Imagination, YES, the fountain of many a good idea. Imagination is also, according to many, the key to personal and professional achievement. Some people just seem to have heaps of imagination, some get it through drugs (not endorsed), religion (also not endorsed), exposure to many varieties of culture, art, music, fiction, prose, the sciences or simply people with diverse opinions. Dreams are also often quoted as being the source for inspiration and insight. Problem with dreams are they appear random and difficult to remember. Keeping a notepad and pen by the bed can help or focusing on a particular subject as you are falling asleep. But have you ever experience “active” dreaming where you realise you are dreaming and can control it? Usually you glimpse this state as you are falling asleep or just waking up (before the real world forces itself upon you). I was interested in this a long time ago and read books on Buddhism and meditation to see if it could be controlled. I had some success but it gets more difficult as you get older. I think the key is, well, establishing a “key” or symbol such that when it occurs in a dream your consciousness is aroused just enough to let you know you are dreaming. Meditation just seems to help. Alternatively, use meditation simply to clear your mind and then to let it drift. There does not need to be any chanting or other stuff involved. Maybe you have a regular train/bus journey to work/school? Use the time by closing your eyes and concentrating on NOT thinking. Tricky part is not falling asleep and missing your stop! Lastly, imagination (and the mind itself) should be treated like a muscle and exercised regularly so that it’s ready as and when required.
PS: regular exercise is suppose to help by getting rid of toxins in the body that make us feel crap, but I wouldn’t know
(end of sermon, amen)