No, this is not a review of the 1998 movie.
It's been said that God sometimes uses dreams to communicate with us. Psychiatrists say dreams are a window to our subconscious. Some are frightening; others are just plain silly. Some of us remember everything we dream, while others remember very little.
My good friend WMD partner and fellow author Mike Saxton has credited lucid dreams for the development of his 7 Scorpions series. I've developed parts of my own novels through dreams--for example, Alex's Images of Hell series of paintings in An Army of Angels came from my own nightmares.
I've seen Sam in my dreams in the six months he's been gone. I dream frequently of my parents, dreams that seem as if they're still here. I suppose a psychiatrist would tell me I have some unresolved subconscious issues with them. I think it just means I miss them. A lot.
After my maternal grandfather passed away, my mother and her brother and sister were searching his house for some important legal documents. They hadn't been able to find the documents--until one day, Mom received a phone call from a friend she hadn't seen in years. Gloria told Mom she'd had a dream about Grandpa, and she didn't know what to make of it. In the dream, he gave her a message to give Mom.
It turned out to be the location of the missing documents.
Coincidence? I don't think so.
My own dad saw his own death in a dream that haunted him for the last three months of his life. He described it to us in great detail...and it happened, exactly as he'd seen it in the dream.