Dream Gates

Dream Gates

We dream the future – all the time

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we are released from the limitations of the body and of spacetime. We fold time and travel into the future (and into the past and parallel dimensions).

I became fascinated by this subject because I have been dreaming about future events, large and small, before they happened since my early childhood in Australia. Here are a few examples:

Dream 1: I check into a hotel where they tell me the credit card I use to pay my bill will be my room key.

Follow-up: Three months later, I make last-minute arrangements to stay at a New York hotel. They explain they have a new system; the credit card I will use to pay my bill will be my room key.

Dream 2: 68 people have signed up for one of my workshops.

Follow-up: Thirteen months later, I arrive at a rural retreat to lead a workshop (not even conceived at the time of the dream) and find 68 people are signed up. The rest of my quite complex dream report gave me very helpful guidance in handling things over the weekend.

Dream 3: A silly little dog decked out in fake antlers for a Christmas event runs out on the road and is killed. He is magically revived by a bizarre character who doesn’t conform to any normal standards of behavior.

Follow-up: The next day, having missed a connection, I am seated on the “wrong” plane for the second leg of a flight to the West Coast. At the start of the in-flight movie, a silly little dog decked out in fake antlers for a Christmas photo shoot is killed on the road, and magically revived by a bizarre character: the Archangel Michael as portrayed by John Travolta.

If we can dream something as trivial as the in-flight movie on the wrong plane, or the key card system a a hotel, it seems safe to assume we dream about the big stuff ahead if time too. And indeed we do.

How common is the experience of dreaming the future? I think it goes on all the time, because our dream self is forever traveling ahead of us, scouting the roads we have not yet taken in physical life. Even the most prolific dream recaller can handle only a limited number of the “memories of the future” with which the traveling dream self returns to the body. And it may be difficult to figure out what exactly is going on in a future situation until waking events catch up with the dream.

If you have ever had the sense of déjà vu, you are already deep inside this territory. That feeling of déjà vu (“already seen”) generally comes when you enter a scene in waking life that you have already dreamed. You may have lost the dream, but you recognize a place or a person you encountered when you were dreaming.

In modern Western societies – unlike traditional dreaming cultures, like those of Aborigines, Native Americans or ancient Celts – few of us are given much encouragement or coaching to grow the skills of dreaming true. Many of us are quite unaware that we dream the future (maybe all the time) until a specific dream jolts us awake.

The first time many of us notice that we been to the future in a dream is when we are shocked by a dream of death or disaster that subsequently takes place in physical reality. A radio show host told me he was terrified, as a teenager, by a dream in which he looked down on his mother, apparently dead inside a coffin. A week later, he saw the scene tragically enacted in waking life when the family was out tobogganing in the Rocky Mountains. His mother’s sled shot off over a precipice and – when he got to the foot of the slope – the dreamer found himself looking down at her as she lay, with her back broken, inside the coffin-like box .

Dreams of this kind can seem like a curse, when we feel unable to do anything to change an unhappy outcome we have dreamed. But if we pay attention to our dreams, we’ll soon notice that our dreams of the future don’t only involve death and disaster. Our dream radar scans events large and small, happy and sad, which are coming into our field of experience.

Some indigenous peoples maintain that we dream everything that will manifest in physical life before it happens. I think this is correct.

Let’s be constantly aware that the futures we see in dreams (or through waking intuition) are possible futures, not inevitabilities. We can change the odds on the manifestation of any possible future by how we act, or fail to act, on the information. The future we can foresee may also be changed. If we don’t know where we are going, we are liable to end up where we are headed. The travels of the dream self enable us to take a long clear look down the roads of life, and make better choices.

