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July 14, 2012, 3:00 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming…

“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 gatewaybetween the land of the living and the land of ancestral spirits or the dead. Sometimes our dream are innocuous or confusing, and sometimes they are pithy with meaning; even prophetic. We can even 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 personapproaches 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 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

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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