>Dreams And Doppleganger
By Don White
A few years ago in the middle of the night I had a dream that startled me so much that I suddenly sat upright in bed. It was so real.
Years ago Carolyn and I lost a child in a miscarriage, but I had not been thinking on it when I had this dream. What I was thinking about was my father, mother, and oldest brother who had passed away not too long before.
My faith in God and in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ informs me that there is life after death. I had prayed constantly to confirm my faith, which is that we come to this earth to gain a body and to prove whether we will be obedient to God’s commandments. We don’t know everything about life after death, and for most of us it is not a simple thing to understand.
Fortunately, to those who read the Book of Mormon and/or the Bible each day, gospel principles become clear and evident from the words of the prophets. A subject shrouded in mystery gives way to the light of Christ, the Holy Ghost, and light of the gospel.
In my dream I was wondering about my loved ones. I was walking through this broad hallway, and briefly stopping to talk to friends and family members who had passed away. I had left the main group when suddenly there was a tap on my shoulder. I beheld a person who looked quite a bit like my three sons, particularly my youngest son, only slightly taller, and that startled me.
“His only comment was a question: “What about me?”
The dream ended and I rose up in bed shocked.
It was so real I couldn’t sleep the remainder of the night. I told my wife, Carolyn, and other family members that I know the gender of the long-departed unborn life that Carolyn lost in the mid-sixties. They seemed somewhat skeptical – and I can’t blame them.
We believe that children who either died after birth without attaining their majority, and others such as the unborn or still-born, will have a place during the Millennium, a thousand-year time of peace when Christ will rule on earth and Satan will be bound. Only the most worthy people will rise in the first resurrection and be partakers of Millennial life with Jesus. Our faith tells us that others will be resurrected after the Millennium and be assigned that dominion equal to their faithfulness.
It is only natural for parents of deceased children to be reunited with them. To one day be in their constant company would be a blessing, an opportunity to love them as you had loved your other offspring, attending to their needs and training and bringing them up in righteousness as with your other children until they are changed in the twinkling of an eye and given resurrected bodies.
This would be an indescribable joy.
Hub readers may question: Is this man mad? How can he expect us to believe him? But my answer is simple. I testify that though the above may seem unusual to those who are not of our faith, every bit of it is true. I would not lie about this. I have had other dreams about what we call the Spirit World (a realm of life after death and before resurrection). They are probably too sacred for me to repeat in a general article. In fact, I questioned whether I should publish this Hub, based on the personal and sacred nature of the information.
The reason I am doing so is that last night while watching the World Series, game six, someone mentioned the word Doppelganger. Between Andy Pettitte’s near peerless pitching performance and Hedeki Matsui’s tremendous hitting, we engaged in a brief discussion on that word and concept that shows up sometimes in science fiction and the word stayed with me all night.
Let me be clear, I draw a vivid distinction between Doppleganger and spiritual manifestations. The former I consider fiction, the latter, to me, are generally true.
Doppleganger is a German word for seeing yourself or your double.
And as far as I know, that’s all Doppleganger is – similar to parallel universes, worm holes, alien kingdoms, and other science fiction worlds. Most of us believe they could be out there, but who knows for sure? To me they are interesting unproven concepts of movie and novel fiction.
Doppleganger is a second likeness of you seen by yourself or others.
The following are found in Wickepedia:
* Poet Percy Shelly saw himself and then his wife did likewise and in each case more than once. Was the poet insane? I don’t think so, but then I’ve never seen myself coming and going and know of no living person who has.
Shelley’s drama Prometheus Unbound (1820) contains the following passage in Act I: “Ere Babylon was dust, / The Magus Zoroaster, my dear child, / Met his own image walking in the garden. / That apparition, sole of men, he saw. / For know there are two worlds of life and death: / One that which thou beholdest; but the other / Is underneath the grave, where do inhabit / The shadows of all forms that think and live / Till death unite them and they part no more….”
· Izaak Walton claimed that John Donne, the English metaphysical poet, saw his wife’s doppelgänger in 1612 in Paris, on the same night as the stillbirth of their daughter.
· Carl Sandburg’s biography contains Lincoln’s doppelganger experiences:
A dream or illusion had haunted Lincoln at times at seeing images of himself. Google the word Dobleganger and look in Wickepedia. This is a most interesting account.
I would like to know if anyone has had such experiences or knows of other dreams or doppelganger accounts they would share.
THIRTEEN CLONES/TWINS/DOPPLEGANGER MOVIES A Listmania! list by Brian Markowski (Cedar Rapids, IA)
1. Dave DVD ~ Kevin Kline
“Dave Kovic looks just like President William Harrison Mitchell, so much so that he’s hired by the White House to impersonate him for certain public appearances. All goes well ’till the real President has a stroke and Dave finds himself as his replacement.”
2. Dead Ringers DVD ~ Jeremy Irons
“Twin gynecologists share office space and the woman that do business with them in this very creepy film.”
3. Adaptation (Superbit Collection) DVD ~ Jim Beaver
“Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is stuggling trying to write a movie adaptation of the non-fiction book called “The Orchid Thief”; but when twin Donald get’s a crack at the script things go from bad to worst.”
4. The Prince and the Pauper DVD ~ Errol Flynn
“After they discover they could be twins, a Prince of England and a poor paoper from the streets of London ex-change roles in an attempt to understand how the other one lives.”
5. The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection) DVD ~ Hayley Mills
“Two twin girls seperated at birth discover each other at summer camp. Once the pieces come together, they vow to bring their parents back together.”
6. The Krays [Region 2] DVD ~ Gary Kemp
“”The true life story of twin crime bosses in 1960’s London.””
7. Moon Over Parador DVD ~ Edward Asner
“Actor Jack Noah looks alot like the Paradorian, president-for-life, Alphonse Simms. So much so that when Simms dies the scheaming Roberto Strausmann and right hand man to Simms hires Jack to play the President with unpredicted results.”
8. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions) DVD ~ Ronald Colman
“Rudolph Rassendyll, Rudolf V’s identical distant cousin, is asked to risk his life and impersonate the would-be king when his relative is kidnapped before his impending coronation.”
9. The Man in the Iron Mask DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
“King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he has hidden to protect his throne; but will his carless ways force the hand of the royal court to seek out his replacement?”
10. Multiplicity DVD ~ Michael Keaton
“In order to find more time Doug Kinney opts to have a clone made of himself, and then another and a another, but all clones do not think alike.”
11. The 6th Day DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Adam Gibson is secretly cloned and replaced after he sees something that he wasn’t suppose to.”
12. Twins DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Created in a lab, twins Julius and Vincent Benedict are prepared for society…well Julius is. He’s perefct, but the smaller Vincent is sent to an orphanage. Years later the twins unite to find their mother.”
13. Big Business DVD ~ Bette Midler
“In the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identcal twins are born on the same night at the same hospital of course they get mixed up. 40 years later the twins are forced to meet due to the closing of the Jupiter Hollow factory.”