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Defining “Dreams” | Blog Your Blessings

June 1, 2008 on 2:26 pm | In Active Dreaming, Dream Types, Future Dreams, Healing Dreams, Lucid Dreams, Shaman Dreams | 2 Comments

The fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy reminded me of a famous RFK quote: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (also assassinated 40 years ago this year) said, “I have a dream…” In fact, he said that on several occasions about different dreams.

Both men were using dream to mean something that they wanted to have happen. At first that may seem to be a different usage from the “dreams” we have at night. But take a second look.

John Lennon said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Lennon also wrote, “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” That was his dream.

In some cultures, to have a good dream, as in the dreams RFK, MLK, and John Lennon had for the good of their people, is to be obligated to work to make that dream come true. And in reading about the Senoi people of Malaysia, the Tibetan lamas, lucid dreamers of many cultures, and dreamworkers like Robert Moss, we have found that dreaming can cause things to happen. So the two definitions of dreams (day dreams and night dreams) begin to merge.

In Europe and the U.S. in recent centuries we have been taught to think of night-time dreams as passive experiences, surreal and fantastic, having nothing to do with “real” life. Now we know that we can learn to use our night-time dreams to help make our daytime dreams come true.

What could be more of a blessing than that?


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  1. Dreams are great blessings indeed and the right dreams give us the right direction in which to lead our lives.

    Comment by NeoBluePanther — July 6, 2008 #

  2. I presently have my bed N/S direction but I don’t remember ever dreaming anything. I have had my bed in opposite directions in other homes and I just don’t dream much. It doesn’t matter to em one way or the other. BUT if it si a blessing to you, go for it!

    I have my blessing up also.

    Comment by Paulie — October 26, 2008 #

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