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Monday September 20, 2004: Warnings from Beyond: part two

         How do you separate true precognition from merely wishful (or fearful) thinking?  I think the problem is more likely to occur with mild to moderate feelings. Remember that most valid impressions do not come with any personal history. Beware of visions that follow recent conversations or news stories that could have focused your attention on future possibilities. If confronted with a terrible feeling and unsure of its source:

        1.  Deal with your own feelings of fear before taking another look at the situation, especially if the vision is associated with an already established negative response. It's natural to worry about losing loved ones, or having your own worst fear realized. Don't use a 'vision' to run away from something just because a situation is uncomfortable.

         2.  Look at what you have to gain by this vision coming true, the personal advantage of changing your actions or responsibilities.  Would it remove or avoid an uncomfortable situation? Would it save face? Would you feel vindicated to say  "I told you so?"

3.   Take responsibility for your decision. If you are afraid of driving to the dentist on a particular day because of a 'premonition,' then you may need to reschedule or plan a different driving route. If the premonition comes up again despite your changes, then you'd better sit down and deal with your inner fears about the dentist.

4.     Be aware that warnings come from different levels of awareness.  This was discussed on September 9th, so refer back to that article.

5.     If the premonition involves you being at risk, take it more seriously. Call it intuition or a gut feeling but our bodies are created to warn us of dangerous situations. Always there will be clues in the outer world, even if they pass by unnoticed. Tense body language, inappropriate social remarks, changes in normal patterns, dangerous environmental conditions, are all subtle clues which may register at an unconscious level. Pay attention. Think out what action you could take that might decrease the risk to your personal safety.

         Think out the difference in how and why these impressions may be coming through. If you are unsure of plane travel and you recently heard a story about a plane crashing, fearful imaginings of your plane crashing are probably just that -- imaginings. If you are nervous about surgery and begin having dreams about dying on the operating table, it is your fears that need to be addressed. If you notice the captain looks like he or she has a hang-over, or a one of the passengers gives you the creeps, maybe you want to arrange a later flight. If you see a hospital staff that seems overwhelmed by their workload or a surgeon who seems more interested in his or her own self image, then you may want to wait and get a second opinion.

             Unfortunately, I have yet to find a fool-proof system for confirming every single vision as being definitely imaginary or psychic. Sometimes I look back and decide I was just chicken and not confronting reality; sometimes I regret not following my original gut feeling. I wish it were otherwise, but my world isn't perfect.  (The only thing I seem to have perfected is the art of learning through mistakes.) In the end, you may have to learn to just live with the uncertainty.

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 05:07AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | CommentsPost a Comment

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