The Hidden Power of Dreams, Part 1

Since the dawn of time, dreams have slipped through the crack between worlds to touch our lives. There are many kinds of dreams: some secret messages can foretell our future, reveal past lives, warn you of danger or help you overcome obstacles in your life. They can be a springboard for healing, astral travel, or communicating with our loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Some people have forgotten their dreams. Others have technology on all the time so their minds cannot hear the calls of the dream world clearly. But the time has come to remember. We are passing through a crucial period on our planet. It is important to awaken the dreamer within all of us and listen to our hearts so we may be conscious and aware of the paths we choose now.

The ancients believed that dreams connected us to our authentic selves. The Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and many more had seers who interpreted visions and dreams for many kinds of situations. They took dreams very seriously.

So we will explore some of the types of dreams people through time have had and in some of the blogs, we will go through some sample dreams that people have and try to explain them.

Prophetic dreams are dreams where you have an experience that has yet to happen in our realm of existence but later happens. We will give several examples of this type of dream. Carl Jung had several very powerful collective prophetic dreams that impacted the world of his time. Abraham Lincoln had a powerful prophetic dream that was specifically for him. There are probably many more of these types of dreams from both men but for this blog, we are only going to share two.

Abraham Lincoln had a prophetic dream several weeks before he was assassinated. Lincoln told his dream to his wife and a small group of friends. Ward Hill Lamon wrote this dream down. He dreamt that he was dreaming. He said there seemed to be a death-like stillness about him. He heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. He left his bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by some deep sobbing, but he could not see the mourners. He went from room to room, but could not see anybody but continued to the mournful sounds of distress and grief. He passed many familiar objects but could not see the people who seemed so heartbroken. He kept walking until he arrived at the East Room of the White House and entered. He entered and found a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments, with his face covered. The corpse was guarded by soldiers. He immediately demanded to know who was dead in the White House? A soldier told him the President was killed by an assassin. Lincoln woke up from the dream unable to sleep the rest of the night. The prophetic dream can be found in Ward Hill Lamon’s Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, 1847-1865.

A good example of a collective prophetic dream comes to us from Carl Jung. In the spring of 1914, he had three catastrophic prophetic dreams in which he saw Europe was deluged by ice, the vegetation was gone, and the land deserted by humans. Despite his awareness that the situation in Europe was getting worse he interpreted these dreams personally and feared he was going mad. By August 1914 his dreams were affirmed horribly as World War I broke out. These dreams can be found with many others in Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung.

A common way to start to remember your dreams is to either record them instantly when you wake up and then write them in a journal sometime that day or just write them down in a notebook or journal immediately after you stil remember the dream. Many of our future blogs will be exploring all different types of dreams. If you have an interesting dream that you would like to share please email me at [email protected] with Dreams in the subject line.

Blessings, Patricia