Bill, you mentioned dreaming, so at the risk of appearing flaky/crazy/deluded I'll share this experience here. (BTW it was mostly my lifelong experiences with vivid, 'astonishing' dreams that motivated me to explore spiritual matters. Not even my studies of psychology could explain satisfactorily to me such questions as - HOW THE H*** COULD I HAVE KNOWN THAT!!)
A couple years ago I woke up from a particularly vivid dream. In the dream I was sitting on the floor in my studio (I teach music privately at home). I was dismayed to see that the carpet was covered with muddy boot-prints and littered with piles of paperwork strewn about all over. In front of me on the floor was a large black wooden club. Although I couldn't see anyone else there was loud angry shouting all around me - don't remember the words. Now I was getting angry - who are these people and what are they doing making such a huge mess in my workplace?!? And my anger woke me up.
I couldn't make sense of the dream at all until I sat down to watch the 6:00 news that night. Lo and behold, the very worst riot in the history of Ontario had happened that very afternoon at Queen's Park (the seat of the provincial gov't in Toronto). Thousands of people had violently protested the changes to the social welfare laws just implemented by the Davis gov't, and the angry clashes with the police and riot squads had been ongoing all day.
Now although I was aware of the unpopular changes made by the Davis gov't it hadn't been on my mind much at all. I don't watch the news or read the paper every day either, only occasionally. So why did I have the dream? Was it just a coincidence? Don't think so! Does it make me some sort of prophet or 'mystic'? I doubt that VERY much! Was it a message from 'God' that I should go down there on some sort of 'holy mission' and try to straighten things out myself? That's ridiculous!
No, the only reason I could see is that at the time, adn for a few years before that, I had been actively engaged in studying dreaming, in my own nature as a dreamer, in discovering my 'spiritual' abilities. I still am! Learning to trust my dreams as a source of truth, learning that there is a part of me - call it 'soul' if you like - that is NOT bound by the laws of the physical universe and that is aware of MUCH more than my physical self is capable of knowing. My dream was a tool for self-discovery. And that's all!
Of course, I can't prove to you that any of this is true, and I sure can't demonstrate or replicate it for anyone else! But it IS the truth!!!
Now, if YOU chose to seriously reflect on the meaning of YOUR own dreams ... ok, ok I'll stop now!