Are these random brain-noise, as most clinical sleep and dream researchers say? Symbolic of worries, as most clinical psychologists say? Literal and predictive, as much of the public thinks but is too embarrassed to admit? In my experience, they vary. But I can no longer rule out ESP as a legitimate hypothesis. Too many, er, hits.
So it's prudent, if you dream of a crash and it's avoidable in some way, to take action. The largest study I've seen, by Sally Rhine Feather of the Rhine Institute, found that about two-thirds of those having strong premonitions (most but not all of them in dreams) that could be acted on in some way, failed to do so! Social pressure, inconvenience, embarrassment, incredulity... Of the minority who did act, two-thirds changed the outcome substantially, almost all for the better; lives were saved.
If you're in therapy or under great stress, it makes sense to look for a symbolic, emotional meaning too; but why not also fix the brakes, switch your plane ticket, refuse to get in the car with your friends who swear they're sober?
Better a live kook than a dead rationalist.
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|AIRPLANE DISASTERS: by Jack Kerouac, early Aug? 1954, a helpless-witness nightmare
An indestructible camera relentlessly shows me the feelings of passengers on crashing plane after crashing plane...
CAUTION: PAINFUL READING
|ANNE GOT LOST: by Anne's friend; 1936, a warning dream wisely acted on
She was headed for a rock wall. The brakes faded; she smelled burning. Then she woke. Her friends laughed, but she asked a neighbor what to do if...
|AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
|BAYSHORE AND CHARTER: by a Redwood City man; July 1951, a lifesaving predictive urge
I burst into tears for no reason and for 15 minutes begged my brother-in-law not to go, then said "It's safe now..."
|BIG FLAMING AIRPLANES TRYING TO LAND: by Jack Kerouac, late Oct. 1953, a two-part surreal nightmare
Two DC-6s catch fire and burn over New York, and then I'm a naked child in a Babylonian Byzantine temple older than America, across the river in Bayonne...
|THE BLACK EGG: by Wayan; 1999/3/25, a comic psychic dream.
My crazy friend Wayne goes bowling for busses with a black egg. Wait! Crazy? Or... predictive?
CAUTION: GEORGIA O'KEEFFE BEHAVES DISGRACEFULLY
|THE BLUE MILLIPEDE: by Wayan; 1996/11/5 (Election Night), a political dream.
I'm a wizard chasing crooked politicians in a big city. They have a car, I hop a trolley, only on the astral plane it's a giant blue millipede, and...
CAUTION: RECKLESS DRIVING, THEFT OF PUBLIC MILLIPEDE
|THE BOAT IS SINKING: by Mrs Griffiths; 1734/8/6, a recurrent warning dream
Mrs Griffiths has the same nightmare three times before she asks her nephew to skip a fishing trip...
|BREEDISM: by Wayan; 1989/1/16, a snappish dream of the future.
I'm a reporter interviewing survivors of a plane crash--a puma and a pit bull. Can I survive the survivors?
|BUTLER'S CROSSING: by David's father; 1941/8/24, a (heeded or unheeded?) warning dream
He saw a vehicle coming toward him at great speed. The light was so bright it blinded him. He screamed to his son...
|CHE FANNO GLI INGLESI?: by William Archer; 1917/7/30, a senseless dream.
To help the King of Italy, I become a baker in Baluchistan--learning Norwegian, levitating, meeting quaggas, riding landslides...
|CHRONOPHOBIA!: by Wayan; 1993/7/10, a physicist's nightmare.
I find myself driving a speeding car down a freeway--in reverse. And I don't mean the gear...
|THE COMING DARK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2002/3/2; dream-paintings about one disaster averted, and another... not.
I climb down from a desert cliff before night strands me; but reckless adolescent games in town lead to a crash...
|CRANE CRASH: by Anonymous #33; before 1961, a predictive dream with a crucial hole
The crane toppled and fell onto the riverbank. I could read the number, but couldn't see if the operator got free...
|CRYSTAL AND GUNSEL: by Wayan; 1997/7/2, a nightmare--psychic or not?
