With respect to dreams that changed the world, here are a few examples:
JASPER JOHN AND THE AMERICAN FLAG
Jasper John was supporting himself as a window dresser in NYC in the mid 1950s when he had a dream about painting the American flag. He acted on his dream inspiration and that flag became part of the revolution in American art.
Film, Cinema & Music: A Social Dream
Cinema is a sort of social dream that we all share collectively when we go to the movies. The Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman reproduced episodes from his dreams as accurately as possible in such films as “Naked Nights” and “Wild Strawberries.” Bergman said he discovered that some of his films were dreams, but that all his films were dreams was a new discovery for him.
Steven Spielberg calls his company DreamWorks in recognition of the social role and function that his films play in helping people to see new realities of their modern existence that is best communicated through films.
Orson Wells, the American actor and director responded to his film, The Trial, “No, it’s my dream. I dreamed about the film.”
GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL
George Frederic Handel heard the last movement of his oratorio, “The Messiah” in a dream.
Richard Wagner wrote to a friend regarding his opera Tristan und Isolde: “for once you are going to hear a dream. I dreamed all this. Never could my poor head have invented such a thing purposely.”
Mary Shelly wrote her nightmare into a best selling novel, which we know today as Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus published in 1818.
A few historical events influenced by dreams ...
Mahatma Gandhi sought to free his people from colonial subjugation when after weeks of mediation, he had a dream, which suggested that the people of India suspend their usual business activities for 24 hours and devote that time to fasting and prayers. The resulting non-violent mass strikes or “hartals” of 1919 marked the turning point in India’s effort to achieve self-determination.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
We are all familiar with Martin Luther King Jr's. famous speech. “I have a dream” speech is from an actual dream that he had that moved him to the point of talking about it in his speech on Washington Mall.
In the Fourth Century, Christ appeared to the Emperor Constantine in a dream and told him to have an insignia of the cross represented on his shield as a safeguard against his enemies, which after defeating Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius around 312 AD established Christianity as the official religion of Rome.
The angel Gabriel appeared to Mohammed in a dream and encouraged him to leave Medina and go to Mecca, which led to the establishment of the Islamic faith.
GENHIS KHAN / GEORGE PATTON / JULIUS CEASAR / HANNIBAL
Genghis Khan, George Patton, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal were all influenced by their dreams and acted on their dream inspiration.
Jean Dixon visualized the assassination of JFK long before the event took place, but was unable to get the warning through to the president in time to stop him from going to Dallas, Texas.
Abraham Lincoln dreamt of his own death the night before the tragic assassination occurred.
ON THE NATURE OF DREAMS
No amount of quantitative analyses of collected base line data, pushed, twisted, massaged and manipulated within a static or dynamic mathematical or socially engineered or rationalized model or framework can produce the results that dreams can in terms of predicting the future through clairvoyant or symbolic means. Of the two, symbolic dreams are most powerful, common and important because in one instant, they provide an archetypal framework or model of a situation, problem or structure of current, past or future events that cannot be refuted, compromised and in some cases prevented. In this regard, dream statements properly understood are fait accompli.
REM SLEEP DREAM CYCLES
According to modern scientists, we all dream about 2½ hours every night in three to four 90-minutes sleep cycles. Yet most people do not remember their dreams, partly because of culture, where we have been told since childhood that dreams are not important, and partly due to living very busy lives that supersedes everything that comes from the unconscious and metaphysical worlds of our living psychic beings.
RECALLING YOUR DREAMS
Proper dream recall requires time, patience, strong desire and journaling, which most people find difficult to do on a consistent basis, if at all.
SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY DO NOT DREAM AT ALL!
In fact, most people would say that they do not dream at all when in fact they do dream every night – they just don’t remember their dreams that are produced during more than 2 hours of REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) every night!
DREAM, NIGHTMARE OR OMEN!
Whenever an important dream breaks through from the unconscious world and grabs our attention as a way of communicating with our conscious minds, people either ignore the dream completely, thinking it is just a silly ole dream, or spend time trying to decipher or get a proper interpretation to better understand the dream narrative, symbol(s) and/or message with respect to how that particular dream relates to important people, events or things in their lives.
According to Jung a recurring dream will not go away until the underlying psychic motive, principles, structure or event is properly dealt with through integration with the Self or as an expression or realization through individualization in the real world.
Do you know of a documented dream that changed the world?
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“The Power of Myth,” Bill Moyer’s Interview with Joseph Campbell on video tapes and in book form.
“The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” by Joseph Campbell
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Written & Posted: November 11, 2007