Chapter 11: Dreams, Prayer, Out-of-Body Experiences and Meditation
You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
Some people are concerned that certain dreams are premonitions of future events. A lot of these dreams have to do with airplane or car crashes, or relatives or people themselves dying. One difference between the average dream and a precognitive dream is the point or stage in the sleep cycle in which the dream occurs. A dream has a greater chance of being precognitive if it occurs right before you wake up. Such a dream is sometimes offered as a premonition, a warning of impending danger, or just something you should be on the lookout for. It is given to you right before you wake up, so that you have the best chance of recalling it. If this type of dream is offered to you in the start or middle of your sleep cycle, you will probably not remember it by the time morning arrives. If it does occur at the start or middle of your sleep cycle and you remember it, simply write it down in your journal. If you remember this type of dream, it is probably of some use to write it down, but don’t be overly concerned. Yet, please note that paying attention to your gut feelings takes precedent over any specific instruction or information offered in this book.
Let me offer a real life example of a precognitive dream that occurred when I was living in Boulder, Colorado. It was a Friday, and a friend and I had decided to party in Denver that night. I got home around 6:00 p.m. and because a long night was ahead of us and I would be driving, I decided that it would be prudent to take a nap. I set the alarm clock for 8:00 p.m., meditated for about 10 minutes and went to bed. While asleep, I experienced a dream. In the dream, I was in my car with my friend Alex in the passenger seat. We were on our way home, driving on a four-lane road with two lanes going east and two lanes heading west. The east/west lanes were divided in the middle by a double line. Alex and I were in the slower or right lane headed west. The road heading west was on a small decline. Suddenly and without warning, a car in the left lane next to us cut in front of us. After my immediate shock, I became angry and decided to try and pass it. Just as I changed lanes to pass it, I saw, almost in front of us, a car coming toward us at a high rate of speed on our side of the road. There was very little time to do anything but prepare for impact. All I remember thinking was an expletive (very spiritual last words, I later thought). Just before impact, the car going east on the wrong side of the road threw itself back into the eastbound lanes, lost control and crashed. This jolted me out of the dream. I looked at the clock and it read 7:59 p.m. A second later, the alarm sounded.
Because I know to pay very close attention to dreams I receive right before waking, I decided that before Alex and I left for Denver, I would share it with him. As we rode in the car right before getting on the highway east to Denver, I stopped and told Alex about the dream. Alex had been my friend for a few years, so he was used to my eccentricities. Right after I finished telling him about the dream, he became extremely nervous, put his seat belt on, and wondered out loud if we shouldn’t stay in Boulder and walk to the nearest bar. We had a serious discussion, and again went over the situation. In the end, we decided that since nothing really happened to us in the dream, we would be extremely careful, and continued with our plan to spend the night clubbing in Denver.
We got on the highway heading east to Denver. The highway from Boulder to Denver had four lanes: two lanes headed east from Boulder to Denver and two lanes headed west from Denver to Boulder. The highway was separated by a continuous cement divider that prevented drivers from making U-turns. The trip to Denver took roughly forty minutes. Probably for the first time in my life on any prolonged journey, I obeyed all posted signs and speed limits. The trip was uneventful, and we were both relieved once we finally made it to Denver. Alex and I enjoyed our time in Denver, and around 2:00 a.m., when the bars began to close, we decided it was time to head back home to Boulder. As the minutes ticked past 2:30 a.m., I completely forgot about the dream. We were on our way back to Boulder on the same highway. Again I was driving and Alex sat in the passenger seat. Both of us felt relaxed as we discussed the people we met at the bars. As we drove on the two lane road back home to Boulder, Alex and I were in the slower or right lane heading west. The road going west was on a small decline just as it was in the dream. In one second we were both relaxed and laughing; suddenly, and without warning, the car next to us in the left lane cut right in front of us. After my immediate shock, I became angry and thought about passing it. The car came so close to hitting us that I could literally see the other driver’s eyes in her rear view mirror as she drove in front of us. In the split second that I saw her eyes, I also saw an expression in them that I had never seen before. It was an expression of total fear, but also of concern for me. It was an expression that, still to this day, is strongly imprinted in my memory. In the second that followed, that expression jolted the dream back into my conscious mind, and one second after that, a car speeding on the wrong side of the highway passed us on our left side going east on a west bound highway!
If I had passed the lady, we would have crashed head-on into the car driving on the wrong side of the highway, a highway that was divided by a continuous cement divider. The combined speed of the crash would probably have been between 130 to 160 miles per hour. Simply put, no one would have lived. I never saw the other car coming, and I didn’t, not even for one second, imagine that such an event was possible. In those few seconds when I saw her expression, and the dream sprang into my conscious mind, I made the decision to relax. Less than a second after making that decision, the car went past me, going the wrong way. If I had reacted instead of being relaxed, Alex and I would have died or maybe, as in the dream, the car traveling on the wrong side would have lost control and crashed without affecting us. About a second after the car passed us, I again looked at the eyes of the lady driving in front of us through her rear view mirror. Again, I saw in her eyes an expression that I had never seen before. It was an expression of total shock, but also of total relief. After a few moments of catching our breath and articulating some very unholy adjectives, Alex and I looked at each other in astonishment. Both of us were grateful to be alive, and for the second time in my life, on any prolonged journey, I obeyed all posted signs and speed limits.
The next morning, I looked through the newspaper for accidents on the Denver to Boulder highway, but I did not find any, and the newscast was also free of accident news. I figured that, thanks to the grace of God, the individual driving at that high rate of speed on the wrong side of the highway made it home alive.
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