From “The Power of Premonition” by Larry Dorsey; Institute of Noetic Sciences.
“If a trait helps us to stay alive and reproduce, it is likely to become embedded in our genes and passed down through succeeding generations.”
In looking back through all postings (wow!! almost 140 by now…) the Noetic Science entry was, far and away, the one which has had the most readings. Yes, it has been posted for over one year (amazing!!) but still, it looks like it continues to receive “hits” on a regular basis. And, as time flies by, my interest in this issue has continued to increase. There is an implicit acceptance in my mind that we are all part of a bigger whole; as individuals we are still pretty awesome, no matter how small we may feel at times, but we still have a long way to go in order to begin to understand what the full scope of our capabilities, as thinking beings, truly is.
I was reading the article referenced above and some things mentioned actually “rang a bell”. According to the writer, evidence shows that we are a part of a greater entity. Sort of like small atoms making up a body, separate, yet somehow linked to one another. What we often call a premonition, as such, is then really a warning that comes from other atoms which may have already lived through a specific experience or which may be even further ahead in the light-time space, with knowledge of what we are about to experience.
Further into the article, I read this particular quote: “A premonition is literally a forewarning, usually of something unpleasant, such as a looming natural disaster or an impending threat to our health…” What this implies is that we, by simply being humans share a link which is somewhat akin, if I am to understand this concept, to the link that some insect colonies do share, especially when it comes to defending their nest. The primary difference would seem to be that while their link is usually chemically based, our link includes a cogent element, an item which is missing in the “thinking” process within the animal world. Going one step further, there are places in our world which are systematically prone to natural disasters, where some animals are closely watched, for they are somehow affected by changes in the environment and can actually “predict” when there may be a disaster looming.
Often you will read in these posts my belief in exercising precisely this part of our natural gift: to think in a coherent manner about what is around us and as to how all things which happen, even if we dismiss them as being irrelevant at the time, do impact our daily lives. The author of the article goes on to expound on his theory, saying that when we fail to encompass the whole, we are ignoring all that is beyond our immediate area of sensual input; and he adds that the fact if we cannot, or refuse to perceive something, does not mean it does not exist. It just means we, as individuals, do not know of its existence. We would, in fact, be acting just like “a fish that considers his watery environment to be the full extent of his world; like it, we have come to believe that the here and now defines the limits of our existence.” He then goes further by saying that we are but a continuum in time and space; our mind(s) being the all encompassing link we have to learn to use and appreciate.
Nobel physicist Erwin Schrödinger adds his take and says that “each person enfolds something of the spirit of the other in his consciousness.” If we are to take this as truth, then it may be easer to accept that when we do have a premonition (and we have all had them at one time or another) we are indeed receiving a “warning transmission” from someone else, usually someone or some entity which is or has been close to us at one time or another; according to Mr. Dorsey, “studies reveal that premonitions frequently link people who love each other: parents and children, siblings, twins, lovers, and very close friends”.
In these posts, I have shared with you a few of the several premonitions I have experienced over the years and which I have learned to accept and, at least, analyze if not outright heed. Some, as a child, I did not understand. One in particular involved a close friend and colleague of my mother. A group of local teachers, including her friend (whom I knew) had joined a tour going to
to be precise. My mother would not go because she was working on her
relationship with her soon to be second husband. All goodbyes were said, along
with the promises of presents and mementoes to be brought back. The local
flight left for Vatican Havana, where they transferred
to the international flight, which was an overnight journey to Europe. The plane was a four engine “Super
Constellation”, the latest in aircrafts. We went to bed and, I remember, somewhere
during the night, close to 3am, I woke up crying and went to my mother. I was
later told that all that could be understood from what I was saying was “She died, mama, she died in a big fire”.
Eventually I calmed down and was put back in bed, falling asleep again.
We got up the next morning and all was going normally, until a niece or nephew (can’t really remember) of my mom’s friend, who lived around the corner, came running to our house asking for my mom to please come back with him, that Mrs…. (The friend’s mother) was hysterical. As we then learned, the plane had exploded midflight in a fireball, right around the time I woke up crying; there were no survivors.
Did I get a message from her at the last minute? Why me? Why a 6-7 year old who really had known her briefly? Often I have wondered if this was, perhaps, because I was the son of her best friend and maybe, because my mind was more responsive, not yet cluttered with years of living and of learned skepticism; in the end, I do not know why. But I know this happened and has been present in my mind more than once over the years.
Do we scoff at these “phenomena”? Yes, we do. Most of us like to think that we always have our “feet” on the hard ground and we do not walk with our heads in the clouds. This is what is more acceptable by our peers and what we are constantly told makes for better members of this society at large. My thinking is that of disagreement; society needs freethinkers as much as it needs doers and hardcore “solid” drones. We are all indispensable parts of a chain which makes our very existence possible. Each plays an important role; like in the old food gathering tribes, some gather, some scout, some cook, some rear the children and all are part of a whole, moving forward in unison.
Eventually, as we further develop that part of our brain which deals with these issues, we may come to a better understanding of what it is that makes us “tick” and how is it that each one of us is a little part of others and that, we, as a whole, are perhaps a part of a greater entity or group of entities.
Old Wisdom usually says that life is a cycle and what we do today will come back to us, or to our progeny; good or bad. In the article, Mr. Dorsey ends with this observation, and so will I this entry: Premonitions suggest a revision of the golden rule, from “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” to “Be kind to others because in some very real sense, they are you.”
Food for Thought? I hope so…
Be Well… Be Back!!