What is an Epic Dreamer?

We’d like to share a little bit about why we chose the name Epic Dreamer!

Although the term “epic dreaming” is often used to describe the conscious activity of setting big goals or hatching great plans, it can also refer to the extremely vivid dreams that some people have while sleeping. Epic dreams can be extremely exhilarating and uplifting. They can be the seed for a great idea, or for solving a seemingly intangible problem. Some epic dreamers have described writing an entire book, or movie script, in one long epic dream! “Magical”, was the way one person described her vivid dream, because “in my dream, I had an idea that I could not possibly have thought of on my own.”

Did you know that many of the people who have made great contributions to our modern world are considered to be “epic dreamers”?

Listed below are a few of our favorites, and a little bit about how some of their greatest ideas or inventions came to them while they were sleeping!

Thomas Edison


It is said that Thomas Edison (inventor of the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb!) frequently drifted in and out of sleep while he was working, often taking short naps. It is thought that many of his breakthroughs came to him while asleep during one of these “nap times”. Perhaps the electric light bulb was a product of Edison’s vivid and epic dreaming!




Paul McCartney

Paul McCrtney

McCartney developed the melody for the famous song “Yesterday” after the tune came to him in a dream. It was 1965 and the Beatles were in London filming “Help!” McCartney was staying in his family’s home in a small attic room and had a dream early one morning in which he heard a string ensemble playing! This is how he described it:

“I woke up with a lovely tune in my head. I thought ‘that’s great, I wonder what it is?’ There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window. I got out of bed, sat at the piano, found G, found F sharp minor 7th–and that leads you through then to B, to E minor and finally back to F. It all leads forward logically. I liked the melody a lot, but because I’d dreamed it, I couldn’t believe I’d written it. I thought ‘No, I’ve never written anything like this before.’ But I had the tune, which was the most magic thing!”

Source: Brilliant Dreams

Elias Howe


The story goes that Howe was stumped on how to construct a machine that would sew as quickly and efficiently as the spinning and weaving machines that were being produced at that time. They say that Howe became increasingly frustrated by the problem and , mentally exhausted, he fell asleep at his workbench and had this dream:

“He is in Africa, fleeing from cannibals through the jungle. Despite his frantic efforts to escape, the natives capture him, tie him up hand and foot, and carry him back to their village slung from a pole. There they dump him into a huge iron pot full of water. They light a fire under the pot and start to boil him alive. As the water starts to bubble and boil around him, he discovers that the ropes have loosened enough for him to work his hands free. He tries repeatedly to take hold of the edge of the pot and haul himself out of the hot water, but every time he manages to heave himself up over the edge of the pot, the natives reach across over the flames and forcibly poke him back down into the pot again with their sharp spears. When Howe awoke from this “nightmare,” much of his mind was absorbed with sorting through the emotions of the dream–but another part was able to note with objectivity, ‘That’s odd–those spears all have holes in the points….’ As Howe came more fully awake, he thought, ‘Holes in the points… holes in the points! That’s it! That’s the answer!’ “

Source: Jeremy Taylor

Albert Einstein


Many believe that Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was a product of a dream he had as a young man. It is said that he had an epic dream of sledding down a snow covered hill, picking up speed and going faster and faster, watching the stars in the night sky getting closer and closer…He told one journalist “…you could say that my entire scientific career has been a meditation on that dream.” It is believed that within this dream were the beginnings of the knowledge of the speed of light!

Source of quote: Programmed Dreams


Robert Louis Stevenson: Author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 


In 1886, the young Robert Stevenson had begun to have incredible recurring dreams/nightmares in which he was leading a double life. In these dreams he was a respected doctor during the daylight hours but at night he would roam the dark streets and alleys… After having this dream several times, he finally sat down and spent several days writing it all down into the story that would become the famous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!




There are many other people you may recognize as well! Like Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), and Steven King! Even great composers like Beethoven and Handel! So if you ever have an epic dream, whether it is a daydream of reaching a goal or trying something wonderful, or an epic dream of something fantastic while you are sleeping, remember, these great people did something with their dreams!

What will you do?

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