The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives

By Dr. Mercola

I have been a long time fan of Dr. Larry Dossey, and have read many of his books including Healing Words, and The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine.  Recently I had an opportunity to catch up with him in Chicago when we were both lecturing at the Health Freedom Expo. 

Dr. Dossey  is a former physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital.  He has lectured in medical schools and hospitals throughout the US.  In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so.

He has also served as the co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.  He currently lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara who is a nurse-consultant.

In Chicago I heard him lecture on his latest book, The Power of Premonition.  The book delves into a topic few scientists and researchers publicly address -- how some people demonstrate knowledge of future events.

Here is a summary of his newest book:

10 Things You Need to Know About Premonitions By Larry Dossey, M.D.,
Author of: The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives

  1. Premonitions are extremely common. They probably arose early in history because they provided our ancestors with a greater likelihood of survival and procreation. They were thus likely to have been incorporated into their genes and passed down through succeeding generations. As a result, we now appear to be hardwired for premonitions. They have become our birthright, part of our original equipment.

  2. “Premonition” means literally "a forewarning," indicating that they often announce upcoming events that are unpleasant e.g., a health crisis or a natural disaster. This is not absolute, however; premonitions may also foretell pleasing events such as a job promotion, the location of a parking spot, or even winning lottery numbers.

  3. Premonitions can be realistic or symbolic. They occur commonly during dreams, but also during full, waking awareness.

  4. Five rules of thumb aid us in knowing which premonitions to take seriously:

    1. if the premonition warns of a health crisis or death;

    2. if the premonition is numinous, highly vivid, or "realer than real";

    3. if a dream is recurrent, appearing often in the same night or in succeeding nights, as if clamoring for attention;

    4. if the premonition is associated with physical symptoms; or

    5. if the premonition is experienced independently by a spouse, partner, or close friend.

  5. There are four categories of scientific evidence for premonitions:

    1. presentiment experiments, in which the body responds to a future event prior to one's conscious awareness of it;

    2. precognitive remote viewing tests, in which a distant individual "gets" information from a sender up to a week before it is mentally sent;

    3. online tests of precognitive functioning

    4. global consciousness effects that are detected by random event generators stationed around the earth, which often react prior to the occurrence of a subsequent happening.

  6. Premonitions alert us to impending problems and crises of those we love. These warnings are extremely common between parents and children, spouses, siblings (particularly identical twins), close friends, and lovers. Empathy, love, compassion and a sense of oneness mediate premonitions.

  7. Although we cannot have premonitions on demand, we can invite them into our lives by setting the stage for them, so they are more likely to occur. We can become more premonition-prone.

  8. The most effective way to become more premonition prone is to develop a discipline wherein we quiet our mind and attend to the subtle messages from within and without -- through meditation, contemplation, immersion in nature, or just "getting quiet." Courting mystery also helps. As Rumi said, "Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."

  9. Keep a dream diary, in which you record your dreams on waking. This makes premonitions more likely to occur and insures that they will be remembered.

  10. Premonitions are an indicator of the soul and a bridge to the transcendent. Their value goes beyond their practical benefit of warning us of upcoming dangers. They reveal the presence of a timeless aspect of our consciousness, and therefore point like an arrow to an immortal, eternal aspect of who we are.

Cynthia Sue Larson has also provided these discerning comments on Dr. Dossey’s book:

The Power of Premonitions provides answers for those who remember past premonitions and wonder how common their experiences might be, as well as why they have premonitions sometimes and not others. Dr. Dossey outlines twelve premonition-promoting qualities that can enhance your ability to know the future, and describes how various cultural perspectives have been shown to support or hinder the process.

The interpretations of premonitions is every bit as fascinating as premonitions themselves, since premonitions have not been consistently comprehended for maximum positive value in peoples' lives. Some historical figures who've had amazing premonitions include Freud, Hitler, Jung, and Lincoln. Surprisingly, the meaning of some of these premonitions, while crystal-clear in hindsight, was not fully understood at the time.

Dr. Dossey points out how having access to the power of premonitions can be used either positively or negatively, in similar fashion to most any other ability humans possess. Whereas a medical doctor such as Dr. Dossey might utilize premonitions for improved medical care, thieves or radical extremists can use premonitions for personal gain or social harm.

Dr. Dossey also reviews the science of premonitions. Arguments about consciousness are central to premonitions. He explains that science has largely ignored how consciousness manifests in our existence. In spite of the complete lack of evidence the belief that the brain produces consciousness has endured and become dogma in science. Dr. Dossey believes consciousness can operate beyond the brain, body, and the present, as hundreds of experiments and millions of testimonials affirm.

I highly recommend The Power of Premonitions to anyone seeking a balanced, open-minded overview of what we currently know to be true about premonitions... and to everyone wishing to gain the practical benefits of premonitions in their daily lives.

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