An example appearing to relate to England’s Princess Diana is:
The last son of the man with the prophet’s name
will bring Diana to her day of rest.
At a distance they wander in frenetic grief.
Delivering a great people from ruin.
My father and grandmother were very close, and my father often used to drive my grandmother to various places. Not only did the dreams foretell major events, but also frequently predicted life’s trivia. Those winning lottery numbers are out there somewhere, ready for the taking.
But lets think again. So what is going on?
One Saturday as a child of about ten I became convinced that I would win the football pools (a kind of English lottery based on soccer results). One night I dreamed my father was again driving my grandmother somewhere, a dream which I remarked on to my wife. Usually, because we observe zillions of these tiny particles acting together, their individual randomness averages out and we perceive the illusion of order.
Having concluded that the future doesnt exist, it follows that it cannot be predicted.
Does the future already exist?
We should also note the possibility of the self-fulfilling prophecy. Then the psychic has an edge in predicting the result of a match between the two, but might still be wrong.
Actually, we can all predict the future to a degree, simply based upon our general understanding and knowledge of present conditions. But tomorrow, the day after, next week, next year and so on, until the end of the universe, are already in the can. Wouldnt that be nightmarish?
Perhaps they can pick up an internal conflict in one football team, but a much greater sense of purpose and harmony in their equally matched opponents.
From time immemorial humankind has tried to gain advance knowledge of things to come. Shortly after the dream we were informed that my father was very seriously ill and we had to return home at short notice. Today many of us consult psychics, hoping for a glimpse of what tomorrow has in store. The Old Testament has numerous books of prophecy, though strangely many Christian fundamentalists now denounce fortune telling as a sin. Despite the world appearing to be orderly and obeying the laws of cause and effect, science has discovered that at its most fundamental level the physical world is anything but orderly with each basic particle appearing to behave randomly. However, history is littered with examples of apparently amazing precognition.
Examples of Precognition
Lets suppose that we really can predict the future with certainty. On checking the football results I found I had won a minor dividend, an event of somewhat less than a 2% probability. Less than two weeks later he passed away. I had to leave the country but was not unduly worried as my father was under medical treatment. I dont believe the true nature of reality to be that of fixed destiny. Nostradamus’s predictions were written in somewhat obscure language in the form of quatrains, published under the title Centuries. Applying his scientific training to the phenomena, Dunne began recording and analyzing his dreams.
According to this model mediums and psychics can’t predict the future with 100% certainty, but they can predict with an accuracy significantly in excess of that suggested by the laws of probability.
Is it really possible to tell the future? To answer that question we need to examine the fundamental nature of reality. All day long I repeated my belief to my family. Dunne published an account and possible explanation of his experiences in the classic An Experiment With Time (Studies in Consciousness). As he had the problem several times before we expected him to make a full recovery as usual. If Manchester United (a leading English soccer team) plays a non-league side we may reasonably predict that United will win easily. He found that his dreams contained images of the past and of the future in equal measure.
Quite often I find parallels between my dreams and (usually insignificant) events that happen shortly after.
The most famous prophet is surely Nostradamus, the 16th century French physician. What we perceive as now is simply the frame currently being projected on the screen. Her passing caused an outpouring of grief around the world. I have never felt such a conviction before or since.
Similarly in premonitions of disaster perhaps some sensitives might become aware of a loose bolt in an aircraft wing, or see a terrorist manufacturing a bomb is some dark cellar. Their own higher self has only to extrapolate to create images of doom, but of course the plane might survive its journey without incident, or the terrorist may be thwarted in his attempt to carry out his ghastly act.
J W Dunne, a pioneering aeronautical engineer of the late 19th, early 20th century, began noticing that some of his dreams were prescient. . This means the future already exists, and our existence is a bit like being in a(n already made) movie. Nothing we say, or think, or feel, or do really matters a jot. How it may have delivered “a great people” from ruin remains unclear. Popular newspapers and magazines invariably feature a horoscope column, and who wouldnt like a sneak preview of next weeks winning lottery numbers.
Common sense (and for me the certainty of experience) suggests these accounts cant possibly all be wrong. Due to their obscurity it is usually only after the event that their accuracy is recognized. Where we believe that something will happen we consciously, and/or subconsciously, create the present conditions that increase its likelihood.
Around 200 people reported having premonitions including choking, coal dust, and children screaming shortly before the 1966 Aberfan disaster in which a pile of coal waste slid down a mountain burying a school and killing 144 children and adults.
Psychics, and mediums by virtue of their contact with the Spirit world, have access to more information about the present than might generally be known through purely physical/sensory means. Our first reaction might be one of excitement and joy. Shortly after my grandmother passed away at 91 my father suffered a recurrence of a long-standing stomach condition. And we will most probably be right.
Can psychics and mediums predict the future?
Fortunately. We are powerless puppets enslaved within an inflexible and inescapable destiny.
And from the authors own experience:
The father of Diana’s partner in her fatal car crash, Dodi, was named Mohamed