Creator Elias Howe was initially stuck on a design element for his new invention. In a violent dream based on his frustrations, he dreamt that cannibals threatened to kill him if he couldn't come up with a design. Because he failed to come up with a solution in his dream, the cannibals stabbed him with spears that featured a hole in the tip. That hole in a needle tip was all that was missing to make the sewing machine work. — 15 Famous Ideas That Were Invented in Dreams
Whenever I see something pop up in the middle of my dream stream, like a commercial announcement long enough for my mind to register, I know I'm supposed to remember this gold nugget for a reason.
All nuggets may not be the same, but their meaning and messages are as custom-made as your fingerprints.
One night after eating out with my husband Scott and another couple, I came home, went to bed. I dreamt I was in a house running around doing something too incoherent to recall. When I woke up, however, I did remember the part I was supposed to take three sticks of butter with me.
The Theory of Relativity, the Beatle song Yesterday, the discovery of Benzyne, the shape of DNA, the Periodic Table of Elements, The Scientific Method, and the Sewing Machine all came from nuggets like my three butter sticks.
What they all have in common is that the dreamer was working on achieving a dream in real life.
I was also working on trying to achieve a dream in real life, a new business inspired by destiny-in-process. I called it DIP Design Is Personal. I wasn't alone. My vision aligned with other people's dreams, and as dreamers, we came together and succeeded.
That night we were out to dinner celebrating the start of this new dream.
Seeing butter in a dream means a variety of things, from good health, prosperity, financial anxiety, reward, freedom, and a need for approval. In my case, my three sticks of butter meant success and reward. This was a roadside sign that said, "dream coming to life, destiny ahead."
In my favorite book of all time, Paul Coelho's The Alchemist, a shepherd boy led by a recurring dream of a treasure buried in the pyramids in Egypt, goes in search of treasure and ultimately fulfills his real desire, or destiny.
Towards the end of his quest, The Alchemist warns him:
"Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've learned as we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon."
Somehow, Martin Luther King knew that if he left a dream behind, it would someday become true because there were other dreamers by his side, working on it.
Two weeks ago, dreamers from all over the world, including myself, became part of Martin Luther King's American Dream for his people, and for me:
"The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."
This speech was given in 1963. I was two years old. I am part of MLK's dream, watching the beginning of his vision and our American Dream become true for everyone.
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Gretchen Schauffler’s entrepreneurial journey started when she created, developed and marketed her first brand, Devine Color, from idea to cult status. Her new brand Design Is Personal Online DIY Style And Easy Products are available at Wayfair, Homedepot, Walmart, and Target.