[bct] Dreams and precognition [Was: Sleep patterns]

  • From: Tim Cross <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 12:40:22 +1100

Hi Rose,

I'm totally with you on the subconscious and dreams and beleive there
is some level of precognition possible. I had a very strong and
disturbing experience with this about 15 years ago. 

Unfortunately, this is both an interesting and very sad tale. About 20
years ago, I met this increadibly beautiful woman called Belinda - we
all called her B. She was absolutely stunning in appearance and had a
wonderful personality. We developed a very strong friendship. However,
as often happens, our lives took us in different directions and we
wouldn't see each other very often as she left town to live somewhere
else. However, almost without fail, I would suddenly think about her
one day and within the week she would magically appear. 

One day, B turned up and announced she was pregnant. this was an
exciting thing. She was no longer with the father, but that didn't
seem to matter. then about 11 months later, she showed up with her new
son, Oscar. When she gave me Oscar to hold, I got this overwhelming
sense of doom and something told me this child was not going to
survive. This was extremely unsettling, especially as I had to keep
this to myself. There was no way I could express what I felt to B or
even tell anyone else - I just knew they would think I was mad. 

A few months later, I woke up one morning feeling really bad. I just
knew something awful had happened and I knew it involved B. I had
experienced a very disturbing dream in which I met B in this cafe we
used to go to and she told me Oscar was dead. The feeling was so
strong, I actually jumped out of bed, showered and rushed into the
cafe. I was surprised when I entered the cafe to find B was not
thee. This was a relief as it meant my dream was just that, a dream. I
decided to stop and have a coffee. Halft way through my coffee, B
walked intot he cafe. One look at her and I knew things were not
good. She had obviously been crying. It turned out she had been at the
cafe, but had left to go to my place and find me. My housemates had
told her I'd gone to the cafe. The bad news was that Oscar had died
during the night, it was a suspected cott death. 

Unfortunately, as this is not hollywood, there is no happy ending. I
no longer see B and we no longer seem to have that subconcious
connection. After Oscar's death, B had a very rough time. She ended up
becoming addicted to heroin. The woman I had known for so many years
and who had been so beautiful soon wasted away. Last time I saw her,
her beautiful flawless skin was scared with acne, she was skinny and
unhealthy looking and her eyes were now dull and had lost their
wonderful sparkle. I've not heard anyting about B in many years now. I
don't even know if she is still alive. I hope she has found peace one
way or another and has managed to reach some level of contentment. 

I've had other less intense experiences which seem to have similar
pre-cognitive elements to them. However, as they are less intense, I'm
never sure if they are real or just coincidence. Unfortunately, all of
them have been about negative things - people becoming sick, having
accidents or unfortunate events. None have had the impact of B and
Oscar, which I'm pleased about. It wold be good if I had a few
positive one though. 

I'm probably a spiritual person, but I'm not a religious one. I find
to much contradiction in christianity, though if I had to choose a
religious doctrine, I'd probably go with the "Society of Friends"
(commonly known as Quakers in the slang). I like their stance of
religious belief being a private experience and their tendency to
emphasise non-judgemental attitudes and showing what you believe in by
doing rather than preaching and their stance on the environment,
pacifism etc.   

