Have you ever been faced by a seemingly intractable problem – a puzzle that no amount of thinking can resolve? Some of history’s most famous creative minds in all fields of human endeavor have often found solutions in their inner wellspring of imagination, the dream state. For them, dreaming was anything but a waste of time, a mere processing of daily experiences by a mental maintenance department. On the contrary, dreaming exposed them to the ultimate in intelligence and inventiveness, tapping into the deep wisdom of the subconscious mind. And this fabulous resource is available to us all, ready to help us just as much as it helped Thomas Edison, Niels Bohr, and William Wordsworth.
Why Are Dreams So Creative?
Dreaming is associated with Rapid-Eye Movement (R.E.M.) sleep and a brainwave frequency in the Theta range, between 3.5 and 7 Hertz. The Reticular Activating System of the brainstem essentially paralyzes the body by isolating the brain from the muscles, ensuring that no harm will come to the body through attempts to implement the activities of our dreams. This is important, because in the dream state the mind no longer needs to concern itself with the task of managing a body in an enormously complex and dangerous physical world. It need not worry about the humdrum conventions of physical laws or of human society. In short, the mind is finally free.
Can We Harness the Creativity of Dreams to Solve Problems?
Many of the historical examples of dreams as problem-solvers appear to involve good fortune on the part of the dreamer, and leave the dreamer wondering where the solution came from. Dr. Otto Loewi, who shared the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1936, could never explain the dream he had in 1920 that led him to conceive a new test based on an experiment he had discarded 17 years earlier. Edison is particularly noteworthy, however, because he deliberately exploited the creative power of dreams by practicing writing down ideas immediately after waking from multiple short naps.
A more recent approach is known as lucid dreaming, in which the dreamer is to some extent consciously aware during the dream state; i.e., knows he is dreaming and, potentially, influences the course of the dream. Practitioners of this art look forward to their nightly sleep, relishing the prospect of great new adventures unencumbered by the limitations of time and space. A lucid dreamer on a mission to solve a problem enjoys an unfair advantage over the rest of us! Fortunately, very few people know about lucid dreaming, and fewer still have been able to master the skill.
Is There An Easy Way to Lucid Dream?
Remembering that the dream state is associated with particular brainwave patterns, we can take advantage of that fact with a new technology known as brainwave entrainment. This easy-to-use technology gives us a level of control over our minds that Edison could only, ahem, dream of. Find out more – and get some really good free samples – at this website.