We are all familiar with dreams, but do you understand its mystery? Dreams are stories that you live through in a fantasy world. Your mind creates vivid images and feelings during certain stages of sleep. They are controlled by your subconscious.
“Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer” – Brian Herbert
Dreams can happen at any time while you are asleep. They are more vivid during the rapid eye movement stage of sleep. It is believed that you dream four to six times a night even though you might not recall any. On the other hand, in a lucid dream, you are aware you are dreaming, and can experience feelings of happiness, love, sadness or terror.
Most dreams are quickly forgotten but one or two tend to remain vivid. Those are dreams of passion or fear. Out of nowhere you are chased by a monster. No matter how fast you run, he is still hot on your heels. Or you find yourself dropping from a height at a hundred miles an hour about to crash to the ground. You toss and turn in your sheets, sweat buckets and even scream. You are terrified. Then you wake up and feel silly.
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake” – Henry David Thoreau
If you are one of the dreamers who can influence your dreams, you can change the direction the story is going when you are not happy or feel threatened. You are not only the protagonist of your story but also the narrator. Unlike daydreaming you are in deep sleep and not fully conscious.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Dumbledore
Daydreaming is a harmless activity and provides a safe place for your mind to wander. You are conscious because you are awake when it is taking place. You let your mind escape and slip in a new world and be distracted by your thoughts. Because you are detached from your present situation, you forget what you were doing five minutes previously.
Because of this lapse of concentration, others see you as disorganised and a time waster. Contrary to what they think, there is evidence that you have an intelligent and efficient brain. According to a study from journal Psychological Science, daydreaming makes you more creative. Your mind processes different modes of thinking and problem solving. It creates new ideas, not unlike a computer programme. This is your mode of coping with everyday life.
“Dreams are free therapy, but you can only get appointments at night” – Grey Livingston
Would you believe that half of your waking life is spent daydreaming? Escaping into a daydream about the future is normal when you feel stress or bored. It is therapeutic. Continuous daydreaming is a sign that you need to take up a new activity or change something in your life. By dreaming about different lives and different roles, you are craving for adventure. You need more stimulation.
Daydreaming and fantasising can be a brilliant source of creative inspiration and motivation resulting in great achievement. The Brontë sisters pretended to be children and produced successful novels. JRR Tolkien daydreamed and created fantasy worlds and characters for Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Albert Einstein conceived his theory of relativity when he allowed his thoughts to wander off from mathematics itself.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S. Lewis
As daydreaming is proven to improve creativity, do not feel guilty when your mind begins to wander. Whether you are doing the dishes, having a shower or staring into space at your desk, tap into your full potential and create the next masterpiece. This is the time when you are more receptive to ideas generated within your subconscious. Can you turn your dreams into reality?