Dreams that predict the future


dream of a road with potholes

Do dreams ever predict the future?  I’m convinced sometimes, yes they do.  We certainly make a mistake if we imagine every dream is a premonition.  But sometimes they are, and that is really curious.  How and why this happens on occasion is hard to understand.  Perhaps the subconscious mind understands matters our waking consciousness does not perceive.

How to know when a dream is possibly predictive?  There are clues.  One clue is when we need to talk to people about a dream remembered that seems full of significance but is not clearly understood.  These dreams are vividly recalled and have an impact.  I have such a story.

About three years ago I was giving a lift to a friend, and she starting talking about a dream she had.  In her dream she was driving down a road filled with potholes.  Some were small, some were large and one was the size of a swimming pool, crater-sized.  In her dream, as she drove down the road she had to swerve drastically to avoid the potholes.  There was traffic coming down the other side of the road as well, and the opposing side had potholes as well.  She had to swerve into this road and avoid the oncoming traffic.  When she approached the crater-sized pothole she thought she was doomed, but was able to avoid it.

Telling me about this dream, I suggested the symbolism was obvious…the road of life, the journey ahead will be filled with “potholes”.  Dangers lie ahead.  What these dangers would be the dream didn’t offer.  We talked about possibilities, but had not clue.  Something was waiting beyond the typical trials of normal everyday life.  I made a mental note of her dream.

Less then a month after our discussion, she discovered she had breast cancer.  She was suddenly cast onto a journey she never expected.  She took chemotherapy.  She was weak and exhausted by the chemo.  She still had to drag herself to work and earn a living.  While her health insurance covered most of her medical bills, going to work most everyday was difficult.  The chemo did not cure the cancer.  Eventually she had to have a mastectomy.  Her road was indeed filled with potholes, and surgery (and recovery from cancer) was likely the big crater in her road.

The good news is that with support from her family, she was able to endure this personal trial and is now cancer free.  She avoided falling into potholes and craters by doing what she had to…swerving and coping.

This past week she has undergone reconstructive surgery for her breast and is doing fine.

Sometimes a dream may offer a glimpse of the future.  This future may not be avoidable and thus we have to drive our car on the road of life with agility and caution.  She did not dream she crashed into the potholes but avoided them.  And so she did with her experience with cancer.

I want to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.

The Spirits of the Dead Visit Our Dreams: A Story

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According to some occult theories, ghosts are the spirits of the dead who linger on earth before they move on to their final destination outside time/space.  Once these souls leave the physical world, it’s an open question if the dead ever visit the physical plane again.  Mediums claim to communicate with the dead, suggesting they speak with the truly dead, those who have “passed over”.  Personally, I accept the reality of ghosts but I am uncertain about contact with those who have passed over.  The final nature of the afterlife is an unknown mystery.

However, sometimes there are clues the truly dead communicate with us.  There are stories of people who feel their deceased loved ones have visited them, usually in a dream.  I’ve heard such a story recently.

The gentleman is a widower whose wife passed away a few years ago.  He told me about a dream he had, which he was felt was so real, when he awoke he remembered it vividly.  One sign a dream may be more then just a dream is when the clarity of it has an impact on our waking mind long afterwards. 

rainbowIn his dream he was talking with his wife who appeared young, perhaps in her late twenties.  He was having a wonderful time with his wife, when suddenly he realized he was dreaming.  He looked at his wife and asked her, “What are you doing here?  Do you know you are dead?”
His wife responded, “Yes, I know.”
She continued, “They let us come down here once in awhile.  But we can only talk to you in your dreams.”
The widower asked, “What is it like…up there?”
His deceased wife replied, “It is very nice!  Everybody is very happy and everybody is doing a lot of different things.  And there is lightning and thunder too.  I came down to visit you.  But I have to go now.”

Slowly his wife faded away in his dream, and the widower woke up with the dream clear in his memory.  He told me he felt he actually talked to his wife and not a figment of his imagination.  Perhaps he did.

He wondered what his dream meant by “They let us come down”.  Who exactly are “they”?  And what was with the lightning and thunder comment?

If he were actually visited by his departed wife, then we learn something about the afterlife.  The dead may be allowed to visit us in our dreams on occasion.  If so, then they must also be aware of what is happening to their living loved ones.  There also seems to be something of a gatekeeper (“they”) who regulates visitations. 

As for the lightning and thunder comment, I thought of this Old Testament bible verse, 2 Samuel 22:12-14:   Out of the brightness of his presence, bolts of lightning blazed forth. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

The reality behind Inception. Can another consciousness enter our dreams?

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Inception will be considered a classic sci-fi film along with films like Blade Runner, The Matrix and 2001 A space Odyssey.  Often such classics are not immediately appreciated when they are first released, but I think Inception has this instant recognition.  Classic movies are few and when one suddenly appears it is a joy we wait years for.

The zero gravity fisticuffs scene in Inception was a cool homage to the Matrix.  Yet this scene was done with physical special effects and not strictly CGI.  There was a hallway set that actually rotated.  Give me human stunt work over CGI anytime.  That gave the scene gravitas and believability.  And that is what makes Inception way different then the Matrix.  Where the Matrix was strictly sci-fi speculation, with Inception we are dealing with actual reality.  Dreams.

Dreams are real, we all dream.  Lucid dreaming is real. Even animals dream. Science does not understand why dreams are essential to cognizance, but we’d die without dreaming. We often don’t remember our dreams, but when we do, they can affect our awakened state of mind. I have been influenced by some of my dreams when I recall them.  If Inception is about planting ideas in the subconscious, such things happen daily in reality.  We dream about our worries, our hopes, the nightmare from the scary movie we watched a few nights ago.  Advertising and marketing are skillful at planting subliminal messages into our subconscious.  Inception happens everyday.

The true premise of the movie is the ability of another sentient consciousness to enter our dreams and communicate with us.  Can this actually happen?  Not with current technology.  But our dream state can open us to communication with other sentient beings.  Not physical beings, but separate consciousness nevertheless.  This happens so often nobody really notices. 

The Bible often tells of God speaking to his prophets in a dream.  King Solomon was spoken to in a dream with the famous question, what would you want if I granted you any wish?  The living often encounters the dead in their dreams.  It usually is only a dream, but once in awhile it may be a true encounter with the deceased, to comfort the living. I know stories of a dream immediately preceding someone’s death, or just after and the individual died and they were unaware of the death.  Crisis apparitions.  Many had premonitions of the future in their dreams that came true.  And not only holy spirits may visit our dreams.

Our dreams may on occasion lead us into a supernatural experience.  Since a dream is only a dream we can’t take all dreams seriously…unless it offers information we could never possibly know.  When we dream, we may not always be resident in our personal subconscious but transcend the world of time and space.  We don’t need the movie technology of Inception to accomplish this.

The ending of Inception leaves the open question…is Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb awake or is he still in a dream?  I’ll offer this alternative speculation.  What if Cobb’s deceased wife Mal was right all along?  What if she accurately understood they were still stuck in limbo?  Perhaps it took more then one “death” to free anyone from limbo?  The whole movie could be Cobb’s dream from the beginning, as he remains stuck in a dream coma while his wife is now awake and with her children.  If so, then Cobb’s totem would not be an accurate test of a dream, since this would all be his own dream.  Totems only work in another’s dream.  During their last conversation together in limbo, Mal asked Cob how real would it be that he is a dream spy being chased by goons?  Director Nolan at least gave some credence (in Cobb’s mind) thru his projection of Mal that she might have might been right jumping off that building.