Gunsel kills my friend Crystal in a flaming aircar crash. But that's not enough--he comes back, and...
|CUT-RATE TREATMENT: by Wayan; 1993/8/10, a tale half-dreamed, half-lived.
That day, I met a wildly neurotic therapist; that night, I met a woman forced to get discount ob/gyn exams from her stingy husband's doctor buddy... can you say "boundary violation?"
CAUTION: SEXUAL HUMILIATION
|DAD SMASHES COPCAR: by Wayan, 1977/5/26, a warning dream physically enforced the next day
My dad drives recklessly, hits a copcar hard, smashing our front end. I wake knowing it says "Kay's a batterer. Leave her or I'LL be smashed." Later that day...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BATTERING ISSUES
|DEATH CHANTY: by E.M. Martin's friend; 1914/9/21, a psychic dream
An endless parade of drowned sailors sing a dirge, the dreamer wakes in tears... and then the news arrives.
|DIURNAL AND NOCTURNAL WORLDS: by Wayan; 1993/11/8, an epic dream of the multiverse.
Round the ring of twelve worlds and their twelve gods, seeking one god who's giving me grief...
|DON'T CRY, IT'S ONLY A DREAM: by a Massachusetts mother; before 1961, a telepathic dream posing as a predictive one!
As soon as I gave birth I had a nightmare my brother would be in a serious auto crash. When I warned my mom...
|THE DOOMED TRAIN: by Anna Kingsford; Nov. 1876, a galvanizing political nightmare
We were on a train headed for a crash. No one was in the engine. Rather than jump, my friend insisted we try...
|DOUBLE DREAM: by "Anonymous #23 & 24"; before 1963, two clearly linked false-predictive dreams--but who influenced who?
Mother and daughter both dream Mum runs over a little girl. Next morning she spots the girl in the road and misses her. But bystanders seem not to see the child...
|EDITH KEELER: by Wayan, 1975/10/8, an incubated dream giving multiple answers
I asked my dreams to show me my Shadow--what I deny. It showed me at least FIVE! And in every time-branch, a runaway truck crushed me--the Truck of Ideology. Not that I seemed able to avoid it...
CAUTION: RECURRING DEATHS
|ELLIS CRITIQUE: by Wayan; 2008/12/10, four dreams comically challenge Havelock Ellis's dream-theories!
Pa warns me to protect my paws. Gilt wounds my sole. A lioness eats a drumstick. Then a bus crashes on our corner--for real!
|ENGINE GENIUS: by Wayan; 2005/2/4, a health-warning dream.
At my mechanic's garage, a child prodigy rebuilds a car engine. Gawking, I nearly plow into the crowd...
|FLYING MACHINE: by George B. Burgin, c.1860 on, a recurrent flying dream
Whenever I'm stressed, I build a set of luna-moth wings and fly invisibly. Though once a blind man caught me by ear...
|THE GHOSTMASTER: by Wayan; 1992/6/16, a dreamtale of the Shadow.
I win a starship from the hostile Ghostmaster; in space I gain the confidence to confront him, and find...
|GRAVITREE: by Wayan; 2008/3/21, a character-evaluation dream.
Just singing about the antigravitree lightens me. I bound around town. But then I find a diseased antigravitree is holding me down. It's become a gravitree! Gotta clear out that deadwood, no matter how messy, if I want to fly...
|GREG'S GIFT: by Sheila and Trish, reported by Janis Amatuzio; June 1995, three dreams (?) of a ghost
A woman dreams of her boyfriend recently killed in a car crash. Unremarkable so far. But he also haunts his ex-babysitter, two thousand miles away, who had no idea he'd died...
|GROUND ZERO: by Al Davison; 2001/9/9, a predictive dream-comic.
Two days before 9/11, I dream I'm a child at ground zero, mourning the devastation--and witnessing rebirth.
|GUDRUN'S FOUR HUSBANDS: by Gudrun Osvifursdottir; summer 988, 4 childhood dreams predicting Gudrun's life; plus a dream by her husband Thorkell Eyjolfson, spring 1026.
