I knew I was going to lose my father four months before it happened.

I didn’t want to accept it, even though this dream had a very different quality to it than any of my other dreams. Besides, I thought, he was such a healthy 82-year-old. Still climbing ladders to cut down tree limbs and doing all the yard work a younger man in his 40s or 50s would hire someone else to do. How could this be? I tried rationalizing to minimize its meaning, but I knew in my gut that it was warning me of this life-changing event.

All the wonderful moments of my life with my father played out in front of my eyes.

This dream was very different. I was aware that I was dreaming. And, I was seeing it as if I were at a movie theater watching scenes of our life together appear up on the big screen.

I saw myself sitting on my Dad’s lap at 5 years old, then in the water at Jones beach and he was showing me how to dive under with my eyes open; then teaching me to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk outside our apartment building in New York; ice skating with my father in our back yard on the rink he’d built us after moving out of the city; working with my father to put up our above-ground pool….

The movie continued on like this all the way to the present with his helping me move into my current home. During the entire dream I felt the strength of the bond I had with my father, along with this incredible love for him that I can only describe as “celestial.”

I was being prepared for this terrible event.

I was shown the true essence of our relationship – the bond of love we formed which would last forever. The dream was really haunting and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

A little over a month later my father came down with a mysterious ailment that was later diagnosed as Lupus. He was gone three months later. Of course, even though I’d had this dream I was not prepared for the depths of despair I would feel at his loss. Six months later, it’s still very hard to believe he’s gone.

I had another dream that I wrote about in January titled:

“Serenaded by Oprah”

Oprah came into a little gift shop I owned and sang the Mockingbird Song to the only other customer in the store. I wanted to get as close to Oprah as possible while she sang, but I felt as if I might be intruding on a private moment, so I backed up and missed out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. The store was empty, but once she started singing the store filled up to the point where I could barely see her through the crowd.

I understood that the dream was addressing my insecurities.

I was afraid of revealing so much of myself in a blog, and as to whether I could attract readers and truly offer them anything of value. My intuition was guiding me to open up and just start singing/writing, and the writing would attract a crowd/readership. My store would be filled with customers interested in the gifts on my shelves. The Mockingbird Song was a message not to worry – I would always be supported and guided by my intuition. Backing away from Oprah was telling me to get over my shyness of speaking up and going after what I wanted.

These two dreams were distinctly different, but equally important in my growth and in the information they conveyed to me.

Here’s how to tell the difference between a precognitive dream and an intuitive dream:

1. A precognitive dream feels very real. Many times you’ll even be aware that you’re having a dream. Awareness in the dream of having a dream is called Lucid dreaming.

2. You can’t forget the dream. It’s haunting, or highly charged with emotion, and holds your attention for days or weeks afterward.

3. With a precognitive dream you’ll just know that it’s going to be so. No matter what you say to yourself to rationalize it – you know it’s true. You can’t shake the feeling of knowing.

4. Intuitive dreams have an A-ha quality. It’s more of a Eureka! moment. You see the error of your ways, or get an answer to a question, or situation or problem you’ve been grappling with in your life.

5. You’re not aware that your dreaming. It feels like a regular dream – but with a clearly discernible message.

Is it the same for you? Have you had these two different types of dreams? Do you have another way of decoding whether it’s an intuitive dream or precognitive dream?

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