Thursday, March 27, 2008

Daily Dedroidify: Dreaming

Daily Dedroidify: Dreaming

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily...
life is but a dream...

Dreams have inspired important scientific advances. Perhaps the most celebrated of these is the inspiration for discovery of the molecular structure of benzene by Kekule. The Russian chemist Mendelev discovered the periodic table method of classifying elements according to atomic weight while dreaming. Elias Howe completed his invention of the sewing machine while dreaming. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity came to him partly in a dream. Other dream-inspired creations include literary masterpieces such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Voltaire’s Candide, "The Raven" by Poe and "Ulysses" by James Joyce. Robert Louis Stevenson was able to formulate stories while dreaming, which he later wrote down and published. Even some popular music compositions by Billy Joel and Paul McCartney have come in dreams. Even precognition appears in dreams, as Lincoln for example dreamt of his own assassination a week before. (see synchronicity.)

From "Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light" by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
see Dream Creativity & Discovery

Everybody dreams, you just need to find out how to remember how your dreams. Practice short meditation before sleeping, affirm your intentions before going to sleep. When waking up, first keep lying still and try to remember, gradually it will come with time and practice. Then write them down in the dream journal next to you, cause you can forget a lot after only a few minutes. Remember fantastic adventures, get inspired & come to insightful realizations through symbolism & metaphor about yourself & the world.

Then find out how to trigger lucidity in them and shape your own dreamworld like a god - your very own holodeck! When opening a door, look at your hands and ask yourself: am I dreaming? And this habit will convey to your dreams. Tell yourself before going to sleep that you will recognize dreams when an incongruous event takes place. When you realize you are dreaming, you can do whatever you like with enough focus. When becoming adept enough, you can even utilise the precious sleep time to further your spiritual practice without material bodily inhibitions or learn or practice anything else you can imagine.

Become a better, happier you

Take a trip into your own mind.
"Awareness + Intention = Control in a lucid dream." Jeremiah Molfese
Does the dreamer dream the dream or does the dream dream the dreamer?
"Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience, yet they are often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality. In the dream state our bodies are at rest, yet we see and hear, move about, and are even able to learn. When we make good use of the dream state, it is almost as if our lives were doubled: instead of a hundred years, we live two hundred." Tibetan Buddhist Tarthang Tulku
"The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is." Carl Jung
Sigmund Freud called dreaming the royal road to the unconscious
"What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream you went to heaven and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read." The Talmud
"American physicist and Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman introduced the concept of 'Negative Time', in the case of electrons it can occur that their departure time is mathematically behind the arrival time. This reversal of order could be meaningful for explaining predictive dreams." Henri Van Praag


John M. said...

This may qualify as apocryphal, but I remember hearing somewhere that Nikola Tesla would build a machine in his mind before he went to bed, start the machine, go to bed and then when he got up, he would check and see how it held up through the night.

I imagine he had some odd dreamscapes.

Dedroidify said...

I've heard about it too. I think it's quite possible from what I've heard from lucid dreaming research and my own experience with it.

I wouldn't call those Tesla dreams odd, I'd more call the common man's random chaos dreams odd.

Imagine if we all trained our awareness as Tesla did, well we'd probably evolve too quickly to keep up but hey ;)