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I am surrounded by many people asking question over question, or just talking over one another for me to answer. A person who I like comes ot of green door. He is wearing a football jersy. I smile at him and ignore the crow surrounding me. He turns his back towards me and looks back with a grim, pained face. He walks away into a sun-lite tunnel in slow motion. I loose my smile and every thing is quiet. I wake up.
If this were my dream, I'd see all of the people and questions around me as having too many choices, or too many distractions in my waking life, making it difficult for me to focus and make a decision. A door opening suggests an opportuity and green suggests "go" or positive. So this green door opening suggests to me that I should take action on this opportunity that is opening up for me. That he turned his back on me with a pained face, suggests maybe I've missed out on this opportunity, or I will regret it if I don't act on it soon.
Approximately 40% of psychic experiences are concerned with “knowing” the future in some way, and dreams are the most common channel for precognition to happen. Precognitive dreams are ones in which a dreamer receives information regarding the future, and later on, this information turns out to be accurate. Many traditional societies take precognitive dreams seriously; most modern societies do not place much importance on dreams in general, let alone value them for imparting actual future knowledge.
A number of significant historical figures have had precognitive dreams regarding their own personal destinies. For example, it was reported that Abraham Lincoln told a small group of people that he dreamt of seeing his own dead body laid out in a coffin two weeks before his assassination. In his dream, he walked into the East Room of the White House to find a covered corpse secured by soldiers, and surrounded by mourners. Lincoln asked one of the guards, “who died?” The soldier replied, “the president. He was killed by an assassin.”
My own dreams have provided knowledge of future events as well. In keeping dream journals for many years I have been able to recognize when my dreams are revealing waking life emergency situations. During a dream, if I say, “call 911” or “get an ambulance,” a waking life emergency with similar elements to my dream occurs. This pattern began to emerge several months prior to the attack on New York City’s World Trade Center. One dream in particular, February 13, 2001, really depicted the attack, but not literally; in it I dreamt, “I am watching from an overview – 2 young males are left in a white convertible car with the key still in the ignition and the car running. They are ‘juvenile delinquents,’ and their case worker goes inside to plea bargain on their behalf. They drove a stolen car into the support column of a ‘government building’—I am now inside running and these Middle Eastern males are chasing me – the place was on fire some people were injured, others killed. I run passed desks, and then thru a floor that looks like a bank. I am yelling ‘call 911!’” It is very rare, even since this event that I dream of Middle Eastern people.
I had several dreams over a 6 month period predicting my father’s passing. In one dream account I wrote: “When I got there I was going to call an ambulance, but the woman had called them when I left and gave 911 / the emergency call center my cell number, and they called me. They asked what was wrong and if they needed to dispatch an ambulance. I see dad, prone on the floor. I wonder if his back went out or if it was his heart or something.” I dreamed this January 18, 2013, my dad died July 9, 2013 in the following way: seizure, stroke, and what finally killed him, a heart attack.
Precognitive dreams do not only predict dreadful events. Time magazine profiled a psychic dream in their December 2005 issue, a Pakistani migrant named Ihsanullah Khan, dreamed that he saw the numbers 2,4,6,17,25 and 31 appear in a dream; he played those numbers and won a $55 million lottery jackpot, however it took him 15 years of playing this combination of dreamed numbers until he won. This lottery winner paid attention to his dreams in a serious way because dreams are valued far more in his culture than in the Western world.
A less dramatic example of a positive precognitive dream comes from my own journal, and presaged an act of forgiveness between myself and a former friend with whom I had had a falling out; we had not spoken to one another in 4 years. I dreamed, “…DD comes over – not sure if it was because she knew I was there, or another reason, and I just so happened to be there. She is emotional / crying about not seeing me all these years. I embrace her and tell her its okay – like everything is cool between us and I will be friendly again.” Exactly 4 weeks later I ran into DD at a wake for a mutual friend; I approached her and when she saw me she fell into my arms sobbing, both of us expressing words of forgiveness. Thus the title of my dream, Freed by a Forgiving Hug, as this precognitive dream foretold she and I would make amends; it was truly healing for both of us.
Pay close attention to your dreams by journaling them, honor even the fragments, watching for possible patterns emerging, which may reveal precognitive messages similar to my “911” dreams. Perhaps you will be as lucky as one dreamer who told me they knew when they were receiving precognitive information because a dream character’s eyes unnaturally glowed when they communicated knowledge about the future.
As you continue to work with your dreams you are likely to recognize aspects of your previous day appearing in your dreams. It may be someone you interacted with during the day, a snippet from a TV show you were watching, a news headline, or a particular object that you saw. Dreamworkers often refer to these aspects of dreams as “day residue”. So why does day residue appear in your dreams? It all has to do with memory.
Everything that you have ever seen, touched, tasted, smelled, heard, said and done is stored somewhere in your memory, even if you can’t remember them. Memories are linked to each other in the brain by a circuit of neurons. Each neuron is connected to a number of other neurons. Recent scientific studies in sleep, dreaming and memory indicate that REM sleep is important in the processes of learning and memory consolidation. So as we sleep and dream, more connections are being made to already existing connections to consolidate the day’s activities into long term memory.
In other words, the brain is taking everything that you said, felt and did during the day and linking it to an existing memory. According to the late Dr. Ernest Hartmann, during dreaming these connections are made more easily, more broadly, and more loosely than when awake, and these connections are not made randomly, but are guided by the emotions, and emotional concerns, of the dreamer.
In order for the connection to be made, there must be something similar about the new information and the memory it is being connected to. This is why day residue, the traces of events and psychic impressions from the waking state, appear in your dreams.
When evidence of the previous day’s events appears in your dreams, don’t dismiss it just because it’s ‘day residue’. Day residue is important in that it means that your dreaming mind found it relevant enough to link it to a previous memory – one that had some emotional impact for you. An emotional impact suggests unfinished business, an issue from your past, or present waking life, that you have not addressed to the satisfaction of your unconscious mind.
So how do you know what emotionally charged unfinished business this day residue has linked to? The answer is in the dream. What is the main theme of this dream? What other symbols are in the dream? Review your symbol dictionary for these symbols. What other dreams were these symbols in? What are the similarities between the current dream and these older dreams? Work with these symbols and dreams using any of the techniques discussed in my previous blogs. Trust your instinct as to which techniques to use. If you can’t find the answer at this time, trust that future dreams will bring the issue to light again.
Another option is to set an intention to have another dream that will address the issue and answer your questions. Before going to sleep say to yourself: “I will have a dream about … .” Be sure to conclude your intention with, “… and I will remember the dream.”
For another perspective on Day Residue, listen to what Dr. Robert Van de Castle has to say here:
" I really am glad I found this app, it has helped a bunch. I am such a dreamer, and have always studied a lil into the world of dreams "
Strange was the most frequent word association last night.
Last week, most dreams were associated with the number 1.
2 has been the most frequent happiness rating.
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