A feeling of déjà vu is often a desire to search for answers and explanations. Especially if the event that appeared in your dream happens just after your sleep. Questions then arise about the existence of premonitory dreams, perhaps of hidden gifts that you had not known about before, or if there is a “reasonable” scientific explanation for this often troubling sensation.
PREMONITORY DREAM: A CONCEPT SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION
Often referred to as a gift or a supernatural phenomenon, a premonitory dream is a dream that announces the arrival of an event in the future. It can be a warning or a happy event that can either happen to you or affect your loved ones. It can also announce the arrival of a new person in your life. This capacity of premonition does not necessarily affect mediums, but also “ordinary” people, which often has effects of anxiety, of uneasiness when the dreams have negative characters. A premonitory dream can occur during a light sleep, a deep sleep or even when you are in the middle of a mediation such as being absorbed by music for example. You may have visions of a future event that are vivid enough for your memory to recall them when you wake up.
However, the existence of premonitory dreams is constantly questioned, especially by different specialists, in various fields.
Indeed, if an ordinary dream sometimes reconstitutes the elements of your day, feeds on the events of your past, especially the significant elements, it can also feed your future according to some psychologists by relying on the law of attraction. In other words, you attract what you think, or what you have dreamed. It is your unconsciousness that comes back in your dreams to remind you of an event, and that seems to you a revelation, a premonition.
However, scientists are still puzzled by the existence of premonitory dreams. Apart from the difficulty of being able to do a clinical experiment to verify its existence, they raise the non-conformity of this concept to the current logic of time and relativity. The thesis of coincidence and autosuggestion are the most likely to explain the realization of events seen in dreams rather than the existence of “premonitory dreams”. Autosuggestion implies that the person unconsciously repeats the gestures and behaviors that he or she saw in the dream, which gives the illusion that the dream anticipated the event.
DISTINGUISHING A PREMONITORY DREAM FROM AN ORDINARY DREAM
Despite the reticence of scientists about the existence of premonitory dreams, it goes without saying that if you have had a particular dream and it comes true, you will inevitably seek explanations. There are questions about the nature of premonitory dreams because it is generally believed that they bring bad news or unfortunate events. However, others maintain that, like all dreams, there are also happy premonitory dreams, except that they are less significant than negative events, and that the dreamers do not necessarily remember them. Moreover, the types of premonitory dreams can be classified into 7 categories:
– Premonitions of one’s own illness or death that would surely leave no one unaffected, and are part of the most disturbing dreams of an individual, even if the latter does not believe in the existence of premonitory dreams;
– Premonitions of illness or death of relatives or acquaintances;
– Premonitions of important events, happy or unhappy, without the implication of death;
– Insignificant premonitions;
– Meteorological and climatic premonitions; Premonitions that participate in a rescue;
– Premonitions that evoke accidents.
However, premonitory dreams are often more vivid, more realistic, with clearer details and images than ordinary dreams. However, it is difficult to completely distinguish premonitory dreams from common dreams because they can be inserted in a discontinuous or continuous way in the middle of the latter.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FACED WITH A DREAM THAT YOU CONSIDER PREMONITORY?
The first thing to do is to write down what you saw in your dream. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be premonitory, having a little dream book will allow you to know more about yourself.
Then, take a step back before dissecting your dream. The interpretation in the heat of the moment could distort your analysis, and push you to take everything at face value.
Write down your impressions, your deductions to better deconstruct the meaning of your dreams, add or remove hypotheses.
Before going to sleep, choose a calm environment, far from screens to avoid any influence, to rest well, and to see more clearly.