I had an odd experience recently.
The first recurring dream I remember is from when I was around 3 years old. This was at the end of the 70s. I had never watched TV, and much of today’s technology wasn’t invented. Ultrasound scans were introduced in Norway in the mid 80s.
The dream showed a light grey, vague shape, floating weightlessly against a background which I at that time interpreted as a dark grey waterfall. It was flickering like static on a TV screen and sounded like water pipes or static on the radio. I had a strong feeling that this was connected to a hospital. This dream would show up close to waking up, or as HI. Later, when I was 4-5 years old and read my parents’ books , I recognised the shape as a blurry view of a human fetus.
I had an ultrasound scan about a week ago, and what I saw on that screen was a perfect match of the childhood dream. The only difference was that in the dream, the image took up my entire field of vision. It stunned me.
This has made me believe more strongly that we humans have a limited, subconscious view of the future. My mother has described several occasions where she has had strong, emotional dreams that stood out as odd to her at the time, only to be recognised later when things happened to her children.
Could it be that some events are just so emotionally intense that they are perceived not just forward in time, but into the past too?