Can you predict the future?
It might sound like science fiction but we may all be able to master the art of precognition
Find out more about how we can all master the art of precognition, as well as the role dreams can play in understanding what lies ahead
You dream of a large burning object falling from the sky. The dream is so vivid, you wake in a cold sweat. The next day you catch a report on the news about a plane crash and your blood chills. You can’t help but ask yourself, ‘Did I predict that?’
Or you get a weird feeling in your gut, telling you not to get on your usual bus into town. You walk instead, feeling daft, only to hear later about the terrible accident the bus was involved in.
Many of us have had experiences like these – the dream that turns out to be eerily prophetic, the gut feeling that proves powerfully correct. But how can you know whether what you’ve experienced is true precognition – a kind of sixth sense – or an odd coincidence?
A new book The Premonition Code, by dream author Theresa Cheung and cognitive neuroscientist Dr Julia Mossbridge, aims to finally answer that question. Their hope is that the book’s readers will help with the largest ever scientific experiment on precognition, via the book’s website, thepremonitioncode.com.
As Julia writes in the book, ‘There may be an invisible power or consciousness in the universe that you can tap into with your thoughts and dreams to help you thrive.’
Sounds pretty intriguing, right?
Saved by a dream
Holistic therapist Krysia Newman, whose story features in The Premonition Code, believes a prophetic dream saved her family.
‘I’d had premonitions in dreams before,’ says Krysia, of soulfulnesstherapies.co.uk.
‘But this dream was different. The fact it was a recurring dream made it feel urgent, like a warning.’
In the summer of 2008, Krysia was invited to use the swimming pool at a friend of a friend’s farm near her home in Cambridgeshire.
A few days before going with her daughters, then nine and six, Krysia had a dream.
‘In the dream I was on the phone in front of a very tall hedge and could hear my children laughing and splashing in the pool nearby,’ Krysia remembers.
‘Suddenly I heard a rustling behind me and turned to see a massive Rottweiler bounding through the hedge and heading for me.
‘In the dream I started panicking. That’s when the fear woke me.’
Days later, as Krysia was driving to pick up the keys for the pool, she heard dogs barking.
‘Remembering my dream, I asked my friend Andrew, who’d invited me to use the pool, whether the dogs were Rottweilers,’ Krysia explains. ‘Andrew confirmed that there were Rottweillers on the farm, but assured me they were kept chained up.’
Krysia’s visit to the pool went well and she returned twice more after that. But before each visit she would dream of the black dog lurching towards her and wake fearful.
‘On my fourth visit, I invited another friend to come along, too,’ says Krysia. ‘Again, I had the dream and again I was assured that the dogs would be locked up.’
It was an hour or so into the poolside
‘The fact it was a recurring dream made it feel urgent’