Daydreaming As A Creative Act

“Stop daydreaming” is something we’ve all heard and possibly been told. Saying this to someone is a personal slight used to indicate that they aren’t being productive or paying attention in some way. Though it’s not good to always keep one’s head in the clouds, daydreaming is a perfectly wonderful way to gain perspective and alchemize your mood. It is not as irrelevant or insignificant as many would have us believe—not just an attempt to escape reality. It can in fact seed the future and act as a catalyst for inspired action.

Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? How do you want to live? A life of busyness and utility leaves no room for these questions. Daydreaming can be the first step in moving towards the answers. We think of daydreaming as this unfocused waste of time but it can actually be a way to take stock of your life and hunt down your deepest desires. It can reacquaint you with your power to choose, allow you to rehearse new ideas, and help you direct mental and emotional energy towards manifesting a desired outcome in the real world.

As someone with a tendency to get stuck in negative mind loops and anxious thoughts, I find that daydreaming can rescue me from my own limiting beliefs and fears about the future. My mind on daydreams is limitless, open to new worlds and grand visions. It is experimental, playful and curious, and it almost always successfully shifts my focus away from fear to faith—restoring my faith in the possibility of whatever it is I’ve deemed impossible.
Sometimes life isn’t what we want it to be simply because we don’t believe it can be different. But the truth is, wild and absurd fantasies can change everything from systems of government to your day-to-day dilemmas—it’s not always the most logical or grounded thoughts that transform your life or the world. Use your imagination to realize something new, then take action with intent. As the ancients used to say, our lives are what we once dreamt. Why not dream more consciously?