The world of dreams is a mysterious and enigmatic subject that has enthralled humanity for centuries. Can dreams predict the future?
Some say that dreams are reflective of our waking states and yet others postulate that the dream state is an alternate reality which might actually be realer than the waking state itself.
Needless to say, dreams do have a ‘realistic’ and sometimes even prophetic quality about them. Which is why we sometimes look to our dreams to decode our lives. Either way, dreams are powerful and none more so than precognitive (or prophetic) dreams.
Theories about Precognitive Dreams
One of the most curious speculations about the dream state is a theory which holds that dreams can actually contain crucial information about the future that affects our current state of reality. These types of dreams are known as precognitive dreams.
Precognitive dreams are dreams that seem to access information about the future through means that are completely unrelated to present information. For example, have you ever dreamt about reuniting with someone whom you hadn’t seen in a long time and then bumped into that person the following day?
Dreams like these are usually seen as precognitive triggers from the unconscious mind, either warning or giving us a preview of future events. Although they’re mind-boggling and even mystical to some, these dreams can be easily explained as the result of numerous variables.
One of them being that precognitive dreams are the result of unconscious insight, perhaps you’d come across that person’s Facebook profile or were reminiscing about them with a mutual friend earlier in the day.
It’s believed that precognitive dreams are always preceded by some kind of unconscious urging, whether it’s in the form of our hopes and desires. But that’s just the scientific view. But that’s just the scientific view. There are other more comprehensive perspectives that explore both the mysterious and the practical side of precognitive dreams. Let’s explore some of them below.
Precognitive Dreams in Ancient and Native Cultures
Ancient African and Native American cultures who practice ancestor worship believe that dreams are messages from the spirit world which is inhabited by ancestors and other spirits related to the community and individual.
Thus, seers and shamans (like nostradamus, who actually DID predict the future) from these cultures go to great lengths just to access a vivid dream state that allows them to perceive with more clarity the messages contained in the dream state.
Precognitive Dreams in Culture and Religion
In contemporary perspective, dreams are often seen as messages from God responding to the hopes and prayers of the dreamer. For example, there are many Biblical accounts of prophetic figures whose dreams came true on several occasions, and these written accounts give modern day believers hope in the perceived power of dreams and lend credibility to that belief. One such example is that of Joseph whose dream manifested in his life after many years.
In the book of Genesis 37: 5 it states:
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
If you’ve read the rest of this account, you probably know that Joseph went on to become more prominent and successful in life than his brothers, and this is one of many examples that give credibility to the theory of precognitive dreams, especially for those who hold the Bible as a literal account of events that occurred in the past.
Stories like these seem to replicate themselves in the present time with more and more people coming forward with stories of how they’re able to predict the future through their dreams. It’s one of the most foremost manifestations of what is known as the New Age Awakening Paradigm, and it’s a fascinating phenomenon that’s expressing itself in people all over the world.
Precognitive Dreams in the New Age Paradigm
New age philosophy is a way of life that integrates ancient wisdom with modern technology to guide mankind toward realising a higher potential and/or expanded consciousness. And according to this philosophy, humankind is currently undergoing a collective awakening which is guiding our global society towards a new paradigm.
The theory holds that this paradigm is characterised by certain ‘symptoms’ of awakening and one of those symptoms is the growing occurrence of meaningful precognitive dreams. It’s believed that these dreams do not only affect the individual soul, but the greater community of mankind as well, as we’re now learning about the true extent of our interconnectedness.
This is where the practice of dream work begins. Dream work is a means of accessing unconscious information about the future by decoding messages from our dreams. This is one of the methods used by the human soul to evolve and also to find purpose in contributing to the whole.
Those who believe in precognitive dreams often submerge themselves into a lucid and life-like dream state by ingesting certain drugs and undergoing rituals. Once the lucid dream state is acquired, they’re able to find precognitive information about how to find their purpose, guidance about relationships and find answers to more existential questions such as, ‘how did we get here?’ ‘Where do we go after death?’ and ‘what is our purpose on this earth as a species?’
Setting the intention to explore these themes and questions before getting into the dream state through sleep or other means, is a great way to find deeply spiritual answers that can help us to find our true path and calling in life.
Some people even receive guidance from their spiritual figures or prophets while in the dream state which can actually be interpreted as communication from the higher self.
These dreams have the potential to provide opportunities for exponential growth in one’s personal evolution and should not be taken lightly. You see, when we actually pay attention to dreams, we find that they are an integral part of the soul’s communication mechanism and that’s why they’ve always been a part of the human experience.
You’ve probably read or heard about the fact that Albert Einstein received inspiration about the theory of relativity from the dream state, or that Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln both predicted their deaths after experiencing fateful prophetic dreams week prior. They’re just SOME of the many famous lucid dreamers.
I’ve personally experienced dreams where I felt as if I were communicating with beings of a higher realm and the insights gained from these dreams often manifested themselves in my life as serendipitous events or moments of deja-vu.
At other times, it’s possible to learn things in the dream state that serve as guidance to solve a particular challenge in life. So dreams are powerful, if only we pay attention.
How Precognitive Dreams Happen
In the deeper state of Delta, our minds are passive and therefore can pick up cues from the energy of people, places, present day or future situations from what Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. Tapping into this collective mind is a rich source of information, guidance and spiritual directives.”
This essentially means that dreams are a shared phenomenon that affects our lives on a much deeper level than we can imagine in our daily, waking state.