Can we see the future? If we receive a seemingly premonitory dream and see ourselves having a car crash but we avoid the crash in waking life because of the dream, are we even seeing the future? If so, are there many possible futures as suggested in the book The Premonition Code (2018)? Or, are we fated to live the lives we live – with the dream simply showing us a false future (and the car crash was never going to happen any way)? The Premonition Code, by Theresa Cheung and Dr Julia Mossbridge, describes a series of experiences where people claim to have seen the future, and outlines scientific research on premonitions giving us several methods for seeing into the future and for remote viewing.
Julia and Theresa describe precognition as: ‘the scientific name for a group of abilities that have to do with knowing or using information about the future without drawing on information from the five senses, memory or logic.’ (p.18). Within these definitions they also focus on dreams that foretell the future. In their book the duo present a series of fascinating precognitive dreams from individuals whose experiences often helped them some way in their lives.
The Premonition Code also presents scientific evidence for seeing the future. The research is emphatically more convincing than much of the disinformation presented to us as common knowledge in the media and across society would have us imagine. Dr Julia Mossbridge of Oxford University and Theresa Cheung, a renowned dream expert, pull together much of this voluminous research in their book.
Take for example the work of Dr Stanley Krippner, Dr Montague Ullman and Dr Charles Honorton, who researched the dreams of psychic Malcolm Bessent, who found that his dreams were hinting at knowing the ‘target experiences’ (specific experiences pinpointed by researchers) that were set out for him to predict. They also point to Dr Jessica Utts, who was asked by U.S. Congress to look at secret government research into precognition – who concluded that it was a real phenomenon.
In my dreams, like many others, knowingly and having no doubt forgotten, I have seen places I had never seen before where I ended up eventually living or visiting later on in future (a bowling alley underneath a railway arch for example). If you asked me why we see these visions I can only speculate on the causes. Some, like the authors of The Premonition Code and J. W. Dunne, think that we may pass ourselves information through time, possibly through a timeless shared consciousness, or simply through our own consciousness back and forth through time.
As mentioned in previous articles, there is some merit to this argument, and J. W. Dunne’s personal experiences of his own misreading of facts and figures in a future newspaper and his believing to have sent this particular misinformation back through time, makes for an interesting discussion (see my article on his work). I know I, along with lots of others, have seen the future on multiple occasions in dreams, and like many examples given in The Premonition Code, not every detail in my dreams always matched precisely with real life details (see my dreams about the London and Manchester terror attacks).
Yet, the authors of the book offer the mind bending idea that the future may pull the past forward; cause and effect are not necessarily linear in a forward moving motion (see films such as Tenet), and so incorrect information is explained through an imperfect future which is constantly in flux. In other words, the future is not fixed and subject to change. You could take this idea on a moral level too, rather than a purely physical one. Karma from future events may affect you in your past. In this view for example; if you are cheated on today by a partner and in a year you cheat on a new partner, the past incident may be speculated to have been caused by your future actions – so beware!
According to The Premonition Code, scientifically gauging whether a dream or vision was premonitory is not as simple as just having a vision of an earthquake and then there being an earthquake in an earthquake prone region. When seeing what may be premonitions, it must be shown that the events that were seen could not have simply been predicted by intelligent guesswork and analysis. Multiple premonitions of the same event and the level of detail in such visions that match a future real world event are also very important for clarification.
Experiments are also setup in a clever enough way to take into consideration that the unknown can be determined through other potential means other than precognition alone; for instance through telepathy, e.g. if a scientist who is testing a potential precog (i.e. someone who may see the future) knows secret information about what the potential precog is trying to figure out, and the potential precog reads the scientist’s mind, rather than looking into the future.
Alongside these critical approaches, the writers tell us of the importance of being ‘positive precogs’, rather than living the kind of sultry non-lives of the precogs in the film The Minority Report. Positive precogs adhere to what they call their R.E.A.C.H. principles which essentially ask for a moral and respectful approach towards doing precognition (see page 80). I feel this is a very strong approach to precognition which can otherwise focus on negative events and avoiding them. A positive outlook on life may affect your life in a positive way and make precognition much more fruitful.
My only critique with this scientific (yet honest) approach to precognition is that if God or spirits, or angels (take your pick!), rather than our future selves are sending the dreams to us in such a secret and symbolic way, why would they necessarily always show themselves to scientists in a lab? I myself wonder whether I should photograph my dream journal each day for proof of the date I wrote down my dreams. This reluctance to photograph them is because I am afraid that if there is a God (universal power, etc), then they could stop sending me the dreams at any point if they feel my ego becomes too concerned with what others think. In my view, it is a gift that can perhaps just as easily be taken away as it has been given. Nonetheless, I have started photographing my dream journal pages more often, as well as numbering the pages too. What do you think about this? – let me know in the comments below or through email.
Dreams are no doubt sometimes in code. Why is this? (see part one and part two of my series). It could be that having or developing faith is an integral part of the human spiritual journey. As is also noted by a character in the film The Minority Report: ‘Science has stolen most of our miracles. In a way… [the precogs] give us hope – hope of the existence of the divine.’
Fortunately, science still does not have the monopoly over our dreams, and nor should it – for they belong to humanity!
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