- Bryan Williams
A Reported Precognitive Dream of D-Day, 75 Years Ago
Case surveys tend to indicate that many instances of ostensible precognition (i.e., psychic perception of the future) come in the form of dreams, and that they often reflect events that occur in a negative light (such as accidents, illnesses, or even deaths). [1-3] One illustrative example, which comes from the extensive case collection gathered by parapsychologist Louisa Rhine , is a dream that one man had in relation to a historic event which took place 75 years ago today: It was the night of June 5 - 6, 1944. In the dream, he thought he was one of a band of paratroopers dropping into the darkness behind the German lines on the coast of France. He thought they landed, he extricated himself from his 'chute, [and] the band advanced stealthily through the dark brush. Then they met the first sentry and silently overpowered him. Then he heard the drone and steadily increasing roar of an approaching bomber-fighter squadron. Suddenly the night's silence was shattered by the shrill whine and explosions of tons of bombs falling from the skies and shells hurled from the naval armada off shore. The entire area was fitfully illuminated by the explosions and fires and he suddenly realized he was in a very precarious position. With the realization, he awoke, badly shaken, but soon fell back to sleep. By morning he recalled it and dismissed it as "just another dream." On the way to work the next morning, he received a jolt when, on the newsstand he saw in great black headlines the news of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It was D-Day, June 6, 1944. [4, p. 174] Other people have reported similar kinds of psychic experiences in relation to war [5, Ch. 10], including premonitions of another, more infamous event of the Second World War - the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This post is dedicated in honor of the brave soldiers who gave their all in the D-Day invasion, as well as in the many conflicts that have taken place throughout history. ********** References:  Rhine, L. E. (1954). Frequency of types of experience in spontaneous precognition. Journal of Parapsychology, 18, 93 - 123.  Stevenson, I. (1970). Precognition of disasters. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 64, 187 - 210.  Hearne, K. M. T. (1984). A survey of premonitions and of those who have them. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 52, 261 - 270.  Rhine, L. E. (1981). The Invisible Picture: A Study of Psychic Experiences. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.  Feather, S. R., & Schmicker, M. (2005). The Gift: ESP, the Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People. New York: St. Martin's Press.