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Do Your Dream in Color? (or Let’s Banish the Myth of the B&W Dream–CV)

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Do you dream in color?

I’m always slightly taken aback by this question. Doesn’t everybody dream in color? Why I wonder does this question get asked so often?

Not only do I dream in color—but my dreams are in vivid color, sometimes even in over-saturated, trippy, Technicolor. I don’t recall ever having a dream in black and white.

But the questions persist.

I’ve even heard a theory that those of us who say we dream in color, are in fact retroactively projecting the color onto our otherwise black and white dreams. Frankly, I don’t buy that one.

I recently read about another theory, which explains the misperception that people dream in black and white … and this one interests me much more.  It goes like this:

Our dreaming mind is very much influenced by the technology we, as a culture, use. This makes perfect sense to me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who now dreams of having trouble completing a call on my iPhone, whereas such anxiety dreams used to involve rotary, then push-button phones. Apparently people who play video games regularly are having dreams now that reflect the fact-paced action of their electronic play, and are becoming more adept at taking on different personas in their dreams, as they do in their wake-life games.

So, according to a study published in 2008, during the early years of television when the pictures came in only black and white, people dreamed more often in–you guessed it–black and white. That doesn’t explain how the idea of black and white dreams has become so deeply entrenched, but it’s an interesting theory nonetheless.

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Meanwhile, I’m eternally grateful to Dorothy, for stepping through the monochromatic landscape into Technicolor. Perhaps in that great cinematic stride she colorized the dreams of an entire generation!

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What about you? Do you dream in black and white? Come on, really? You’ll have to show me or I won’t believe you 🙂

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Don’t tell Robert Hoss that people don’t dream in color. He studies color psychology in dreams. I highly recommend his book.

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Lesson Learned: A New App for Dreamers (CV)

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This week I’ve been participating in the International Association for the Study of Dreams cyber conference on Lucid Dreaming.

I’ve been picking up fun tips and being introduced to profound new thoughts about dreaming there.

I’d like to share this one with you now … and stay tuned for more later.

From a paper posted to the cyber conference by Linda Lane Magallón, MBA, I learned a new tool and technique for incubating dreams. And best of all there’s an app for it!

Here’s the deal: Magallón recommends making vision boards, the kind popularized by Rhonda Byrne in “The Secret,” for incubating dreams. That in itself is a great idea. I’ve used the vision board concept in the past to help me materialize my intentions, but I never thought of using this technique for dream incubation.

And here’s the new take on an old idea. Back in the day I’d collect images from old magazines and paste them onto a piece of paper or pin them to a bulletin board to create a point of visual focus for materializing my  intentions. Everyone loves a nice collage, but now there’s an app, so you can input the images directly to your iPhone, and you get to carry your dream vision board with you all day long.

For example, when I wanted to incubate a dream of healing for the earth for 350 Dreamers last month, I collected images of nature, balance, love and creative solutions.

I used my new Happy Tapper vision board app (.99 cents) and created my dream vision board on my iPhone in a matter of minutes — then used it to incubate my healing dream. And, I’m happy to report, every image I placed on my vision board entered my dream in one form or another.

I’m looking forward to continued fun with my new app … and now I  have one more reason to say that the iPhone is a Dreamer’s best friend!

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To learn more about how I can help you learn about your dreams (including learning to have lucid dreams, create dream intentions, or simply understand your dreams better), tap here.

To see what your soon-to-be-friends around the globe are learning to do, tap right here.

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Why the iPhone is a Dreamer’s Best Friend

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As if it weren’t enough that the iPhone can be used as a phone, calendar, music player, camera, web browser, weather center, etc. etc. …  here’s another application. (No, not an app … not yet, anyway, but an application as in a useful purpose.)

When you wake from an exciting, exhilarating, or just plain interesting dream and you want to record it … grab that phone that you have on your bedside table (because said phone is your alarm clock, too) and use the voice memo function to record your dream.

Back in the day we’d use a tape recorder for the same purpose, but the iPhone does the old-school cassette recorder one better: With the iPhone you have a built-in light so you don’t have to fumble around in the dark looking for tape recorder buttons, plus you don’t have to worry about having a blank cassette at the ready.

More iPhone tips for dreamers:

* To make sure that late-night callers or text-ers don’t interrupt your dreams, simply put your phone on “Airplane Mode” (Settings: Airplane Mode: On) before you go to sleep. That way no calls or texts can come through until morning, when you switch Airplane Mode off.

* If you are having trouble sleeping, use the iPod on your iPhone to help you battle insomnia.  Download relaxation or meditation CDs onto your iPod. I especially recommend those that are geared toward sleep, for example the “Sweet Dreams” track on Jennifer Reis’s Deep Relaxation CD or the “Meditation for Entering Sleep” on Kim Eng and Eckhart Tolle’s Meditations for a New Earth CD. (Don’t forget to plug in your earphones so you don’t wake your bed partner.)

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