telepathy (Photo credit: jox.)
In our previous post our guest Stephen T McCarthy related a fascinating dream experience that seemed to involve telepathic communication between him and a friend in another city. This story would suggest telepathy or perhaps even messaging from a supernatural source. It seems highly unlikely that this was just something that happened out of the blue.
Shared dreaming or communication among dreamers or between a dreamer and someone else is a theme that has been explored in movies as diverse as Inception, the Freddy Krueger films, Dreamscape, and many others. These dream concepts have fired the imaginations of the authors of fiction as much as practitioners of true and pseudo scientific dream research.
Many people have given accounts of telepathic and shared dream experiences, including some of those who commented on Stephen T McCarthy's post. Evidence suggests that there may be real substance to these dream communications.
We'll save dream messages from those who have passed, spirits, and God for another post. In this current post I would like to only think about dream communication between individuals whether both are sleeping, one sleeps while one is awake, dreamers in the same room, and dreamers in different locales.
After I had entered my twenties, my father became more spiritual than he had ever been before. My sister who is a year younger than I and I had moved away from home. She was living on one side of town and I was living with some friends in the mountains about fifteen miles from my parents.
One night I was experiencing a very deep traumatic depressive state that caused me to think strong suicidal thoughts. Fortunately I did not follow through in any way, but the thoughts were powerful. The next day my worried mother drove up to check on me (we did not have a phone in our cabin). She told me that during the night my father had dreamed that I was in trouble. Had he heard my anguish in his dream or was it a divine message? I do not know, but I was very impacted by this.
On another occasion my father awoke from a similar dream concerning my sister. He and my mother got up in the wee hours and drove to my sister's house. I don't recall what the exact problem was, but I do recall that it was serious enough to warrant attention that night. After I was told the story days later I was once again amazed by this uncanny ability my father had acquired. It was an ability that he demonstrated on other times in later years according to my mother.
I never asked my father about any of this and I haven't discussed it with my mother since her initial recountings of the stories. I can't determine exactly what the communication was, but it caught my attention and has been something for me to wonder about.
I cannot recall ever having personally experienced dream sharing or telepathy that I could verify, but I have had many instances where I suspected it could have been a possibility. There have been dreams in which my connection with a dream character was so vivid and palpable that I had an acute sense that a communication was occurring. I only wish I had been able or made a better effort to see if this had occurred.
In fact, since having started blogging, I have had several occasions where I have dreamed of other bloggers--people I have never met. The dreams seemed very real and the characters seemed very credible. I wonder. Have any of you ever dreamed of me? Perhaps we have had a telepathic dream experience.
Have you ever shared the same dream simultaneously with someone else? Have you ever inexplicably dreamed about the same topic as someone else at about the same time? Do you have any telepathic or shared dream stories to tell?