When dreams speak to you, listen carefully.
The universe around us is a wonderful and fast-moving place. From the perspective of the average person, it would appear that the earth is sitting still, and that everything around us is fixed in time and space. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The solid “fixed” earth upon which we sit is actually spinning on its axis at over 1,000 miles per hour (faster than a speeding bullet). As our earth spins, it is also moving around the sun at over 67,000 miles per hour. Even at that speed, the earth requires over 365 days to travel around the sun just once.
While the earth orbits the sun, the sun is also in orbit around the Milky Way galaxy. Believe it or not, the sun moves around the Milky Way at over 600,000 miles per hour. The sun takes the earth and all the planets in the solar system along with it for the ride as it orbits the galaxy. From our perspective, we really don’t sense any of this fantastic movement. We go along with our everyday lives, living, growing, learning, aging, and ultimately dying in the way that humans have done for tens of thousands of years.
The universe around us is a fast-moving and exciting place, but once in a while, it stops and communicates with us in a most mysterious fashion.
Dreams and visions have perplexed mankind for thousands of years. Many of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of all time have struggled with the mystery of dreams and visions, only to shake their heads and stand in deeper awe of the riddle of reality. Dreams and sleep are integral aspects of the function of the human body. On average, each of us sleeps about one-third of our lives. During an eight-hour night of sleep, we typically spend about two hours per night dreaming. If a person lives to be eighty years old, he/she will have spent more than twenty-five years sleeping, and ten years of that time in a dream state.
Scientists readily admit that the sleep state is essential for life. All animals sleep, and the mechanism by which the body regulates and establishes the sleep state is a fascinating scientific discipline in its own right. Without sleep and the accompanying dream state, life as we know it cannot exist. Sleep and dreams are essential to life and, without them, the body quickly shuts down and becomes unable to function.
The universe mandates that we take time out of each day and quietly rest the body. During this time, the universe also reveals to us the mystifying reality of dreams. The dream state is a very unusual and magical time in the life of a human. Many people have reported that life-changing revelations often come to them through the aegis of the dream state. These individuals feel that during this time, the universe itself speaks to them and reveals its plans for guidance in their lives. In many cases, the dreams have led to the creation of vast fortunes, fame, and immense happiness for those who have taken the time to write them down and follow their dictates.
Paul McCartney is one of the most famous singer/songwriters of all time. According to the Guinness Book of Records, his Beatles song “Yesterday” (1965) has the most cover versions of any song ever written and, according to record label BMI, was performed over seven million times in the 20th century.
The tune for “Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream…
The Beatles were in London in 1965 filming Help! and McCartney was staying in a small attic room of his family’s house on Wimpole Street. One morning, in a dream, he heard a classical string ensemble playing, and, as McCartney tells it:
“I woke up with a lovely tune in my head. I thought, ‘That’s great, I wonder what that is?’ There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window. I got out of bed, sat at the piano, found G, found F sharp minor 7th — and that leads you through then to B to E minor, and finally back to E.
It all leads forward logically. I liked the melody a lot, but because I’d dreamed it, I couldn’t believe I’d written it. I thought, ‘No, I’ve never written anything like this before.’ But I had the tune, which was the most magic thing!”
Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919) is cited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the first female American self-made millionaire. She was also the first member of her family to be born free.
Madame Walker founded and built a highly successful African-American cosmetic company that made her a millionaire many times over. In the 1890s, Walker was suffering from a scalp infection that caused her to lose most of her hair. She began experimenting with patented medicines and hair care products.
Then, she had a dream that solved her problems:
“He answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big, black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up in my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind to begin to sell it.”
Walker was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist. She best sums up her rise from a childhood in the poor south to being the head of an international, multi-million dollar corporation in the following quote:
“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”
Madame C.J. Walker built a multi-million dollar empire around hair care products during a time when African-Americans were not allowed to vote. Her empire was inspired by her response to a dream. Had she not taken the time to record the proceedings of the dream, her life may have been vastly different.
The novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) described dreams as occurring in “that small theater of the brain which we keep brightly lighted all night long.”
Stevenson said of his now classic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it was “conceived, written, re-written, re-re-written, and printed inside ten weeks” in 1886, and was conceived in a dream as he describes:
“For two days I went about racking my brains for a plot of any sort; and on the second night I dreamed the scene at the window, and a scene afterward split in two, in which Hyde, pursued for some crime, took the powder and underwent the change in the presence of his pursuers.”
Mrs. Stevenson has related picturesquely how one night Louis cried out horror-stricken, how she woke him up and he protested, “Why did you waken me? I was dreaming a fine bogy-tale!” She also related how he appeared the next morning excitedly exclaiming, “I have got my schilling-shocker — I have got my schilling-shocker!”
