There is a popular phrase that says you can live your life dreaming, or you can live your dreams. Well, what if your daydreams held the key to living them?
Daydreams can be your secret weapons if you can learn to access them with success.
Daydreams are different from dreams. Dreams happen while sleeping or unconscious and often steeped in various confusing symbolism that may need complicated de-coding. Daydreams can be more controlled and driven by your own mind while awake. While daydreaming, your brain should be as free as possible from paying attention to the present so you can explore mental images, scenarios and different ideas that come to the surface.
Daydreaming with skill is the secret ingredient for inspiration of all new inventions and all arts such as painting, music, writing, athletic ability and any type of choreography. Daydreaming also plays a major part in keeping attitudes in check for mental, spiritual and physical growth and gains.
If you learn how your mind works while daydreaming and can access how you can direct it to work to obtain gains, there are many ideas from daydreams that can literally make millions.
A perfect example of a successful daydreamer who has a daily routine to encourage creativity is Japanese inventor, Yoshiro Nakamatsu. He holds the world record for patents with 3000 to date. Possibly his most famous invention is the floppy disk (1950). He even has special places to daydream in!
He has a white room for calming and a dark room with special audio and video equipment that is stimulating. Afterward he goes to his pool and swims underwater while holding his breath for as long as he can and lets his mind wander. When he is done, he writes down all of his thoughts, images and ideas that came to him.
The great composer Mozart was also a big daydreamer and wrote that,
| Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Mozart is one of the heavyweights of classical music, generally placed in the top rank of composers along with Beethoven and Bach; many consider him the greatest composer of all time. A child prodigy who wrote his first symphony at age 8, Mozart grew into a prolific adult who wrote more than 600 pieces of music.
Among his most famous works are Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music, 1787) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute, 1791). Mozart died of a mysterious fever at age 35; some have speculated that Mozart was murdered, perhaps by rival composer Antonio Salieri, but no proof exists to support that theory. In the year 2000 a scholarly panel concluded that Mozart died of rheumatic fever.
Mozart was portrayed by actor Tom Hulce in the hit 1984 movie Amadeus.
Learning To Daydream
How can you learn to use daydreaming to elevate your mental, spiritual and physical states? Can anyone learn or are some just born that way?
The hardest part may be taking the first step, especially if you are not used to daydreaming.
Most people spend anywhere from one to two hours per day in a daydreaming state. This usually happens during mindless necessary chores and any activity that doesn't require or engage your full attention. Many adults are already in the habit of daydreaming while driving, traveling, doing cardio or simply sitting in a relaxed state like yoga.
Many Adults Are In The Habit Of Daydreaming.
If you were one of the kids in school who was scolded by the teachers for daydreaming during class, you were on the right track for creativity from the get go and it may be natural for you. Ever notice how as a child you fixated on the worst toy you absolutely did not want the claw to grab for the quarter you bummed off of your Mom ... only to get ... the horrible furry whatever you did not want the most?
So clearly we learned at an early age of getting what we focus on with the most energy. Why we don't try harder to access this part of our natural gift, I am not quite sure. I suspect we lose some spirituality when it comes to dealing with reality as we grow up. Many have been brought up to respect that the physical world rules and if you can't see or touch it, maybe it is suspect!
Unfortunately spiritual teachings are sorely lacking and outstanding only by their absence in my own Fitness in Hollywood world as in many other communities. I feel the tide turning though and it is getting much easier to find people with a desire of balance for physical, mental and spiritual goals at the same time and not at the expense of the other.
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How can we get back to the innocent, fundamental daydreams of what we would like our lives to be like if we could imagine them better? How can we keep defeating the evil of negative perceptions of what we don't want away? The first step is to be conscious of the fact this needs to be addressed.
Do: Be Prepared.
The best way to really take advantage of daydreaming is to realize you are going to do this as an exercise and that means having some sort of goal for a gain.
Don't: Waste Time.
Although you may come up with great insights, just daydreaming away without a goal or plan of any sort will ultimately be a waste of time if you have no clear direction or subject. Therefore, it will be difficult if not impossible to initiate any of your thoughts.
Do: Set A Topic.
Set yourself a topic at the start of your day. Decide ahead of time what you want to daydream about, and open your mind to set up to a solution or an alternative view.
Have a pen and paper always nearby, beside your bed, in the bathroom, at work, in your gym bag, in your purse or pocket, while in your car (be careful of writing while driving!) or even better, a small recorder you can speak into that fits somewhere on or near your body.
Develop an attitude that says, "I have nothing to lose and everything to gain," because you do.
Do: Be Positive.
Don't be in a rush to tell yourself "no" before someone else does and don't put up barriers or obstacles where none exist. Too many people stop themselves from realizing their dreams way before anyone else does.
Don't: Try To Change Others.
Daydream about your own life, not what to do about others' lives. The saying "misery loves company" is all too true, so limit time and set clear boundaries with those who are constantly negative, unsupportive, or drain your precious energy.
They are on a different path than you. Perhaps your positive ways and abundant life will influence them to make a change in their own life, perhaps not. Remember, you can't make anyone change who is not ready. Just because you have history with someone doesn't mean you have to continue hanging out with him or her if they are in a different development stage than you.
It may be poisoning your daydreams if you are hanging out with outdated, negative friends. Make a change in your social group today. Face it, you are affected and judged by the company you keep physically, mentally and spiritually like it or not and you know it.
Do: Follow The Leaders.
Big business has also caught on to the benefits of daydreaming. More and more corporations and management-consulting firms are utilizing structured daydreaming programs to help in problem-solving and encouraging creativity for higher level of progress.
Don't: Get In A Rut.
Stop your mind from going over the same ground over and over. Daydream about new things not things that are already a done deal.
Do: Follow Your Heart.
Follow your heart not your physical perception. If it does not feel good, or feel right, let go, and/or avoid it altogether. Follow your heart, do things with all your heart, and if your heart is not in it, then let it go.
Don't: Feel Guilty.
No guilt tripping allowed. There's no need to daydream about feeling guilty about anything you have or haven't done in the past. Daydream so you can recognize a better way!
Do: Be Creative!
This is the time to tell all of your pre-conceived notions to take a hike. Throw them out and let everything go. Turn things inside out, upside down and put them together in ways you never would in real life.
Remember, only you have the power to fulfill your dreams. You just have to decide what you really want, then develop a plan to get it. Amazing things have happened to people who acted upon their dreams, instead of waiting around for them to come true.
Do not worry about the way you decide to daydream. As any artist, businessman, athlete, singer, or cook knows, almost nothing comes out perfect the first time, but with dedication and practice almost everything gets better and clearer. So, don't worry. No matter what you do, if you keep doing it, it will get easier and easier, and you will get closer and closer to fulfilling your dreams.
There's an Eastern saying:
The word becomes the deed, and eventually the deed becomes habit.
Slowly, habit hardens into character."
Keeping this in mind, consciously monitor your thoughts and daydreams toward strong positive and loving thoughts.
Give daydreaming a real try and learn to build your desires from the inside out with this awesome tool. As Winston Churchill said:
To really experience life, you must actively grow and participate in it. That is why you must take responsibility for yourself, your goals, your progress, and really most importantly your dreams and daydreams.
The best news is, once you take the first step to steer your daydreams, your dreams will start looking for ways to fulfill themselves! How fun and easy is that?
Then, expect miracles.
Extend yourself in the physical, mental and spiritual states. One cannot excel without the other.
I am here for you,