I Keep Dreaming of Danger, Death, the Deceased and Life After Death


Note: After its appearance on February 20, I have been updating this post with recent relevant examples. 


Since mid-November I have noticed a strange change in my dreams. During the past few months my dreams have been dominated by themes of danger, death, the deceased and life after death. I will describe particular dreams I have had in such categories. The descriptions are based on notes I took on a notepad I keep next to my bed.  My habit is to write down on a notepad descriptions of dreams I remember, not turning on the light to do such writing.  


Danger


The danger dreams are usually nightmares in which I seem to be facing great peril or risk of death, although some involve other people in peril. Many of the dreams involve a blockage motif that may symbolize a health danger such as an artery blockage.  Since mid-November these have included the following:



  • I had a dream I was packing to leave, running away from a military invasion of my country.
  • I had a dream of being in a backyard, and seeing a flaming plane crash near me. 
  • I had a dream of fleeing a monster that was behind a door. 
  • I dreamed of a fire spreading from a gas station to an adjacent house. 
  • I dreamed of encountering growling lions inside a house in which I had been invited. 
  • I dreamed I was running to find a hospital because of some medical problem.
  • I dreamed I was watching heart surgery be performed. 
  • I dreamed I was stuck on the top of a speeding tractor-trailer, shouting for the driver to stop.
  • I dreamed I was guarding a party of some guy with enemies, and holding closed a door which someone (apparently a killer) was trying very hard to push open; and the door was slowly opening. 
  • I dreamed I saw a scary figure lurking in my back yard at night. 
  • I dreamed someone said I looked horrible, and so I looked in a mirror, seeing my skin discolored. 
  • I had a dream I was packing up things, preparing to go to a hospital (one of quite a few "packing up for travel" dreams or "gathering up stuff for travel" dreams I have recently had, including quite a few not mentioned here). 
  • I dreamed a tenant (?) was asking me for the phone number to call the National Guard, presumably because of some great danger.
  • I dreamed of inanimate objects moving around on the floor as if some great earthquake was occurring. 
  • I dreamed someone warned me not to go down some path, saying that was "the wolf way."
  • I dreamed I fell off the top of a tall building, and was dangling near the top of it. 
  • I dreamed of people on a pier that collapsed. 
  • I had a dream driving in Manhattan, trying to reach a bridge to escape some unspecified danger.
  • I dreamed someone sneezed near me, causing me to reach for some Lysol to use to reduce the danger.
  • I had a dream of some men swimming down a river to escape some danger. 
  • I dreamed of getting a big bill at a hospital. 
  • I dreamed I saw people on the street running with scared faces, as if they fleeing some unseen danger behind them.
  • I dreamed I was a night watchman at a building invaded by robbers armed with weapons.
  • I dreamed men were falling down a kind of hill-like surface with lots of rocks moving with them, in some event resembling a rock slide,
  • I dreamed about someone selling pesticides putting children in danger.
  • I dreamed I had major surgery, and was asked by a nurse later whether I wanted to sleep 10 hours a day while recovering, or for much longer. 
  • I dreamed the police offered me a dangerous job in which I would be jumping between buildings.
  • I dreamed that in some biology "live sample" test I was taking, one of the animals was a very large spider that bit me. 
  • I dreamed a man was pointing to his heart to signal to a police car that he was having a heart attack. 
  • I had a dream I was in a house in which someone discussed some apocalyptic event coming. I opened the door, and saw the sky was filled with round objects: maybe meteors or invading spaceships. A woman approached my house's door, surrounded by big cats like leopards or tigers. I slammed the door, and tried to keep it closed as I felt someone on the other side trying to thrust the door open. 
  • I dreamed I was trying to get coffee from a vending machine, but the machine stopped working (such a failure of liquid moving machinery perhaps suggesting some risk of bodily death by a heart problem interrupting the body's liquid moving machinery). 
  • I dreamed I was trying to park my car in a garage, but all of the available spaces were blocked off by yellow tape. This "yellow blockage" dream may have suggested the artery blockage that can cause sudden death (such blockage involves plaque that is yellow-colored). 
  • I dreamed I was being pursued by a large motorcycle gang, and that I escaped them by hiding in a kind of natural crevice. 
  • I dreamed someone stabbed me in the back with a syringe. 
  • I dreamed a plumber was dealing with a severe sink clog, saying it might require a specialist in such clogs (a possible veiled reference to an artery blockage that might imperil a person).  Similarly, in another dream a person trying to sell her house confessed there was some plumbing problem, causing me to ask, "Why didn't you bring in a plumber to fix this?"
  • I dreamed that I was told to check out some intersection in which the pathway was blocked by snow. After checking it out, I said something like, "There's not much you can do, other than hiring someone to keep shoveling at that spot." Later on the same night I had basically the same dream a second time.  Me and two other people were looking at a computer screen showing   a snow blockage at one little spot. Asked why there was so much snow there, I speculated that maybe the spot was at the bottom of a high road, resulting in a a pileup of snow at that bottom. Both dreams may be a symbolic reference to an artery blockage that might endanger someone.  Artery plaque gradually piles up rather like snow piling up.  Such a "blockage" theme seemed to have also occurred in a dream in which I was trying to cook in a kitchen where movement was blocked by many washing machines, causing me to say, "It's ridiculous how many washing machines are in this kitchen." 
  • Yet another "blockage" theme occurred in a dream I which I was driving but had my path blocked by large blackish pools of water, which I had to drive through. 
  • Still another "blockage" dream in which I was trying to get to work, but had my path dangerously blocked by what looked like a fallen steel beam or electrical pole. 
  • Still another "blockage" dream in which I was trying to move down a very narrow stairway and had my path blocked by a very slow-moving handicapped person. 
  • Still another "blockage" dream in which I was trying to get something from an office room, but my path was blocked by all kinds of clutter on the floor. 
  • I dreamed that I drove my car onto a road with many fast-moving cars, and immediately did a U-turn on that road, temporarily blocking the road in a dangerous way. 
  • I dreamed one of my daughters said, "There's a wolf at the door."
  • I dreamed of some electronic control screen, and someone saying that a launched nuclear missile can't be recalled. 
  • I dreamed that some person had intruded into my hotel room while I was sleeping at night, and I was yelling in a scared voice, "Who is it? Who is it?"
  • I dreamed there was something blocking the road I was driving on, forcing me to quickly pull over to the side of the road (one of very many dreams I have had this year with a theme of blockage). 
  • I dreamed I was being attacked by a snake. 
  • I dreamed I was a soldier in a war, using a sniper rifle against enemy soldiers I faced. Suddently I noticed that an enemy soldier had set up a gatling gun facing me, about 20 feet away. A gatling gun is a very fast-firing machine gun capable of killing a squad of 10 soldiers in only a few seconds. I tried to use my rifle against the gun, but it was out of ammunition. So I raised my pistol to protect myself, but I could not fire. Maybe I was frozen in fear. 
  • I dreamed that some crooks had got into my home and placed a big machine gun near the front door. I locked the door to a bedroom, and tried to call the police. There was no answer. In the dream's next scene, I was outdoors watching some road, hoping to spot some police car and then wave my arms to attract attention.  One of the crooks came up next to me, and made threatening comments. I then started to fight him, but awoke before he could kill me in the dream. 
  • I dreamed that I was in an office tower that had some kind of catastrophic blockage in its stairway. It was the like the catastrophic stairway blockage that occurred during the Septermber 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. 
  • I dreamed there was some talk about a kidney problem in someone. 
  • I dreamed some bad men came into where I was working, trying to kidnap me. I fled. Then there was a scene in which I lying on the ground motionless in a darkish hall as one of the bad guys walked by. In great danger, I was hoping he would not notice me. 
  • I dreamed that on some snow-filled natural landscape there was a gigantic procession of hundreds of brown bears (possibly grizzly bears) moving right by me, in about four long columns. Plainly in their sight, I was calmly counting them, oblivious to the enormous danger I was in.  
  • I dreamed I was a spy on a dangerous spy mission. At the end of the dream I had to suddenly escape people around me, by carjacking an SUV and driving it very perilously up a very steep hill. 
  • I dreamed I was in some frigid environment like the Arctic. I was at the front of a line of people walking in the snow. I said that the path ahead was too dangerous, that I alone would continue to walk forward, and that everyone else should turn back. 


