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Probably a third or a fourth of my dreaming time is spent on old storylines. I have three or four recurring locations (detailed and identical in each dream, but nonetheless nonsensical in terms of real-world physics) that might crop up in any dream, too, regardless of plot. I always assumed everybody’s dreams were like this.
I can’t say I pay a whole lot of attention – I am more apt to pay attention (while awake) to the one-off dreams about squirrels attacking me with toothpicks than the recurring dream of walking through a carpark while somebody stands behind me, who I never actually see no matter how quickly I turn around (that’s my most unpleasant and therefore most memorable recurring dream – I also have pleasant dreams set in the elementary school that is at the top of the car park’s stairs, so I know while I am dreaming that if I make it to the stairs my dream will stop being scary).
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What does it mean when you have prophetic dreams that can be independently verified by others? How many of you have prophetic dreams, independently verified or otherwise? Is there something I should be doing? During my early adolescence I began to get déja vu pretty regularly, 1-2 times every couple weeks. Often the experiences would be very intense and last up to 20-30 seconds. Eventually, déja vu gave way to what I call déja rêvé (previously discussed here). I no longer have the intense feeling that something has happened before, or that I’ve seen it before. Now I have the intense feeling that I’ve dreamt the exact same situation before. Usually I don’t remember I had the dream until the experience happens. Then I get this intense rush when I realize I dreamt the situation before. During that rush, I have 100% confidence that I’ve dreamt the situation before. After the feeling fades, I have ~75% confidence.
I would shrug these experiences off as “mental glitches” or the unfortunate side effect of too many psychedelics in my youth, but a.) these sort of things started happening before I ever took drugs, and b.) they have been independently verified by others.
Here’s a recent example of them being independently verified. About 3 months ago, I woke up in the morning and told my wife that I had a very peculiar and vivid dream. In the dream, I was lying in our bed working on the laptop in a room I didn’t recognize. We were living in a real small apartment and we had a cat. The dream seemed weird at the time because we had a huge apartment, and had no intention of moving or getting cat. I forgot about the dream, as people normally do. But lo and behold, about 2 weeks after I had the dream, we adopted a stray kitten we found on the street. The day after we got the kitten, we found out that we were getting kicked out of our apartment for unrelated reasons. After a month of searching and moving, we found a little two room place that everybody just seemed to love. So we moved in, and a few weeks after that I had the weird déja vu/déja rêvé thing and remembered that I had dreamt of the place, the cat, and me on the bed working on the computer. I asked my wife if she remembered me telling her about the dream, and she said, “holy shit, I do!” So, that’s one example of what I’m talking about. I’ve had them independently verified other times, but it was usually something stupid, like a party or random exchange at the grocery store.
If I don’t drink and stay completely sober, I get these kinds of experiences as often as 2-3 times a week, or as few times as 1-2 a month.
The recent event described above had a profound effect on me. More than usual for some reason. I have a strange call to action, but don’t know what I should be doing about it besides start paying more attention to my dreams.
How many of you have had experiences like this?
Is there anything I should be doing in response to these dreams, experiences, etc?
I have my own theories, but would like to ask Mefi, “What does it mean? What are the ramifications of this?”
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Most of my dreams are either exactly the same or have recurring themes. Help me decipher them. I have a very good memory and somehow it helps me recall the dreams I have every night. This is quite cool as they are very complex and often entertaining to tell other people; it seems that the great amount of details makes them amusing.
However, what bothers me is that they are either similar in content (sometimes exactly the same) or have the same recurring themes:
1) I am locked in a house and there’s somebody else inside, most of the times a robber. This prompts me to wake up and check all the doors for the nth time.
2) I’m in an airplane that crashes but I survive, though very hurt. (I do a LOT of business travel, so that may be a hint)
3) I kill my own family (parents and brothers), usually with a firearm. (In real life I have no problems with my family and never touched a gun)
4) Somebody is beating me up and I can’t hit back (my punches are like those of a little girl), or somebody’s chasing me (to try to rob me) and my legs won’t move, I lose control over them.
5) I’m drowning. Sometimes this is mixed with 2): I’m at a plane that crashes on the water and I keep drowning there forever.
6) I fly. Not like the superman or anything, but very small flights above other people in closed spaces. Example: i’m at a party and I amuse people by demonstrating my ability to sustain a few seconds of levitation above them.
My former girlfriend is a psychologist and she says I have a knack for analyzing other people (she asks me questions about herself on a regular basis) and even their dreams (same), but I can’t figure out what to think of mine.
What are some common interpretations of the themes listed above?
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