Ironically enough, we have a dead language to thank for the rather lovely word, precognition. Along with the origins of language, looking at the past, shows us many things. Analysing the past can help us understand the present. There is power in this if we want to change the future. If we want to break patterns of behaviour, for example, we analyse the past, in order to see the original cause, or causes, to disruptive behaviour. This knowledge empowers us to change. Through the recognition, of how behaviour is learned, we’re empowered to unlearn it. Human behaviour is very changeable in this respect.

Further to analysing the past, in order to alter the present, what can we gain from looking into the future through foresight? Or, as with the origin of the word precognition would suggest, what can we ‘know’ about the future?

In logical terms we can guess at future events through basing these guesses on the past

Logic tells us we can never actually know the future without it being based on this kind of guesswork. For example, if I were to get drunk and then pick a fight outside a club, there’s a strong likelihood I’d get punched in the gob. As such, if I actually go ahead with such a plan, it becomes easy to guess what might happen, if I repeated such behaviour in the future. If I do it again more fool me. Does this make me clairvoyant? No, not really, it just means I’m aware of cause and effect and able to act on this kind of foresight.  

As an older man, my skill at predicting likely outcomes has improved with age, but what of a teenager? Is a teenager, who carries a ten inch blade in his pocket, also considering the simple principles that save me from getting repeatedly punched? Obviously not and in this respect, it could be said we become wiser, through experience. Our experiences award us greater awareness of potential consequences. And yes, I did once get drunk, pick a fight and get punched in the gob. I only needed to do this once. It could of course been a little more serious if I’d decided to carry a knife. When I was a child that simply wouldn’t have come to mind. The reason it does now has a lot to do with events in our recent past. Events that would of been unheard of forty years ago. We can clearly see from this, the past, will always have a bearing, on the choices we make, in the present.

Future events are also decided by your actions in the present

Sportsmen and women are predicting the future all the time. Consider snooker or chess. A snooker player is predicting in his mind what will happen when the cue ball hits the object ball. Not only this, he’s also predicting in his mind where the cue ball will end up, after its connected with the object ball, and even bounced of several cushions. There are many variables that need to be considered. With snooker the player is seeking to ‘know’ what will happen next. The skill is in the present when he actually hits the cue ball. His knowledge is based on previous experience. With practice, knowing how snooker balls react when struck, is fairly predictable and constant. Chess is a little different, in that the players are seeking to predict what their human opponents are likely to do, in response to certain moves. Predicting human behaviour is certainly more challenging.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, just like snooker and chess players, we all spend a fair amount of time, either thinking about imagined futures, or trying to predict the ‘what ifs’ of life. Cause and effect is very important if we’re to win the game of life and avoid any nasty punches.

And so how would it be, if we were able to predict events we had no direct connection to? Is this possible? Logic would say not. Even though this is the case, the human mind often displays extraordinary talents, that defy logic.

An open mind, that’s free of conflict, is able to see significance in the mundane

The vast majority of us, don’t have the time or inclination to see much significance, in everyday events and patterns. We have busy lives, with so much going on, that most things just pass us by. We’re not really all that aware, and who can blame us, we’re busy! Lot’s to do, people to see, places to go. It’s only those who have still, empty minds, with little conflict, that are likely to be the most open.

What is it these open minds can show us and how can we benefit from it?

It’s so often assumed that the universe really doesn’t give two hoots about the fate of the individual. I recently read about the mother and daughter who used the flip of a coin to make a decision. The decision concerned who should go on a certain flight from London to New York. As it turned out, on 21 December 1988, the flip of that coin decided who should live and who should die.

As far as the future was concerned, once the plane took off, the only people who really knew what was going to happen next, were the people responsible for planting the bomb, that blasted it out of the sky. So what if we had the ability to see these events before they happened? Quite obviously, the flight wouldn’t have taken off in the first place, and many lives would have been lengthened.

For the majority of us, seeing future events, will remain restricted to our ability to apply the principles of cause and effect

If I do this, what might happen next? Teaching each other and in particular our children, all about the rules of cause and effect, is invaluable. I think we should all get on with that. It is possible mind you, that through displaying precognitive ability – and as such opening up some interesting questions about the nature of the universe – we might just seize human attention enough, to lengthen some lives. What do you think? Have you had any precognitive experiences?

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Collective Sanity

Gravity: The Force of Love

We in the west are disturbed by the recent images of Pakistani men protesting against the decision to free a woman accused of blasphemy. These men shout, throw their fists in the air, and call for her death. They’re baying for blood. They have placards depicting a hangman’s noose around her neck. They want her hanged for standing up for her beliefs.

