Could your dreams make you a millionaire?
"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says the story came to her in a dream. "In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods," Stephenie writes on her website. "One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire."
She continues: "They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately."
At the time of her dream, Stephenie was a stay-at-home mom who had written very little up to that point, but the dream was so compelling that she began to write ... and write ... and write. And the rest is history.
Is having a dream like Stephenie's unusual? Dream expert and psychologist Dr. Arthur Bernard, author of God Has No Edges, Dreams Have No Boundaries: Unlocking the Power of the Inner Mind, says it's really not that out of the ordinary. "The song 'Yesterday' came to McCartney in a dream," he says. "Dr. Frederick Banting wanted to find a treatment for diabetes. The answer came to him in a dream. He discovered insulin -- and it won him the Nobel Prize in medicine. Two other Nobel prizes came directly from dreams, also."
Dr. Bernard says dreams can be very powerful ... if you just listen.
He says a woman in one of his seminars had a dream where someone told her, "If you don't go see an opthamologist, you will go blind." She was terrified and made an appointment immediately. Her doctor diagnosed her with a rare eye disease and said it was still treatable -- but if she had waited, she would have lost her sight. Her dream saved her life.
A dream made Stephenie Meyer a millionaire ... and a dream made Dr. Bernard one, too. He had a recurring dream about an obscure Biotech stock called ICOS. He bought about 40,000 shares of ICOS, using his entire life savings, for around $4 a share. When he sold the shares in 1998, they were worth $28 each, which works out to about $1.6 million in profits. Ch-ching!
So the next time you wake up with a start from a vivid dream, don't simply shrug it off. That dream just might change your life.