Exercise: the Salvador Dali

Try to tap into “hypnogogic imagery.” Have pencil and paper handy. Place a metal cookie sheet on the floor near a comfortable chair and hold a spoon loosely in your hand over the sheet. Settle down and try to relax fully. As you relax or fall to sleep, you’ll drop the spoon, creating a noise that will rouse you. Grab the paper and write down any thoughts or images that come to you.