I have 100% confidence that I’ve dreamt the situation before
I too am a confirmed skeptic, so I agree with the general sentiment here. But that doesn’t negate your extremely strong FEELING that these dreams are prophetic.
Some people believe that — evidence aside — if something feels really really strong, it must be true (or at least there’s a strong likelihood that it’s true). In fact, many people are religious for this very reason ("Maybe there’s no proof, but I feel God in my heart.")
I’m not convinced that most people can control how much they believe such uber-feelings are manifestations of reality. All I can say is that I don’t think they are. Backing me up is tons of scientific evidence showing how easily our brains can be fooled.
So I don’t trust my feelings to be good meters of what’s going on in the real world, outside myself — especially when my feelings contradict common sense, logic or the findings of science. Some would say that makes me a cold person, but that’s not true. I’m very emotional. I think emotions are the most important things in life. It doesn’t matter that they are not good maps to the material world. They are important because they feel important.
So it is possible to take dreams seriously — as conveyors of deep feelings — without endowing them with supernatural powers.
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