Desautels, in his debut memoir, tells of a lifetime of prophetic dreams.
The author writes that when he was 5 years old, he started having intense, frequent dreams that foretold future events. As he grew older, the power and precision of these dreams steadily increased. “I found myself projected into airliners that crashed,” he writes, “and I saw homicides and suicides before they occurred. More than once a dream saved me from serious injury.” He began attending study groups centered on the writings of famous 20th-century psychic Edgar Cayce, and he attempted to attune himself to a phenomenon Cayce described as the “superconscious,” Desautels later realized that he was part of a long tradition of dream interpreters stretching all the way back to the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. In this short book’s concise, clear chapters, he describes the many variations of his dreaming experience, including lucid dreaming and using dreams to explore reincarnation. The actual content of his dreams varies, and sometimes they require highly imaginative interpretations; for example, the author once had a dream about Babe Ruth, which he connected to a night of too much rich food and wine. His dreams have even predicted the specific outcomes of sports events, including victories of the Miami Heat basketball team in 2013 NBA Finals. More often, however, the dreams have more general, holistic interpretations. “I wanted to change because I wasn’t happy with the life I was living,” he writes. “I looked into the mirror of the dream and saw what was reflected back to me.” Readers of spiritual and self-help books will appreciate how Desautels frankly says that his dreams only point the way to action; in dreams regarding his diet or exercise routines, for example, he notes that the actual waking-world work is all up to him. This practical turn makes the book consistently rewarding.
The intriguing story of how one man harnessed his dreams and changed his life.