. This following is an excerpt from "Psi Notes", prepared by William
Braud, Ph.D., of the Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.
Question: What percentage of a person's dreams are precognitive (foretell
the future) and how can we recognize the difference between a precognitive
dream and an ordinary dream?
Answer: A large proportion of precognitive experiences occur during
dreams. One survey indicates that as many as 65 percent of precognitive
experiences occurred during sleep. Precognitive dreams also seem to
provide more complete and more accurate information than do waking psychic
. There's no way to know with certainty what percentage of our dreams are
precognitive. The content of the majority of our dreams is probably quite
mundane, involving replays of experiences of the day, perhaps some wish
fulfillment, and maybe even "random" content. But now and then, dreamers
do have accurate glimpses of the future as they sleep.
. The only way to know with certainty which dreams are precognitive and
which are not is to keep a dream diary of all dreams and check to see which
come true and which don't. Some persons are able to associate certain
feelings of confidence in connection with psychic dreams - but these are
very subtle feelings which are difficult to put into words and which may
differ from person to person.
. Let me describe a program of research in which we are more certain
about what's going on. This research program was initiated by a New York
psychiatrist, Dr. Montague Ullman, as a result of his observation that he
and his patients were sharing telepathic dreams in the context of
psychotherapy. A dream laboratory was set up at Maimonides Medical Center
in Brooklyn. Ullman, along with his associates Stanley Krippner and
Charles Honorton, designed experiments in which persons spent the night in
the dream lab. They were monitored electro-physiologically in order to
detect physiological indications of dreaming - these indications include:
an activated EEG, rapid eye movements, and reduced muscle tension. When
these indications of dreaming occurred, the sleeper was awakened and asked
to describe his dream. These descriptions were tape-recorded and later
transcribed. The next day, a target experience was randomly selected and
the subject then went through some waking sensory experience. What was
discovered was that the sleeper was able to have accurate dreams about
events of which no one was as yet aware at the time of the dream, but which
were randomly selected the next day.
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