Extrasensory perception (ESP), or “sixth sense”, is reception of information from a source outside the realm of the 5 physical senses, an awareness which arises in the consciousness.
Almost the majority of individuals will report experiencing extrasensory experiences in the course of their lifetime. Others, known as psychics (psychic mediums, clairvoyants) are individuals identified as having a heightened awareness of these innate gifts and how they receive this information and utilize these gifts will vary markedly. There does appear to be a hereditary component, although it has been postulated that anyone can develop their own unique gifts through training.*
Throughout history, psychic phenomena and mysticism continue to fascinate the human race, yet our ability to define and predictably quantify and categorize these gifts, accurately record and measure these phenomena reliably and provide adequate scientific proof to discuss them in a way that does not invite skepticism remains problematic.
Cognition – The Present
Cognition simply means “knowing”. It not only refers to our ability to understand and process information with our 5 senses as we develop, but the concept of “knowing” without prior exposure to the information extends to the realms of ESP and spirituality.
What we actually understand is contingent not only upon our age, the functional capacity of our brain, but also our social conditioning through our education, culture and belief systems. It is also intensely personal; what one person understands and processes through their intellect may not reflect the viewpoint of another when faced with the same stimulus. “Knowing” is somewhat different; it is perhaps our true intelligence and instinctual knowledge that is independent of external factors and cultural differences.
Nevertheless, a majority of individuals will report being faced with a decision where they just “knew” which choice to make, even though the “knowing” did not arise from logical thinking. A generalized description would typically include a deeply internalized and intense sensation, thought or feeling that was difficult to ignore.
As humans are a fairly complicated species, one need only look at a herd of animals, school of fish and flock of birds to recognize that a common intelligence acts between them in a very coordinated manner often prior to natural disasters. While some of this may be cues from the environment on the physical plane, it is equally possible that an innate knowledge operates within them.
Complicated or not, among humans are abundant accounts of dramatic life-altering outcomes from actions that were based entirely upon this inner knowing.
Historically, these accounts were the stuff of literature, tribal lore and “witnessed events” in spiritual communities. Today, with platforms of social media and mass entertainment freely available globally, these stories are brought to life and shared across cultures readily.
Cognition – The Future
Precognition is “knowing” the future.
Our desire to predict the future is both evident in our fascination with prophets throughout history, but even more evident in modern mathematical models, corporate projections and statistical sciences.
Can we actually know the future? Not in all its detail, certainly, yet it would appear that our desire to do so has been part of our evolution and economically supported.
For some, pure curiosity drives the fascination. The most sophisticated statistics, even on the strictest of criteria, are useful but not absolute predictors of outcomes in any application.
When this fairly human “need to know” in advance stems from fear of events and a desire to somehow control this, it can create vulnerability. Predictions used for monetary advantage, in particular, can lead to decisions later regrettable if the statistics have not been fairly presented or if something absolutely unpredictable occurs which renders them useless.
On an individual level, a self-professed psychic reader “with 98% accuracy” that would pressure a vulnerable individual into additional readings at additional expense would be an example of someone using statistics to prey upon that fear. True psychics are historically fairly conservative with their gifts and very careful to ensure that their reading is understood to be a reflection of current circumstances. It would be fair to assume that the outcome of any reading would depend largely upon any changes or adaptations the seeker may choose based upon it.
Cognition – The Past
Retrocognition is “knowing” events of the past, but not as a defined memory. In the case of psychic “knowing”, this refers to knowing of events that have occurred in the lives of others that could not possibly be known otherwise, but also affects individuals in another way.
How many of you reading this have experienced déjà vu, the sense that you have been in a particular circumstance or experience before?
A vast majority of adults share this type of retrocognition.
While not fully understood, and purely hypothetically, Déjà vu may represent memory of dream experiences that did not register on a conscious level. If this is the case, the dream experience itself would represent precognition, and the experience of déjà vu, retrocognition of a dream in the past.
Again, we are just exploring the realm of the possible here, not absolute science; we will revisit this hypothesis in another section on altered states.
“One of the most frequently reported altered states in which ESP is reported to occur is that of dreaming. This is unsurprising as dreaming is one of the most frequently & universally experienced altered state of consciousness. It is suggested as much as 65% of reported spontaneous ESP cases have occurred during dream experiences.” The Dreaming Mind: Extrasensory Perception, Dreams and Lucid Dreams
Predominantly over the years, studies of extrasensory phenomena remain encapsulated as pseudoscience, (“false science”). In truth, we really do not have all the answers to why things exist as they are and if scientific history repeats anything, it continually repeats adjustments in our theories of our understanding of reality.
Dreams Speaking is not representing any specific scientific model or spiritual view; we are simply presenting honest accounts and experiences, allowing the reader to draw there own conclusions. We respectfully present stories from our contributors as their unique take on their own path to discovery.
We welcome enthusiasts wishing to explore intuition, extrasensory perception and some of the science emerging behind it to enjoy the stories contained within and new ones as they arise from the community. Also, we invite you to participate in a safe forum to present your own unique experience.
What We Wish to Share Now
In a global pandemic that threatens our medical systems, educational systems and economy, the value of these stories right now would be primarily for entertainment value, but also might spark a conversation within the growing community in time that leads to more understanding.
These accounts are simply demonstrations that we communicate with each other and our own psyche on more levels than we often realize and outside of the normal boundaries of time and space. Perhaps science will one day learn how to apply this energetic communication for practical use; for now, it is offered for enjoyment and to foster shared experience.
It is the history of humankind to view unusual ideas with fear.
With no allegiance to any particular political, scientific or socioeconomic viewpoint, we are simply here to “talk story”, share information and provide our readers a safe environment to do so.
What We Hope to Offer
If you enjoy mysticism, science, astounding stories that have credibility, exploration of your dreams and inspiration – it is our hope to inspire you to continue.
Sleep being both precious and essential for dream recall, we will present practical methods for enhanced, restorative sleep, as well as resources for dream journals and interpretation.
Mental and emotional health, so critically intertwined with restorative sleep and simple methods to enhance personal stability during changing times will be presented.
Regenerative practices such as meditation, mindfulness and conscious living play such a critical role in overall health and well-being; references and resources to the spiritual leaders of today that carry valuable messages and tools for self-discovery will be presented to enhance your experience, as well.
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