As our consciousness expands, we begin to use many tools and methods to heighten awareness and bring about understanding. One of the tools or methods is our dreams. Our nightly dreams become more significant on the path because the soul begins to use dreams as a means of communicating our progress. In other words, dream-work is dualistic in nature. It is a tool for ascension here on earth and a doorway to the mysteries of the universe.
Dreams emerge from the unconscious and occur in the Theta Brainwave state. In this state, we are open to receive insights/information from the subconscious. In the deeper state of Delta, our minds are passive and therefore can pick up cues from the energy of people, places, present day or future situations from what Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. Tapping into this collective mind is a rich source of information, guidance and spiritual directives.
Out of all your dreams, those that emanate from the spiritual realms have the most transformative effect. These dreams are so compelling, so vivid that you cannot dismiss them and the details of such dreams remain with you for years. These dreams are powerful in their intent to transform you, to reveal amazing and profound things about yourself and the world. I've had a few of them over the years, which have left me with feelings of awe and wonder.
On occasion, a high being may appear in your dreams to advise, console and empower you. You might hear the name of your angel, or have a premonition or see your spirit guides. I have found over the years that dreams either reveal your potential or predict what is to come. How these two possibilities manifest in dream-time is different for everyone.
For example, many years ago I had a dream that I was in a classroom. The feeling in the dream was that I had just completed a test. I distinctly remember the teacher coming up to me, handing me a sheet of paper and saying "Is this the best that you can do?" -- I looked at the sheet and saw a big fat "D" in red ink. Upon awakening I was confused. What was the dream trying to tell me? Was it guidance to go back to school? At first, I thought that's what it meant. But upon further exploration I realized differently. The dream was giving me a progress report on my spiritual development. I must've not been trying very hard nor taking my journey seriously. My soul knew this and therefore gave me a "D" to help me understand that it expected more from me and that I'd better get busy harnessing my potential. A few years later, let's just say my marks improved and I never dreamed of classrooms again.
In April of this year, my uncle Koko passed away suddenly and without warning. Two weeks prior to his death, the whole family had gathered for Easter dinner. He and I were sitting in the backyard having one of our long philosophical conversations when he mentioned that he'd been having weird dreams. I was intrigued and asked for details. He proceeded to tell me that he'd been dreaming of all the people in our family who had passed on. He said none of them had even addressed him, but were simply hanging around in the dream. What he found interesting was that he never remembered his dreams but with these ones he remembered everything. As fate would have it, two weeks later he died from a massive heart attack. The whole family was in a state of shock and disbelief.
In the days ahead, I kept thinking about our "last" conversation. Since I had never experienced such dreams personally -- prophetic dreams of this nature -- it threw me for a loop. Many of us have had dreams where we've seen dead relatives or family in our dreams but that certainly didn't mean that we would be joining them soon.
Were his dreams precognitive in nature? Would the universe reveal such a thing? Was his soul preparing him for that crucial moment when he would exit from this life? Are we able to predict our own death? The only answer that kept coming up was "Yes." But of course, at the time none of us could've known the dream was about him. What we did know was that it was a prediction of some sort but about who or what was beyond our comprehension.
What is obvious to me now is that his consciousness broke through the time/space continuum and caught a glimpse of what was on the horizon, albeit without realizing he was predicting his own death. He and I had spent many years talking about the nature of consciousness and I wasn't surprised that he had been given a glimpse into the future and what lay ahead for him. A part of me still wonders if at some level he knew or even suspected that the prediction might be about him -- but of course I'll never know the answer to that.
Precognitive/prophetic dreams have no logic and let's not even try to explain them via this faculty. Not everybody has had a precognitive dream. So despite what the skeptics may say, many people have experienced prophetic dreams and believe that their dreams can predict the future.
From history, a few examples come to mind, Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was inspired by a dream, Abraham Lincoln was said to have dreamed of his own body lying in a coffin two weeks before he was assassinated, and Joan of Arc also predicted her death in a prophetic dream.
Such dreams cannot be controlled or forced to come through; it is a purely spontaneous occurrence. Consciousness may provide clues to future events but how all this comes through is a mystery. There's no methodology to induce such a state because it can't be duplicated. It is unique to each person how consciousness reveals the how, the when, the what, etc. It is also important to distinguish these types of prophetic dreams from the typical ones. Usually prophetic dreams are always recalled upon waking because the dream imprints itself in such a way that it becomes impossible to forget.
Perhaps if we pay attention to the messages we receive through our nightly dreams, and not dismiss them as trivial, but instead see it as an opportunity to become familiar with the language they speak, it may actually help us navigate through life more effectively.