Dreams of the Future--Psychic or Precognitive Dreams

Can we dream the future? Are psychic dreams and precognitive dreams REAL?

What happens when we sleep? What happens when we dream? Are there truly such things as precognitive dreams and dreams that tell the future? Where do we go? What do our dreams mean? Can a person be psychic in his/her sleep? Can one dream a premonition that comes true in waking life? If we have a dream that tells the future, can we then make use of the information given to us in our dreams? Have you ever had a premonition in a dream that came true?

I've looked for many years for the meaning in dreams and dreaming; I've done some research and read quite a few books on precognitive dreams or premonitions in dreams. I have a special reason for this interest. Are psychic dreams valid? Can a dream really foretell the future? Are dream meanings valid at all?

All of these questions have intrigued me or haunted me for many years.

You see, I once had a precognitive dream.

I was at a family reunion in my eldest brother Jerry's house in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and had opted to sleep on the floor in his den rather than going to a hotel nearby. I went to sleep peacefully, then snapped awake after having the very worst nightmare I can ever remember: I thought I was Jerry, and that I owned a farm, and I was being crushed to death by a piece of farm equipment overturning. The feeling was so awful, painful...terrifying...I really just don't have the words to describe it, and so vivid I can recall it exactly to this day, twenty-odd years later.

I must have screamed. I woke my brother Louie, who was also sleeping in Jerry's house, somewhere nearby. He came to find out what was wrong. I was shaking and trembling and still very disoriented. I told Louie of my dream (probably in a fairly incoherent way). He calmed me down: he kept insisting it was just a dream, though my heart was telling me all the time, it was something more, something worse.

Now, at that time, my brother Jerry was not a farmer. He was a very successful businessman who owned a computer robotics company for anodizing computer chips. The farthest thing from anyone's mind was that Jerry would ever become a farmer. He ran away from our farm when he was 17, and vowed never to return.

I was around 30 years old; my eldest brother Jerry was about 46 years old, at the time of the dream and the family reunion.

Within a year or so, Jerry had become divorced. He then sold his business and bought a grape farm. Within a couple of years, he had remarried and was starting to make a go of his new venture with his new wife. His main customer for his product was Welches' Grape Juice. He seemed happy enough whenever we visited, but always, at the back of my mind, was that dream. I tried to tell him about it; I tried to warn him, but he very understandably kind of pooh-poohed the whole thing.

My eldest brother Jerry died, at 50 years of age, from a farm accident. A heavy piece of farm equipment that he was unloading from a truckbed overturned on him, crushing him to death.

I felt so guilty: I should have warned him more. I should have found a way to make him take me seriously, instead of being too embarrassed to pursue the subject with him. Because, you see, in my heart, I knew what was going to happen to him. I had already dreamt the whole thing.

The books that I've read and the research that has been conducted, mostly at Duke University but also other places; places that specialize in sleep disorders, seem to be very skeptical of the validity of precognitive dreaming, or dreaming of the future.

The reason why is a valid reason for a scientist but not valid in real life. Science doesn't count something as valid and true unless it can be repeated under controlled conditions, in a laboratory. The problem with thinking that way in relation to psychic phenomena is that psychic events don't typically happen in any predictable, repeatable way. Not the very few events that have happened to me, anyway. I tend to think that if a so-called psychic can repeat and control the phenomena, then it's probably fake. In real life, a psychic event takes an ordinary person completely by surprise, and seems very eerie, scary and inexplicable.

That is why most psi phenomena or psychic powers have been debunked by the scientific community at large.

First of all, in conventional scientific terms, an event cannot precede it's cause. So we can't be aware of something happening before it happens. To a scientist, this simply isn't possible to begin with. So, already, any scientists conducting a psi experiment are predisposed to disbelieve.

The type of experiments conducted were tests with a forced choice of objects that the participant in the study selected, to be compared with the choices the experimenter made, blindly, without knowing the participant's choices, after the participant had already chosen. A meta-analysis of this data collected in well over 300 experiments conducted by over 60 different science studies indicated there is firm, definite validity to precognition as a reliable affect; though the percentage of data so affected was small, still, precognition was the only explanation for the statistical anomalies. This analysis took place in the late 1980s and used data collected over a period of many years of research.

Even with this exhuastive body of evidence, collected and analyzed by scientists themselves, conventional science still does not recognize the validity of precognition or most psi phenomena.

Scientist then made the test even more stringent: they did what is called "unconscious perception studies", where the subject did not know he/she was being tested for psychic phenomenon or precognitive abilities. Scientists Dick Bierman and Dean Radin have recorded positive evidence of precognition in these experiments.

