Designed to Dream and Daydream

You are designed to dream. You may doubt that you dream and swear that you don’t dream but you do. Every human being has dreams. You may not remember them but you have them. They are an important part of your physiological and psychological makeup.

You are also designed to daydream. Daydreams are an important part of your psychological makeup. You may not want to daydream and you may reject the concept for various reasons. It might not fit in with your belief system or your image of yourself. Daydreaming has a negative connotation in many cultures and societies. In fact, children are often admonished to, “Stop daydreaming” by parents and teachers alike. It seems to threaten adults and it arouses their fears that you will not achieve your full potential or amount to anything in the world.

Daydreaming can be a positive trait and activity. It relaxes and opens your mind so that you can receive important ideas and inspiration. It is the wellspring of creativity. Contrary to common belief, it is an important ingredient of success. Daydreaming presents new ways of looking at things, new possibilities and new options for the dreamer.

Here is a guide for those who have never daydreamed and do not know how. Give yourself permission. Suspend any negative connotations or hesitations you may have about indulging in the activity. Just relax, open your mind, and do not direct your thoughts. Do not choose a topic to think about. Just be an observer of whatever you feel and see and of all of the random ideas that pop into your head. Feel free to follow any stream of thought that happens. Do not judge the value of the vision or thought that occurs, just go with it and see where it takes you.

If you do receive an inspiration of some sort, act on it, especially if you notice that the vision or thought makes you smile to yourself or feel happy inside.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864,

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