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“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Early morning stroll in the south of France…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Pointe Du Hoc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… By way of Arromances

“Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In some cultures, it is believed that dreaming offers a gateway between the land of the living and the land of ancestral spirits or the dead. Sometimes our dreams are innocuous or confusing, and sometimes they are pithy with meaning; even prophetic. We can practice lucid dreaming as a way to dig deeper into a perplexing dream or find solutions to complex issues. Dreaming is ubiquitous, yet many of us don’t remember our dreams; most dreams are fleeting and leave nothing behind. Still, we day dream and night dream our way through life. I remember my dreams that appear in color and where I speak other languages… What about you?

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” Henry David Thoreau

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Omaha Beach on the way to Normandy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The Castle in Tarrytown, NY is a unique experience

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) in Kyoto

Whether we remember all of our dreams or just a few, dreams come in many forms. There are dreams that leave a strong message; nightmares, vivid dreams, or prophetic dreams. Our dreams could be in color, black and white or even hazy… For this photo challenge on Dreaming, I’ve selected a few photos that represent common yet indelible themes in my dreams. I dream a lot about foreign places or unfamiliar streets, bodies of calm water, and even building structures. I don’t always remember my dreams unless they leave an impression on my mind. Some of my dreams are prophetic while others offer solutions to problems or a simple sorting of the day’s events.

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is… And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.” Julia Cameron

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… A drive by Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… The vestiges of war.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Birds, colors and settings have meaning in dreams

There are tremendous blessings conveyed through our dreams. If we take a moment to jot down, in a dream journal, what we remember when we awake in the morning, we’d soon see a pattern of grace has formed to guide us. Our dreams are a gateway to our hearts desire and a connection to our ancestral past. Pay attention for there are always even the simplest messages in our dreams. Embrace the grace. More below.

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.” Khalil Gibran

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Rainbows bring auspicious news.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Bayeux Tapestry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming… Dreamlike magic of the countryside

What I love about the weekly challenge is that each person approaches the task from an individualized perspective. We read, look and then listen to what our hearts tell us to focus on. I’m not a professional photographer so I went with what called my spirit. The world of dreams is a fascinating place to visit and the more we pay attention to it, the more it will reveal its myriad messages and symbols to us. Have a blessed weekend and I will make the rounds by Sunday.
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Dreaming to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to recover from a nasty cold and catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Dreaming – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming  Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures … (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.) …  Share a photo that makes you DREAM!

Positive Motivation Tip:  Our dreams are a gateway to our hearts desire and a connection to our ancestral past. Pay attention for there are always even the simplest messages in our dreams. Embrace the grace.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

48 Comments leave one →
  1. 14/07/2012 2:48 am

    Great shots and a lovely take on the theme.

  2. 14/07/2012 2:50 am

    hi Eliz,
    in my dream last night:
    The Sensational Nightingales, I heard them on the radio 1953 –
    and now I found a lot of stuff at youtube …

  3. 14/07/2012 2:58 am

    You always write so beautifully leaving me with lots to think about. A lovely post thank you.

  4. 14/07/2012 3:24 am

    As you say, people have a different perspective as to what “dreaming” means to them…usually from their own surroundings…and type of lifestyle…All good!~mkg

  5. 14/07/2012 3:32 am

    Beautiful scenes for the theme. I love that first quote. 😉

  6. 14/07/2012 4:14 am

    Beautiful… can imagine a dreamy feeling just being in the same space!!! (((hugs)))

  7. 14/07/2012 5:40 am

    What a great dream. Kinkakuji is one of the greatest temple in Kyoto.

  8. 14/07/2012 6:00 am

    Which town in France?

  9. 14/07/2012 6:13 am

    Such a comprehensive post sectioned into little subthemes about dreaming. Your hardwork is deeply appreciated. Lovely photographs!

  10. 14/07/2012 6:50 am

    Fascinating post – it will help me solve/dissolve some of my recent dreams – you are a champion! The words, photographs and references are like a gift to us so thank you so much!

  11. 14/07/2012 7:14 am

    Beautiful photos several photos had a dream like quality. I am surprised you dream in other laungages. I don’t think I’ve had that experience I think I might be so surprised that I might just wake myself up with shock. :+) Hope you feel better soon.

  12. 14/07/2012 7:35 am

    love your dreamy images…thank yOu. 🙂

  13. 14/07/2012 7:37 am

    Very positive take on this challenge. One city I dream to visit is Frace, too. I hope that someday that dream will come true. Not lossing hope… 😛

  14. 14/07/2012 8:14 am

    I don’t always remember my dreams but when I do it’s worth analyzing. I LOVE that drive by sunset!

  15. 14/07/2012 12:17 pm

    Great post..

  16. 14/07/2012 1:04 pm

    Just beautiful! A place to dream and be lost in a wonderful serenity!

  17. 14/07/2012 4:31 pm

    “Pay attention for there are always even the simplest messages in our dreams.” – this is so true, Elizabeth. They are our brains way of resolving things or alerting us to things that may have been hiding in our deepest sub-conscious. I would like to quote you (attributed, of course) in my post on this week’s photo challenge – may I?

    • 22/07/2012 3:52 am

      Sorry it took me a while to respond. I’ve been out sick… Go right ahead always. TY! 🙂

  18. 14/07/2012 5:31 pm

    Very nice post, and wonderful images!

  19. 14/07/2012 8:53 pm

    lovely pictures of many the places you’ve been to, a dream is a journey

  20. 15/07/2012 6:37 am

    Lovely post Elizabeth! And beautiful images.

  21. 15/07/2012 7:05 am

    What another beautiful post. I love how you write and magically include your beautiful quotes and photos. So incredibly inspirational! 🙂

  22. 15/07/2012 7:23 am

    I love the photo captioned A drive by Sunset…here is my own version of the weekly photo challenge…

  23. 15/07/2012 7:40 am

    Wow…there’s a lot in this post to think about and the photos are beautiful. Good job!

  24. 15/07/2012 10:09 am

    Your images are always so inspiring. They come from your heart. They are your inner inspirations which is why they are always so very special.
    Lovely ….

  25. 15/07/2012 12:03 pm

    I like your take on the challenge. You have been to so many diverse lands and I am sure that must lead to some fascinating dreams. The photos are beautiful.

  26. 15/07/2012 6:29 pm

    I enjoyed your wonderful collections. Thank you for listing my blog.


  27. 16/07/2012 2:48 am

    I have written poems inspired by dreams 🙂

  28. 16/07/2012 5:06 am

    dream is a message, i love dreaming, it’s a wonderful journey ! thank you eli for this inspiration ….

  29. 16/07/2012 2:35 pm

    beautiful shots

  30. 17/07/2012 12:58 am

    The Kyoto shot is definitely my favourite, Elizabeth. Really beautiful!

  31. 17/07/2012 10:50 am

    Beautiful images Eliz! I enjoyed all of them. Hope you are well now. God bless you!

  32. 17/07/2012 12:41 pm

    Dreaming so blissfully right now and wide awake to the joys of this wonderful post!

  33. 20/07/2012 11:38 pm

    Dreaming is a wide and vast theme indeed! Every individual’s perspectives about dreams are different. Beautiful photos 🙂 Very inspiring!

  34. 22/07/2012 7:30 am

    The “Drive and Sunset” and “Vistages of War” are my favs.

  35. 22/07/2012 9:18 am

    I love the sunset photo the most. I also jot down meaningful and lucid dreams I have in a journal.

    Happy dreaming!

  36. 24/07/2012 12:58 pm

    Dreamy photos and heavenly words!


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