5 Dreams That Changed The Entire Human History
LITTLE DREAMS THAT LED TO HUGE DISCOVERIES!
Lucid dreaming is both rewarding and challenging. Once you have attained lucidity, the next step is to learn how to control and eventually master your dreams.
Sometimes we want to lucid dream so much but don’t surmise we can. Train your mind from wanting to lucid dream to expecting it to happen. You may not consider this technique much useful, but it is a simple yet powerful way to induce lucidity.
The more you Lucid Dream the more you will be able to see the difference between a normal dream and a Lucid Dream. But how to use it to efficiently to achieve your goals? If you’re in a dream and you realize you’re dreaming, you just need to get back to that point and focus on stabilizing to gain clarity.
There are lots of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, musicians whose minute lucid dreams led to bigger discoveries.
Here are five such discoveries that were made possible by five incredible dreams.
1. Paul McCartney: Music That Inspires Music
In 1965, Paul McCartney composed the entire melody for the hit acoustic song Yesterday in a dream.
It came back to him fully formed when he woke up and he quickly replicated the song on his piano, asking his friends and family if they’d ever heard it before. He was initially worried that he was simply replicating someone else’s work (known as cryptomnesia).
Lennon and McCartney then wrote lyrics to the melody and the song was credited to Lennon-McCartney on their album Help!
However, being a melancholy acoustic song, which involved a solo performance from McCartney himself and none of the other Beatles, the band members vetoed the release as a UK single that year. It was released in America, though, andYesterday stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks.
It remains massively popular today with more than 2,200 cover versions by other artists including Aretha Franklin, Katy Perry, The Mamas and the Papas, Michael Bolton, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Billy Dean and others.
2. Elias Howe: The Eye of The Needle
In 1845, Howe invented the sewing machine based on a famous dream that helped him understand the mechanical penetration of the needle. He was not the first to conceive the idea of a sewing machine, however, Howe made significant refinements to the design and was awarded the first US patent for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design. According to family history records:
“He almost beggared himself before he discovered where the eye of the needle of the sewing machine should be located… he might have failed altogether if he had not dreamed he was building a sewing machine for a savage king in a strange country. Just as in his actual working experience, he was perplexed about the needle’s eye. He thought the king gave him twenty-four hours in which to complete the machine and make it sew. If not finished in that time death was to be the punishment.
Howe worked and worked, and puzzled, and finally gave it up. Then he thought he was taken out to be executed. He noticed that the warriors carried spears that were pierced near the head. Instantly came the solution of the difficulty, and while the inventor was begging for time, he awoke.
It was 4 o’clock in the morning. He jumped out of bed, ran to his workshop, and by 9, a needle with an eye at the point had been rudely modeled. After that it was easy. That is the true story of an important incident in the invention of the sewing machine.”
3. Albert Einstein: The Speed of Light
Einstein is famous for his genius insights into the nature of the universe – but what about his dreams?
As it happens, he came to the extraordinary scientific achievement – discovering the principle of relativity – after having a vivid dream.
As a young man, Einstein dreamed he was sledding down a steep mountainside, going so fast that eventually he approached the speed of light. As this moment, the stars in his dream changed their appearance in relation to him. He awoke and meditated on this idea, soon formulating what would become one of the most famous scientific theories in the history of mankind.
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman is now a modern classic – a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905 on the brink of his breakthrough discoveries. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat their triumphs and failures over and over. In another, time stands still, where lovers cling together in eternity. In another yet, time is a nightingale, trapped by a bell jar.
4. Mary Shelley: The World’s First Sci-Fi Novel
In 1816, the story of Frankenstein, often cited as the world’s first science fiction novel, was inspired by a vivid nightmare. At just 18 years old, Shelley visited Lord Byron by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. They were locked in a cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora the year prior, creating Europe’s “year without a summer”. Stuck indoors and huddled around a log fire, Byron suggested they each write a ghost story – but, night after night, Shelley was unable to think of anything suitable.
Then one evening, when the discussion turned to the nature of life, Shelley suggested “perhaps a corpse could be re-animated” backed by the thought that “galvanism had given the token of such things”. Later that night after turning in, her imagination took hold and she experienced what she described as a vivid waking dream:
“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”
5. Niels Bohr: The Structure of The Atom
The father of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, often spoke of the inspirational dream that led to his discovery of the structure of the atom.
The son of academic parents, Bohr got his doctorate in 1911 and gained notoriety for deciphering complex problems in the world of physics that had left his colleagues stumped.
In time, he set upon understanding the structure of the atom, but none of his configurations would fit. One night he went to sleep and began dreaming about atoms. He saw the nucleus of the atom, with electrons spinning around it, much as planets spin around their sun.
Immediately on awakening, Bohr felt the vision was accurate. But as a scientist he knew the importance of validating his idea before announcing it to the world. He returned to his lab and searched for evidence to support his theory.
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