Surrounded by Ideas

Great Space of Creative Ideas. Digital artwork by Karen Gadient, 2013.

I had a dream last night where I saw the embodiment of ideas. My ideas, your ideas, or maybe all the ideas of Earth or the universe. Not really sure. But I got the vibe that ALL THE IDEAS was what I was looking at. And so, here goes:

It started out like a spirit guide, only a spark that I followed in darkness. It didn’t speak to me. Instead, it circled like a firefly—tiny and glowing. It had no true form and was made up of the elements. Fire, water, air, and even scattering bits of earth. It soon grew so that I could see its details better. Like a tiny galaxy, floating around the blackness where I stood.

Quickly—BAM—it expanded and surrounded me. Then it took me inside it and enveloped me so that I became part of it. I couldn’t see my hands or be sure that I still had a body. All I had was an intense warmth and the sensation of water washing over me, air I knew I was consciously breathing, and the view of what looked like a million little worlds before me.

Very super cool. I mean, I was a speck among specks, but it was awesome.

Now that I’m awake and back to reality, I’m left with a sense that we’re all so small and yet so powerful. Dreams like that drive me to not waste a moment of life.

Although I did take some time to create what I saw so that you could see it too.

Do you ever have dreams that stay with you and inspire you?


Filed under Beliefs, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Dream Stories, Graphic Design, Ideas, Imagination, Inspiration, Journal, The Unknown

43 responses to “Surrounded by Ideas

  1. Val Mills

    Read this along with my morning coffee, a nice thought to take with me into the day.

  2. What a beautiful dream, and what a beautiful description of that dream. It’s often so hard to explain to someone else how we feel in our dreams – I admire your writing talent 🙂

  3. yes…I have, though not so much recently…I love my dreams 😀

  4. Dreams are fascinating and scary. Mine were disturbing last night, and I’m scared to go to bed tonight! Dreams are humbling, I agree!

    • karengadient

      Humbling, exactly! I try to write mine down, whether pleasant or disturbing. Sometimes I’ve discovered patterns in my life from the dreams that I’d had at the time.

  5. Your colours are so … so incredible.

    By the way, when you said ‘spirit dreams’….in my head, that is so you *smiles*

  6. That is an awesome dream. I often have dreams that give me ideas for stories. Those I try to write down first thing in the morning. 🙂

  7. I love that image!!!! I agree with Irish Katie. Your site is so colorful! I love that. I woke up trying to remember my last dream, but it evaporated like mist. One dream I had is the plot of a novel I’d like to revamp.

    • karengadient

      Thanks again. You really do flatter! I also have one novel I’ve written (unpublished, needs lots of editing) that started out as a dream.

  8. A lovely description of your dream and your understanding of it. Though I am no longer a believer in any religion, I also accept that there is much to life and the universe that is beyond our immediate understanding. Dreams are definitely one of those difficult to comprehend phenomena. I have had several dreams that appeared to foresee the future or that only made sense long after I had them – they all altered the course of my life.

    The whole world is created and changed by our ideas, good and bad, because as we act on our ideas we affect the people and things around us, each of us causing ripples of impact, good and bad. The combined effect of all the ripples from everyone could appear to be an intense storm of energy and yet it is in that intense combination of all our ideas that we all live. It all begins with a little spark of an idea!

    • karengadient

      Your comment could be a post in itself. Thank you for sharing! It’s likely the most thoughtful response I’ve gotten on any post. Plus, your words are something I can totally relate to.

      I don’t subscribe to a particular religion either, but I believe there’s a force in the universe that ties all things together and that even the smallest action influences other actions. Dreams are outside conscious actions and that’s why I find them so fascinating. Subconscious messages—maybe from only within ourselves or maybe from the great web that we’re all a part of. We may never know, but those sparks can be brilliant and life-changing.

