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Paquette comes over as a rational and well-informed person, aware of the possibility of other explanations for his experiences. For him, however, the dreams and other incidents (and they are impressive!) are a lived experience, enabling him to arrive at a worldview which includes different universes, or dimensions (with the earthbound one at one end and “Mundus Divinus” at the other), which affect each other, rather like a stage with hidden controls backstage, and where the goal of earthbound existence is to learn what truly matters. How far one can travel with Paquette depends of course on one’s own experiences and interpretation of them, but even without going all the way
one can enjoy the journey. ~ , Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
20 Years of Psychic Dreams and How They Changed My Life
by Andrew Paquette
Reviewed by Peggy Coats for Dream Tree magazine ~ Peggy Coats, Dream Tree Magazine
In the late 1980s, Andrew Paquette began to realize that his dreams were not simply residue from the day or chaotic collections of images and symbols, but, instead, were messages of importance for him on many levels in his life. Nudged by the lack of social acknowledgment of the value of dreams and the messages they provide, the author began a 20-year journey into recording and understanding his dreams; dreams which encompass telepathy, collective experience, waking life guidance, precognition, and out-of-body adventures.
The book begins with the telling of a startling dream in which the author is mugged and shot to death while living in Holland. Frightened by the dream, Paquette makes the decision to return to his loved ones in the United States, only to have the dream re-enacted in waking life as he is about to leave the country. Armed with the keen memory of the dream, he takes action to change the course of events, and succeeds in scaring the muggers off (and living to tell the tale!). Only later does he realize that the dream was not only a warning, but a precognitive event. And so begins the author's awakening to a new realm of consciousness, which, over time, becomes a reliable guide to the puzzles of mundane reality.
Like a psychic detective, the author shares compelling dream/life stories with us as he wends his way through to discovering the nature of his dream life and it's hidden messages relating to both simultaneous real time and the future. With the author, we begin to see that his strong intuitive abilities are developing and manifesting through the venue of his dreams.
Of particular fascination is Paquette's initiation into contact with ghosts and spirits of the deceased, raising intriguing speculation into the existence and nature of an afterlife as well as the potential for other realms of existence beyond our own. The author learns to communicate with and aid these astral travelers as his own skills and awareness grow over time.
More than a dream journal, this book asks difficult questions and probes the author's dreams and waking life experience to make sense of both in a way that brings a universal quality of meaning to his insights and understandings.
The author's engaging writing style keeps the pages turning. Of interest to anyone who is fascinated with dreams, spirituality, telepathy, precognition, intuition, and life after death, this book is a great read and hard to put down!
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and credible, March 23, 2011
This review is from: Dreamer: 20 years of psychic dreams and how they changed my life (Paperback)
I consider this book to be powerful evidence for the reality of precognitive dreams. Correlations between what the author dreamed, and actual events that happened (often within hours) in the "real" world, are simply too numerous and specific to think that coincidence can suffice as an explanation. ~
Professional skeptics of course, will jump on that statement and remind us that fraud or sloppy observation might be factors. But the author has been keeping meticulous journals for twenty years, and I, for one, can't help but see Mr. Paquette as anything other than a man with a passion for recording his dream-life to see what he can learn from it.
To put my comments in perspective, I should add that years ago, I too kept a dream journal. This was at a point in my life when I was just opening up to the possibility of psychic phenomena, but in no way convinced of their reality.
In that sense, I was a true skeptic--open-minded but most definitely needing hard evidence to be persuaded. And that's why it's easy for me to trust the author--his frame of mind and approach seem to match my own exactly.
As a side note, Mr. Paquette speaks of his friendship with Dr. David Ryback, who wrote "Dreams That Come True," another excellent book (and one of my personal favorites) for anyone who wants to learn more about the subject, and is looking for credible evidence.
In its final sections, "Dreamer" focuses on dreams that are spiritual rather than precognitive. Once again, that reminds me of another study--a wonderful, but little-known, book called "Divine Dreams" by David Engle, another dreamer extraordinaire.
Mr. Paquette has done us a favor by taking the time to share with us his 20-year investigation and journey of discovery. Thanks!
