I used to think that dreaming (daydreaming) was fun. I could spend countless hours dreaming up “stuff” in my head. Day dreaming was my favourite occupation both at home and at school. “Snap out of it” I used to be told. “You have your head in the clouds again – pay attention”, “day dreaming will get you no where”… and other similar proclamations were common. I didn’t care.
I could create complicated plots, adventures of all sorts in my head just for the joy of it. I remember digging under ground tunnels to get away from monsters, and sailing the seas looking for treasure. I went to war when my country was at war, and dug trenches and saved people. I have been a lawyer, a doctor, a pirate, a gladiator, and a helpless princess! I remember getting ready for bed and thinking which delicious story I would enact in my head until sleep took over – I remember looking forward to it. Then it changed – it changed so gradually that I hardly noticed.
When I was still in grade school, I remember clearly that we were given an assignment to write an essay about what career we wanted. I was shocked. I remember thinking “how can they ask me what I will be when I grow up, when I don’t even know what will happen in my life tomorrow”. The general concept we were being taught was “dream big and then roll up your sleeves and work hard until you make that dream a reality. I had difficulty with this concept of “working hard” to “make” my dreams a reality. But it was all around me – it was as if all grown-ups had conspired together and decided that they would make sure we started setting goals (based on our day dreams) and started working hard towards them because that essay assignment was repeated in every grade. At home, friends of my parents and relatives were constantly asking what I wanted to be, and telling me that if I didn’t work hard I wouldn’t get what I wanted - those dreams would not come true.
Hence began the phase in which the purpose of my dreams changed from being a pleasant way to spend time to a blueprint for my future life.
I learnt that you dream for things you want and then you have to work hard to “make” those dreams come true. In this phase my dreams became fewer and fewer – there didn’t seem any sense in dreaming because now the dreams were connected to hard work, which had to be done in order for them to come true – it all seemed like too much trouble. By the time I got my first job, dreams had turned into business plans and targets rather than exciting adventures into the unknown.
Then I met Abraham and learned about the principle of “creating for the fun of it” and “allowing” things to happen rather than “working” to “make” them happen. That’s when I understood that day dreaming was an essential part of life – it’s part of the joyous enjoyment of life. That’s what day dreaming is all about – creating for the fun of it – not because you want to make that dream come true. From there evolved the principle of dreaming big.
Dream big without attachment to the outcome. Dream, because it is fun and for no other reason.
My favorite time to daydream is in the morning when I wake up, but I’m not quite awake – still in bed, with a few minutes to spare before actually putting my feet on the ground. But sometimes, I will take a break from work at my desk – close my eyes and create a movie. Some days I don’t get to it at all, and that’s Ok too because this is not supposed to be a chore – it’s supposed to be something that brings us joy. Something that helps us to stay longer in the higher vibrations.
We don’t have to create a ritual around it, all we have to do is to acknowledge that it is ok to daydream and thoroughly enjoy those times when we find ourselves in the midst of one! The next time you have a few minutes with nothing to do, imagine what your life would be like if you owned a castle, or if you lived under water with the mer people or if you arrived on Earth in a tiny capsule from the planet Krypton…