Prophetic dreams are some of the most perplexing and exciting dreams it is possible to have. Dreaming of the future is rare, and it does not happen to everyone, but when it does, you are given an unexpected chance to order your actions accordingly, either to prevent a catastrophe from happening, or to prepare and make contingency plans. At other times, though, prophetic dreams concern events unrelated to the dreamer’s life, and it is unclear what the dreamer should do to help, or even if there is anything possible to do. Sometimes, prophetic dreams seem clearly intended to allow the dreamer to take appropriate actions. At other times, it seems that the dreamer is simply privy to a preview, as it were, of events which are shortly to take place.
What Do These Dreams Mean?
There was one man who dreamed that his sister was going to die soon. He believed the dream, and took the opportunity to spend time with his sister, repairing their relationship and bonding with her. She did, in fact, die when his dream prophesied that she would, and both she and her brother were able to comfort each other in her last days, because he had foreseen that this would happen. This event was followed by another dream, in which he saw his own death, which would happen in six weeks. Accepting the inevitable, he put his affairs in order and even made arrangements for his funeral.
The day that he died, he was joking and talking with his coworkers about this dream, and a few hours later he was killed by a freak accident at his workplace. Because he had taken appropriate action regarding his dream, he gave his family the gift of being able to mourn his passing in peace, not burdened by the necessity of accessing his bank accounts, contacting his creditors, and paying for an expensive funeral and burial. This man was relatively young and would otherwise have expected to live for many more years, so it was all the more surprising that he was able to foresee his own death and put his affairs in order.
With a personal prophetic dream, it is clear that the purpose of the dream is to inform the dreamer of an important piece of information which will make a great deal of difference, either to the dreamer or to people close to the dreamer. Paying attention to a personal prophetic dream and taking it seriously is a way that you can benefit yourself and your loved ones.
Prophetic Dreams can Foreshadow Future Events
Another man had a prophetic dream that he thought might be personal, but which turned out to be impersonal, simply a foreshadowing of events that were going to happen to someone else. In it, he saw a boy who looked a lot like his young toddler son, but several years older, crying behind a dumpster, covered in dust, with rubble and debris around. The wall he was sitting next to leaned precariously over him. This man was frightened and disturbed, and thought that the dream was about his son. He did not know whether the dream was prophetic or not, and believed that he was seeing his son’s fear of being abandoned. Horrified at this vision, he slept next to his son the rest of the night and reassured him of his love.
The next day, he discovered the reason for his vision: on May 20, 2013, an E5 tornado swept through nearby Moore, OK, killing 23 people and damaging two elementary schools. What he had seen was a vision of a child at one of the schools, frightened and alone. Obviously, there was nothing he could have done to prevent the tornado from happening or the people from being hurt, and while showing our children that we love them is always a good thing, there was no clear point to this man in particular being shown this dream.
Prophetic dreams of this sort are relatively common: people dreaming of a child drowning in a swimming pool, and then seeing it on the news the next day, or similar events. While it would be nice to believe that there is a grand plan to all our dreams and that we are never sent a dream that is not personally significant to us, it seems in this case more likely that the psychical energy of the people who experience the misfortune is so great that their emotions simply travel, even back in time for a short time, and manifest themselves in the dreams of people who are particularly receptive. If you have a prophetic dream about someone you do not know at all, the dream probably actually has little to nothing to do with you. Do not worry therefore about trying to save the stranger whom you have no way of tracking down; instead, take the opportunity to increase your empathy for people who would otherwise simply be fodder for news stories.
Of course, personal prophetic dreams are naturally more significant to the individual dreamer than prophetic dreams about general events, and these prophetic dreams may be difficult to understand and perplexing. Dream symbols are important for these sorts of dreams, as is your own reflective analysis of your life. For instance, it may be very confusing to have a prophetic dream that you are pregnant, if you are not married or in a relationship, have no intention of getting pregnant, and are in a point at your life where having a baby would derail your plans and aspirations. Such a prophetic dream does not necessarily mean that you are literally going to get pregnant. It may mean that there is a new beginning coming in your life, that you are going through a period of change in order to birth a new future, or that you are about to take on a heavy load of responsibilities which will simultaneously be wonderful and rewarding. For your own personal growth, write down document your prophetic dreams. There are also researchers working on premonitions and prophetic dreams who would love to hear anecdotes about prophetic dreams, especially if they turn out to be true.