56 – Dreams *

Special thanks to Ritva for providing images of her art. Ritva is in Finland and I encourage readers to visit her photo blog Ritva Sillanmaki Photography and her art blog, Art by Ritva. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. She was also willing to try something different for me – collages. Any thoughts? Ritva’s work is copyrighted by Ritva Sillanmaki Photography.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Last night, I had one of those weird dreams that make no sense to me. So, why not think about dreams while I stroll the sand?

Dreams – the succession of involuntary images and thoughts that play like a movie as we sleep. Telling stories that sometimes we don’t understand, but some people try to interpret them because dreams seem to be a symbol for a deeper meaning.

Dreams – that high brain activity of the unconscious mind we associated with REM (rapid eye movement), dopamine, deep sleep, nightmares, fantasies, recurring, compelling, progressive, and the bizarre.

Dreams may be about deep desires, fears, or oppressions. Some people see them as omens, prophecies, warnings, and good signs or bad.

Dreams are independent with a freedom that is beyond our control. Whether a nightmare or bliss or something in between, the dreamer is helpless.

Dreams hang onto hope – something we can have – so one can cling to that dream.

Dreams are the subject of art, religion, music, movies, short stories, and novels. We think of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and the Looking Glass. They are the Field of Dreams, Dream Girls, and Don Quixote’s Impossible Dream wrapped into one.

We Dream On while knowing Sweet Dreams are made of this. Major Nelson dreamed of Jeannie in the bottle, which wasn’t a Nightmare on Elm Street.

We link A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Shakespeare, but we sing to Daydream Believer, Dream a Little Dream, and A Day for a Daydream but, we may fill The River of Dreams with tears of joy or sorrow.

Dreams aren’t limited to sleep because we can daydream. You know about daydreams – that daze, trance, hypnotic state when the mind is elsewhere while we are unaware of our surroundings.

We daydream about somewhere, sometime, or someplace as a fantasy, a wish, a yearning, a possible something that is set in the heart. The dream of the first kiss can lead to reality, which could mean more.

We also associate dreams with aspirations, ambitions, ideas, ideals, and goals – a target, objective, or intention. A dream can be a hope that one longs for – maybe something very possible or the unattainable pie in the sky.

The dream that one thought would never happens may become real at an unexpected moment – a moment that is cherished and never forgotten.

A dream may be a possible idea from a visualization of reality – a solution – a new idea – an innovation – even something revolutionary. Dreams are what could be, but how we get there is also important – and that requires a vision with goals and a plan for achievement.

Dreams inspire creations as writing, art, and music for many others to enjoy and apply personal meaning.

We dream in our language to deliver a variety of messages. I could be an American dream, a sweet dream, or a pipedream. That dream house, dream job, dream vacation, or dreamboat may be beyond one’s wildest dreams – yet we remember the Dream Team and sang to Dreamboat Annie.

I can’t forget that those with (or had) pets think we’ve seen our pets dreaming while they sleep, but we don’t know if they were. Research says pets dream, but researchers don’t know the storyline. Can you imagine a pet’s dream?

Dreams are more than a mental story while we sleep. Even when weird like last night, dreams are good for something to think about on this day because I like walking the beach, which is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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187 thoughts on “56 – Dreams *”

  1. Oh, I love this post my friend… and Ritva’s images and collages are so beautiful!!!
    On a side note… I often wonder too what our pets ‘dream’ of. I know there are times Hera will look distressed and at other times wag her tail, so I assume she does dream stressing or pleasant dreams! 😉
    Yamas!

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    1. Marina,
      Thank you, Marina. I had no idea Ritva did this until she mentioned it in a comment on her photoblog or in an email. As soon as I saw her art blog, I know we had a match. FYI: I’m using WP Gallery block so readers can get a closer look if they desire. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing your thoughts about pets dreaming. Have a good weekend. Yamas!

