Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
For the past week I have been listening to a book that has been very interesting. What struck me was a section when the author was speaking about how many of us get up each morning. She said,
"For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought is 'I didn't get enough sleep'. The next
one is 'I don't have enough time'. That thought of not enough occurs to us automatically,
before we even sit up in bed or our feet touch the floor, we are already inadequate, already
behind, already losing, already lacking something. And, by the time we go to bed at night our
minds are racing with what we didn't get or didn't get done."
I like to think that after many years of practicing awareness of my thoughts and emotions that I'm pretty aware of what is going on in my head. However, over this past week I started a new practice of thinking of something that I would like to have happen in my life prior to going to bed and it significantly changed a few things. First, my dreams have been super vivid, meaningful, and related to the thoughts I put in before I fall asleep. Second, the first thought in my head when I wake up is the same thought I put there before sleeping, which tells me that all night long my subconscious mind was working on it. This also got me to thinking that even though I go into my daily practice of meditation and visualization first thing every morning, there were likely other thoughts, like those mentioned above, that started my day off.
So, why is this important? Well, the thought I had been inserting each night before sleeping almost immediately came true. Why did that happen? It happened because when you are sleeping your subconscious mind takes over. The subconscious mind is what houses all the beliefs that you have about the world based on your experiences. What is great about the subconscious mind is that it cannot distinguish whether what you are telling it is true or made up so if you can tap into the subconscious mind and insert your desires then you can change your beliefs. So, by inserting thoughts before I slept I was able to manifest my desire because while you are sleeping there is no resistance, which is what trips us up when trying to create change. Pretty cool, huh?
So, what are you going to start intentionally putting in your mind before you go to sleep? What desire are you intentionally wanting to create? If the subconscious mind interests you let's hop on a call and talk about it in more detail. What's your next week look like?
Erin "making dreams come true" Mac