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Clarence, Go This Way

Dreamed before 1961 by a Michigan mom and son, reported to the Rhine Institute

A woman in Michigan dreamed one night that she was sitting high up in the branches of an enormous pine tree. Then she heard the sound of someone approaching through the woods. Presently she saw it was a man, and by his wanderings and general bearing, she knew at once he was lost.

As he came closer, she saw he was her son, the one who was attending a distant university. His face was scratched, his clothing torn by bushes. In a rush of pity she cried out to him, "Clarence, go this way. Here is the path you must take." He turned a gray-looking face to her, smiled and took the path she had indicated.

Later in the week she had a letter from her son in which he told her about a dream that had made a great impression on him. He thought he was lost and confused and wandering in a wood full of dense underbrush which tore at him from every side. When he became fearful that he would never find his way out he suddenly heard a voice, but could see no one. The voice said, "Clarence, go this way." It seemed to come from high above him. He took the path indicated and soon found his way out of the woods.

When he came home for his vacation soon after, his mother's first words of greeting were, "Clarence, that was I. I was up in the tree."

Whatever such instances of mental interaction mean, they do not seem to help in solving the puzzle of telepathy. Rather, they add to the difficulty of doing so!

--Louisa E. Rhine


Rhine adds that such cases of apparent dream-sharing or mutual telepathy are much rarer than one-way telepathy, at least in the Rhine Institute archives. However, modern online dream-sharing projects seem to suggest that a shared connection is no harder than a one-way link--if no easier.

--Chris Wayan

SOURCE: Hidden Channels of the Mind by Louisa E. Rhine, 1961, p. 208. Account untitled, author's name witheld; title & byline added to aid searching & indexing.

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