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Laurie Biswell is a certified dream coach who has graduated the School of Metaphysics. The following link is where she learned dream interpretation.

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How Mass Media influences our waking and dreaming Lives

File:Apollo 11 first step.jpgLanding on the moon, the Kennedy assassination, September 11, 2001, these are all events that bring up images that many Americans will never forget. These events and many others throughout the years have been broadcasted by radio, television, and through movie “entertainment.” These events affect people’s lives by changing the way they think, act and respond to one another. Media influences people lives from the news they watch on television to the ads they hear on the radio. Many people may begin humming a tune and never realize that they recently heard it on that ad for McDonald’s? Some of the images or sounds that they see in their heads are unaware of how it got there, they are unconscious to how or when they first saw or heard the images. Every day people are bombarded by advertisements for the cars they drive to the clothes they wear. Society is taught what is acceptable and not acceptable through television and movies. Sometimes these images and sounds creeps into their dreams. Some are even perceived as nightmares. Dreams have affected the way society creates and experiences media from the invention of the sewing needle, to the creation of the periodic table. Dreams have help plan war battles and have led to top Billboard radio hits. Television and movies has returned the favor with incepting our dreams with frightening images and sounds that some people may have not previously had in their consciousness before. It is the duty of every person to become awake to what one chooses to put into their consciousness and take personal responsibility for it and also hold others to the same global standards.

Throughout the ages people from all walks of life have been inspired through their dreams. History has recorded that many inventive minds have found in a dream the missing link that eluded their waking hours.

Dreams from famous people have been recorded throughout history. Scientists, inventors, musicians, writers, artists, and others have solved problems, created works of art, and have invented marvelous creations in their dreams.” (Gardner, 2009)

Elias Howe, inventor of the lock-stitch sewing machine, File:US-Patent4750-sewing machine.jpghad a nightmare that led to his invention. Elias Howe’s nightmare found him about to be boiled by a group of cannibals. In the dream, Howe became fascinated with their spears which had eye-shaped holes near their tips. After waking, he whittled a model of the dream-spear thus discovering the detail he required for his sewing machine to work satisfactorily. In this way, he invented a perfect lock-stitch sewing machine (Askaroff). Others have also been inspired to create new solutions to old problems. Consider Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleyev, he was trying to discover a way to categorize the elements. He fell asleep at his desk and when he awoke he wrote down the chart he saw in his dream. Today this chart is called the Periodic Table of Elements. (Barkovets and Kuvaldin) This and other inventions change the way society function on a day to day basis. Over the years many have dreamed of something that has affected mankind as a whole.

One man’s dream manifested the vision of an absolute reality. His name was Mohandas K. Gandhi. For years, Gandhi sought ways to free his native India from British colonization into self rule. His nonviolent efforts brought him worldwide notoriety during the early 1900s. One of these came to him in a dream. In 1919, after weeks of meditation, Gandhi had a dream suggesting that the people of India suspend their usual business activities for 24 hours – devoting that time to fasting and prayer. The resulting mass strikes were called hartals. These nonviolent unified efforts, mobilized by Gandhi, marked a turning point in India’s efforts to achieve independence (Beck). Books have been written, escape routes have been planned, war battles revealed all through night-time dreams. There are many famous stories and real accounts of how inventions, paintings, books, movies have been created after experiencing them in a dream. Where would anyone be today if Mendelev didn’t remember or pay any account to his dream of what is known today as the periodic table? Would Steven King or Mary Shelly be the famous writers they are today without the stories that were influenced from their dreams?

In this same light, new technology changes the way people dream at night. Television shows, radio programs, cell phones, video games and blockbuster on-demand movies have changed the way people see the world and this has entered into the dream state.

“Technology. Almost anything is possible in this realm anymore. As a result people are exposed to images that they themselves would not have generated (Madar, 2009).”

Dr. Christine Madar, dreamologist and faculty advisor at the School of Metaphysics, wrote in a response to a fictional author’s questions about dreams and technology.

File:Family watching television 1958.jpgMany people’s imagination is directly from what they have watched on television. These images then appear in their dreams. Madar’s and other’s work in the exploration of dreams gives us insight into a once only imagined realm thought only to be reminiscence of our day. Dreams have become more and more recognized in our society that the subject has become prevalent in our television programs such as Awake and movies such as The Matrix and Inception. These shows have encouraged people to begin questioning, “Is this a dream or is this reality?”

Mass media has a responsibility to the general public. It is important that those who produce and create the images and sounds society sees and hears, whether it be on radio, tv or the big screen be responsible for what they put out. In like kind, it falls upon the consumer to be aware of what he or she is putting into his or her consciousness. If he or she decides to put images of blood and guts into his or her head, then he or she shouldn’t be surprise when it shows up in his or her dreams while they are lying in bed. It is similar to when a song “pops” into someone’s head and they wonder how it got there. File:Cptvdisplay.jpg

There are so many advertisements, images, sounds that surround the daily commutes that it is difficult to avoid them unless one decides to go out into the wilderness and becomes void of all human contact. Sometimes society may not even be aware of how many sites and sounds one has exposed theirselves to in an average day.  No wonder that many people find it hard to focus and the number of cases of ADHD has risen in the last decade. (Wyman, 2012)

There are long term effects that media has on society. These effects can be small such as what kind of shoe or shirt someone decides to wear. They can be big such as what kind of house to buy or how many children to have. A filmmaker, writer and political activist, Jeffrey Poehlmann said it best when he wrote,

Media has the power to enrich society for future generations or to dismantle social progress. Whether or not any individual is aware of this at any moment, we are all being affected either directly or indirectly by the messages being delivered through all media platforms at any given time. It is a kind of butterfly effect, wherein a message delivered at point A and transmitted through point B will ultimately affect the recipient at point C. Sometimes the message may take years for the ramifications to be realized, but that does not absolve the creator or dispenser of the message.” (Poehimann)

Smoking, in today’s society, is commonly frowned upon. In the early days of television it was given a glamourous presentation. Society now has studies and can prove the traumatic effects that smoking can cause on the physical body. Back then, it was a widely accepted practice because individuals, as a society, did not “see” any harm.  Poehimann brings about a point that the messages that one can see on television or on the movie screen may have affects that one cannot “see” or comprehend for generations to come. Who is more responsible the ones who makes the product or the one whom consumes it?

