The daydreams of creative people

Creative people daydream a lot and their daydreams are very imaginative.

While daydreaming is a state between being awake and in deep sleep where we access our intuition and imagination, deep sleep is where we touch base with deeper, more emotional subconscious processes and experiences many times too allegorical to have any practical application in real life, practicality being one of the chief charecteristics science use to evaluate the “creativity” of ideas or products.

Daydreaming on the other hand, or “active imagination”, is a less whimsical and arbitrary process that facilitates things such as creatively solving a math problem, coming up with a plot for a novel, or writing of a creative joke. All of these – we are told – come about through daydreaming, or reverie rather than deep sleep.

That doesn’t mean however that creative people don’t have imaginary dreams in deep sleep, but that imaginary daydreams are more known to play a significant factor in creative persuits.

How to make things happen the way you want them

The other day I found an old notebook where I had listed things that I would like to achieve in the near future. I had completely forgotten about this notebook long ago, but to my big surprise I had achieved many of the things on my list.

Now, the interesting thing was that I had not “set out” to do any of these things, nor had I produced a detailed action-list or five year plan.

It seemed as if they’d been achieved by their own accord.

Now, my own theory of how this happened is that during those five years, I not only had the luxury, but also inclination to often ask myself “if you had no obligations, let’s say you were fifteen years old again, what would you spend today doing?” And then I spent my day exactly that.

It seems as if the things we genuinely want to achieve most often are beyond our own day-to-day consciousness and therefore conscious control. Things that – if we only allow our self – can and will be achieved by “themselves”.

Which makes me conclude that, if you have a genuine desire and wish to achieve a certain thing, your mind and body will equip you with the joy and passion to do so. If – that is – you’re lucky enough to have some time set aside every day to follow your joy, even if you’re not really sure where it’ll take you, or why.

That’s what I would think is the best way to make things happen the way you want them to happen. As any other way of achieving things doesn’t sound very enjoyable to me.

Why people ignore each other

People ignore others that don’t have anything they need.

As humans we have a tendency to see the world as problems and other people as the solution to those problems.

When they aren’t, they become invisible to us.

Our true self on the other hand doesn’t see the world as a problem, but as it is – abundance, an abundance we like to share.

Suddenly, everyone is visible.

Buddha said

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

The difference between vision and imagination

Imagination is the tool your heart uses to get what it wants. It does so by producing a vision that is motivating enough for you to act upon. A visions basically mobilizes your mind and body for action. Not only that, a vision allows you to act coherently and with focus and determination over long spans of time.

Compare that to a Baboon.

Baboons don’t have much imagination or therefore vision. They loose interest in objects as soon as it leaves their line of sight. Sure, they can imagine bananas in the bag of a tourist, but that’s pretty much it.

Humans however sustain long-term goals by means of a vision. That is how we make airplanes, eiffel towers and particle accelerators.

In other words, imagination facilitates vision. The quality of imagination determines the quality of vision. The more imagination you have, the more outrageous, bold, and brilliant can your vision (and accomplishments) be.

Language on the other hand is the means by which we communicate our vision.

“Language has made us more than a group of pack-hunting monkeys – it’s made us a group of pack-hunting monkeys with a dream.” Terence McKenna