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Is This A Vision Or A Dream ?

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Cherish your visions and dreams, as theyare the children of your soul
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John Lennon: 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 live as one.

It seems this week I have had a few conversations with friends on dreams. I have always been a dreamer of sorts, and most likely always will be. I don’t know about you, but dreams have always fascinated me. We all have dreams every night. Each dream comes to us in the state of sleep called REM (rapid eye movement), and dreaming episodes occur in approximately 90-minute intervals. During this dreaming time unbelievable things happen because, as you know, none of the laws of nature apply in this nocturnal wonderland.

As a point of interest, the most common dreams revolve around school, being chased, sex, falling, arriving late for an event, talking to the dead, flying and failing an exam. In research studies, up to 70% of females and 65% of males report recurrent dreams. Anxiety seems to be the most common precipitating emotion, which is why most dreams are negative and scary in nature.

Personally, I think there is a lot to be learned from one’s dreams. I encourage you to think about this event that happens numerous times every night of your life. Are your dreams useful and meaningful in your life, or do you see them simply as biological manifestations with no real-life utility or significance?

I heard a song on the radio that made me think about dreams and visions. It was a hit song recorded by The Byrds back in 1965 called “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The song’s lyrics were actually adapted from the Bible, and it’s one of those songs you recognize immediately when you hear it. The part of the song that made me think about unrealized dreams can be found in the chorus: “To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time for every purpose under heaven.

As you read those words, consider the following questions: Regarding your dream, is this the season? Regarding your dream, is this the time? The reality is that this can be the time and the season for your dream IF you make it happen. So, what do you say?

Carl Jung:

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

High Eagle:

In life, many thoughts are born in the course of a moment, an hour, a day. Some are dreams, some visions. Often, we are unable to distinguish between them. To some, they are the same; however, not all dreams are visions. Much energy is lost in fanciful dreams that never bear fruit. But visions are messages from the Great Spirit, each for a different purpose in life. Consequently, one person's vision may not be that of another. To have a vision, one must be prepared to receive it, and when it comes, to accept it. Thus when these inner urges become reality, only then can visions be fulfilled. The spiritual side of life knows everyone's heart and who to trust. How could a vision ever be given to someone to harbor if that person could not be trusted to carry it out. The message is simple: commitment precedes vision.




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By Shane Joseph on May 26, 2015 at 08:48 am

Very topical. My best plots come to me in dreams. In fact, when my dreams start to get the better of me and become rather technicolored, even nightmarish, that's when I know I have been neglecting my writing and that flotsam is gathering, waiting to be converted to art.

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By Barbara MacDonald on May 26, 2015 at 05:39 pm

Wow, that is really awesome Shane....so you have created many words of art from your dreams. I also think a lot of my poetry comes to me in dream-form too. I have been known to get up out of bed just to write something that is somehow calling me to express itself. I wonder if most writers are dreamers in one shape or an other. Thank you Shane.

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By riginal on May 27, 2015 at 01:48 am

You are a dream...lovely...and a great poet destined for a lot more than you think. You can't keep this dreamer earthbound. That's the secret of her unique talent. Maybe we're living the dream and reality is on the other side? You can't learn what you've got. It's something special. From your poetic heart.And it must be annoying sometimes to have G wake you and whisper, "hey Barb, write this down"...you is good. But then you know that! Have a great weekend of poetic instilment butterfly. I'll catch you sooner than later. :>)

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By Barbara MacDonald on May 27, 2015 at 01:29 pm

Riginal, you always offer me such encouragement. I sincerely thank you for your support. Dreams are the visions of our heart, and writing poetry is my way of expressing it....take care. :D

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By iancochrane on June 04, 2015 at 06:23 am

we all need to dream Barb. & `turn, turn, turn' is one of my many favourite songs.

great new picture btw!

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By Barbara MacDonald on June 05, 2015 at 10:33 am

Thank you Ian, yes, i agree, we all need to dream.

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By gustavo on June 15, 2015 at 05:46 am

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By riginal on June 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

gustavo with much gusto go get your money back...start again. Make out you're not a nocturnal troll. Bury your chest of English...not my business i guess...but sincerity certainly aint yours.

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