What IS Daydreaming exactly?
According to Webster, ‘it’s a short-term detachment from the immediate surroundings, when a person's contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a fantasy.’ Sounds like fun!
Fun and good for us! When the mind wanders in a 'day dream', ideas come either partially or completely formed from seemingly ‘out of the blue’, like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky, or a vague half formed thought that needs time to incubate. In either case daydreams are full of information for us.
Many brilliant people credit their daydreams and imagination as the foundation of their creativity and genius. Einstein said: "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.”
Larry Niven – Author
If daydreaming facilitates bursts of creative insight why don’t we consciously engage those moments more often? We have probably been discouraged from childhood and hold a belief that daydreaming is a waste of time. Well, now we know the truth! It’s actually a creative endeavor that can provide wondrous results!
Here’s how to begin . . .
1) Make space for daydreaming and allow your mind to wander.
A slow walk in nature is perfect for allowing a clearing of the mind so
that it has space to wander.
Look out a window and watch the birds or clouds or raindrops.
Cloud watching is fascinating and causes us to use our imagination to
create images out of vapor!
2) Ask the ‘What if?’ questions. Daydreaming the answers is fun and insightful.
What if money were no object where would I travel?
What if I had three wishes – what would they be?
What if I could pursue anything I wanted (and there were no barriers) what
would it be?
3) Keep a ‘Daydream Diary” to capture interesting or reoccurring daydreams,
there’s something in there for you to know. Pay attention to the signs and
symbols and explore what they mean to you.
4) Share your daydreams with trusted friends and family, they will support your
dreams becoming reality!
“The best dreams happen when you’re awake!”
Flower - Aspiring writer.
Now, let’s get to it! What are your daydreams?