In learning to reconstruct the details of our dreams by habitual journaling or dictation, we are training our brains to better navigate the hazy leftovers of the dream world and glean the most information possible from each dream. The goal here is twofold: first we are becoming more familiar with our personal dreaming styles. Second, and more importantly, we are taking special notice of recurring details. It is rarely apparent to anyone who doesn't spend time chronicling their dreams that we often repeat ourselves at night: we revisit scenes, characters, phrases, scents, signs, words and feelings time and time again during our dreams and the repetition is quickly forgotten by our waking mind. Keying into these phenomena, often referred to as dreamsigns, can help the dreamer become lucid. If you've recognized that you tend to encounter a red door in your dreams, then this is a perfect candidate for a dream sign. When you see a red door in waking life, simply ask yourself if you're dreaming - do a quick reality check, like counting your fingers, and you'll come to the conclusion that you aren't dreaming. Many people consider this silly or unnecessary, but the idea is to build habit. Habitual behavior can carry into dreams, and soon you'll see the aforementioned red door, remember to perform a reality check, and realize that this time, you ARE dreaming. See the sections titled "Reality Checks: Dream GPS" and "Remee as a Dreamsign" for more information.