Dreams of the Future: An Overview from 2001
B. Snow, Ph.D.
we face an Apocalypse or a Global Spiritual Awakening?" is the
subtitle of this remarkable book, product of the researches of
psycho-therapists Drs. Helen Wambach and myself over 15 years
ago as we tried to assess humanity's hidden inner-vision of our
species' future. In a series of experimental seminars between
1980 and 1988, we tested thousands of volunteers, putting them
into a light dream-like state that I have named a "waking trance."
Then we "progressed" them forward across time and space using
Helen Wambach's unique method of "Future Life Progression Hypnosis,"
to preview Earth's and humanity's most-likely alternative futures
both 150 and 300 years from now. No onenot even the different
therapists conducting the sessionscould have predicted how
closely the "mass dreams" of these perfectly normal, ordinary
volunteers would coincide with little-known historical prophecies
from many of the world's indigenous cultures as well as those
of celebrated individual prophets such as Nostradamus and Edgar
exceptional research forms the basis for my book, Mass Dreams
of the Future, that was first published by Mc Graw Hill & Co.,
in November 1989. Now in its fourth paperback printing by Deep
Forest Press, it gives us an incredible glimpse of the results
of everyday life and choices in the 22nd Century and beyond, based
on the timeless visions stored deep within the subconscious minds
of ordinary men and women from our own time. Their amazing stories,
told in this first ever scientific survey of what our culture's
"collective unconscious" really believes about what we will have
to face after the year 2000, cannot and should not be ignored.
Its message, that hidden within our dreaming mind may lie essential
keys to unlocking and even altering the future, is more timely
today than ever before.
we begin the twenty-first century of humanity's current era, it
is clear that Earth and our solar system are in the throes of
a profound evolutionary transformation. This meticulously conducted
research, coupled with my vivid personal "future memories" taken
under hypnosis by Dr. Wambach, reveals many important changes
in the years ahead with possible massive climate shifts, world-wide
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the Pacific Rim, all leading
to severe Earth Changes, including Japan's imminent collapse into
the sea and the sinking of large portions of our own West Coast.
Although the dating of some of my own personal "future memories"
has proven premature, the sequence of events that I describe remains
not just possible but plausible, especially if some of the more
dramatic incidents are understood as symbolic warningsa
way for my own subconscious to galvanize me and my readers into
action while there is still time to modify some of the more extreme
conditions I foresaw happening already today.
what is next? What will happen if and when still-suffering humanity
and our Mother Earth survive current challenges and disasters? What
may life be like in the years of 2100 AD and beyond? Vivid, personal
"dream accounts" from two future periods of 2150 and 2300 AD reveal
such extraordinary developments as these:
Most of humanity will live in just four environment types: First:
sylvan, ecologically-sound creative and spiritual communities
widely scattered in temperate zones; Second: hi-tech cities dependent
on domes and other artificial protections against a harsh exterior
environment; Third: isolated, rustic settlements of people who
have forsaken technological solutions to Earth's problems, returning
to a simpler, less-complex life-style; and Fourth: space-farers
who inhabit artificial space stations above the Earth, or build
protected colonies on nearby planets like Mars.
The emergence of clans or tribes of people born with enhanced
telepathic and other psychic powers.
A period after 2300 AD, known as the "Outward Wave," when
humanity will no longer be bound either by this solar system or
by present-day concepts of 3-D reality.
dismissing these accounts as mere science fiction or fantasy, critics
must acknowledge that several of my 1983 predictions for the mid-1990s,
including the Yugoslav civil war and break-up, the rise in Pacific
Rim volcanic, and world-wide seismic activities, have already happened.
Other, more-extreme forecasts like the sinking of part of California
and Hawaii have not happened in the late-1990s time frame predicted.
Nonetheless, the extreme weather patterns with temperature spikes
and severe droughts vs. floods in unusual places are definitely
still taking place.
our findings have had a profound impact on such authorities in the
alternative health field as Dr. Raymond Moody, who wrote that Mass
Dreams of the Future is "an important and significant book . . .
in this time of both great crisis and great opportunity for the
world." Death and dying researcher Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has
said: "I could not stop reading this fascinating book and although
many aspects of it look grim, it also looks very realistic . . .
It is very important we begin to realize that our minds create our
future." Finally, The Aquarian Conspiracy author Marilyn Ferguson
called Mass Dreams of the Future: "A compelling vista . . . Snow
has tackled his subject with the thoroughness of a scholar and the
spark of a storyteller."
the publication of our pioneering research, I have continued compiling
data on the future visions of the mass consciousness from around
the planet, studying indigenous cultures like Arizona's Hopi nation
and Australian Aboriginal peoples, to compare their points of view
with those of the subconscious minds of our Western subjects. The
results, as yet unpublished, demonstrate that today's humanity,
whether from Hotevilla, Johannesburg, New York or Woomera, continues
to see significant cultural and environmental changes just beyond
the horizon. Striking contemporary events like massive UFO sightings
and the enigmatic crop circle formations bear witness to the fact
that we continue to live in "interesting times." All of the four
future civilization types outlined in my book are currently distinguishable,
albeit still in somewhat embryonic form. Only the reason behind
the massive decline in world population that both our dreamers and
indigenous seers foretell for our current century has yet to be
identified in a clear and unambiguous fashion. And, even there,
there's no lack of potential causes, ranging from a massive outbreak
of an Ebola-like virus or other plague, to a solar flare, asteroid
strike (or even a near-miss), or the cumulative effects of over
a century of fossil fuel burning, provoking severe global warming.
as we move forward beyond such celebrated dates as 1984 and 2001,
we must continue to ask the question posed by Dr. Helen Wambach
and myself: "Do we face an Apocalypse or a Global Spiritual Awakening?"
And the ultimate response that we found in the mid-1980s still remains
true because the ultimate choice between these two widely-touted
future archetypes is still ours to make today. Let us choose wisely,
with humility and compassion. Our children's future, and just possibly
our own, depends on what we choose now.
B. Snow, Ph.D.
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