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Premonitions

Question:

Is it possible to have premonitions after surgery, seeing things in your head, and them sometimes but not always coming true?  Sometimes they are good things and sometimes they are bad things. Does this make sense?

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Answer:

Please understand that my answer to your question is from the perspective of scientific rather than spiritual or or paranormal belief. Therefore my response is based on the following:

When we sleep we go through four primary stages as we descend down deeper into sleep. These stages are based on well studied and documented brain wave measurements. In other words, brain waves grow inceasing slower and wider as we go into deeper levels. Part of this process is where we hit something called REM sleep or “Rapid Eye Movement.” REM occurs when we are dreaming. We dream during a more rapid part of the brain wave pattern when we are not at the deepest levels of sleep. During the dreaming period of time there is a protective mechanism at work that prevents us from moving and acting out the dream. Thus, sleep walking does not occur during REM.

During REM or dreaming, our brain uses material or memories from the prior day as well as from the more distant past. Alll of these stored data come together in the form of a dream that seems to make no sense unless you think about events from the prior day and week.

I think you will discover that the dreams you are experiencing as premonitions are nothing more than expectations or predictions that you have formed about your life and those of loved one’s and even friends, based on what you know about them and based on what has very recently been happening.

Your expectations or predictions are sometimes correct and sometimes wrong. Its just like tossing a coin. If you toss it enough times, it will come up heads half the time and tails the remainder of the time.

When a prediction that we dreamed about happens to come true, we experience a reward. In fact, dopamine increases its flow in our brain and that gives us a sense of pleasure. We then think, “Gee, I had a premonition.” All the other times when our predictive dream is wrong, well, that gets ignored.

So, I suggest you not worry about this and simply treat what is happening as a dream. Yes, those dreams can be and probably are influenced by the trauma and stress of going through surger.

Best of Luck and Sleep Well.

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  • Paul

    I too wonder about extrasensory perception. I have had many dreams where they have come true. (about every 2 days after my dream) Recently I have had trouble waking up from my dreams. I feel and see myself lying there but I won't get up. It feels like I am awake laying there. But i'd sleep for 14+ hours just dreaming, once, even 2 days, and often feel tired throughout the day after an hour of spurted energy. my dreams are so vivid and real its hard to tell dreams from my awakened state sometimes, it just started happening.

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