‘If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream.’ William Shakespeare
I hold claim to being a dreamer of weird and unusual dreams. I’ve dreamt of being fully tattooed at the age of 75. What a challenge for the one doing the tattooing. I’ve closed my eyes and seen a buffalo grazing in our back yard – one that we adopted to replace our dog. I’ve had visions about going from one place to another, like skipping through the channels on a remote.
Dreams have often played a part in my creative process while others have really placed fear in my mind so much so, that I’ve been disturbed by them for days. Some dreams are pleasant. Some are patchworks of my life. Some are woven with stories, consisting of interesting plots, protagonist, antagonist and sub-plots that go their own way.
Some people feel there are hidden messages in our dreams that will at some point affect our lives. Some believe that life is simply a dream and we are the whimsical characters that float in and out of it. Folks often put great stock in their dreams and will act on them accordingly. Many actually live by their dreams rather than placing their trust in the One who places them in our minds.
Some people think that dreams can predict the future or be a sign from God on how to live. I believe that dreams are a compilation of many things. If you have even an ounce of creativity in you, you will probably dream. If your life is filled with stress, dreams may be a means of escape for you. Dreams can also come out of nowhere and make no sense at all. The brain is a miraculous organ. Every part of it has a specific use. Sometimes I think we place thoughts into that space and eventually they become part of a dream.
For me, dreams have been a great boon. Mine have led to many changes in story directions for the plays I’ve written or revised. For example, the last version of Narnia, included four queens – earth, wind, fire and ice. It made for an interesting twist.
Whatever dreams are for, I believe that they are an important part of who we are, and an indicator of what the Creator has planted within us. Dreams are the beginning of invention and can lead to great things. They can also be very disturbing and realistic, and often scare the bejeebers out of me.