A little while ago, I went to the library to check out some books. I’ve been reading a lot of modern books lately so I decided to change it up and see if there were any older books that I could find. On the fifth floor, in an empty aisle where no one was close by, one book struck out at me. In barely readable, faded golden letters, the book was called The Psychic Side of Dreams by Hanz Holzer. I pulled the little book out of the shelf and took a look at it. It was just a plain midnight blue cover; the red binding, torn. I opened it up and the first thing I saw was the copyright date – 1976, a decade before I was even born. I decided to check the book out, even though the book was old, I didn’t see why I should disregard it.
Up until now, I have really enjoyed the book. It sort of has a mysterious fashion about it, written in a very old, formal way by an author who had spent 15 years of his life collecting stories of people’s dreams as research. The book so far has inspired me to write the last three introductions about dreams. In the following, I would like to share some true stories from the book that I thought were pretty… “eye-opening” to me. They are stories of people who have had prophetic dreams, in which they would dream about a vision first, then it would unfold in reality later after they woke up. Again, as this book is somewhat old, most of occurrences have happened in the mid-1950’s, but as you read them, you may find some of these dreams quite interesting.
Case Examples of Prophetic Dreams
1. “Mrs. Elaine F. of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, had a dream in 1969, in which she saw a group of people having a party. They seemed like girl scouts to her and she herself was off in the trees looking on, while the group was celebrating. Suddenly some people came out of nowhere and began killing the “girl scouts.” The killers were dressed in black and had bushy hair. In the dream she was particularly frightened by the eyes of the leader, who she saw clearly. When she awoke the following morning, she described the scene and how she had seen blood running from the wounds of the victims. Ten days later the Sharon Tate murders broke into the headlines. As soon as Mrs. F. saw a picture of Charles Manson in the newspaper, she recognized him as the man she had seen in her dreams earlier” (Holzer 42-43).
2. “In the summer of 1958, Mr. Glover dreamt he was sleeping in a tent beside a stream along with several other people in tents, sleeping bags and trailers. Behind the campsite was a tall, rocky cliff towering over the sleeping campers. Suddenly the earth began to shake and with a tremendous roar a great section of the cliff collapsed and came crashing down on them, burying them all in tons of rock and dirt. Mr. Glover related the dream in every detail to a friend also interested in paranormal dreams, Flora G. of San Francisco. Three days later the newspaper were full of an earth upheaval at Yosemite National Park. A campsite was buried by the very landslide he had vividly seen in his dream” (Holzer 45).
3. “Mrs. Susannah D. of New Jersey is a housewife who has had evidential dreams since age twenty. After her marriage she lived for a time at lake Worth, Florida, but three months later the family decided to come back to New Jersey. The night before they were ready to leave, Mrs. D had a dream. She saw a woman dressed all in black standing beside a car turned upside down, dabbing at her eyes with a white handkerchief. In the dream, the woman said to Mrs. D., “Please find my daughter, tell my daughter.” Mrs. D. remembers clearly thinking in the dream that she forgot to ask the stranger for the name of that daughter, so how could she tell her? The following morning Mrs. D. told her husband of the dream and begged him not to leave that morning. She felt it was a sure sign from fate that they would have an accident. But her husband become irritated at the thought of delay and insisted that they leave as planned. They weren’t out of the state of Florida yet when upon rounding a curve they noticed a long line of cars and police cars rushing by. They stopped, and looked to see what was the matter. Down in a gully was a car upside down and a woman dressed all in black standing alongside, crying. Mrs. D. got out of her car and inquired what had happened. She was informed that the woman’s daughter had been killed and was still trapped in the car” (Holzer 40).
4. “In the summer of 1958, Mr. Glover dreamt he was sleeping in a tent beside a stream along with several other people in tents, sleeping bags and trailers. Behind the campsite was a tall, rocky cliff towering over the sleeping campers. Suddenly the earth began to shake and with a tremendous roar a great section of the cliff collapsed and came crashing down on them, burying them all in tons of rock and dirt. Mr. Glover related the dream in every detail to a friend also interested in paranormal dreams, Flora G. of San Francisco. Three days later the newspaper were full of an earth upheaval at Yosemite National Park. A campsite was buried by the very landslide he had vividly seen in his dream” (Holzer 45).
5. “E.W. is in his late thirties, a chemistry graduate now working in another field. In January 1958 he was living in Florida with his parents, running a business with them. One night he had a dream in which he became aware of himself taking a shower, when the telephone rang. He waited a few moments to see whether his parents would pick up the phone, since they were usually up early, but since it continued to ring Mr. W. grabbed his rob and answered the telephone. In the dream he noticed that he ran to an upstairs extension in a room which was made as if no one had slept in it for days. He grabbed the receiver, which was on a small table next to the bed and said hello. His mother’s voice was on the other end saying, “Son, I am at the hospital with Daddy. He’s dying. You’d better call the priest and get here as quickly as possible.” And suddenly the strange dream ended and Mr. W. found himself wide awake in bed. He worried about the content of this dream, but decided not to mention it to his parents. At that time his father, seventy-three was in perfect health and there was no reason why he should be in a hospital.
The dream occurred in January 1958. In late April Mr. W noticed that his father seemed to have difficulty speaking. Eventually he took him to a doctor and it was thought that Mr. W., Sr., had had a stroke. But the diagnosis seemed uncertain, so Mr. W. took his father to a brain specialist in a larger city. There it was discovered that Mr. W., Sr., had cancer of the brain which was inoperable. They decide to drive back to Florida since there was nothing they could do about it. On the morning of July 15 of the same year, Mr. W. got up fairly early and jumped into the shower. He was just drying himself off when the phone began ringing insistently. He grabbed his bathrobe and answered the phone immediately where as in the dream he had allowed it to ring for some time! His mother was on the other end of the line, saying the exact words he had heard her say in the dream many months before. “Son, I am at the hospital with daddy. He’s dying. You’d better call the priest and get here as quickly as possible” (Holzer 43-44).
Kind of trippy I would say, at least to be able to see strangers or people you know end in a tragic fate through your own dreams. Have you ever had one of these dreams, where you dreamt about it first and then something similar would happen in the future, such as hearing somebody say a phrase in the dream and then hearing it again sometime later in the future? It is said that if a person is more open-minded to prophetic dreams, that they will more likely to experience them. If you are more conscious and aware of your dreams, then you will more likely be able to find meaning in them, and a relationship between what goes on in your dreams to what goes happens outside of them.
Although predicting the future may be neat, having these “psychic” abilities may not always be a good thing to have since most of them end in minor or major tragedy. Is there any way where we can prevent them? Sometimes our dreams will give us “warning signs” that can help us alter fate and destiny. In other words, these dreams give the dreamer a chance to do something about it. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some more stories with you, as well as how one can alter to future by experiencing dreams called “Warning Dreams”.