Many times the media, in particular news programs shows this world as a dangerous, violent, and greedy place. The images that one might see on CNN can invade their consciousness and make one fearful of their neighbor. Those in positions to deliver the news should do so with objective and multiple views. Who is responsible for what people watch? It is important to note that those who create the movies, television programs and radio braodcasts are responsible for what they produce. At the same time, it is important to note that consumers always have the right to click the power button on the remote control. If there is something on the television one does not like or want to watch, they have the right to turn it off.

Night-time dreams can bring insight into the effect the media that populates everyone’s consciousness is having on society. In order to know this, one must pay attention to these mini dramas and interpret their messages. As they do, they will have more and more control of what they choose to put into their minds and brains.

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Ultimately, it is up to every individual to determine what they will choose to watch, read or listen to. One must make these decisions each day. Media and dreams have a mutual relationship. As much as one is inspired in their dreams to create beautiful masterpieces and inventions, they also bring what is watch and heard in the day time experiences into their night-time dreams. Dreams affect not only our night time excursions, those dreams affect what and who we may interact with on a daily basis. This interactions or non interactions can change a person’s entire outlook on life and influence a nation to change.


Works cited

 Barkovets, Pavel, and Stanislav Kuvaldin. “139th Anniversary of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.” 13 Mar. 2008. Web. 10 May 2012.

Gardner, Gary. “Incredible Famous Dreams.” Web. 5 May 2012.

Khamsi, Roxanne. “Dreams May Reveal Traumatic Impact of Television – Life – 16 April 2007 – New Scientist.” Web. 5 May 2012.

Madar, Christine. “When Technology Invades Our Dreams.” Web. 5 May 2012.

O’Guinn, Dr. Barbara. “An Amazing Benefit to Dream Incubation | Dreamschool.” Web. 26 Apr. 2012.

Poehimann, Jeffrey. “Media’s Responsibility To Our Society.” Web. 5 May 2012.

Barkovets, Pavel, and Stanislav Kuvaldin. “139th Anniversary of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.” 13 Mar. 2008. Web. 10 May 2012.


Inner Worlds


I created this composition to create a little mystery and to show others the inner worlds that are available to those who want to see. I chose this because I wanted to see if I could create something that would show others what I have seen. I was inspired because many people do not see or do not admit that they see these orbs. I hope to inspire others and leave them wondering about what they just saw. I hope they begin to look a little deeper within.



I used a multiple selection of tools and techniques to create my composition. I created the bubble like orbs by making two spheres and using the blend tool to create a ball shape. In order to make it glossy I made another ellipse and gave it an upward linear gradient. I then grouped and multiplied the objects and began to create diminished sizes and placed them in a spiral to create movement. I created the inner orb by using the ellipse tool and made in long and upwards. I then used the rotate tool to make a tight radial shape by duplicating this several times, this made a wonderful fixed radial object that I used to make the bigger orbs in the center. I then created a “spaceship” by combining a rectangle and a ellipse and blending them together. After this, I grouped it together with one of the bubble shapes. I chose a cool color theme to bring out the natural highlights of the shapes.


My overall goal for this piece is to inspire people to think and to go within and possible remember other worlds that they may have only dreamed about. The audience for this composition is any one who has ever dreamed of another world, an inner world. I would hope that any one who sees this composition

would walk away with a smile on their face and a desire to know more about who they are and the magnanimous possibilities to the world around them. I think I have accomplished my goals and I am very pleased with the final results. My biggest challenges with the piece was creating the dimensions as well as the proper lighting to create that glossy appearance. I had a great challenge keeping the background gradients to line up properly. (This is why they looked crooked in the previous designs). Overall, I enjoyed

making this composition and bringing to life the inner worlds in which I have been.





Throughout the world there are many different stories of creation. In every culture, every religion, there are stories of how life began. I wanted to create a piece that would represent this creation and how life is fragile and explosive. I am inspired by nature and how the four major elements (fire, air, water, earth) contribute to the balance of life. I used blend tools and different shades to create depth. I began with creating earth by making a grass type stroke, multiplied it and change its size. I then made a sphere and added a gradient to make it look like a water pond with ripples. I created splashes by drawing different shapes Biswell_Laurie_W6A1-Finalmultiplying and then use warp tool to give it a splash shape. I then used the pen tool to create a fire like shape and used the blend tool to create the fire shape. I put the different shapes together, overlapping them. In my thumbnails I tried different placements until choosing what became my final design. I was inspired by the look of a baby embryo and wanted to create a simulated yen yang symbol to show a aggressive/receptive state. My greatest challenges was creating the right amount of depth and how to arrange the color schemes in an appealing and realistic way. I decided to be more representative with the colors and shapes. This piece is for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of life. I want those who view this piece to be inspired to create, to dream, to wonder about their existence. I feel like in my final composition I am successful in creating an inner world that describes creation. I love the colors because of their richness and I believe that creates the wonder and inspiration to look deeper. Life will always be want one makes it to be. Even though there are different stories of creation, they all have one thing in common, they tell of a beginning and a life ever after.