Gudrun dreams of four treasures lost: a hood, a bracelet, a ring, and a jeweled helm. Her cousin sees these as 4 marriages...
|HEADING FOR A FALL: by Wayan; 1993/11/2, a dream of drastic shortcuts.
I crash my car on the way to therapy. I ask my dream why. And it tells me! Deliberate, but not suicidal...
|HEADLINES: by "Anonymous #21"; 1942/8/4, 1954/1/1, and 1958/8/16, a set of psychic newsflashes
All my life I've had sudden visions showing violent deaths accompanied by headlines naming the victims...
|HERE COMES A CHOPPER: by Wayan; 1983/6/20, an absurd nightmare on families and denial
The helicopter over our family home dipped too low. CRASH! Burning rotors in the living room. I call 9-1-1, but the pilot scolds me! "Calling over a little explosion like this!"...
|HIT OR MISS: by "Anonymous #20"; before 1963, a successful warning dream
I dreamed I hit and killed a small boy in the road. Three weeks later in Manchester I swerved and just missed the same boy ..
|I DIED AND WALKED AMONG THE LIVING: by Starvibes, 2013/1/4, a warning dream?
My one-year-old daughter and I hardly notice when a truck kills us. Unseen, I calmly observe the alarm of the living...
|I SEE'D THEY DID: by a Wisconsin 4-year-old; before 1961, a waking vision (clairvoyant? telepathic?)
He asked abruptly "Did Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Charles have a wreck with a train? I see'd they did..."
|I TOSSED MUSIC: by Wayan; 1997/9/19, an advisory dream.
I asked my dreams "should I return to school?" They replied with this bizarre tale of sabotage...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TO DUMB INSTRUMENTS
|JACK DANIELS: by Wayan; 1983/10/14, three short dreamtales.
Three dream-reactions to a (real) psychic experiment that went badly awry...
|JAPANESE RAIL CRASH: by an Air Force wife; 1927, a clairvoyant or telepathic dream
The track gave way and many cars fell into the bay. People crawled like ants out of the windows as waves broke on the wreckage...
|JUMP OVERBOARD: by Graham Greene; 1925/12/11, a possibly psychic nightmare.
Wednesday night I dreamed I had to jump overboard... that night there was a wreck off the Yorkshire coast in a storm and the captain ordered his men to jump into the sea...
|JUST BEFORE 9/11: by Patti Viscardi; 6 AM 2001/9/11, a predictive nightmare
I was on a plane... It was almost graceful, the plane actually entered the building before everything dissolved into flame...
CAUTION: DEATH. DEATH TWICE.
|KARMA AND HER SISTERS: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/27, a happy sexy flying dream that turned tragic.
One boring lonely day, I meet a cute teenage bunny who wants to play with me! But half an hour later…
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, INTERSPECIES FLIRTING, AND LOSS
|KELLY FIELD: by an air cadet, 1941; an almost-lifesaving dream.
I dreamed a plane took off northeast, and flipped by the main hangar, killing two men. I forgot the dream until the wind swung round...
|LINCH-PIN: by George Stevens; c.1895? a frustrating psychic dream
George sees a cart-crash pinning a friend. He yells to bystanders to free the wheel, but they can't hear him...
|LONDON TRAFFIC: by Gheury de Bray; between 1923-1938, a warning dream.
De Bray dreamed a speeding car nearly hit him; a month later, he abruptly recognized the street from his dream and paused...
|LURCH OF A BUS: by "Anonymous #16"; before 1963, a successful warning dream
I dreamed the bus lurched, cracking my skull. Next day, on the bus steps as in my dream, I braced myself, and...
|MARTIAN ROBOTS DRESS LIKE FREUD: by Wayan, 1975/8/16, an absurd dream... predicting my life-path?
