Everyday Precognitive Dramas

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Excerpt from SENSING THE FUTURE: How to Tap Into Your Intuition and Read Signs From the Universe to Predict What’s to Come by Trish and Rob MacGregor

Ben Goertzel, a scientist involved in artificial intelligence research, has an interest in parapsychology and wrote a lengthy analysis of a well-known precognition experiment by Daryl Bern that we touch on later in the chapter. In his article, he mentions that he doesn’t believe that he has any particularly strong psychic abilities himself, but in his daily life he has witnessed some rather striking examples of psi phenomena involving others.

“For instance, one day a few years ago, a friend and I were walking in the forest with her beloved dog, and the dog ran far away from us, exploring the woods and chasing animals. Then, all of the sudden, my friend said, ‘She [the dog] is looking at a turtle. I can see it right now as if it were in front of me.’

“I was understandably skeptical: ‘Yeah, right. How could you know?’ Turtles were not that commonly seen in those woods.”

Goertzel was about to call the dog, but his friend stopped him. Instead, they quietly looked for the dog, and found her about a hundred feet away in the woods, staring intently at a turtle resting by a stream. “Strange and striking — and like so many other real-life anecdotes of psi phenomena, damnably hard to replicate in a lab,” Goertzel concluded.

When Rob read the story, he was reminded of a precognition he’d experienced a couple of weeks earlier that also involved a turtle in a wooded area. He and two friends were mountain biking along a narrow trail in a county park in South Florida when Rob suddenly knew, without knowing why, that there would be a land turtle on the trail. About five minutes later, the lead rider suddenly stopped and nearly toppled over. On the trail in front of him was a land turtle. When Rob mentioned his precog, his friends weren’t impressed. One of them said there were undoubtedly lots of tortoises in the park. Maybe so. But there was only one on the trail where they were riding and it was only minutes ahead of Rob’s premonition.

Feeling the ‘Erotic’ Future

In 2011, one of those scientists, Daryl Bern, a professor at Cornell and formerly at Harvard, published a controversial study, ‘Feeling the Future’ in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His experiments involved 1,000 Cornell students viewing erotic photos and found statistically significant results confirming that many people can glimpse the future.

Among the nine experiments he conducted was one that provided students with a computer monitor showing a pair of curtains, side by side. The students were directed to select the curtain that hid an erotic photo. The idea was that such stimuli normally produces certain human responses. The question was whether the response could be obtained before the stimulus occurred. In essence, the students were asked to ‘feel’ the future—the curtain hiding a photo of explicit sexual activity.

The answer was a resounding yes. Across all 100 sessions, participants correctly identified the future position of the erotic pictures more frequently than the 50% hit rate expected by chance. The results were 53.1%, considered statistically significant.

One reviewer of Bern’s experiment, writing in hplusmagazine.com, asked why, if precognition exists and we are all precogs to varying degrees, weren’t the results of the experiments higher? Why didn’t some subjects hit 95% or 100% accuracy? Ben Goertzel, a scientist mentioned earlier in the chapter, responded to his own query. “Of course, outside the lab, people have reported many apparent cases of extremely dramatic psi effects. But the long history of parapsychology lab research, going back far before Bern to Rhine’s ESP work in the 1930s, shows that when you bring psi into the lab, it tends to become more of a systematic statistical biasing factor than a source of individual mind-blowing ‘miracle’ events.”

Interestingly, when students were asked to find non-erotic photos, their accuracy dropped to about 50%, what would be expected by chance. Laboratory studies of paranormal phenomena have also shown that subjects are less successful when they are not told the on-going results of their efforts.
Skeptics often point out that parapsychology experiments in laboratory settings that get positive results are difficult to replicate. However, scientists and researchers like Dean Radin, in their books on the subject, cite a multitude of studies finding the same results. Those studies, though, often aren’t exact replications of other experiments, which scientists find so important.

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In the aftermath of the Bern study, other scientists attempted to replicate Bern’s ‘Feeling the Future’ experiments. If you Google the subject, you’ll find numerous articles exclaiming how those scientists were unsuccessful. In 2013, the skeptical group CSICOP reveled in the supposed lack of replication. In response, Dean Radin twittered that the “CSICOP article on Bern’s psi experiments is a fine example of how that org is more about propaganda than science.” He went on to point out that “80-some replications of the ‘Bern effect’ show a highly significant overall effect.” In 2014, the Daily Grail listed eight successful replications of Bern’s study.

Regarding scientists who consider positive results of precog experiments as mere anomalies, there’s an apt quote in the novel Mental Radio, by Upton Sinclair. “It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence.”

