Have you ever had a premonition? It’s the feeling that something good or bad is about to happen to you, often with specific details, that’s often so strong you just can’t shake it. In The Power of Premonitions by Larry Dossey, the author describes them this way:
A premonition is literally a forewarning. It is a glimpse of the future, a feeling or sense that something is about to happen. They can warn us of something unpleasant, such as imminent danger or a health crisis, or announce something totally agreeable such as what the winning lottery numbers are or where to find a parking spot.
The most dramatic cases involving premonition involve major disasters. There are numerous stories about people who had visions of the 9/11 attacks or had the suddenly feeling they shouldn’t board a plane which later crashed. But many times premonitions can occur around everyday events like thinking of an old friend and suddenly receiving a text or phone call from that person.
Where do these premonitions come from? Are they coincidences? Messages from God? Or is the cause of premonitions rooted elsewhere?
There are many in the scientific community who have a unique theory: all time already exists, past, present and future. However, the human brain is only able to recognize the present moment. It could be because too much knowledge would simply overwhelm us. Yet now and then, these glimpses of the future slip into our consciousness and result in what we call premonitions. In Dossey’s words:
Past, present and future are simultaneously present, laid out in what physicists call a block universe. “Future knowing” would be a misnomer, because the future and the present would exist at the same time.
A similar concept is that premonitions are rooted in a universal consciousness that we all can tap into. David Bohm, considered “the godfather of modern physics”, stated that “deep down the consciousness of mankind is one.” Fellow physics expert Henry Margenau believes that “each individual is part of God or part of the Universal Mind…all things and processes—past, present and future—are open to its grasp.”
But how do you know when a premonition is legitimate as opposed to paranoid or delusional thinking on our part? Dossey has come up with a list of 4 ways to judge our premonitions, a list that can help inform whether you should pay attention to what the future is telling you or ignore it. To see the list, click on the continue tab below.