Common Dreams: Precognitive Dreams

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Your question: Precognitive Dreams (Dreams which predict the future)

“I dream about long lost friends and relatives only to see them or hear from them the next day. This has happened to me on several occasions and it occurred that is is more than mere coincidence. Are there are any other cases and is there any science behind it?”

A study carried out in 1980, showed that 42% of people felt they’d had at least one dream which then came true, so precognition through dreams is more common than people think. Some people say they simply ‘know’ their dreams are precognitive; others say it’s like watching a movie.

Keeping a dream diary is a good way of recording your dreams and in doing this you may notice over time your dreams have predicted an event. You may also notice there is a pattern (e.g. when you’ve eaten a certain food or corresponding with the lunar cycle).

There have been attempts and studies to explore the science behind precognitive dreaming but because often the dreamer cannot control it, they haven’t been able to have a predictive dream on demand.

Some examples of predictive dreaming can be found here following research carried out by Dr Robin Royston in 2004.  Some famously recorded incidents of precognitive dreaming are said to include those of the fate of the Titanic and the Twin Towers.

There are documented exercises said to induce precognitive dreaming; this is an ancient practise which dates back centuries, including back to the temple of Apollo at Delphi. However, it’s worth considering what purpose this might serve you and how you’d use this information. What can you do about it, if you won’t know for definite if it will come true unless it happens and even then, if it’s going to happen anyway.  It also means you would be worrying about the future, rather than focusing on the Now – this kind of Mind activity can become obsessive and is usually unhelpful.

Many people like to maintain a level of control of their lives, so the concept that some areas of life may be pre-determined can be unsettling. Our ancient ancestors’ used to split precognitive dreams in to two categories: events that could be prevented and those that could not. As mentioned above, the paradox is that you can’t validate a dream which predicts the future unless the dream events then unfold.

In some cases, that rather than being wholly predictive, dreams bare resemblance to thoughts the dreamer has had which they then bring into reality; if you like a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) acknowledges from research there are many impressive accounts from reliable sources which relate specifically to unlikely or unexpected events which have been dreamt about and then taken place. Those that have these types of dream often report that the dream itself “feels” different.

A Recent Daybreak Survey revealed over a quarter of viewers said they have had a dream that has come true. For more information about the Daybreak Dreams Survey click here.

(c) Copyright Delphi Ellis

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Published by Delphi Ellis

Therapeutic counsellor, well-being trainer and author working with grief and mental health, helping people get their sparkle back. Explores dreams on telly. Avid tea drinker. © Delphi Ellis - Helping You Sparkle™ 2006 - 21

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