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Have you ever had a dream in which some ideas became clarified for you?

Asked by Kardamom (28476points) July 12th, 2014

No, this is not one of those What does this dream mean questions.

Last night I had a dream, I was fully aware that I was dreaming and not awake. 3 different things became super clear to me and I was very excited to wake up and write these things down. The weird thing was that the concepts that made the ideas clear to me, were not related to the ideas in a way that made sense to me.

One of the ideas was that I had the complete lyrics and music to a song, an original song, that I composed in my sleep. I was singing it and I could clearly hear the tune. I couldn’t wait to wake up and somehow repeat it or write it down. In my waking life, I am not a song writer. I can’t even read or write music, but when I was asleep this song was clear as a bell, and quite catchy too, so I was very pleased with myself.

The second idea was some type of mathematical equation that became obvious to me. I can’t do math to save my life in my waking life. By the time I woke up, I had forgotten the equation, so I couldn’t write it down.

The third idea that became clear to me had to do with pi. Not the food, the mathematical concept. Like I said, math and me don’t mix, but this was different. The idea of pi, for my idea, didn’t have anything to do with numbers or math, it was a pattern for a costume design! Imagine some type of renaissance faire type of costume that was sewn, roughly, into the shape of the symbol for Pi. Imagine that to be a clothing pattern for a cloak! That was the only one of the ideas that I could actually remember.

When I was a little kid, I took ice skating lessons. For several weeks I was trying to be able to do one of the moves and just couldn’t do it. Finally, one night, I dreamed that I could see and feel the movements, and my body was doing the movements for this particular task. The next day, when I went to the rink, I was able to remember how it looked and felt in the dream and from that point on, I was able to do the move.

Have any of you ever had a dream, in which you were able to come up with something creative, like a poem, or to solve a mathematical equation or something similar? On rare occasion, I have come up with both poetry and prose, and even comedy routines in my sleep, only to wake up and not be able to remember them well enough to write them down and it really bums me out, because I had some great material.

Oddly enough, I do not dream about food or recipes. Go figure.

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Dan_Lyons's avatar

Yes. I was ticketed for operating a commercial enterprise in the parks (State) and this law contained a definition which allows that displays of merchandise shall be considered commercial activity.
I thought for sure they had me. (I have beaten several tickets for sales w/out a permit and one for operating a business).
But one night before the trial I awoke with a start. In my dream I had questioned that my artwork was actually merchandise per se.
Well, suffice to say, I won the case because the prosecution couldn’t prove my artwork is merchandise!

gorillapaws's avatar

I’ve solved bugs in code i was writing while dreaming. It’s pretty funny, you can spend all day banging your head on your keyboard and then you get some sleep and the answer comes to you in a dream.

janbb's avatar

I’ve worked out feelings about an issue in dreams, particularly my feelings about the loss of my first home which I dreamed about living in again over a series of years.

Unbroken's avatar

I have had epiphanies, found peace, decided a course of actions, understood concepts I was struggling with while sleeping. I love my subconscious life.

I often dream I am weightless. That I float during dreams. But then I become scared of being unanchored as Each step I get higher and further away from people and things I know. Then I remember gravity and while i I don’t immediately fall I land hard. Not quite the same thing. Though there are times I feel that way in conscious form. And I have been told sometimes it appears I float.

It more represents how I self regulate myself once I begin to follow my dreams. My lack of confidence in myself. The internal battle for security versus following my dreams.

dxs's avatar

I once made a building and the setup was so confusing that I couldn’t think of a practical way to number the rooms. I eventually had a dream about the building and in the dream I discovered a good pattern. A similar idea happened with another building.

Bagardbilla's avatar

Whenever my father has a problem to work out, he takes a nap or goes to sleep.
There’s always a notepad and a pen on his nightstand. Almost always he’ll find solutions in his dreams. He’ll wake up in the middle of the night and write them down and go back to sleep.

Pandora's avatar

Yes, sometimes in dreams and sometimes it is a dream where I am half awake. I may fall asleep with questions on my mind and fall off slightly and come full awake with a solution. I’m dreaming that I am asleep but it is like my mind quickly puzzling over solutions. I think in a relax state we can often come up with a solution that we already knew but is stored deep in our memory and we can access it only when we are relaxed. Recently my skin has gotten thin and I was wondering what can I do to make it stronger. I dreamt the solution was washing with epson salt and decided to try it. It is remarkable how quickly my skin is feeling thicker and fuller and healthier. Scabs from pimples are healing at least 3 times quicker than normal. Btw, any one wanting to do this should know that you should rinse it off your skin after 20 minutes or you skin will feel dry. My pores are even noticeably tighter after one week. Also some people may be allergic to epson salt.
In my dream I was telling myself about how magnesium is good for the skin.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes. Sometimes the “me” in my dreams can do more things than the real me.

I’m no poet, but sometimes in my dream I can make long complicated poems I can never imagine (too bad I always forget everything as I wake up).

When I lay in bed thinking about my story ideas, I can expect my dream to give me more ideas too.

lugerruger's avatar

Once I made up a really good quote in my dream, sadly now I can’t remember :(

Kardamom's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I often come up with poems, long creative sentences that would be great in a book, songs, comedy monologues, and other stuff and I’m so pleased with myself. Then I wake up and can’t remember any of it and it bums me out.

A couple of times recently, I’ve come up with some interesting Q’s to ask on Fluther, and then when I wake up, poof, they’re gone.

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