetic learner. My dreams seem to be complicated in how they are remembered.
Whenever I recall a dream, all sounds are muted: I get the impression of a sound, but not the actual sound.
When it comes to touch, I very rarely remember the sensation of touch unless it is intense, or the sole focus of the dream.
Finally my visual sense is also spotty at best, only really ever showing tunnel vision of whatever is directly in front of me. I could probably not tell you a single thing about what was at my side.
So now that you have all of what I consider the pressing information, here are my questions:
How am I supposed to use my learner type to help me remember dreams if all of those elements are blurry, non-existent, or simply implied?
How do I narrow down my digging for dream memories, or should I widen the search instead.
I've always been so bad at remembering anything past the point of waking that I feel a huge sense of overwhelming when I attempt to....