Can you remember back to a time when your days were spent lost in fantasy, playful thoughts and daydreams? Then, usually in school, your freethinking daydreamer was scorned. In our society daydreaming gets a bad rap. We tend to think of people that have wandering minds as ungrounded “space cadets” who are lost in the clouds. However new studies reveal that daydreaming is vital to higher levels of cognitive function. Yes, daydreaming is good for you. It offers many rewards, such as:
• Creative incubation
• Memory consolidation
• Goal driven thought
• Future planning
• Memory retrieval
• Contemplation and reflection
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM
Forget what they told you in 3rd grade. Letting your mind wander and ponder will improve your life in so many ways. When you daydream you go into a trance. The trance state allows your subconscious to resolve problems that your conscious mind can’t tackle. Daydreaming clears the brain’s cache, relieving fatigue and allowing new neural networks to be formed. These new networks are the source of inspiration and innovation.
According to Daniel J. Levitin author of, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, “Daydreaming leads to creativity, and creative activities teach us agency, the ability to change the world, to mold it to our liking, to have a positive effect on our environment.”
Your mind wanders naturally, but when you want to put your day dreams to work for you, increasing alpha brainwave activity will boost your imagination. The moment you begin thinking in pictures you generate more alpha brainwave activity. Alpha waves are key to creative visualization, imagination and out-of-the-box thinking.
The Alpha state is an intensely pleasurable, relaxed state of consciousness essential to stress reduction and high levels of creativity. Artists, musicians and athletes are prolific alpha producers; so are intuitive persons, and so was Albert Einstein. Alpha researcher, Joe Kamaya says, “Its pleasure may come from the fact that alpha represents something like letting go of anxieties.”
Alpha brainwave activity can be increased through meditation, relaxation and visualization techniques. Here are all my Alpha Wave programs. The dreamy music is a gorgeous blend of lush, trance inducing harmonies combined with Alpha and Theta binaural beats to increase vivid imagery. Just slip on your headphones, close your eyes and let your imagination run free.
Still intrigued? Here’s how to create your own personal dream lab for creative brainstorming, problem solving and goal achievement