I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything….
This song by Abba, way back in Dec 1979, topped the charts and became a big hit. Twenty years later, Irish pop group Westlife released a successful version of the song in the Christmas week of 1999, to make it no 1 again in UK charts again.
Martin Luther King used these words in 1963, as a part of his civil rights movement. His speech had these words, in a defining moment of history, when he called for end to racism in the United States
And whenever, we hear these words, they inspire a positive thought, they touch a cord that invigorates and moves us from inertia to action.
So, what is this phenomenon of Wakeful Dreaming? Why do Coaches encourage Dreaming? Because it becomes easier to get to your goals when you Dream about it? Can we achieve those dreams just by talking about them?
The answer to that question is a loud and confident, YES!
A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it. In Coaching, we use the power of Dreaming with our clients, to express their long time desires and wishes. We encourage our clients to focus on intentional wakeful dreaming, thus inspiring them to believe in their dreams and their ability to achieve it.
This has a scientific foundation and is not fantasy or magic. This is grounded in strong psychological principles. When we articulate our dream, we create a strong connection between positive image and positive action.
Our Dreaming here, grounded in reality, should contain images, voices, metaphors, symbols and feelings. Neuroscience always advocates that the mind and body are part of the same system. When the mind can conjure up images, the body gets activated to work for it. Creative ideas flow, nodes start opening up and solutions start to present themselves.
As we start articulating our desires, we talk of what we see in the imagery, we hear what others are saying about us or to us, and we express how exactly we feel. When we indulge in dreaming of this kind, we create a placebo effect – It creates a heightened feeling of optimism about the future. Imagining a hostile encounter can raise a person’s blood pressure as much as an encounter itself. This sensory response evidently works in case of constructive feelings too. Imagining an exciting upcoming event of your life increases our heartbeat and releases Dopamine (A feel good hormone that makes us mentally alert and keeps you happy and positive) in our brain. And then our mind does an astounding job of linking these positive feelings to positive actions
This often leads us to start planning actions that will be suitable and fitting, have thoughts that are conducive and directional and a mindset that believes in possibilities. Armed with these affirming tools, we march ahead in our Dreams. We then make conscious choices for the future and take mindful actions. And in no time, we see our Dreams come true.
This is so similar to the marvel of heliotropism – natural tendency of plants to move in the direction of the sunlight. This helps them grow and flourish. Sunlight is this case is life giving for the plants, Dreaming is likewise for us Humans….It gives wings to our aspirations
So, keep Dreaming…. I do. And I believe in Angels…..