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Keeping a Dream Diary
To experience creative dreaming it is essential to come into better contact with your dreams. Psychologists have revealed that each of us dreams every night. However and unfortunately most of our dreams are forgotten. Thus, keeping a dream diary is helping in retaining the information longer. The building of the dream diary will demonstrate over a period of time, that you recall more and more of your dreams by being more aware of them. Regular discussion of your dreams and diaries will also help in understanding them, any themes running through them and unconscious ideas.
Before falling asleep, go over the following several times: ‘Tonight I dream; when I awake I will remember my dreams’
On awakening in the morning, lie quietly, do not open your eyes, and let you mind dwell on your initial thoughts. These initial thoughts could remind you of your last dream prior to awakening and with practice allow you to remember more and more of the dreams details.
A notebook is essential alongside your bed, to record a diary of your dreams. You could try sketching your dreams or use a tape-recorder to record middle of the night dreams. The following morning these tapes could be translated into the dream diary.
Essential, keep the daily diary, try not to miss days out.
Use your voice (and click the Speak link below): Share your dreams for your life? Have you ever found some insight into a problem you have had from a dream? Do you believe it is possible to get directions from your dreams on how to be more creative, solve a problem, reach a goal, etc?
1.Out of the first four stores F. W. Woolworth opened, three failed. When he died, he was worth more than $20 million.
2.Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.
3.Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered “unpromising”.
4.Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “As a composer, he is hopeless”.
5.Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
6.Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination, and had no good ideas”.
7.Thomas Edison’s teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. Later, he tried 1,600 different materials before settling on carbon as the filament for the electric light bulb.
As a parent, what do you do that you feel you really “succeed” at? What areas are you wanting to work and improve in? What is one thing you can do today, to grow in this area? Who can you turn to for help?
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I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do
I feel that the world must live up to mine. —Fritz Perls
Expectations can stop the flow of living and stop you from enjoying your children. Although expectations can raise the proverbial bar, to allow your child to reach a little harder in life, it often raises it too high or never lets it come back down. This spells disaster for relationships and breeds the germs of resentment and anger.
Our expectations often come from what we believe others are doing that we “should” too. But why should we? Where is it written that we must have the same income and John and Jane Smith next door? Who says that it is essential that our home always be clean and our children always respectful? What will happen if we/they are not?
How has your parenting expectations helped or hindered your ideas of being a family? What if this family isn’t what you expected, what now? Is there an acceptable Plan B, C or perhaps D? How might you address these expectations to live more realistically and follow your own course in life vs. following others?
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