The Power of Premonitions

December 2, 2009

The Power of Premonitions

with Larry Dossey and Ken Wilber

A dream prompts a mother to remove her baby from his crib an hour before a chandelier falls and smashes it. More than a dozen people are no shows for choir practice for the first time ever at the moment their church explodes. Before his patients ever call to say they’re coming to the hospital, an OBGYN gets a pain in his chest signaling they’re ready to deliver. Visions of planes crashing into buildings causes a mother to cancel her family’s Disney World trip scheduled for 9/11. Are these coincidences, or is something happening that we need to pay attention to?
More than an examination of case studies, The Power of Premonitions reveals the world of science and research that proves the human capacity for knowing the future. Experiments consistently show that human beings are as wired to know what’s coming next as we are to see, feel, hear and think. Dossey uses cutting-edge science to prove the value of what had long been considered the provenance of mystic charlatans and to show readers how to cultivate their natural abilities. This is a book for the skeptical mind, but it’s also for the believer’s heart—because its author possesses the rare gift of having both.

“I’m not asking you to take anything in this book on blind faith, but to open yourself up to the possibility of premonitions and the evidence supporting them. Listen to the stories people tell. Explore the research that demonstrates our capacity to sense the future. Ponder the implications of mind outside of time. Invite premonitions into your life and see what happens. If you do so humbly and reverently, your life will likely become more premonition-prone, and you may touch that exquisite, infinite realm to which premonitions, now as always, are a door.”
— Larry Dossey, MD

Take a Moment

Practice deep listening! Assuming that precognition, clairvoyance, and other forms of psi phenomena actually do exist, they appear to be closely related to a peculiar capacity of consciousness known as “intuition”. One way to refine our intuition is to cultivate the ability to listen deeply and to remain attentive to the world around us.  Take five minutes out of your day to sit quietly.  Without exerting any effort, simply listen to all the sounds that surround you—the wind outside your window, the hum of your computer, your own breath and heartbeat.  Do not try to quiet your mind or push away distraction—just sit and listen to everything that arises, moment to moment, becoming absorbed in the sounds of your environment.  Breathe these sounds deep into your belly, and release them as you exhale.  Allow the beauty of your surroundings to fill your heart and put a smile on your face, before opening your eyes and going about your day.

Take the Integral Life PSI survey! According to Larry Dossey, about 67% of people have had some sort of experience with PSI.  Have you?  Take the PSI poll below and find out how the Integral community measures against the general population.

Participate in an online telepathy study! Both Ken and Larry agree that the hard evidence behind PSI phenomena has already been pretty well established, and what is needed now more than anything is a good marketing plan to bring the evidence into the mainstream.  But rigorous studies are still being conducted, now more than ever.  One of the greatest proponents of these studies is Rupert Sheldrake, a scientist who has developed an entire website to help perform quick and easy studies on telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance, many of which only take 5-10 minutes.  Interested?  Visit to learn more.


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