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Written by Michelle Cardillo | Updated On December 03, 2021

What Are Precognitive Dreams (and Can You Have Them?)

What Are Precognitive Dreams (and Can You Have Them?)

Ever dreamed about a tragic or significant event that later came to pass? Or a person you’ve never met that later became a partner? Chances are you’ve had a precognitive dream.

However, there are a number of factors that influence your dreams, so how do you know whether you’re having true precognitive dreams?

Let me show you how you can distinguish regular dreams from precognitive dreams.

Precognitive Dreams Explained

Precognitive dreams predict the future. Like other paranormal experiences, these dreams can be difficult to explain, or even believe, but they are definitely real.

I’ve had precognitive dreams myself – some that left me feeling uneasy for several days, and some that left me feeling refreshed and relieved. Either way, you will likely feel a sense of confusion, elation, or fulfillment when the dream eventually comes true.

But don’t take my experiences as fact – there are many famous people throughout history who were known for having dreams that predicted real-life events.

Take Abraham Lincoln, for example. He told his wife about a dream where he walked into the East Room of the White House to find a corpse being mourned. In the dream, President Lincoln asked a soldier who died and the soldier responded, “The president. He was killed by an assassin.” Just a few days later, President Lincoln was assassinated.

Mark Twain is another popular example. He had a dream about his brother, dead in a metal coffin resting on two chairs. The coffin had a single flower and a bouquet on top of it. Mark Twain shared the dream with his wife and it came to pass a few weeks later – down to every detail, including the metal coffin, single flower, and bouquet.

Keep in mind that in both these examples, there were no prior events that could have influenced the dreams. For instance, if President Lincoln had received death threats before his dream, then it would have simply been an intuitive dream – where current events and/or emotions influence what you dream about.

For a dream to truly be precognitive, it must be free of external influences such as knowledge of related current events, desires and fears, repressed emotions, or memories.

The Purpose of Precognitive Dreams

So why do we have these types of dreams? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Scientific explanations of paranormal phenomena are usually skeptical, and this applies to precognitive dreams too. Scientists offer a number of explanations as to why you might have had a dream that predicts the future.

We’ve covered subconscious connections (intuitive dreams) – where you dream about things you think about a lot, or things related to your emotional state, and so on.

Another scientific explanation deals with an association of unrelated events, where your dream leaves you in a common emotional state like anger or sadness. Later on, an event might occur that leaves you angry and/or sad, and you credit your dream for predicting it.

There is also selective recall, where your dream includes several incidences, with only one of the incidents occurring in real life. Rather than recall the many things in your dream that didn’t happen in real life, you might hang on to the one thing that did.

But spiritual explanations already account for these scientific theories, by differentiating between intuitive dreams and precognitive dreams. Unlike those vague dreams influenced by the subconscious, precognitive dreams are often very accurate and detailed.

Spiritual explanations credit these dreams to psychic phenomena that your astral body (your dream body) experiences when you leave the conscious world and your inhibitions behind. These dreams are often warnings or signs of significant future events and can serve as a call to prepare for their arrival.

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Can Anyone Have Precognitive Dreams?

Whenever you dream, you leave the conscious world and enter a timeless world. Psychics believe that in such a dimension, anyone can have psychic powers, and dream about things that are yet to happen. Research shows that around a third of people have had precognitive dreams, while some informal surveys suggest around half.

The key, though, is whether you are open-minded enough to trust and believe that what you just dreamed about could be a prediction. A skeptic would naturally have a lesser chance of having a precognitive dream, and would likely even brush it off as a coincidence even if it clearly was a psychic dream.

So, how do you know when you’ve had a precognitive dream? If you’re a beginner, it will be difficult. Dreams are, by nature, complicated, so interpreting them can take time. For instance, in many cases, you might even wait years before your precognitive dream comes true, and might have forgotten all about it by then.

However, typical precognitive dreams linger in your mind long after you wake up. You will likely feel as if your dream was significant and not the norm. They are often very detailed and accurate when compared to the event that comes to pass. They might leave you flustered and worried, or relieved and refreshed. One of the most common types of precognitive dreams have to do with death, where your dream predicts the passing of a loved one or even yourself.

Is a Precognitive Dream the Same as Lucid Dreaming?

There are several types of dreams with psychic attributes – lucid dreams are one of them. While some precognitive dreams can also be lucid, they are different.

In lucid dreams, you are conscious. You are in control and aware that you’re dreaming. The benefit of this type of dream is that you can ask questions and explore.

If you are skilled, you can be lucid in your precognitive dreams, which can help you interpret the dream quite easily when you wake up. While conscious, you can seek clarification about when and where the predicted events will happen, and more.

Bottom Line

Some dreams have the power to change your life, answer your pressing questions, and provide insights into significant events.

If you wake up feeling strongly about a dream you just had, it might be a psychic dream. And if it comes to pass later, you might be one of the many people who have had a precognitive dream. An experienced psychic can guide you through your dreams and what they mean, and the tips I’ve provided will tell when you should consult with one.

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About the author

Michelle is an all-things-psychic enthusiast: from tarot readings to esoteric forms of psychic reading, she researched and tried any available reading online and live. Her hobbies include reading romantic novels and volunteering in a local cat rescue organization.