The Creative Dreams

The dreaming mind has creative capacities beyond what the waking mind can fully come to terms with. Like full-blown hallucinations, in dreams a deep part of our own mechanics can put together places, people, and situations. And the dream-generator does this in real-time. The construction of entire worlds, at least, the appearance of a world from the vantage of a viewer – you (usually). It is thoughtlessly repeated all-over that waking imagination is like dreams. But it’s not. When we close our eyes while awake and attempt to envision something, this is a very pale comparison to the hyper-realistic perceptions and complete emersion of the dream-state. What predominates in dreams are the ancient concerns of our lineage. Survival. For early humans, running from other human men and beastly animals was an important scenario to rehearse. In dreams we did this rehearsing. We dreamed of falling, and connected a terror to it – preparing us to perceive an imminent threat of falling and avoiding it while awake. We dreamed of the territorial imperative, the all-pervasive understanding all animals have that there exists property lines, and we would dream of being on the wrong side of these lines or “the other” infiltrating onto our side. Our forefathers dreamed of dangers to their resources and to their social standing. Mother’s-to-be had similar dreams, and dreams of pregnancy complications. And today, we still have the same dream architecture, and basically the same dreams.

Eureka Moments

Along with being chased and having a difficulty in getting away, teeth falling out, monsters in the night, we also dream of issues in the modern world – computers and phones not working properly, being late for a meeting, cannot complete a paper for school. And yet, amidst all of this seemingly “negative” content and thematic structure, dreams have given humanity many of our Aha! moments – the crucial breakthroughs that made it possible to invent and bring into the world that which was needed but not already present. It is likely that in the majority of trials and simulations run by the dream-machine, the average person will not perceive the missing ingredients that will lead to enormous scientific discoveries. As creative as dreams are, they require your day-time devotion to a craft or endeavor in order to weave together during sleep something of lasting use to the world.

Accessing Genius

In REM-Sleep, the dreaming mind has the capacity to make connections, like metaphors on steroids, that the waking mind would rarely conjure. But to make these connections the raw materials must be present. While awake, the work and effort must be put in, the devotion to doing all we can to figure-out how to reach a goal. It can take years of hard work before a breakthrough is reached. In the examples of dream inventions and discoveries below, the people behind the dreams had already put their 10,000-hours in. They had already been at their grind, practicing, tinkering, re-evaluating. It takes an expert to not only accumulate those raw materials which the dream-generator would need for its combinatory magic, but to also recognize a gem of an idea when the dream projects one. But if you put the requisite time in during the day, dreams can provide the glue that bridges problem with solution, and this is true for many fields of endeavor – music, literature, cinema, science, and technology/invention.

Music in Dreams

Music in dreams has always been especially powerful to me. I have had soundtracks playing during lucid dreams, mood-setting melodies accompanying my flying or other adventuring. I have created all-new rhymes or witnessed my favorite rappers freestyle. Sometimes during the dream it seems as if these are songs I already heard, but upon further inspection after awakening it is apparent that this was all new material. I wouldn’t be surprised of a good deal of music, at least in part, was first heard in dreams. Keith Richards dreamed the guitar riff for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Paul McCartney dreamed the tune for “Yesterday”, and when he woke it took a while to realize that this wasn’t a song in his memory that he just couldn’t place but was an entirely new song. In fact, “Yesterday” is so perfectly catchy and resonates on such a deep level that it is the most covered (copied) song in modern history, maybe ever.

Fantastic Stories

In the world of literature dreams have proved very fertile ground for plots and details. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was taken from dream, starting with “It was a dreary night in November…”  Stephen King takes information from dreams for parts of his novels; the plot for Misery was dreamed up. Robert Louis Stevenson claimed that dreaming was a regular source of material for his writing, and he would form entire stories with this medium. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde were dreamed up after two days of Stevenson racking his brains for a plot. More recently, parts of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series were drawn from her dreams, including the sparkling-in-the-sun vampire skin.

Hollywood Dreams

And how much of Hollywood’s silver-screen entertainment has come from visions in sleep? James Cameron dreamed-up “The Terminator” while sleeping with a fever – the steel juggernaught emerging from fire “dragging itself across the floor with kitchen knives.” Before dreaming this seedling-scene, Cameron was broke and living in hotels. After…well, you know.

