Are you a Dreamer?


This is from the dHarmic Evolution Podcast DE 164 The storyteller series | "Dreamer" from the Album "Gratitude"

Dreamer: One that dreams, a visionary, an idealist, a habitually impractical person……is this you? Well for sure it certainly is me. But dreamers are not necessarily outcasts in society, misunderstood and unconventional perhaps, but let's dig in and find out what "Dreamers" are all about shall we?

Dream:

1) A series of idea’s images, emotional, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

2) A daydream; a reverie.

3) A state of abstraction; a trance.

4) A wild fancy or hope.

5) A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration, a dream of owning their own business.

6) One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful.

Dreamed or dreamt:

1) To experience a dream in sleep,  (dreamed of meeting an old friend)

2) To daydream

3) to have a deep aspiration: (dreaming of a world at peace)

4) To regard something as feasible or practical (I wouldn’t dream of trick skiing on icy slopes)

5) To experience a dream of while asleep (did it storm last night, or did I dream it?

6) To conceive of, or imagine

7) To pass idly or in reverie. 

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I obviously love using the dictionary as my favorite "go to tool" for songwriting, it is second only to my imagination, and I place it above the synonym finder, rhyming dictionary, and thesaurus, as it creates vivid amazing trails and pathways to so many other doors that further expands our imaginations to nearly limitless possibilities for storytelling!

So who of you out there is a dreamer? I hope all of you! I know that many are, because you really can’t be a songwriter if you are not a dreamer of some kind. Our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, attributed the philosophy contained within the Declaration of Independence to their dreams.

Albert Einstein ascribed the theory of relativity to a dream he had as a young boy.

Thomas Edison credited his discovery of electricity to his dreams.

Colonel Harold Dickson made history’s biggest oil discovery (which later became the Kuwait Oil Company) based on guidance illumined in his dream.

Elias Howe sourced his invention of the sewing machine to his dreams

Dr. Frederick Banting discovered insulin in his dream—and won a Nobel Prize.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was inspired by her dream/nightmare

A dream led Otto Loewi to a Nobel Prize for his contribution to medicine

Mendeleyev beheld the complete periodic table in his dream.

The planet Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in a dream.

Stravinsky, Wagner, and Beethoven heard musical compositions, from fragments to entire canons, in their dreams.

Bob Dylan composed music from his dreams.

Paul McCartney praised his dreams for his multi-platinum song, Yesterday.

Jeff Taylor dreamed of his patent for Monstor.com

The movie, Avatar, was dreamed in vivid detail by director, James Cameron

The Twilight series was dreamed by stay-at-home-mom, Stephenie Meyer…and the list goes on…      Now don't you feel better about being a dreamer? Dreamers are necessary, and its really important to have dreams, dreams are what keep us going, what keep us innovating, what keep us growing, so if you are a dreamer, Dream On!

What Do Dreams Do For Our Health? 

Studies show that dreaming is good for us. Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dream expert on the clinical faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, says “Good dreaming contributes to our psychological well-being by supporting healthy memory, warding off depression, and expanding our ordinary limited consciousness into broader, spiritual realms.” A study at Harvard Medical School concluded that dreaming also helps us consolidate memories and retain information.

In the book,  The Mind in Sleep Arthur M. Arkin cites a study in which subjects were deprived of REM sleep intermittently over a period of time. The study concluded that there is a “close association between REM sleep and dream recall” and a “positive correlation between REM density and the subjects’ active involvement in dramatic dreams.” In other words, the longer your REM cycle, the more intense your dreams.

“If you have very poor sleep, you may not even dream at all,” says John S. Antrobus, a professor of psychology and sleep research at the City College of New York, now retired. “But it depends on why you’re not having a good night’s sleep.” According to Antrobus, factors that can lead to poor sleep include consuming alcohol before bed, experiencing stress and having a disturbing day. Other causes include keeping electronics like cell phones, televisions or computers in the bedroom; eating, exercising or consuming caffeine too late; having an uncomfortable bed or sleeping environment; and keeping an inconsistent sleep schedule. This piece is gold!  I could do 20 minutes on each of these subjects, but I won't!

Let's talk about the drinking, I have been giving up drinking for Lent the last few years, and I never feel so good all year long. I get away from those habits of drinking at night or socially, if your out and everyone is having a drink, its easy to get caught up in joining them. But if you have it set up in your mind that your drinking without the alcohol, it's just so easy and you never feel better!

As far as the phone in the bedroom, you should remove all electronics in the bedroom, I recall Tim Ferris writing about this in his book 4 hour body, and how his sperm count had dropped precipitously, and way out of the range of normal for his age at the time. They later realized it was the close proximity to his phone that created this problem. Remove the phone from your body, and retest 8 weeks later, like a new man!

If you have a TV in your bedroom, consider getting it out of there, what a buzz kill for expanding your mind, reading, having great sex (if you have a significant other) expanding relationship and conversation, spending time with the Lord in quiet thought and meditation, etc.........feeding your brain with the 11:00 news each night is poison for your mind!

 “Good” sleep — or sack time that includes REM sleep — leads to an active dream life, and in turn an active dream life is good for us. But when it comes to the relationship between getting a good night’s sleep and having good dreams, or remembering our dreams better, the science gets murky.

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