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Sometimes I Dream About a Future Event, and Then It Happens to Me in Real Life. Why So?

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We have all had this experience before. You dream that something is going to happen. Within a few weeks or years, that event actually happens. Are you a psychic or is it just a coincidence? Dreaming about a future event that actually happens can be fun, but it can also be unsettling. Find out if you are actually predicting the future or not.

First, we will look at the most common reason why this happens. Even though you do not realize it, you dream multiple times every night. You only remember the dreams if you wake up at just the right time. Even then, you have to keep thinking about the dream after you wake up for it to consciously remain a part of your memory.

When something that you dreamed about actually happens, it triggers your memory. You suddenly remember the dream. While you have had thousands of dreams that did not come true, you remember this particular dream because it did happen. This is a type of selection bias where you are basically looking at the dreams that actually came true instead of all of the dreams.

There is another aspect to consider as well. You happen to know a lot about yourself. You know what your schedule is like next week, what your goals are and who you are dating. If you asked a psychic to predict your future, they would not have any of this information to work off of. You do. Since you already have a clear idea of what is happening in your life, it is much, much easier to “predict” your future. For example, let’s say that you have been dating your boyfriend for several years. Suddenly, you notice jewelry ads at the house and he seems to disappear at times. You dream that he proposes to you. Are you psychic? Probably not. Even if you did not consciously connect the dots, your subconscious mind is amazing. It saw all of the pieces of the puzzle and put them together in your dream. Your conscious mind never realized that he was going to propose, but your subconscious mind did.

Selection Bias Within Dreams

This is another common problem with dreams about a future event. People selectively remember the parts that come true, but they ignore the rest of the dream. For example, you dream that you are at your homecoming dance. Purple elephants are dancing around the room, a witch is serving coffee and Frank Sinatra is playing in the background. All of your friends are gone and you feel alone. Then, your crush asks you to dance.

In real life, you go to your homecoming dance with a bunch of friends. The latest music is playing as your friends dance and your teachers serve the drinks. Then, your crush asks you to dance. Only one part of that dream remained exactly the same, but you feel like you “predicted” the future. In reality, the majority of the dream was wrong. Other than your crush dancing with you, the only part that was true to real life was the homecoming dance itself. Since you already knew that homecoming would happen each fall, it is safe to say that you weren’t really predicting the future.

It Happens to Everyone

Everyone has had a dream like this at some point. I, like everyone else, have certainly had dreams that came true in real life. In some cases, it was even the majority of the dream that actually happened in real life. The problem with these dreams is that I already know what generally happens in my daily life and who I will be around. Even when new things happen, I could have predicted them. I have goals that I am working toward, so it makes sense that I would be aware of achieving my goals as a potential outcome.

Researchers generally say that dreaming about a future event and then having it happen is just coincidence or a type of deja vu. Most people have fairly similar schedules each day. It is highly likely that you would dream about something similar happening in the future, especially when you consider how many dreams you actually have each night.

Am I Psychic?

If you dream five times a night, remember all of them and all of them come true every day, then you are probably psychic. If not, you are probably just as normal as everyone else. It is very easy to get too engaged in your dreams. Dreams feel real. Unless you are a talented lucid dreamer, you might not even realize that you are dreaming as you dream. When you wake up, it feels like what you dreamed is a prediction of the future or some deeper insight. Normally, your dreams just reflect your subconscious mind. While it would be nice to have the power of predicting the future, this is the least likely reason for these dreams.

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  1. What does it mean like it’s freaky. I had a dream where I was on a bus with a friend heading into town right and we were having this very odd conversation (I don’t remember it now) but then years later we are on that exact bus sitting in the exact same sports having the exact same conversation. It hit me like omg I dreamt about this. I knew exactly what my friend was going to say next and they did. What does that mean. I dream about a normal day and it could be years later it will happen. I was in secondary school and dreamt about my day at college like wtf wasn’t even in college and then I experienced that dream like I was talking to my friends who o literally dreamt about in secondary. I had never met or seen these people before college like how do you explain that! I get this a lot it’s so weird. Nothing weird happens in my dreams, it’s just a normal day????

    • It seems that your dreams have allowed you to experience the future. If this occurs again, then ensure that you use these dreams as impetuses to behave in a positive manner. Take this opportunity to consider how you can allow these dreams to influence your life and the lives of those around you.

  2. Not to be highly critical of this, but this article doesn’t nearly explain the specific cases of dreams people have detail to detail, it more explains more generic dreams that come true, which makes sense why they happen.

