Dreams have played such a significant part in the life of scientists, poets, politicians, musicians and so many other professions.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I depend on the ‘little people’, who work in the nocturnal theatre of my mind whenever it is necessary to conceive a new story.” “And for the little people, what shall I say, they are by my Brownies, God Bless Them! They who do one-half my work for me while I am fast asleep.”
Plutarch “placed importance to dreams in the regulation of his life and conduct. Dreams governed his judgement and his philosophy according to their sage instructions which were conveyed to him whilst his body was at rest.”
Gandhi had been eagerly seeking ways to free his people from colonial subjugation. After weeks of meditation, “he had a dream which suggested that the people of India suspend their usual business activities for twenty-four hours and devote the time to fasting and prayer.”
Elias Howe said that the “core idea for the invention of the sewing machine came through a dream. In his dream, Howe had been captured by cannibals. They were preparing to cook him and were dancing around the fire waving their spears. He noticed at the head of each spear, there was a small hole through the shaft and the up and down motion of the spears remained with him when he awoke. The idea of passing the thread through the needle close to the point, not at the other end was a major innovation in making mechanical sewing possible.”
Dimitri Mendeleyev in 1869 was trying to conceptualize a way to categorize the chemical elements based upon their weights. He stated, “I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required.” As a result of this dream, the periodic table of elements were created.
Otto Loewi was a Nobel Prize winner with his experiment demonstrating the chemical transmission of nerve impulses to a frog’s heart. Loewi stated, “The experiment was conceived through one of his dreams.”
Niels Bohr was instrumental in the discovery of atomic energy. He attributed to a dream, both his discovery of the type of hydrogen atom that is named after him and the idea of the atomic ‘mushroom.’ The information he received in his dreams was not substantiated by research until 15 years later.
Wolfgang Goethe claimed that many of his poems came to him in his dreams.
William Burroughs said, “a good part of my material comes from dreams. A lot of it is just straight transcriptions of dreams with some amplification, of course.”
Srinivasa Ramanjan was a great mathematician from India. He said that a Hindu Goddess named Namakkal would appear to him in his dreams and present him with mathematical formula which he would verify after awaking. His accomplishments were so substantial that a commentator in Scientific American stated, “it was doubtful so prodigious a feat had ever before been accomplished in the history of thought.”
Perhaps some are thinking that these were famous people and they dream different than you. Perhaps they are well known and famous due to the fact that they paid attention to and acted upon their dreams!
WE all dream several times per evening whether you recall them or not. Many individuals have remarked that their dreams are often silly or don’t make much sense. Even the individuals that I listed remarked that they also had dreams that were not always so profound.
WE all have this incredible aspect within us that provides a conduit to a much greater state of awareness. Many people have asked me about how they might recall their dreams. I suggest that you keep a legal pad and pen next to your bed. This is letting ‘your dreamer’ know that you are serious about remembering and acting upon your dreams.
When you wake up from a dream, you don’t need to turn on a light, just use your hands to find the top of the pad and write lines while slowing raising up the pad. Who know what interesting, informative, profound and earth-shaking information that you will share through your dreams.
With love, in love and through love.