Precognitive Dreams: Dreaming of The Future
Are precognitive dreams real or mere coincidence? To find out, we’re going to take a look at some compelling premonitions from history; hear what mainstream science has to say about telling the future; and try some lucid dream experiments which may enable you to have psychic insights.
History is filled with psychic dreams. Perhaps the most famous of all was Nostradamus, whose prophetic insights have been linked to the Great Fire of London, the rise of Hitler, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
But precognitive dreams are not just reserved for the mystics of this world. When the Titanic sunk in 1912, hundreds of people came forward with reports of premonitions. Amazingly, it was possible to validate at least 19 of them, including one date-stamped letter.
Famous Psychic Dreams
Precognitive dreams have a long track record that stretches right back to biblical times. Take a look at these two famous reports from the 1800s, which offered very specific insights about imminent deaths.
In 1865, two weeks before he was shot dead, Abraham Lincoln had a psychic dream about a funeral at the White House. In the dream, he asked someone who was in the casket and they replied, “the president of the United States”. He told his wife about the dream but neither of them took it to heart – for on the night of his assassination he gave his only bodyguard the night off.
The dictionary meaning of ‘dream’ means, “a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.” The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology. Scientists think that all mammals dream, but whether this is true of other animals, such as birds or reptiles, is uncertain. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain ...
The American writer, Mark Twain, and his brother Henry once worked on riverboats on the Mississippi. One night Mark had a dream about his brother’s corpse lying in a metal coffin in his sister’s living room. It rested on two chairs, with a bouquet and a single crimson flower in the center. He told his sister about his dream.
Just weeks later, his brother was killed in a massive explosion on a riverboat. Many others died and were buried in wooden coffins. But one onlooker felt such pity for young Henry that she raised the money for an expensive metal coffin. At the funeral, Mark was shocked to see the coffin exactly as it was in his dream. As he stood over Henry’s casket, a woman placed a bouquet with a single red rose in the middle.
Sigmund Freud on Precognitive Dreams
The famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud rejected the notion of precognitive dreams. He insisted that the meaning of dreams were wish fulfillment – and the idea of psychic dreams was “nonsensical”. However, his protege Carl Jung believed psychic energy was somehow involved.
Michael Shermer, who wrote the book Why People Believe Weird Things, believes that dreams are of little value when it comes to telling the future. He says that dreams are merely products of a “fertile and easily overwhelmed imagination” – that there’s nothing psychic in it.
A Numbers Game
Meanwhile, according to Robert Todd Carroll, author of The Skeptic’s Dictionary, having dreams that predict the future is all a numbers game.
Carroll explains: “Say the odds are a million to one that when a person has a dream of an airplane crash, there is an airplane crash the next day. With 6 billion people having an average of 250 dream themes each per night, there should be about 1.5 million people a day who have dreams that seem clairvoyant.”
This is a widely accepted argument in mainstream science. It probably accounts for a vast number of seemingly precognitive dreams. In many cases, it seems clear that people can be easily led and can make their dreams “fit” with world events in order to believe that something exceptional is possible.
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However, it doesn’t quite explain the fateful premonitions of Lincoln or Twain, whose psychic dreams predicted their own lives with uncanny accuracy. Nor does it explain the stringently tested psychic dreams of Christopher Robinson.