Incubating Dreams

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We all have the ability to dream imaginatively and vividly, and there are many ways in which we can encourage our dream lives to blossom.  We can experience many different types of dreams, which can provide us with great insight and guidance in respect of our daily lives.  Many individuals experience lucid dream states; which means that when they are dreaming, they are consciously aware that they are dreaming; and can potentially influence and guide the direction of their dreams. This can be very helpful, particularly in situations where someone is having an anxiety dream; Because it gives the dreamer the opportunity to face and work through their fears. But, by far the most powerful of dream techniques, is the one in which we are able to ‘incubate’ a dream.

 

What is incubating a dream:

Dream incubation is a practiced technique of learning to “plant a seed” in the mind, in order for a specific dream topic to occur. By far the most common reason for doing this is problem solving. For example: a person might go to bed repeating to themselves that they will dream about a presentation they have coming up, and want to feel more confident about it.

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Looking Toward New Horizons

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In a world where there is so much upheaval and uncertainty. One could hardly blame people for wanting things to stay the same. Finding comfort and security in the routines they have established for themselves. Particularly if in the past life has been particularly turbulent and stressful. But, can this tendency to want to play things safe, stifle creativity and growth? Is there a fine line to walk, between creating a peaceful life for ourselves to becoming stuck in a rut where we are so fearful of trying something new that we stagnate and become dissatisfied with life?

As human beings, I believe we actually thrive and flourish when faced with and challenged by new experiences. That it is only when we encounter something new do we have the opportunity to add to the skills that we already have; and to challenge long held beliefs and thoughts about the world around us. It is only when we move out of our comfort zones, do we even begin to touch on what we are capable of being and doing.

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The Prison Of The Mind

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The mind is a very powerful thing. It is made up of two parts: the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is the part you know you are using. When you are calculating a sum or talking to a friend, you are fully aware of what you are doing. The subconscious mind is the part that is responsible for our intuition, our dreams and where we store all of our long-term memories.

The subconscious mind is more powerful than you might think. It contains, not only memories, but negative or limiting beliefs that you’ve picked up during childhood. These limiting beliefs are things that you believe about certain things or situations that can have a negative effect on your life, without you being consciously aware of them. The strongest limiting beliefs were imprinted on your subconscious when you were just a small child. You wouldn’t have even been aware of it, at the time. These beliefs came from authority figures such as parents or teachers. You may have heard these people say things and, because you trusted these people, you believed these things. One example is a parent constantly telling you that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’. You may think this is a harmless phrase that doesn’t mean anything; however, if you were constantly told this as a child, it could be the reason you have no money now.

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How To Love Yourself

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Loving yourself should be something that comes naturally. It is easy to love those you are close to, such as family members. The parents amongst you will understand the unconditional love that comes with having children, yet how many of you can honestly say that you love and accept yourself exactly as you are?

Loving yourself is one of those taboo subjects that nobody likes to talk about; there is an embarrassment or shame attached to admitting you love yourself. It is often used as an insult – ‘look at her, she loves herself doesn’t she?’ is a typical example of how loving yourself is seen as a negative thing. Loving yourself doesn’t mean you are vain; being vain means being obsessed with your appearance; however, loving yourself means appreciating the inner you – the spirit inside your physical body. Acceptance is the most important thing – being happy with who you are.

If you are like a lot of people, you will probably put others’ needs before your own. You may feel unworthy of love. Perhaps you constantly put yourself down or think negative thoughts about yourself. This is self-destructive and leads to unhappiness, stress and sometimes illness. One of the easiest ways to start to love yourself is to start putting your own needs first. Make sure you take some time for yourself each day. Your family members will understand that you need some time to relax. Find something you enjoy doing, such as reading a good book or soaking in a hot bath and think about how great you are as a person. Think about all of your achievements – the things you are proud of. You will then start to see yourself as worthy of being happy and loved.

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