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Is it possible that many people have a precognitive ability? Some scholars believe it is.

Is it possible that many people have a precognitive ability? Some scholars believe it is.

What does the term “precognition” mean? It means a foreknowledge of an event through extrasensory perception, and there have been famous examples of this throughout history. Paranormal abilities are not necessary to suddenly have a vision of a future event. People who have never experienced such a thing in their life, may suddenly have that knowledge. Extra sensory perception is the ability to see or know about something before it happens. Doing so is called the act of “precognition.”

For example: Both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy had a precognition of their deaths. In Lincoln’s case, he had a dream in which he heard sobs and people weeping. Getting up, he went downstairs and heard more mournful weeping. Passing into another room, he came to a catafalque upon which lay a corpse wrapped in funeral clothing. People were gazing mournfully at the figure, whose face was covered. Lincoln asked “Who is dead in the White House?” The answer came from a soldier standing guard, “The President, he was killed by an assassin.” It was only days after that when Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963. Earlier that same day, he had said to his wife Jackie, and his personal adviser Ken O’Donnell,

“If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?”

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Martin Luther King, on April 3rd, 1968 in a speech before a crowd at Church of God In Christ headquarters, spoke of his own possible untimely death:

“Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”1]

King was assassinated the day after making this speech, on April 4th, 1968.

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Were  these statements evidence of precognition? Did they know? Possibly. Or was it just because these men knew they were in a vulnerable position in society, a perfect target for someone who wanted to make a “name” for themselves? Read on for more examples of “precognition,” from those who were not in a position of power.

Journalist and Author, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) had a dream about his brother’s death. In it, he saw his brother Henry in a metal casket, and on his chest was a bouquet of white roses with a single red one in the center. It took him half a day, to convince himself it was only a dream. He and his brother were on a steamship together in June of 1858, when Clemens had a disagreement with the pilot, whereby he asked to be put ashore to wait for another ship. His brother stayed on the ship that Clemens left. Shortly afterward, his brother was killed  when the steamship boiler exploded. Clemens was in mourning and as he sat in the room where his brother was laid out in a metal coffin in Memphis, Tennessee, a lady came into the room and put a bouquet on his brothers chest. Yes, you guessed it,  the bouquet was of white roses with a single red one in the center. Clemens never got over “seeing the future,”  and it haunted him the rest of his life.

Autobiography of Mark Twain, the authentic original version


A famous example of precognition is the story of Edgar Cayce, a psychic who foretold events and made medical diagnoses through his dreams while asleep. Cayce never took money for any of these things, although his fame for accuracy spread far and wide. Cayce also diagnosed his own condition and predicted his own death while asleep.

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These are only a few examples of precognition out of many in the world. Have you had precognitive “dreams” or visions? If you have, you’re not alone, you have lots of company, because latest studies show that one in every four Americans believe in precognition. Prestigious universities have done psychic research and  studies on the subject.  One that comes to mind is Cornell University’s Professor Daryl Bern’s research paper on precognition entitled “Feeling The Future,” in which he states that many people can actually perceive the future.

So what’s your opinion? Is it possible? Have you had any of these precognitive experiences? Here’s a book with a few more stories of precognition from 24 great men and women whose names you may recognize.

The Secret Life of Genius: How 24 Great Men and Women Were Touched by Spiritual Worlds