Death (Direct References)


Since mid-November I have had these dreams (among others) that seemed to explicitly refererence death:



  •  I had a dream in which I saw a tombstone. 
  • I had a dream in which I said, "This is like some scene in a mafia movie in which someone gets killed."
  • I had a dream of someone being sucked out of a hole in an airplane (a visual that seems to symbolize the idea of sudden death). 
  • I had a dream about getting benefits in case of death.
  • I had a dream in which there was some statement like "they thought their child was dead, but he was only taken away."
  • I had a dream in which I took a newsletter (?) with someone's name printed on the address part, and someone said, "You're stealing that from a dead man."
  • I dreamed of a man shot repeatedly in the neck, which presumably would have killed him. 
  • I had a dream in which I was telling my wife and children how my assets would be distributed when I die. 
  • I had a dream of a book store that posted a notice saying that an author had died. 
  • I dreamed I was in a train car divided into about 10 sections, each of which was filled with dirt and a shovel -- a kind of "train of graves" dream.
  • I dreamed a dead mother was in a coffin, and I was wondering whether the coffin should be buried immediately, or whether I should seek out the mother's son to notify him first.
  • I dreamed there was a detective investigating some murder. 
  • I dreamed of some military action in which a soldier was killed by being shot.
  • I dreamed I visited a woman who had many pets, one of them being a dog my family once owned before it died. After a vivid dream experience petting the dog's back, I said, "This old dog will die soon." But the dog looked young and very healthy, and I wonder whether those words were a veiled reference to a human dying soon.  
  • I dreamed I saw a truck run over a man on the highway, apparently killing him. 
  • I dreamed that people were throwing flowers upon something that would become a funeral pyre once it was lit.  
  • I dreamed that some family members were being told someone in their family had died. 
  • I dreamed that the late actor and celebrity Orson Bean said to me something like, "I've heard that you're having lots of dreams about death?" I answered "Yes," and he then said something like, "Well, when it's your time, it's your time," echoing a Shakespeare line in which Julius Caesar says death "will come when it will come."
  • I dreamed I saw some "teaser clip" talking about a soon-to-be-shown TV news segment talking about some near-death experience in a place called Sominem. 
  • I dreamed I was watching some TV show in which someone was talking about a murder. 
  • I had a dream in which somebody's throat was cut, in a seemingly fatal blow. 
  • I had a dream that a woman, aged 66, gave a vocal performance at some little place, seemingly her first vocal performance in quite a while. Then with a smile she said, "My life has been a miracle," and then a second later she collapsed to the ground, apparently dying. (See here for a rationale for suspecting that every human life is essentially a miracle.)
  • I had a dream that someone knocked on my door late at night and told me that I might be inheriting some money when a person died. 
  • I had a dream in which two men died by gunfire. 
  • I had a dream in which a rabbit died and was buried. 
  • I had a vivid dream in which some aircraft crashed into the top of one or more tall buildings in Manhattan, creating some large-scale fatal catastrophe that seemed to cause a kind of "falling dominoes" effect. I looked up and saw much falling debris. Then a kind of bell-shaped structure fell on me. Later my wife found me under this structure (I'm not sure whether dead or alive). There is a possible "surviving the fatal catastrophe" motif here which might symbolize life after death. 
  • I dreamed there was some smartphone app that allowed you to specify a video to be played when you die. This is actually a decent idea for a product. We can imagine such an app being linked to a fitness tracking watch, and the video (perhaps one in which you say goodbye to your loved ones) might play in an endless loop when the fitness tracking watch detects five minutes of no pulse. 
  • I had a dream in which someone was shot in the back at close range.  
  • I had a dream some people were killed because they knew some secret that someone else didn't want anyone to reveal. 
  • I had a dream in which someone was singing about some man dying of cancer. 
  • I dreamed that at work someone asked for a computer password, and I gave it to him, thinking something like, "It's good for him to have it, in case I die." 
  • I had a dream of a sudden attack on the White House, with attackers being blocked at the entrance by defenders, and with lots of gunfire and dead attackers and dead defenders at the entrance. The dream had a theme of "sudden death and blockage" that may have hinted at sudden death caused by an artery blockage. 
  • I had a dream that a man was walking up a few steps to the top of a platform where he would be executed. Below him an executioner held a pole with a half-circular blade on its end, and was kind of taunting the man by stabbing the execution weapon a little to the right of him, to scare him before killing him. 
  • I had a dream in which I had a kind of bird's eye view of a battle. Trapped in what looked like kind of a canyon, a big bunch of soldiers was blocked on one side by a long line of enemy tanks, and also blocked on the opposite side by a long line of enemy tanks. The tanks began firing, and there was massive sudden death. It was a "death after blockage" dream that may have symbolized sudden death by artery blockage. On the same day (May 4, 2021) there was a mysterious power failure in my apartment, occurring about 9:01 AM, and lasting only a few minutes, an outage that seems to have occurred only in my apartment
  • I dreamed two men were boxing, not very vigorously. One punched the other not very hard on the chest, and the punched man suddenly died. The dream seemed to symbolize sudden death by heart attack. 
  • I dreamed I saw an alligator near me, and picked it up by its tail, spinning it around before tossing it at some ice. In my dream this effort was unable to kill the alligator, who then devoured someone. 
  • I dreamed there were two people dressed in what looked like plague gear, who were in the middle of a train track carrying two dead bodies that were all wrapped up in tarpulins.  Besides a theme of death, this dream was yet another recurrence of the "pathway blockage" motif I have got so often. 
  • I had a dream using the phrase "lethal agent."
  • I had a dream of someone on a hill firing a missile at a ship at sea, causing its fiery destruction. 
  • I dreamed of someone describing how he found a dead body in a bed. 
  • I dreamed that two children had died. 
  • I dreamed that a very famous living politician died after being hit by a truck. 
  • I dreamed that I saw a mouse in my home, and I killed the mouse with a hammer. But while hammering the mouse I felt ashamed, because I got the weird feeling that the mouse had somehow changed to become like a little child.  The dream is consistent with ideas that the release of a soul from the body gives rise to a higher mentality, the mind of a child being higher than the mind of a mouse. 
  • I dreamed that there had been a mob murder in a room, and that the mob crew was cleaning up evidence of the crime.
  • I had a dream in which someone was talking about people being killed on the subway.  
  • I had a dream in which two men were struggling on the edge of a cliff. One of the men used a short sword or long knife to stab the other man in the heart, killing him. 
  • I dreamed that some person had killed someone during a symphony performance. Later the murderer was killed by a cannon ball. 
  • I dreamed that I was renewing my passport, and somebody said something about a date in 2022. In the dream I thought to myself, "By then I'll be dead."
  • I dreamed that soldiers on a high hill were firing artillery on enemy soldiers attacking from another high hill, and that such artillery was killing many of the attacking soldiers. 
  • I dreamed that I was falling down an extremely steep mountain, in  a fall that seemed extremely life-threatening. 
  • I dreamed of a song lyric of "you might as well be dead."
  • I dreamed some man shot at a woman behind him, killing her. 
  • I dreamed of video-game action in which the player is exposed to constant close calls with death.


