Of all the tools in my writer’s toolbox, the most important one, and the one without which I could not write a word is … daydreaming! What? You heard it correctly … daydreaming. After years of reading books, attending workshops, taking classes, and listening with rapt attention at the feet of the masters, the one tool that has proved the most useful and has provided me with the most inspiration is daydreaming.
Daydreaming is not to be confused with visualization. When we use visualization, we are picturing what we wish to manifest – in our case, our authentic lives – the way we wish them to be. When we daydream, we don’t try to manipulate what we see. We let go of preconceived ideas and beliefs and simply let things unfold. Think of it like meditating on the sky. For example, a few years ago I was sitting on the porch of my old apartment watching the clouds float by on a breezy day, wondering how the birds manage to not only maneuver in the wind, but land on a swaying branch with absolutely accuracy. I wondered what it would be like to soar like that, with the sound of the leaves waving in the wind like a symphony. I sat and daydreamed about what I was seeing, hearing, and feeling. What came out of it was the opening to my book: “Song Of An Extraordinary Life.” It wasn’t something I planned. I knew I needed an opening, so I went and sat on the porch and let my mind wave in the wind with the birds and the trees. Life “sang” my opening right into my mind.
I have a drawer-full of story plots, concepts and outlines for fiction, non-fiction, blog posts and ideas for magazine articles, all of which came to me while I was daydreaming. Remember sitting in the classroom as a child while the teacher droned on and on, all the while staring out the window daydreaming of playing outside? That’s where you need to return, to the kid who daydreamed of adventures and magic. In a daydream, anything is possible. Instead of visualizing what you want your life to look like, let the little child inside stare out of the window of your soul and daydream without restriction or direction. You would be amazed at all the magical places it can take you, including to your authentic life.
This week over on the Home Page, we are going to use this week’s writing assignment to see what “floats” by the window of our minds. I shouldn’t have to remind you to have fun with this one – the fun is built-in, but I will remind you to always, always, keep writing.
Peace and blessings.