Can Dreams Predict the Future?

Have you ever wondered, “Can dreams predict the future”?

Have you ever experienced déjà vu (a sense of familiarity, or having lived through a given situation before)?

A vast majority of the population would admit that they have experienced a vague sense of unease or microsecond of pause in the middle of some task or conversation with the sense they have “already been there”, but what if someone were to suggest that you may have “already been there” in a dream?

At, we simply present possibility and exploration; if you are interested in this and more discussion like it, keep reading.


Dreams Foretelling the Future


The concept of foretelling future events has been present since ancient times.  A “seer”, also termed a “prophet” often produced revelations  from a meditative trance or dream-like state.  The great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, whose works introduced the philosophy of Metaphysics, would not refute the possibility of dreams that could foretell the future, but was not necessarily an advocate of this premise.  While cautious not to state it was not possible at all, his overall view was that most reported events were coincidence or the dreamer’s projections into the future.

Precognition was a term introduced in the 17th century and should be distinguished from “premonition” which is a “sense” of what will happen, but not the experience.

Precognitive dreams have been studied with variable results.  There appears to be current consensus that they do indeed occur, no one can explain how they work.  Even recent searches for “why we dream” produce a similar consensus; we really don’t know “why” let alone “how” we dream of coming events.

While dreams can and do predict the future, science has a challenge in evaluating how and why this occurs in a controlled setting with reproducible results, so it is still up to each individual to arrive at their own conclusion at this time.  Reports of precognition in the dream state have persisted throughout time and recently developing more credibility as worthy of exploration in the hard sciences of physics, engineering and neuroscience.


Dream interpretation


What also confuses the issue of proof that dreams can predict the future, is the nature of dreams themselves and the symbols contained therein, as well as its practical application to daily life.

The subconscious psychological benefit of dreams was well described by Sigmund Freud and this premise well-supported as an important tool of the psyche for processing information and thought to be a vital aspect of restorative sleep and emotional balance.  That the images in dreams can be disturbing, vivid and bizarre in the most normal of individuals, a view that dreams help us process our more socially unacceptable impulses and suppressed emotions has some merit but really remains hypothetical.

Many cultures have and still do rely on dreams for guidance. Many tribal cultures do not struggle with the concept of dreams predicting the future, perhaps being more connected with the earth and community around them.  Many cultures have rituals and medicinal practices to enhance these altered waking and dream states as well.

Interpretations of dreams vary from culture-to-culture, many religious and psychological explanations of symbols in dreams also abound, which further emphasizes that a definitive explanation for any image in a dream really cannot be conclusive without connecting the symbols together in a clear picture that also makes sense to the dreamer within the context of their own life.

Many resources are available for those interested in analyzing their dreams, which tend to include most of the predominant interpretations of images contained within but will often include religious or cultural interpretations of dreams, as well.


Is There Evidence?


The variability of interpretation makes it almost impossible to study precognition and declare it indisputable reality, yet many prominent scientists do study what is termed “psi” research (psychic research) as an avocation.  A notable quantum researcher and tenured professor of a respected university in the US was granted the opportunity to lead a course of investigation into the realms of remote viewing and telekinesis with surprising results.

Setting each student to the task of designing and researching extrasensory phenomena, each student presented the results of their research to peers at the end of the year. Divided into teams, either to support or refute each presentation, overwhelming evidence that these phenomena were statistically significant events led to a change in the nature of the curriculum and dissolution of the teams, as the results and statistics presented were difficult to dispute.

How does this pertain to dreams?  With precognitive dreams, even when the subjects are not known to the dreamer in advance of the dream, specific physical characteristics and associated features of the dream can prove remarkably accurate upon manifestation.  In essence, the dreamer is “remotely viewing” what is taking place from a distance and at some point in the future.

Claiming no expertise on the topic, we defer to the research presented in multiple collaborative societies with noted scientists, physicians and spiritual leaders and will provide reference to these, as membership to review their presentations and research is available to anyone with interest.


Criteria for a Precognitive Dream


What qualifies as a truly precognitive dream? In a reference from Wikipedia on Precognition:

“CG. W. Lambert, a former Council member of the SPR, proposed five criteria that needed to be met before an account of a precognitive dream could be regarded as credible:[1]

    1. The dream should be reported to a credible witness before the event.
    2.  The time interval between the dream and the event should be short.
    3.  The event should be unexpected at the time of the dream.
    4.  The description should be of an event destined literally, and not symbolically, to happen.
    5.  The details of dream and event should tally.”


Our stories to follow detail some anonymous accounts of dreams, some of which met all 5 criteria and also others of interest that do not meet all 5 criteria, but certainly seem to support that some dreams are premonitory.

If you are interested in those stories or in sharing your own, kindly refer to The Dream Manifest.


Statistics – Knowledge Starts with Sharing


Statistics are still variable but approximately 50%-67% of the general population will report having at least one precognitive dream in which the events foretold could not possibly have been predicted in advance.

Kindly forward any suggestions for topics of interest.  Any information submitted will be reviewed for content safety and added if possible and appropriate (a Gravatar will appear, thus make sure your privacy is protected before submitting if you wish to remain anonymous).

Any input from those with expertise in the field of dreams and dream research would also be most welcome and greatly appreciated.


Just for Now


This site is intended to be a safe platform to discuss a subject of scientific controversy and still not universally accepted; no absolutes are presented, as truthfully, scientific knowledge continues to evolve just as spirituality evolves on an intensely personal level.

Perhaps by shared input we will help each other as a community to formulate common threads of insight that might spark further exploration down the road. For now, it is at least entertaining to share these stories in a safe platform.

Thank you for visiting and may your dreams be memorable~


While this informational section represents original reflections after extensive review, for clarity and reference, the following article was utilized and quoted above:

[1] Wikipedia on Precognition

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2 thoughts on “Can Dreams Predict the Future?

  1. This seems to happen the most when we are tired. Deja vu is a very easy experience. From what you have written here, do you think there is more behind this strange phenomenon?

  2. You are so right – there is so much more behind this phenomena. It is difficult to study, as it is fleeting and sporadic in upwards of 60-80% of normal individuals.
    Deja vu has been reportedly linked to fatigued states in normal individuals as well as accentuated in some forms of epilepsy and vascular dementia. It is relatively commonly reported in younger individuals generally not concerning unless it is persistent; it also generally diminishes with age.
    A study of German students demonstrated that higher reports of accurate dream recall were associated with higher frequency of deja vu, along with two other personality characteristics.[1]
    Studies of temporal lobe epilepsy (where deja vu is frequent and persistent) suggest one possible mechanism is co-stimulation of an two nearby brain circuits in the hippocampus; one that records the present and the second that retrieves memory from the past. In essence, these two circuits firing at once or nearly at once produces an experience of “remembering the present.”
    This “remembering the present” is a feature of vascular dementia affecting the frontotemporal lobe and not so commonly seen with other types of dementia, possibly via a similar mechanism hypothesized in temporal epilepsy.[2]

    Absolutely there is so much more to learn –
    Thank you for your participation and hope you will visit with us soon! MH


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