As stated in the thread's title, this is going to sound weird. Hence its inclusion in Skunk Works. Before I post this, I want to clarify that I know
how this is going to sound, and that I have seen a psychologist and psychiatrist for an unrelated issue (social anxiety to be precise,) and they
assure me after hearing what I am telling you that I am not delusional or suffering from mental illness. They do, however, insist that the following
are merely coincidences. I am entirely open to the possibility that they are. They're just so strange though, and they leave me with such an uneasy
feeling, that I finally felt that out of sheer curiosity I would post about this and ask everyone's opinion.
Some of you may be familiar with the film Donnie Darko. Many have claimed that some unusual synchronicities surround this film, particularly
pertaining to 9/11. I don't know whether that's the case or not, but what I'm describing began long before I ever saw the film. The film, however,
left me with a horribly disconcerted feeling, and included a lot of strange coincidences that really shook me up.
Beginning in 1999 some time, I began having strange, vivid dreams. I've always been a very vivid dreamer, and my dreams have always had sort of a
unusual edge to them (premonitions, easily becoming lucid, awareness that I'm dreaming with or without true lucidity, etc.)
These dreams initially involved an airplane crashing into the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street in San Francisco. They left me with a
profound sense of loss, failure, and grief. When I awoke, I felt as though someone I knew about or cared for deeply had been on the plane that
crashed. I can't really explain why or how, but this dream always stayed with me, and haunted me. I felt as though it were somehow important.
On August 25th, 2000 I flew to another state (I'm being vague as I don't wish to identify this person) to meet someone I initiated a romantic
relationship with. We met in an airport in this other state, and pursued a relationship for some years thereafter. During our relationship, this
person had a dream in which they heard a knocking (three knocks) on the door to an attic above them, to which they knocked back three times. At that
point, a young boy emerged from the attic and wrote on the wall, "It's 10:30 AM. Do it now. Don't procrastinate." This person is someone who
rarely if ever recalls their dreams. They immediately called me upon waking, and told me about the dream, saying they felt it was important and that
they needed to tell me. I still had not seen the Donnie Darko film at this time, nor had they.
Another dream I had was about some horrible event that had transpired, plunging the city (and in the dream, it felt, the entire world or at least a
large portion of this country) into darkness and electrical failure. Some terrifying, threatening force was moving through the city. Everyone was
hiding in their homes, huddled together, terrified. Somehow, when we tuned a radio to 88.8, we could hear an incredibly disturbing noise which would
let us know when these sinister forces (whatever they were) were approaching. This dream, too, has stuck with me and haunted me. It was of a numerical
specificity that my dreams usually lack. I still had not seen the film at that time. I also did not recognize the room I was in in the dream, nor the
closet I and my family were hiding in in it.
Some time after this, a close friend and I were talking on the phone, when suddenly we both began to hear lines repeatedly being delivered from an old
Dracula film. I had not seen or heard the film before; I discovered later through an internet search that the lines had originated from it. The lines
were repeated numerous times, over the course of about an hour, and overlapped, echoed, and got in each other's ways. The lines were, "At the stroke
of midnight, all the evil things in the world will arrivey," or something to that effect, among others from the film. There were also repeating
sounds of fog horns, bells, seagulls, and an infant crying severely. My friend and I heard this for some time, wondering what could possibly be
causing it. It also happened again one or two more times, the following two nights, at the same time - between 1 and 2 AM pacific time if memory
serves. I don't know if this is connected in any way (assuming ANY of this means ANYTHING, of course,) but it too always stayed with me and was
Around 2006 or so, I finally saw the film (Donnie Darko) on DVD. The film, as I said, shook me to my core. I still can't put my finger on why.
However, I began to notice what may or may not be synchronicities connected to the aforementioned experiences and the film. Describing these may be
SPOILERS for those who have not seen this film, so please be forewarned. Read only if you want the plot spoiled for you.
The frequency 88.8 on the radio in my dream:
The film takes place in 1988. Frank tells Donnie Darko that the world will end in 28 days, 6
minutes, 42 days, and 12 seconds. The sum of these numbers is 88. In the film, the flight Donnie's parents are taking is flight 2806, gate 42,
leaving at 12:00 AM. Again, 28 + 6 + 42 + 12 = 88, and 12 AM is also "the stroke of midnight." ("At the stroke of midnight, all the evil things in
the will arrive.")
The power outage in the 88.8 dream:
Some time after I saw the film finally, my family and I moved to our current place of residence from
elsewhere here in the city. When we arrived, I realized that the rear bedroom was PRECISELY IDENTICAL to the room from the dream about the radio tuned
to 88.8, as was the closet; it was the closet we had been hiding in in the dream. This really shook me up, particularly when a blackout occurred on
our block that day! That really brought it home. To see it with no electricity, at night, made it almost as if the dream was becoming reality. It was
really freaky, and kind of cemented the sense of dread I had about all of this, which persists and haunts me to this day. (I'm not totally
preoccupied with it or anything, but I AM very curious about it all.)
"It's 10:30 AM. Do it now. Don't procrastinate" in their dream:
When the person I flew out of state to meet and I met in the airport for
the first time, it was August 25th, 2000. According to the "behind the scenes" features on the Donnie Darko DVD, the scene in which Donnie's mother
calls him from the airport, just before they board the aforementioned flight, was filmed August 25th, 2000 at 10:30 AM.
The plane crashing into the Ferry Building in my dream:
The entire plot of Donnie Darko centers around a time paradox or tangent universe
created when a plane's engine crashes into Donnie and his family's home. It was supposed to kill him, but instead he was outside talking to Frank,
who was warning him about the impending destruction of the world. In actuality, in the film, the very universe itself - a paradoxical tangent universe
created in contrast to the "original" universe in which Donnie was meant to die - was going to collapse. In order to manipulate him into a position
in which he would die as he was intended to originally, he is tragically led into a scenario by the omniscient "Frank," which in the tangent
universe, as a mortal, inadvertently kills Donnie's girlfriend, Gretchen. When I saw the scene in the film where Gretchen died, I experienced
PRECISELY the same sense of grief and loss than I did in the plane crash dream. The movie was released 45 days after 9/11, which due to its
involvement of plane crashes, made it more or less a box office flop. The cast and crew described how strange they felt that the attacks included
plane crashes. They described feeling as though it were some sort of strange coincidence, which is odd considering the film was made well before the
attacks, and they had no real reason to associate the two.
The very nature of the film's plot:
The movie is about a person who has unusual dreams and experiences, which guide him toward an inevitable
course of action, even though he never quite figured out exactly what it is that must happen in order to right things. That's exactly how my own
dreams and some other experiences I have not shared herein have made me feel for years... as though someone or something is desperately trying to tell
me something, and for whatever reason, I just can't quite figure it all out or put all the pieces together.
Anyway, I am 100% open minded to the possibility that this might mean something, or that it might all be random coincidence and could thus mean
absolutely nothing. Again, to reiterate, I'm not schizophrenic. I'm currently under psychiatric and psychological care for unrelated social anxiety,
and they have repeatedly assured me of this through psychoanalysis and numerous tests. I just wanted to clarify that once again. I don't particularly
like sharing something that private, but I consider that the price of posting something so admittedly outlandish. I'm an open-minded skeptic myself,
so I understand why someone might ask about that, hence the clarification.
Does anyone, on ANY level (I'm totally open) have any advice, explanation, interpretation, or insights into any of this, in any way, shape, or form,
no matter how "out there" they might sound? Or am I just barking up a nonexistent tree? Lol.
Thanks to anyone who replies. I really appreciate you taking the time to read all of this. Sorry for the length.