How can we tell if a dream is psychic? The only
fool-proof way is verification. We take the time to check our dreams against
waking life or the dreams of others. In the continuing process of validation,
though, we may come to discover inner *cues* that tip us off to further psychic
dreams. These cues do not apply to everyone; they are very personal.
Dreamworker Gayle Delaney says she notices an *echo-y* effect. Robert Van de
Castle's psychic dreams have *a grabbing, indelible quality.* Another dreamer
has dreams *in black and white, with a grainy texture, just like an old time
The appearance of a particular person might mean that some part of our dream
applies to him, but there's no guarantee. Lucid dreamers, especially, know that
we have the dreaming ability to create thought forms for our own private
use...even thought forms of other people.
I find it more reliable when a strange symbol appears in my dreams or some
odd dreamland event occurs that is not the norm for me. Of course, I wouldn't
know the difference between a *normal* and *unusual* element unless I recorded
lots of dreams and periodically took the time to review them. Then I take the
new symbol or event in hand and go on a treasure hunt to find its matching pair.
This means talking to people to find out about their dreams and waking life.
People and places have certain feelings associated with them. If you spend
time doing visualization exercises, pay attention to the feelings that various
images and memories spark. Then when you awake from a dream awash in feelings,
you may be able to make a connection, even if the blatant imagery leaves you
scratching your head.
Some dreamers do use what the scientists have come to call *tracer elements.*
Tracer elements are special recurrent symbols. Nowadays they tend to be the ones
that feature equipment which perceives or communicates, such as telephones,
television, telescopes and cameras. But they could be any image of personal
One dreamer knows something good is going to happen to her when she hears
music in a dream. In the middle of a music dream one night, she was awakened by
her crying baby. She was so anxious to see what the music might portend that
after the baby had settled down, she reviewed the half-finished dream over and
over until she fell to sleep. The dream picked up the music once again and she
saw images of a car, the seaside and sand. The next weekend her husband
suggested a picnic which, indeed, turned out to be by the seaside.
Dreamworker Will Phillips has spent a long time looking for ways to
differentiate between precognitive dreams and *normal* ones. Was it tracer
elements? Was it higher levels of vividness or intensity? Sometimes these
applied to his psychic dreams, but not always. Will finally came to the
conclusion that ALL dreams are potentially psychic. I agree.
But when we take the time and effort to discover specific psychic connections
in our lives, we stop hypothesizing about the holographic universe or the
collective unconscious. We change second-hand theory into first-hand personal
reality. We dream ourselves psychic.
* Barash, M. ôA Hitchhicker's Guide to Dreamland. New Age Journal, Oct.
1983. p. 46.
* Dee, N. The Dreamer's Workbook. NY: Sterling Publishing Co., 1990. p. 165.
* Koch-Sheras, P.R., E.A Hollier & B. Jones. Dream On. Engelwood Cliffs, NJ:
Prentice-Hall, 1983. p. 145.
* Phillips, W. Every Dreamer's Handbook. Totonada Press, 1994. p. 172.
* Thurston, M.A. How to Interpret Your Dreams. Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press,
1978. pp. 127-130.