It is kind of funny how even when we work with our dreams and see the benefits we can obtain in our own lives, often we still somehow don’t have the real confidence to totally trust how amazing and inspirational our dreams can really be. On another level, dreams can even speak in such a universal language that they tap into something far more than simply the personal experience.
I know I have spent most of the last posts insisting that only you really know the meaning of your dreams, but I would like to add that that does not mean your dreams are only important to you alone. Jung speaks to us of the “Collective Subconscious,” that part of the human experience that is shared by all of us and can create a collective experience. No matter our age, religion, gender or culture, we all have common shared experiences: we are all born into this earth of a mother, we all seek nurturing, we all wish for love and our initial instincts are to avoid pain. This universal language also exists in our dreams, and if we can access it and speak it to others, we can often reach other people at a very deep level.
So today’s blog is dedicated to some famous dreams, that have given humanity as a whole gifts of insight, joy and expression, in a way that transcends the purely personal. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a few examplesto inspire!
Some Famous Dreams:
Stories and Music
“Yesterday” the Beatles hit song, came as a tune to Paul McCartney in a dream.
The plot for “Doctor Jeckyl and Mr Hyde” was revealed to Robert Louis Stevenson in a dream.
Stephen King, the horror novelist, was inspired to write “Misery” from a dream, and also dreamed ideas for his novel, “It.”
“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley was inspired by an idea that came to her in a dream.
Science and Medicine
Otto Loewi dreamed of chemical transmission of nerve impulses that led to him winning a Nobel Prize.
Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz dreamed of two major scientific breakthroughs, one that helped him discover the benzene structure in a famous image of a snake eating its own tail, revealing the structure was circular, instead of the usual liner shape; and another that helped him discover the tetravalent nature of carbon.
Madame CJ Walker, the first female self made American millionaire, dreamed of a solution to her scalp problem delivered by a large black man who sourced the key ingredient from Africa. She developed and sold the product and went onto to develop a massively successful cosmetics company.
So when you are working on your dreams, it might be worthwhile to think that the message or solution you are being presented with has a much more far reaching significance than you might have originally thought – but only if you act upon what insight you have learned!
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