Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

In my article “Mediumship and Dreams” (Paranormal Review, No. 64, 8-12) I attempted to do two things: “First, to summarize the existing discussions on the subject, with particular attention to the old psychical research literature. Second, to use this neglected literature to generate research hypotheses to be tested in future research.”

Many are the possibilities for research in this area. “Do mediums show high rates of lucid dreams and dream recall? Previous research with non-mediums has shown positive relationships between self-report measures of vivid, lucid dreams and dream recall, and parapsychological experiences . . . Such research may be extended to a variety of other dreams. This may include false awakenings, dreams about communication with the dead, dream control, and other dream variables.”

Another topic briefly touched in the article is the need to study the dream content of mediums. “Would mediums show more dreams related to communication with the dead, or the appearance of deceased dream characters that non-mediums? Following on the work of mediums as active conveyors of messages, it may be speculated that medium’s dreams about the dead would show more purpose, that is, present more specific messages, than the dreams of controls. Because mediums are used to produce messages about other people’s deceased relatives and friends it may be the case that they will dream more about strange deceased individuals as compared to non-mediums which may focus their dreams on deceased persons that were close or significant to them.”

Another research question is if mediums show evidence of continuity between their waking state and dreams. “Are there interactions between medium’s dreams and their mediumistic life?”

Hudson Tuttle

Hudson Tuttle

In addition there is a short section in the article about dreams as mediumship, what Hudson Tuttle referred to in his Arcana of Spiritualism (Boston: Adams, 1871) as “spirit-intercourse during sleep.”

Tuttle Arcana of Spiritualism

“Mediums have written about having had presumably psychic dreams, some of which took place before they became mediums . . . This suggests that dreams may show a developmental pattern, that is, they may be indicators that the person will develop as a medium in later years. Stanley Krippner . . . made this point in his analysis of the ‘calling’ of mediums in Brazil. In addition to visions and other experiences, dreams motivated the person to follow the path to become a medium.”

Stanley Krippner

Stanley Krippner

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