*Article updated from August 25, 2014
“I sleep to dream, I dream to be inspired, and through inspiration, I live. Jesus is my Inspiration.” ~Candice Coates
I came up with that little ditty when I was sixteen or seventeen years old. It was then
that I created the image of myself resting and dreaming yet holding onto the Spirit of Peace. For years I have been gleaning inspiration from the dreams that I live in each time I lay my head on my pillow at night.
But even though I understand the importance of dreaming, I often encounter people who have no concept of dreaming at all. Not only do they shun the concept or idea of dreaming one’s way into a tailor-made future but they scoff at the idea of dreams born out of rest.
“…dreaming is the pinnacle of imagination and thus the root of creativity.”
What many fail to realize in their efforts to remain ‘practical’ is that dreaming is the pinnacle of imagination and thus the root of creativity. Authentic creativity is what shapes our lives. Rest is the place that we are enabled to dream at all. Rest is where we hear from our Father and God.
When I began taking from my dreams (those born from sleeping) to create narratives and art, a paradigm shift took place for me. I was no longer sleeping just to get rejuvenated but I was leaving one world of creative inspiration in order to enter another. Sleep became more necessary for me than it was before.
When our minds are at rest (not cluttered with the worries of the day and the minutiae we still have left ahead of us) we are able to allow the creative power of God to rest upon us. I find that when my mind is at rest and peace when I pause say on Saturday or Sunday, that more ideas or solutions to problems begin to flood. It is truly a gift from God. In my resting in Him, Christ Jesus grants me greater inspiration.
Think about an apple tree. It does not strive to create fruit, it just does so by its very nature. It rests in what it is and produces what it was created to produce.
“Rest is the place that we are enabled to dream at all. Rest is where we hear from our Father and God.”
This is why rest is so important. We as creative beings need to refuel daily in order to bring forth the fruit that is in us to bring forth. A friend of mine understands this. She once told me, “I sleep with my contacts in so that I can see my dreams clearly.” Now I don’t recommend sleeping with your contacts on unless you have the kind made for that, but you get the point. There is life in our dreams and to get that life we have to rest to do so.
I leave you with this thought, if you are like most Creatives, burning the candle at both ends, give yourself permission to quiet one of those flames and get some sleep. Your juices will flow with greater ease, and whatever it is that you are striving to accomplish will be more peaceably done.
And don’t mind what the accusatory voices in your head may say or even others around you. You just make sure to rest, my friend. My grandmother always mocks saying “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream, baby.” And my response now is “Woman, I sure hope so!” Because a dream is all I need.
Happy Creating and Happy Resting!
*Article image by Guilherme Stecanella on Unsplash
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!