What are Prophetic Dreams?
Not all but certain number of dreams are a kind of disclosure of divine information in which people are informed not only about key future events but even about past events which were not understandable at that time. Throughout the ages there have been many reports of dreams of a visionary nature that provide guidance, comfort or "truth" from what appears to be a divine presence. Visionary dreams of a divine nature can be so striking that they change a person’s life, or the course of history.
However In this scientific era, it is believed that psychic powers do not exist. Scientists rationalize that dreams that seemingly come true may actually be a suggestion or guidance for you making it seem as if the dream is coming true. You are willing it to be true. Another argument is that you may have a tendency to self-edit your dream to match the outcome. Because dreams are so easily forgotten, your memory of the dream may not be accurate. Still another theory is that your dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information faster that your conscious mind. Your mind is able to see what will happen based on information that it has already collected.
Still, there are believers that dreams can indeed predict or foretell the future. Prophetic dreams are linked to major disasters, wars, assassinations, accidents, lottery numbers or even with winning horse race. Such dreams have helped solve crimes. In recent history, Abraham Lincoln was said to have dreamt of his own body laying in a coffin two weeks before he his assassination. British engineer, John Dunne dreamt of the eruption of a volcano in France which came true.
In a prophetic dream, you see the future through your dream. It is difficult to determine that a dream is prophetic because we can only confirm such a dream after it has taken place. Even then, we only hear of the success stories. There are so many other dreams that do not come true. Thus, prophetic dream may just be mere coincidences.
Realistic dreams are a subcategory of prophetic dreams. In realistic dreams you see the same event as it is going to happen in waking life. Realistic dreams can be considered an urgent note of some urgent or alarming situations. Therefore these are conveyed without using any symbolism. These dreams are likely to happen in the same fashion as dreamed of. Your dreaming mind has access to vital information that is not readily available to you when you are awake. All dreams generally have direct relevance to situations we are experiencing in waking life.
Prophetic dreams or realistic dreams contain many images and events that are relatively commonplace. A study was conducted using an equal number of REM and NREM dreams of the subjects by applying a standardized “Bizarreness Scale” to the dreams; the results indicated that about 70% of the REM dreams were reported as bizarre compared to 20% of the NREM dreams. Study suggests that 80% of NREM dreams are similar to daily life events. In the morning, sleep tends to be less deep and closer to waking, with longer dream periods. Usually when our sleep is at final stage we are experiencing the last cycle of NREM sleep. Therefore dream may be most likely to be a prophetic or realistic dream. When we are closer to waking our off-line memory becomes online now. This increases the probability to recall a dream. One should develop habit to wake up after each and every dream and should change the side. This also improves dream recall as offline memory becomes online when one is awake.