I noticed an old thread entry I wrote on the Jet Li forum and thought I'd repeat it here. Peachey has blogged about her dreams and sought interpretation. While the content of the dream is fun to analyze, just the act of dreaming is fascinating to me. There are many adults who view dreams as irrelevant or as a means of processing information but if you think about it, dreaming is so much more.
I think dreaming is something worthy of attention. You spend so much
of your life sleeping, and part of that is dreaming. I think dreams
are often a way to sort out the events of the day as well as to get at
something troubling you or scaring you. They have to inform your
conscious if you'd be able to really analyze them.
The other thing I find fascinating is, when you dream....
-aren't you making up
-aren't you setting up the scene like a
-aren't you creating the
color palette and the lightinglike a DP?
-aren't you and your characters
-aren't you actually creating characters, creating new faces, people you don't know?
-aren't you really writing, directing, acting....making your own movie basically, writing your own novel, composing your own music, painting a scene.....???
Isn't it sad then that people who do all this still say "I'm not
creative," or "I can't draw, I have no imagination," or "I can't write,
I wouldn't know what to say."
We all have a creative side to us, and we can't all make it our
business but we can at least allow ourselves to explore our creative
selves in our waking moments.
If you look at "dreaming" from that perspective, basically, we're all closet artists.
We should make sure kids don't let this part of themselves fade away or be repressed.
That's a pet theory of mine. And I wasn't even tripping when I came up
with it. I'm sure some psychologist somewhere has explored this. If
they haven't, they should.
Sometimes I lucid dream to the extent that I know I'm in a dream but I haven't thought about it much. I'm going to look into that....sometimes I return to my dreams to finish a particularly fun scenario! (edited from old thread).
So if you dream, don't ever again say, I'm not at all creative, because
you are---you've just been told over and over that artists are
different, and you're not an artist. We ALL are artists to a degree, and it doesn't matter if your art is not commercially acceptable, it's the act that counts. I think it's one of the reasons so many people are unhappy or say, 'is this all there is'? That creative side is neglected. And when it comes to the kids, encourage a fertile imagination. I
really think that to the 3-year-olds of this world, everything's kind
of a dream, it's all a blend, and very quickly imagination is stifled. Yes, teach the difference between fact and fiction but creativity allows "thinking outside the box" which allows innovation.