I admit it. I’m a Disney Junkie. I don’t necessarily collect memorabilia, except for maybe a few Tinker bell snow globes and figurines, Mickey and Minnie Christmas animated figures, all the Disney DVD’s, Disney pajamas and maybe a Minnie costume…umm….never mind, anyway….
I love the Disney philosophy and I believe it embodies the Living Miraculously concept. Do you know what the Disney product is? (We create) “Happiness” How’s that for merchandising? Many of Walt Disney’s ideas seemed counter-intuitive, even crazy, yet they worked. Example: Disney’s Magic Kingdom was not built on the ground but on the second story of a building. That’s why you never see a dumpster on the grounds or a truck coming through the front gates.
Yes, Disney has created a grand illusion and quite skillfully I might add, yet the interesting thing is when you create a magical, miraculous and believable illusion or idea — just like Gepetto’s Pinocchio — it has the potential to become real.
About 10 years ago, I had a surgical procedure. Because I had a background in the medical field, I knew that surgeons usually play music in the operating room. I asked my surgeon if he had any objections to playing one of my CD’s. He hesitantly said he didn’t mind, but asked me what was the CD? I told him it was “Disney’s Magical Moments.” He smiled and asked why Disney? I responded; “in Disneyland, there’s always a happy ending” and that was the surgical outcome I intended. He laughed, but I was serious. Happiness, happy endings, miracles and magic are all hardwired beliefs associated with anything Disney and I was just capitalizing on that belief.
During brainstorming sessions Disney never allowed anyone to say “No, that will never work,” He believed that as soon as someone says, “‘No, I don’t like it,” the creative process stops.
Many of our most creative ideas and solutions come to us in a dream or at the edge of sleep. You knew that, didn’t you? “But how do I remember my dreams?” you ask. You can easily train yourself to wake up after and in between dreams, simply by telling yourself to do so. Keep a pad and pencil or a recorder on your nightstand. If you do this religiously, eventually you will get amazing and insightful and miraculous results.
The following may nudge you into actually taking some action.
Golfer Jack Nicklaus found a new way to hold his golf club in a dream, which he credits to improving his golf game.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s source of inspiration for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a dream. When he awoke from it, the details of the plot crystallized and he wrote them down
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean — a 3-year-old boy’s kidnapping at a high school reunion, dreamed the whole thing. And get this; the manuscript just happened to attract Via Rosa, the production company of actress Michelle Pfeiffer — the very woman Mitchard envisioned in the role of the mother Beth Cappadora.
The tune for “Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream.
This is just a small sample of the creativity and discoveries that have been induced by dreams. Tonight, as you drift off to sleep, just remember that your sleeping life is rich with miraculous ideas just waiting to be birthed and expect a miracle!