Seems funny now, trying to explain the inspiration for this post about dreams. Ironically it came to me very poetically on a restless and sleepless night only a couple of weeks ago. First poetry arrived, filling my thoughts and suddenly I knew what my direction and writing would include in this entry about dreams.
"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing".
I grew up with parents nightly announcing it's bedtime Vera... Mr. Sandman will soon arrive". Mr. Sandman is a fairytale, a mythical character in European folklore associated with sleep and dreaming. Mr. Sandman has magical power just by sprinkling sand into children's eyes to lure them into sleep. Sure... Seriously sand ... Oh the land of make believe. Although in the book Mr. Sandman it is also referred to as sprinkling a sleep dust into children's eyes.
But what you don't know about me is as a child bedtime was an enjoyable end of a perfect day, actually still is. Creativity bursts forth in my dreams, the simple fact is our brains are more active while asleep than during the day.
Mr. Sandman first appeared in 1941 in the fairytale "Ole Lukoje" by Hans Christian Anderson. Photo is an illustration of Mr. Sandman from the book.
Dad was a true crooner and he loved to sing. My Dad worked shift work and having him home to tuck me into bed every third week as a child was always a fun awaited event. I would hear my Dad walking down the hallway -
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
bung, bung, bung, bung, bung,
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung,
bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Turning the corner and appearing in my doorway now in full verse...
"Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream (bung,bung,bung.bung)
Make him the cutest thing that I've ever seen ...
Give him two lips like roses and clover (bung, bung, bung, bung, bung)
Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over.
Sandman, I'm so alone
Don't have nobody to call my own...
Please turn on your magic beam
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream."
I loved that song sung by the Chordettes, still do! Want to hear all the lyrics? Click on the You Tube video below, live from 1958. But here's the disclaimer, I can not guarantee it won't lock in your brain! If it does, remember to make it exit with singing a loud and big finish. Although I'll admit it's still in my head!
It is said that we dream between 1,460 to 2,190 dreams a year. Our brains are more active while asleep than during the day. For the simple act of sleeping recharges our creativity.
Photo In our bedroom at the end of our day just about to dive into a freshly made bed...
A little inspiration to inspire Parisian dreams tonight. Our bed is a modern redesign of a 1940's French sleigh bed, it sits in the corner. I have always enjoyed an angled bed, to me it's dramatic and welcoming.
"Sleep is the best Meditation."
90% of a dream vanishes during the first minute awake. As a child and even into my 20's I kept a dream journal.
"Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy."
Bizarre dreams still have meaning. According to Harvard Medical School dreaming can help you learn. When the brain dreams it helps you learn and solve problems. Which accounts for the saying "Sleep on it."
Plus reoccurring dreams are your brains way of telling you something.
You can actually control your dreams. An awareness that you are dreaming, is called "lucid dreaming". With training lucid dreams can last upwards of 30 minutes.
Guess what? Have a fantasy dream - you don't need to be asleep to dream! Recall a dream you had and bring it back into your waking awareness, surely it will play out.
"Dreams digest the meals that are our days."
Surrealism ... Using dream like images
Salvador Dali would wake himself up the moment sleep came to him to capture in his paintings his surreal dream images.
"Give me two hours a day of activity and I'll take the other twenty two in dreams"
"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision."
We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night. Which equals to more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime and we sleep 1/3 of our lives away.
Nightmares occur more in children. My belief is that children are just learning to expand their understanding and acceptance of their imaginations.
"Dreams are answers to questions we haven't figured out how to ask."
Dreaming recharges our creativity and guess what - our pets dream very similar dreams to ours.
Now to explain this photo ... After an enjoyable weekend meal and a bottle of wine while we were in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and making cappuccino and serving up dessert Max >^..^< jumped up on the dining room table. Yeah, OK tables are for glasses and not cat asses! But he seemed deep in a dream and was snoring while we sat down and enjoyed coffee and dessert as his whiskers flicked in la la land.
Best ever dream fact? Our bodies burn more calories sleeping than awake!
Very worst fact - Avoid sleep for more than 10 days and you will die! Also just for your information the colder your house is the worst your dreams are. Plus thankfully only 12% of us dream in Black and White. My dreams are full vivid color!!! I strive for 8-9 solid hours of restorative sleep nightly, but still need to count calories!
So until my next post, dream sweet dreams.
Dreams can be magical, allowing our creativity to freely take flight in the middle of night...
Empowering our abilities and then - pouf - dreams disappear in the mornings bright light.
Chasing our memory and trying to recapture dreams with a fantasy gossamer butterfly net.
As you process remaining fleeting glimpses of your technicolor dream trying hard not to forget.
Some nights we dream of an illusional fantasy we think makes everything crystal clear,
but oftentimes when we awaken our beliefs and desires just seem crippled by ones own fear.
A kaleidoscope of wondrous colors flash by in REM sleep with closed eyes, but with an open mind.
Answers we seek while sleeping, perhaps because of a mentally relaxed state is always what we hope to find.
Why is it in dreams our heart can sing a joyful song, a rhythm of our soul that knows no bounds?
Realization that eminent dreams can accomplish unlimited possibilities in achievement just truly astounds!
Harnessing the power of the subconscious during dreams to guide our thoughts throughout a normal hectic day...
A destined potential that our awakened minds retain illusive dreams in memory that can linger and stay.
It is the ultimate uncharted territory of our mind scape that we all want to stake claim.
Remembering and learning from our answers in our dreams is what we all hope will remain.
Photo sources 3,4 and 10 me, Vera
All others Google free images