Stevenson wrote extensively about how his passion for writing interacted with his remarkable dreams and said that, from an early age, his dreams were so vivid and moving that they were more entertaining to him personally than any literature. He learned early in his life that he could dream complete stories, and that he could even go back to the same dreams on succeeding nights to give them a different ending. Later, he trained himself to remember his dreams and to dream plots for his books. As a result of his meticulous attention to the detail of his dreams, Robert Louis Stevenson is now remembered as one of the greatest writers who ever lived. He readily admits that his dreams served as fertile soil for the production of his books.
Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) was one of India’s greatest mathematical geniuses. He made substantial contributions to the analytical theory of numbers, and worked on elliptical functions, continued fractions, and infinite series. In 1914, he was invited to Cambridge University by the English mathematician GH Hardy, who recognized his unconventional genius. He worked there for five years producing startling results, and proved over 3,000 theorems in his lifetime.
According to Ramanujan, inspiration and insight for his work many times came to him in his dreams…
A Hindu goddess, named Namakkal, would appear and present mathematical formulae which he would verify after waking. Such dreams often repeated themselves, and the connection with the dream world as a source for his work was constant throughout his life.
Ramanujan describes one of his dreams of mathematical discovery:
“While asleep I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of results in elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing…”
Dreams carry information of many types. They often reveal unforeseen solutions to problems that vex us during the day. These solutions often seem to spring completely out of nowhere.
Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers who ever lived. However, in 1964, he went through a terrible slump, and routinely shot in the high seventies. One night, after a bad round, a solution to his problem came to him in a dream. He fully credits the dream with saving his game. After suddenly regaining top scores, he reported:
“Wednesday night I had a dream and it was about my golf swing. I was hitting them pretty good in the dream and all at once I realized I wasn’t holding the club the way I’ve actually been holding it lately. I’ve been having trouble collapsing my right arm taking the club head away from the ball, but I was doing it perfectly in my sleep. So when I came to the course yesterday morning I tried it the way I did in my dream and it worked. I shot a sixty-eight yesterday and a sixty-five today.”
When dreams speak to you, listen carefully.
There are millions of examples of the powerful, life-changing force of dreams. In my practice, I have helped thousands of clients to unravel the mysterious messages of their dreams. Often, these dreams reveal hidden treasures that help to make their lives richer, happier, and more successful. The forces that move our universe coordinate a vast number of energies that scientists are still struggling to understand. These energies are active inside the mind and soul of every dreaming person in existence. Sometimes, these energies emerge in their own special way and speak to us. These revelations are often powerful and life changing. Our only task in relation to these moments is to listen.
Dreams are a doorway into the universal unconscious.
The intelligence that creates, maintains, and manipulates our reality is vast and unfathomable from the perspective of our human consciousness. Each day, billions of chemical reactions take place within the body that are necessary for the maintenance of life. The heart beats hundreds of thousands of times; the brain relays billions of signals; the kidneys filter liters of blood; all without the knowledge or understanding of the conscious mind. However, there is a beautiful symphony of coordination, regulation, and maintenance that carries out all these functions. Let us call this intelligence “the universal unconscious”.
This universal unconscious force has the power to regulate the movement of the stars, planets, and life forms that populate this realm of existence. This force creates breathing, thought, sunlight, ocean waves, tears, flowers, stars, and everything in the universe that we can observe. This force also resides within each of us. As creations of this force, we are also privileged to be a part of its reality.
One way to understand dreams is to imagine that they are the universe’s way of sitting us down and talking to us. The conversation is constant, in that each and every day, we sleep, dream, and attempt to remember the dialogue. Some people state that they do not dream, or if they do, they never remember the content.
Science has shown that each of us does indeed dream every night. Everyone who has ever been studied for sleep disorders has been shown to have a dream state. The reality of the dream state, and its impact on our waking world, is an accepted fact of life. However, the potentially life-changing insights delivered to us by dreams are often lost in the mists of waking. How can we save more of this power for use in our waking lives? Here are some tips that might help you to recall more of your dreams.
One. As soon as you awaken in the morning, do not immediately get up. Lie in bed for a few minutes, and focus on what you can recall of your dreams. Most of our dreams happen in the last ninety minutes of sleep. This is a great time to fix them in the mind.
Two. After lying in bed for a few minutes, get up and write down what you can recall from your dreams. If you choose, you may use a digital recorder. The images and visual data from a dream are sometimes very important. Remember to write them down.
Three. Before going to sleep at night, tell yourself to remember your dreams. This positive reinforcement from the conscious mind often helps to fix the memory of the dream state in the waking brain. This fixing process is valuable in helping to preserve the often fleeting wisps of dream material that survive into morning.
Four. Ask the universe to send you a dream in response to a problem or concern. The universe is an intelligent and powerful force that is active in your life. If you allow it, the universe can help you to change your life in ways that you never considered. Don’t worry about how the change happens, where the energy comes from, or how to control its movement in your life.
Releasing the mental constraints that you place on what is “possible” in your life will help the universe to help you.