A psychic dream presented for the public is often a clear example of a
single kind of psi. Because of this practice, we might assume that
clairvoyance, telepathy, empathy, precognition and mutual dreams are
distinct and separate sorts of phenomena. Especially when we dream with
other people, however, our dreams can provide information using more than
one type of psi. It's also common to conclude that each example of these
discrete types of dreampsi will refer to only one event. Nevertheless, it's
not unusual for one dream to connect with several incidents, both waking and
sleeping. Here's an example.
On a night in late December, Keelin had a couple of dreams. One of them
featured square-shaped earrings, a pin and a playful kitten.
On the bedside table I find some earrings along with matching rectangular
pins. As I examine them, sitting on the floor next to the bed, I spot a
straight pin sticking in the carpet (not there in waking reality) which I
place on the table. I select a pretty pair of earrings and hold them in my
hand to look at them more closely. They are made from a dark bluish gem or
stone with a goldish trim. This shape is small and square. Now, I'm
sitting/kneeling beside the bed watching as (my partner) Rich nuzzles with a
little kitten on my side of the bed. He is completely fearless of being
scratched by playful claws - a very sweet and loving exchange.
Next evening, Rich's mother gave Keelin a gift of blue earrings that were
strikingly similar to the ones in her dream. Although the actual gemstones
were round, each was mounted on a small square of metal.
The dream had done an excellent job providing Keelin with a bit of
precognitive information, soon to appear in her waking life. However, there
was much more to the dream than the earrings event. Where had the pin in the
carpet and the kitten come from? The answer is found in the fact that this
particular Saturday night was a mutual dreaming night for Keelin. She had
suggested to herself that she be receptive to co-dreamers, and her intention
Prior to her earring dream, Keelin had another dream in which she found
herself in Mexico. This first dream was a prelude that contained a "tracer
element." A tracer element is a recurring symbol that flags psychic
connection. In this case, it pointed to a particular person, who happened to
be me. My interest is sparked when a dreaming partner has a dream with a
Mexican theme. Almost invariably, that night's dreaming will have something
to do with my dreaming or waking life. Or both.
It's not surprising that dreamers would select a symbol that is a direct
import from physical reality. I'm married to a Mexican-American spouse and
our home is decorated with artifacts from our travels to Mexico. The tracer
element itself is not dreampsi for Keelin. Mexico is an association she
already knew applied to me. For myself, it flagged the probability that
psychic information would be forthcoming. In addition, this known attribute
was also a piece of mutual psi. The tracer element appeared twice when, that
very night, Keelin's Mexican theme wandered into my dream.
I wake up in one of two simple, flat beds in a room that has a door with
window panes. It opens to the South. From that direction, a tiger strolls
into the room. At first glance, I'm surprised and curious. When I realize
she's a fully grown beast, I'm alarmed. But she keeps her head down while
sniffing the ground and shows no aversion to me being in the same room. As I
calm down, I decide that she must be a pet that wandered "across the line"
from Mexicali into the United States. I surmise that people must be
permitted to keep animals in their homes in Mexico.
Besides the tracer element, the most sticking parallel in our mutual dreams
was the presence of a cat in our respective bedrooms. Another was more
subtle: being fearless or overcoming fear of that feline. As is my habit
toward the end of each December, I had pulled a card from a Tarot deck to
represent the energy of the upcoming year. This time, the selection was
"Strength." The Rider-Waite version of the card features a woman with her
arms wrapped around a lion's mouth. It's very clear that, although the cat
is large and fully grown, she has no fear of feline.
But that wasn't all. The card was very synchronous of an actual physical
event that occurred the evening prior to our mutual dreams. While kneeling
on the carpeted floor of the family room, I held a handful of colored
push-pins. I was picking them out of my palm to attach slips of paper to my
cork bulletin board. Every so often, I sat down to pet the family's two
cats. Our grey and black tiger-striped kitten, Spooky, was acting
particularly playful that night. When I dropped a blue push-pin, she grabbed
it in her mouth. Concerned that she might swallow it or otherwise hurt
herself, I gently retrieved the pin.
Perhaps inspired by my associations with the Tarot card, I had a dream that
was a metaphoric translation of this feline incident. Keelin's corresponding
cat dream was much more literal. In addition, her dreaming mind wove my
postcognitive blue pin-dropping together with her precognitive gift of blue
gemstones. There was more than a little fearless telepathic connection that