4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive book, but you'll wish it was better supplemented, April 30, 2011
This review is from: Dreamer: 20 years of psychic dreams and how they changed my life (Paperback)
Out-of-body experiences are one thing. But imagine having one *in a dream*. That's what the author of this book claims happened to him one night in Amsterdam, twenty years ago. But if you think that's impressive, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
In this book, the author sums up his life of having premonitory dreams and Bible-themed religious visions. From life-changing (and saving) episodes to predicting the next cover of TIME; from the mundane to the overwhelming, his dreams run a wide gamut.
Not all persons who have strong religious experiences - even ones with Christian themes - become Christians in the conventional sense. The author is one of these people. There are Christian preachers - leaders in congregations - who say that the only way to salvation is through Christ as taught by them. I suspect that their religious experiences do not compel them to think this way. Instead, their enthusiasm begins to corrupt their experience. But Paquette does not go that far. He believes in a God - whoever this God actually is - and acknowledges the Christian themes in his most powerful visions. Yet he feels no compulsion to preach the One, True Faith. There is no dogma here. And not only is Paquette not an inerrantist, he feels no obligation to believe doctrines which eventually became the core of the Christian faith, such as the Trinity (not that such beliefs are wrong per se).
Such is the corruption of hard-line, Christ-or-hell Christians that they would not bat an eyelid while telling you that Paquette's dreams are not from God but from the devil. And how do they know this? Because his beliefs are not like theirs. And because his beliefs are not like theirs, he believes heresies. In other words, circular reasoning.
But should one be skeptical, even though Paquette is backed up in his claims by the people who know him? Nothing is so sacred that it shouldn't be questioned. And nothing is lost by being skeptical or non-committal by default (for any claim, no matter how mundane). But if you think that his claims can't be true simply because you think nature doesn't work like that, the conversation is already over. Mother Nature does not subscribe to 'Skeptic Monthly'.
Perhaps the only negative marks I can give this book is that the author didn't spend time discussing his experiences with mystical teachings of established traditions. But that's excusable. The author is not making recommendations to the reader. The readers are left to their own devices to figure out what to do with this information. In light of the fact that no dogma is preached to him, that's all he can do.
In the absence of plain lying or delusion, this book is made more valuable because so much has happened to one person over a good part of his lifetime. Paquette's premonitory dreams are still happening and will probably continue indefinitely.
What's the next big scientific discovery? The next big paradigm shift? The one that once again, as often happens in science, shakes us up? One might posit something like a complete understanding of the Big Bang, from the very first moment. Or a breakthrough in string theory. Maybe abiogenesis: the origin of life from non-living compounds. But no. It's under our noses and has been for millennia: we're psychic after all.
Interestingly enough, parapsychology - the study of ESP and other psychic powers collectively known as 'psi' (pronounced 'sigh') - doesn't figure in this book. Although parapsychology is fascinating in its own right, Paquette's experiences come down to either premonitory dreams or spontaneous predictions. Neither of which can be directly tested by parapsychologists. You either have to wait and see in the first case, or be lucky enough to be a witness in the second.
There are some unsettling implications if we take his religious dreams seriously. Perhaps they're more symbolic than he realizes. And maybe their disturbing imagery is only scary because we are not used to these kinds of messages put in such a way. But it seems that the future is not fixed - not entirely, anyway. His Amsterdam dream - the one in which he is accosted, taken into an alleyway, shot and left to die - was a warning after all. He had a choice to use that dream to prevent his death. If the dream was of a potential future, he avoided it.
Will this book change your mind? That depends. Some people are only swayed with hard data (i.e. parapsychology experiments). No matter how good the experiences are - and how much evidence there is in an given case - some people will take the conservative view and make no judgment either way. If you prefer directly measurable paranormal phenomena, you might want to read a book by any number of psi researchers.
