Telepathic and Shared Dreams
Apparent telepathic dreams. Some of these go even further, and are better described as shared dreams--or at least simultaneous dreams set in a shared universe.
I suppose this is glaringly obvious but... you can't research telepathic dreams alone. Whether it's a formal dream-group or a looser circle of friends or a single soulmate, you have to trust someone with your dreamlife, to compare notes. If you won't tell your dreams, you can't tell if you've, uh, teled!
There's a variant type of telepathic dream listed here--complementary paired dreams. I won't even try to explain these in the abstract: R.D. Laing is a short example, and The Swaffham Tinker is the shaggy-dog archetype for this weird and funny sort of dream-linkage. They're a variant of cledonic dreams, in which the dream sends a message to someone other than the dreamer.
Not listed here: dreams which merely feature telepathy inside the dream--a character who communicates telepathically. While I find this fascinating (to experience telepathy firsthand seems as miraculous as flying, really) most readers who come here seem to want verifiable example of ESP, so that's what I focus on below. For "experiential" telepathy, see: telepathy in dreams.
RELATED TOPICS: telepathy experienced with dream characters - cledonic dreams (dreams bearing messages meant not for the dreamer) - predictive dreams - psychokinesis - sorry, no separate list for clairvoyance yet! - psychic dreams in general - ESP and society - pseudo-psychic dreams - shamanic dreams - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|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...
|BADGE SLANDER: by Wayan; 1993/4/18, a psychic nightmare.
I dream I'm being slandered by the leaders of a dream organization! Turns out it's quite true...
|THE BANKERS' TABLE: by Lily and Wayan; 1991/7/28, a shared psychic dream
A friend and I have simultaneous dreams of absurd quarrels over seating bankers at picnic tables...
|BATMAN'S LOVE: by Wayan; 1996/3/26, a dream-epic of love and time.
A New Age graduation party spurs a wild dream of the spiritual odyssey of Catwoman, starring Alexander the Great, Batman, God, and Rumi the poet (played by Frank Zappa)...
CAUTION: MORAL RELATIVITY
|BEATING UNCLE FESTER, or, ACHIEVING BILUMIA: by Wayan; 2013/3/31, a telepathic wish-granting dream. A stupid telepathic wish-granting dream.
I screw the lightbulbs in my ears again, and this time, they stay. I sit down at the piano, and as I play...
|BETTY STOPS BY: by a Kentucky woman before 1961, a farewell visitation dream?
I was moved that Betty came to see my two babies despite her illness, but shocked when her father wrote to tell me...
|BIGAMIST: by a Carolina waitress; 1945, a telepathic dream
A sad, frail, very pregnant woman with dark brown hair told me she was my boyfriend's wife. The next day...
|BILLIE: by Billie's Mom; 1945/1/20, a psychic warning dream
My son Billie, his Navy uniform soaking wet, cried "Oh, Mom--it's so terrible!" and shrank into a baby again as I held him...
|BOOK OF GOLD: by a four-year-old; before 1961, an apparent telepathic flash
A woman urged her friend to give her daughter a musical education. Without hearing this, the child went hunting for...
|BREAD CHESS: by Helen's fiancé; 1930-33, a detailed psychic dream
Stalin's police held my fiancee Helen incommunicado. But I dreamt of her prison, cellmate, and the strange game they played...
|BREAK-IN: by Althea; 2011/4/21; a psychic warning dream
A thief was breaking in. I tried to flee, but my dad got in the way. Woke up, went out to my car, and found...
|CHASM by Nancy Price; 1948, a telepathic nightmare.
The scenery's so lovely my mother's lured over a cliff! As I wake in my flat, someone dies of a fall out a nearby window...
|CHINA AND AMERICA: by Alder and Wayan; 1997/9/23, telepathic dreams.
Two giants wrestle in the Chinese mountains. Who'll win, Red or Yellow? But when I wake...
|CLAIRAGONY: by a Philadelphia woman, August 1951, a sympathetic heart attack with one crucial error in its ESP
I had a heart attack--but in minutes, it vanished! Then the phone rang. I knew at once my dying mother was gone. But...
|CLARENCE, GO THIS WAY: by a Michigan mom and son, before 1961, a shared dream
I dreamed I sat high in a pine tree when my son stumbled through the woods, clearly lost. So I called...