    • There are millions of different combinations of events, items, people and situations, which can all impact a dream’s meaning. It’s one of the reasons why there are entire dream dictionaries devoted to the breakdown of everything that happens in a dream–this was just an article designed to answer a single question. Thanks for commenting, Marc!

  3. I dream lot of calamity like airplane crush, tsunami in japan, accidents, lot more that happened in future then dreaming of spirit. When I dream of that its have a voice speaking on me. I dream all the time of god and jesus.
    What this means.

    • You are aware of the suffering in the world, and your religious beliefs have influences your dreams. Ensure that you allow these dreams to guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Human choice and action will change the world for the better, if we make the decision to behave in a positive manner.

  4. I had a dream recently where a girl I like became a lesbian. But then the next time I seen her, she had a Lesbian hair cut. So I honestly do not know what the overall results will be.

    • Your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. If there is someone that you are interested in maintaining a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings.

  5. I’ve had dreams about mundane everyday tasks or events. They dont happen but once in a while. I will dream that I’m sitting in a specific seat, hearing a specific set of words, and the whole instance will only be about a minute tops. The odd thing is that usually the events are not event that could have happened previously. There may be a person I havent met yet, their face unclear but clothing is exact, as well as the specific words heard. Another instance would be something silly like watching a tv show. The physical perspective from where I’m seeing the screen, the script I hear from the actors, and the position of everything and everyone else in the room will be identical to the dream. But the show that I may be watching is the first airing of whatever movie or episode. So there is no way that I could have been something I just previously experienced and am repeating. I had another similar instance while walking around Disney. And that was the one and only time I’d been there and had the dream before I was even aware I was going to be going. It’s always boring things which is probably good.

    • This dream could have been a reflection of various influences in your life. You may find that you would benefit from focusing your attention inward. You may find benefit in reducing stresses in your life at this time.

  6. So I don’t know if you would say I have a gift but lately my dreams have been intense And I’m not sure if it has to do with me being more spiritual and praying more often then usual. But it seems like every dream I have has a meaning behind it. For example my ex and I haven’t had a decent conversation in a while and I’ve been curious about how he’s been doing. So I prayed and I ended up having a dream about him walking into a laundry mat looking for washers to wash his clothes yet they were all filled until he seen me and I said I have a few here you could use, I’m not using them. He was hesitant but he said okay. The dream goes on. I help him whatever. I looked it up in a dream book and washing clothes means you’re changing some type of aspect of yourself for the better. Cleaning the old and coming new. Fast forward I hear from a mutual friend that he’s trying to become a better person. He’s changing slowly but it’s hard because he has no one to really help him. He’s sort of a loner right now.
    Second dream I had was that my friend and this guy she hadn’t spoken to made amends and started over. Simple dream. I spoke to her about it and in two weeks he reached out and asked if they can start fresh. That one shocked us both because we thought it was a dream. Should I think I might have something or is it coincidence?

    • It may have also occurred because you know how your friend feels, so your subconscious mind made that occur in your dream. Of course, it is also always possible that it could be something more than a coincidence, you never know!

  7. K so I was on the phone with my girlfriend and she fell asleep so I tried waking her up and she responded and then she said she was still dreaming, then she started telling me what she was dreaming about and I was having a full on conversation with her and then I asked her what was happening in her dream then she started describing the first house I lived in when I was 5 and back then I had no idea who she was but she was describing it perfectly. I have not mentioned this house to her at all. I’ve stayed up all night looking online for answers but have had no luck So can you please tell me what’s going on

    • Your partner’s dream revealed her insights in your past. It is clear that the two of you share a strong emotional relationship. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

  8. I had this dream in my current age 33 n I am a Christian but my family is Buddhist or Taoist.
    I don’t know why when I sleep at night and I had this automatic dream that came to me during the night about incident happen to the familiar person that I know. When I woke up I quickly what’s app my friend about the dream I had yesterday and tell the person about my dreams. And lastly it becomes reality that my friend was telling me accordingly to my dreams. I had mostly prophesy to my friend n my friend agree what I said without physically going near to them but I know from afar. At first I thought really something wrong with my brain because I had incident at my forehead before but it sometimes I feel I got Fitz .

    • You believe that you had a prophetic experience. It seems that you will have to navigate your spiritual beliefs at this time.

