Shamanic Dreaming

Arvick Baghramian, Armenia

(Submitted by the author)

I was brought up in a culture where people valued their dreams, and their lives were guided by them. They would look to their dreams in search of answers and would take the trouble of having their dreams interpreted for them whenever a particular dream struck them as especially significant. Whenever a person of my Armenian community in Iran was worried, sick or distressed, they would come to my mother and ask her to ‘dream for them’ in search for an answer to their problems.

A Beautiful Future

Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemala

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

What I treasure most in life is being able to dream. During my most difficult moments and complex situations I've been able to dream of a more beautiful future.

Dream beings

Jack Kerouac, USA

(Submitted by Jeremy Pell, USA)

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

Dreams in Islam

Shaad Ahmed, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Dreams are broken into three parts according to the Sunnah (Sayings of Muhammad): Ru'yaa - good visions; Hulum - bad dreams and dreams from one's self. Muhammad said, "There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, a dream which causes sadness, which is from Shaitan, and a dream from the ramblings of the mind. If one sees a good dream, let him expect good, and not tell it to anyone, except to those he likes."

The dreaming dream

Natalie Goldberg, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

I remember a friend many years ago who had taped a sign to his refrigerator: There's a dream dreaming us. If you try to think about what that means, it makes your mind silly, but that silliness is good.


Jimmy Demers, USA

The power of imagination

Pina Bausch, Germany

(Submitted by Ryzard Michnik, Poland)

The power of imagination is essential. To remember this is to make sure change is always feasible.

Your thoughts on: Dreaming

(Submitted by Tom Clark, England)
“Can we put away all ideas, concepts, and theories and find out for ourselves if there is something sacred - not the word, because the word is not the thing, the description is not the described. To see if there is something real, not an imagination, not something illusory, fanciful, not a myth but a reality that can never be destroyed, a truth that is abiding.” J. Krishnamurti


Anaïs Nin, France

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.

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