Meanwhile my son, off at college, dreamed he was lost in a forest when he heard a voice above him call...
|COLOSTRUM FIRST!: by Lily and Wayan; 1998/2/27; a shared dream
A dream of exhibitionist girls playing with breast milk turns out not to be symbolic, but psychic...
|COMMUTE: by a Massachusetts woman, before 1961, a recurrent telepathic prompt
I pick up my husband at the train station daily, but he never calls--I just know when he arrives. Unless I foolishly listen to logic...
|CREEPINESS: by Scottopic; 2001/11/30. A hypnogogic nightmare.
I'm in bed sleepily petting my cat, when I see my cat across the room! What's on my legs? It's big. My cat chases it off... through the wall? My room is sealed. Where did it come from, where did it go?...
|DAWN'S TOILET: by Dawn Z and Wayan; 1999/1/6, two strongly parallel dreams
Wayan dreams of surprising Dawn on the toilet while she dreams that flushing away evidence of Foul Play wonít work...
|DIAGNOSTIC BATTERY: by Wayan; 1988/4/20, a nightmare of sorts.
My sister's new guru tests me psychologically--only it looks like an engineer's test to destruction...
CAUTION: EMOTIONAL CRUELTY
|DIANE'S TRIANGLE: by Wayan; 1985/10/18, a psychic warning dream.
A disturbing dream of my sister and her best friend turns out to be warning me of a sex secret...
CAUTION: SEX, ENVY, KINKY COMPLICATIONS
|DICK, HOW WONDERFUL: by Dick and his mother; during the Korean War (1951-54), shared telepathic hallucinations
As a man on shore patrol in Manila is attacked, he and his mother simultaneously see and hear each other...
|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...
|DON'T DO THAT, MARION: by Marion; 1947, a two-way telepathic intervention?
I was planning my suicide when my friend a thousand miles away "Don't do that, Marion." Next day an airmail arrived...
|DON'T SETTLE FOR HALF: by Wayan; 2010/1/21; an advisory dream about dreaming
Struggling to recall a magical dream, I suddenly get a single, simple image. ...
|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...
|THE DREAM TO LAST YEARS: by Elizabeth Church; 2004? to March 2008; recurring encounters with a protector--in and out of dreams!
For about five years now I have been dreaming of this guy. Different dreams, same guy...
|EGYPT: by AE (George Russell); 1890s?, a brief telepathic vision
I wondered where a friend was, and felt as if I were walking at night near the Sphinx. Months later...
|FAMILY STORE: by Mark Ian Barasch's father, c. 2000; a subtly psychic dream healing a family
I dream my son the writer's living above our old family store, the one that failed in the Depression...
|FIRST LADY: by Alder; 2008/7/2, a possibly psychic dream-within-a-dream.
I'm the First Lady. I have a dream that my husband's assassinated, and wake and try to warn him...
|FLAMING LEAVES: by Dr. Adele A. Gleason and John R. Joslyn; 1892/1/26, a shared or telepathic dream.
Alone in a dark wood, Adele panicked. But her friend John came and shook a tree. It burst into flame! That night John dreamt...
|FLEEING KAMPUCHEA: by Laura Lawrence; early 1990s?; recurring nightmares to heal a future patient
My Cambodian village was burned, my family murdered. At 12, I was the oldest survivor; I led a band of kids toward the border...
|GOSHEN: by Percy Konqobe; 1940s-1960s?, a lifelong recurring psychic dream
I hear voices: "The road to success is in Kafkat, in a place called Goshen." I look back, and see seven male shadows...
|GRAMPA GOT AIMED: by Wayan; 1987/6/17, a psychic dream.
The girl I love has a family that'll stop at absolutely nothing to destroy us. But I'll fight for love...
CAUTION: SEX; EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE; MOLESTATION HISTORY
|GUARDIAN GHOST: by an Oklahoma girl; 1919, a dream (?) of ghostly advice
I dreamed my late stepdad warned me to stand by my mother--she'd be in trouble and people would gossip and blame her...
|HE REMARRIED: by an Iowa divorcee; 1907, an unlikely oracular flash
My mother's face took on a sudden expression of astonishmendt--possibly agony. She said "Your father is remarrying." I laughed. 'Impossible. He'd have told me. I had a letter from him only a few days ago..."
|HIS VISIT HOME: by Anonymous #26 as told to Louisa Rhine; 1924/5/15, a predictive hypnogogic dreamlet?