Rose Combs writes:
 > There is a book on web Braille, Body Clock or something similar, it was in
 > six volumes and I read it about five years ago, probably still have it on my
 > computer, , and I say this because it discussed the hormones that are
 > generally released before your normal wake time.  
 > Speaking of dreams, I have a very active dream life, always have.  When my
 > doctor put me on an antidepressant, Paxil several years ago he said I might
 > have more dreams and then he said that maybe not since I probably could not
 > dream since I could not see.  I definitely set him straight on that one
 > since I definitely do dream a lot, which is odd because they say that if you
 > dream a lot you should not suffer from depression.  Who knows.  However,
 > when I was in college and took a psychology of personality class one of the
 > projects was to submit a dream log.  I had one heck of a time doing mine,
 > typed it was over 200 pages, and that was in the days of typewriters and
 > correction tape.  
 > I have never seen, so obviously my dreams are not visual  but there are
 > tastes, sounds, sensations, and all that.  In fact, I can do the lucid
 > dreaming thing where I know I am sleeping  and dreaming and then can make
 > the dream do what I want--for example, if I am being chased I can turn
 > around and chase, knowing it is a dream and that I am the one in control.  
 > I have also had clairvoyant dreams.  An example of this was one of my
 > co-workers went to the Grand Canyon and she did not return on the day she
 > was supposed to.  Another co worker received a call from her but, that
 > morning I had dreamed she was in the hospital with a heart condition called
 > mitral valve prolapse.  When the co-worker who received the phone call came
 > in she told us that  our friend was in the hospital in Flagstaff and I said
 > MVP which is the abbreviation for mitral valve prolapse.  She asked me if I
 > had received the call and I said no, I dreamed it.  
 > I'd better stop this for now, this is a tangent I can get off on.  For as
 > long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the subconscious mind,
 > dreams and the like.  
 > Rose Combs
 > rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx 
 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 > [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of jeff
 > Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:13 PM
 > To: blind cool tech mail list
 > Subject: [bct] Sleep patterns
 > Hi guys,
 >     I've really been interested to know what other blind people like me 
 > experienced where sleep is concerned.  I've always been a night owl, but 
 > about 10 years ago it really got bad, I would wake up so many times during 
 > the night that the night would seem to last forever.  One of the best pieces
 > of advise I ever heard on the subject was to make your bedroom the kind of 
 > place where sleep is encouraged.  Televisions are great for some people, but
 > were terrible for me.  I removed the TV and the temptation to stay awake 
 > watching something.  I have found that the more boring the program the 
 > better.  I listen to some old time shows as well, but only because the ones 
 > I listen to knock me out.  I also have a fan by my bed for additional noise 
 > and the breeze is nice too.  Keeping nice smelling candles or other scented 
 > items in your room helps too.  I haven't figured out the whole having sight 
 > versus not having sight thing where sleep cycles are concerned.  A friend of
 > mine has no eyes at all, she has wondered about this as well.  She has been 
 > attending a sleep disorder clinic.  I have been thinking that her work hours
 > are the problem, she starts work at 4:00 AM.  She gets up at about 3:00 AM. 
 > But, how does the body/brain recognize day and night?  Is it possible that 
 > the body has some other mechanism for intaking sunlight?  Is it just life 
 > experiences which makes depression so prevalent in the blind?  Or could 
 > there be a relationship between less light making it to the optic nerve and 
 > so on?  These days, I usually fall asleep around 12 o'clock midnight to 1:00
 > AM.  I usually wake again around 4 or 5.  Then sleep is full of tossing and 
 > turning until I get up at 7 or 8 to get ready for work.  I, like Mary 
 > commented, notice that a day spent outdoors leads to a restful night and a 
 > better disposition in general.  I assume that the additional sunlight 
 > exposure is the reason.  Last year I purchased a "happy light", yeah, I know
 > it's a stupid name, but it claims to be full spectrum and I would stare into
 > it while I ate breakfast and listened to the morning radio prior to work and
 > it actually seemed to help.  I hear that one can not use this kind of light 
 > close to bed time or it will make it hard to sleep.  A program I watched on 
 > public television a couple of years ago, stated that the brain releases a 
 > "cocktail" of hormones just prior to waking time.  Maybe that part of the 
 > whole process could go wrong as well.  It's a fascinating subject with 
 > indications that answers aren't far off.  Caffeine is another culprit and I 
 > must say that I keep going off and on the use of it.  When I don't use it, I
 > feel tired and when using it sleep is more difficult.  I think, I just need 
 > to get away from it and try to stay off it long enough for my body to really
 > adjust and not feel tired.  There are a ton of things that can effect sleep.
 > If one consumes sugar close to bed time, the body will have a sugar rush and
 > then a sugar crash later on, this could lead to early waking and bad dreams.
 > The local radio show on medical issues recommended eating less sugar and 
 > more fats at night prior to bed.  The idea is to get one's blood sugar level
 > to remain very constant during the night.  Well, that's about all I can 
 > think of right now.
 > Jeff 

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