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Monday, April 19, 2010

Dreams of our souls

According to Wikipedia, Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. Dreams are defined as a succession of thoughts, images, sounds or emotions which the mind experiences during sleep. Many argue that dreams are illusions fructified by our imagination to escape reality. Others believe that they are only the manifestation of our secret desires. Dreams being based on memories and experiences, they created an alternate dimension that balances the intensity of the reality. In my opinion the purpose of dreaming is to rest our mind, and to connect our body and soul. I do not believe that it is an escape. It is a creative space to connect with our real self. Where, we are in control of the space and time. Where, abstracts can be defined in realistic notions. In his treatise De Anima, Aristotle defines the soul “as that which animates the body, that which quickens it to life. The soul is that which also directs the process of the body’s growth and survival. So the soul is the blueprint that directs the purpose of the material side of human nature.”  I believe that our dreams are ways to fulfill meaningful lives and connect our bodies and souls. And our memories shape our experiences as well as our experiences shape our memories. On 18/04 Paulo Coelho's  facebook status, you could read “Important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other (encuentros importantes son planificados por las almas antes que los cuerpos se vean)”! It is so nicely said! Aristotle was the first to argue that we have some sort of lucidity in our fantastic journeys in Dreams land. His point is that asleep we cannot differentiate the real from the unreal. However he says “often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream”. It is that faculty of lucid dreaming that makes us establishes realistic goals to live our dreams. Dreams are possibilities with different probabilities and the most crucial variable is dedication.

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. 
Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?
The greatest achievement was, at first and for a time, a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird awaits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.

Dockside Dreams "The docks are a perfect place to launch your dreams. This painting was based on Lake Tahoe's shores but can easily evoke memories of other waterside retreats."

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