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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. It wasnt really like a future kind of thing…. I live n work hundreds of miles away from my family..
    Then one day while sleeping, i dreamed that my uncle wanted me to buy candles as there is none at home.i woke up n instantly called him n asked if the candles have finished n if he is going to get some. Yes true enough, he was on his way to the store… So i had similar situations like this and it takes place right away or its telling me to cautious someone else abt anything…. Hiw is that…

    • These dreams may be manifestations of your knowledge of events and practices in your family’s life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then perhaps test them to see if they are accurate. You will find benefit in treating everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Nesan!

  2. Hello! I was wondering if the events aren’t about anything specific? I have one instance where this happened when I dreamt about hitting a leaf with water from a hose, on a sidewalk. I remember this specifically because when I woke up I thought “why would I dream about something so stupid”
    Nothing crazy specific or important like a proposal or crush asking me to dance. Then a little while later the exact same imagery actually happens in real life! Same leaf shape, same pebbles on the side walk, same angle that I was looking from. This type of thing happens frequently to me. It’s never of anything significant or great so I don’t think I can predict the future lol. I just thought that’s what deja vu was.

    • This dream is a reflection of numerous influences in your life. This dream may have been a manifestation or type of deja vu. Continue to enjoy the mysteries of life. Always allow these experiences to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Candy!

    • This also happens to me. I have seen images in my sleep or maybe short events lasting only a couple seconds. Strangely enough these events happen in real life. Some happen within a day, some within a few months.

      • Thank you for sharing your insight and experiences. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Finn!

  3. A couple night ago a dreamt that my mom fell and hit the kitchen table and as I tried to pick her up from the floor I noticed that she had blogs in her eye. I tried to find the problem as to why and noticed she had a gash on her head which was the reason. The best morning I calledmy niece and was telling her about the dream and told her I didn’t feel like it was about mom and the dream felt like a warning. Yesterday morning my sister n law was leaking fluid from her eye and while trying to correct the problem the surgeon ran into complication due to deterioration and had a hard time stopping the bleed. He had to place a bubble behind the eye to help stop the bleed. (Keep in mind,I had no idea that my sister n law was having problems with her eye. Is this just a coincidence?) this isn’t the first time I’ve dreamt like this before.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your mother. It is possible that it was a coincidence that your sister in law had a similar condition. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Reach out to your sister in law and see if you are able to support her at this time. Have a great day, Crystal!

  4. Ok but here’s the thing. It’s extremely disturbing, these dreams of mine. Because it’s random. Unpredictable. I was walking down the hallway and talking to a friend of mine in a dream. A month later, it happened. He said the exact same thing. And I have these dreams almost every other night. The most disturbing part, is there’s always something that stops… A person in a black trench coat. Saying I’m not supposed to be here. Then the dream cuts. I wake up. And eventually, it happens.

    • This dream is a reflection of a variety of influences that you have in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Abstain from consuming dramatic or violent media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams. Have a great day, Gavin!

  5. It’s amazing that am not alone, my dreams were so real that I could predict events that will happen in 30 minute’s after waking up,my cousin brother will testify to this,for he took me for his Messiah when he believed what I told him, he escaped from real troubles. my university exams grades were revealed to me in my dreams and it never changed for once even in one semester. But when I started having premarital sex, the dreams started becoming shady and hard to remember vividly. Dose premarital sex affect lucid dreaming ?.

    • It is possible that your experiences have influenced your dreams. There may be differences in your dreams for a variety of reasons. You may fin benefit in attempting to navigate through your waking life and seeing how that influences your dreams. Please feel free to share your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Abu!

  6. For the past week. I have constantly been being at places or doing things that I dreamt about long ago. I know it’s not dej vu. I have had that from time to time. This is a different feeling. I have had in the past had strong feelings of something happening and it has.. this week I have felt these things more often. Had a dream with my ex husband that passed a week ago and he let me know he would be at our daughter’s wedding. I know that was him communicating with me. Why is all this happening so much now.

    • The dream of your husband and your thoughts of the past may be reflections of your strong emotional connection with your late husband. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that positive energy enters into your life. Have a great day, Kimberly!

