Precognitive Dreams & Premonitions
(…Continued From Precognitive Dreams & Premonitions Pt 2)
The Bible, of course, refers to precognitive dreams. There are about 15 in the old testament – most of which helped change the course of history, and there is the one mentioned earlier in this book of the Pharaoh who dreamed of 7 fat and 7 thin cattle. Joseph decoded it as referring to seven years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine – warning of future events.
Most precognitive dreams concern unpleasant things that will happen. Many of them concern unexpected death to immediate members of a family or persons close to the percipient. Here is such a case:
‘I had a recurring dream every night for a week. In the dream my mother, who was dead in reality, paid a visit and told me. ‘You will not see Doug and Joy again. They will not be here long’. Doug and Joy were my brother and his wife.
The dream was very disquieting and I wanted to warn my brother but my husband told me not to be so ‘silly’. Two days after the last dream I bought the local paper and on the front page were my brother and Joy. They had been killed flying to Spain. I had no idea they had gone on holiday.’
Other premonitions concern disasters but where the victims are not directly linked to the percipient:
‘I was in the sixth form at school when I had the first of many, many experiences of seeing unpleasant events in advance. There was a boy in my form whom I didn’t know well and he had a younger brother also in my school. The younger brother was about 13. One night, I had a dreadful nightmare in which I was crossing the nearby Lough in a sailing boat with the younger boy. The boat capsized. As it sank I extracted myself from the ropes and rigging, but I could see the young boy struggling to free himself. I tried to free him but was unable to do so. I awoke with a terrible sense of doom and fear.
During the day I met a friend, a lecturer at the university, who was a colleague of the boy’s father and told her of my nightmare. That evening she phoned to tell me that the same young boy had apparently tried to cross the Lough that day in bad weather (he was apparently a good helmsman) and his boat had capsized. The boy was drowned.’
While events seem destined to happen, individuals appear to be able to take avoiding actions:
‘After having completed my apprenticeship as an aircraft engineer, I left London to work in the midlands with a light aircraft maintenance company. One of my duties was to fly as Observer on air tests, with our Managing Director as pilot. Air testing can be dangerous, as the aircraft is taken to its limits such as stalling, spins and single-engine climbs.
At first I enjoyed the thrill of flying but I soon became dogged by a recurring dream of being sitting in the right hand seat attempting to pilot the aircraft with my boss sat next to me, unconscious. The problem was that I could not fly the plane.
After a while the dream began to haunt me every time I got into a plane to carry out an air test until one day my nerve went and I refused to fly.
The next air test crashed, killing both the Managing Director and the apprentice.’
An especially accurate variety of premonition identified from Dr Hearne’s data is the Media Announcement Type. This is where the premonition comes in the form of some kind of public announcement (eg TV or radio news-flash, newspaper placard, etc) that is dreamed or hallucinated in some way. Perhaps one in 50 reported premonitions is of this type although many may go unnoticed because the precognitive element is not realised.
Some premonitions seem to be of fairly inconsequential events in the percipient’s life:
‘I was 20 years old and had just begun a new job as an assistant librarian in Newcastle. I dreamed that a Dutchman came into the library to ask about some Dutch language novels. In the dream I went to the file where such requests were kept and could not find it, but eventually tracked it down to the back room where another assistant was dealing with it.
The next day it did happen. The Dutchman came in about his request for Dutch novels. Instead of searching the file I went straight to my friend in the back room who was indeed working on that request then.’
A small fraction of premonitions actually anticipate happy events.
‘I had a dream of someone telling me a horse was going to win, and its name was BEAN something. Over breakfast I asked my husband if he had heard of a horse by that name. He said he hadn’t, and we joked about it because I have never had a dream about a horse winning and I am hopeless at picking a winner at anything. My husband sent my son to get the daily paper. My husband said he couldn’t see a horse of that name listed.
As I sat down for a coffee at 10.30 I grabbed the paper and straight away I saw the horse listed – BEAN BOY. I was so excited I rang my mother, my sister, my brother-in-law and a friend, Harry, who likes a flutter. they each placed a œ1 bet on the horse. We put œ20 of the mortgage money on it. The horse won (at 7 to 1). I was thrilled.’
Dr Hearne’s research approach has been two-pronged. Firstly, he has obtained large numbers of reported premonitions in order to establish categories, frequencies, latency periods, and so on and, secondly, to investigate a few individual percipients very closely.
Barbara Garwell, who lives in Hull, is someone whose premonitions Dr Hearne has studied over many years. Barbara is a very sweet, sincere, Roman Catholic lady in her 60s who has had premonitions since childhood.
She is good at assassinations. We don’t mean that she’s a Mafioso type – she seems to be able to pick up on major assassinations before they happen. For example, 21 days before the killing of President Sadat of Egypt, Barbara woke from a vivid and violent dream in which she saw some ‘coffee coloured’ men spray a group of dignitaries with machine guns at a stadium. The scene seemed to be the middle east.
President Sadat was actually killed, with several others, when he was taking the salute at a military parade in a stadium. Soldiers ran from a vehicle to the saluting base and fired kalashnikov guns. Although Barbara could not identify the country, the details were very accurate.
Also, in 1981 Barbara had another assassination dream – this time more symbolic – in which some German SS men featured. A man got out of a limousine. He had a ‘pock- marked’ face and she ‘knew’ he was an ex actor. One of the SS men drew a pistol and fired several shots at the actor, who fell.
