Surrealism is the stressing of subconscious or irrational significance of imagery, or in more simplistic terms, the use of dreamlike imagery. Dalí's absurd imagination has him painting
The extraordinary images seem to appear from nowhere, but there is a logic. The unconscious is a living, moving stream of energy from which thoughts gradually rise to the conscious level and take on a definite form. Your unconscious is like a hydrant in the yard while your consciousness is like a faucet upstairs in the house. Once you know how to turn on the hydrant, a constant supply of images can flow freely from the faucet. These forms give rise to new thoughts as you interpret the strange conjunctions and chance combinations.
• Think about your challenge. Consider your progress, your obstacles, your alternatives, and so on. Then push it away and relax. • Totally relax your body. Try to achieve the deepest muscle relaxation you can. • Quiet your mind. Do not think of what went on during the day or your challenges and problems. Clear your mind of chatter. • Quiet your eyes. You cannot look for these images. Be passive. You need to achieve a total absence of any kind of voluntary attention. Become helpless and involuntary and directionless. • Record your experiences immediately after they occur. The images will be mixed and unexpected and will recede rapidly. They could be patterns, clouds of colors, or objects. • Look for the associative link. Write down the first things that occur to you after your experience. Look for links and connections to your challenge. Ask questions such as: What puzzles me? Is there any relationship to the challenge? Any new insights? Messages? What's out of place? What disturbs me? What do the images remind me of? What are the similarities? What analogies can I make? What associations can I make? How do the images represent the solution to the problem?