I saw my husband come to my bedside, smile, visit our little son in his crib...then he vanished. But at dawn, my husband, dressed exactly as in my...
|HOP: by Emily Joy, Maddie, and Kathe, 2004/3/31; three linked dreams of a single character
Three friends in one bed dream three dreams in one night about a talking rabbit with a persistent request...
|I GOT OUT: by Wayan; 1992/1/4, a psychic dream; 9-page comic, 500K.
I flee our love triangle when Abe turns mean. He's telepathic, but I have a plan: the goldfish, the snakepit, the caves...
CAUTION: THREESOME, SNAKES, MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
|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..."
|ID FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1989/10/8, a dream of wish and fear
The villagers warned me not to walk in the alien graveyard; for at night, the Id flowers wake...
|INVADE GREECE, OR ELSE!: by Xerxes I and his uncle Artabanus; 480 BC, three linked, deceitful dreams.
Xerxes twice dreams a god orders him to attack Greece. So he asks his uncle to dream of the god and check his credentials...
|JACK IN THE DITCH: by Jack's mom; 1944/6/6, 6/7 & 6/8, three apparently telepathic dreams
Jack was a parachutist on D-Day. His mom dreamt of the strafings, the ditch he hid in, the deaths of his comrades...
|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...
|JIM'S POWDER: by Helen; before 1961, a telepathic warning dream
I dreamt I was begging Jim not to kill himself, but when I woke, I couldn't bring myself to call. I hardly knew him...
CAUTION: GUILT OVER (PREVENTABLE?) DEATH
|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 KNOWING: by a St Louis woman; summer 1934 and 1941/11/20, two very pure ESP experiences
I suddenly knew I had to get off the bus and wait for the next. We passed the first bus, on fire...
I was at Thanksgiving dinner when I felt my mother dying two thousand miles away...
|KIM SINGS, CAPOTE DIES: by Wayan; 1984/8/27, a murky telepathic dream of secrets
A psychic dream revealing my co-worker's secret desire gets tangled with the death of Truman Capote...
|KING OF THE KILN: by Wayan; 1996/11/25, a psychic dream.
I dream of a scary king who offers to bake my dreams to strengthen them. Then my friend Mark calls...
|LAING: by R.D. Laing; 1983/2/18, two excerpts from a talk on transpersonal dreams.
R.D. Laing gives two examples of dream-spillage suggesting itís not passive but playful...
|LOIS THE FLIRT: by a Florida woman; before 1961, a psychic dream of jealousy
My husband was standing against a wall with both arms around this woman's waist, and they were talking and laughing...
|THE MAD DATER: by Mark Varitz and Wayan; 1996/10/29, linked (telepathic?) nightmares.
Always ask permission to throw rocks at your date. No, not those big ones! Where's the nearest hospital?
CAUTION: SURREAL DATE ABUSE
|MANDALA OF THE EIGHT DREAMERS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/9/16, painting of a group's dreams
Our dream-group's dreams had a lot of imagery in common: circles, groups, meditation. I fused them into this piece...
|THE MEGARA INN: by an Arcadian Greek c.200 BC; two dreams that fail to prevent but do solve a murder
A traveler dreams his friend's attacked, but he discounts it. Next he dreams his friend begs him to expose the killer at least...
|MIRIEL INTERRUPTUS: by Miriel and Wayan; 1978/9/5 and 1978/9/6; two embarrassing parallel dreams
Wayan dreams he and his sister grope toward sex in the kitchen, when two of her friends burst in...
Miriel dreams she's having sex with a boy from her choir, when two of her friends burst in...
CAUTION: FRUSTRATION, INCEST, CAUGHT IN SEX
|MIRYAM'S THEFT: by Wayan; 1996/9/24, a psychic dream on being used
I'm a ghost dwarf in love with a Lady trapped in a magic Arabian castle. But our love is being used...
CAUTION: SEX, BETRAYAL, SACRILEGE
|MISCARRIAGE: by John Donne; 1612, a clairvoyant hallucination.
Donne, in Paris, was alarmed by a vision of his wife holding a dead baby. At that hour, in England, his wife...
|MOM ON THE WING: by a tail gunner; 1942-45, a lifesaving warning dream
I saw my mother standing on the tip of one wing of our plane. She was dressed in white flowing robes and calling my name, warning me of danger...
|THE MURDERS: by four Wayans! 50K, 1971/7/14; a family has simultaneous psychic nightmares.