Again, exactly 21 days after the dream, an attempt was made on the life of President Reagan. – a former screen actor – when he was entering a limousine. John Hinckley, the gunman, had been a member of a neo-nazi group (the National Socialist party).
Intelligent analysis of both these dreams could, in retrospect, have led to a knowledge of what was soon to happen and to whom.
There are very many other startling premonitions that Barbara has received that are catalogued in Dr Hearne’s book Visions of the Future (Aquarian), and her own book Dreams that Come True (Thorsons).
David Melbourne and Dr Hearne are quite sure that chance coincidence cannot explain her premonitions. Another explanation that sceptics put forward is that she selects only good ones to relate from many that do not come true. However, Dr Hearne tested that hypothesis in 1981 by collecting every single premonition she had in that year. Each was entered onto a form and sent to him. There were 52 in all. Two blind judges, (unaware), later rated each premonition for accuracy in any events that happened in the 28 days following. The judges also did the same for a control year, (ie not the actual year), but they did not know which.
The premonitions for the correct year had significantly higher scores than those for the control year. But the most interesting phenomenon was the consistent 21 day latency period which came out in several of her major premonitions. That unexpected factor must be important when the theory behind premonitions is gone into.
Some people who have premonitory dreams are fearful that they in some way are causing the later disasters. We don’t think that is so. Often, people recognise the same disaster. It is not likely that they all happen to make the same event occur. It is more likely that they passively receive the future information.
It seems that the future is being formed a few months in advance. Major events become ‘set’, and can be detected by certain individuals, but the element of free will enables people to avoid future fixed events.
The negative attitude of official orthodox science, (which probably dates from the witchcraft era when the paranormal was linked with sorcery), is retarding the proper advance of knowledge in mankind. In fact, science is unscientific and fraudulent in this instance.
If a scientist were to conduct an experiment but refused to include some data because it would not fit in with his or her own theory, that scientist would be castigated for being unscientific. Yet that is precisely what Science does regarding parapsychology. It refuses to face the awkward facts.
There is also a strange breed of authoritarian, censorious people who wish to preserve the status quo – the sceptics. They seem to have a strict belief system of negativity. Such people, of course, are scientific ostriches and do not advance science one iota – they only hinder it. They are a liability to its progress. It is greatly insulting and patronising for ordinary people to be told by some self-styled sceptic that what they know happened to them didn’t really happen at all.
Worrying too, is the great scandal of the scientific journals, which would not even reply to a scientific paper sent in reporting the results of a parapsychological experience.
Ordinary people, as distinct from scientists – who are often blinkered and limited by their strict belief system – know that paranormal phenomena occur. The media, particularly television, which follow people’s actual interests and beliefs, have begun to give more exposure to these areas. At one time, the paranormal could only be discussed very late at night – along with sex – programmes on the paranormal now occupy peak viewing times. Science is being dragged kicking and screaming into reality.
What is the significance of premonitions? Premonitions, more than any other paranormal phenomena, are shouting to us that our ideas of the nature of the universe and ourselves are completely wrong. Whereas telepathy, say, could just about be explicable within science as we know it, precognition is totally at odds with the present scheme of things. Essentially, it provides an effect (the premonition) before a cause (the event).
Under the rigid system of science that currently prevails such a scenario is ‘impossible’ and so cannot be true. The trouble is, several things that have been ‘impossible’ in the past have turned out not to be so. It was ‘impossible’ that the earth should orbit the sun, or that other planets should exist.
‘Standard realism’ under which science operates is fine for everyday matters but hardly appropriate for areas such as high energy physics or the paranormal – where ordinary logic does not apply. According to science, premonitions cannot exist in the physical universe. At that point science washes its hands of such phenomena.
The evidence however, tends to suggest, (only physicists and mathematicians are foolish enough to talk about ‘proving’ something), that foreknowledge exists. In that case, by science’s own reasoning, the physical universe cannot exist. The only alternative is that we live in a mind world – a mentalistic universe. Life itself is like a great dream. This is a staggering conclusion and tremendously exciting. It can encompass things like clairvoyance, miracles, synchronicities, coincidences, poltergeists and the whole panoply of the paranormal – where current science can only gape open-mouthed.
After all, when one considers it, it seems incredibly unlikely that we just happen to be alive now, in this perfect environment, just one time round. From this new perspective the concept of reincarnation seems most plausible. Anyone who thinks that science has just about explained everything is totally deluded.
Whereas the stick-in-the-mud sceptics look backwards all the time and wish to impose their scheme of thinking on others, what is needed are scientists who are prepared to throw all existing notions away and rethink things from the viewpoint of living in a mentalistic universe. What are its implications, predictions, hypotheses? Are there young scientists reading this who can progress science in that way?
Consider, then, the implications if an analyst was to interpret accurately a precognitive dream which foretold a specific disaster. If society was prepared to listen and take some form of evasive action, perhaps many lives could be saved. Working with the BBC’s Out Of This World programme, Dr Hearne identified seven premonitions warning of the 1995 Japanese earthquake!
Authors Details: David F. Melbourne Web Site
David F. Melbourne, who lives on a remote Scottish island, has been studying dreams for 25 years and is known all over the world for his accurate dream interpretations. Apart from the general public, he has analysed dreams for celebrities and famous authors, all of whom have admitted a high degree of accuracy.