We've probably all dreamed of being more creative, but for many of us the last
place we would think to look for our creativity is in our dreams. While some
people might get caught up in misconceptions about this type of subject matter
I want to be clear, I'm only refering to the dreams you have while you are
sleeping with or without dream recall. Once you've got the idea you've got to
act upon it if you want it to be worth anything (including the dream you had in
which you came up with it). Ironicly while our dreams are the last place at
least some of us would think to look for ideas, they are among the best places
to look for creative ideas.
When you sleep you dream, and sometimes you can remember your dreams. But when
a person dreams they're conisous mind, the part that controls emotions, or
could inhibbit creativity is shut off. So when a person is dreaming they have
the ulitmate chance to be creative. We've all heard of Mickey Mouse but what
we might now be common knowledge is that numerous websites devoted to the
subject of lucid dreaming have made the claim that Walt Diseny litterailly came
up with Mickey Mouse in his sleep. I admit I don't know if that it true but I
certainly find it very beleivable because while I am not a lucid dreamer there
are several pictures on espdigiart.com that I actaully saw in my dreams before
ever creating them in real life.
I've found it laughable that people think that vivid dreaming belongs listed
under side effects of medications, or supplements, I say this as the person
who has boiled clary sage oil in her bedroom for the express purpose of
enhancing my own dream recall. To me there has always been something
inheriently wrong with going to sleep and not remembering your dreams when
you wake up.
The less dream recall I have the more I dread sleeping at night, and when you
think about it, at some points even resenting the fact that I needed sleep.
Shocking as that might seem it makes perfect sense because there was 8 plus
hours out of my day I wasn't going to get back and I had a million things I
would have rather been doing. I spend 8 plus hours asleep when I've got a
problem that needs solving, or an idea for a picture or an article that
I need to come up with and think about what happens. If I can remember my
dreams sometimes I'll see something that helps me with my next article or
picture in some way, but a no memeory of my dreams not a whole lot to be
found there. Before I ever sat down and typed out this article I saw part
of it in dream that I'd had within the previous week.
Dreams are just your subconious minds way of tring to tell you something,
sometimes that something is even is what to draw, write, scuplt, invent or
(insert creative outlet of choice here), or how to go about doing your
creative work and seeing that much will shape the entire project to turn
out better than anything your conious mind ever could have come up with.
I've seen pictures that were half way or so through being drawn, and this
article I can only remember seeing part of the third paragraph.
As amazing as this is (keeping in mind I did this without the ablity to
lucid dream) there is an even more shocking thought I have for you. I've
written about creative blockage in a previous article, and recommended
that the one of the things a person do is make sure they are well rested.
There are creative blockages that can be a result of an unexpressed emotion
of some kind, and here's the kicker, that good night sleep that I recommended
you get so you can have creative energy to start with can be used to release
that unexpressed emotion by setting an intention as you go to sleep to release
it. I've never used this for creative blocks but I've used it with
unexpressed emotions such as greif and anger.
Some people can find dreams scarey, and they can be. I won't lie, I've had my
share of dreams that filled with aleins, monsters, vampires, and other dangers
(though in my dreams the aleins tend to be friendlier than the humans) even had
the ocasional nightmare. And when you are dreaming the same part of the brain
that inhibbits emotions and creativity is turned off your emotional experince
will be more intense. The memory's from your dreams will be stored in the same
part of the brain as the your memories from real life, and if you are willing
to brave all that might be lurking in your subconious, and the intense emotional
experince chances are you will find the rewards, both creativly and otherwise to
be more than worth it.
A lot of people dream of being more creative, so if you are serious about being
more creative why waste another night out cold with 8 hours of what amounts to
a black out when getting more creative is so easy you can learn to litterailly
do it in your sleep? Start learning how to look in your dreams to acheive