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Tap your dreams to change your life

June 8, 2006 | Comment icon 4 comments

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They were one of the hottest new bands in England, by they had a big problem. So far, they were only a cover band. They desperately needed to start writing original music, but their first efforts were lukewarm, to say the least. Then one night, while sleeping fitfully in a hot hotel room, the band’s young guitarist had a startling dream. In this dream, he suddenly began hearing the most amazing guitar riffs. It was unlike anything he had ever heard -- dangerous, aggressive, powerful blasts that made the guitar sound like a deadly weapon. He awoke abruptly. In a near panic, he grabbed his guitar turned on a recorder and played the riffs from his dream before they faded from his mind. The resulting song became the band’s first No. 1 hit -- and not only that -- the song revolutionized rock music, and is considered by most musicologists today to be the greatest rock song of all time. The young guitarist was Keith Richards. His band was the Rolling Stones. The song that had come to him in a dream? “Satisfaction.” And the rest is history.Richards’ experience with a “million dollar” dream is just one example of how dreams have changed the world.

Time and again, some of the most important and astounding breakthroughs have come to people in dreams. Consider, for instance, the case of Canadian scientist Dr. Frederich Banting. He had been doing research on diabetes. One night, while sleeping, he suddenly awoke and wrote down this: “Tie up the duct of the pancreas of a dog. Wait for a few weeks until glands shrivel up. Then cut it out, wash it out and filter the precipitation.” The result was the isolation of insulin for diabetics, which has saved millions of lives ever since.One more example: A man by the name of Elias Howe had been struggling for years to perfect the first mechanical sewing machine. He was stumped, but then one night he had a frightening dream in which he was about to be boiled alive in a pot by cannibals. But he became suddenly fascinated by the spears of his dream cannibals because the spears had eye-shaped holes in their tips. A needle with an eye-shaped hole was the final innovation he needed to make the first successful sewing machine.The great Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said: “Every dream left unexamined is like leaving a gift unopened.” He was right. All of us have the power to dream, but most people dismiss their dreams as random nonsense or crazy, if not sometimes entertaining scenarios, which have little to do with reality. Yet, if we all started to take our dreams more seriously, and learned to harness their power, more of us might start having one of those revolutionary dreams that could not only change our own lives, but the world.Many people think they don’t dream, or at least, do not remember their dreams. But the fact is, everyone dreams every night, whether they know it or not.
Scientists have proved that the brain must dream to function properly. If you did not dream, you would go insane. Fortunately, there are many good ways to increase the power of your own dreams, and there are methods you can use to help you remember your dreams. You can also learn to “program” what kind of dreams you want to have, and what you want to dream about. You can even learn to become lucid within your dreams -- that is, you can become aware that you are dreaming and take active part in them --it’s like using your own brain as a virtual reality machine!One of the best ways to get started is to keep a dream journal. Place a notepad by your bed and tell yourself that you are going to remember your dreams. Whenever you wake up -- even in the middle of the night -- grab a pen and write down any dreams you have had before you forget them. Also, write down your dreams in the morning. The most active dream time is just before you awake in the morning. If you want, set your alarm clock to go off every 90 minutes. Most people enter REM state, the dream state, exactly 90 minutes after they fall asleep.This is what the great science writer A.E Van Vogt did. Science fiction icon Ray Bradbury also writes only from dream inspiration. In fact, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of such classics as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, said that “dream elves” came to him at night and gave him all of his story ideas, complete with plots fully laid out and ready to go. Stevenson was so amazed by these dream “brownies” as he called them, he was convinced that they were more than dreams characters. He thought they were real.One important thing to remember about dream inspirations or discoveries is this: You are most likely to have a million dollar dream if you are working very hard and diligently on a particular project during the days, and for an extended period.

But if you remember to dream about your project at night, your dreams may very well pitch in and help. By letting your dreaming mind get involved in whatever you are working on or struggling with, you are tapping into the vast power of your subconscious mind in a more direct way. You are using the symbolic language of dreams to show you a new and innovative way at looking at things.Your dreams can also help you solve personal problems, work out issues of anxiety or depression, and even solve problems in your personal relationships. In short, the potential of dreams is all but unlimited -- because they are as vast as the human imagination, which I believe is infinite.In the future, I will write more about this very rich subject, and my own extensive experiments with dreams, especially the incredibly fascinating practice of lucid dreaming. Also, I have a column on file here at Unexplained Mysteries describing one of my lucid dream adventures; it’s called “Restaurant on the Edge of Time.” Forgive the shameless plug, but my greater motive here truly is to get readers interested and excited about the enormous potential within their own minds, creative potential that is yours for the asking.

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Ken Korczak is the author of Minnesota Paranormala:

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Qarrah 18 years ago
That's pretty some of my dreams I've even been reading a whole book, know the plot and everything, its actually incredible, I wake up...and it's a book that doesn't even exist. My mind made it up! And some about things I wouldn't think to write about.. I thought about using some of the weird things that happen in my dreams as ideas for a book. It could actually help alot. But they're so bizarre. And about waking up in the middle of the night and writing my dreams down..haha. I like to sleep. That would wake me up too much. Cuz I fall back asleep and sometimes get back into the... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by cutycub 18 years ago
This article is true! I keep coming up with unusual theories about how things work in my dream (obviously it's probably false) and once I had a math problem I couldnt solve but that night i had a dream about solving that same problem and i eventually got the answer!!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Avius 18 years ago
I believe dreams have been proven to effect your subconscious greatly and that our subconscious effects us throughout our lifes. Our subconscious could be what makes us and how we percieve this world as our own.
Comment icon #4 Posted by SandDunePsychonaut 18 years ago
Very nice article Ken. I agree. Have kept a dream journal for about two weeks for all those reasons. It's funny you mentioned the Keith Richards thing first....just this morning I heard Jimi Hendrix playing something for me backstage at some outdoor amphitheatre...IT WAS AMAZING, it sounded like Little Wing but 5 times more beautiful...and I've been playing guitar for about 7 years. I guess I didn't keep a dream journal all my life until my AP, even though I've had some awesome ones, for some reason along these lines... "Most people dismiss their dreams as random nonsense or crazy, if not some... [More]

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