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April 12, 2014


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The best overview of precognitive dreams I've found is Brian Inglis' 'Coincidence: A Matter of Chance or Synchronicity'.
I call it the best because it best fits in with my experience of precognitive dreams. Such dreams are accurate except in detail and don't always have an obvious purpose - other than that suggested by Jung in relation to synchronicity. They are an indication that we are on the right track - assuming the right track means the most beneficial to us in the long run.

As events unfold, there's an element of humour; it's as if the cosmos is playing a practical joke. I'll offer an example:

A few years ago my daughter and husband were very keen on amateur steeple chasing, mostly point-to-point racing. On one occasion we were planning to attend the Doncaster bloodstock sales to buy a horse suitable to win the Bar point-to-point. My daughter was set to ride my thoroughbred, 'Freddie Freeloader,' but my husband didn't have anything suitable at that time. A few days before the sale, my husband and a couple of racing friends leafed through the catalogue, marking suitable horses that we might be able to afford, in preparation for the auction.

The night before the sale I had a very vivid dream in which I was working an old-fashioned printing press. When I awoke remembered the dream in detail and it occurred to me how strange that I should dream about something that would be more likely to interest Fred Dibnah.

Anyway, to cut to the chase (no pun intended), we set off for Doncaster on the morning of the sale. As we were travelling along the East Lancs Road, I noticed a Rolls Royce car with a distinctive registration number travelling across a roundabout and I pointed this out to the others in the car. At the sales the horses were bringing high prices and those earmarked earlier as suitable were getting priced out of our reach. Feeling somewhat discouraged, I went to the cafe to buy coffee for everyone, and when I got back my husband and daughter had bought a horse. It wasn't one that they had rated, or even noticed, in their earlier permutations but it wasn't a bad prospect and worth a go since it was within our price range. Its name was Printer, and it won the Bar point-to-point with my husband that year. (Freddie Freeloader came third.)

The only other synchronicity of the day was that the same distinctive Rolls Royce that we saw on the outward journey crossed that very same roundabout in front of us as we travelled home.

This post really made me smile, and perhaps gave me a new way of seeing my recent dream.

Two nights ago I dreamed I was wearing the kilt of a man I know who has Scottish ancestry, and indeed has a kilt he wears when playing bagpipes etc. I was amused by the dream and was analyzing it in the typical Freudian way.....like, did I feel part of his clan etc.

So, last evening my husband and I were in the car driving to our local contra dance here in Vermont and I was telling him about my dream and wondering how I had come up with that particular scenario, mulling over my Freudian interpretations.

Now for the funny part - We walked into the dance and imagine my surprise when I looked at the man across from me and HE WAS WEARING A KILT! (I have NEVER seen this at a contra dance before.) I just pointed at him while I looked at my husband and deadpanned, "Kilt."

I'd like to add one small note - and that is that in the USA one rarely sees a man in a kilt. Perhaps it is different there in England, but here, it would be only for very special Scottish-themed events. Certainly not at a contra dance on a Saturday night!

It's quite rare in England too, Kestrel.

Come to think of it, it's not actually that common in Scotland either.

Also during the period when my family were point-to-point racing, I remember one morning when, a few days before a scheduled race, my husband and daughter travelled two horses early one morning to use a local racehorse trainer's all-weather gallops. My daughter was, again, riding my thoroughbred horse, Freddie Freeloader, whose stable name was Muffin.

I was still in bed when I heard the horsebox going down the drive on its way out just before 6.00 am. I went back to sleep and woke again at 7.30 am. when the alarm went off. I'd been woken from a vivid dream in which my daughter had been riding Muffin around the National course at Aintree. I dreamt they'd fallen at Beecher's and Muffin had become cast upside down in the ditch. In the dream my daughter ran towards me shouting, "Mum, come quickly! Muffin's cast!"

I got out of bed, dressed and as I went downstairs to the kitchen I heard the horsebox return. Five minutes later my daughter opened the back door and shouted, "Mum, come quickly! Muffin's cast".

Apparently, Muffin had been returned to his stable after the journey and, being almost 100% fit, had decided to roll inside immediately rather than wait until free exercise in the paddock. He chose to do so too close to the wall and thus got himself into an upside-down position from which he couldn't get sufficient purchase on the wall with his hooves to right himself. It took all three of us with a stout rope around his legs to pull him back over.

It was all most bizarre - especially as we had only ever once before had a horse cast and that was many years before Muffin was even born. But the precognitive dream - which is typical of several that I've had over the years - fits well the
description given by Brian Inglis in 'Coincidence' of the way that such dreams tend to differ only in detail from the actual events they foretell.

Ps. @Kestrel: Your dream seems to fit the Inglis stereotype too.

Thanks to your suggestion, Julie, I have ordered the book.

I would like to start trying to remember my dreams better. I had another dream I remembered that seemed precognitive - I dreamed about a couple I rarely see, that they lived a few doors down from me, and I was happy our children could run around and play together in the back yards. The next day I ran into them at the grocery store - the first time I had seen them in about a year - and the first thing I said to them was, "OH! I just dreamed about you last night!"

That's Inglis' essential point. Many such dreams appear to be of no real consequence - other than their novelty and surprise value, Kestrel.

In my experience these things tend to occur spasmodically in groups of events. Some years ago I went through a phase of winning the first prize in every raffle I entered. The feeling was one of such certainty that I would tell my companions that I was going to win. They thought I was joking . . . . . . . that is until I actually won! I don't know how I knew that I would win, I just did.

Also, there are times when I can visit the races and know at a glance which horse is going to win. Indeed I once predicted the winner of all seven races at a point-to-point meeting with big fields a few years ago. After each win we thought it was a matter of chance and that it wouldn't happen again . . . . . . . but it did - all seven times! Had we had more faith we would have won considerably more money.

But as time goes by, this ability gets less and less frequent. I believe the reason for this is that after a while one can't help but consciously attempt to time the buying of the raffle ticket or choose the horses by applying concentration. I suspect that unless one has particularly strong psychic powers, and/or a particular type of mentality, these phenomena are beyond individual control. For me, such intimations have to come completely out of the blue, as it were, and all I can do is to recognize them when they occur.

Ps. Hope you enjoy the book, Kestrel. It's one of my all-time favourites.

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