Prophetic Dreams: Seeing the Future - Dreams of famous people that saw the future and even saved lives
Why we dream is still largely a mystery. “Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years,” says psychology expert, Kendra Cherry, “but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. While many theories have been proposed, no single consensus has emerged.”
Yet we know that not all dreams are alike. Some are amusing, some terrifying. Some have definite storylines, like a movie or TV show, while others are erratic, random and confusing. Some dreams are vague and elusive, while some are sharp, lucid, and quite unforgettable. Some seem like utter nonsense, while others seem to have profound meaning or messages for our lives.
WHEN IS A DREAM NOT JUST A DREAM?
Then there are rare dreams that appear to predict the future. Back in 2001, a reader wrote to me about a disturbing dream she had about her brother, who lived 1,500 miles away in Vermont. “In my dream, my brother was at his friend’s house,” she wrote. “They had been ice fishing all day. It was getting late so he left to drive home. About 35 miles from his friend’s house, there was a sharp curve in the road. Just as my brother was coming to the curve, his brakes went out. He lost control and went off the road his truck flipped over three times before coming to rest on its roof. All I could see after that was blood.”
The woman woke up in tears. The next morning, she called her brother, but there was no answer. When she called her sister, the news was just as she feared. “My brother had, in fact, been in a horrible car accident. It had happened around 11 o’clock the night before. He had been on his way home from his friend’s house and lost control of his truck trying to turn a curve in the road. His brakes had failed. What shocked me the most was when I saw the pictures of the accident scene: everything was exactly the same as in the dream.”
How can this be explained? Skeptics contend that such dreams are examples of “confirmation bias” – we have lots of dreams, most of which are meaningless so we forget about them, but we remember the ones that come true. That certainly could be right for many cases, but does it sound right for the experience related above in which every detail was dreamed before it happened – or perhaps as it was happening?
There have been many cases of prophetic dreams experienced and documented by famous people. Here are just a few of them:
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