Discoveries from Dreams

The realms of science have been profoundly touched by dreams. Some of the most famous dream discoveries came about after gargantuan brain-storming in the day couldn’t satisfy solutions. Otto Loewi had a dream which ultimately resulted in our understanding of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. When he awoke, Loewi new how to begin triggering chemical release in frogs and transferring the liquid products between frogs, commencing a series of experiments that would alter a fundamental understanding of how the nervous system operates (although the full series of experiments afterward took many years to convince all skeptics). Loewi won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1936 as his reward for recognizing his dreams and acting on them. The scientist Kekule realized the ring structure for the benzene molecule when he saw snakes biting their own tails in a dream, ushering in the foundation for much of modern chemistry. Dmitri Mendeleyev created the periodic table in its entirety after falling asleep to chamber music and dreaming about how chemicals are related to one another as are the components of music. With some dream inspiration, Frederick Banting isolated insulin. Albert Einstein better conceptualized his Theory of Relativity based on a dream about sledding.

Technological inventions have on occasion received their breakthrough in design from dreams. A famous dream invention includes Elias Howe’s sewing machine; in a dream Howe was taken captive, and as the natives danced around him with spears in hand, he noticed the spearheads had holes near their ends – that’s it! The sewing needle should be threaded from near the tip. Larry Page “spent the night scribbling out the details” after dreaming up the idea of indexing the entire internet, and the idea for Google was born. Floyd Ragsdale had a dream about putting springs in tubes, which when applied improved the manufacturing of Kevlar fiber (the bulletproof material).

It could be assumed that most seminal religious inspiration was the product of dreams and/or dream-like hallucinations. Many wars and battles were first seen in a dream had by a general, and then executed deeming the visions as divine province. Today, we invent new varieties of aliens and abduction experiences in disturbing dreams.

Dreams are also inventive when it comes to producing beautiful scenery and even comedy. Especially in lucid dreams, I have been raptured and wrapped up in awe at the majesty of the sky – clouds catching and refracting sunglow brilliance or moonbeam shimmer. I’ve also seen ground-level vistas of noble nature at her best and grand cities representing no architect or builder other than my own imagination. When it comes to jokes, I have to hand it to the comedian that is the sandman – whether rapid-fire and brief or taking the more pronounced trajectory of a longer setup and unexpected (but perfectly timed) delivery, humor has a home in dreams. And don’t think that a little comedy takes away from the threatening nature which I claim predominates in dreams – what we find as “funny” is very often the release valve attached to our fears; we laugh to temper the harshness of a situation or description.

As a creative and inventive species, humans should neither refute the fact that dreaming is filled with threats, nor believe that these disturbing hallucinatory worlds offer us nothing for our modern existence (which has done a good job of mitigating the threats most haunting our ancestors). Stories – in cinema, in books, as musical progressions – are well-suited to the macabre and frightful titillation of dream inspiration. Even embedded in a capture and threat dream as was Elias Howe, clues to a cultural breakthrough may be apparent. First, we must try and try again to achieve our creative aspirations while awake, and then, every now and again, the prepared eye or ear will capture a glimpse of that next-level invention in a dream.
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During the dreaming state of sleep, we experience the different levels of consciousness and receive input from the different dimensions of the spirit world. Through dreaming, we have special access to our spirit within. According to the Cayce readings, there is not a question we can ask which cannot be answered from the depths of our inner consciousness when the proper attunement is made.

A dream may be of a physical, mental, or spiritual nature and may deal with all manner of psychic manifestations. These include telepathy, clairvoyance, prophetic visions, out of body traveling, remembrance of past lives, communication with beings in other dimensions including deceased friends and relatives, spirit guides, angels, Christ, and even the voice of God. Dreams can also give invaluable information on the status of the body.

All subconscious minds are in contact with one another. Through the subconscious, dreams may place us in attunement with those in the physical plane or those in the spiritual plane. We may be visited in the night by discarnate entities for many reasons: they may seek to give us assurance about their well-being in other planes of existence; they may come seeking our aid through prayer; they may come to bring us information which may be very helpful or limited; or they may come to influence us with their own desires or perspectives, which may be helpful or harmful. For example, there are dream reports of deceased relatives appearing and giving instructions about where to find a will or a lost object.

Here are some tips from the Cayce readings to help you in the analysis of your dreams:

1) Keep a notebook beside the bed. Record your dreams as soon as possible after waking.

2) Suggest to yourself every night as you fall asleep, “I will remember my dreams.”

3) If you wake during the night, write down the main symbols, and the entire dream will usually come back in the morning.

4) Practice keen observation in your dreams through self-suggestion prior to sleep.

5) Look for these components in your dreams: the setting, the people, the action, the color, the feeling, and the words.

6) Work on analyzing your dreams every day, otherwise their progression will be difficult to assess.

7) If dreams are illogical, three reasons are possible:

a. Only the fragments of the dream have been recalled.
b. The dream is reflecting something illogical in the dreamer’s life.
c. Mental blocks have erased your recall.

8) If you are unable to decipher an important dream, suggest to yourself, before your next sleep, that the dream repeat itself more clearly.

9) Nightmares, which bring with them an inability to move or cry out, usually indicate the wrong diet. To end the nightmarish dreams change your diet.

