Dreams don’t just warn us of malfunctions in our
bodies and our lives. They can also play a role in
healing. Many people have had dreams in which they
healed their bodies or facilitated healing for others.
The dream messages were corroborated by subsequent
This should not be surprising. The most vivid dreams
occur in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. In this state,
our eyes move rapidly, just as they do when we’re awake,
and the dominant brain wave frequency is theta. Theta
is also observed in the brains of healers at the height
of the healing experience (Oschman, 2015). The brain
wave frequency range for healing corresponds with that
of dreaming. In both dreams and healing, the brain is
in a theta state. Brain and consciousness are sharing an
experience, one measured in matter, the other in mind.
PRECOGNITION AND THE ARROW OF TIME
Another anomalous experience that has been
extensively studied is precognition, the ability to sense
events before they occur. While more than 100 studies
of precognition exist, a decisive series was carried out by
Bem used standard psychological tests, such as one
that began by giving students a long list of words to
remember. Students were then asked to write down as
many of the words as they could recall. Later, a computer
program randomly selected words from the original
list for the students to type. There was a statistically
significant correlation between the words the students
remembered and the words the computer later generated.
Another experiment showed two curtains on a
computer screen. In a series of 36 trials, students were
told that an erotic image was behind one of the curtains
and asked to guess which one it was. Chance would have
dictated a 50 percent probability of success, but they
scored 53.1 percent, significantly above chance.
Bem’s meticulously designed and conducted studies
took 10 years to complete and involved a large sample
of more than 1,000 participants. His results were echoed
by an analysis of 101 studies of precognition spanning
75 years performed by Dean Radin of the Institute of
Noetic Sciences (Radin, 2011). They were performed in
25 different laboratories located in various countries.
The analysis showed that 84 percent of them reported
statistically significant results.
Bem later replicated his initial work on an even larger
scale (Bem, Tressoldi, Rabeyron, & Duggan, 2015). His
studies produced a storm of criticism among skeptics.
Human beings tend to stick firmly to their worldviews
regardless of the findings of science.
Yet quantum physics does not require the arrow
of time to move only in a forward direction. Many
equations work both forward and backward. Einstein
said, “The distinction between past, present, and future is
only a stubbornly persistent illusion” (Calaprice, 2011).
ATHEISTS AREN’T EXEMPT
What we have come to call anomalous experiences,
such as precognition and out-of-body states, are far
from uncommon. In a poll of students at American,
Chinese, and Japanese universities, many report
anomalous experiences, while more than 30 percent
report having them frequently (McClenon, 1993). At
least 59 percent had experienced déjà vu, for example.
Being religious or believing in the supernatural
was not a requirement for such experiences; atheists
and agnostics had them too. The researchers analyzed
whether believers were more prone to anomalous
experiences and found that they were not. Even
famed skeptic and editor of Skeptic magazine, Michael
Shermer, described an event that shook his belief
system “to the core” (Shermer, 2014).
In the survey of anomalous experiences, even
WHAT CAN EXPLAIN SYNCHRONICITY?
students in the hard sciences were disposed to them.
Race and ethnic background didn’t make a big
difference. As Jung observed, “Synchronicity is an ever-
present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
Jung continues to tickle us with synchronicity from
beyond the grave. One of the most comprehensive
texts on the subject is Synchronicity: Nature and
Psyche in an Interconnected Universe by Jung scholar
Joseph Cambray (2009). David Rosen, editor of
Cambray’s book, shares a striking synchronicity related
to working on the text: “In my back yard there is a
Japanese garden with a pond containing numerous koi.
Shortly before Joseph Cambray arrived [to deliver the
lectures that became the synchronicity book] a snake
caught and swallowed a koi. When I saw Figure 1 of
‘Jung’s carving of a snake swallowing a fish,’ I wondered
if this was an example of synchronicity. . . . I had not
observed such an event before or after this occurrence
That synchronicity happens is well established. How
it happens is another question. What could possibly be
coordinating processes in so many different dimensions