The Benefits of Daydreaming

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“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force … We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.” ~ Max Planck, Theoretical Physicist

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer

The world is in so much turmoil right now that I feel squeezed and pummeled by all the bad news. I long for something good to happen and I know I’m not alone in that. We wait for something good to happen but it feels like it never does and we fall into despair. But what if we could orchestrate the change we want to see? What if instead of dwelling on all the negative, we sat for a few minutes every day daydreaming about a better future?

I got this idea from a NPR post on Instagram. Dr. Srini Pillay, author of Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock The Power Of The Unfocused Mind,” believes that 20 minutes of daydreaming helps improve our focus. He believes that we must leave time every day for “positive constructive daydreaming.” He may be thinking of how to help us maintain good focus throughout the day; I want to use daydreaming in a different way.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m all for thinking positively and seeing the world, and all of us upon it, as moving to a more loving harmonious way of being. But we can’t get there unless we change the way we look at the world. To paraphrase Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting to get a different result. We can’t moan and complain and get depressed by the state of the world and expect things to get better. We have to start visualizing the world we’d like to live in.

I feel deep in my bones that Max Planck was right. There is an Intelligent Mind behind the force of existence and I also feel that we are all a part of that Intelligent Mind. It’s all of our minds linked together and something even greater we are a part of that creates the world in which we live. But right now the greater mind is very fragmented creating chaos.

Yes, but I’m only one person, you say. Yeah, I used to think that too. What can I do? I’m just one person. But as I’ve contemplated that question over the years I’ve gotten little snippets of insight from books I’ve read and spiritual teachers I’ve listened to. I’ve had moments of clarity in my meditation or moments of daydreaming. We’re all made up of energy and if we combine our energy we can influence events. If we want to change the world for the better, we have to do a couple of key things. First, we have to believe we CAN change the world. We have know that our efforts matter. 

Second, after we put in our order of what we want, we let the Intelligent Mind do the work. We practice what the Buddhists call non-attachment. To me one important aspect of non-attachment is letting go of the need to control the outcome. It’s trusting the process, that what I’m envisioning will come about one day. It may not be in my lifetime, but it will happen. 

Think of the Abolitionists and the Suffragists. They combined their efforts to change our society for the better. The original people who started those movements are no long with us, but their hopes and dreams grew and drew in other people to their cause. And even though we still have lots of work to do, much has been accomplished because of the efforts of many thousands of people working toward the common goals of equality for blacks and women.

It feels so daunting to change the flow of history. But we can’t get discouraged. We have to find our place in the grander scheme. Some of us who want a better world will be on the front lines. Others of us will support them by doing little things like being kind to those around us, or by supporting worthy institutions with our money, or just daydreaming and envisioning the better world we all hope for.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be working toward a better world than wallowing in despair. Daydreaming helps, but also rather than dwelling on the sensational negative news, I look for hopeful signs of positive change. The positive news helps keep me focused on the world I want to create.

I amazed to announce that this is my 501st blog post. It’s hard to believe I’ve been posting since 2013. I write these posts mostly to get clarity for myself, but I’m happy you have joined me here. I plan to keep writing. I hope you keep reading.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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