Dream Gates

Dream Gates


When children dream the future

posted by Robert Moss

Divination - Michel Ferro.jpg

Children don’t have to be told that we are all psychics in our dreams. They know this, because they have psychic experiences in their dreams all the time. They see into the future, they encounter the departed, they see things happening at a distance and behind doors that are supposedly locked to them. The problem is that very often the adults around them won’t listen, sometimes because they are afraid of what the child may be seeing.

Let’s talk here about how kids see into the future in dreams. Years ago, I led a series of dream classes for sixth-grade school children as part of a “talented and gifted” program in a school district in upstate New York. At the start of each class, one of the questions I put to the kids was, “Has anyone dreamed something that later happened?” On average, nine out of ten kids said they had had this experience. A tough young boy who looked like Rambo in the making shot up his arm, eager to tell his story. “We went on family vacation in Myrtle Beach. I dreamed the whole ride from the airport, turn by turn. I kept trying to tell Dad which way to go but he wouldn’t listen to me. So we spent an hour getting lost and doubling back, because Dad doesn’t believe in dreams.”

My friend Wanda Burch, the author of She Who Dreams, remembers what her son Evan saw in a dream when he was just three years old. Although this is a family of dreamers, the parents did not understand the dream until it began to play out in waking life – at which point the dream prompted the quick action that may have saved mother and child from serious injury. Here’s how Wanda tells the story:

“My son was just a bit over three years old and already sharing great
dreams. He told me he had dreamed about “the dogs,” was terribly
frightened of the dream but seemed unable to express why they terrified
him so much. My husband was working very hard and was really exhausted on the evening of one
of a board meeting, so I offered to drive him the fifteen miles from our home in the Mohawk Valley.

“Just as we closed the
door of the house, Evan began screaming  “THE DOGS, THE DOGS!!!”, pulling on my hands. I had to pick him up to get him in
the car and told him over and over again there were no dogs. He calmed
down. When we dropped off my husband and prepared to drive home, Evan was got agitated again, looking out the back
window and telling me there were growling dogs. We spent a few minutes
discussing nightmares and things he could do with the dream in order to
work with it. I don’t recall what I told him at that time, but he was
usually quite capable of dreaming his own solutions to his nightmares so
I was surprised this one was scaring him so much.
.

“We drove back home. The same scenario began again. I had to carry
Evan into the house. This time he was screaming so hysterically I could
barely pick him up. He calmed down again in the house. Time to pick up my husband. This time, Evan was hysterical, thrashing around in a desperate attempt to avoid getting in the car.

scary dog.jpg

“When we returned to our home with my husband, Evan started screaming.I was struggling to get him from the car to the house. When we were just feet away from the glassed enclosed porch I
heard the most terrifying barking and growling. I turned in that
instant to see a pack of wild dogs coming over a slight rise just yards
away from the cottage. I literally threw Evan into the porch, screaming
at my husband to close the door and stay in the car. I barely made it through
the door to slam it against several of the dogs as their bodies lunged
against the porch. Several crashed against the door and walls of the
enclosed porch before they whirled around and ran off with the pack.

“If I had not been able to throw Evan into the porch and myself after
him, we would have been in serious trouble. At this point, my son was
completely calm, staring out the window at the dogs as they vanished
into the creek bed. He looked at me and said, “The Dogs!” I said to him,
“yes, I got it” 

My son has shared his dreams, big and small, with me all his life – and still
does, now he is in his late thirties. I turned
to him in my darkest moments when I was experiencing doubts about my
ability to heal from a life-threatening illness. I asked him, ‘Am I okay? What are you dreaming?” I’ll never forget his response: ‘You are fine. I am dreaming you into the future.'”

If you have any doubts about our ability to dream the future – and to use our night previews of possible future events to make better choices and change things for the better – listen to a young child telling his or her dreams.

————————————————————————————————————————————Graphic: “Divination,” drawing in colored pencil by Michele Ferro. (c) Michele Ferro. Used with permission. Contact the artist: mjferro@earthlink.net

For more information about Wanda Burch and her book She Who Dreams, please visit her website.



  • Michele

    Hi Robert –
    I’m so glad you posted this topic. This powerful dream of Wanda’s son emphasizes how important it is for us to listen to our children’s dreams. What amazes me is how 3 year old Evan became more and more agitated as the event grew nearer, almost as if the events of the day were triggering remembered bits of the dream. One of my nephews had a scary dream recently that couldn’t be resolved by drawing the “monster” and tearing it up. Something had to be done here, in waking life, to resolve the situation. Luckily his parents listened.
    Michele

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Michele – That’s a key factor, isn’t it? Getting the parents to listen, and to expand their understanding to encompass the possibility that a child’s dream may be showing something of the possible future that requires action from adults. I’m glad to hear that your nephew’s parents are not only wiling to hear their child’s dream, and to support creative expression, but to go that extra step, when necessary.

  • Patricia

    So are you saying if I preview future events in a positive way, I can influence how they play out in real time? Or that that may influence my dreaming and that will influence how things work out?

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Patricia – When we wake up to the fact that we dream the possible future, we can start doing the interesting thing, which is changing the future for the better. That means reading the dream information carefully and taking appropriate action in ordinary reality to move towards a desired event and away from an unwanted event,

  • Janice

    Hi Robert,
    If we encourage our children to dream and stay in touch with their dream gifts, then we may not have to work so hard as adults remembering who we are and what gifts we have been given at birth.
    This is very inspiring.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Janice – Thank you. If we are to become a dreaming society again (and surely it’s time!) we must start by encouraging our children to dream, and nurturing their imaginations, from as early as they can tell us their dreams and stories.

