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Friday, October 16, 2009

Problem-Solving Dreams

Many famous people have used dreams to help them solve problems. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Harry Truman, and Benjamin Franklin are only a few who were known to “sleep on it” when confronted with a problem or important decision.

Elias Howe, who patented the lock-stitch sewing machine, discovered the key to his famous invention in a dream. For ten years Howe had been struggling to perfect his machine. Then one night he dreamt he’d been captured by cannibals who told him he would die a horrible death if he didn’t resolve the matter. As he sat in a large cooking pot, waiting to be boiled alive, he glanced up at their spears and noticed holes near the pointed ends. Howe had his answer. He put the hole near the tip of the needle and the sewing machine was born.

Some part of you––your subconscious, your higher self––already knows the answer to your conundrum. It just hasn’t percolated through to your rational mind yet. If you have a problem and want help solving it, hold the question clearly in your mind when you go to bed. Tell yourself you’ll be given an answer while you sleep. You can even write down your request on a piece of paper and put it under your pillow. Chances are you’ll receive guidance during the night––though you may have to repeat the process for a few nights before the solution comes to you.

What answers have you gotten through dreams? How do your dreams speak to you and help you understand baffling issues? How do you work with your dreams to gain insight into situations in your waking life?

 

6 comments:

Kathleen Valentine said...

I've had a unique experience recently in which I dreamed a whole story that fit in perfectly with the new novel I am working on. I've never had that happen before but the story was so clear and so detailed that I started writing the next day. It took me a week to get the whole thing down but I think it is an amazing contribution to this piece.

Skye Alexander said...

Your imagination is working overtime, Kathleen! Isn't it interesting how our Muses speak to us in the still of the night? Good luck with your novel.

Lyndsey Powers-O'Quinn said...

that's terrific Kathleen! I'll look forward to reading it. Had you put out the intent for dream inspiration or did it just show up?

I've had numerous experiences over the years with diagnosing various health issues in dreams - either thru symbolism or faceless entities talking to me about them. And like lots of other people, have found dreams extremely helpful in finding lost things.

Now, about those winning lottery numbers ...

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