Death (Indirect References or Possible Symbolic References)


Many of my dreams since mid-November have seemed to symbolize death indirectly. A common element has been a "turning off the light" or "loss of power" theme that may symbolize the snuffing out of the physical spark of life. Examples include these:



  • I had a dream I was driving a truck and saw my license had expired ("expiration" is a euphemism for death).
  • I had a dream someone was on the other side of a door, and upon opening the door I saw a white-faced man collapse (suggesting the idea of sudden death).
  • I had a dream of snuffing out a candle. 
  • I had a dream of getting a slip telling me of a stock liquidation ("liquidation" is a euphemism for death).
  • I had a dream of seeing a Christmas tree, and saying that all the lights must be turned off. 
  • I had a dream I experienced a power failure while in Russia. 
  • I had a dream in which flies (a symbol of death) were on the ear of a motionless unspeaking head. 
  • I had a dream in which I was going to buy two big bags of dirt to use to kind of finish up a big soil area in my backyard, a dream rather suggesting the idea of a grave. 
  • I dreamed of being in a check-out line in some book store; I had a dream of being in a check-out line at a fast-food restaurant; I had two other dreams of being in a check-out line at a grocery store; and I had another dream of using a library processing line that used to be called "the check-out line." Then in August I had another dream of being in a cafe check-out line. "Checking out" is sometimes used as a slang term for dying. 
  • I dreamed that I planned to suddenly leave some building I was in, after posting a goodbye note saying, "Gone forever." In the dream's next scene I left by ascending in a helicopter. The leaving of the note saying "gone forever" may symbolize death, and the leaving by helicopter may symbolize the ascent of the soul to some postmortal realm.
  • I dreamed that I was bleeding blue blood heavily, and a doctor told me this was a symptom of a viral disease famous for having a very high fatality rate.
  • I dreamed that in the middle of the night I was surprised to see a light on in my home, and turned it off. 
  • I dreamed that mice had been caught on glue traps, making them either dead or near death.  On another night I dreamed of two dead mice on glue traps.  On another night I had a dream of a larger animal caught on a glue trap. The sticky glue traps could be a symbol for death by arterial plaque, which is sticky. 
  • I dreamed that a video game I was using suddenly "died on me" and stopped working, something that may symbolize the idea of sudden death. 
  • I had a dream in which I was in my mother's old house, in the middle of the night when the lights were off. I saw the back of a woman I didn't recognize, looking out a window which provided some light. I asked her a question, and she didn't respond. I used my hands to turn her shoulders so I could look her right in the face. But she had no face -- no eyes, no nose, no mouth. In place of her face was just a formless blackness. Very scared, I asked, "Who are you? Who are you?" I then realized I was dreaming, and tried to wake myself up. But it took about 10 seconds to do this, because I had been sleeping very deeply. You could call this a "Lady Death" dream, as the figure seemed to represent death, and resembled some artwork in which death is depicted as a hooded figure whose face is a formless blackness. 
  • I had a dream of a baseball pitcher throwing the baseball to the first baseman, who tagged out a runner on first base, resulting in his sudden departure from the playing field, in a "pickoff" that can occur as a rather rare surprise in baseball. This may have symbolized the sudden departure of sudden death. 
  • I dreamed of arriving to see a "Saturday Night Live" taping too late, past the deadline (the "deadline" part perhaps symbolizing death). 
  • I dreamed I was carrying a painting, and when it started to rain, I raised the painting above my head to block the rain. This dream of an "art raise fluid block" may be a veiled reference to an "arteries fluid block" of the type that might kill someone in a fatal heart attack. On the same day I dreamed of some 3D modeling program (what is called a CAD program) that seemed to be displaying a heart and its parts (CAD is an acronym for both Computer Aided Design and Coronary Artery Disease, a leading cause of death). 
  • I dreamed I woke up in the middle of the night in a house (on the second floor), and scolded my sister for leaving on so many lights. I went down to the first floor to start turning off lights, but then began writing on some pieces of paper, "losing my place" while I was writing (in the sense of forgetting at which spot I had been writing some narrative). My brother appeared, and asked when I would be done. I said I was almost finished, and told him to start turning off the lights, telling him that by the time all the lights were off I would be finished.  The "losing of place" may signify a discontinuity of death. The being "almost finished" may signify being near death, and the lights being turned off (one of many appearances of such a motif in my recent dreams) may signify death, particularly given that in the dream the turning off of lights was equated with me "being finished." 
  • I had a dream there was a theatrical production that was abruptly stopped, as some director came out on the stage and quoted Albert Einstein as saying that under some conditions you just have to have a sudden end.  This may have symbolized the idea of sudden death. 
  • I had a dream of receiving a phone call saying that some developer at a bank had just been terminated, a possible veiled reference to death.  In another dream, I was fired from a job, another "termination" reference. 
  • I had a dream that I was two days away from leaving a job, a possible veiled reference to soon "leaving the job" of earthly existence. 
  • I had a dream I brought in someone to check out a problem with my refrigerator, and he said that the device was fine, and that the problem was in my electricity. I then tested my electricity by turning on a fan, which ran in a kind of irregular, spasmodic, stop-and-start manner. The dream may have been a dark veiled warning about sudden cardiac death, which typically occurs because of some kind of electrical malfunction in the heart.  (Quite a few days later, there was a strange  incident reminding me of this dream. I turned on a fan, which ran very slowly for about 40 seconds, and then ran normally. The fan started up normally the next time I turned it on.) 
  • I had a dream I was in a house and could hear from another room a woman's voice saying, "Dad?! Dad?!" The tone of voice was one suggesting the discovery of a dead or collapsed body. 
  • I had a dream in which I was looking at an unplugged bath tub with a little water in it. As the last water started to go down the drain, there was that kind of gurgling sound that a tub will make as the last gallon of bath water goes down the drain. This may have symbolized death, which often occurs with a kind of gurgling sound. 
  • I had a dream that I turned off a light, and then tried to turn it back on, but was unable to do that (suggesting a loss of electricity).  The turning off of the light and loss of power may have symbolized death. 