9/11
Those numbers are indelibly imprinted on human consciousness. It’s the day the world changed. Not surprisingly, planetary empaths experienced a spectrum of symptoms hours and even days before the first tower was hit.

From Barbara Martin: “About a week prior to 9/11 I felt a shift in the atmosphere around me, followed by several days of restlessness and a knowing that something important and horrible was about to happen. Slightly after 2:00 p.m. GMT (UK) on September 11th I thought I heard cries coming from a great distance. It wasn’t until several hours later that I learned about the events at the World Trade Center. After correlating the time difference between London, England and New York, I realized that the time I heard the cries occurred when the first plane hit the tower. Now I really pay attention to anything I experience that seems out of the ordinary.”

Connie Cannon’s symptoms began three days before the disaster, on September 8, while she was at a wedding. “Suddenly, I felt as if a blow-torch was aimed directly into my throat, and all the life-force energy flowed down and out of my body through the soles of my feet. I had to grab my friend to keep from falling.”

Her throat was burning so horribly she could barely breathe or speak, and could hardly keep from falling. Another friend went to get her husband. Even though she was supposed to drive the bride and groom to the reception, she wasn’t able to do it. Her husband had to drive her home. She didn’t have a fever or physical symptoms of any kind, just that blow-torch burning in her throat and absolutely no energy.

She crawled into my bed and remained there until Tuesday morning. She had no idea what was wrong with her. She felt as if she were “dead but breathing.” She couldn’t get up or function. “On Tuesday morning, the TV was on, and as soon as the first plane hit the first tower, I was perfectly normal again….fully alert, fully restored, no blow-torch in my throat.”


In the book, SENSING THE FUTURE, Trish and Rob unravel the mystery around precognition to help readers develop their psychic abilities. Precognition is one of the least understood but most commonly occurring psychic experiences. At one time or another, most people have had minor experiences with synchronicity or having a feeling about a future event that came true, but few understand how it happened or how to do it again. With SENSING THE FUTURE, readers learn to enhance this innate power to benefit their lives.

Other Worldly & Interdimensional Realities

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by Dr. Jon Klimo, Ph.D.
via Experiencer.org

From the leading edge of physics to a variety of non-ordinary experiences that many are having, our species is awakening to the possibility, even the likelihood, that or kind of physically-based life on Earth may comprise only one small part of a larger, more inclusive multidimensional reality inhabited on many levels by many kinds of beings.

Over a hundred years ago, philosopher and psychologist William James wrote, “Our waking consciousness is but one special state of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different,” adding that “no amount of the universe is in totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded.” We may now extend this thinking to include the possibility of “forms of worlds and realities entirely different” from ours, accessible by means of, and inhabited by, such other forms of consciousness.

I would like to speculate on the nature of this otherworldly realm that may lie beyond the physical and me be higher dimensional in nature. In doing so, I will entertain a variety of perspectives, ranging from what has been called perennial philosophy and the metaphysical, to the most advanced theories of present-day physics, extended into para-physics to push such thinking, and extending our psychology into parapsychology in the process.
One particularly exciting aspect of this cross-world or inter-dimensional field of study occurring today is called “electronic voice phenomena” (or EVP), more recently also being called “instrumental trans-communication” (ITC). This EVP/ITC-type research uses a variety of technologically assisted approaches in an attempt to make contact with and record communication thought to be from surviving human spirits. I am engaged in a five-year grant-supported research project devoted to this work, and I have expanded it to include trying to record extraterrestrial as well as human spirit presence. I will conclude this article with a brief description of this work.

Parapsychology and Ufology

The study of whether we survive the deaths of our bodies in some kind of non-physically based afterlife or astral plan comprises one of the three main branches of what was earlier called psychical research, and now is addressed by the more formal scientific discipline of parapsychology. The other two branches are extrasensory perception, including telepathy, and psychokinesis, or anomalous mind-matter interactions. Since its roots late in the late 19th century, it has been the job of this field of parapsychology to investigate claims of survival of death, including attempts to understand if and how living consciousness and personality can operate separate from the physical body and brain and within an experiential domain quite different from the one we know here on Earth.
In a parallel manner, beginning halfway through the 20th century, the field of ufology has been studying flying saucers or unidentified flying objects, “UFOs.” As part of this, the more-recent sub-field studying the beings, usually called aliens, extraterrestrials, or “ETs,” associated with such UFOs could be called extraterrestriology. Particularly, a growing percentage of reports of UFO/ET researchers, witnesses and experiencers, including contactees, abductees and channelers, describe anomalous vehicles and he hypothesized extraterrestrials associated with them in ways that point to an otherworldliness that implies they are not just physically-based beings from another physical world interacting with ours, and that their consciousness interacting with ours may be quite different, as well.
The ability of UFOs to appear to enter and leave our physical dimensionality, and of ETs to interact with our environments, bodies and minds in anomalous ways, makes us question the objective reality of our own world. Their feats point to the possibility that the native habitation of at least some extraterrestrials may be very different, perhaps operating at a higher dimensionality, density or frequency domain than our own, and reflect their ability to appear to u se capabilities parapsychologists would deem telepathy and psychokinesis to interact with our consciousness and our world.

