Guided Daydream Exercise
Now let's talk about ideas. So if we're gonna go find some ideas, let's do it. One is a guided daydream. Now please excuse me for a moment, as I become my most hippie self, and I tell you that this is what I do every single day of my life to find ideas. It's going to sound like something that maybe you don't wanna do. You may be like, "Nope, there Brooke goes, "off the deep end, and I'm not doing that." I understand, and this is exactly how I felt when someone told me to meditate. I was like, "I'm not meditating!" And then I wouldn't do it, 'cause I thought that it was silly. And then I started, what I did not realize was my own form of meditation. I did it unknowingly. And I started this guided daydream. Now this is something I've mentioned on Creative Live before, but I wanna actually take you through the process right now of a guided daydream. I call it a guided daydream because you're imagining yourself as a character in a story that you're creating. I take anywhere from one minute...
to five minutes a day to do this, it doesn't take a long time. But I can tell you that I have created photos from doing this, I've written children's books from doing this, I've had novel ideas from doing this. Like, actual novel, not like novel ideas, like novel book ideas. So many things from doing this. And over time, it changes how you perceive yourself as well. Not just the story, not just your art, but how you see yourself as a character in your own life. Which really is, is what story is to me. Is taking that inspiration. So we're gonna do a guided daydream together. You guys have to close your eyes. (chuckles) Okay, I will try to close my eyes, but I might fall over. You know how you get dizzy when you close your eyes and you're standing? Okay, so what I want you to do is imagine, and this is just how I do it, you can change yours over time. Imagine that you are on a ship. You're on a boat, but your boat is floating through the sky. So you're sailing through the clouds. And you get up on the edge of the boat, on this big ship, and you're going to jump off the side. And you're gonna fall through the sky, and you're going to land somewhere. So you imagine, you're on the side of the boat, and now you jump off. And as you're falling, you're imagining yourself falling through the sky, and as you're doing that you imagine what you're wearing, you're imagining what it feels like to be falling, you're imagining what the clouds feel like, if you go through a rain cloud or something like that. You imagine your surroundings, and by the time you hit the ground, you've chosen where you are. So you can fall for 10 minutes if you're like, "Oh, I don't know where I'm gonna be!" It's okay. So you're falling, and you're falling, and you're falling, until you get somewhere, and you hit the ground. So right now, maybe I imagine that I'm in this deep, deep hole that's in the ground, and it feels really wet and really muddy, and I'm just like sinking into this hole. And I'm trying to grab my surroundings to get out of the hole. And I'm thinking, what does it smell like? It smells like mud. What does it feel like? It feels wet and thick and I'm sinking, sinking, sinking, until I'm fully submerged by the mud. And I keep going until I drop out of the bottom. And I've dropped out the bottom, and now I'm in this dungeon. And I start walking, covered in mud, and where do I end up? And who do I meet, and what happens to me? And so the point is, that you're going through this experience, whatever you want. As you're doing it, you're imagining different things in the moment. And see where you end up. I have had the most beautiful daydreams based on this. And sometimes, after five minutes, I'm crying because of whatever's happened. Sometimes I'm laughing, sometimes I feel so stupid because I've just had the dumbest daydream, that like I've been rescued by a prince or something like, silly, silly things, you know? Depending on the day, depending on where your mind is at. But what a great way to just clear your mind, don't think about anything stressful, and just be a character. You know, think about what would you be wearing if you could be wearing anything? Who would you meet? What would you see? What do you sound like? What do you feel like? And I know that it sounds crazy, and it sounds like such a hippie thing to do, but it is the number one most important thing that I've incorporated into my daily practice to find ideas, regularly.
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