Whoever wrote the song Row Row Row Your Boat may have been onto something! Life is much more than a dream but much of it is spent dreaming.
The average person sleeps one third of their life – so for someone who lives 75 years, that’s a total of 25 years of sleep! Most people dream several times during the night up to 2 hours or more per night according to studies. So that’s quite a lot of time spent dreaming, perhaps even a total of several years in the course of a lifetime!
Do you think your dreams are insignificant? You may want to reconsider.
Throughout recorded history key leaders and people of influence have understood dreams to be of great value and have tapped into their dreams for direction in decisions, to discover medical breakthroughs, to design inventions, and to conceive other creative contributions to the world.
Volumes could be written detailing record upon record of historically significant dream accounts. However, here are several examples of historically and/or culturally valuable dreams and dreamers that may surprise you.
“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.”
Several years ago, I met someone who shared that he had seen the plans for several toy inventions while dreaming. He would then wake up and write out the details and sketch the designs he had seen in his sleep. He was able to get his inventions patented and created.
Hearing his story piqued my interest and I have since then begun to pay attention to my own dreams. Although I’ve yet to have a dream of an invention or medical breakthrough, I have found my dreams to be fascinating and through them, I have gained profound insight into my own life.
Through dreams, creative and unusual ideas and solutions to problems often emerge because your “filters” are down and you become more open to think outside the box.
You might say that although you’re asleep, your heart is awake to endless possibilities.
If you do not currently pay much attention to your dreams you might want to tune in and take note of what goes on in your mind during non-waking hours.
I find it helpful to keep a journal and a pen by my bedside so that if I awake in the middle of the night or in the morning from what seems like a significant dream I can quickly write it down before doing anything else. I’ve found that if I wait to record a vivid dream, the details fade from my memory.
Some people like to record their dreams every morning. I personally only record dreams that seem vivid or if I have the feeling that there is some significance to the dream. It’s also kind of fun to give a title to each dream which also makes it easier to remember and find a specific dream that you’d like to go back and reflect on at a later time.
If you’re having a hard time solving a problem in your life, sleep on it. The answer might just come to you in the night.
Sleep well and sweet dreams friends!