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Chesterfield Mover

Dreamed 1943 by an Oregon woman

In 1943 a woman now in California, but then in Oregon, dreamed, as she says,

I was helping my aunt and uncle move in the same building from downstairs to upstairs. The dream had no sound effectsójust struggle. We (my uncle and I) seemed to be on a narrow stairway and we were having an awful time with two big pieces of furniture getting them upófirst one and then the other. It seemed a difficult, almost impossible task and there were two flashes or episodes of different pieces of furniture, but with the same problem.

The dream was so vivid and ludicrous that I told my landlady about it. And I wrote my aunt in San Diego. My aunt and uncle lived in their own one-story house in San Diego and had no thought of leaving. As you do with such dreams, I 'forgot' about the dream and the war went on.

When my husband went overseas, I moved to San Diego. My aunt and uncle had sold their home, and were living in a downstairs apartment. My aunt assured me that they were only living in the downstairs apartment until they could move upstairs, for she disliked being 'underneath' anyone in an apartment house. It was not until one day I was helping move the chesterfield up a back stairway--narrow with a wood railing--that suddenly I remembered. I set my end down and almost fainted. My uncle asked what was the matter. Still I didn't trust myself until I asked my aunt first, 'What was the dream I wrote you about from Oregon?'

I think it was the most profound--although seemingly completely meaningless experience I could have had--to have that dream come true.

Nothing in an experience like the above... suggests any reason why these events should have been picked out and made the subject of the only ESP experience the person ever had. Presumably some nameless and shifting subconscious current was responsible, but just what or why, one can have no idea.

--Louisa E. Rhine


Really? In her last sentence, the dreamer herself gives a reason, one often ignored: to a person raised in a culture denying the existence of ESP, it can be more than a curiosity or a shock: it can be a revelation. "If THIS is possible, what ELSE have I been brainwashed to overlook?"

It isn't always the subject of an impossible prediction that's the point. For some dreamers the impossibility is the point.

--Chris Wayan

SOURCE: Hidden Channels of the Mind by Louisa E. Rhine, 1961, p. 162-163. Account untitled, author's name witheld; title & byline added to aid searching & indexing.

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