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