One of my favourite quotes of all time and I am certain many of you share my thoughts, is the speech by Martin Luther King at the polite rights march in Washington, 1963, which went like this:
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood…”
“I have a dream…” Indeed. Inspiring stuff. I want to discuss our dreams in a selfsame practical way today.
I want to talk about how to cultivate your dreaming. It really is a tremendously valuable thing to do. I want to steer away from conventional dream interpretation and will explain why.
As of today, pay attention to your dreaming and your daydreaming. Dreams are important to us in many ways, because they do the following:
Firstly, when you dream you actively process information and feelings.
Secondly, dreams are e’er affecting many senses, so the highly centripetal experience is very productive. It is quite uncommon for us to use all our senses at once as we do when we dream.
Thirdly, dreams infect us worthful information about what is travelling on in our lives, whether straight or more oftentimes in a disguised or symbolical form.
Fourthly, dreams are powerfully sequenced, though frequently in a way which is emotionally rather than logically organised.
Finally, dreams pull upon a fertile range of unconscious, associative, originative links between many kinds of information.
Some people recollect their dreams; others incline to bury all but the most striking bits as soon as they awaken. When you dream or daydream, move time to replay as much of it as you can in your mind before the events of the day overlay it. Relive the story of that dream. Remind yourself of the events, pictures, sensations and other centripetal information it affected.
This dream was the product of your mind. Marvel at your ain creativity! This is astonishing stuff hither; get excited by it.
If you get into the habit of inquiring yourself when you awake, “what did I dream?” you may at first merely retrieve a few peculiarly potent feelings or lifelike images: compose them downward and review it regularly. I really used to indite a dream journal and composed everything downwardly as soon as I opened my eyes each morning. It rendered me with such inspiration when I asked it.
Naturally, lots of you may desire to begin with dream interpretation consecutive forth. Resist the press for dream interpretation, ok?
Do your better not to presume that there is needfully a single open meaning which can be seen according to psychological theories or books on dream significance or dream interpretation. How can your dreams have the same meaning as someone else? Is your brain the same as that persons? For today, ease away the dream interpretation.
I have found that the most useful assumption to make about dreams is that they have some kind of significance for you, the dreamer: they come from your internal, unconscious mind’s storehouse of feelings, experiences and images, and are an active and useful way of processing that is quite different from – and just as useful as – the processing that belongs to the logical witting part of your mind.
Often a strong feeling will be your first clue to the meaning a dream has for you: so note it, and wonder about it, but don’t try to rush to tie it down by conscious analysis. The real work of the dream is often done simply in the dreaming of it: the conscious mind does not always have to understand, and when it tries to translate dream into its own terms it may be limiting it, just as poetry translated from another language usually loses something of its more subtle tapestry of meanings.
Think about the value of dreams.
Dreams demonstrate a different plane of mental functioning from conscious, chastised thought. When you pay attention to them, and even cultivate them, you are learning to become familiar with, to trust and to draw upon a fuller range of your own genial resources: in other words, you are using more of what you’ve got. Hey, this stuff is going to keep happen, so why not really use it.
The mind works both consciously and unconsciously. Conscious thought is formally taught in our education system. Its strength is its systematic and disciplined way of handling information. Its limitation is that it tends to be rule-bound and too narrow in its problem-solving nearing.
The brain also processes information at an unconscious flat: mostly, this is associative and depends on links, similarities and feelings. This processing produces dreams, as well as much of our other “creative” or “expressive” experience. That is why we are often surprised by the spontaneous connections we make or insights we have, and by our imaginative inspiration: it is not what we would have come up with consciously at all, yet it seems somehow all “flop”. This way of thinking works “laterally” – it expands, goes sideways and finds multiple avenues rather than merely one.
We need both kinds of functioning if we are to make the most of our brain power. Logic and intuition, discipline and divergence, are all vital tools that enrich and equip us. But whereas we are used to worked with the conscious mind, in part because we are aware of it and can monitor it as it works, many people are less at ease trusting and using the unconscious processes. Paying attention to your dreams, and deliberately cultivating daydreaming, are both ways of stretching yourself into this area.
So let us have a look at the value of deliberate daydreaming. Where dreams come unbidden, you may find it useful to deliberately evoke the condition for daydreaming, if, like many people, you have not really valued the activity before now.
How is it valuable? Daydreaming brings us escape and relaxation; visions of the future that inspire and aid us to bring about what we have dreamed of; solutions to apparently unsolvable problems; inventions and creative possibilities. Daydream states allow the unconscious, associative parts of the mind to work in their own playful and inventive ways, bringing not only pleasure but results that our usual deliberate, thoughtful, intellectual thought does not. We need space in our lives for both ways of processing if we are to realise ourselves as fully as possible.
The fundamental to daydreaming is to be in that right state. If you want to drill, please visit my website and download the free hypnosis session there, or learn self-hypnosis, read my fine “The Secrets of Self-Hypnosis” or invest in the self-hypnosis masterclass audio programme, there is nothing else as well in the world today, really there isn’t. There is a kind of automatic abstractedness that goes along with daydreaming. Mostly it only seems to happen – but when you know about make and changing states, you can choose to do it occur.
Here are around ways you can cultivate and serve with your daydreams:
Firstly, notice when you have been daydreaming. Is there any pattern of circumstances that helps bring about your particular daydreaming state?
Some people find that repetitive, relatively automatonlike, activities such as jogging, ironing or walking create the correct state. Perhaps it is a warm bath, liquid a few lengths, or sitting in the garden. Or it may be swaying to the movement of a train, staring into setting, looking out of the window of a bus on the way to work, or going on a long drive.
Once you find what help you daydream, use it and make space for it in your life on a regular basis, imagine that you are in that experience, recreate those circumstances inside of your mind. Let daydreaming emanate to you, and notice what kinds of windows it opens from our ordinary world into what other kinds of possibilities. Some of your best ideas and inspirations may come at these times.
Secondly, next time you have a decision to make, or a problem to solve, or a challenge to overcome, you tin set up the circumstances so that you can trigger your daydreaming state – and allow yourself to explore your problem or decision in this way. When you have done so, done some mention of what you experienced and discovered. Add that to your conscious thinking on the subject: you now have practically more information, and the advantage of having engaged more of your mental resources.
Thirdly, for nowadays, forget dream interpretation. That is a conscious and restricting thing to do. Did I make myself clear? Forget established dream interpretation. For now use your dreams in personal ways to you.