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4.1. Can dreams predict the future?




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This article is from the Dreaming FAQ, by "Lars Rune Foleide" larsrune@sf.telia.no .

4.1. Can dreams predict the future?

Yes. This is done all the time. I guess you have experienced a
deja-vu. Most children do. Some people have these experiences as
adults too, and some have even gained control over this ability. It is
possible to travel in time from a Lucid Dream. But this will be
discussed in the Lucid Dreaming FAQ. These experiences that predict
the future have been labeled Precognitive dreams. Spontaneous
Precognitive dreams happen all over the world and are being frequently
reported. But not many controlled scientific experiments have been
done on this phenomenon, but those that I am aware of prove them to be
real. Two experiments done by Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New
York gave significant results. The testperson was the psychic Malcom
Bessent, and the project was lead by Montague Ullman. Bessent slept in
the laboratory for 8 nights, were he tried to dream about an unknown
event that should take place each morning after he woke up. It was a
hit 5 out of those 8 nights. Chance for this being a coincidence is
18:100 000 (p.=.00018). The second experiment tried more to avoid
possible explanations like telepathy and clairvoyance. The experiment
lasted 16 nights, where 8 of them were precognitive nights and 8 of
them were normal nights. What happen the morning after the
precognitive night was decided by random numbers. On this experiment
was there also 5 hits out of 8 nights.

Those wanting to study the details can go over the reports: Krippner,
S., Ullman, M., and Honorton, C. A precognitive dream study with a
single subject. Journal of the American Society for Psychical
Research, 65:192-203,1971.


Krippner, S., Honorton, C., and Ullman, M. A second precognitive
dream study with Malcolm Bessent. Journal of the American Society for
Psychical Research, 66:269-279,1972.


Ullman, M., and Krippner, S., with Alan Vaughan. Dream Telepathy. New
Yourk: Macmillan, 1973.


Here are other reports on the subject of precognitive dreams: Sondow,
N. The decline of precognized events with the passage of time:
Evidence from spontaneous dreams. Journal of the American Society for
Psychical Research, 1988, vol. 82, 33-51.


Stowell, M. S. Precognitive Dreams: A phenomenological study. Part I:
Methodology and sample cases. Journal of the American Society for
Psychical Research, 1997, vol. 91, 163-220.


Stowell, M. S. Precognitive Dreams: A phenomenological study. Part II:
Discussion. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research,
1997, vol. 91, 255-304.


Stevenson, I. A review and analysis of paranormal experiences
connected with the sinking of the Titanic. Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research, 1960, 54, 153-171.


Stevenson, I. Seven more paranormal experiences associated with the
sinking of the Titanic. Journal of the American Society for Psychical
Research, 1965, 59, 211-225.


Stevenson, I. Precognition of disasters. Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research, 1970, 64, 187-210.


Van de Castle, R. L. Sleep and Dreams. In: B. B. Wolman (Ed.),
Handbook of Parapsychology. New York & London: Van Nostrand Reinhold
Company, 1977, pp. 473-489.


Barker, J. C. Premonitions of the Aberfan disaster. Journal of the
American society for Psychical Research, 1967, 44, 169-181.


Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research (JASPR) is
available by subscription from the American Society for Psychical
Research, 5 West 73rd St New York, NY 10023 http://www.aspr.com


Other books with evidence on the precognitive phenomenon is The
Conscious Universe from http://www.psiresearch.org and a book by the
name Margins of Reality.


If you want to have precognitive dreams, you should check out my Lucid
Dreaming FAQ. And if you suspect that you have had a precognitive
dream, you should write it down for later verification.


 

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