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  2. What a very fascinating video, Frank! I can see why you chose it, because of its dreamlike kuality (that darn letter again! 🙂 ) and while I loved it, and the music, it irked me a bit that she was not playing that violin. Ritva’s artwork is fabulous and I enjoyed your musings. I seldom remember dreams. Only the ones that frighten me and almost always involve someone I love.

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    1. Jo,
      I love it when someone watches, enjoys, and comments on the video. Thank you! I like her music and her videos are creative. Ritva’s artwork is fabulous and very dreamy to me. Some of my dreams freak me out enough that I don’t want to return to sleep because I sense the dream is using the Pause button! Glad you enjoyed this walk. 🙂

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  3. Dreams are very mysterious. I might analyze my dreams if I could remember them when I woke up. I remember very few dreams. I definitely do plenty of day dreaming. Very interesting post and unual, but beautiful photos by
    Ritva.

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    1. Peggy,
      Dreams definitely are mysterious. I just shake my head about them – well, most of the time. If I wake up, I don’t care how the dream wants to keep playing or stay on pause as if it is ready to resume – especially if it is one that I don’t want to continue. Glad you enjoyed Ritva’s very dreamy art!

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  4. Great post……dreams – a wonderful and DEEP subject. I go through periods when I remember my dreams (I figure there’s a reason for that!) and other periods of what seem to be dreamless sleep (no need for messages?). Anyway, the end of your post featured a video by one of my absolute favorite artists Lindsey Stirling. Boundless talent – this particular piece was pertinent to the subject of dreams of course – loved it – had heard the music but not seen the video and it was a treat. Great post Frank!

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Sorry for the late response – but I just discovered your comment in my Spam folder. How dare the WP gnomes do that!!!! They are a sneaky group.

      Dreams are a deep subject, so I won’t even attempt to dive into them any deeper than this walk. Cheers to your love for Lindsey Stirling. Once I saw the video, I knew I had to use it!

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      1. I’m well, thank you. How are you? I’ve had internet woes (it died and due to a series of mishaps on the part of the company, it’s taken a while to get up and running again).

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  5. Hi Frank! A fun post, and Ritva’s work is wonderful. I often know when I’m dreaming, and I’m amused. My cat certainly seems to dream, and I often wonder what he’s dreaming about. When I was a teen, we had a dog who barked in her sleep a few times. I assume she must have been dreaming.
    Thank you for sharing my dream poem!

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  6. I love the collages! They are perfect for this topic. I have had dreams that have nudged me into a different path in the waking world. I have had dreams that have formed the basis for a post or short story. On occasion they were fully formed. But I have also enjoyed the freedom to revisit a beloved childhood memory without the chains of adulthood or a wheelchair. It was almost indescribable.

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  7. Thanks, Frank, for introducing us to another excellent artist’s blog to follow! I rarely awake from nightmares, as I did last night, but when I do it provides food for thought throughout the day. As you say, they’re not always simply stories. Another thoughtful subject…worthy of a beach walk. 🙂

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    1. Mary Jo,
      Maybe you recall, but Ritva has also collaborated here with her photos – but this is the first one with her art. Bummer about nightmares awakening you last night. I want you to know that I didn’t post this walk to align with that dream. Don’t know if you spotted it, but one of her images here is titled Nightmares. Glad you enjoyed the walk and Ritva’s artwork.

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  8. Perfect words, images, and music—listening now!—for a dreamy post. The great Carl Jung believed dreams told us a lot about ourselves, and I listen to a podcast called “This Jungian Life,” which focuses a lot on dreams. Dream on, dream on!

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    1. Sarah,
      Thank you for your kind words and glad you enjoyed the walk and Ritva’s images. Amazing how well collaborations have come together here. We decide on the theme and the collaborator sends me images that I plug into a post that I already wrote and they hadn’t seen. Their interpretations have been so good!!!!! … and for me, Ritva’s artwork was a perfect match to Dreams.

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  9. Interesting about the background waves, Frank. I often use waves and water as white noise when I sleep. Thank you for introducing me to Rita. Ritva’s images are creative and stunning. The title “Dreams” fits perfectly. Thought-provoking about Daydreams. Also how we dream in our language. Thank you for sharing a fascinating subject and beautiful, intriguing photos.

