Can you think of anyone you know who hasn’t puzzled over the cryptic images of a dream? Research shows that everyone dreams every night! Some say they never remember their dreams. Too bad for them! They’re missing a wealth of readily available revelations and inventiveness.
References to dreams are all around us and have been since the beginning of time. Cultures across the globe, from primitive to advanced, have reported their dreams and relied on them to be visionary and stimulating in every facet of life.
So the current fascination with dreams in the United States is not new, but dreams are ever fresh and rich in layers of meaning, as well as a deep reservoir of inspiration.
Consider these examples of creativity based in the dreams of well-known artists: Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney attribute the source of some of their extensive playlist to their dreams. For example, John Lennon said that he heard the lyrics to his song “#9 Dream,” in a dream. And his writing partner Paul McCartney attributes the tune for “Yesterday,” his most often covered song, to a dream. He woke with it complete in his mind, went straight to the piano and worked it out on the keyboard.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the dreamlike artwork of Salvador Dali was inspired by his dreams. One of his most famous works, “Persistence of Memory,” depicts Dali’s conception of time as it felt in his dreams. Indeed, Dali expressed his deep reverence for dreams when he said, “One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams,”
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of “Matrix” among others, credits his experiences with lucid dreams for the inspiration for his expansive and complex movie about lucid dreaming, “Inception.” In both films, Nolan, much like Dali, challenges the traditional concepts of dreaming and waking, depicting them as interchangeable, each influencing the other.
When he was recovering from critical injuries suffered after being hit by a minivan while on his evening constitutional, Stephen King got the idea for his story “Dreamcatcher” from a series of dreams he had about four guys in a cabin in the woods. One cannot help wondering if all those scary stories King wrote reflect many years of nightmares!
Even this tiny sample from the arts makes it clear that all of us who marvel at our nightly sojourns are in good company. The quality and caliber of those who ponder dreams and are inspired by them is exemplary. You are among the stars, Dear Dreamers!
To expand your dreaming horizons even more, I suggest exploring the International Association for the Study of Dreams at www.asdreams.org. There you will find depth and breadth in the investigation of dreams, from the clinical analysis of the biological and psychological origins of dreams, to the soaring spiritual implications of our universal, human experience.
Sweet Dreams to you, Dear Dreamers!
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