  9. I also had a dream of a disaster that taken place in some of the country is like an immediate dream . And after I awoke the news had been advertise in channel news asia . I even tell to my Christian friend in church too . I don’t know am I gifted because I doesn’t want to had this dream n doesn’t want to cause myself having possess to devil because of this dream , I tell god please don’t give me this kind of dreams I can’t work well or sleep well because of this automatic dream appear to me at night.

    • This dream seems to be an indication of your spiritual beliefs. Perhaps you should focus your intention on your studies, rather than entertaining these dreams that you don’t want.

  10. I, once had a dream where I saw that everything was on fire. The buildings, the air was filled with specks of fire floating and few people were running in here and there. There was also a figure etched on the night sky with long hair and was wearing headphones as if a DJ. Seeing that silhouette, I questioned myself is “God is a woman?”. I know don’t judge me. But like few years later I saw a music video with same scene with everything on fire and the people in the video dancing, where as at the back ground a DJ playing the music. The DJ having long hair and was wearing headphones.

    What do you gotta say about that? I didn’t even knew the people in the music video existed. Although now I listen to their music. 😅

    • Your appreciation for their music likely caused this dream to appear. It is entire reasonable that your spiritual beliefs caused you to experience your god in this manner.

  11. I am 13 and i have dreams that come true the next couple of days. For example, I had a dream of my dog dying and the next day he died. The next dream was my other dog had gotten sick and died she died 2 days after.After about a week I had a dream of a bad tornado that formed in texas afew days later i saw the news about a bad tornado the previous night. The most recent i had was about a church shooting. I just saw that there was a church shooting on the news
    . What does this mean???

    • Your dreams seem to be reflections of the future. It is possible that there is some reason why you are able to predict the future within your dreams. Similarly, you are aware that all animals die and tornadoes are formed. You are also aware of recent shootings and other violent events. It seems that you will benefit from sharing your positive energy with the world.

  12. How is it possible last night I had the most vivid dream of a car crash and being right in the middle of a 3 car crash and the car behind me hitting so hard I woke up just to have the exact situation not my fault at all and have a car crash with the same three cars happen in real life today a couple hours after waking up from the dream and telling myself All morning I prob shouldn’t drive because of the dream , how on earth do u explain that

    • Your dreams seem to be manifestations of your knowledge of accidents. It is possible that you were able to experience the future within this dream. If you have similar dreams in the future, then ensure that you share your positive energy at all times.

  13. I keep having dreams where I’m being attacked by demons and they leave me alone after I say in the name of Jesus but it feels so real….than I also have dreams where my neighbor had a fire in there house and than 3 days later there was a fire in there house like I don’t know what either dream means.

    • These dreams are reflections of your emotional concerns. It is clear that your religious beliefs have impacted this dream. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate. Regardless, you will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  14. so when I was about 8 years old I had this dream where I’m swimming in a dark pool in a closed room which reeks of mildew and moss. Deep in the waters a monster with tentacles swam, ready to catch me. I remember my reluctance to get into the water but my parents forced me in. I don’t remember the rest of the dream but a few months ago, (I’m 19 now) I was going through my pinterest feed and happened to come by a picutre of a child in floaties in the exact same room which I dreamt of years ago, what’s worse the same creature lurked in the waters. This really creeped me out.
    Last year I also saw a dream where my country is faced by a terrorist attack and that a few places in our country were bombed. (my country is a very peaceful county and the last civil war we faced was YEARS ago). A few months later, my dream came to a reality and we had a massive terrorist attack in the county.
    any advice on what’s going on with my dreams ?

    • Perhaps the pool in the Pinterest photo was based on a movie, or it may have even been from a movie set from years ago. This would explain why it ended up in a photo and in your dream. Your more recent dream seems to show a fear of losing control and not being able to determine the course of your life.

  15. Ok, so this may sound silly. I had a crush on one girl from my college. I told her and things didn’t end on a good note. She blocked me. Fast forward to 4 years, today I had a dream that she unblocked me. As soon as I woke up I checked my phone and voila! she really unblocked me. What does it mean?

    • You are aware that she has unblocked you, which may be a sign that she may be interested in speaking with you. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate. Reach out to her, if you want to. Avoid telling her that you still like her. Instead, you should nourish your relationship through conversations or potentially spending time together in person.

  16. No, I mean what does it mean from dream perspective. How did I know about it beforehand in dream? There were no signs, so we can rule out possibility of my subconscious predicting it. I was not even thinking about her from past 2 years.