Looked at from afar, it’s just another example, of how beliefs often defy logic and reasoning. Even though this is the case, we can clearly see the kind of feelings created, when deeply ingrained beliefs are brought into question.

Religious beliefs are of course a very fertile breeding ground for the collective insanity we’re currently experiencing

The insanity is revealed when we step back and ask ourselves: how can it be right and proper for someone to be hanged for questioning beliefs in an attempt to protect their own? It’s the power of the majority at work. The majority are able to assert their ‘rightness’ over the minorities ‘wrongness’. And yet when we really think about it, there is no right or wrong about any beliefs, they’re just that … beliefs. They are neither correct nor incorrect. In this respect, for beliefs to remain valuable and effective, they must always be considered as fluid, malleable and transient.

The unconscious is a data storage system and nothing more

Its job is to store information and give it up when requested by our consciousness. Our beliefs are what applies influence to this output. The problem being, when these beliefs were first formed (childhood), our filtering consciousness (its critical faculty) wasn’t sufficiently developed, to question their validity and usefulness in a modern world. Back then, we accepted everything absolutely, without any questioning filters at all.

When our beliefs and values are such, that we feel it’s right and acceptable to put someone to death for questioning us, surly we’ve become insane? The situation highlighted above is no doubt being exacerbated by the hysteria of a crowd. Away from the crowd though, reason dictates the total insanity, of placing belief over life. Yet we see examples of this everywhere.

The point to bear in mind, is that when these well established beliefs are brought into question, it can be very unsettling and frightening for those who hold them dear. This is all too apparent when we see what’s happening in Pakistan. Their fear is palpable. Their hatred and anger is fuelled by this.

It seems that we are powerless in the face of this insanity

We must always remember the nature of news broadcasts. We only see a small snippet of what’s really going on in the world. We’re only shown those stories that seem ‘newsworthy,’ and these extreme examples, tend to leave a bias in our minds. Whether we see it or not, the world is still a beautiful place, and there are a few beautiful people living here too.

Gravity: The Force of Love

It is unfortunate, that there are those who refuse to separate themselves from the crowd – and its collective insanity – simply because they’re unable to see their fear and ignorance. It takes courage to question those things we hold dear, simply because as soon as we do, change is implied.

The collective madmen of the world can’t see any alternatives

What their minds are failing to show them, (through the filters of collective religious beliefs) is the beauty they could welcome into their lives, through change. There is an extraordinary freedom for us to experience through this change. When we understand, how the output from our data storage system (unconscious) is dictated by the prejudice of our outdated beliefs, we begin to set ourselves free.

There is very little love and respect stored in the minds of the fearful. Fear of change and the unknown is so all-encompassing it’s as if they’ve lost the sight in an eye.

It’s what we believe that makes us frightened. What we believe has been instilled by those who need control

Take the common beliefs of God. They’re too numerous to mention here, however, there is the common theme running through them; that we should in some way be fearful of God. That we will be judged (by our adherence to His instructions) then punished or rewarded accordingly. What religious men and women aren’t getting, is how these ‘instructions’ were created by men, in order to gain the upper-hand through the influence of fear.  And so long ago!

If we take a moment to consider these instructions we will see how God could never speak to us in easily understood terms. Our minds are currently far too over-developed. That’s right! Over-developed. Most are looking for complicated solutions to simple problems. In fact, it’s all getting far too complicated.

I’m reminded that I have in the past spoken about how we can – should we ever feel the need – form more useful beliefs about God

It’s of far greater value to see God existing within information. The universe is built of atoms: very small pieces of information. If we want to find God’s instructions, all we need do, is look within these. When we do, what we see, is the intrinsic need for balance. We also begin to understand what’s holding it all together: the force of gravity. Without this force, nothing would exist.

Gravity: The Force of Love

Within each and every atom – relative to its mass – the force of gravity is of the same value throughout. We must follow this simple rule and bring it into our lives. We will only survive in the long term, if we have a sane, collective belief and understanding, in one common force. How would it be if we called this force love?

Is it love that puts someone to death through their beliefs? Or is that the fear and beliefs of man? Think of God as the force that holds us all together. We need balance, and in order to function well, we need the universal acceptance of each other.

We also need to understand that the force of love has no ambiguity. The force that holds an atom together, doesn’t waver; it is not uncertain. Quite the opposite. It is steady, it is unwavering. Follow this to make it through, and remember, the greater its mass, the greater its power.