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Prophetic Dreamscape

Updated on July 13, 2011

My Prophetic Dream


I woke up immediately! Sat straight up in bed and looked around in the dark. I felt my surroundings with my hands, much like a newly blind person might.

“Where am I? What is going on? Where is Bill“?

I jump up from my humble sleeping arrangement which is positioned on the floor of my sparse little downtown apartment. It is quiet…deathly quiet. I stumble to the light switch, flick it on and look around. I am at home. I am in my comfortable little studio apartment, and all is as it should be.


Something is wrong.

I sit down at the large redwood burl table in my big kitchen which is just off the front room/bedroom of this small place, and begin to recall what had just happened…what woke me so abruptly?


I am walking in the hills west of Napa; the range between Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. These are gently rolling, green, large mounds, really. Just big enough to be called hills or even a small mountain range. The terrain is populated with smatterings of Valley Oak, Live Oak, Madrone, Manzanita, Pin and scrub Oak trees along with a myriad of native grasses, weeds and sprinkled with lava like pebbles from pre historic events.

I see myself in this familiar environment except, what in the world am I doing in the middle of this hilly area? And why is no one else accompanying me? Strange.

In the distance, I hear the ‘swoosh’ of a sound which I know too well. The whoosh of hot air being blown into the envelope of a hot air balloon.

At this point, I should tell you that my older brother, Bill, is an excellent Hot-Air Balloonist. He had been doing this for years. He started a company in the San Francisco Bay Area with his best friend, Steve. They were known, then, as Armageddon Enterprises. While a student at U.C. Berkeley, studying genetics and enrolled in pre-med courses, he helped finance his education through his incredible entrepreneurial spirit. He was, and is, adept at piloting these fantastic flying machines .

So, back in the hills between Sonoma and Napa. The weather is a little breezy and the day is bright and shiny. The temperature is perfect; who could ask for a better day?

The quiet approach of the Hot Air Baloon is not lost on me. I turn to see it drift, softly, just over my head. It seems a little low, though.


I think, “Shouldn’t the pilot have that vehicle a little higher? Specially at this time of day.” I know that, rarely is one to see the colorful display of balloons after late morning. When noon approaches, the winds pick up and, because these craft are directed by the shifts in winds, it is far too dangerous to fly later in the day.

I know these things; and I know that there are several sizes of these lighter than air craft. The one above me is a smaller version; one meant to hold two to four people but, certainly, not the six that I believe I am able to count. This is odd..and certainly, not safe. And it is flagging; weighted down, I imagine, from extra poundage aboard.

But, here it is. And flying too low. The tree tops are high here; and the motorless balloon appears to be about to brush over the tops of these oaks and madrones. Suddenly, a sharp wind rushes through and, immediately, the Hot Air craft swings to and fro; buffeted by the winds and moving quite rapidly now. In my shock, I see it slam into a sturdy, big Pin Oak and, as sit does, the basket in which people ride turns sideways and , from a distance, now; I believe I see someone fall out.

Oh My God! I hear the rush of flame from the gas fed burners and know that this is a rapid response to raise the passengers up above the tree line and away from harm.


I think, “that was Bill…that was my brother falling out of the gondola…and they’re leaving him..They’re flying away and he’s out there.” I run and run hoping I am going the right way; heading in the right direction.

Hours pass…I’m moving in slow motion…I just cannot reach my fallen brother. He fell at least 100 feet, maybe more. My mind is now racing…asking questions: I'm sure he must have tumbled through high canopies, limbs and onto rocky ground…why can’t I move any faster? I HAVE to help him…someone, where are you?” “Why did they leave him here?” "who is flying that balloon?"

It HAS been hours, it has become midday and my brother is out there, somewhere…alone, probably critically injured….

I am helpless; mired in the murky, sticky, immobility of dreamscape. Imprisoned by forces beyond my ability to overcome.

Soon, thank God! I am hearing sirens…there must be a road closer than I thought or the wind is carrying sound which echos through the hills and dales. I remember…..


‘AWAKE! Where am I? What is going on? Where is Bill?”

Sitting at the kitchen table, wide awake and still under the influence of the emotions and terror stirred by the dream; I realize that it was a dream. All is ok. Bill is ok. Go back to bed.

