Recently, I’ve become extremely interested in understanding and controlling my dreams. My motivation has stemmed from questioning whether I am fully using my mind and making the most of my life. Can I tap into a great source of knowledge in my dreams? Are my dreams trying to tell me how I can live out my fate? Can my dreams help me achieve what I deeply desire?
After reading this blog, I am focusing on taking time and effort to find “hidden gems” in my dreams. Though I am a little cautious of making life decisions on crazy dreams that may be the result of the pepperoni pizza that I ate for dinner, I have plenty of experience that has demonstrated how dreams have allowed me to make better decisions, especially when it comes to writing.
Creative writing is one of my favorite hobbies. Ever since I started writing my first book at the age of 16, I’ve loved ending my day working on some creative writing piece. As the result, I’ve been able to write several novels of substantial length. Even though I have become better at writing more efficiently, I always come to a point in which I’m unsure how to advance the plot. It’s not necessarily writer’s block as much as not knowing which choice to make out of a dozen ideas in my head. As I lie in bed before falling asleep, I’ll think hard about these multiple options. Then, by the time I wake up, I have some clarity of which should be the right choice. Though I rarely dream of any episodes from my novels, I usually feel as if I had been thinking about the plot through the night, and I have the confidence on how to move forward.
Stories of writers being inspired by their dreams is something very common. The most famous is Robert Louis Stevenson’s vivid nightmares that inspired, the Srange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a classic some consider to be one of the most scariest novels of all-time. John Bunyan was a ordinary citizen uneducated in literature and theology, yet he was able to produce one of the most famous spiritual allegories of all time, The Pilgrim’s Progress, based on dreams and “insights from God.” Mary Shelley journaled about a child coming back to life after massaging her near a fire. Months later, she would start writing Frankenstein. Famous contemporary writer, Stephen King attributes the plot of his novel, Misery, to a vivid nightmare he had while napping on his way back from a flight out of London. Even, Stephenie Meyer admits that some of her ideas from the Twilight series came from a dream of a attractive vampire talking to a young woman.
Numerous other examples can be referenced to demonstrate how some of the most successful creative writers have been able to tap into their dreams to create their most memorable works. I’m hoping I will have as much success in the future. I hope I can even take it to the next level by becoming a “creative writer” of my own dreams and experience the fun, excitement, and insight from the world of lucid dreaming.
Nick Shelton is the author of The Good Life Crisis and The American Truth. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is trying to live out his personal life-philosophy of “experiencing beauty, love, and truth with a community of others and God.”