  • I had a dream I rose up from my seat in a bus, with the intention of leaving, but then realized that I had forgot my shoes. I went back to get them, but just held them as I left the bus barefoot. Getting off the bus barefoot may have symbolized dying (one web site says most people are buried without shoes). 
  • I dreamed I was working as a night watchman, and some maintenance men came in, saying there had been a sudden failure of the building's heating system. Such a thing may have been a metaphor for sudden death. Every death is a failure of the heating system that is the body. 
  • I dreamed I was working in an office building in which there was a power failure. Leaving to go home, I signed my name and the time in a big "sign out" book in which all of the employees were apparently recording their time of leaving. I remember thinking that the time I was writing wasn't right, because I was using a clock on the wall that had stopped because of the power failure. Yet another dream referring to a power failure (which may symbolize death). 
  • I dreamed of a big bag filled with fine white material, what could have been human ashes. 
  • I dreamed that in the middle of the night I saw my alarm clock, and it was displaying nothing, as if a power failure had occurred. It was yet another dream of a power failure, which may symbolize bodily death. 
  • One day I had a dream that I had abruptly quit a job, and was telling someone at my former company, "Sorry about my sudden departure."  On the same day I had a dream I was in a classroom, thinking to myself something like, "In a few weeks, I'll leave this place, and never have to see it again." The first dream is suggestive of sudden death, and the second dream may suggest not having much time left to spend in the "classroom" that is earthly life. 
  • I dreamed about throwing out an ugly old coat. The old coat may symbolize an ugly old body discarded at death. 
  • I dreamed I was in front of a bed that had on it large chess pieces about the size of wine bottles. Someone moved his king piece in the same column as my queen piece. I explained to him that such a move was illegal under the rules of chess, for under such rules you cannot move the king piece so that it is "in check" and can be "killed" on the next player's move. The exact  remembrance I had in this dream of a rule of chess is remarkable.  The dream may signify not merely death, but a death in a bed. 
  • I dreamed that after a son met with his father, he investigated a big power failure that occurred at a power company. This motif of an electrical failure or power failure (which has very often occurred in my dreams this year) may symbolize death. 
  • I dreamed that I was dropping off some books in a library's drop-off boxes, before getting on the subway at about 8:20 AM, to cross the East River to go to work in Manhattan.  The "dropping off in a box" may symbolize the discarding of the body at death (which may end up in the box of a coffin), and the trip across the river (to its other side) may symbolize the journey of a soul to some Other Side that is an afterlife realm.  
  • John Garfield was an actor who died suddenly at age 39 from a heart problem. I dreamed that John Garfield stole my wallet in an elevator. I then dreamed that he annoyed me by following me. I told him to stop following me.  Garfield may have symbolized sudden unexpected death. His stealing my wallet in an elevator may have symbolized the loss of money ("you can't take it with you") that someone experiences when passing to some "higher realm" at death. 
  • I dreamed on July 6 that I announced to a boss that I was quitting a job, saying, "Sunday will be my last day." This could symbolize the idea that I will die on a Sunday, since "last day" might mean either "last day of working" or "last day of living." On the same day (and also the next day) I dreamed of a roof leak, which could symbolize some death in which fluids leak, such as an aneurysm burst. In one of these dreams someone talked about "structure deterioration," which may have been a veiled reference to death. 
  • I dreamed that in a furnace room I dropped a glass jar of pasta sauce, which shattered. There was the worry that this dropping may have damaged the working of the furnace.  The shattered jar of red pasta sauce may represent some internal bodily bleeding such as an an embolism burst, and the damaged furnace may represent a body going cold at the time of death. 
  • I dreamed I was trying to catch the subway to get to an interview. I looked at a piece of  paper in my hand, and saw a typo. I was concerned this typo was a kind of "show stopper" or "fatal error." I then got in a subway train, but the train soon went out of service. There  was an idea that the people in my subway car all had a medical problem. The subway car going out of service suddenly may represent sudden death. The "show stopper" typo may represent a DNA mutation that leads to death.  DNA mutations are often compared to typos. 
  • I dreamed I tried to turn on my air conditioner, but it would not turn on. When an appliance stops working, people commonly say the appliance "died," so the no-longer-functioning air conditioner may symbolize death. 
  • I dreamed that I was conducting an orchestra playing the Siegfried Funeral March from Wagner's opera Gotterdammerung
  • I dreamed I was in a large field looking at a body on the ground that was completely covered by a sheet, blanket or tarpulin, with even the head being covered. The body was apparently dead. 
  • I dreamed that I could see before me the last act of Puccini's opera La Boheme, an act that is very death-related as it centers on the death of Mimi by consumption. 
  • I dreamed there was some house with a very bright elevated light in its yard, and a voice was saying, "The light must be removed." It was another of innumerable "loss of electrical power" or "turning off the lights" dreams I have had, in which such a loss or turning off seems to symbolize death. 
  • I dreamed I was rushing to make a deposit at a bank before its closing time. The deposit may have represented the deposit of the body a person may make when dying at the "closing time" of his life.
  • On August 30, 2021 I dreamed I was looking through a window, and could see the huge ship Titanic slowly moving.  The Titanic (which sunk on its first voyage after hitting an iceberg) can be regarded as a symbol of sudden unexpected death.  The dream may also suggest death occurring within a few days, since the Titanic sunk not long after anyone would have seen it moving from a window.  (The ship began its sea trials on April 2, 2012, and sunk on April 15, 2012, five days after leaving on its first commercial voyage.)
  • I had a vivid dream of something rather like a hollow office tower filled not with floors but many ladders stretching way up into the air. I was on one such ladder, about 60 ladder wrungs up the ladder, and below me on the same ladder were many other people. All of the ladders were filled with people, and everyone on the ladders was climbing up higher and higher (rather like in the depiction below). I could see my daughters far below me, on other ladders, and wished for them to climb carefully. Then suddenly I was told that because of something in my DNA, I could not climb the ladder any higher.  Each wrung on the ladder seems to represent one year in a person's life, and the ladder climbing seems to represent aging. The dream may suggest some DNA or genetic reason why I may not live much longer, or may not be able to live another year or reach my next birthday. 