  • http://www.wandaburch.com Wanda Burch

    I must share a dream shared with me just moments ago. My grandson, Joshua, 11 years old, lives in California and loves baseball. He is quite good but had never hit a home-run. Not growing up acquainted much with baseball I confess I was a bit lost in the telephone conversation details of how and when everything happened, but the gist was that Joshua just participated in the play-offs for championship title for Joshua’s team as the all-stars for his age group in Northern California. I understood that it was really a big deal.
    Today was the big day and the last game. Joshua’s team was behind and Joshua, not being the star hitter, had been kept back. He had shared a dream with his mom this morning that he had hit a home run and he was really pleased because the dream was so real that he now knew what it felt like to hit a home run. He seemed satisfied that the dream had shown him a reality he did not anticipate feeling in waking. Mom had not yet shared the dream with my son, Evan [Joshua’s dad of course]. Evan is also one of the coaches on the team.
    So the team is in the last inning, behind 4. All the bases are loaded, and Joshua’s team is down to the last of their good hitters. They are left with Joshua and think they have lost. Joshua gets up and smashes a ball so hard and so far that everyone comes in and they win. The team goes wild, carries him on their shoulders, screams, yells. He calls me in high excitement – he literally won the championship for his team – AND, on the way home, shared his “home run” dream with his dad. He tells his dad that the reality was just as good as the dream!

  • http://www.wandaburch.com Wanda Burch

    I must share a dream shared with me just moments ago. My grandson, Joshua, 11 years old, lives in California and loves baseball. He is quite good but had never hit a home-run. Not growing up acquainted much with baseball I confess I was a bit lost in the telephone conversation details of how and when everything happened, but the gist was that Joshua just participated in the play-offs for championship title for Joshua’s team as the all-stars for his age group in Northern California. I understood that it was really a big deal.
    Today was the big day and the last game. Joshua’s team was behind and Joshua, not being the star hitter, had been kept back. He had shared a dream with his mom this morning that he had hit a home run and he was really pleased because the dream was so real that he now knew what it felt like to hit a home run. He seemed satisfied that the dream had shown him a reality he did not anticipate feeling in waking. Mom had not yet shared the dream with my son, Evan [Joshua’s dad of course]. Evan is also one of the coaches on the team.
    So the team is in the last inning, behind 4. All the bases are loaded, and Joshua’s team is down to the last of their good hitters. They are left with Joshua and think they have lost. Joshua gets up and smashes a ball so hard and so far that everyone comes in and they win. The team goes wild, carries him on their shoulders, screams, yells. He calls me in high excitement – he literally won the championship for his team – AND, on the way home, shared his “home run” dream with his dad. He tells his dad that the reality was just as good as the dream!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Wanda – Bravo for Joshua, who is clearly an all-star of Little League and of dreaming! What a terrific story to share with sports-minded parents who may not have woken up to how dreaming can help us to hit home runs (in many senses) and produce winning teams.

  • Janice

    Hi, Robert,
    It is important to remember that children are psychic and mediums, as well.
    An interesting take on this discussion. My cousin’s mother died very mysteriously after having a lunch outing with some friends. She was perfectly fine, excused herself to the ladies room, and then when she didn’t return her friends went looking for her. She was found in the ladies room scrubbing the ladies floor incoherently. An autopsy was done, but no definitive cause of death was established.
    Very recently, my cousin told me one day her three year-old grandson was over her house and he was playing with his toys. Suddenly, he described exactly what happned to his grandmother. My cousin was in shock. She asked him, “Who told you that?” Her grandson responded, “Nanny did.” And as he explained all of this, he was looking up as if he were seeing someone nearby.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Janice – You are quite right. Actually, we all have psychic gifts, but by the time we reach adulthood most of us have been schooled to put these aside. Young children have not yet put on the blinders. Again, we need to learn to listen to their dreams and impressions, not only to support them but to benefit from the information they can provide, and to reclaim the intuitive and wonder-child within ourselves.

  • alex

    I have many dreams that seems to have no relevance, but i could promise that my da ja vue has been past dreams.
    I would like to know if anyone has also experienced this.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Alex – Deja vu means “already seen” but a better term would be “deja reve”, meaning “already dreamed.” You are correct in your hunch that we most often experience deja vu because we encounter a place of person we have already seen in a dream. Though we have forgotten the dream, recognition takes place as a dream situation starts to manifest in waking life. Over 90% of people report experiencing deja vu.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment shelley

    Hi Robert I want to ask about the dreams i am having. I keep a tape recorder by my bed and wake several times a night to record them u they are so unusual. I end up saying things like it was huge and yellow and way out in space, or they were teaching me but they were ah ah. I just have no words that explain these extraordinary dreams. Nothing in this reality is like what I am experiencing in my dreams. Then upon waking I lose the dream. My memory is poor at best. I find it so frustrating as I know there is so much I can learn from them and I feel I am missing an extraordinary opportunity.

  • Connor R.

    My name is connor, i’m 13 right now. ever since I was 11 iv’e seen the future countless times in my dreams. every few months I dream about me doing something in the future that I don’t expect to happen, one of my dreams was i got angry at home work and I threw a pencil at a chair, at the time I had that dream we didn’t have the chair. A month later we got the exact chair as in my dream. About 2 months later I was laying on the floor doing homework and I got angry and threw my pencil at the exact chair that was in my dream. It freaked me out a bit but about 2 mins later I had remembered the dream. I told people about it and they said it wasn’t real and that I was crazy and say’ed there was a “scientific explanation” but I didn’t believe them. So that’s what led me here, to share my story.

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