Recently I dreamt that an old tree had fallen in the backyard of my childhood home. As I peered out of my upstairs window, I spotted a house-cat sneaking up to a hollowed-out section of the tree. The cat looked around to make sure he was alone, then curled up into the nook he’d found.
Psychic dreams are typically simple scenes with not much going on. They tend to tell improbable stories; realistic, yet wrong in some way. For example, in reality that log I dreamt of doesn’t exist. My father keeps a tidy property and would never let a fallen tree lie around to rot. He also cultivates his outdoor space to attract a diversity of birds. A cat would not be welcome in his yard. So in literal terms the dream didn’t make sense.
I dreamt the dream while sleeping in Manhattan. When I do sleep at our family’s old house in Rhode Island, I sometimes awake in the wee hours of the morning and furtively observe the moonlit grounds. That yard is like a theatre space to me, where the forest is the curtain. Wild animals forage through the area from time to time. If I’m lucky I’ll spot one.
From the vantage point of my upstairs window I’ve spied woodchucks nibbling at the tomato plants, pheasants picking through the grass and deer clipping at the hedges. I’ve also heard owls and fisher cats but they never let themselves be seen.
So some truthfulness was swirled into the fiction of my dream. I’ve learned to pay extra attention when I experience this kind of ‘improbable reality’. To me, it signals a psychic experience is afoot.
Coincidence: A Sign Your Psyche Has Something To Say
The night before I had my dream, I’d eaten out with friends at a taqueria on the Upper East Side. An intriguing print hung above our table featuring an elderly couple facing one another. As I viewed the image I noticed an optical illusion in it. A scene one doesn’t initially see was embedded into the picture.
When I’m reading for clients with my Postcard Tarot, I often peer into a card in search of such secretly embedded images. Rather than focus on what a card literally portrays, I defer to what my imaginary mind makes of it. I often find psychic impressions through this 'bending of reality’.
I snapped a photo of the taqueria’s print thinking that when I got a chance, I would google who created it. After dinner I went home to bed. The next morning I woke up having dreamt of the cat curled up in the fallen tree.
Over my morning coffee I swiped though the photos in my phone from the night before. Seeing the picture of the artist’s print piqued my curiosity. I opened my search engine and typed in, ‘Mexican optical illusion artist’.
Bingo! The print I’d seen of the old couple popped onto the screen. It was painted by an artist named Octavio Ocampo titled "Forever Always". As I tooled around his wikipedia page I stumbled upon some of his other work, namely, Ocampo’s Recreation of the Mona Lisa.
If you copy that phrase into your browser and click on Images, a photo of the cat I dreamt of will pop up. You’ll find it hidden in the Mona Lisa’s neck.
When I first saw the picture I wondered if the original Mona Lisa was executed on a piece of wood. I checked, and sure enough da Vinci painted The Mona Lisa on a panel cut from a poplar tree.
So there was the cat I’d dreamt of the night before, tucked into an old piece of wood. I've spent a lot of time contemplating the symbolism inherent in Ocampo's artwork, which is essentially a reflection of da Vinci's work as if seen through a psychic mirror.
A secret intelligence is at work when we dream. Into all the rationally-based chatter our daily lives produce, our imaginary minds weave pointed themes and imagery.
Let’s daydream together in a psychic reading soon. You'll have a personal symbol or two, as well as some intuitive ideas to toss around the back of your mind.
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by Derek Calibre
The anecdotes we share from our psychic experiences seem to proffer themselves as modern allegories.