Life-After-Death or Immortality (Direct References or Possible Symbolic References)

Many of my dreams since mid-November have seemed to directly reference or indirectly symbolize life after death or immortality.  Examples include these:


  • I had a dream I was working in a company developing an immortality drug. 
  • I had a dream in which I heard the song "You'll Never Walk Alone," which in the movies was originally sung in a scene in which the spirit of the deceased Billy Bigelow is trying to express his love for his daughter and wife, who cannot see his invisible spirit. 
  • I had a dream of having a power failure in my home, with a quick restoration. The power failure may symbolize death, and the power restoration may symbolize life after death. 
  • I had a dream in which I turned off the light to better see some glorious sight in the night sky. The turning-off of the light may symbolize death, and the glorious sight in the sky may symbolize some heavenly glory experienced after death. 
  • I had a dream in which a moth was trapped in my bathroom, and I opened up the bathroom window and turned off the light, so that the moth could be attracted to the moonlight or light from outside, and leave my bathroom.  The moth trapped in the bathroom may symbolize the soul trapped in a body. The turning off of the light may symbolize death. The idea of the moth leaving the bathroom and heading towards the greater light outdoors may symbolize the soul leaving the body and heading toward some greater light like that in some heavenly realm often described as a place of dazzling light.  Another day I had a similar dream, involving a red bird that escaped a bathroom, using its beak to open a window screen. 
  • I dreamed I had been working a long time, and told to "go home." In another dream I was working very late at the office, and there was a kind of impression that I would soon be going home. In another dream I finished working at an office, and started to go home, returning back to my desk after realizing I had forgot to take my winter coat. In another dream I dropped off a package (which may have represented discarding a body at death), and then thought that it is time to go home.  In near-death experiences people often encounter some mystical realm they claim they felt to be their "real home."
  • In dreamed I won big in a lottery, about the same time someone said something about "going home."  This could have been some reference to good fortune obtained when "going home" to some heavenly realm.  In another dream I was "going home" victorious after some big military victory. 
  • I had a dream of stone statues of saints being packed into canoes on a river, suggesting some kind of "religious journey to the Other Side" theme. 
  • I dreamed I was swimming from one side of a river to the other, which suggests some "journey to the Other Side" theme. 
  • I dreamed I saw (through what I first thought was a big window) a big scary monster, but then I found out the monster was a CGI illusion, because the "window" was not a window but a big video screen.  The monster may symbolize death, and finding that the monster was nothing to fear may symbolize finding (through some life after death) that death is really nothing to fear.  
  • I dreamed that someone had found either a fourth act of Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, or a sequel to it. We know that Wagner did not write such an act or such a sequel, at least not while he lived in his mortal life, and that this opera is only three acts.  This dream thereby implies the idea of Wagner continuing his composing work after death. 
  •  I dreamed opera singers were singing "Nessun Dorma" as behind them a man collapsed. "Nessun Dorma" is a triumphant aria that ends with words in Italian that mean "I will win, I will win, I will win!" The juxtaposition of this triumphant aria with the visual of a man collapsing as though dying suggests a "death as a triumph" idea suggestive of life after death. 
  • I dreamed a man had been stabbed (probably dying), and that I then saw the man standing in a building, and said, "Hi there -- back from the grave?" The dream suggests the idea of continuation after death. 
  • I had a dream in which some person asked me if he could use something, and I said he could. But then I got the feeling the person was a ghost. So I turned to the door, pointed at it, and said, "Go out, Kevin!" When I turned my head back to look at where the figure had been, I saw that it had suddenly vanished, like a ghost. 
  • I had a dream of someone jumping off the top of a high skyscraper, but then using a parachute to escape death, which may symbolize postmortal survival after what seems like someone's demise.
  • I had a dream in which from an overpass I looked down and saw a car driving very fast smash into another car.  But the collision caused the car to ascend into the air and land on the overpass, with the clear idea that the mother and child in the car had "landed safely." The high-speed collision may symbolize death, the ascent of the car may symbolize the ascent of the soul to heaven, and landing safely on the overpass may symbolize reaching a state of postmortal immortality on a higher heavenly level. 
  • I had a dream in which I heard the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, with its resounding repetition of a theme of eternal life.
  • I dreamed my deceased father showed me a wallet. I took out of it a card that had on it the name of a company that notoriously underwent a "sudden death" that came in the form of an unexpected bankruptcy.  My father then said, "Your identity won't be stolen," a possible reference to life-after-death that prevents a loss or "theft" of personal identity. 
  • I had a dream in which I got a bus back home quickly, but some young people had to wait a long time before getting their bus back home.  Because those having near-death experiences often report encountering some heavenly realm which they thought of as their "real home," you could interpret this "bus back home" as reaching an afterlife realm after death (a person as old as me getting such a trip fairly soon, and young people having to wait a long time before getting such a trip). 
  • I dreamed my late father asked (?) if I could go to some home where I had previously lived, saying that my late grandmother now lived there. I'm not sure whether it was an asking to make such a trip or a prediction of such a trip. Another "going home" reference that may refer to a postmortal realm, particularly given the assertion that my late grandmother now lives there. 
  • I had a dream consisting of nothing but me giving a key to an old woman. Suggesting a new residence for the old woman, the dream may symbolize some afterlife place to which the old woman may soon be going to. 
  • I had a dream I was using some computer program or web site allowing me to peek into graves. When I pressed a button, I saw on my computer screen a big rectangular hole in the ground. But inside the hole there was no coffin, no corpse, and no skeleton -- only dirt. The dream seems to suggest a kind of "death is an illusion" theme.
  • I had a dream in which there was the vague idea that some very important transition event was about to occur, but that it could only occur if I traveled somewhere by bus. The transition event may have meant death, and the bus trip may have signified moving to some afterlife realm. 
  • I dreamed that I was supposed to go with an old man to speak with Johnny Carson for some interview scheduled for around 8:30.  I wonder whether the going to speak with Johnny Carson part was a reference to going to a place of the dead (Carson is deceased), and whether the 8:30 symbolized August 30 (the 30th day of the eighth month of the year).   On June 4, 2020, I saw my cell phone with the characters "#87" on a Create Message screen, characters that could have accidentally arisen, but which I did not intentionally type. August 30 is 87 days after June 4.
  • I dreamed that some ghost was saying, "I'm here to pick up my wife."
  • I dreamed that a married couple on a trip were unexpectedly separated, with one of the two going on a "great trip" to Sweden. The separation may represent death, and the "great trip" to a high northern country may symbolize some trip to a "more elevated" afterlife realm. 
  • I dreamed that my late father was driving me somewhere, and I could see (driving in a nearby car) my late sister. There was an idea that we would all soon be meeting at the same destination, which may suggest the idea of me soon meeting deceased relatives in some afterlife situation. 
  • I dreamed that someone behind a desk asked me to tell in which graveyard my late mother was buried, as if he doubted that she was really dead. Such a dream suggesting a doubting about whether a deceased person was really dead may suggest (in a veiled, indirect way) the idea of life after death (it being in one sense right to doubt that the deceased are really dead if they survive in some afterlife). 
  • I dreamed that my younger brother asked me whether it was true that "something could go on forever," a possible reference to eternal life. 
  • I dreamed that a woman driven in a car over a river bridge (from the other side of a river) got out of the car, and said she had to walk about sixty blocks before she could reach home.  Each of the sixty blocks may symbolize a year of life, and the "reaching home" after such a journey may symbolize a return to some postmortal state (on the Other Side) that the soul may have previously inhabited.  
  • A kind of narration voice in my dream said, "This is John Wayne when he was dying of cancer." But the image was not of Wayne in some bed, but instead an image of Wayne walking across some bridge. The bridge may have symbolized a passage to an afterlife realm ("crossing a bridge" is a common motif in near-death experiences).  Wayne did actually die of cancer. 
  • I had a dream of my mother giving me a gift, and saying, "You can keep it." This may have been a veiled reference to immortality. You might consider life a gift from your mother, and the preservation of existence through immortality a kind of "keeping the gift."
  • I had a dream I was in some attic describing a philosophy I called biospiritism. In the dream I said that one central idea of the philosophy was that biological life was a marvel of organization beyond natural explanation.  I also said that another central idea of the philosophy was that humans have a soul or spirit. The latter statement seemed to be a reference to an immortal soul. 
  • I had a dream that there were some people moving into a life boat launched by a ship, and that someone in the boat threw out a dead dog into the water. The dream simultaneously suggests themes of survival and discarding of a body, hinting perhaps of survival after your dead body has been discarded. 