At the Maison Carrée, the Roman temple in Nîmes. My dream self routinely visits foreign countries before I go to them – and doesn’t have to pay for a plane ticket or wait for his bags.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Don

    I often dream of the past. That was a real problem for me when I got out of the army years ago. I dreamed of the experiences of war that I had had. But that was more than 50 years ago. Most of my history dreams since that time have been happy, fortunately! I also have “wish” dreams. In some of those what I am wishing for is impossible. I also have accurate dreams of the future.
    I have had dreams that I feel certain are dreams of past lives, past incarnatons. In those dreams I can recall what I learned in those incarnations.
    In series of recent dreams I was “told” that it was impossible to dream my future. My behavior controls my future. What I dream are the choices I can make, and the probable outcome for each choice. And, of course, I have dreamed of threats that I must deal with. I posted one dream about a yellow car that didn’t stop at a stop sign. I stopped, and that probably saved my life. That was clearly a dream of a future threat.
    I am grateful when I can dream of the future, choices I must make, and so on.
    Thank you for posting your article.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Irene

    Thanks for your comment, Don. I too often dream of the past and at one point in my life got quite fed up of the recurring themes of past and often unpleasant scenes that I certainly didn’t want to think about and even less, revisit. This, until I realized that my dreams of past can for example, contain information that is needed for my present situation, which could certainly have an impact on my future situation. To give you an example, last night I dreamed that I was back in a very real past environment and I was packing my bags for a trip. When I arrived at the bus stop to board the Greyhound to take me to my new destination, I realized that I had forgotton my suitcase as well as the bus ticket that I had put inside of it. I woke up feeling excited because my dream intention last night was to have guidance on my current job situation and I knew that this dream of a real-event past (in which I did not forget my suitcase and just took the bus), held the clue I needed. So today, I will re-enter my dream and get the answer to my question “What’s written on the bus ticket I forgot?”

    In the reality of my teenage past, accurately reflected in the dream, I was in fact running away from home. Now I know that in doing that I forgot something very important that I now need.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment donnatheiguana

    I posted on another article that I have been dreaming about a new home in a brownstone building, with a consistent cast of wonderful characters who will be my new friends when I get there. One man, in particular, is a benevolent presence who reassures me that I will know him when I see him and all will be well in this new circumstance. In fact, they visited me again last night — or, rather, I visited them! I am sure that when I find this new opportunity in my waking reality, it will feel familiar as my own name, comfortable as an old shoe — deja vu!

    Just as dreams allow us to be transported beyond our physical space and time, I think that feeling of deja vu comes from moments when our own mind sees beyond current limitation and remembers that open space that is the true reality. Of great (sometimes tragic) geniuses, we sometimes say they were “out of their mind.” Exactly! Their minds were freed beyond the mental boundaries within which we function most of the time. What does it take to go there and really believe the lessons? Faith? Intuition? Hope? Perhaps simple flexibility? I’m sure it’s a combination of many things. These days I am hoping to own this new reality coming to me, invited and encouraged by my Brownstone Friends.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia

    Dear Robert,
    The whole reason I decided I was a dreamer was because I started noticing some dreams I was having were coming true.
    One theme of dreaming that stays constant with me is children. I have had dreams in the past and then one last night around working in schools and/or orphanages with children. I wonder if I think orphanages because I am with a group in times after disasters?
    Last night I dreamed I was with a group in a large rather ancient looking, beautiful building sectioned off for different ages of children and different needs. I was pregnant so they gave me this shot in my belly button that they only give those who go to a section of the building that has some kind of hazard in it’s environment. I look down and a star burst pattern of a slightly darker brown has formed around my belly button.

    I just sent an email to an organization to see if they may be able to help me write a grant. I am understanding how stories and dreams affect us physiologically and I hope to make it to one of your teacher courses one day.


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  • Glen

    I dream actual events as well.
    I once had a type of moment where time stood still (like it froze). I was playing hockey and just before I received the ball I saw me go around a player draw the goalkeeper and score.
    It was like a tv screen appeared above my head. The hardest thing to understand is that for me to see this precise identical event happen in the 5 seconds or so it took to show me that time had completely stood still.
    I also dream snippets of the future. In the dreams(that I don’t recall until the actual event takes place) I can then actually recall in the dream recalling the dream. If that makes sense.
    The hardest thing for me to fathom is that is this dream a memory or a prediction? Have I somehow lived these events before? I struggle to accept that they can be my brain making actual bold predictions of the future.
    It brings me to the thought that every single living moment I occur has somehow happened before. And if that is the case that every thing in the world is connected. Every cloud,every person,every breeze or if it rains or its sunny. Whatever the case I have somehow lived this life before. There is no changing these moments because I strongly believe they are recollections.
    I find it so confusing. What do u think?

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