      • Wow – your reply has left me a bit taken aback. I was aware when I finished writing the comment that it was a bit deep, but I thought it was just one of those moments of interconnectivity. 🙂

        Your dream, art and explanation were deep too – a profound personal insight into life, the universe and everything, as Douglas Adams might put it – except your thoughts about it were much more meaningful than 42! 😉 Because of what I had watched just before reading your post I was apparently on the same wavelength, and my general view of the world may be similar too. I believe my comment was simply intuitive in that context.

        Your further comment about the unconscious or sub-conscious nature of dreams also highlights their intrinsic elusive quality, valuable yet of unclear origin – my own view is that they are often our own deep insight, the result of overnight processing of data, but some, like the one you wrote about here, are much more difficult to attribute to that. This whole interaction has caused me to pause for thought – no doubt more will come out of this as I think that is why you had the dream and shared it.

    • karengadient

      Whatever the reason, your words and ideas gave me pause as well. 🙂 It makes me happy to know I’m not alone in how I interpret the world. Interconnectivity is something I really do believe in, even without a specific faith to go along with it. I may not understand quite a number of things (some I never will, I suppose), but the more I meet others pondering the same mysteries, the less fear I have in sharing my own experiences.

  9. ciao! your dream was an inspiration. you are most fortunate to have this recollection of your dreams.

  10. I love teaching dreams – Dreams like this are actually the universe speaking to us, or perhaps part of ourselves we don’t normally access doing the talking – or, maybe we are the universe speaking to ourselves. Lovely dream.

    • karengadient

      Dreams like that one are the kind I’d rather have every night. Most dreams don’t leave an impression. I’m grateful for the ones that do.

  11. That is amazing. More than a dream. I’ve never had that experience. Glad you shared it.

    • karengadient

      Thank you. I’ve really been pleasantly surprised at the wonderful comments I’ve received on the post.

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  13. Thank you for this. I was in deep dark thought for a few days this week – your post was a bright spot for me when I first saw it the other day.

    • karengadient

      Glad that it meant something to others and not just to myself. I’ve been also been enjoying your work.

  14. Nice post I like that picture too.

  15. What an amazing dream! I would love to know what it’s like to feel like my spirit guides. I could ask them I suppose! Each one has a very different energy and often if they need me to take notice of something, they come to me in a dream or a meditation.

    • karengadient

      Dreams usually seem to carry messages. It’s a shame that I forget some dreams so quickly after waking up. At least I keep a notebook by the bed to write down whatever I can before it slips away!

  16. Yes, but I also have dreams that are…vexing?

  17. I do have dreams that stay with me and are inspiring but none quite so amazing as yours. I do believe it may have been your spirit guides. Best of luck as you live it out.

    • karengadient

      Thank you. I don’t usually have dreams like this, which is probably best or I wouldn’t get a rested sleep. However, I’m glad when the meaningful ones stick around long enough for me to write them down. May fantastic dreams soon visit you too!

  18. What a fascinating dream, Karen. I ‘m often given advice through my dreams, which are really vivid like yours.
    Thanks too for popping my blog in your ‘worth reading’ section.

  19. Unfortunately most of the dreams that stay with me do not inspire or excite me. The ones that stay with me are the dark disturbing ones. The kind that creep back up and give you the chills later in the day or week when you least expect it. I would prefer they go away.

    Now if you could send me some inspirational ones like yours, I would really appreciate it.

    • karengadient

      It’s been a long time since I’ve had what I’d consider a nightmare and I hope it stays that way. I’ll send good dream wishes to you.

  20. Beautiful dream. It’s like something that I wish I’d dream about. Also, I’d love to wake up in world where people tell each other about their dreams no matter how strange they are. Have you watched the movie The Waking Life? 🙂 You have a beautiful blog here, by the way!

  21. ” a speck among specks ”
    was lucky enough to be at a big concert last night
    and this pretty much describes the journey and the lovely, intimate feel of the large crowd.
    The image is stunning.

    • karengadient

      I’ve definitely had that feeling at a stadium concert. It gives you that “I’m just this little dot in the universe” vibe… and yet, being present with thousands of people who love the same music you do: amazing.

      And thanks.

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