  • I dreamed that the lights turned off, and that I then picked up an old-fashioned rotary phone. There was the very clear idea that I was phoning some realm of the deceased.  "We are greeting you here," said a male voice I heard over the telephone. "I can't wait to see you," I replied, using an expression someone uses when he thinks he will soon see someone else. 
  • I dreamed that I was going to soon visit my mother, and then got a phone call saying she was dead. The dream may suggest I may soon visit a deceased parent in some afterlife realm. 
  • I dreamed that I was working in some office like they had in the early 1990's, in which people had big bulky computers that needed to stay plugged in while someone was working. I pulled out an electrical plug from the wall to put in my plug in the socket, but then I noticed I had pulled out the plug of a man who had been using his big computer. I was worried that this would have caused an information loss, but the man told me there was no information loss.  The loss of electricity (a frequent motif in my dreams)  may have symbolized death, and the preservation of information despite such an event may have symbolized preservation of the mind in some life after death. 
  • The night after the death of a sibling, I had a dream consisting of nothing but me looking at a few pennies on the floor, and saying to someone else, "Look here!" Many people think that finding hard-to-explain coins can be a sign from the Great Beyond, and I have had innumerable strange experiences finding hard-to-explain coins, including one in which a coin rolled up from behind me, rolling on its edge, when I was alone in my apartment.  
  • I had a dream in which I was on one side of a river, and could distantly see some females on the other side of the river, who were anxious that someone come back across the river. There was then the idea that this person was not coming back, and the females wailed, before walking away from the river bank. Crossing a river bank is a frequent metaphor for dying and going to some Other Side. 
  • I had a dream of a trunk that was all packed up with things needed for a journey.  This "packing up for travel" theme supposedly occurs often in hospice patients, and the journey may represent a trip to some afterlife destination.  
  • I dreamed that I found papers scattered all over my living room floor, and that I thought to myself that it must be the work of a poltergeist (the concept being related to life after death).  I had another similar dream months later. 
  • I had some dream involving military events, in which I was thinking that I would soon cross an amount of water about as wide as a river, going to its other side, which may have been a reference to "crossing over to the Other Side." 
  • I had a dream that some medical person was examining a body on a table, a body with closed eyes, stretched out arms and an open mouth. It looked like some autopsy or "cause of death" examination, but there was an underlying thought of "it's just fake" or "it's just a sham or a charade," with a hand movement of the examined body giving evidence for such an idea.  All in all, the dream seemed to suggest the idea of death as being a sham or illusion, which may suggest  the idea of survival beyond death. 
  • I had a dream of a flying figure rising way up in a kind of tall hollow building interior, like a grand hotel atrium. A body was trying to hold on to the flying figure to prevent the ascent, but the rising figure cast off that body.  This may have symbolized the ascent of a soul after death, involving a casting off of the body. In the dream's next scene there was a shining ghost-like body that could pass through another such ghost-like body. 
  • After having a dream of a grizzly bear outside my building followed many days later by a dream of such a bear inside the house I was living in, I had the thought that the bear may symbolize death,  that such dreams may signify death getting closer, and that if I see the bear in the same room it may mean death is near. Then much later I did have a dream in which a bear was in the same room. But it wasn't a grizzly bear, but a big cuddly stuffed animal bear that someone was moving around in a kind of funny dance.  The last of these dreams may have suggested death is nothing to fear, perhaps because it isn't really the end. In the same dream someone was singing about the soul, and I saw my image in a wall mirror which then disappeared (the disappearance of my image seeming to suggest death). 
  • I had a dream in which I kind of woke up to find about 10 gallons of water had poured out from a faucet, even though the faucet was not running. There was a strange thought of "the cold water was blocked, so the hot water came out."  The cold water blockage may have symbolized an artery blockage causing death, and the hot water that came out may have symbolized the soul emerging from the body after such a fatal blockage. 
  • I had a dream of being at a lawyer's office to sign a release form. The release may have symbolized life after death, which has sometimes been called the release of the soul from the body. 
  • I had a dream some person put on trial was writing an appeal to a judge, which included the words "you know the soul lives forever."
  • I dreamed that I was standing in a bathroom, facing the door, and that my wife and one of my daughters came up close to the door. But I had the feeling that they had not even noticed my presence. It was as if I were some invisible ghost.  
  • I dreamed I was standing next to my mother, who was holding a telephone to her ear, and said saying something like "I will see you soon."  As my mother is deceased, this may have been a reference to life after death. 
  • I dreamed that I could fly around in the air, and was demonstrating such a power to some people, but no one seemed impressed or astonished. The dream may hint at some afterlife realm where everyone has such a power. 
  • I dreamed that I jaywalked across a highway avoiding lots of cars traveling fast, arriving on the other side of the highway. This scary journey may have symbolized a scary death experience that leaves you on the Other Side (an afterlife). 
  • After her death, I dreamed I was with the last-born of my siblings, on the bottom floor of a house we used to live in. I was telling her how she could speed-dial me on the phone if she had some trouble. I saw in the room a book with the title "Effective Ghost Writing." So there were two elements in this dream hinting at the idea of communication with the deceased. 
  • I dreamed that I had a kind of a birds-eye view of a football stadium. First, I saw a body lying by itself on the field, as if a player had collapsed or died. Then I saw some players celebrating joyously, as football players do when a touchdown is scored.  This may have suggested a "death will be followed by triumphant joy" theme hinting at some afterlife. 
  • I dreamed that I entered an office and told the man at the front desk I had an appointment. But the person ignored me, as if I was some invisible ghost. 
  • I had a dream I was repeatedly falling from a rooftop about 50 meters high, down to the street below, with about three such falls occurring.  In one of these falls, there was some fire involved, as if I had fallen into a fire. Each such falling may represent a death I may have experienced in a previous life, and one of those deaths may have been a death in a fire.  Alternately, the dream may simply represent the idea of survival after death. 
  • I had a dream mentioning the concept of "spirit bells," bells that could be used to receive manifestations from spirits. 
  • I had a dream a woman was singing some song about salvation or life after death. Nearby people were dancing or jumping about in a very joyous manner. 
  • I had a dream I watched a book-sized object on the floor slide away from me. The object then reversed motion, sliding toward me. I said, "Hey, who is moving that thing?" It was like some poltergeist was at work. 
  • I had a dream I looked at a big bridge and thought that it was too far to walk across it, and that I should take the subway instead (living in New York City, I know that subway travel is an alternative to walking across a bridge to get across the East River).  I then entered the subway station, but to get into the subway station required some very scary traversal down a cliff-like entrance.  The travel across the river may have represented passage to some Other Side.  Traveling through the subway tunnel may match near-death experience accounts of passing through a tunnel to get to the Other Side. The scary cliff-like entrance of the subway may represent scary experiences a person has to endure around the time of death, before passing over to the Other Side. 
  • I had a dream someone was in some small room with a glass front wall, to the side of a house. There first appeared to be no way to get in or out of the room. But then the dream revealed there was a secret exit: a rectangular shaped hole in the floor that could be crawled through.  The dream may have symbolized the idea that there is some secret path by which the soul can escape from the body, to survive death.
  • I had a dream some  workers (including me) came to their desks, and were saddened to see that their computers had been stolen or destroyed. I thought to myself something like, "This isn't so bad, because I have a backup," thinking of an information backup. The dream may symbolize the idea that someone's self and memory may be preserved (by means of a soul survival) even after a physical body is lost. 
  • I dreamed that I posted some URL links to some web site, one of those sites (such as www.reddit.com) that allow users to post links that become part of a web page.  The links were to some web pages talking about life after death.  In my dream I then checked whether the web site had accepted my links (moderators often reject links you try to add to sites such as www.reddit.com).  I found the web server was rebooting.  The computer reboot may symbolize life after death, with the server's "life" continuing after the brief "death" of the reboot. 
  •  I had a dream in which I heard a couple singing the song "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story, a song that ends with the line "even death won't part us now," which hints at life after death. 
  • I dreamed I was in a big auditorium or church or theater where some music was playing.  Someone said something like, "This performance has dragged on too long -- let's stop it." So there was a sudden end  to the music. Then I walked up some stairs. The sudden end may have signified sudden death, and the walking up the stairs may have symbolized the ascent of a soul to some heaven after death. 
