I have many stories, but I'll start with this one because it is the one that really initiated a change in my thinking. I should say here that my college career began in the early 80's with four years towards an applied physics degree and ended with a four year engineering degree in '01. Lots of science and math; therefore I believe highly in statistics and the logical conclusions that can be drawn from them.
Here in Wisconsin, USA we had a state run lottery game in the early 1990's called Pic Six where a person could choose any six numbers from 1-40. I'm not sure if the 40 is correct but it was something close to that. It cost $1 to play and prize jackpots at the time were in the 10-25 million dollars range. I had always felt that it should be possible to 'know' the outcome beforehand of such a game but I had no clue how to go about getting the numbers.
One Friday in 1991, I came home from work dog-tired. At the time I was working and going to college. I ate dinner and went to bed at 9 p.m. At midnight, my wife came to bed singing the jingle from the lottery commercial "knock knock pudding head, play those numbers". I woke up enough to hear her and I must have incorporated the lottery theme into my sleep and dreams.
Around 3 a.m. I had a dream that I woke up and it was Sunday morning (2 days later). I remembered winning the lotto; ('Pic Six' is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m.) so I drove to town to check the lotto numbers. I decided to check them at the nearest gas station. When I walked into the store, I saw my friend Charlie working there. I asked when he started working there and he told me three weeks ago. I had no idea beforehand that he worked there. We had a little more small talk then I told him that I had come to check my numbers. After verifying that they were the winning numbers, Charlie commented that I should memorize those numbers because they were going to change my life forever and they were important.
I reviewed the six numbers and commented that I didn't remember watching them get drawn on the television the night before.
In the blink of an eye, I was back at my house watching the numbers being drawn on Saturday night. I watched the numbered balls pop up and just before each one I would call out what it was going to be. Sure enough 6, 16...26,28.
The odds of picking the numbers in any combination were 1 in about 6 million. The odds of picking them in the exact order is in the order of billions to one.
I wake up for real.
The time is 3 a.m. I'm dizzy and stumble downstairs to find something to write with. I write down the numbers and then go back to bed.
As I drifted off to sleep, I must have asked "So what comes next?"
I then had a dream where we had won $8 million and we had moved to a nice big new house in a nearby town. In the dream we were having a big party at our new house and my wife was giving people tours outside. Abruptly, someone came running into the house saying that my wife had just been bitten by a snake. In my dream she died.
I woke up and remembered what I had just dreamt and said to myself "If she dies as a result of the money, I don't want the money..."
She is still with me. Today was our 21st wedding anniversary.
We did move to that area, but we live in town. I found the place where I saw the big new house in my dream; it's called 'Rattlesnake Ridge'.
Back to Saturday morning after the dream.
I woke up around 8:00 a.m. and felt a little dizzy. I also kept thinking that it was Monday because I already had memories of Saturday and Sunday. I told my wife the dream and she suggested buying a ticket anyway. I did buy one but I changed two of the numbers so that I wouldn't win the jackpot. Sure enough, that night we all sat around and watched the numbers come up just like I had seen the night before. Same order and all. I also found out that Charlie had just started working at that gas station 3 weeks earlier.
I think this was someone's way of answering me when I said, like Bruce Almighty did, "If you exist, prove it in a way I would believe it..."
Since that day, I have read many books, talked to many people and experienced many past, present and future events. I am no longer agnostic because this is a daily way of life for me. It is mostly comforting to see the coming attractions of my life. I have managed to swerve or help my family swerve out of the way of several bad accidents. I continue to work on bringing information back from the future, mostly those numbers. I find that as long as I don't go further than 7 days into the future the numbers are 100% right on. Further than 7 days into the future and the probabilities drop off.
My fear of death has also evaporated with my nightly journeys. Fear seems to be the overriding factor that slows people down.
Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.