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Have you ever wondered if dreams of the future are real?
Perhaps you had a dream which gave you a glimpse of the future. Dreams are one of the ways our intuitive mind can reach us. Our intuitive mind is our soul speaking to us. We want to listen.
What is a precognitive dream?
By and large, when we dream, we are in a passive experience wherein we project our thoughts, ideas, and emotions into a movie screen of sorts. At some juncture, amidst this often abstract and creative experience, there comes an occasional dream that seems precognitive in nature.
This becomes apparent to the dreamer, of course, when that dream actualizes. It is here when the dream is met with a powerful awareness that what was once dreamed of is now actual.
In a precognitive dream, we are receiving information, facts, and details about an event that comes true in the future. It’s very similar to sensations associated with déjà vu. So, if you’ve had this kind of experience, then you know what a precognitive dream can feel like.
These powerful dreams are not incubated—they simply happen. Precognition is nothing new to the world—did you know?
When Sir Winston Churchill traveled in his car, he always sat on his favorite side. He had a gut feeling one day and changed sides. Later that day, as he was in his car, a bomb exploded. The car was tossed up and onto two of its side wheels, but because of where he was sitting, Churchill’s weight balanced the upheaval, and the car didn’t overturn.
Abraham Lincoln had a dream about a funeral at the White House. Two weeks before he was assassinated in 1865, he told his wife that in the dream, he asked someone who was in the casket. They told him, and he heard in his dream: “the President of the United States.”
The well-known story of Frankenstein—often cited as the world’s first science fiction novel—was inspired by author Mary Shelley’s vivid nightmare.
The father of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, often spoke of the inspirational dream that led to his discovery of the structure of the atom.
Elias Howe invented the sewing machine based on a famous dream that helped him understand the mechanical penetration of the needle. He was not the first person to create the idea of a sewing machine. However, Howe made notable refinements to the design and was awarded the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine using a lock-stitch design.
As most of us know, Albert Einstein is famous for his genius insights into the nature of the universe. As it turns out, Einstein reached extraordinary scientific achievement—discovering the principle of relativity—after having a vivid dream.
Our world is literally inundated with impressive examples of precognitive dreams and how they have impacted human evolution and existence!
Types of precognitive dreams
Symbolic Precognitive Dream
In this dream, symbolism presents the precognitive information, but this is not realized until the actual event in waking life. This is a difficult dream to recognize. However, symbols in the dream match (but also can exaggerate) the future event when it actualizes.
Literal Precognitive Dream
This is a first-person perspective precognitive dream and is often in great, literal detail. Here, we sense, think, and feel aspects of the dream that actualize in the future. We might feel a sense of déjà vu with this dream.
Third-Person Precognitive Dream
This is us as an observer, from a third-person perspective. This precognitive dream can present in a symbolic and literal form. The information being observed in the dream, however, does not mean it will ultimately occur from the first-person point of view.
Lucid Precognitive Dream
This is a dream while awake. Meaning, the person is awake and realizes that they are dreaming. This is a common place for precognitive dreams to emerge. An even more pronounced sense of déjà vu can present in this dream. Also, there are two types of lucid dreams: an active lucid precognitive dream, wherein the dreamer actively tries to engage the precognitive dream, and an ambient lucid dream where the dreamer passively observes the dream remaining within the usual dream flow.
The bottom line is: We dream because we need to! We must have sleep to rejuvenate and replenish.
Dreams are part of our physiological evolvement and makeup—and they are necessary. If this weren’t so, we—and all mammals—would have evolved away from the ability to dream long ago.
Be sure to catch Part Two of this miniseries on precognitive dreams. In Part Two, we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty, and we’ll find out exactly how to know if we are having a dream telling the future.