  • I dreamed that I had been chosen to be the new host of The Tonight Show. An announcer on TV said, "At 12:40 tonight The Tonight Show will be cancelled, but five minutes later the show will return to the air with a new host and a new format."  The cancellation of the show may have symbolized sudden death, and the return five minutes later of a new version of the show may symbolize life after death. It is interesting that the five-minute delay mentioned is about how long it would take someone to die from something like cardiac arrest.  Cancellations of TV shows are often compared to deaths, and someone may say something like "NBC killed Star Trek after three seasons."
  • I dreamed that I was an Allied soldier in Nazi-occupied Italy, trying to get back home. I found a boat yard near a river, and stole a kayak, trying to use the kayak to get back home. Once again the "crossing the river" motif, which may symbolize the barrier between life and death that leads to some Other Side that is like "your real home." On the same night I had another "trying to get back home" dream, which also had a "blockage" motif that I often get in dreams. 
  • In another one of very many dreams of "crossing the water to get to the other side," I dreamed that I first thought of crossing a body of water using two big empty plastic boxes in my home as flotation devices. But then I realized this was impractical, and bought an airplane ticket to cross the water. Getting to such an other side may represent reaching the Other Side of an afterlife. 
  • I dreamed that I went into my kitchen, and saw it dramatically rearranged. "It's the poltergeist!" I said. "This place is haunted!" 
  • I dreamed that after entering a building, I tried to greet a young woman, but saw her fade away into nothingness like a vanishing ghost. Then I saw phantom faces on window panes.  
  • I had a dream I was sitting with members of my family at a table, probably the four deceased members of my family. I said that I would bring a song of my own composition, and seemed to be promising to prepare that for our next meeting, seemingly thinking of a meeting that would occur before long. 
  • I dreamed that a car picked me up in the middle of the night, to take me to a train where I would go with some other people on some quest to get knowledge about paranormal realities.  This may have symbolized dying in the night, and traveling to some afterlife realm. On the same night I dreamed I was being carried in a man's arms in a "crossing the threshold" fashion, which may have symbolized crossing a threshold between earthly life and the afterlife.  The man was a famous deceased person. 
  • In the middle of one of very many dreams with a "going home" theme which may be related to life after death, I dreamed of a book with the title 100 Secrets of Eternity, a title rather suggesting the idea of deep truths such as eternal life. 
  • On one night I had a dream of a light being unplugged and then replugged in elsewhere. The first loss of light may represent death, and the restoration of the light  may represent life after death. On the same night I dreamed vaguely about major transfers of financial assets, which may refer to the type of financial asset transfers that occur when someone dies. 
  • I dreamed I was in a group of 10 or 15 people standing rather closely together, facing a man. In the middle of these people there was a black rope hanging from the ceiling. I climbed up the rope a little ways, and then began swinging back and forth, vocally making a spooky "ooh-ooh-ooh" noise like some haunting ghost.  My motion resembled that of a ghost flying about or gliding about, and my feet were not touching the ground. Very strangely, none of the 10 or 15 people moved out of my way as I swung, and none of them seemed to notice me. It was as if I was some invisible immaterial ghost.  
  • I dreamed that a man was encased in some huge outer covering of packed snow or ice, like a butterfly trapped inside a snowball, and that some workers came to free his body from this material.  The dream may be a metaphor for the idea of the soul being freed at death from some body that it does not need.
  • I dreamed that I was taking a night train to go see my mother. This may been a reference to traveling to some afterlife realm, as my mother is deceased.  
  • I dreamed that while walking towards an elevator, I was singing the Christmas carol "Oh Holy Night," but I was paraphrasing its lyrics, so that I sang "Oh night divine, oh night when I met you." The elevator may symbolize rising to some heavenly realm, and the meeting on a "night divine" may refer to encountering some divine reality.  
  • I had a dream in which a narrator was saying that a deceased mother was somehow watching over her son and also somehow helping him at different times.
  • Although I have been living in the same place for many years, I had two recent dreams of relocating to a new residence, which may symbolize moving to some new afterlife realm of existence. 
  • I had a dream I was walking with someone to go see my father's tombstone. Strangely, in the dream I had the idea that I did not know where my father's body was, and that I should just go to the known location of his tombstone, which was easier to get to.  Although this big difference between a body location and a tombstone location may seem senseless, it makes very good sense under the notion (common in the literature of the paranormal) that each person has a kind of spiritual body that will survive death.  Under such a hypothesis, the location of a deceased person's spiritual body would be very different from the location of his tombstone.  
  • I had a dream I was in the lobby of a tall building, in front of its elevators. I was dressed in a business suit, but wearing no shoes.  My attire in this dream may symbolize death, because people who have open-coffin funerals often have fancy clothes on their top half, but no shoes (their bottom half being unseen by funeral attendees).  The elevators in front of me may symbolize an ascent to some higher plane of existence after death.  On another night I had a similar "elevation" dream.  On that night I dreamed I was an astronaut taking a rocket up to a space station. The space station was all brilliantly lit whiteness like the space station in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. In near-death experiences people often report rising up to some place of dazzling white light. 
  • I had a dream I was driving down a mountain with a structure like a high ziggurat, but with no road. There were about 70 levels, with the levels getting wider and wider as I drove down. After finishing this scary ride, I felt safe and relieved. Each level may symbolize a particular year of life, with the width of each level representing how old I was in one year of my life. The feeling of safety and relief when I finished this difficult journey may represent how a person will feel after he has died and progressed to some afterlife realm: a feeling of safety and relief. 
  • I had a dream I was climbing up a very tall and thin yellow tower, by climbing up a long ladder. I came to some area near the tower's end that I couldn't see well. I heard someone say that now I had to make a jump to go farther. Each wrung on the ladder may have represented a year of life, and the jump at the end of the tower may represent the transition to a life after death.  
  • I dreamed that by putting a cigarette lighter under an empty upside-down plastic bottle, I could cause the bottle to levitate and then float far away.  The dream may have symbolized common reports (during near-death experiences) of souls floating in the air and moving far away. 
  • I dreamed on August 17 that I was palm-push wrestling with my late father. We were facing each other, standing, with our palms together, pushing in opposite directions, with a line between us. In each round the winner was whoever pushed forward far enough so that both of his feet were standing on the other side of the line separating the two players.  My father won the first round, but I then won the next two rounds, to win the match.  My father went out of my sight. Then a woman said she would bet 20 dollars that my father would win if there was another round. So my father came back, and we did one more round of palm-push wrestling, which I won, by pushing far enough so that my feet were on the other side of the line. Moving to the other side of the line may have symbolized crossing over to the Other Side of an afterlife. I can never recall having a dream in which I was so physically close to a deceased person. 
  • I dreamed that I was on the sofa of my living room, and was surprised to see a deceased sister (the first born of my siblings) come up to me. She looked much younger than when she died, and was smiling. I said that she must be a ghost, and she said she was not.  I reached out to touch her. I then experienced some problem with my tablet device, causing me to turn it off. 
  • I dreamed that I and many other people were crossing a bridge, which may have represented a boundary between earthly life and postmortal existence. 
  • I dreamed some people including myself had been on some long obstacle course or treasure hunt, and that the kind of end point or finish line was a door.  The long obstacle course or treasure hunt may have represented earthly life, and the door at the end of this may have represented the entry to an afterlife. 
  • I dreamed that I was at an airport, and there was some task I had to do before my departure. There were long tables and hundreds of people in front of the tables. There were hundreds of little slots on the tables. In the dream I felt I was supposed to find some little slot I could use somehow, but it was hard to find an empty slot that was not already being used.  The slots may have symbolically represented burial slots in a graveyard, and the departure into the sky may have represented an ascent to some afterlife realm. 
  • Some woman in a tower was looking at a large border divider, a border between   two countries. She thought that she would escape her country by traveling  at length near the border. The border may have represented a boundary between earthly life and an afterlife.  On another day, in a similar vein, I had both a dream of climbing up and over a high fence (like you might have at a border) and a dream of searching for a tool I could use to pry open a locked door. 
  • I dreamed someone put a dead turtle with a burned shell on the chair I was using at work. Disgusted by this, I quit the job.  The destroyed shell may represent the destruction of an earthly body (a kind of shell for the soul) at death, and quitting the job and going elsewhere may have represented moving on to a new postmortal reality after death. 
Besides these there have been quite a few other dreams with a "going home" theme that may symbolize a return to some afterlife state of existence that souls may possibly inhabit before going to our planet. 

