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April 2, 2012
We do not quit playing because we grow old. We grow old because we quit playing.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
"When you fall asleep, you enter an alternative state of conciousness -- a time when true inspiration can strike," observes Deirdre Barrett in her article, "Answers in Your Dreams," in Scientific American Mind (November 2011). Intentionally trying to dream about a particular problem, Barrett notes, increases the chance that you will come up with a solution. Here is how to train your dreams:
- Write down your problem and place this note next to your, bed along with a pen and paper and flashlight.
- Review the problem for a few minutes before going to bed.
- Once in bed, visualize the problem as a concrete image, if possible.
- Tell yourself you want to dream about the problem as you drift off to sleep.
- On awakening, lie quietly before getting out of bed. Note whether you recall any trace of a dream and try to invite more of the dream to return. Write it down.
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