Nearly everyone in my family dreams of a mass murder as it happens nearby. But my dad's sure it's his own evil id, and my mom clams up, and my sister forgets. And me? I doubt the whole thing for ten years, until...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE VIOLENCE
|NAPPING IN PATERSON: by a Paterson mom; before 1961, a lifesaving intuitive flash
I was downtown when I knew I had to hurry home. It was full of gas. Our two-year-old had turned on all the stove jets as my husband napped...
|NED'S KISS by Ned's mom and sister Ethel; before 1961, cledonic dreams of a playful revenant
I wished I could kiss my son farewell. That week, Ethel called. "I dreamed Ned kissed you, not me! I was hurt. He laughed like anything and kissed me too..."
|NEW BRIGHTON MURDER: by Annie Howie Mudie; 1912/12/20, a sloppily oracular dream
Someone said "There's been a murder in the Victoria Hotel, and the murderer slept in your house." Three weeks later...
|NEWS AT ELEVEN: by a widow-in-process; 1948/10/27, a somatized empathic waking nightmare
My heart suddenly began beating like a sledge hammer. I couldn't imagine what was happening, and got very frightened...
|THE NOTE: by Wayan; 1976/12/31, a psychic nightmare.
On New Year's Eve, I dream my college no longer welcomes me, and wake to find it's true...
|NOT THROES; RECOVERY: by Wayan; 2013/6/1, a telepathic, diagnostic dream
In a grassy depression, a small animal is thrashing. Death-throes? No. Calisthenics! But not under the animal's control...
|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...
|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...
|PIRANDELLO'S BAT: by "Anonymous #22"; before 1963, an absurd predictive dream
I dreamed of a garden in Italy. Arches, roses. Then a bat flew in! The next day, I open a book of Pirandello's plays, to find...
|A PROPHETIC DREAM: by William Archer; 1921/4/24, a quiet predictive dream naming names.
A literary agent--not my current one--is proposing a 'novelization' offer from a writer I've barely heard of. Twelve weeks later...
|PSYCHIC FAMILIES ARE SO MUCH FUN: by Wayan; 1980/7/21, a true story of ESP.
My sister's avoiding our nosy parents, but I sense they'll run into her soon. I just didn't know HOW soon...
|THE RED SPHERE: by Madeline; 2006/12/13, twin (diagnostic? psychic?) nightmares
Calmly, I watch a girl trapped in a lab try to escape, and die; and watch a man lose his head to a hungry thing...
|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...
|SATANIC LIONíS WARNING: by Eldon B.; 2007/1/19, a nightmare with poltergeist activity
I fled a demon into a shadowy construction zone where an even worse telepathic lion-devil lured me in with soothing flattery. I woke shaking--and then things in my room began to move...
CAUTION: DEMONS, POLTERGEIST PHENOMENA
|THE SECURITY GUARD: by Wayan; 1994/12/30, a nightmare on anger.
A crazy security guard with a deadly squirt gun kills freely over and over, for the cops keep paroling...
|SELF-MADE COW: by Wayan; 2013/4/10, a surreal psychic dream.
I'm in Santa Cruz with my friend, a shocking-pink stuffed toy cow with sewed-on accessories: big red lips, a floral wig, and a third eye. I wake, draw the cow--and my sister calls from Santa Cruz to sing me a song about...
|THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: by Wayan; 1989/7/8, a psychic nightmare.
My sisters get bored with the game of power, so I watch TV instead. But it melts, and a huge terrifying figure rises...
|SHAMANIC CHEW-TOY: by Wayan; 2011/3/16; nested dreams of strange women
Compulsively honest spirit-women with waterjugs invade my friend's house.
I wake to find my girlfriend's obsessing on hair loss. To calm her, I babble about limb loss...
and wake again to find she was a dream too.
|SHASTA OCCUPATION: by Wayan; 1996/11/1, a very California dream.
I'm teaching in a wizard's college near Mt Shasta when one astral world decides to occupy another...
|SHIRT GIRL: by Zooop and Wayan; 1993/10/17, a shared, embarrassing telepathic dream.
A fictional niece acting sexy in a shirt, plus... water balloons? I woke, and a friend told me HER dream...
