Two Simple Ways You Can Sense the Future

Written by on April 18, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 4 Comments

I am a little unusual for an academic futurist, in that I am also an “intuitive”. Besides writing and researching, and gaining the preferred academic qualifications (a doctorate related to the discipline), I also spent many years working on the intuitive and emotional dimensions of mind. It’s not so easy to develop both the intellect and the psyche, as the cognitive skills required are completely different. Most academics have little or no understanding of the deeper mind, except at an intellectual level. In fact, I'm pretty sure some of my colleagues cringe at some of my work. But that's just the price one has to pay for publicly exploring the frontiers of consciousness.

This makes my attempts at communicating insights gleaned at a first-personal experiential level quite difficult. Many in mainstream culture are quite hostile to the attempt. My perception is that this largely stems not only from the challenge to their worldview, but also from the fear of the vulnerability required to move beyond the intellectual mind, and to explore the deeper emotional and psychic realms.

Which brings me to the question, “Can we see the future?” To answer this I am not going to refer to philosophical arguments or empirical evidence, but to personal insight.

The answer is yes, we can sense the future, although it may not be an inevitable future. What we can sense is a possible future.

Sometimes Spirit will gives us warnings about the possible future. Let me give you just one example. While in New Zealand some time back, I took a nap on a lazy Saturday afternoon,. When I awoke, and was still in the drowsy (hypnogogic) state, I suddenly saw a scene appear in my mind’s eye. It was a beach panorama, and the sea was cold, turgid and rough. A strong, disembodied male voice said clearly, “Be careful”.

This was a rather obscure warning, as it was late winter in Auckland, and the thought of going to the beach was the last thing on my mind. Yet just a short time later, the phone rang. A friend of mine invited me for a picnic at the beach the following day. I accepted, and the next day we drove out to the coastal region just east of Auckland. When we arrived, the beach scene was precisely what I’d seen in the vision. The surf was rough. I told my colleagues about my vision, and warned them not to venture too far out into the surf. I did go for a swim, but stayed close to the shore, even though I am a strong swimmer.

I might add that my friends had no problem with my “advice”, as we were all members of the same spiritual group, and we worked extensively with Integrated Intelligence.

In my book  Discover Your Soul Template, I mentioned a friend of mine named Glenn several times, and I also had a rather profound premonition involving him, which I did not write about in that book.

In mid 2004 I was riding a bus from Leshan to Chengdu, in Sichuan province in southern China. The journey was about 90 minutes, and I drifted off to sleep. As I slept a vision suddenly popped into my mind. I saw a setting sun, and the words “The End” appeared, as if it was the end of a movie. The strangest thing about the dream was that I perceived it from the perspective of a person who was actually floating through the air, heading towards the sun.

I awoke suddenly, and knew immediately that it was a symbolic representation of death. Somebody had died. Or was I about to die? I tried to get an intuitive sense of who it might be, but nothing came to me. The vision spooked me.

That night I slept in a hotel in Chengdu, and when I awoke I went to check my email on a computer at the hotel. When I clicked open my yahoo account, the first email was from the long-time girlfriend of a very good friend of mine in Australia. The title read “Some sad news about Glenn”. My heart sank, and even before I opened the email, I knew what I was going to read. Glenn has committed suicide, hanging himself inside his home.

I was shocked. I had been communicating with Glenn via email, and he was preparing to come and join me in China. I knew he had been having some psychological issues, so was worried about his coming over. China can be a stressful place. Now I wouldn’t have to worry about that. His death left me feeling sad for weeks. We had known each other for well over a decade.

Beyond premonitions, there is a far more practical aspect of sensing the future, and I call this Foresense. This is the intuitive feeling that derives from deliberately projecting the mind into a specific future. Here’s a very specific example.

Not long after completing my doctorate, while living in China, I was involved in a negotiation regarding a university job with one of Taiwan's best universities. Via email, the dean of the department was clarifying what subjects I would be able to teach. Something didn't feel right about the situation, so I did a Quick Check. I got out a bit of paper, and drew a horizontal line across the page. I put out a question to the universe: “What is the energy on my accepting a position to work at this university?”

Then I ran the index finger of my left hand across the line, from left to right, measuring the energy on making the jump across the Taiwan Strait (a divination tool I call The Quick Check). My finger just wouldn't go anywhere much past the beginning of the line, indicating that there was no energy on my going there. This was not as I'd expected. I was excited by the prospect of working at a university, and being rewarded for all my years of hard study.

I wasn't dissuaded just yet, however. So I decided to use the Feeling Sense to double-check things. I sat down, closed my eyes and focused upon my breath, putting myself into a light trance state. Then, when I was sufficiently relaxed, I projected my energy into the campus of the Taiwanese university, feeling my future self walking about as if it was in the present moment. I was pulling the future towards me, merging my consciousness field with my possible future self in Taiwan. I immediately felt lost, disconnected, like I was not meant to be there. I felt myself wondering over and over “What am I doing here?” There was an overwhelming sense of frustration, because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I opened my eyes, knowing that it wasn't meant to be. I then wrote down the results of my experience in my Intuitive Diary.

The next day I sent an email to the dean, thanking him for his help, but telling him I would not be able to accept any offer.

The story above is typical of the way that Integrated Intelligence can permit you to peer into possible and probable futures, and sense the results of decisions you are making.

It should be clear from these anecdotes that the future can be sensed. Sometimes it happens without conscious volition, while at other times we can consciously “tune” into the future. Foresense is a skill that is open to all people. It’s one of the things I teach people in my workshops.

As with any skill or cognitive ability, it is a case of “use it or lose it”. Unless you take the time to develop and use your Integrated Intelligence, it will remain a mere potential.

Marcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. He is the author of Discover Your Soul Template and many other books.

Marcus posts a new article on CLN every Saturday. To view his articles, click HERE.

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  1.' AB says:

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  2.' Mike S says:

    You said, “Besides writing and researching, and gaining the preferred academic qualifications (a doctorate related to the discipline),…”
    Why are you reluctant to tell us what the doctorate is in? Are you hiding something? How did the editor think this was acceptable in the article, it discredits you.

    • I have a PhD in Policy Studies (political science) drawing upon the methodologies of Critical Futures Studies, which is a discipline, not a field (like biology or history). My supervisor was long-serving futurist, Sohail Inaytullah. I write every week here (and have many hundreds of articles, scores of papers in Futures Studies journals and ten books elsewhere) and have mentioned such things often. If I repeat all details of my biography every time it will be rather dull for regular readers. And do you really want writers on CLN to detail their academic qualifications? I doubt the editors here are keen, given that this is not an academic journal. And this article is not about my academic work. It is about my personal experience, and understandings taken from that. If you simply click on my website address (“spiritual adviser”) at the bottom of the page you will see all the information about me you like, including the transcript of my thesis. That’s what these links are for.

  3.' Roni says:

    Oooo…than what happened on the beach..did I miss a line somewhere?

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