Prophetic Dreams

Have you ever had a dream that predicted the future in some way? I have had a few of those types of dreams. Dream interpreters will tell you that dreams are products of your subconscious mind. The way I see it is that dreams happen when your brain decides to put its contents on shuffle. Everything you see, hear, touch, smell, taste, or otherwise experience during your life gets cataloged in your brain. Even if you don’t consciously remember things that happened when you were six, they are still there in your subconscious mind.

I don’t really think a dream can predict the future, even though some of the ones I’ve had have come darn close, down to very precise details. One time, I dreamed about a boy who took a banana that belonged to me, and in real life, I ended up taking a banana from a boy who looked exactly like the one from the dream. It may have been some bizarre sexual metaphor, but the real life event caused me to remember the dream that “predicted” it. It wasn’t as though I consciously went around trying to actualize my dream… but perhaps, unconsciously, I did. The mind is a powerful psychic tool with plenty of undiscovered abilities.

I do believe in the symbolic nature of dreams. Dreams are not meant to be taken literally, but they are meant to be links to what your unconscious desires are; things you cannot have in real life. Maybe, if we have a dream that is prophetic, we come to the realization later that we may have unconsciously been acting out in real life the desire evoked in the dream. It’s complicated. Just because you have a dream about talking animals doesn’t mean you’ll wake up one day and start a conversation with your dog. The talking animals might be symbols for something else significant in your life.

I like to write down dreams I have, to try and see what the meanings behind their symbols and imagery might be. It’s fun. Dreams give me something to ponder during the day… and of course, they can definitely give birth to awesome story ideas!

6 thoughts on “Prophetic Dreams”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dream that predicted anything. I have had (once, really) a feeling that something had happened and it had, but I was awake. And even then it was not a clear impression of _what_ had happened, but a sudden compulsion to call a family member when (it turned out) she was in a crisis and needed to talk to me. I think that was some brain function that we don’t yet understand. My mother had it also, more than once, and — by the way — in both cases it involved a connection with relatives who were not blood relatives.


    1. I don’t think I’ve ever had something that strong. I’ve had fleeting moments where I felt like something outside of me was telling me to do something, but they are so fleeting, I brush them aside and don’t heed them… then later, I wish I had. Very strange.


  2. Hi Maggie. I just posted several days ago a video entitled “Sometimes in the waking the reality is more pressing than the dream”. The concept is the moment between waking reality and sub-conscious dreaming. Check it out.


  3. I absolutely agree that dreams can be the source of great story ideas. My WIP is based on one!


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