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Can Our Dreams Predict the Future?

Using Gustavus Hindman Miller's Dream Symbol Dictionary for Dreamwork

Some of us keep a dream journal and look to our dreams to receive and decode messages that we receive. Often, we use a dream dictionary to give us ideas about what objects and scenarios we’ve seen. Something new to me is using our dreams to predict the future, including finding lost objects or persons, using our dreams. This is what I mean when I use the term “Dreamwork.” In dreamwork, we are asking for guidance before we go to sleep and then interpreting our dreams when we awaken as responses to our request of the previous night. Dreamwork, then, is a way to set the stage for precognitive dreams.

Miller's Approach: A Scientific Spin on Symbolism

Unlike some dream theories rooted in mysticism, Miller's approach leaned towards science. He compiled a vast collection of dream accounts, meticulously recording the symbols and emotions experienced by the dreamer. He then compared them to the dreamer's waking life, looking for correlations between dream imagery and recent events, emotional states, or waking concerns. Through this process, Miller built a massive catalog of dream symbols and their corresponding interpretations. 

A Glimpse into the Future

Miller did believe that specific symbols or objects within a dream could predict the future. For example, if the dream included images of spring, Miller might suggest this signifies hope and new beginnings. If a storm was present, it could signify a period of turmoil or conflict ahead. Therefore, Miller's interpretation relied on the specific symbols and elements present in the dream. Miller's work made a significant contribution to the field of dream analysis. His systematic approach paved the way for further exploration of the connection between dreams and our waking lives.

Some studies have focused on whether our dreams may predict the future based on early human survival mechanisms in our brains, such as finding future locations of water or food. However, most of the scientific community still believes that dreams are derived directly from our imagination and/or memories.

So, Should You Use Miller's Dream Dictionary?

Miller's dictionary can be a starting point for dream exploration and in particular, for the use of dreamwork as a tool to spark precognitive dreams. If you're curious about a specific symbol or action taking place in your dream, look it up and see if it resonates with your waking experiences. However, remember that dreams are personal -- your own emotions and life circumstances are also important when interpreting your dreams.

Miller’s 10,000 Dreams Interpreted is available online thanks to Project Guttenberg:


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