It’s the start of a new year and time for a change – although I’m still writing my third novel, I’ve also recently begun a non-fiction book! After the IASD dream conference in Bern it suddenly dawned on me that it was time to write the book I’ve been building towards ever since I did my PhD on lucid dreaming and the creative writing process. So there it is – I’ve started this book on the connection between dreams and creativity, and so far it is such fun to write, ideas flying towards me from every corner and a strong sense of enthusiasm and purpose which reassures me that I’m doing the right thing (I hope!).
I’m at the stage where I need reports of dreams which have specifically led to creativity. If you think you can help, and would like to see your own creative dreaming experience in print (you can be anonymous or not, as you wish), please get in touch. You can write to me here, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Dreams and Creativity’ in the subject line and include a brief description of your dream and the way it helped you creatively. I’ll be in touch – thanks!
Your dream might be lucid or non-lucid, you might consider it an out-of-body experience (OBE) or a hypnogogic/hypnopompic experience (where vivid imagery, noises, or sensations such as dropping or swooping occur either as you drift off to sleep or just before you wake up), it could take place in the ‘void’ or ‘black winds’ of lucid dreaming, or in the state of sleepwalking… The important thing is that your dream has led to some form of creativity in the waking state, such as an idea for a new project, a new way of understanding a problem or situation, the improvement of a skill such as swimming or ballet, physical or psychological healing, or the creation of a piece of artwork, poetry, or music.