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Learn to Cultivate Your Dreams Today_


									Learn to Cultivate Your Dreams 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 always involving many senses, so the highly sensory experience
          is very rich. It is quite rare for us to use all our senses at once as we do
          when we dream.
Thirdly, dreams give us valuable information about what is going on in our lives,
          whether directly or more often in a disguised or symbolic form.
Fourthly, dreams are strongly sequenced, though often in a way which is emotionally
          rather than logically organised.
Finally,  dreams draw upon a rich range of unconscious, associative, creative links
          between many kinds of information.

Some people remember their dreams; others tend to forget all but the most dramatic
bits as soon as they wake. When you dream or daydream, take 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 sensory
information it involved.

This dream was the product of your mind. Marvel at your own creativity! This is
amazing stuff here; get excited by it.

If you get into the habit of asking yourself when you wake, "what did I dream?" you
may at first only remember a few particularly strong feelings or vivid images: write
them down and review it regularly. I actually used to write a dream journal and wrote
everything down as soon as I opened my eyes each morning. It provided me with such
inspiration when I required it.

Naturally, lots of you may want to start with dream interpretation straight away. Resist
the urge for dream interpretation, ok?

Do your best not to assume that there is necessarily a single clear meaning which can
be interpreted 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 now, ease off 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 conscious 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 dreams 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 level of mental functioning from conscious, disciplined
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 mental
resources: in other words, you are using more of what you've got. Hey, this stuff is
going to keep happening, 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 approach. <

The brain also processes information at an unconscious level: 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 completely "right". This way of thinking works "laterally" – it
expands, goes sideways and finds multiple avenues rather than just 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 enable us. But
whereas we are used to working 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 conditions 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 help
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 imaginative ways,
bringing not only pleasure but results that our usual deliberate, attentive, rational
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 key to daydreaming is to be in that right state. If you want to practice, please visit
my website and download the free hypnosis session there, or learn self-hypnosis, read
my book "The Secrets of Self-Hypnosis" or invest in the self-hypnosis masterclass audio
programme, there is nothing else as good in the world today, really there isn't. There is
a kind of automatic abstractedness that goes along with daydreaming. Mostly it just
seems to happen – but when you know about creating and changing states, you can
choose to make it happen.

Here are some ways you can cultivate and work 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 automatic, activities such as jogging, ironing
or walking create the right state. Perhaps it is a warm bath, swimming a few lengths, or
sitting in the garden. Or it may be swaying to the movement of a train, staring into
space, looking out of the window of a bus on the way to work, or going on a long drive.

Once you find what helps 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 come 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 can 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, make some notes of what you experienced and discovered.
Add that to your conscious thinking on the subject: you now have much more
information, and the advantage of having engaged more of your mental resources.

Thirdly, for today, forget dream interpretation. That is a conscious and limiting thing to
do. Did I make myself clear? Forget conventional dream interpretation. For now use
your dreams in personal ways to you.

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