Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Practice--Use Music to Enhance Daydreams

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Many of us were told as children to stop daydreaming. I only pretended to stop. While some people find daydreaming a form of laziness or believe that people who daydream will never amount to anything, daydreaming is a form of creativity. It's how we incubate projects or even solve personal problems.

True, daydreams provide an escape from challenges and harsh situations. And there is the right time and the wrong time to daydream such as we don't daydream while we drive in traffic or perform detailed work. But for us creative types, daydreaming represents a form of brainstorming. When we daydream we expand upon what we believe is possible. Daydreams also show us our heart's desires.

When we combine listening to music with daydreaming we create a powerful conduit for manifestation. However, we need to listen to music that matches frequencies with our desires. So, if our desire would bring us joy, then we listen to joyful music while we engage our imagination. And if we just want to feel relief, then we listen to new age wash music or classical music such as music by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, whose music lends itself well to floating off into daydreams. Debussy even composed a song called Reverie. 

When I was a child, one of my favorite activities was to sit on my mother's bed and listen to the radio. This was back when the FM stations on the dial played mostly music and with little commercial interruption--1970s. If I heard music from Brazil or the Caribbean, I imagined sunny places and happy people. And as an adult when I heard music from Latin America, I had more romantic thoughts in mind. In fact, this music lends itself well to visualizing romantic partnership or travel scenarios. I usually listened to love songs.
 
This brings up my next point. Choose the appropriate music for your intention for daydreaming. Are you looking to escape a stressful situation? Are you searching for a creative spark that comes from listening to music? Or are you wanting to use the music for visualization purposes. Or are you traveling as a passenger and you want to listen to music to pass the time and to match the backdrop of what you see outside your window? First, decide your intention and then this will help you choose the appropriate songs.

Here are a few caveats to watch out for. First, unless you want to revisit your childhood or another time in your life avoid any songs that appeal to nostalgia. The only exception to this rule is if you want to trigger old wounds so you can discover the belief and pattern behind the wounds and then clear the wounds in an appropriate manner using whatever technique works best for you. I would work with an energy healer, sound therapist or music therapist for this type of work.

Second, choose the right song to match the mood you wish to manifest. So, watch out for lyrical content and don't play songs with words you don't want to manifest into things or circumstances in your life. My usual example of this is to not use The Rollingstone's "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" for manifesting your desires. The Universe takes words seriously and so should you when using music for manifestation or for even promoting creativity.

Don't listen to jarring melodies or play the music too loud. This will only jack up your nervous system and set off alarms with the fight or flight responses. And for daydreaming purposes you actually want to relax your mind and body. Playing loud and jarring music sabotages these efforts.

Try to stick with musical washes or instrumental music. Or listen to nature sounds such as whale songs. Now, having said all that, follow your own inner guidance when choosing music to enhance daydreaming. Find a quiet place where no one will disturb you. Also, keep a journal and a pen near by so you can write about the dreams and information that surfaces during your session.

I would like to end with this Psychology Today article, How Music Feeds and Steers Your Imagination. The writer actually covers a lot of ground on the brain and music in this article published in 2009 when music research was still trending.

Imagine where music will take you. It's the best space travel ship around when you sail off to the land of dreams and possibilities.

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