Days, weeks passed and life went on as usual. Friends came by, we went on long bicycle rides, my dog, Primo and I enjoyed leisurely walks, Miss Pussy M. Footer, my calico cat, slept peacefully on the overstuffed chair, dates happened, work, extracurricular classes experienced…all was well.

I had been out with friends to a local movie. We all said our “goodbyes, see ya’ tomorrow…” and I walked on home to my second story studio apartment. Everything was fine.

I climbed the stairway to the landing and approached my front door. To the right of this door is a small tablet which hangs on the door frame; a place for friends who missed me to leave notes and where I jot down my whereabouts and time frame so those who ‘need to know,’ will know.

I always check the little notebook for the latest communication

There, in bold print, frantic, uneven lettering, was a note from my mother…….

Kathy, it’s 5pm….your brother has fallen from his balloon…he’s in the hospital.. it's critical! come NOW!



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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Love the mass ascension photo.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Donna. I am so happy to read your words here. Yes, it is true; I sincerely believe that we have a 'door;' an opening into awareness beyond that which our 5 senses allow us during conscience times...and, even during our waking hours; we catch a glimpse into the larger, 'other' world that is all around us; at all times. I've had other similar dreams which foretold events yet to happen. And recurring dreams, too. So real that, upon awakening; I am convinced that the experience; the event(s) are completely real.

      I lost a very loved cat years ago. To this day; I do not know where/what/why she disappeared. In a 5 minute time period; she vanished. NEVER to be seen, again. That was almost 25 years ago. I looked and looked, used every vehicle available at the time; to search for her. About a month from her disappearance; I had the most comforting, loving dream.....she was with me, in my arms, purring and playing. I held her near and told her how utterly happy I was to have her and that the "dream" of her loss was just that....a dream. A relief....then, I awoke. For a full minute or two, I was certain that she was home and all was well. In a short while; of course, I realized that not to be the case and that I had just experienced an exceptionally real encounter with Sneaker. I thought, "that was her way of telling me that she was ok and I can stop fretting; stop feeling so deeply sad." Well, it took quite a while to come to acceptance that I wouldn't see her again...but, again; the dream was SO REAL.

      Thank you so much for the visit and fantastic comment which tells me that you do understand and relate to this hub.


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      Donna Kay Bryan 5 years ago


      I was just mesmerized by this work of art. I realize that it is true, but you relate it so beautifully. I, too, have had foretelling dreams, as well as the exact same dream as someone else at the same time. It is an amazing, although sometimes disturbing, experience.

      Thank you for sharing this with your readers.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Peggy! I wish my brother still flew balloons over the valley but, he's in Beaumont, Texas now (ugh!) and, occasionally, flies there. Thank you so much for the comment and visit. The dream: I was as surprised as everyone else must be over this. But, I swear, it's true. Flying above the valley in a hot air balloon is a most ethereal, magical and quiet experience. The only sounds are the occasional heating up of the "envelope" (balloon) w/a burst of hot air heated by a propane burner. Otherwise, you'll only hear sounds from the ground (the occasional territorial dog barking, people saying 'hello" and conversation w/in the basket (gondola) is a beautiful experience. If my brother were still in Napa, I'd guarantee you a ride....but, alas...Beaumont (ugh!!) Kathy

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So good to know although he has residual pain, that your brother survived that accident so vividly seen ahead of time in that dream of yours. Scary! We have always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride when in the Napa Valley but never had the time with other things pre-scheduled. Maybe next time!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Sharyn, thank you! Yes, these many years later, all is well...

      I hope you're having a beautiful day, too, and that all is well with you.


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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy,

      What a wonderfully written piece. Glad to read the comments that all is well.

      I hope you are having a beautiful day!


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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kathy, you are so right! We are caught up in the day to day 'survival,' trying to keep ourselves afloat and, even when this aspect of our lives is in order, there are all the 'tapes' we carry and replay which, usually, keep us from seeing beyond the day to day stuff. I imagine we are like clean canvasses which are drawn on, written on, erased upon, smudged, ripped and torn...and all this clouds our very essence and our perception, not to mention our ability to naturally step out of our own way...without being conscious of it...just automatically being 'in tune' with more than the immediate and obvious. Yes, it is a real dream and the accident did occur.

      My brother will never fully "recover" in that, he is an excellent pianist but, now, he has trouble w/octaves...once so easy and second nature; now he has to exercise extra effort to reach the expanse.

