Why Daydreams Come About

Written by: Emmanuel

By liking what we do and living our meaning, we're in harmony with everyone and everything. Emmanuel van der Meulen. CEO, Peace Evolution.

Published: August 3, 2020

womans eye with caption | why daydream | Peace EvolutionWhen we’re in a position that doesn’t serve us, our daydreams often act as an escape to point us in the direction of where we’d rather be—our dream and vision for the future. Why daydream at all: An escape they might be, but what can we deduce from the escape mechanism? Clearly, that we feel the need to escape, consciously or not, we aren’t enjoying where we find ourselves, so the daydreams show us where or how we’d rather be.

Why DayDream, Is It Magic?

Daydreams come in a variety of forms, and with diverse content and context. We might have daydreams related to our daily jobs, about our relationships, about our home life, about our studies, about holidays, and about so many more and different things. Do we ever look closely at our dreams and look at what lies underneath them, what inspires them, what value they project to us, which feelings we’re left with as a result of our daydreams? Chances are, we don’t.

Isn’t it time to look at our daydreams carefully to ascertain their origins?

When we find ourselves in situations that we don’t like, which don’t serve us, we might develop uncomfortable feelings about such situations. Because we experience such feelings, they formulate in us; desires to the contrary.

These desires manifest in us in certain ways, and specifically are likely to emerge as daydreams. So over a short or long period of time, our mind, our brain, our spirit being, our soul, brings to our attention a formulation of something we’d prefer that is usually contrary to what is. These daydreams can be informative nuggets when it comes to uncovering our meaning. Why daydream: Consider it is a way into uncovering our meaning.

In What your daydreams reveal about you, the author writes: According to psychologists, we spend up to half of our mental activity on daydreams. They help us realise our goals, and reveal our innermost hopes, desires and fears. ‘Paradoxical though it sounds, daydreaming is what makes us organised,’ says Eric Klinger, professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. ‘We think of daydreams as scatterbrained and unfocused, but one of the functions of daydreaming is to keep your life’s agenda in front of you; it reminds you of what’s coming up, it rehearses new situations, plans the future and scans past experiences so you can learn from them.’

Why DayDream, The Genius?

So daydreams are created from certain desires. The images of the dream itself aren’t necessarily what we look at when observing our daydreams. The following and preceding sentences about why daydream is crucially important to understand. It’s what lies underneath them, the desire from which the daydream images were created: that which inspired the daydream. That’s where we’re likely to uncover our meaning.

Daydreams are about preferences and desires, so it’s important to look beyond the daydream images or pictures to uncover the underlying value. Why daydream is usually misinterpreted and the crux is lost altogether. It’s not the imagery of why daydream is magic, it’s the underlying feeling or feelings that inspired the daydream, that’s the important part and usually never explored.

In Daydreams: Misinterpretation and Undercurrent, I reflect: As mentioned, our daydreams come about from the underlying feelings and undercurrents of our experiences, and can evolve our vision, plans and aspirations.

The magic and genius of why we daydream and their underlying values provide us with guidance. They happen in an unrestricted environment, free of fear and self-imposed constraints. And when we look at what inspired the daydream, the underlying feeling that exists before we daydream, the feelings to which the daydream gives life, then we’re getting the full benefit and understanding of the daydream. That is why daydreams are beneficial and a major player in our lives.

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