So you believe that you have the gift of being able to predict the future of events. Acquiring and using this particular skill could obviously reap great rewards in one’s life. Just think of the possibilities of how this could improve your financial security, for instance.
You could day trade the S&P 500 first thing in the morning, for the entire day, or the month, and be more accurate than the technical traders and the financial gurus out there.
You could pick the the lottery numbers for that $10M prize a hour before the draw. Students will know exactly what’s on the test the next day. Predicting your future can also save your life, you’ll know when to avoid that bus which may run you over at the crosswalk.
According to some experts, we actually have the ability to predict the future to varying degrees. This is known as “psi,” which is the ability for some to perceive certain events which are yet to occur. This ability is a lot more acute in some, than others.
Through a series of experiments, experts claim that we all behave in a certain way, a predetermined pattern, and while we’re in the present, we already have a vague idea of what’s going to happen in the near future, this is referred to as precognition.
Is There Such A Thing As A Sixth Sense
There are times when you’ve felt that someone is staring directly at you. Maybe this happened in a crowded nightclub, while on the bus, or waiting in line at the grocery store checkout. Sure enough, you quickly turn your head to lock eyes with someone.
It’s just your brain, your conscious mind doing its job by forming a story, and a conclusion out of all our sensations, as well as our reflections. This because our daily life is just a series of random thoughts and events which are completely unconnected. So what the mind attempts to do is piece together the puzzle.
A narration of occurrences then occurs which will unfold into an usually orderly universe. But at times, we have those experiences which don’t quite fit into our expectations, which contradicts logical science.
So in our attempts to decipher and then accommodate the rare outlier phenomena which occurs, we’ll then just peg them as unproven entities. We then begin entertaining the thought that something paranormal may of occurred.
Knowing Things Don’t Fit
These experiences range from sensing an odd or strange vibe inside a room, but outside of our bodies. We will then often justify these types of experiences to concepts which are related to psychic powers, luck, energy, or terrestrial.
These external explanations are a lot more convenient as they’re also more appealing as well as intuitive, rather than blaming these odd unusual experience as our minds playing tricks on us.
The most common, again, is sensing that a person staring at you. Once you turn your head and actually see someone looking at you, depending on the setting, your emotions then become activated, making you feel either excited, comforted, or just crept out.
Furthermore, if you do begin to feel uncomfortable, and check whether a complete stranger is really looking your way, your reaction and movement may draw attention, which confirms your suspicions.
Then There’s Déjà vu
We’ve all experienced various degrees of déjà vu, as it’s a common occurrence. We most likely just shrug it off as it being a coincidence, or a mental hiccup from our tired mind.
Researchers define it as incidences which are a sense of familiarity, this without having a recollection of why it’s familiar. It could also be a timing issue which happens in the brain, where the thoughts are experienced twice, due to a slight wiring malfunction or delay.
So as a result, it lends to a second occurrence of the same sensation which is repetition or a coincidence. There are others who believe that it’s a glimpse, a snapshot into a previous past life.
A Belief In Fate
We’re all aware of the story, or stories, myth or not, where a couple who are soon to marry are looking at their family photo album’s, shortly before their wedding.
One particular picture catches the grooms eye. In the image is his bride to be, taken ten years earlier, posing at Disney World with Mickey and Minnie mouse.
But, to his surprise, in the same photo, which was taken a decade earlier, was also his entire family in the background, who at the time lived in the opposite end of the country.
In the picture, was the 11 year old groom, mouse ears and all, as the boy’s family was also on vacation at the same exact time, and happened to be captured in the same photo. The two kids would eventually meet years later.
Once they both saw the photo, they got chills. It’s just too much of a coincidence for this to happen, so was it fate. Most would definitely get shivers in the same situation.
For some, it takes a lot less. Just hearing the same odd or a new word twice within the same hour, which often happens, or meeting someone who’s from the same small home town, making you pause and say, “Well, it’s a small world out there.”
These types of moments happen once our brains begin to spot patterns, which is an ability that’s developed from the earliest stages of perception. Associating different patterns allow us to make sense of all the sensory input, while being able to predict regularities which are in our immediate environment.
Finding these patterns is central to our survival, and to our success as our brains are trained to see patterns everywhere, even if the data is completely random, and struggle to do so.
We’re able to spot faces in crowds, or clouds, and the conspiracy theorist in all of us hears messages in music played backwards. All this because we expect some type of normal order in the world and our lives.
But then, on occasion, this compulsive pattern spotting can escape us, and makes a connection that we don’t expect, creating complete chaos in our minds. Once that occurs, we then demand our subconscious for an explanation, which may be unknown.