If you want an in-depth preview of the contents of this book, you can listen to the author speaking on the Skeptiko podcast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth the admission price, 18 Jun 2011
This review is from: Dreamer: 20 Years of Psychic Dreams and How They Changed My Life (Paperback)
I've been reading about paranormal and psychic phenomena for over 20 years. I've read about NDEs, ghosts, UFOs, clairvoyancy and ESP. I've read alot of so called channelled material, including that by Jane Roberts, I've even read the Gospels. That being so, I didn't come to this book expecting it to be as rewarding as it was. The key to it being so good is partly that he has an exceptionally high number of detailed dreams that accurately predict the future: partly that he has diligently recorded and perceptively commented on them. Not everyone who has these kind of dreams can accept the responsibility. Not everybody can do something with the material. I have to say, I found the end of the book quite disturbing, frightening even. What are we to make of a book that appears to indicate that karma and re-incarnation exist on the one hand (which however harsh, seems fair) and an angry God who will imminently wipe out most of mankind on the other? That said, it doesn't mean those souls that perish will be chucked in the shredder, just that they might have to start afresh in a post-apocalyptic scenario. You can imagine that that would be a kind of hell. Then again, Andy's final prediction could be incorrect. But after Andy's other dreams constantly being proved right you wouldn't want to bet on it. The interesting thing about this book is there is absolutely no mention of aliens. Paquette indicates that we should acknowledge God, repent of our sins and do no further wrong. Another interesting man with a story to tell, Lou Baldin (see my other review) says that there is no prime creator (God) and that whilst being religious ultimately Jesus is just part of a grand illusion, albeit that serves a purpose. Paquette, like Shakespeare before him, compares life as we know it to a stage, and talks of a backstage. The question is, when Andy Paquette came face to face with God was it the prime creator, was it someone playing a part that he could understand or was he really face to face with the ultimate designer of all things everywhere or a bit of both? Or is such a question simply a nonsensical one that only seems to make sense from my 3D perspective? I didn't finish the book feeling better or safer than before I read it, but I couldn't deny it's one of the best I've read in a long time. ~
This could be one of the most important books since Dunne's Experiment with Time. ~ Colin Wilson, renowned British author of dozens of books on philosophy, mysticism and the occult
In his remarkable book, Dreamer: 20 years of psychic dreams and how they changed my life, Andrew Paquette shares a dream journal, a journal in which many of his dreams seemed to ignore the constraints of time and space, forecasting future events, often with remarkable accuracy. Were these correspondences coincidences, chance results, or evidence that the dreaming mind is capable of glimpsing a broader perspective of the universe than the waking mind? Opinions will vary on this issue; nonetheless, Paquette's readers will be treated to a saga of nighttime journies that is enjoyable as well as provocative, one that will stimulate them to pay closer attention to their own dream life. ~ Dr. Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University co-author, Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them
Andrew Paquette will change the way we think about precognitive dreams. He has an extraordinary gift and the precise intellect to discuss how it works and what it implies for the rest of us. His story is a compelling one about a shrewd and educated man who has been forced to come to terms with nightly glimpses of the future, borne out for decades by evidence, corroboration and experience. If you care about dreams, precognition or consciousness you will find his story astounding. ~ Dr. Gillian Holloway PhD, Author of The Complete Dream Book of Love and Relationships: Discover What Your Dreams and Intuition Reveal about You and Your Love Life
This book grabs and holds the readerâ€™s attention from the first page. It is a compelling account of one manâ€™s journey toward understanding his paranormal dreams and waking experiences. Andrew Paquette vividly captures his dreams and subsequent matching life events, urging the reader to ponder larger questions about the nature of the universe, the concept of time, and views about fate and destiny. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the world of dreams and the nature of reality will not be able to put this book down. ~ Dr. Jacquie Lewis PhD, Jacquie Lewis, Ph.D. is Interim Co-director of the Dream Studies Certificate Program, Saybrook University, columnist of The Wakeful Dreamer and Good Karma magazine
I have been involved in the field of Parapsychology for over half a century, both as a researcher, and as an experimental subject in laboratory studies of telepathic dreaming. I have also researched all types of dreams extensively for 45 years. This book describing the author's accounts of his 2,900 records of dreaming adventures over a twenty year period, including the hundreds of psychic dreams he experienced, is definitely unique, intriguing , and spellbinding!! This book will have a strong impact on how we conceive the modus operandi of how reality operates. ~ Robert L Van de Castle PhD, Professor Emeritus University of Virginia Health Sciences Center author of Our Dreaming Mind, and co author of The Content Analysis of Dreams with Calvin Hall