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    1. Erica,
      Regarding the waves, I got the idea before launching my first walk – then once I decided to simply use short YouTube videos as the sound source, the plan was well underway. I now rotate 5 different wave videos for sound. I offer it as a choice because some prefer quiet when reacting – and that’s OK! Meanwhile, dreams are a fascinating subject. Although I had the walk written, Ritva suggested the collaboration – and wow – does it ever work! Glad you enjoyed the walk and the images.

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    1. Rose,
      Welcome first-time beach walker to the sand of my personal beach. I like the walks to be both relaxing and thought-provoking while letting the collaborators and their images enhance the experience for the readers. I’m a long-time fan of Lindsey Sterling, so once I discovered this video, I knew the topic I wanted for it. 🙂 I invite you to look around at the other walks. Where are you located? (I’m one of those who likes to know.)

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      1. Born in Minnesota and have lived here most of my life. I like the state and its season changes, with the exception of some long stretches of winter. I’ll be sure to spend more time reading through your blog, the ocean is beautiful and soothes the senses. I really like your format, collaborating with other interesting artists. I love this about the blogging world, so many people are Positive, Polite, Educational, and Willing to share good thoughts and ideas.

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        1. Cheers Minnesota … I’m in Cincinnati. Thanks for sharing. The blogging world is vast – literally something for everyone. My blogging history is in double-digit years, and blogging has helped reinforce my thought that the majority of the world is good. Positive, polite, educational, and willingness to share are (and have been) very much part of my approach. Meanwhile – yes – feel free to look around. My format is always the same, but the topics change.

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  10. Ah, a wonderful post! Loved the musings and Ritva’s fabulous art. She is so gifted! Now, I sometimes remember everything in detail, if I only write it down when I awake. For a while I went to a study circle for dreams and interpretation of dreams – it was fascinating. No humbug, but the dreamer telling the dream he/she had had, and the others writing down questions and helping to sort out what it could have meant . The associations and questions together usually striked chords in the dreamer and helped the dreamer understand where and how the dream had come about.

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      1. It is very interesting if you have had a strange dream or are interested in dreams. Often they can be sorted out – as to where they probably found their source and what they might want to sort out.

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  11. Ritva already knows I love her work, but I’ll say it again and these are perfect for the “Dream” theme. My husband often remembers his dreams but I rarely do. Thanks for an intriguing post for Saturday.

    janet

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  12. A beautiful post, Frank, and thank you for sharing Ritva’s amazing art! Dreams are fascinating and I often wonder where some of mine originate from. Some I remember vividly and others not at all. Thank you for the soothing video and I think the collages look great! WordPress has come a long way with the new editor.

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    1. Eugenia,
      Glad you enjoyed this walk and thanks not only for the kind words but for also visiting Ritva’s blog. See also has a photography blog as this is our second collaboration. FYI: I do use the WP Block Editor, but this is a gallery, not a collage. The difference is that readers can click an image in a gallery for a closer look, but not in a collage. Yes, dreams are fascinating. I too wonder about how and why, but end up shaking my head in wonder. 🙂

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    1. Lisa,
      Thanks so much for sharing a few personal thoughts about dreams. Weird dreams are interesting, but I shake my head about them. Glad your enjoyed Ritva’s dreaming artwork, which I thought was an awesome first for such an odd topic. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  13. I also think Ritva’s images are absolutely dreamy. I attempted the lucid dreaming concept once upon a time, but not very successfully. I do expect that some people can do it better. My husband has very realistic dreams that he can confuse with reality. My dreams, though, would never be confused with reality – way too bizarre! I do wish I could remember more of them – might be fodder for a story or two.

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    1. Eilene,
      I’ve had some realistic dreams, but most are odd and I can’t remember them – but my wife’s dreams are even more bizarre and she remembers more of them. Regarding your husband – wow – I’ve never heard of that before! Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed Ritva’s wonderful artwork.

