If you’ve been around yoga, meditation, self hypnosis or any self betterment movement for more than 5 minutes, you know that in order to change your life you must change your brain. Meaning, change occurs when you change your perspective on your experience. And while the whole “train your brain and the body will follow” concept is endorsed by gurus, shamans, therapists, and now scientists, the question is, how does an everyday person get their train moving?
Kate McGraw, in this latest Delaware Online post, discusses a sometimes overlooked way to begin to tap into that creative internal source needed to change, daydreaming. According to McGraw, daydreaming presents an opportunity (as long as it’s not used to dissociate) to enter a state of consciousness somewhere between wide awake and fast asleep. In this self hypnosis type of state, individuals participate in a level of consciousness free from agenda.
Daydreaming can also be productive, and many creative people use daydreams to find solutions to their problems, next project or next acrylic masterpiece. The daydreaming process seems to lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension, not unlike hypnosis. In fact, some scientists compare daydreaming to self-hypnosis. However, most people daydream without plan or purpose, while a person engaging in self-hypnosis is deliberately producing a relaxed state of mind and body to accomplish a specific goal.
Read more from McGraw on using daydreaming to promote change here.