Martian robots pester me. I flee through the Asteroids, leaving chaos, cratering Earth. Years later on my farm, a bot shows up disguised as Freud. I start mudslinging...
|MEOPHAM AIR DISASTER: by G.H.M. Holms; 1930/7/18, a surreal predictive dream
Suddenly, out of the clouds, a man came shooting down, head first, at a terrific pace. He landed on his head with a sickening...
|ORPHEUS AND POOH: by Wayan; 1972/4/9, a dream reliving the Greek myth--just before seeing Cocteau's Orphee
I meet my true love during a coup. We go through Hell together, like Orpheus and Eurydice--only we...
|THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS by Anonymous #35; summer 1934, a psychic dream
The engine pinned a young man under it and a crowd gathered. But no one noticed the girl on the other side of the tracks...
|PALE BLUE: by Wayan; 1997/5/12, a dream on denial.
I pray for love and promptly meet Blue, whose mom treats her like a kid. We change that, but it's messy...
|PAT'S WARNING: by Pat, Allen and Gerry; 1947, a ghostlike warning from a living person--or her unconscious?
In Occupied Germany, Pat flags down two friends just before a truck crash. Only Pat was in England at the time. She sensed they were in danger, but...
|PEAK PORTAL: by Wayan; 2014/8/27, a dream-poem on half-conscious shamanic possession
At a strange gate between worlds with high and low sea levels, a meddling spirit prods me to clear a path for a salt torrent between...
|PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 2006/3/25, 9-page comic of diagnostic sex dream (small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to "knock some sense into her cunt"--literally...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NASTY LOVE SPELL, PIXIE NUDITY
|PYLONS: by Louis MacNeice; Jan. 1940. A surreal political dream.
I was on a steamer run amok, in a boiling yellow incredible sea out of which great pylons rose...
|RAIN OF PLATONIC IDEALS: by Wayan; 2015/1/20, an absurd dream image done as a short poem
Strange beings from the realm of Platonic Ideals rain down like meteors on San Francisco. I work as a tour guide, teaching the newbies not to step in front of a bus...
CAUTION: CRUSHED IDEALS
|ROSEMARY AND FRANCES: by Rosemary; 1936/6/5, a premonitory mood and flash saving one of two sisters
I love dancing, but a gloom settled on me; I wouldn't go. I begged Frances to take a certain car, and she did--but coming home...
|THE ROWAN: by Graham Greene; 1921, a possibly psychic nightmare.
The ship I was on going down in the Irish Sea. It was not till yesterday, looking at an old paper, I saw about the sinking of the Rowan in the Irish sea...
|SCHNEIDER TROPHY CRASH: by J. Lloyd-Owens; c. 1931/8/1, an overwhelming premonition
As a newsreel showed a Navy flier for the Schneider Trophy Air Race, I felt a violent shock and said "He's going to be killed..."
|SHE CRASHES AND BURNS: by Wayan; 2005/5/7, a diagnostic nightmare.
I ask my dreams how to find love. I dream of a 1920s bohemian girl teasing stuffy folk. But her pranks turn dangerous, then deadly...
|SHIP OF JADE: by Wayan; 2009/11/7, an illustrated dreampoem on dreampoetry! Dreamverse #64
My dreams are made of lovely carvable jade. Too bad my tools and skills suit our plastic age...
|SILENT CRASH: by Vera and Wayan; 1992/8/14, a shared (predictive?) dream.
Wayan dreams a jet crashes in dead silence. That morning his computer silently crashes. Meanwhile Vera dreams of being ON a jet that...
|SPIRITUAL TESTS: by Wayan; 2000/8/28, a predictive dream
As my dad lies dying, I dream my sister and I face spiritual tests given by slacker angels who'd rather be on TV. Learn to let go!
|STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
|STAY ON THE SIDEWALK: by a Utah boy, before 1961, a flawed warning nightmare
He said "Oh, Mom, I had a terrible dream. A car ran me down." I said we could not live by dreams or we live a life of horror...
|STEPHENSON AND BELL: by Matthew Talbot; 1768, a recurring predictive dream.
