I am a strong believer that many good ideas are revealed to us during sleep. As we sleep, we often dream, and these dreams offer solutions to problems that we were not able to resolve while we were awake.
Often those who cannot sleep are troubled. They cannot let go of the stress of the day, and the inability to sleep compounds their troubles because they are unable to dream.
Dreams have a long history of importance. In the Christian Bible, critical and sometimes lifesaving messages were revealed in dreams. For example, an angel visited Joseph in a dream and warned him to escape the city of Bethlehem because King Herod was ordering the killing of all male children. The message in the dream saved the life of Jesus. Throughout the Bible, dreams guided the actions of many people.
Dreams have also been an important part of my creative life. When I am painting, I see images of paintings. Sometimes they are complete and at other times they are in fragmented pieces. Often this means that the other parts of the painting will be revealed to me in dreams. Sometimes they go against what is technically considered good painting. These images are more illustrations of the various revelations of dreams.
Quite often I feel like I don’t have the ability or talent to actually do these illustrations justice. I am told in dreams that it is not my talent that is supposed to be revealed. The message is more important than the painter.
So, again and again I am taught that I am simply a part of a message system. My role as a painter is almost insignificant. It is what happens after I paint that is of real importance. That is what gives the painting value — the message I received.
I believe we must be open to receive inspiration and guidance at all times. If we are deprived of sleep, important messages and solutions to our problems may be lost.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.