Monday, 13 September 2010

What and Why do YOU dream?

Einstein allegedly first encountered his theory of relativity in a dream. And interpreting dreams is gaining in popularity. What did we think? Hocus pocus or a brilliant resource?

Our discussion ranged across both types of dreams - the ones we have when we are asleep and our hopes and aspirations.

Dream Big

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. 
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. 
Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. 
Impossible is potential. 
Impossible is temporary. 
Impossible is nothing."
— Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali did not take part in our discussion, but some of our comments were along similar lines. 

  • If we stop dreaming we stop evolving
  • on aeroplanes, all that clear blue sky allows me to think differently and dream bigger
  • I'm a dreamer because it's a way for evasion and creation
However in general, there was much more diversity of view when it came to our "hopes and dreams" than when we discussed the value of dreaming while asleep.

Sweet dreams
On the value of our dreams while we sleep, of the 20 Floating Thoughts (those of the 145 statements made that achieved support in this Thinking Tank) the strongest was

  • a place to see what it would be like to live quantum mechanics where time and space are inconsequential
  • dreaming I like: moments of drifting and solving problems in an unexpected way
  • I learned from an old boss to write down problems .. so they are on the night-time subconscious thinking list
  • keeping my mind at peace
  • there is no limit to possibilities
We talked a little about lucid dreams, though not everybody was familiar with the concept ("in simplest terms, a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established")

And we had some observations about times when dreams feel less helpful, alerting us to our anxieties
  • there is the dreaming I do not like which is the production of long lists of issues to manage the next day
  • I hate it when I think I'm coping well then have a stress-filled dream of bureaucracy and missed trains
  • people think you are not working (dreaming is not always recognised as valuable)

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