A man in a blue coat on a white horse delivered papers from a nearby wrecked ship, signed Stephenson and Bell. I awoke, and...
|A STIRRING FAILURE: by Robert's wife, before 1961, a precise predictive nightmare
I dreamed a small plane crashed and burned, but also how the pilot might be saved. I asked my husband to direct the firetruck...
|STOP OBAMA'S ASSASSINATION: by Wayan; 2012/2/10. A dream about politics? Or health?
Two child prodigies fail to stop the assassins stalking President Obama, but a geeky guy with a home-made laser...
|SULE SKERRY: by Wayan; 1984/8/13, a non-nightmare.
My sister and I are on a ship abandoned by its crew, heading full-steam for the rocks, when...
|THAT WIND: by Wayan; 1986/8/29; an undream poem on a daymare
Nightmares can warn. But when you're certainly awake, what interpretation and what warning can you take from relentless ill-luck?
|THIS DREAM HAUNTS THE DAY: by Roswila; 1999, a dreampoem on transference
My father's trapped in a crashed car. But I'm distracted by a young man whose palm cups a living flame...
|TIN FISH: by a ship engineer's wife; 1914-1918, a precise lifesaving dream
I dreamed my husband's ship headed for India, where a 'tin fish' sank it with exactly one casualty--him. I rushed down to the dock...
|TITAN: by Morgan Robertson, 1898; a fiction that came uncannily true
14 years before the Titanic sailed, Robertson wrote of a great liner, the Titan, with three thousand people aboard, that strikes an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic...
|TITANIC IMAGE: by Graham Greene; 1912/4/14?, a childhood nightmare of the Titanic--before the news came.
One image has remained with me for more than sixty years: a man in oilskins bent double under the blow of a great wave...
|TITANIC NIGHTMARES: by J. C. Middleton; 1912/4/3 and 4/4, two lifesaving predictive dreams
I saw the Titanic go down and people struggling frantically in the water. After my second nightmare I told my wife. She urged me to...
|TWAIN'S BROTHER: by Mark Twain, early May 1858, a premonitory nightmare.
My brother Henry lay in a metal casket. He wore a suit of mine. On his breast were white roses, with one red at the centre. A few days later, the boilers of the riverboat Henry worked on exploded...
|TWO PLANES: by Wayan, 1994/9/6, a multistaged psychic dream.
An assassination plot using two planes triggers an invasion of our kingdom. I'd rather be playing Frisbee...
|VERY FUNNY, MR. MOSLEY: by Wayan; 2009/10/8, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #58
Trapped in a blend of Joan of Arcadia and The Tempest Tales, I'm tired of being the pratfall sidekick...
|A VIOLIN DEATH: by Wayan; 2015/11/24, a nightmare (vaguely) anticipating a real-life massacre.
A fiddler has recurring dreams warning he'll be run over with his violin. He reluctantly sells to a friend, and jams with him only in the woods, away from cars. But...
|THE VOICE OF GOD: by Wayan, 1993/1/31, a psychic nightmare-epic.
I go half-mad and massacre a whole cult, till my gun manifests stigmata: a gory miracle. Then I'm one of the cult members, struggling to ignore the Voice of God pushing all us mortals to murder in His name.
I woke up haunted, and wondered for weeks what this was about... until the Waco Massacre.
CAUTION: CREEPY VIOLENCE, CREEPY GOD, CREEPY PREDICTION
|WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: by a Coon Rapids woman, reported by Janis Amatuzio; early 1993, an almost-lifesaving dream of a ghost who wasn't dead
I dreamed my husband told me he'd been in a car crash and was in a frozen ditch not visible from the road near our house. I woke and called 911 who found him just twenty minutes later...
|WHAT YOU IMAGINE HAPPENS: by Wayan; 1982/2/21; a dreampoem personifying quarks. Or spooks.
I'm stuck on a runaway bus. So we decided to picture the axle falling off, and it obeys. But the bus zooms on, carried by a horde of little animals...
CAUTION: SCIENTIFIC SKEPTICS WILL LOATHE THE AFTERWORD (true story, though)
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