One of the former directors of Project STARGATE, Dale Graff discussed his research into the esoteric aspects of dreams such as precognitive, lucid, and shared dreaming. While he noted that paranormal phenomena, which he simply calls "psi," can take place in both the waking and dream state, it is the latter format that is most accessible for the average person. "When we are asleep, we are naturally concerned about our welfare, whether we realize it or not," Graff observed, "and our sleeping mind starts scanning around to see what's going on." According to him, cultivating that information is merely a matter of practice and attentiveness.
In detailing the steps that a person can take to develop precognitive dreams, he explained that they first must be accepting of the possibility for such an experience. From there, he suggested creating a dream journal as well as going to bed with the intention of remembering your dreams. Graff noted that this is like "sending a signal to your subconscious mind that you really are serious about this." After some practice, Graff said, the next step is to set up an objective such as having a dream where "something unique will catch my attention" in the days after the experience. For maximum effect, he said, one wants the dream to be brief and among the final dreams of that night's sleep, thus allowing for the best clarity.
"If more people kept records of their dreams," Graff mused, "they'd be surprised about how often friends of theirs, spouses, or loved ones would have the identical dream." He stressed that these "shared dreams" do not merely contain patterns but actually possess truly unique information that defies scientific explanation. On lucid dreaming, he advised that people develop a trigger to use, inside the dream, to alert themselves to the fact that they are no longer in the waking state. He said that such a trigger could be as simple as looking at their hand while in the dream. To decipher a repetitive dream, Graff advised looking at its content, how one feels when they wake up, and the time span between the dreams as potential clues to its message.
Oscar's Sixth Sense:
In the fourth hour, Dr. David Dosa talked about "Oscar," the cat who senses death. Dosa explained that the feline, who resides in a Rhode Island home for terminal dementia patients, will show up in a patient's room and hold a proverbial vigil until that person passes away. "As one death has become 2 and 4 and 8 and 12, it's been pretty hard to ignore," Dosa said. In total, he speculated that Oscar has predicted around fifty to sixty deaths. Rather than being frightened of a visit from Oscar, Dosa stressed, the vigils from the cat are well received by the family members of dying patients.