References to the Deceased


Many of my dreams since mid-November have referred to deceased persons or deceased animals, who I have either directly seen in my dreams or heard mentioned. These include the following:



  • 31 dreams involving my late mother.
  • 23 dreams involving my late father. 
  • 13 dreams involving my late sister, the first-born of my siblings.
  • Four dreams (after her death) of another late sister, the last-born of my siblings. 
  • Two dreams involving one of my late grandmothers. 
  • A dream involving my late sister-in-law. 
  • Many dreams in which I saw pets I had previously had, who died. 
  • A dream in which I heard the late Karen Carpenter singing "For All We Know."
  • A dream in which I saw the late actor Richard Burton.
  • A dream referring to the late composer Richard Wagner.
  • Two dreams involving the late president Ronald Reagan.
  • Two dreams involving a famous political leader I won't mention. 
  • Three dreams involving the late actor Peter Falk, and three dreams involving the late talk show host Johnny Carson (in one dream, I was asking Falk to identify Carson from a photo on a book, and he did identify him correctly).  
  • A dream involving the late actor Leonard Nimoy.
  • A dream involving the late actor Laurence Olivier.
  • A dream involving the late actor/dancer Fred Astaire. 
  • A dream involving the late opera singer Luciano Pavoratti. 
  • Two dreams involving the late actor John Wayne.
  • A dream mentioning a very famous historical figure born in ancient times. 
  • Three dreams involving the late actor Gregory Peck. 
  • Two dreams involving the late Albert Einstein. 
  • A dream involving the late Neil Armstrong. 
  • A dream involving the late William Shakespeare.
  • Four dreams involving the late John Kennedy. 
  • A dream involving the Beatles (two of whom are deceased).
  • Three dreams involving the late actor Marlon Brando.
  • A dream involving the later actor Charlton Heston.
  • A dream involving the late composer and singer John Lennon. 
  • A dream involving the late director and actor Charlie Chaplin.
  • A dream referring to the late physicist Isaac Newton.
  • A dream referring to the deceased founders of a large company.
  • A dream referring to the late philosopher Rousseau. 
  • A dream involving the late scientist and writer Benjamin Franklin.
  • A dream involving the late scientist Antoine Lavoisier. 
  • Two dreams referring to the late biologist Darwin. 
  • A dream involving the late actor/celebrity Orson Bean.
  • A dream involving the late actor John Garfield. 
  • Three dreams involving the late opera singer Franco Corelli. 
  • A dream involving the late actor Jimmy Cagney.
  • A dream involving the late commentator Rush Limbaugh. 
  • A dream invoving the late medium Margaret Fox.
  • A dream involving the late film director Stanley Kubrick. 
  • A dream involving the late actor Jim Garner. 
  • A dream involving the late actor Fernand Gravey, mirroring a scene in a 1938 movie in which Gravey was humming a Johann Strauss melody (interestingly, I could not recall the melody the morning after having the dream, but it played exactly right in my dream).
  • A dream involving the late actor Christopher Reeve. 
  • A dream involving the late philosopher John Stuart Mill. 
  • A dream involving the late actor Cary Grant. 
  • A dream involving the late singer/actor Frank Sinatra. 
  • A vivid dream involving the late actress Audrey Hepburn. 
  • A dream involving the late composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein.
  • A dream involving the late US president Thomas Jefferson.
  • A dream involving the late actor Leslie Nielsen. 
  • A dream involving the late actor James Gandolfini. 
  • A dream involving the later actor Robin Williams.
  • A dream involving the late actress Valerie Harper (one in which I improbably remembered that she had been fired, a recollection matching her firing from a TV role in 1987). 
  • A dream of the scene in the movie Patton in which General George Patton (played by George C. Scott) was hearing about the famous "Nuts!" reply of General Anthony McAuliffe (the dream therefore managed to refer to three deceased people, Patton, Scott and McAuliffe). 
  • A dream that may have mentioned the ancient Greek urban planner Hippodamus, a name I had never heard mentioned before the night of the dream (I wrote down the name "Hippodemus" after having the dream). 
  • Two dreams involving the late US president Dwight Eisenhower.
  • A dream on February 20, 2021 involving the late actor Edd Byrnes. 
The appearance of Edd Byrnes in my dream of February 20 is very astonishing.  Byrnes became famous in the late 1950's and early 1960's as an actor in a TV show called 77 Sunset Strip.  He played a character who was called Kookie. After 1964 Byrnes had very little fame in the US on the stage or screen, and the US public pretty much forgot about him (although he had some success in acting in Europe). He appeared briefly in the movie Grease in 1978, and got occasional roles here and there, without ever getting another US TV series to star in.  There is no reason why I should have remembered Edd Byrnes or the role of Kookie that was his main role.  I remember my family would occasionally watch 77 Sunset Strip, but it was always more than 50 years ago. Except for seeing Byrnes briefly in the 1978 movie Grease,  in which I did not recognize him, I cannot recall seeing Byrnes in any role in the past 55 years, nor can I recall reading a single word about him during those 55 years (prior to my dream of him), nor can I recall seeing him on TV during that time, nor can I recall ever thinking about him during the 55 years prior to having a dream of him. I can't recall a single word spoken on 77 Sunset Strip, or any of the show's plots, and I can't recall a single word Edd Byrnes ever said or wrote. If you had asked me "who is Edd Byrnes" the day before my dream of him,  I would have said that I don't know. But somehow on February 20 I wrote in the middle of the night that I had a dream about him. I wrote down his name exactly like this: Eddie "Cookie" Byrnes, remembering not just his name but his main role, with the very minor shortfall of using "Cookie" instead of "Kookie."

Byrnes died last year. In my dream he was on a high-speed boat, looking young and handsome, as he did back in his glory days.  Was that boat heading across a river, going to its Other Side?

Telepathy and Psi References

Another novel change in my dreams since mid-November has been references to telepathy and clairvoyance.



  • In one dream I was being tested for telepathy. 
  • In another dream I suggested telepathy as an explanation for something.
  • In another dream that was vivid and realistic, I was lecturing a group of students on the topic of clairvoyance, speaking just as I would if I actually were doing such a thing, and noting that the published evidence for clairvoyance goes back more than 200 years. 
  • I dreamed my mother was asking me to say something to my brother about clairvoyance. 
  • In a dream on March 3, there was a very vivid presentation of the idea of telepathy. In the dream I was struck by the idea that I could read a young lady's thoughts. So while staring at the woman face-to-face I merely thought to myself (in the dream) something like, "I am thinking of the number 14 -- can you guess it?" Then, staring at me intensely without speaking, the woman thought, "Yes, I got the number -- it's 14." 
  • I dreamed I was writing a history of paranormal phenomena, which included a discussion of early evidence for clairvoyance. 
  • I had a dream about some strange change in a house I once lived in. Then in another dream the same change was being discussed, and I was saying, "I dreamed this before seeing it -- it must be clairvoyance."
  • I dreamed I was doing an ESP test with my wife. 
  • I dreamed that I had a dream of a man having a finger cut. The man then came in and said that while I was sleeping his finger had been cut.  In my dream I was impressed by this, regarding it as evidence for something like ESP. 
  • I dreamed I had thought of the topic of cosmology, and then shortly thereafter heard some stranger use the rarely-used word "cosmology." I told the stranger that her reference to cosmology occurred because of ESP between me and her. 
If dreams are sometimes telepathically influenced by mysterious parties, we can imagine such parties telepathically suggesting the very idea of telepathy, as a kind of hint as to the source of such dreams. 

Related Accounts

Read the posts here and here and here and here and here  for a discussion of dreams that seemed to foretell a death.  The 1874 book Dead and Gone by James Samuel Pollock (which you can read here) is a a book deserving much more attention than the very little attention it has received so far.  It is a book filled with accounts of paranormal experiences, such as apparition sightings, dreams that seemed to foretell death, and deathbed visions.