|Flat top of the Maverick from the rolling|
I found the photo of my brother's car that he had his accident in when he was a teenager in 1970. It is a miracle that he is alive. It was a brand new Ford Maverick, red exterior and black interior. Quite a snazzy car for a young driver.
My story of this event was my first encounter with a Sixth Sense. When I hit the age of 13 up until I was 17, I went through a phase of frightening, wake up in the night, dreams on a regular basis. I dreamt of my Grandmother dying often. Whether it coincided with my Step-Grandmother telling me that she believed in Reincarnation or that she believed in Channeling and in fact had lived other lives in other times, it certainly laid some mental groundwork in my thoughts. Once when I was in 4th or 5th grade she visited us and played a tape of her talking about her Channeling experience. It was creepy and odd to hear her speak this way my having been raised in the Presbyterian Church Sunday School with a strict version of Bible Stories. We didn't discuss Reincarnation or Channeling or what that was. I became curious but laid it to rest.
On the night of the accident I had dreams of my brother being hurt though I couldn't interpret if he had died or not. It was a troubling sleep where I tried to change my dreams but I kept going back to him. Somewhere in an awaken moment I heard voices in the house though I knew the hour was late into the night. I couldn't understand what was being said and fell to sleep hearing their muffled voices.
What happened was that my brother had been in a serious car accident on the Monterey Salinas Highway just at the Laureles Grade. He had gone out with his girlfriend that night and was returning home to Salinas after he had dropped her off at her home in Pacific Grove when he fell asleep at the wheel. Amazingly he suffered only minor injuries of a broken rib, scrapes and bruising. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and that may have been what saved him.
Falling asleep, in that relaxed state, he slid down and avoided being potential decapitated or certainly seriously injured. His car rolled and hit a tree in the end. At the time even though it is a Highway, it was a quiet road at night, mostly just a country road with very few residences. I don't know how long it was before someone discovered the accident but in the 70's there were no cell phones so someone would have to find a house somewhere to call for help.
In the morning when I came out of my room, I was told that he had been in an accident and in the hospital.
I was relieved that he was okay but to digest the fact that I had dreamed he had been hurt only to find out that indeed he had been hurt did scare me. How was I to understand that I could have dreamed something and that it happened? What if more of my dreams became real?
I like to think that my being a teen helped me to pass through without any residual effect. I did have good dreams too. This did have the effect of my interest in spirits, ghosts stories and hauntings outside my church upbringing and what I wanted to believe or question.