Did you know that most famous people had the habit of daydreaming?
The most famous daydreamer must have been Thomas Edison. During the three months he spent at school his teacher described him as ‘bored’, ‘prone to daydreaming’ and ‘less than a gifted intellectual’.
Bill Gates was a dropout from prelaw at Harvard, not because he wasn’t good enough, rather his heart was elsewhere (in the computer lab) and rumour has it that he may have been expelled. Today everybody in the world knows of Microsoft.
Steven Spielberg described his High School days as ‘the worst experience of my life’. Even after the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television rejected his application three times, he still took an unpaid intern position at Universal studios because of his love of film making.
Society labels people who daydream as unproductive or lazy. Astonishingly, in the 1950’s many psychologists actively encouraged parents to prevent their children from daydreaming, claiming it could lead to neurosis. It is amusing to note that scientists and psychologists always seem to denounce anything they cannot measure or analyse.
Our thoughts can go anywhere, do anything and travel faster than light. Space and time are no barriers as in our physical world. Direct your focus and energy into those places, people and things you love just for a few minutes each day and the universe will do the rest. We chase around and spend so much time worrying about our physical aspects – what do we look like? – are we wearing the right clothes? – what do others think of us? – will we be laughed at – or worse, ignored?, and we mostly neglect to recognize our vast magical inner world wherein lies the real power for realization of our most cherished dreams.
"Duty without love makes us resentful
Righteousness without love makes us hard
Faith without love makes us fanatical
Management without love makes us petty
Power without love makes us brutal"
It is an undeniable truth that we are best at doing the things we love, and that we most love doing the things we are best at. Daydreaming is about connecting to our deeper consciousness and The Source, the font from which all inspiration springs. It re-balances our vibrations, lifts our spirits and gives us renewed energy. It’s no coincidence that there’s a strong connection between daydreaming and creativity.
We are the artists and our tools are our thoughts. To children the world is bright and new with unlimited possibilities. The older we get the more jaded and full of sorrow it seems to appear. Contrary to popular science everything did not begin with a big bang. Equally there is no law that says you have to endure suffering and struggle in a workplace you dislike. Give yourself permission to paint your canvass with whatever inspires you with feelings of joy. Daydream a little. You may just end up doing what you love.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination"
Daydreaming in Humans and Machines: A Computer Model of the Stream of Thought
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