  7. I started predicting what happened to me through dreams since i was in gradeschool but it took years before it happened … my mom believed on me when i told her of getting pregnant again with a baby boy .. and it happened …I dreamed meeting a guy when i was in 3rd year highschool(2010) and i meet that guy two years ago(2016).. i completely rembered markings like moles and feature and what happened to us…

    Now im really in troubled cause my lucid dreaming is getting worst like from years , it turned into months and become weeks then last wk turned into days.. Example:We have situation last wk of missing a thing and they are suspecting me that i broke it .. but actually i didnt .. They also assumed someone stole it.
    That night i dreamed that we found it by my older brother
    And in the next morning when i came back home from school my dreams come true my older bro. found it.

    Im really scared that it turned into illness ..😭😭

    ( sorry for my English)

    • That is a really interesting experience–thank you for sharing. On the bright side, at least you have a heads up before something happens so that you can prepare for it. If you want the dreams to just stop, try working out more and staying busier so that you are too tired to dream when you go to sleep at night. Good luck, Violet!

  8. I dreamed of my son fathers funeral and I had to attend my son father funeral. Why? This is a dream I didn’t want to come true.

    • This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. It is true that this person will pass, as all people do. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that positive people and energy enters into your life. Have a great day, Ken!

  9. I have dreams of something happening to my family members, I see it, details and sometimes feel it, and then it comes true. For example on of my dreams: I met a man that knew my mom, and I asked him if he knew my dad, he replied, I’m not sure, so I got my pictures out of my purse, I was going through the pictures, and there was a picture of my dad in the casket, but it wasn’t my dad, but it looked like him..it was odd, my dad had passed away 10 years ago, and I never had any pictures of him in the casket, the more I looked at the picture, it looked more like my brother..it was 1 month later that my brother committed suicide. I have dreams like this once in a while, and they are so vivid, and always come true.

    • These dreams may be reflections of the influences and knowledge. It is possible that these dreams are premonitions, and it is possible that they are coincidence. Ensure that your future dreams are met with a positive mind. Kindness and compassion will always be beneficial for you. It is clear that you feel strong emotional connections with your late family members. Have a great day, Paula!

  10. Another dream I had was that my daughter got shocked, I felt it and dreamed it.. I called her the next day and asked her if she got shocked, she said yes, the living room lamp had a short in the wiring.

    • These dreams may be reflections of the influences and knowledge. It is possible that these dreams are premonitions, and it is possible that they are coincidence. Ensure that your future dreams are met with a positive mind. Kindness and compassion will always be beneficial for you. It is clear that you feel strong emotional connections with your late family members. Spend additional time with your daughter at this time. Have a great day, Paula!

  11. i have this thing going on for some time in my life since i was you. i always dream stuff that always happen, i ve been turning a blind eye on it just until 2weeks ago when i dreamed of people fighitng and stabbing each other. 5 days or less it happened the same way i dreamed about it. even when my a had my finger amputated back in 2015 i dreamed of it months before

    • Your amputation may have influenced this dream. It is possible that the media that you consume may have manifested as well. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Have a great day, Promise!

  12. I had a dream about driving down a road with my mum and dad and that a white van pulled out of a side street and nearly hit us , a few weeks later that happened , a white van come out a side street and nearly hit us , I have had the same thing happen a few times now

    • This dream is a reflection of your media influences. It is possible that you have had close calls while driving. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Always be aware of your environment and surroundings, as this will help you navigate your life. Share your kindness and compassion, as you will find that these dreams will fade. Have a great day, Rachel!

  13. I have a question… It happened to me with my cousin, grandpa on my mom’s side and my grandma on my dad’s.

    First off. My cousin was 6 months before he passed. I saw hims sleeping in a car in smoke listening to music. He died of carbon monoxide suicide. That day @ school, i had burning eyes, headache, and a very upset stomach. Came home from japanese school and swim practice doing my homework, the phone rings and I was crying even before my parents told me we had to go to my uncle’s house cause my cousin passed away.

    Then my grandpa was in a convalescent home, I was by his side with the life support off stiff and cold. The time of that dream i was living in Oahu and I called my moom to move me back home I need to be with my gandpa. 6 months after he passed away.

    Next and lastly, my grandma I saw her hanging clothes in my dreams, she fell and I was next to her trying to wake her. That was again 6 months before she passed.

    • That is a very eerie story. While the last two might just be because you sensed that they were less healthy because of their age, the dream about your cousin can’t be explained away as easily. Thanks for sharing, Candace Fujihara!

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