Jeffry R. Palmer
Intuition can be defined as a
holistic filtering of information gathered by the other senses.
In previous articles I have referred to the thought mechanisms
of the primordial mind as it relates to the intuitive sensing
process. Intuition is directly related to survival instinct.
Beyond intuition’s filtering of extraneous information there is
a peculiar human ability to at times foresee future events.
This ability is known as precognition.
Precognition or the act of knowing beforehand that an event
will occur is a phenomena experienced by many, yet little is
known about this mysterious ability. The greatest hindrance to
serious scientific study of precognitive abilities is their
nature as a spontaneous and seemingly random event. It is
difficult, if not impossible for scientists to research a human
ability with such an unpredictable rate of occurrence.
Much of the scientific data regarding precognitive skills comes
to us in the form of statistical analysis and while this does
little to shed any real light on the origin of and mechanisms
behind precognitive abilities, these statistics do offer a
starting point for future research. What is known about
precognitive events is that they occur most often in dreams and
are usually focused on intimate relationships.
Research has shown that 80 to 85 percent of precognitive
experiences involve a spouse, family member or friend with whom
the individual has close emotional ties. The remaining
incidences of precognition involve strangers or casual
relationships, many of whom are the victims of some form of
There is evidence to support the notion of increased psychic
phenomena occurring among relatives and friends. Precognitive
experiences are not limited however to close relationships. The
exact cause of precognition is unknown. There are numerous
theories ranging from outright sceptical dismissal to angelic
intervention. My own view of precognitive ability places the
experience within the same realm as intuitive and instinctual
perception, an anthropological viewpoint, placing precognition
within the context of the ancestral or primal mind.
Just as intuitive sensing and instinctual knowledge are
remnants of an ancestral need to remain intimately connected to
the environment, I believe that precognition is a similarly
ancient aspect of human perception. Intuition is responsible
for filtering the information gathered by the other senses,
instinctual knowledge is the result of that information being
formed into coherent ideas and concepts.
Precognition may be the next logical step in this progression.
A collection of intuitive information gathered over time which
forms eventually into premonitions, prophecy and other forms of
precognitive events experienced in all parts of the world.
Precognition in this context may be viewed as a communication
method of the intuitive mind, one designed to convey concepts
of potential futures based on information gathered by the
intuitive senses. The seemingly random nature of precognition
may be misleading. These events may not be random at all. But
rather the cumulative result of long periods of extra sensory
The precognitive event appears random or spontaneous due to
it’s method of delivery, usually in vivid dreams or flashes of
insight. The information gathered by the intuitive senses
however is steady and ongoing. It may be that precognitive
experiences are just as regular as the intuitive information
gathering process but are unfortunately overlooked,
misinterpreted or unrecognized as important symbols generated
by the intuitive mind.
Precognition like intuition and instinct is a natural human
ability. Early in the history of human evolution the ability to
foresee future events may well have been a common occurrence.
Ability tied directly to the survival of the human species just
as instinct and intuition are.
To understand precognition it is necessary to understand the
intuitive, ancestral thought process. Perhaps by delving into
this area we can come to a better understanding of the
incredible potential of the human mind.
Jeffry R. Palmer ©