Every year when 1st of January comes, it brings with itself the long queue of resolutions, promises and thing one chooses to do and not to do. Most of us, make resolutions (some do it secretly, some shout over the rooftop to make people hear their resolutions). Till when do these resolutions last, is only in the knowledge of the person making the resolution.
Most of our resolutions is the culmination of a dream. If we dream of having a fit body, we make a resolution to work out every day. If we dream of owning a super luxury car, we resolve to save some amount of money every month towards achieving this end. This is not only restricted to material wants. If we dream of becoming a better person spiritually, we do resolve to devote some time in our daily churn of events to meditating and becoming more self-aware.
Dreams are thoughts which have not got the right medium to be expressed and hence they manifest themselves as dreams in our sub-conscious. Usually people dream in their sleep, when the conscious is at rest and the sub-conscious takes over. This is the time when suppressed thoughts, desires, whims and fantasies take shape, they play on the stage of the mind and some of them keep repeating every day.
Recurring themes form in our dreams, we tend to see the same scene in our dreams often. This could be due to the fact that, that scene holds a special place in our lives. It could be that some strong memory is associated with it (either good or bad). Dreams could be many fold. They could be triggered by a good memory or a bad one. What thoughts humans can control during their waking hours through their minds, resurface as dreams in their sleep.
There are also people who day dream. They just move into a different world with their eyes wide open, just sitting on a chair and thinking deeply about something. Although it allows them to escape the real world for sometimes, more often than not, they lose out on their work at hand and have to work overtime to get the work done. This leads to more dissatisfaction and hence more day dreaming about something they wish to have but cannot.
Dreams give way to desires supressed. If a person dreams about having something and gradually works towards it, there is no way that the object of desire will allude that person for very long. The positive aspect of dreaming and then visualising the dream to come true, is the excitement it generates in the person who dreams and drives that person to manifest their dreams in reality. It is the thrill to see our dream come true that makes us dream more and try hard to make every dream a reality.
Furthermore, it costs nothing to dream, it does not require too much effort or energy. It can be easily done while you are asleep. The whole sense lies in graduating from dreaming about material aspects in our lives to dreaming about more spiritual aspects of life. As per ancient scriptures, we have been born humans due to our past deeds and have come onto this world to fulfil our ultimate aim of achieving salvation and going beyond the cycle of birth and death. This human body is a vehicle to achieve this means and hence it should be just treated as one. We should concentrate more on getting ourselves immersed in being more self-aware and listening to our inner voice. By spending some of our waking hours doing this, we would eventually start dreaming about achieving salvation. This in turn could lead us to work more on achieving salvation in reality and be free of the cycle of re-births.
It is never late to start, so is the case with having an aim to achieve salvation through constantly thinking about it, trying to figure out ways to achieve it. Once it becomes a part of life, we could day dream about it and then achieve it slowly in this life itself. Everything lies in making an effort to achieve your dreams. Not all the dreams could be transformed into reality, but most of them could be worked upon. A desire to see your dream come true is already a step towards making it a reality.
-Susmita Shroff Susmita Shroff is MBA (Finance). She is a homemaker and freelance mentor. She writes for pleasure and is a voracious reader.