I've had dreams that came true. Example: I ride a motorcycle. I dreamt that I
saw a sign that said 10 mph curve. Two weeks later I went through that curve
I dreamt about. The reason the dream is important to me is because I was
riding too fast to make the curve. I remembered the sign before the curve and
did a hard braking job and just made the turn. It took me 30 minutes to
recover from the experience.
I don't always have dreams that are like that one, but I do have dreams that
come true. My question is "What does dreaming have to do with what we are
doing at any point in time?"
Trying to determine which dreams are about the future and which ones are not
can make you pull your hair out in frustration! Stanley Krippner, who
devoted much of his carrier to paranormal dreams wrote a book about it aptly
called Song Of The Siren. He feels that there is a great potential in the
dream and psychic ability, but also finds the search quite elusive. His
teacher and co-researcher for over a decade, Montague Ullman, agrees and
his book Dream Telepathy is well worth reading for anyone interested.
Carl Jung was also interested in psi phenomena but came to a different
conclusion about dreams that speaks to your question about what dreaming is
doing at any point in time. He felt that dreams predict the future in a more
general sense -- warning us when an attitude has gotten too far out of hand.
Thus the dream will play out variations of what will happen if the attitude
is not changed. That a particular occurrence or event happens is more the
natural outcome of the attitude at play rather than a seeing into the future
in the sense we normally call precognitive.
This seems to fit with newer theories about dreams being a place of
rehearsal. In a sense, we are rehearsing the future and some of these plays
are going to be accurate.
To test yourself, Linda Magallon suggests we create a dream journal and be very
careful about dating each dream. This way when something does occur, we can
go back and have an objective record, at least for ourselves.
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The
Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet
Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for
the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.