CAUTION: DREAM INCEST, KIDS WITH GUNS, AND GENERAL WEIRDNESS
|THE SHOP SPILLED OVER: by AE (George Russell); early 1890s, a telepathic vision
I closed my eyes at work and saw an old man and a red-haired girl in a shop. My workmate was writing a letter home, and I asked...
|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...
|SLEAZE: by Cecy and Wayan; 1991/7/28; subtle shared dreams.
Our ranch has arsonist neighbors who call the cops and blame us for it! Meanwhile, my friend dreams...
|SNAKES AND CENTIPEDES: by Russ Thornton; 2008/11/1, a shared/telepathic dream.
Two snakes fight as centipedes emerge from under rocks. I tell my best friend. Next day her co-worker tells her the same dream...
|SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
|SUDDEN DEATH: by Cory; 2008/3/1 to 2008/3/14, a series of dreams on a friendís suicide.
Iíve had premonitory dreams of friendsí deaths, but never ones clear enough to spur action...
|THE SWAFFHAM TINKER: by John Chapman and a London shopkeeper; 1460s?, two linked, complementary dreams.
Chapman dreams he must go to London and stand on London Bridge; when he does, a stranger tells him "dreams are nonsense! Why, I dreamt of buried treasure a hundred miles from here, in some town called..."
|TANDEM DREAM IN KATMANDU: by Clancy Cavnar; 1998, two parallel dreams not acted on
Two of us meditation students dreamed the same night that we were ice skating in Holland together, helping each other...
|TED'S DEATH: drawn by Joey Epstein from her aunt's mid-1980s dream; an apparent psychic dream|
Ted died of CO2 poisoning in Hong Kong. His mom dreamed he came to tell her it was painless. To prove he was real, he told her...
|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...
|THE TRAIN: by John Hollander; spring 1974; a poem based on a shared dream
A couple slips in and out of sleep, dreams, one another's bodies and one another's dreamworlds, trying to connect...
CAUTION: FREUDIAN SYMBOLISM, LITERATE WRITING
|TRESPASSERS IN MALANCHAI: by Hyal; 100K, Feb 1996?, an epic dream with a weird intrusion.
A maneless lion-boy wins his peopleís respect. While training, he sees weird trespassers who seem to be from someone else's dream... and ten years later, he finds that dreamer.
|TWO GUITARS: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 2000; a multileveled psychic dream
I dream my daughter's selling two unused guitars. They seemed symbolic until I told her the dream and learned...
|THE VERA DREAMS: by Vera and Wayan; 1991/7/25, a pair of shared/psychic dreams.
I dream my friend Vera's ordered to just study and sleep--no play, no dating, no nothing. Next night I dream Vera works with gangs, as an armed peacekeeper. Vera's shocked when I tell the dreams, because...
|WE GO IN PEACE: by Florence; before 1961, a telepathic dream-report of another's death experience
My father-in-law looked me in the eye and said, 'Florence, the Lord is my shepherd and we go in peace'...
|WHOSE DREAM IS THIS, ANYWAY?: by Anonymous #25 as told by Patti Allen; c. 2005, a cledonic reconciliation dream
A woman in our dreamgroup had a baffling dream of being fired by a Mr Bleeden, but it made shocking sense to me. My dad...
|WOUND-BARGAIN: by a Marine from New York; 1918/9/12-14, a prediction and possible alteration of the future
I was certain I'd be wounded, but wanted not to be maimed or crippled. So I tried on injuries and settled on a flesh wound in my left shoulder...
|XANTHE'S TUNNEL: by Xanthe & Wayan; 1999/6/11, two possibly telepathic dreams
I'm a dyke playing baseball in Golden Gate Park. Some guys harass us and run into a tunnel. I follow, but...
|ZELIG FLIES: by Wayan, 1984/4/29, a psychic, lucid dream epic.
Indescribable! I careen from a sacrificial marriage-altar to the secret pool of the Oracle Harpist, into the jaws of Leviathan and the joys of lucid flight, shifting from male to female and gay to straight--till I meet the Dragonfly People themselves...
CAUTION: STUPID, STUPID SEX CULT!
|ZOOOP'S MAZE: by Zooop and Wayan; 1999/1/21, apparent shared/telepathic dreams.
I wander a sunken maze, meet a playful woman, find a hidden treasure. Meanwhile, my friend Zooop...
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