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What your Daydreams say about you



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Daydreams are a paradox. On the one hand they can help keep you young and healthy; on the other hand they take you away from "Being Here Now'. Let me explain:

If one is addicted to daydreaming over the course of say twenty to forty years, it has the effect of relieving stress accumulated through the winding and often rough and muddy road of life. Modern medicine is only now accepting the idea that the emotional body may play a role in the health of the physical body, may contribute to "dis-ease" or health according to the emotive condition. If one is daydreaming, I would say that one is consciously creating a better reality in their minds; a reality that is stress free and happy. Why else would you daydream? The term negative daydreaming' is really an oxymoron. When one is turning over the bad things in one's life, it is not daydreaming but a program tape loop, over and over, the same so called bad' thing you did or didn't do, said or didn't say or had done' to you by someone else. The subconscious can't tell the difference between a daydream and a tape loop. Whatever is most prevalent in the mind is what the subconscious will respond to. However the subconscious is so named because it contains information that the conscious mind is not aware of and this tends to even the playing field. This is the reason why we don't manifest that which we consciously choose to create either through daydreams or conscious affirmations. This is why all the daydreaming about what one would do with the lottery winnings never materializes.

The connection between daydreaming and health is a personal realization from one who was addicted to daydreaming for close to forty years! I am not only a healthy, pharmaceutical free babyboomer but I am frequently told I look much younger than my actual age. I attribute this to the fantasy daydreaming years which effectively screened out the actual stresses in my day to day life, preventing them from consuming my mind and hence my body.

However, there came a point where I recognized that the addictive nature of daydreaming also served to keep me from fulfilling the dreams through active, constructive application in the world in which my body lives. I came to perceive them as a drawback to "Being Here Now" which is the title of a well known book by author Ram Das. Even though I had read this book many years ago, it took as many years for the truth of it to sink in enough that I made the determination to overcome my addiction and truly live in the now.

Today, I find it difficult to indulge in a daydream because I find reality so much more interesting. Am I now aging more rapidly or creating diseases? No, because I have come such a long way towards mastering my mind. At the same time I recognize there is still a long way to go. There is an old saying that goes like this: The more I know, the more I know how much I don't know. I know now that daydreaming isn't the answer and living in the present moment is. And this doesn't mean that I don't plan for the future; it simply means that I don't indulge in wishful thinking, letting monkey mind run amok.I just Am That I Am.

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