A Space and Place for “Deliberate Dreaming”

2.  photo_35923_20110329So let’s get Streamin’ and Dreamin’!

We’ll take just a minute to shine a bright light on what we’re really up to here, what we mean when we say “deliberate dreaming.”  For the moment, I’m using these phrases interchangeably:  Deliberate dreaming, Awake dreaming, Conscious dreaming.

So, you ask, “What the heck is deliberate or conscious dreaming, anyway?”  Get ready for a139692-20131112 refreshing, awakening, delightful experience.  Deliberate or Conscious Dreaming is as  much fun as going out for an ice cream cone and tasting a scrumptious new flavor, or going for a walk in the woods, and having all of your senses kissed by the the enveloping sounds and sights and fragrances of nature.  It’s a truly sweet, expansive event.  It might be easiest to explain Conscious Dreaming by making some comparisons.

Dreaming while sleeping is random images and experiences arising, subject to what your subconscious mind brings up.  It may be a mixture of sometimes hidden emotions and significant symbolic experiences.  What comes up in sleeping dreams is possibly not as clear when you’re awake, and may need a little attention to “unmask the message.”

Daydreaming:  Happens while you’re awake.  Usually we mean a kind of wistful, playful, random and a little “lost in outer space” kind of dreaming, perhaps an escape into a wishful thinking, fanciful place, not so connected to reality or your life as you know it.

DELIBERATE DREAMING, on the other hand, is NOT random.  It is:

  • Intentionally choosing to “let your imagination go,” spotlighting a specific area of your life you want to enliven
  • For example, focused on a desired relationship, a new home, a perfect job, owning a new solo-business, a habit you’re changing, a recreational or travel experience, etc.
  • Imaginative and fun, letting your intuitive powers bring up nuances and possibilities sometimes unseen by your daily brain
  • More of a “planned excursion with potential surprises,” and not an escape
  • Experiences that are very possible, and usually welcomed in your day-to-day life.
  • Open and delighting in ideas and connections not seen until now

Setting up the TIME SPACE

Since this is a “planned excursion” of the imaginative and dreaming mind, you’ll want to set aside a special uninterrupted TIME for you to explore this fun and enlightening activity.  If you’re pretty experienced at relaxing and visualizing on cue, 5-10 minutes could be all you need.  If you’re newer to delberately dreaming, you’ll benefit most by setting aside 15-20 minutes.


photo_6647_20090601A little bit of “environment to set the mood” will go a long way in setting up success for your dreaming.  When you get into your dreaming time, it’s like you walk into a magical kingdom right within your very own being.  Here you have access to your imagination, your emotions, your logical mind, your intuition, all of your senses . . . . and the best part. . . they are all connected, integrated, working together on your behalf to bring you the best ideas ever!  So, a tranquil, undistracted place is wonderfully conducive to your dreaming experience.  You can choose a little quiet nook right inside your own home, like a comfy sofa, a cushy chair, a cozy fireside, a luxurious bath.  Or, you can choose a wonderful outdoor space in touch with nature, a garden park bench, a nearby stream or pond or lake, a gazebo, maybe your own backyard patio or deck . . . a place to soothe your senses, and tantalize your spirit!

Now, you know what we mean by Deliberate or Conscious Dreaming, and how important it is to create a time and space for it.

Next time, I’ll share with you my four simple, but essential steps to take your Deliberate Dreaming from beginning to joyful success.


  1. Hi, Jeannie!

    I am having a wonderful time on this site. How I have always loved to ‘daydream’ for so many, many reasons. Using our gift of imagination is so crucial to our existence. I just love the way you have set the scene to just relax and let the dream take you to wherever….! The bench reminds me of the one at Powell Gardens where I sat to ” just dream”. What joy!! This site raises my vibrations and I am afire with delight!! Thank you for joyful reminders; I’m lovin’ them!
    Alicia Warren

    • Jeannie Guillot says

      SO happy this brings you JOY and fire! To do “deliberate dreaming,” pick an area of focus, and then, within that whole area, let your imagination generate ideas for you. You’ll be delighted with the ideas and treats your imagination brings you to “try out.”