There are many stories of people having dreams of future events, such as the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, both in the U.S., but I have chosen this story because it saved only one life, but had the potential to save over 150 more lives.
This is the story of an unnamed American intelligence agent who worked as a remote viewer back in the 1980’s. Let’s call him Steve.
Steve was a professional remote viewer. Remote viewing is the practice of quieting the mind and allowing information to flow in the form of images. A remote viewing assignment entails a hiring firm contracting with the remote viewer to provide information about a certain location pertaining to an event of key importance. The remote viewer then relaxes and lets images flow, sharing them verbally in real time. A sketch artist then sketches all of the images described for documentation and reference. Quieting the mind has positive effect on one’s level of precognition.
Steve and his partner were attending a work-related event in Detroit and were planning to return home on the same flight. The night before the flight, Steve had a dream in which he saw an airplane on fire, filled with smoke and panicking passengers. He recalled his dream on waking and debated whether he should take the flight or skip it.
What would you do in a similar situation?
Steve, being a meditator and having a heightened sense of his surroundings, must have felt deeply in his intuitive side that something was not right, while his rational side may have reasoned that it was just a dream. His final decision was to skip the flight, but he felt reluctant and doubtful that he had a valid reason.
He told his coworker that he had some unfinished business in Detroit to tend to, and that he would fly home the next day.
Steve drove his coworker to the airport. Shortly after dropping him off, he witnessed the second worst air disaster in the United States history, the crash of Northwest Flight 255, the flight that he skipped. Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft, bound for Phoenix, Arizona, attempted to takeoff from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport at around 8:45 pm EDT on August 17, 1987. However, the flight, with 149 passengers and six crew members, crashed, killing all but a four-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and concluded that the pilots failed to configure the aircraft for takeoff. The mistake was something related to extending the flaps to give the wings more surface area, a common practice for take offs. Shortly after takeoff, the stall warning came on and the plane went out of control. The left wings hit a light pole at the end of the runway and burst into flames. The plane then struck the roof of the Avis car-rental building, rolled 90 degrees left, and crashed, leaving a large field of burning debris. Parts of the plane reached the nearby Interstate I-94, killing two motorists.
How would you interpret Steve’s dream? Let us break it down. Here are key attributes of a dream to look at:
- Uncommon – he was not having such dreams on a regular basis
- Non-Residual – it was not related to recent events in his waking life
- Vivid – according to Steve’s account, the dream was very lifelike
- Unsettling – the dream really got his attention
If the key attributes of a dream point to a potentially precognitive dream, it is worth looking at how it makes you feel. We have to be able to trust our instincts, our gut feelings, in situations like this. Meditation and quieting of the mind is one way of doing that.
For most Westerners, this may sound like just another weird dream. We may justify getting on that flight as a show of our sanity and courage, but that is our “rational,” busy mind talking.
Don’t you wonder if other victims on that flight had such dreams and ignored them? Were there others who were supposed to be on that flight but, like Steve, skipped the flight because of a dream?
Dreams belong to anyone in the dream. In this case, Steve’s dream contained people inside the aircraft. If dreams were given any credence, could this dream have raised an alarm somewhere in the aviation industry and potentially saved all of those lives?
Do you wonder whether sharing the dream with the aviation authorities would have prompted them to force additional precautions?
Think of those times when you are leaving to go somewhere, and a loved one tells you, “drive carefully,” as opposed to those times when no one tells you that. Don’t you feel influenced by their love and concern?
Paying attention to your dreams could return high dividends. Journal them, and share them with those featured in your dreams.
- Elias Howe and Invention of the Sewing Machine
- Alexander’s Dream and Invasion of Jerusalem
- Beatles Song “Yesterday” was Born in a Dream
- Aunt Mary’s Farewell
- Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Elements
- Frog Heart Experimenta
Cockpit Voice & Crash Simulation
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
America’s Orphan: Lone Survivor – Cecelia Cichan