When one has a method by which dreamwork is conducted you can start to think about how you interact with your DC and dreams geography. There are countless methods all leading towards specific goals and indeed giving results which differ. There are of course minor term goals such as say interacting with a specific character, medium term goals such as lucidity ( though for some this is a long term goal) and long term goals such as dream splicing (replaying dreams you have previously had) or dream grouping (also known as collective dreaming).
Ones goals also influence your dream content, so having them written down is important.
We can cover many interaction and Interpretation methods, however as I have mentioned the method/s you choose depends on your goals. One can choose any, but I feel the best is to go with a method that works for you. This is not a full list, these are the four I think that apply generally to most dreaming goals and to most peoples backround culutre.
1. No interaction
As a default action you can simply choose not to interact at all with DC. This is not as easy as it seems. One can easily find yourself in the thick of the dream narrative before your even able to choose to interact or not. Being an Observer is hard to do but can be somewhat beneficial in that you can see patterns in DCs and dream geography.
2. Dream logging
This is one of the easiest methods to do and generally has the best results in terms of meeting most (if not all) dreaming goals. Dream logging takes effort on your part, as it requires you to record your dreams in a logical way (be it chronological or other). Keeping a personal journal on top of this can be beneficial but some may find keeping two separate journals (the dream log and a personal life one) is better for some.
This method also requires little training (unless your not keeping it chronologically) and one can easily keep it near the bed (this is fairly important recall will be discussed at a later date).
3. Character sheeting
This method requires some training which there is little. I will hopefully be able to describe the method in full at some later date. The basic premiss is keeping a “sheet” of your interactions with certain dream characters, especially repeat ones. It can take some time to build up a database but it will have benefit in telling you about possibly physiological and psychological issues you may be having. It can also tell you a great deal about yourself.
4. Dream dictionary building
Building your own dream dictionary is probably the most intensive and time eating thing one can undertake. Logging your dreams, keeping track of as many influences as possible, keeping on top of possible meanings and confirmed meanings. Watching for traps like dreams about dreams. These are part of building your own dictionary of dreams. It is a very arduous lengthy task that one can easily get board with.
You can use a pre-built dream dictionary instead, however these often do little to help with your interactions and focus generaly on dream meanings. Finding meaning in dreams seems to be the main goal of this method, which many dreamers strive for.