posted on May, 25 2009 @ 09:05 AM
In each of these lives a dream made a difference. Or more accurately, the dreaming mind is credited with being the source of the ideas, insights,
revelations and guidance. History is replete with examples. The Bible operates on dreams and visions. Great inventions have been attributed to dreams.
The dream mind is a font of insight.
Julius Ceasar's decision to cross the Rubicon is attributed to a dream in which he saw himself in bed with his mother (Mother Rome, the seers told
him) His assassination was foretold in his wife's Calpurnia's dream. "She held him in her arms, bleeding and stabbed." Another Ceasar, Ceasar
Agustus, is said to have walked the streets as a beggar because of instructions he received in a dream.
Constantine was in Trier Germany in 312 AD when he had a dream of Jesus Christ on the Cross with the sign In Hoc Signum (By this sign.) He issued the
Edict of Milan that established tolerance for the Christians.
Homer reports on Agamemnon's dream from Zeus carried by Hermes. It was the battle plan that came from the Demios Oneiron, the village of dreams on
the way to Hades.
The father of medicine was an early practitioner at the temples of Æ sculapius. The Hippocrates developed the idea that the dream was a window on
illness, reflecting the body's state. Bizarre dream content was indicative of illness, normal content bode for wellness.
Hannibal attributed the battle plan to attack Rome over the Alps with Elephants as something that came to him in a dream. Figures. What a crazy idea!
St. Frances of Assisi
St Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan Order because of a dream in which Jesus Christ spoke from the cross telling him to "go set my house in
Dante relates that the whole story of the Divine Comedy was related to him in dream on Good Friday in 1300. When he died in 1321, part of the
manuscript was lost. His son Jocojso found the manuscript after a dream in which his father showed him where to look.
The great Khan is reported to have received his battle plans from his dreams. He is also reported to have been told in a dream that he was a chosen
Marie Antoinette had a dream on Dec 12 1793 of a red sun and pillar. The sun rose and then suddenly set. This just preceded her beheading.
On November 10, 1619, Descartes has three dreams. two of them full of violence sex and religion. In the third the Spirit of Truth showed him the
Treasury of Science from which he developed his ideas for the Cartesian plain and the geometry of the coordinates.
Robert Louis Stephenson
Stephenson believed that his best stories came from his dreams. He reported that the theme for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was derived from a dream. He
also reported other breakthroughs in his writing that came from his dreams. He suffered as a child from nightmares and learned to control his dreams
to change the nightmares. He says he used his dreams to revise plays and stories while asleep.
General George McClelland
General McClelland had a dream of George Washington who said,"George do you sleep at your post? Rouse yourself and ere the sun of tomorrow had set,
the Confederate flag would have waved above the Capitol and your grave, but, note what you see, your time is short." Washington rolled out a living
map of the troop positions of the confederates for a march on Washington. McClelland is reported to have taken notes on the presentation and won the
Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz
Kekule was a chemist working on the chemical structure of Benzene. He reports that he got fed up with his data which made no sense as a "long
string" molecule. He was dozing in his comfy chair when we was startled by the image of a snake biting its own tail. He woke and worked out the
mathematics the Benzene molecule as a ring rather than a long string.
General George Patton
General George Patton, when at the battlefield on Langres France, said to his driver that he already knew the place. He told his driver where to go
and said it was as if someone were whispering directions in his ear. He correctly went to the Ancient Roman Amphitheater, The Drill Grounds, The Forum
and even correctly went to the spot where Caesar had pitched his tent. "You see, I've been here before"
Hitler was sleeping in a fox hole during the first war, when her was awakened by a nightmare of his mouth full of dirt. Choking, he got up and walked
away from the fox hole to "get some air." Then a shell made a direct hit on his foxhole. All hands were killed except Hitler. He concluded that he
had been spared by divine intervention. The rest is history!
Napoleon is reported to have had a dream of a black cat on the night before the battle of Waterloo.
Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, wrote that he got the core idea, the breakthrough concept, from a dream. It was a nightmare. He had been
captured by cannibals. They were preparing to cook him and they were dancing around the fire waving their spears. Howe noticed at the head of each
spear there was a small hole through the shaft and the up and down motion of the spears and the hole remained with him when he woke. The idea of
passing the thread through the needle close to the point, not at the other end was a major innovation in making mechanical sewing possible.
Niels Bohr reports that he developed the model of the atom based on a dream of sitting on the sun with all the planets hissing around on tiny cords.
Dreams deliver battle plans, new ideas, creative solutions, fearsome premonitions. The dreaming mind is an extraordinary repository of information. It
is a place from which revelations come. It is a remarkable synthesizing tool that operates on the edges of creativity.
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long
before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
The structure of the chemical benzene was revealed in a dream to the German chemist F.A. Keule in 1890] "Again the atoms were juggling before my
eyes…my mind's eye, sharpened by repeated sights of a similar kind., could now distinguish larger structures of different forms and in long chains,
many of them close together; everything was moving in a snake-like and twisting manner. Suddenly…one of the snakes got hold of its own tail and the
whole structure was mockingly twisting in front of my eyes. As if struck by lightning, I awoke…Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then we may
perhaps find the truth." F.A. Keule, as reported during a convention, 1890
Glimpses of the future are far more common than most people realize, and seem most often (although not exclusively) to come in dreams.
For instance, J. W. Dunne's book "An Experiment with Time" was written in 1927 about his own dreams about the future (precognitive dreams), and his
informal experiments with his friends to see if everyone might have these future glimpses, which he called "future day residue" after Freud's term
"day residue". Dunne found that dreams about future events were common in the dreams of people who wrote their dreams down and looked for future
correspondences. He hypothesized that there was usually emotional resistance in people to the concept of seeing the future that tended to prevent the
recognition of the relationship between dreams and future events. In some other cultures, the idea that dreams might foretell the future is more
accepted than it is in our society, although the interpretation of the meaning of these instances may vary