Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dream a Little Dream for Me

How appropriate to talk about dreaming the day after looked at the need for more sleep.

A few days ago a friend told about a dream in which he had fallen through ice and watched in horror and sadness as his friends, who were standing in safety, turned and walked away.

I'm not a dream expert, but that sounds like a fear of abandonment expressed as a dream. A wise woman once told me that our dreams express our greatest hopes and our greatest fears. I have a recurring dream of meeting an old friend whom I haven't seen in a long time. The dream is wonderfully vivid and when I wake I always wonder for an instant if it was real.

Dreams can be used in a variety of constructive ways. When Thomas Edison faced a significant problem he would often nap in a chair in his laboratory. He would put a metal pan beside the chair, and as his arm rested on the arm of the chair he would dangle his keys from his hand. When he dozed off and entered a deeper sleep state his fingers would relax, dropping the keys into the pan and waking him. Edison would immediately grab a pen and paper and write any thoughts he had in that "gray area" we all recognize as light sleep. He often found the solution to his problems in the dreams he had.

What have you been dreaming? And don't say you don't dream. Everyone dreams, we simply aren't often aware of them when we awake.

Start asking yourself to remember dreams and it will happen. As you lie in bed, early in the morning, in the gray area, ask, "What did I dream last night?" You will find the habit to be valuable.

No telling what you are telling yourself in the gray area.

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