04/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

New Year's Dream Resolutions

The one New Year's resolution I made for 2010 is to relax more. Everything has to take its own time this year, without me trying to force anything to fruition before I truly have the energy for it.

Making dream resolutions is not like this. Dream resolutions are not about what we want to do more of or less of during the day, they are about what we want to have happen in our dreams in the year to come. Right around New Year's I take a couple days and read through my dream journals from the past year. I single out the things I did in my dreams that I am proud of, and things that I would have liked to do differently.

This is a type of dream re-scripting, so if you make them yourself just let them come out the way they are. My dream resolutions tend to come out like pronouncements, and I like making them into a Top 10 list. That is part of the fun for me. If you have dream resolutions of your own, please post them in the comments -- I would love to read them!

Here are my New Year's Dream Resolutions for 2010:

1. If you are held underground in a "DNA-resistant container," get out immediately, maybe by turning into a tree and growing yourself out and away.

2. The lucid stream is glittering all the way down to the gravel, so go ahead and dip your fingers in.

3. Do not give your name when caught in someone else's library -- Google will find out and publicize it!

4. If you are pole-vaulting across the grass, don't assume you will fail. Enjoy sailing through the air and you will make it just fine!

5. If you see a bunch of little kids wandering around backstage after a performance, bring them to the main hall so their parents can find them and bring them home.

6. Joking about how old you are getting probably isn't the best opener at your high school reunion. On the other hand, you'll learn a lot from the reactions you get.

7. Don't just pass by the guy doing uninteresting things in a dream -- he may be about to open the treasure drawer!

8. If a dead relative returns for 25 seconds to tell you your future, and it is everything you want, believe them.

9. Even if the others are hanging back, moving toward ground zero is the only way to get the footage that will really make a difference.

10. Just because you dream of restoring a beautiful theater into a thriving community hub doesn't mean you should do that in waking life. But who knows? Pay attention, and see what opportunities come your way in waking, and in dreaming.

This article was originally published at the Blog o' Gnosis.

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