10) Dreams that are unchanged through the years indicate the dreamer’s resistance to change.

11) Dreams of ill health can be either literal or symbolic warnings.

12) When a problem confronts you, ask by prayer for guidance to be sent to you through your dreams.

13) Be practical in your interpretations. Always look first for a lesson. What have you refused to face or been ignoring?

14) Observe carefully recurrent dreams, as well as the serially progressive ones. These often illustrate progress or failure.

15) Dreams are the reaction of the inner self to daytime activity and often show the way out of the dilemma. So relate them to current activity, because dreams may be retrospective as well as prospective.

16) Dreams come to guide and help, not to amuse. They direct your attention to errors of omission and commission and offer encouragement for right endeavors. They also give us the opportunity to pray for others and to help them bear their burdens.

17) If you receive an unusual message, reduce it to common terms. See if the symbolism of the Bible can be of help in interpreting the dream.

18) Look for past-life experiences in your dreams. These manifest themselves not only in color, but in the proper costume and setting of their period. They come to warn you against repeating the same old mistakes; to explain your relationship and reactions to certain people and places; to reduce your confusions; to enable you to better understand life.

19) Do not fear conversation with the so-called “dead” in dreams. If the communication is one-sided, it denotes telepathy. If both participate, it may be an actual encounter of bodiless consciousness.

20) Dreams are primarily about self. Only a few dreams relate to family, friends, and world events.

21) Watch for mental telepathy in dreams.

22) Remember, persistence is necessary to learn any new language, and dream symbols are the forgotten language of the subconscious.

23) Give daily thanks to God for all things and use daily prayer to improve the quality and reception of your dreams.

Excerpt from the excellent A.R.E. book entitled, “Cayce on Dreams.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Edgar Cayce and Astral Projection

Today scientist and the medical world have verified the reading of one of America’s most remarkable men, Edgar Cayce. Cayce discovered at a young age that he could go into hypnosis and travel to other dimensions to obtain psychic information on any subject. He claimed that anyone could do what he did with the proper training and attunement.

When Cayce would go into a hypnotic trance, he would go through a process practically identical to what has been described by Astral Projection practitioners. Here’s a verbatim account of Cayce’s waking description of his journey in the trance state, taken from comments he made at a public lecture:

“I see myself as a tiny dot out of my physical body, which lies inert before me. I find myself oppressed by darkness and there is a feeling of terrific loneliness. Suddenly, I am conscious of a white beam of light, knowing that I must follow it or be lost.

“As I move along this path of light I gradually become conscious of various levels upon which there is movement. Upon the first levels there are vague, horrible shapes, grotesque forms such as one sees in nightmares. Passing on, there begins to appear on either side misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. Again there is change and I become conscious of gray-hooded forms moving downward. Gradually, these become lighter in color.

Then the direction changes and these forms move upward and the color of the robes grows rapidly lighter. Next, there begins to appear on either side vague outlines of houses, walls, trees, etc., but everything is motionless. As I pass on, there is more light and movement in what appear to be normal cities and towns. With the growth of movement I become conscious of sounds, at first indistinct rumblings, then music, laughter, and singing of birds. There is more and more light, the colors become very beautiful, and there is the sound of wonderful music. The houses are left behind; ahead there is only a blending of sound and color. Quite suddenly I come upon a hall of records. It is a hall without walls, without ceiling, but I am conscious of seeing an old man who hands me a large book, a record of the individual for whom I seek information.”

On other occasions, Cayce “felt himself to be a bubble traveling through water to arrive at the place where he always got the information” according to records in the A.R.E. library. In another instance, he “went up and up through a very large column”, passing by all the horrible things without coming in contact personally with them, and came out where there was the house of records. Cayce stated that as he ascended the column, there would be beings on either side of him calling out to him for help or trying to get his attention. Cayce knew that any deviation from the column and the beam of light would mean he would not be able to return to his body. It, the column, wound around on a wheel like the Rotarians have. Ultimately, Cayce felt very secure traveling that way.

Edgar Cayce was talking about passing through the lower astral planes. This can be done by anyone, according to Cayce, if the proper “attunement” is made. Cayce also mentions that this is done by everyone when they fall asleep and enter the realm of dreams, only it is done subconsciously not consciously. It is a place where a particular desire has been overemphasized while in physical life. Because Edgar Cayce had approximately 14,000 of these experiences, it is very likely that Cayce holds the record for the number of near-death experiences in one lifetime.

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The first words of Carl Gustav Jung’s Red Book are

The way of what is to come.

What follows is 16 years of the psychoanalyst’s dive into the unconscious mind, a challenge to what he considered Sigmund Frued’s — his former mentor’s — isolated world view. Far from a simple narrative, the Red Book is Jung’s voyage of discovery into his deepest self.