Probably the best and most well-known study of dreaming the future was conducted by Louisa Rhine at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. She collected over 7000 psychic phenomena; the majority were dream-related and involved precognition or premonitions.

In a separate study in Atlanta, David Ryback collected from 433 dream questionaires the information that well close to 67% of the people had dream experiences that they believed to be psychic or precognitive; Dr. Ryback found that truly about 9% of the people had actual premonitions in dreams that validly came true at a later date, from events completely outside the subject's control.

One of the most fascinating explanations of the valid psychic phenomenon of premonitions, dream premonitions, precognition, or dream precognition, is called the resonance theory, based on the "block model universe".

Translated into simpler language, the theory is that all future events already exist, simultaneously. Space-time is a continuum but not a linear one. Everything that will happen, is already there. Everything that ever was or will be, is there. One big block of space-time that has everything that ever was or will be in it, along with everything that ever happened or will happen in it.

The resonance comes into play because similar events involving identical people tend to have a resonance that attracts other similar events happening to identical people. Isolated events are really quite rare. As an event occurs, so it has happened in the past and also the future. I know it's an old wives' tale that really does seem to be true that things happen in threes. What we tap into when we have a valid premonition, or dream premonition, or precognitive dream, is a memory of the future triggered by some resonant present stimulus.

I like this theory. I can work with it. I think it was maybe enough to be sleeping under my brother Jerry's roof, to set up the necessary resonance for me to see, and feel, in my sleep, a valid premonition of his grim death.

What bothers me, to this day, was--having been given this information, it seems there was nothing I could usefully do with it to change future events. Maybe I just didn't try hard enough, or maybe it just wasn't possible to change future events that are tumbling around in this big block of space-time and already written in the sands of time.

Maybe. That's one question I really wish I knew the answer to, for certain.

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sparkster 8 months ago from United Kingdom

I've never had a precognitive dream but I do get precognition a lot when I'm fully awake and alert and I can tell you now, the scientists are wrong. I have intentionally learned how to master Psi abilities and it was my extensive studies into the true nature of the subconscious mind that led me to this discover. My precognitions all manifest in reality within a couple of days with 100% accuracy. I have also learned how to communicate telepathically with astounding success and I have also successfully achieved chronesthesia/chronokinesis. I'm 38 now but when I was about sixteen I successfully managed to contact my future self and end in possession of a music album which wasn't released until 2015 - I had it in my possession in 1994 twenty years before the band had even recorded it! How is that possible? Because past, present and future are all intertwined, they are an illusion. Time doesn't exist, only our perception of it because time is a dimension created by consciousness so that it can experience itself. I have also successfully achieved much weirder, more bizarre and profound things which completely defy conventional science and I've repeat these phenomena again and again over the years.


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JOSEPH FROM SPAIN 3 years ago from Barcelona, SPAIN (Europe)

What if we talk about a dream or a vision of 500 years ago?

An extraordinary coincidence is happening now:

500 years ago Nostradamus wrote about the death of a person named MABUS and ..... Raymond Edwin "Ray" Mabus, Jr. (born October 11, 1948) is the 75th and current United States Secretary of the Navy. Mabus served as the 59th Governor of the U.S. state of Mississippi from 1988 to 1992 and as United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994 to 1996.

This "Mabus" is "Mabus" ?

Nostradamus wrote:

Century 2 - Quatrain 62. Old French:

Mabus puis tost alors mourra, viendra

De gens & bestes une horrible defaite

Puis tout à coup la vengeance on verra

Cent, main, soif, faim, quand courra la comete.

Century 2 - Quatrain 62. Possible English Traslation:

Mabus then will soon die, there will come

Of people and beasts a horrible rout:

Then suddenly one will see vengeance,

Hundred, hand, thirst, hunger when the comet will run.

+ And a fleet will be sunk and a comet appear in the sky:

NASA expects to see an extraordinary comet in the sky shortly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Yd-TiNiyU

It is interesting, no?

... but someone must die.

Bye.


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moneyfairy 3 years ago

Very interesting!!! Thanks


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you for that story and the comment. I know you saw it in a dream, too!


Hugo 4 years ago

About 2 months ago, I dreamed I dropped and broke my phone while getting it out of the pocket and immediately woke up because the phone was new and I didn´t want to break it already. It was like a nightmare.