      I've had others..I may write a hub on my many and recurring dreams of returning to places I used to live..walking the rooms, seeing my things mixed w/the belongings of the current resident...very crazy and strange.

      I miss so many people here because, between the reading and attempts to write and then commenting and replying; I'm loosing touch w/my most favorite friends....I sure hope "out of sight, out of mind" isn't in play here because I sure appreciate seeing you here on this hub and, believe me, when I am back in CA (in SE Kansas again, we just lost our kitty, Sunny and, yesterday, returned home to a horrific tragedy/accident w/one of our dogs..just amazingly unimaginable. Big Guy...RIP..a story I may tell someday but, for now, we're just in shock.)..and settled...we MUST get in touch. " Lots of room at the inn!!" Much love


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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Kathy- So true, your experiences are significant because you allow them into your life! In the past 1-2 years, since I quit my 9-5, I have so many "events" and I truly believe that we just become so involved in the day to day survival that we block out everything else. I mean, how can you be receptive to new ideas if you are caught up in the moment of living and producing and making everyone else happy to simply live life!? The grind...Well, I guess we have to find balance and everyone seems to have a different threshold I suppose. I really admire your passion and your integrity. Thank you for sharing this part of you!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi shygirl2. Yes, when the event actually happened; I was amazed and 'freaked out.' I told my entire family and friends about it and this led to many discussions and musings about our place and sensory awareness. The good thing is that my brother survived and continued on to become a double disciplined Medical Doctor, an excellent pianist and composer and continues, to this day, to fly hot air balloons...His octave range was damaged so he will never play quite as easily as he did before the fall...but, at least, these 30+ years later...all's well . thank you for the comment and visit, Shygirl2! BTW, I'm really enjoying your story chapters!!

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Wow! How scary that must have been, just in the dream alone. But, to have it really happen is even more frightening. I am anxious to read more, to find out how your brother fared. I hate dreams that tell the future. You can try and change them when it really happens, but you can't. It's a helpless feeling...I know, I have had them! Great hub, Lucky Cats! Anxious to read more...: )

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Augustine, thank you, always. I am interested in the 'scathing post' you saw at Walmart. This is particularly of interest to me because, I have fought a lengthy battle here, in SE Kansas, w/the local Super Center Walmart for their careless handling of abandoned, dropped off animals in their huge parking lot. It is truly a shame...the fate of these dear animals is never good. I've written to CEO's, spoken to the local Mgr., written LTE's to the local paper, spoken w/everyone and to this day (and it's been over 4 years) I continue my one woman boycott of Walmart. By ignoring what is happening in an environment they created which is an attractive hazard...(specially for the hapless animals) by looking the other way, animals suffer and die right in searing heat and freezing cold. The local store closes up any/all egress into their building so, the animals are unable to escape the elements. I quoted the local state Statute about animal abuse/abandonment, etc...which carries a hefty fine and threat of imprisonment, which Walmart employees/mgmt. CAN utilize...but they just refuse to be responsible...anyway; I imagine the post you saw must have something to do w/a similar situation...without the sad and graphic descriptions/images...I'd like to know what it was you read....

      Always!! If you've had a chance to read Alastar's comment, above..there is "411" there for me...I have had...believe me; it's true...other similar experiences. Pretty amazing. More so in the past than present; I imagine this is because, as we spend more time on the planet and dealing w/day to day "stuff," our abilities beyond our 5 senses begin to dull; and we are 'taught' to did happen..and I see it as if it happened yesterday. thank you, my dear, for your visit and always great comments!! always exude such love and support and light...I am always happy to see you here...such a sweetheart.

      ALASTAR...I am just beginning to explore and examine the world beyond the obvious....beyond our abilities to perceive w/our senses. I have always believed in this; or suspected it. I have gone on 'faith,' rather than studying such things on the level of physics...which is way out of my realm, I am afraid. But, in the comment to Spirit, I mentioned the series I found on the Science Channel entitled "Through the Wormhole" narrated by (one of my all time favorites) Morgan Freeman. This series is perfect for someone like me; a novice and layperson..and is presented in such a way that most can follow, easily. Aether, string theory, etc....was very well covered (from my point of view)..and I found myself enthralled.

      What I also noted is that, mathematics, physics can be so sublime; so exotic in it's own world that, a premise might actually 'work' using hundreds of equasions but, in the world as we know it; scientists have yet to prove it in the idea/hypotheses continues in theory until one lucky Doctor finds the answer through the humongous experiments/equipment designed to prove the theory. Sometimes, Alastar, I think that, perhaps, the ultimate answer will elude us until we are completely "ready" to learn/hear/realize it...and this, just may be...God.

