A scientist shows us that we all have the biological capability to reduce uncertainty in our lives.
Heads-Up Dreaming is a book about Dr. Smith’s personal discovery of the ability to have dreams that seem to portray future waking events. While other writers have noted this before, what makes Smith’s book unique is his thorough overview of the nature and characteristics of these kinds of dreams and how they differ from more ordinary ones.
Through his research, he has discovered that people he knows (family, friends, and students) can also access “heads-up” dreams, suggesting this is a normal biological activity. Although it is an activity that appears to defy the rules of classical physics, it does not violate the rules of quantum physics. While some folks may be more accomplished at it than others – for example, he describes the dreams of one very talented individual who uses her dreams to guide her medical practice – it is an exercise available to all of us.
Some of our most important decisions including choosing a life partner, buying homes or cars, changing jobs, are often made with partial information under considerable stress, using emotional rather than logical thinking. With Smith’s process as a guide, you have the ability to eliminate some of life’s uncertainty by interpreting your heads-up dreams – some or all of them will most likely have a thing or two to do with major decisions. In his experience, he’s found these unique dreams often arrive in a timely manner and are typically neutral or positive. With this in mind, anyone concerned with only receiving negative predictions, should rest assured.
Heads-Up Dreaming can teach anyone the basic ability to recognize heads-up dreams and to use them as a guide for making some of life’s important decisions.
From the Introduction:
“My long training and career as a scientist resulted in my forming certain habits concerning the collection and organization of my own dreams and the dreams of others. I felt an obligation to categorize them, count them, make some graphs and do some statistics. Although I have been told that I am taking the fun and magic out of dreams portraying the future, I feel that it leads to a better understanding of what makes them unique and recognizable from other dreams. I also feel there should be some kind of theory that makes the idea of premonition-type dreams more palatable. Often, facts alone are not enough and many people are more reassured about a phenomenon when there is a theory to explain it. To that end, I have proposed a tentative theory that I hope can be revised and improved over time. More importantly, I have provided a list of things that I (and my fellow dreamers) do to maximize the recognition and use of these special kinds of dreams.”
Carlyle T. Smith, Ph.D., C. Psych. is Lifetime Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and is Director of Trent University Sleep Research Laboratories. He has published widely on the topics of sleep, memory and dreams and has taught courses on these topics for over 30 years. His work has been the subject of numerous radio and television documentaries in both North America and Europe. Dr. Smith was awarded the Trent University Distinguished Research Award in 2000 and the Canadian Sleep Society Distinguished Scientist Award in 2009.
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