Speaking as both a parapsychologist and a ufologist, I think it is curious and problematic that these two complex fields, that seem to have so much in common, have had virtually no interaction with each other. Reports from UFO/ET experiencers are rich in descriptions of the kinds of abilities, phenomena and processes long studied by parapsychology, including telepathy and other ESP, mind control, mind anomalously affecting matter (psychokinesis), transubstan-tiation, levitation, teleportation, out-of-body experiences, and materialization and de-materialization, to name just a few.

Both fields of study appear to be dealing with phenomena, processes and experiences that bring into question the long-held tenets of physical reductionism regarding the nature of objective reality and of the Cartesian dualistic distinction still being maintained between the two supposedly completely separate and distinctly different realms of mind and matter. I think these two fields should now join forces, especially with regard to trying to better understand our relation to a larger universe and its inhabitants. I believe there is some kind of Rosetta Stone at work here whereby ufology and parapsychology can better shed light on each other’s endeavors to help usher in the emerging, new, more inclusive scientific paradigm as well as help midwife the shift that seems to be occurring in our consensus reality.

Ufology as Cross-World Studies

It appears we are in a midst of a second Copernican revolution that has two aspects.

1) What ufology is studying, and what experiencers’ reports are reflecting, is leading us to the realization that we’re not the center of the universe, nor alone in it either. Rather, we are but a very small part of a vast, seemingly populated universe with myriad other physical and probably non-physical worlds and planes of existence.

2) At the same time, parapsychology and related consciousness studies are leading us toward a related understanding. The realm of the subjective-mind, consciousness, intention, and the inner realm in general, has long been seen as subservient to and less than, or downright unreal compared to, the domain of the physical, of external reality, with consciousness being seen as only an emergent epiphenomenon of brain. But we may be gradually discovering that the reverse is true: that it is local experienced physicality that revolves around and is dependent upon the inner causal realm of consciousness and spirit, with the cross-world components of subtle energies and higher frequencies and dimensions mediating between.

The old notion of inner and outer, subjective and objective, realities seem to be growing ever more confounded and intermixed. The outer is experienced as becoming more inner-like and the inner as more outer-like. Just read the descriptions in the growing reports from UFO/ET experiencers. Carl Jung coined the term “psychoid” o refer to whatever possesses the qualities of possessing both inner and outer reality, of being both subjectively and objectively real. I believe we are entering the experience of a true post-dualistic, or post Cartesian, reality. We will know it by its fruits in our ongoing personal and shared experience. With it, a new worldview and a scientific paradigm with new technology will emerge.

My conjecture is that those who we are calling extraterrestrials– at least those who are not inhabiting and embodies at the same physical-level density, frequency or dimensionality as we are– have evolved to a level of being able to engineer at will within and in terms of a true post-dualist unified field universe, within which crossworld and interdimensional operations can occur. They appear adept at telepathy and related manipulative expertise on what could be called the mental plane, and experiencers within their sphere of influence tend to experience a breakdown of the old inner-outer dualistic dichotomy as a result.

Extraterrestrials also seem able to use advanced forms of psychokinesis, what parapsychologists see as anomalous control of matter by mind. In some cases it appears that they control their vehicles with their minds alone; and there have been reports that their vehicles appear to be alive and at one with them.

Many can alter the way they manifest to us, showing experiencers on occasion that the basic nature of their kind of personal embodimenet, as that of their ships, is more like light or related immaterial energy that they are capable of manipulating like the subtlest of artist’s clay in the hands of their technology.

Like parapsychology, ufology continues to provide a challenge to what we have long thought was real and possible; we are being ushered into a truly post-dualistic unified field psychoid realm of experience, one in which our extraterrestrial visitors seem extremely versed and proficient. The real action may lie in their ability to engineer the relationship between what we might think of dualistically as inner or mental forces and higher dimensional, higher frequency, subtler energy domains which, in turn, influence and are responsible for what occurs on our physical level reality when they visit us.

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