      Thinking of all this is completely stimulating to me...and an entirely 'unfamiliar' method...physics...for me...

      Thank you for the, always, intelligent and compelling comment, my friend Alastar. have really suggested something I have in fact, ultimate interest many of our dreams actually are effecting and relating / interrelating with others whom we may not know in "this" life. I can easily connect my dream to my brother and I am fortunate enough to have solid proof...but, all those OTHER vivid dreams which, in themselves, make sense. It's just that, in this 'plane,' I cannot actually connect them to anyone/place/. I do have recurring dreams which have - within the dream - reacted to stimulus in that and future episodes of the same dream....but, this is imagination; not something I can point to and say "dreamed this...did that."

      Jennifer, thank you so much for re visiting this one; I know you understand these things by your incredible writing, amazing sensitivity, love of animals and big heart....and so, I am very happy that you are feeling a little better and are visiting HP's again...can't wait to read some more of your wonderful work. Bless You

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      Jennifer Theories 6 years ago from Canada

      That is an amazing story that clearly illustrates the connectedness of all of us. How many times have you dreamed about the events in other people's lives but never get a chance to validate it because they are people you don't know? Probably many. Maybe that's all dreams really are.

      I simply can't imagine what that would have been like for your brother! Wow!

      And thank you again for the good wishes for healing through the losses and I wish for you the same.

      Great writing!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Kathy,

      Lots of care and hugs for you !!! You are in my thoughts and this one is a gem.

      Take care my dear friend.


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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I knew it was real before reading it. What you experienced in this well told anecdote is rather common. Dream Premonition I think its called. I didn't know of course if your beloved brother survived and thank goodness he did. Recently Kathy I saw in the comments some where where you mentioned string theory. This far too long a subject to go into depth here but other terms possibly associated with your very real dream could be: aether, non-locality, matrix, faster-than-light communication, collective unconscious, many of the quantum type realities(no longer theories)etc. etc. and one in particular you may like to google I believe called cat-thought-experiment. The reason for all these terms is to point out that your dream premonition was no coincidence but has a solid backing behind it of reality and is real and not hocus-pocus. This has been great reading about you and your dream and more on your brother. Perhaps in future there may be some more unusual and exciting events in the life of Ms. Kathy aka Lucky Cats- sure hope so!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, This was riveting! It's amazing that you had this dream prior to the event. You must surely have the gift of telepathy. A great story, full of suspense. Loved it.


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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Well, your still in my thoughts. I saw a scatching post in Walmart, and for some reason I thought of you. Such a vivid tale, I'll probably dream of hot air balloons now.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Augustine, my sweet of your to say such nice words but, please, don't worry....this was 3 decades ago..real and true; yes...but so so long ago. I thought the retelling of this would be interesting and, I was influenced by another writer who wrote of dreams.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Jennifer. I was reading another hub about dreaming and it caused me to remember this event..YES, it happened just as I wrote it. My brother DID fall from the gondola. He was doing a promotional flight w/2 passengers, a photographer, a friend and a writer for a Sonoma Sunday Section newspaper. This is why there were too many people in the basket and why they were flying at an odd hour. They were heavy and the event unfolded exactly as I described it; I was to learn later. My brother broke over 100 bones; large and small including finger, toe, etc. fragments....he was hospitalized for almost 6 months and placed in traction for several of those months...and, to this day (and that was in the early '70's) he experiences pain due to the accident. My dream occured about a month before it happened..exactly as described here. Believe me; I am as astounded and taken back as anyone who reads it. I wrote this today, in an instant, because the memory is that vivid. Life changing, in many ways. Thank you so much for visiting and I'm glad you liked it. Hope all is well with you, Jennifer, and that you continue to heal and find joy after your great losses of recent little Sunny will always be a bright memory. Much respect and regards, my friend. Kathy

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      Jennifer Theories 6 years ago from Canada

      They should having an 'exciting' button to describe this hub. Now is this true? - is this actually happening in your life or is this a short story. At first, I figured it was a short story because it has that fantastical quality of fiction, then I realized that much of the time real life is much more fantastical than fiction and now I am very curious.

      It is a well written and intriguing piece either way. Please add more!