On that same day, I was having a beer on the local bar after work and I grabbed the phone from my pocket and it slipped my hand, fell on the floor and broke the screen. I was freaking out, not because of the broken phone, but because I dreamed about that event the day before.

At the time I just said to myself - "It was just a coincidence, I dreamed about it because I like the new phone and would be horrible to break it. I can´t see the future because the future does not exist."

I dind´t give much more thought about it, although I always had deja-vus since I was a kid and this particular event I was sure I saw it in a dream.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, PA. I think we're safe from the zombie apocalypse, though it does seem like more and more people are convinced of the reality of zombies and a zombie threat.

Zombies began as a Cajun myth; witch doctors in the deep south in the Unitd States would drug people so that they seemed to be dead but weren't. The victims rose from their comas seriously impaired; it seemed they rose from the dead.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Love this hub! Voted up and shared! I had few precognitive dreams as well. And I believe the first one I had when I was in 2nd year high school was happening right now. After 12 years it's still so vivid like I just dreamed of it few days ago. I also had a few more that already had happened as well. One reason why I love dreaming and why I'm looking forward to sleeping at night is having a precognitive dream. :) I just don't know when, they just happen. And with a different kind of feeling when I wake up that this dream "is something special."

Just glad now and was relieved that my nightmares had stopped. But when I was in high school most of my dreams are recurring ones about zombies and flying. I love.... love the flying dreams as I feel so light and happy when I wake up, but not the zombie ones. And as I happened to read about the "zombie apocalypse" that was said about to happen, it makes me think about those zombie dreams I always have. ( I wish it won't happen.)


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barry1001 4 years ago from North Wales

I've had several recurring dreams that made little sense, but none have come true. I once heard dreams described as; questions the brain hasn't yet figured out how to ask.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

I think you've definitely been given a precognitive gift. It can be a blessing; it can be a curse. Not everything you foresee actually happens: you know that. But you also know that some of the things you foresee do happen; maybe not quite in the way you foresee them. So, I would be prepared if I were you, and then put it out of your mind. Make the best preparations you can to take care of your boys should something happen to you, but then forget it!


SISSY 4 years ago

My dad died September 15th 2010, the day before he died I had taken him to the dentist at 7 a.m. and cleaned his home for him and left at 4 p.m. Went home took a nap after dinner . Woke up at 9:50 p.m. from a dream (nightmare actually) and was so scared , told my sons I had a bad dream my dad was going to die tonight, he was sleeping when someone comes into his home and was going to rob him, he woke up and saw him and my dad confronted him, the robber pushed my dad out of his way, fell back and hit his head or something. I called my dad and told him about it and I said I was spending the night w him. He laughed it off and said he was fine. He was watching an old cowboy movie and going to sleep. I insisted but he kept saying I didn't need to. I told him no baths tonite dad, ( he took baths sometimes 3 a day because of stomach pains he had, it was only thing that helped.) he promised me no bath he felt fine. I don't know why I said that other than I worried about him falling asleep in tub, as he lived alone. I didn't go over to his home that night. The next morning my little sister called me and asked if I had known where dad was, he always answered the phone. I told her about dream and that dad was probably still sleeping , he was up late watching movie.To let him sleep I told her. I tried to call about half hour later. no answer. Didn't think much of it. Then two hours later my sister called again and still no answer, I told her I was getting ready to see him. I'd call her when I got to his place. Then my husband called looking to see if I knew where my dad was. He was to be at our office early in the morning. I got very worried then,so got in my car and started to drive to see him. When I got about 10 minutes from his home. His best friend called me and I knew what he was going to say. I blurted out "he is dead isn't he?" My dad was found dead in the bathtub. He died of a heart failure they say. Why the mention of tub to him that night, and where was the robber? I have never forgiven myself for not going over that night. I don't know if I could've saved him but at least he wouldn't have died alone. Three months later my mom died in my arms from lung cancer that went to the brain. A year earlier my dad had called me to say that my mom was diagnosed with valley fever she was having chest x rays done next week, I said she has lung cancer dad, I just know she does and its bad. My dad again just kind of laughed and asked if I had my crystal ball out again. I don't know how I know these things, but I do. Twos day after my dad died was my birthday. He had put a birthday card in the mail for me when we were out the day before his death. I think maybe he may have known too and maybe that's why he didn't want me to stay over that night..The last few dreams are of my death. I had a dream recently, it was my own death . I'm not afraid to die , just don't want to leave my two boys ( 15 and 19) without their mom. I keep hoping I am wrong on this one. What do you think?


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you for the comment.