    • There may be a wide variety of reasons for this dream. It is impossible to know what exactly caused this dream to occur. It is possible that the two of you share a connection that is indescribable. Perhaps she thought about you as well. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you understand the reason why this dream appeared.

  17. I have had two instances in the past two days that just seem too odd. Yesterday, I had a dream that someone anonymously hacked my bank account and left a transaction for $7 and some cents with a note in the comments .. “this is for lunch years back (;” I remember having a very uneasy feeling for some reason while dreaming. I woke up to my bank calling me asking if I had made some odd transactions ..which I had not.

    The second time was today and I was having a bad dream about my boyfriend and he was emotionally cheating on me then I had almost like a snapshot of a still image of a spider on concrete flooring (I absolutely hate spiders..specifically the larger kind which was in my dream) then it was back to the scenario of my boyfriend emotionally cheating on me. Then when I came into work I saw two spiders..one was the exact same spider as my dream. The second was not include in my dream. My work has concrete flooring.. While the emotional cheating didn’t happen (that I know of lol) The spider did and it was very odd!

    Any idea what these could mean? Weird they happened back to back.

    • The first dream could be related to your financial stresses that you may have in your life. In light of recent illnesses, it is certain that money is on your mind. The spider in your second dream may be a reflection of your thoughts of fears. These fears may include infidelity and inappropriate emotional relationships. Nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time together in person.

  18. Hi i keep having dreams like prections that come true before i had a dream that there was a black rabbit in my friends shed out her back the next day i said it to her and she said that there was a white one in her shed about a week before i had the dream then in another dream it was the guards were knocking on my door for some reason i dont know then about 3 weeks later it happent they were knocking on my door when i was asleep to get me out because the apartment above from me was on fire what does all this me im always having these dreams and cleary remember every detail.

    • You are having predictive dreams, which you should influence your behaviors in a positive direction. Take this time to make a decision about how you can apply your ability in your life. If you have a dream about a situation that will allow you to support other people in your life, then do so. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you.

  19. Same thing happening to me with paige rook, i in a week i would dream of different events then those event will happen in coming months or years, my problem is i’m trying to figure out how i can connect the dots/pattern of my dream, i did think of an idea of writing as soon as a wake up but always forget all and only remember the most memorable part of the dream.

    • If you are interested in writing down your dreams, then you may want to leave a notebook next your bed. This will help you when you want to write down your thoughts. If you are interested in remembering your dreams better, then you should try to be mindful within your dream itself. Consider taking this time for quiet introspection, as this will help you be more attentive.

  20. I had a dream about this boy I was talking to telling me he wanted to be just friends and he started talking to his other friend. And when I woke up I had that rejection text, and I was logged out of his account.

    • This dream is a reflection of various influences in your life in regard to your relationship. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and be certain to give him a chance to share himself with you as well. This will allow the two of you to make a decision for your future. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  21. Multiple times, I’d dream about being in a hotel, with my Grandma, and we would be in a scene where I’ve never been before, there were stairs, there was one shop open, the rest were all dark and closed, and one was a specific Jewelry store that was there as well. The signs and decorations were all the same, and I would have this dream all the time. This soon became a dream I regularly had, and then, one night, my family and I (Grandma, Grandpa, Brother, Sister, Mom, Dad) traveled to Japan. So, my grandma decided to look for food to buy, and I came along. We headed up stairs, and then I looked around. Bam. I realized, wait I know where I am, is the jewelry store here? So, I went where the jewelry store was supposed to be, and there it was. There was an open shop, with its lights all on, and we went inside it. I knew this place. Being the Lucid dreamer that I am, I would always come into this store and explore this place. Wow, though, the cashier was the same person, and I was wearing the same backpack. I don’t have this dream anymore, once we left the scene, but this stays in my mind at all times. What is the meaning behind this? Was this just a coincidence, and how did my mind look towards the future?

    • This dream may have been a manifestation with your knowledge of the potential events that the future held. It is wonderful to consider the connections that our dreams have with the future. Take this time to consider this connection, as this may help you better understand the purpose of this dream. Continue to nourish your lucid dreaming, as this will provide you with many insights.

  22. I have dreams every night and the next day the dream happens I usually have like 6-7 dreams and I can usually remember them all I’ve been having these dreams for over a year now and I don’t know whats happening and when I’m doing something I know that the dream is about to come true and so I say whats gonna happen and it does what does this mean

    • You are aware that your dreams seems to be manifestations of the future. You may find that there is a commonality between these dreams. If this is the case, then ensure that your dreams guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. As this will bring you many benefits in the future.

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