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Dream Inspired Creativity

Did you know that many artists, authors, and musicians claim that their work was inspired by their dreams?

Artist Salvador Dali "referred to his work as hand-painted dream photographs" and was fascinated with dreams, as was the artist William Blake, who titled one of his famous pieces, "The Man Who Taught Blake Painting in His Dreams."

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" were both born from nightmares that these authors experienced. In addition to these two, Edgar Allan Poe, Percy Shelley, Orson Wells, William Butler Yeats, and Charlotte Bronte claim inspiration for their work from their dreams.

Musicians Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Steve Allen and Billy Joel all claim that they had, at times, received inspiration for musical pieces through their dreams. ( "George Frederic Handel heard the last movements of his 'The Messiah' in a dream" and Beethoven composed some of his pieces from dream inspirations. (

These are just a few examples of the many creative works that were conceived through dreams. There are numerous accounts throughout history of such claims. My point is this: Dreams have had a huge impact on our culture and on people throughout history. Why not pay attention to what your dreams are sharing with you! You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find in YOUR OWN dreams.

(from "Our Dreaming Mind" by Robert L. Van De Castle, PhD. , 1994, Ballantine Books, New York, NY) (Artwork in the photo: "Swimming Koi" by Kelly Tuck, "Violin Playing Itself" by Jeffrey Brock)

AND THINK ON THIS: The next time you are enjoying any type of creative work, whether it is a book, a musical piece, or a work of art, you may be stepping into the world of someone else's dreams.

Keep dreaming! Ellen :)

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