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  14. Ritva’s images and your musings are much more interesting than my dreams. I have a very unscientific but reality-based observation about dreams. Remembrance of dreams is based, as we age, on bladder control (or lack thereof). Since my sleep (and dreaming) is interrupted by visits to the restroom, I now remember more of my dreams which are fairly boring but sometimes weird. I do not have one of the usual dreams about falling but I often have dreams where I end up farther away from my goal than when I started as well as the dream where I cannot get my college degree until I finish that one last course that I seem to never have attended. And don’t get me started about dreams in which the elevator not only goes up and down but sideways, goes out into the street (after turning into a car), acquires a driver and passengers…

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    1. Mudge,
      Oh my … I don’t know what to say about your dreams. Speechless! I paused so I could write something. The elevator – we a wise and practical invention the developers at Otis would find interesting. Linking dreams to bladder control makes total sense. After all, when I get up, seems the dream keeps playing during my release. Back to reality, glad you enjoyed Ritva’s contributions.

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      1. The other reality-based part of dreams is something you mentioned. Even though we awake from a bothersome (and sometimes frightening) dream, we seem obligated, when we attempt to return to sleep, to take the unpleasant dream to its conclusion. It’s as though we spent a lot of money to see a bad movie and feel obligated to sit through it to the end.
        To paraphrase the Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams are NOT Made of This!

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  15. Interesting exploration of a subject as always Frank. The latest reading I saw on the subject said that dreams really do not relate to anything in our lives and are simply random scenes our brains use to clear the cache. I prefer to think they relate in some way to our lives but who knows. The images are outstanding for the subject.

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  16. Ritva’s photography is beautiful and certainly pairs perfectly with dream reflections. The video was also fascinating to me. I appreciated the metaphysical messaging tied to the dream state. There’s so much about dreams and the subconscious that we may think we know, but I’m intrigued by what we can’t say for sure. My dreams have been so much more colorful and at times challenging during this past year. I think I’ve slept deeper out of emotional exhaustion, and the dreams translate the stress into very unique and memorable dreams. I don’t work too hard to interpret them, but I do find it all very interesting. I really enjoyed this post, Frank.

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    1. Debra,
      You are obviously interested in dreams. Thanks for mentioning your thoughts about the link between stress and dreams. I’m not surprised you also enjoyed the video and the images. Thanks for sharing your personal thoughts about dreams. Oh – I didn’t realize You surprised me with the gravatar change!

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  17. Wonderfully in depth post on dreams Frank and stunning images and collages by Ritva. I must say I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and even kept a dream journal many years ago to try and interpret my own dreams when I woke up. It’s amazing how many parallels there are to our waking lives. Clearly the subconscious and conscious mind works in tandem to create and intermingle our dreams and reality. Oh, and I loved the music in the video, very stirring and it made me think of all the times I slept walked when I was growing up. 💫

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    1. Miriam,
      Thank you for the kind words about the walk and Ritva’s artwork (which in my opinion is perfect for this walk). I appreciate your thoughts about journaling your dreams. If memory serves me well, you may be the second person mentioning journaling dreams. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to your love for the closing music video. I take pride in selecting them, so am thrilled when someone mentions them. When I saw it, I knew I had to use it! Tell Murray I said Hello.

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  18. Love dream imagery. Have read deeply about dreams in various ways, and now use dream-imagery in my own writing. As to my own, if I say they sometimes seem prophetic, I believe that’s only because once I set my mind to something, it happens.

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  19. Nothing better than a good dream, whether by day or at night. But have you noticed how hard it is to capture a dream upon awaking? I mean, images and sensations flit through one’s head, but nothing seems to make much sense (despite it all making perfect sense while we’re dreaming!)

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    1. Debbie,
      I like the way you put that … dreams not making sense after the fact but perfect sense during the dream. I can relate to that! I can’t stand when I wake up – let’s say in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom …. and then the dream wants to continue … and if I don’t want it to, that will keep me awake.

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