The ideas came to me that he drove a truck
and wore the red and black checked shirt of an
outdoorsman. Both of these were true pictures.
Dreams of the Future
Still more incidents of precognition come in my
dreams. As I recently read over my dream journal of 35
years, I was struck by how often something I dreamed
about ended up being relevant the following day. For
instance, one dream included a man I hadn’t seen for
a year, who showed up in my waking life the very next
day. Also, several times I became aware of a newspaper
headline a day or two before it would appear.
Then, on November 11, 2015, I experienced a
dream so terrifying that while still asleep, I sat up in
bed screaming at the top of my lungs. As my husband
shook me awake, all the details of the dream vanished.
I knew there wasn’t anything causing me anxiety in my
waking life. But my son and his partner were in Paris
that week, sharing an apartment with a Frenchman
who lived a block and a half from the Bataclan Theater.
A day and a half after my nightmare, 90 people were
killed at the Bataclan by terrorists. (My son and his
partner, thank heavens, weren’t among the victims.)
Some dreams of the future are very significant. I
should have paid attention to the following dream
I had on the day before I bought a condo. In
the dream, I was still in bed when the present
owner of the condo I was considering buying
called to see if I’d put an offer on it. I was exceedingly
groggy and could hardly talk. Then, I saw a baby
being washed down a concrete ramp into a river
and then saw myself being swept away into the
same river by a huge wave. As I realized I couldn’t
keep above the top of the slushy ice water, I let go
and sunk beneath it. I was conscious of one small
area within the water that was illuminated and it
protected me, but not the baby.
Babies in dreams might represent a real baby, but
usually they symbolize any kind of new venture, and in
this case, it was buying a home. Water often represents
emotion and certainly the wave in this dream is
threatening, powerful, and destructive. I wish
I had realized this was a warning dream, telling
me not to purchase the condo as it proved to be a
terrible financial decision.
Fortunately, another dream helped push me in
the right direction on another decision. When my
son Scott was 10, I had a dream about the two of
us flying through the air in the countryside where there
were many animals. I dropped Scott off to play with an
affectionate black and white kitty.
Shortly after that dream, Scott’s teacher strongly
recommended we get a cat because she thought it would
help Scott, who was struggling emotionally at the time. We
went to an animal shelter to pick one out, and we chose one
that was black and white, even though I originally had my
heart set on getting a calico. The black and white one (who
Scott named Sparky) seemed to pick us!
Finally, when my older son, Ryan, was 10, I had a
Maybe when we are between
prescient dream that seemed to be an attempt to raise my
awareness of his sexual orientation to my conscious level.
The dream involved being offended that some gay men
were engaging in intimate behavior at a restaurant where
Ryan and I were eating. Then the men acted out the same
intimate behavior with Ryan. Seven years later, in real life,
All of these mysterious glimpses into my future
felt very much like gifts. Even though I am devoted to
practicing living in the now, I heartily welcome getting
occasional opportunities to see bits of what will come.
After all, it’s like touching the indwelling divine—our
incarnations, we decide what our
next life will be, who we
will partner with, and what
lessons we will learn …