We hinted at this forum also providing a dream workshop. Allow me to use this exercise to introduce the workshop.
Each day, we have scores of tasks—more or less—to accomplish. Most times, we do fine. Other times, we run into “a task too far…” This one causes us anxiety, cold sweats and sleepless nights. The technique introduced in this exercise will take care of this type and any other type of task. You may want to practice with less troublesome tasks at first, but be brave: use it with your next or even current “difficult” task.
The best thing about a task is that while you may not know how or where to begin, or how to accomplish it, there is a clear endpoint or object, and you / the judges all agree on what it is. In other words, everyone knows when you accomplish the task.
Your dream exercise: “See” the task done.
Don’t be concerned, regarding the task itself, about how—how to begin, how to proceed, etc—in your dream. Your dream simply “sees” the task done.
About “see” and “seeing”… What constitutes “to see” or “seeing”? You will be surprised. You can see something without “laying your eyes on it.” Seeing in dreaming means recognition, which comes with clarity. For example, you can recognize someone by the smell of his or her favorite perfume (even when worn by an entirely different person). And, it comes with clarity. Notice that it did not require “focus” or “concentration” to effect the recognition and clarity. You can “see” someone just by recognizing the way they walk—or work; or the way they cough or laugh. (By the way, the brain needs just a paltry few features to recognize a face and the whole person. The brain can recognize and pick out a person from just your looking down at pairs of different feet, without ever seeing anything above the ankles.)
You know the feeling you get when you have successfully completed a task? For our purpose, that is equivalent to “seeing” the task done. In this case, to do your dream exercise, re-live / recall this feeling while associating it with the task.
Or, is it the celebration, small or big, for a task accomplished? Place yourself in that mood and mode, and associate it with the task. That, is “seeing” enough: that constitutes seeing the task done for the purposes of this dream exercise.
So you see, (pardon the pun), you can get creative and use whatever works for you to simulate (or stimulate) “seeing” the task done in your dream..
If you need to re-enact or keep re-enacting the “seeing” until the task is accomplished, that’s fine, too. If you need to combine different ways of “seeing” as explained above, that’s fine, too.
I said not to worry about “how…” because once you see the task done in your dream, whatever you need to do and whatever you need to get it done, will be provided for you. It may even be that someone else will end up getting it done for you (don’t you wish?), but the task gets done anyway.
Now, get to your exercise! And, I appeal to you to be generous and share your experiences so that we may all learn from you.
I dream, therefore, I am…