Once you have a dream that foreshadows later events, you will always wonder which of your other dreams may come true. A possible precognitive dream is not an call to worry, but it is a time to consider the qualities of the dream seriously and try to take advantage of any warning or perspective it may offer.
Dreams that come from left field are more likely to be connected with future events. If you recall, record and reflect upon your dreams routinely, then you are familiar with your style of dreaming. Your dreams have a certain style, a type of theme that is common, and a way that the story unfolds. Premonition dreams often are strikingly different from this habitual dreaming style. They may be extra-memorable and stand out in your mind. One man dreamed of his son being killed when his car rolled back and crushed him. He remembered the dream vividly because it was horrific, but also because it didn’t fit with his dream style. “It came from out of nowhere,” he said. Two weeks later, the incident actually happened, but thankfully, he snatched his son out of the way and no one was injured. He felt that the dream had alerted him to this possible point in time, and because he recognized the surroundings from the dream, he acted early and the deadly accident was avoided.
Dreams that focus on people you seldom dream of may be precognitive. Several years ago, I dreamed that my brother was struggling to put out a fire. I seldom dream of my brother and he leads an extremely quiet life in the country. But the next day, we learned that a fire had broken out in the timber on his property, and he had spent the day, along with several other people, putting the fire out. They were able to handle this emergency with little damage to property and no harm to anyone. I picked up on his sense of crisis, which was unusual, and also on the threat of the fire, which was also unusual. This does not mean that every dream of an old friend or distant acquaintance is a psychic dream, but when you dream of someone who is typically once-removed from your dream ensemble of characters, it may well be that you have tuned into something about their life. If it is reasonable to do so, you may want to check in with them and see how they are doing. If find out there is a connection, make note of what happened in your dream journal. The more you learn about your premonitions and dream connections, the better able you will be to trust your intuitive dreams quickly and effectively.
Premonition dreams can be symbolic. When my father passed away, I had a dream of an earthquake a week before his death. Even though we were not close at the time of his passing, I apparently picked up the shock wave early. Since then, I have spoken with a number of people whose dreams of global disasters, earthquakes and end-times have actually coincided with the loss of a parent. When someone who is a foundational figure in life is about to transition, it can sometimes bring on a dream of having the foundation of your world shaken or altered. This does not mean that every holocaust dream is a signal you are about to lose someone, but if and when you have a “big” dream like that, consider all sort of possibilities. The purpose of such dreams is not to upset us, but to prepare us and help us to connect with the larger view of life.
Different visual and sensory style can be included in premonition dreams. Many dreamers tell me that their precognitive dreams are more brightly colored than other dreams. Some people have noted a more full-sensory experience in their precognitive dreams as well. They can hear the gravel crunch beneath their shoes, smell the soot in the air from the fire, or feel the snowflakes melt on their hair. Any dream can contain sensations of course, but full sensory experiences that stand out to you may be an indicator of a precognitive experience.
Keep a positive attitude. This ability is a natural one, associated with our spirituality and also with survival abilities inherited from our ancestors. The more you embrace this ability as part of your biological and spiritual heritage, the less it will rattle you, and the more intelligently you will recognize and respond to dreams that foreshadow the future. Remember this: the majority of cases I hear about have come true partially but have actually enabled the dreamers to avoid accidents, avoid deadly mistakes, and save the lives of loved ones. These dreams are not showing us what is carved in stone, but may be rehearsals that enable us to meet possible futures in an empowered way. By keeping track of your dreams and future impressions, you will give yourself a powerful advantage and put to use a natural gift that is meant to serve you.