I left the iron on. I knew you were going to call me. I’ve been thinking about you and then I bump into you randomly on holiday. I’ve got a strange feeling I won’t get a seat on the 7.10am from Cambridge to Kings Cross (OK, so anyone could predict that one).
Some people say that we see what we want to see but what if we really can sense the future? Back in June there was a BBC report about an England fan at the World Cup who had a vision of England lifting the World Cup. Well, we all know how that ended (I won’t dwell) but this chap was so convinced that his vision was true that he actually had a massive tattoo emblazoned on his chest of the World Cup with ‘England Champions 2018’ next to it. It stuck in my mind because there aren’t many people who act on a vision with such passion and you have to admire him on some level!
Of course, there is a theory that says that everything that is possible has, and will, happen. The Many Worlds theory tells us that every time we make a decision another ‘branch’ of our life is created – an alternate universe – where all the other possible scenarios that could have happened are played out. Perhaps our World Cup fan was simply picking up on one of these scenarios in his vision? Maybe it’s possible that our species can pick up images or feelings from these other ‘universes’. Not that these visions are particularly helpful to us in our everyday lives of course but could these flashes from alternate lives explain phenomena like ghosts, Déjà vu or possibly how mediums can channel messages?
If the Many Worlds Theory just doesn’t feel right to you (see what I did there?) then perhaps there really can be a way for the human brain to pick up on the future in some way.
At this point it’s probably important to distinguish between those two often-confused terms, precognition and premonition. Precognition is the knowing that an event will occur. It’s normally a brain phenomenon and will be expressed as a definite statement of awareness of the future. Premonition is an emotion, perhaps expressed as an uncomfortable gut feeling or intuition. You know that something is going to happen, but you can’t pinpoint what it is.
Here’s a couple of premonitions/precognitions you may not know about.
First take rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lead vocalist/founder Ronnie Van Zant was heard to say ‘if it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go’ just before boarding a plane in October 1977. Most recall it was an odd thing to say and not in any kind of context. A short while later the plane went down, crashing into a swamp in the Mississippi. Van Zant died along with three others. Surviving band vocalist Jo Jo Billingsley claimed to have had a vivid precognition of the plane crash the day before it happened.
Or, what about Reeva Steenkamp – who was shot dead by her Paralympian boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentines Day 2013. She may have predicted her own death when she was 14 years old by painting a picture – depicting herself as a terrified angel at the bottom of a ladder, which seems to lead to heaven. Far off in the distance she painted a figure of a man with a gun in his hand.
Closer to home, some years ago, I also had a precognition which turned out to be entirely accurate. I had a reoccurring dream where my kids were in a swimming pool and I saw a brief glimpse of a large, threatening black dog approaching them. A short while later this event came to be a rather scary reality. I believe that because of the vision I’d had I was able to deal with the situation calmly – perhaps more so than had I not of had any idea what was coming. By the way, you can read the full details of this incident in my friend Theresa Cheung’s book The Premonition Code which is available from Amazon and all ‘good book shops(!)’ in October this year.
The way I work with my clients at Soulfulness Therapies often relies on picking up energies. Most of my therapy is conducted intuitively. What does that actually mean? Well, essentially I am able to pick up on people’s energy. I don’t know how or why but I can feel any emotional or physical issues my clients may be having and direct my therapies accordingly. It doesn’t happen every time but it’s very frequent (I was able to tell a client once that he had a knee injury playing rugby at the age of 19 – I’d never met him before in my life!).
Whatever your views on visions, intuition or premonition/precognition I think we should all spare a thought for the poor England fan who has England World Cup Champions 2018 on his chest forever. It could just be possible though that in one amazing universe he was absolutely spot on!