Today’s email isnt going to be fitness related – at least not specifically so. If that’s OK with you, read on – if not – click away – I’ll probably be back to more “regular programming” tomorrow.
On the other hand though, it DOES have something to do with fitness – and life – and everything else in between. For those of you with a mind open enough to embrace the truths of what I am telling you here, you’ll understand.
When most of us are encountered with the “why are dreams important” text, what do we think?
Dreams in that context usually indicate something we’re trying to accomplish in real life – or some sort of a goal – or somewhere we’d LIKE to be in life, but aren’t – or so forth.
For example, an obese person might have a goal of being super fit and have a 12 pack, etc – and that might be his / her “dream”.
Those unable to crank out a single pull-up might have a “dream” of doing hundreds of them per se. OK, no problem there either.
But I’d rather term that type of thing as a goal, my friend.
Sure, it all starts in the imagination – and in that regard it’s a dream – but the minute you start to crystallize that desire into actual ACTION – or even just thinking about a plan to accomplish whatever it is you want to – it, to me, becomes a GOAL at that point.
You see yourself already having accomplished the goal FIRST – and work backwards from there – as I’ve often spoken about it – and that is tip #1 when it comes to visualization.
And yet, what I’m going to talk about today is dreams – the kind you have when you’re asleep.
Believe it or not, if you have a “dream” in waking life – something you want to accomplish – and you really put DESIRE into the accomplishment of that “thing” – fitness related or not – it’ll show up in some way or the other in your nightly dreams, my friend.
And here is where it might start to sound like gobbleydook to most of you – your DREAMS – while you sleep – is actually one of the most important factors in terms of figuring out HOW you’ll get to your goal.
Trouble is, most people ignore dreams as being “illogical” – or “unscientific”. And given that dreams are usually pictorial at a very base level, and extremely cryptic for the most part (although they aren’t if you know how to read ’em) – this isn’t even as unreasonable as it might sound like at first glance.
Big mistake though, my friend. Big, big mistake.
The sixth sense is how we tap into the “intangible” – and how we really get those “flashes of inspiration” – – and dreams are one way of communicating those “plans” to us – if we only open our minds enough to receive the message.
In Pyscho Cybernetics, Dr. Maltz writes about Louis Aggasiz, working on a fossil for ages …
He had been striving to decipher the somewhat obscure impression of a fossil fish on the stone slab in which it was preserved. Weary and perplexed, he put his work aside at last and tried to dismiss it from his mind. Shortly after, he waked one night persuaded that while asleep he had seen his fish with all the missing features perfectly restored.
He went early to the Jardin des Plantes, thinking that on looking anew at the impression he would see something to put him on the track of his vision. In vain—the blurred record was as blank as ever. The next night he saw the fish again, but when he waked it disappeared from his memory as before. Hoping the same experience might be repeated, on the third night he placed a pencil and paper beside his bed before going to sleep.
Towards morning the fish reappeared in his dream, confusedly at first, but at last with such distinctness that he no longer had any doubt as to its zoological characters.
Still half dreaming, in perfect darkness, he traced these characters on the sheet of paper at the bedside.
In the morning he was surprised to see in his nocturnal sketch features which he thought it impossible the fossil itself would reveal. He hastened to the Jardin des Plantes and, with his drawing as a guide, succeeded in chiseling away the surface of the stone under which portions of the fish proved to be hidden. When wholly exposed, the fossil corresponded with his dream and his drawing, and he succeeded in classifying it with ease.
And his experience isn’t a “one off” by any means either.
Napoleon Hill has often spoken about the time when he had less than 24 hours to come up with the title for “Think and Grow Rich“.
He was on a deadline – – his publisher had informed him that if he failed to come up with the right title on TIME – – then they’d go ahead and use “Use your noodle to get the Kaboodle” – a title that Hill was not happy with (I’m sure you can see why!).
He had a conversation with his subconscious – went to sleep for a while – and woke up suddenly with the title imprinted clearly on his mind, as if it was there all the time.
They used the title – and the rest, well, is history.
When it comes to dreams, I’ve made no secret of the fact that a lot of my dreams are PREDICTIVE.
I’ve often dreamt of people and events occuring in the future – – people that I did not even know at the time, and yet, mysteriously enough, these people DID materialize into my life at a certain point after the dreams – and the events DID happen.
Case in point being a guy called “Jack Lin” whose name mysteriously showed up in a “bar” in my dreams.
I had NO idea who this dude was. NO idea why that name came up in my dreams. Try as I might, I couldn’t solve the puzzle, and let it go.
Three weeks later, I was working on an assignment for this guy – who I met “apparently out of thin air” – and his name was – you guessed it – Jack Lin.
And this is but ONE example, my friend. My dreams have warned me of dangers ahead – unpleasant situation in front of me – and most importantly, shown me the way many a times in terms of my writing and my goals.
And though dream are pictorial by their very nature, I’ve been having dreams as of late where I can see TEXT clearly imprinted in the dream.
Now, I’m pretty good at capturing dream if I might say so.
Most people “forget” dreams a minute or so after they wake up – I don’t – and the practice of writing my dream down in CURSIVE has no doubt helped in this regard – but seeing – and remembering part of – the TEXT in my dreams is something that hasn’t happened as of yet – and is a new experience for me!
It’s a message from the Universe, and the minute I “get it” – I’ll be on my way to accomplishing the goals I set for myself the night before – at WARP speed at that.
Napoleon Hill has often spoken about his “Invisible Counselors” technique wherein just before he went to bed, he’s picture people in his mind that he wanted to get advice from – and he’d “meet” with them – in the capacity of a Chairman.
As he did this, after a while, he was astounded to see that the figures in his imagination actually became REAL – with real personalities.
And he has often credited a lot of the positive developments in his life to the advice he got from these figures – even though they were figments of his imagination.
Might sound like gobbleydook – but hey – back to fitness – back in India, I often had dreams of doing sprints in the park – at night – and guess what happened?
Moonlight sprints happened a day or so later.
I had a dream of doing pull-ups – PERFECT pull-ups – while the morning sun blended into the “cold” night (it was winter at that time) – – and guess what, my friend – – a few days later, I had exactly THIS experience while working out at 530 P.M. – and had one of the best workouts of my life.
The point of all this being this – ignore your dreams if you must – but at your own peril, my friend.
Dream truly DO come true – if you let ’em – and if you are open enough to receive the input that LETS them dream come true!
And I’ll end on that rather esoteric note. More on this subject later – if y’all want!
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