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PennyCarey 4 years ago from Felton

Voted up, this story is extremely interesting.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Red Elf.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

My grandmother seemed to always know when bad or good things happened to us kids - she sometimes dreamed them and often just "had a feeling" as she put it. Fascinating topic.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Krissy, though I find your predictions unsettling, to say the least. However, if that's the message you've been given, the only thing to do is share it, as you have, and hope for the best.


Krissy 4 years ago

I take blockers to stop my dreams. The last one I had was of an earthquake down the eastern coast of Australia & more devastation from natural disasters in that area late 2011/2012. There will also be a great amount of natural & weather events starting iNovember 2011. I rarely tell anyone about my dreams when I have in the past I've been criticized even though two of those times a life was saved. Volcanic eruption on a scale that we have never seen before is coming


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Gypsy Rose. I hope your true dream was a wonderful outcome for you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great and interesting hub. I've learned that if a dream is meaningful I will remember it for always and if it is just some stuff I dreamed up I won't remember it for long. I still remember a dream I had way back when I went to university and I have also had dreams where in the end something comes true.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, breakfastpop. It does comfort me when people comment that there wasn't anything further I could do.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

This is a fascinating piece of writing. I am so sorry about your brother, but I can't imagine you could have done a thing to change events. Up and interesting and awesome.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Rob. No, I've never used a dream journal but it could be very revealing over time; it might be possible to get a better idea of what a certain kind of dream is telling a person, if the dream repeats the theme in different ways.


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I've always been interested in dream interpretation. Did you ever use a Dream journal? I tried one once and it helped to write down thoughts as soon as I woke up.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Flora, I'm glad your dream experiences are very positive ones, for the most part. I don't think happy dreams stay with us like very bad dreams do. You might being having psychic dreams that are all very happy and joyful events!


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I never remember my dreams past the last 20 seconds or so, and as soon as I try to write them down or tell them to somebody I forget them totally. This is especially true of nightmares. I might be able to remember the setting, but that is all.

But it alaso happens with happy dreams. For example, I still get dreams set in a school when the school year is nearing.I know I love school so they must be happy, but not a clue about them.

As such, I have no idea if I've had a psychic dream or not.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Support Med. I really took some much-needed comfort from your words.


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Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting indeed! I do believe that all of us have the ability of precognitive/psychic dreaming. The ability is more highly developed in some people than others. I also believe that this knowledge is not limited to dreams only, but also can be achieved during waking hours - going about our everyday life as well as in prayer/meditation. I can understand how it bothers you that having been given the foresight, seems you could have changed it from happening - sorry for the loss of your brother. I have, however, come to learn that even the best of the best cannot always stop an unfortunate event from happening. I do hope that should your gift of dreams continue, that you do as you did, inform the subject of your dream(s) and surround that person with positive thoughts (even those unspoken)- and let the universe process the rest. There are times when it can be changed and there are times as you stated in your hub, it's 'already written in the sands of time.' voted and rated.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, and WOW. Jama, what a story!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

"Testing" for any type of psychic phenomena under controlled conditions always makes me laugh. Any radio will pick up NPR Radio when the radio is within range of a tower broadcasting it and set to the correct number on the dial. If out of range or the radio is turned off, of course its programs won't be heard.

Seeing events in the future through visions or dreams is nothing more than having the "radio" in one's brain set to the right station at the right time to receive the signal.

Scientists 30 years ago would not have been able to prove that a person could communicate with someone half a world away via a hand-held device no bigger than a pack of cigarettes called a cell phone. For that matter, even on a landline wired to the wall, if you're in the U.S. speaking to a person in Japan or the Philippines, because of the time difference you are essentially receiving information from the future. Or from the "past" if speaking to anyone in Europe. In that sense, time IS fluid.

As to your question 'Have you ever had a precognitive dream that came true?', yes I have. The subject of the dream, lying next to me, had essentially the same dream at the same time, a dream that foretold the manner of his death (by murder) and that the person responsible would be a "good friend". However, it didn't come true until over a quarter of a century later, by which time we'd parted company, but the circumstance described in it were the same. Still gives me chills thinking about it.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Kitty. I've read many of your stories with intense interest. The resonance theory and the block of space-time theory are the most sensible explanations that I've found, and the ones that ring true in my heart.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and interesting. I'm also a huge advocate for dreaming and the study of dreams. As you know already. :) I do believe that I've had precognitive/psychic dreams before...I've also had dreams where I felt as if I was experiencing a stranger's life...if that makes sense. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub. I really like the resonance theory.

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