Doing nothing is actually a good practice. Sparing ourselves a little time to just breathe, or sit back and enjoy, or relax and do nothing turns out to be not just an indulgent luxury. In fact the down time either allows our inner energies and insights to pop up as inspirations, or it lets our mind free to see relationships and meaning where we might not otherwise. Time to withdraw our consciousness from daily problems, work deadlines, and ambitions gives us opportunity to apply dream information to reality.
These thoughts came to me after I had been looking over an old dream and, more recently, when I was trying to push myself to write about a crop circle. When I playfully just took the advice of the dream, rather than planning, working and agonizing over a project for class, I found that the idea for the creation came very easily (see dream).
When I finally gave myself permission to wait and do nothing for a period of time before writing the crop circle essay, I found that I came upon the information I needed without really knowing what I was looking for. While I was just leafing through a symbol dictionary for one image (the compass), I found two other images (the carpenter's square and the mushroom) that added to the meaning of the crop circle (see essay).