The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives

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The doctor?and bestselling author?who first demonstrated the healing effects of prayer now offers an unprecedented look at the science of premonitions.

When Larry Dossey was in his first year of medical practice, he experienced a week of premonitions about patients, all of which came true. He had never had them before; they seemed to have come out of left field. After the sensations stopped, writes Dossey in The Power of Premonitions, ?It was as if the universe, having delivered a message, hung up the phone. It was now my job to make sense of it?which I try to do in this book.?

The four parts of The Power of Premonitions take readers through documented cases of premonitions, including a remarkable instance when an entire Nebraska community skipped church the very day it exploded; an examination of recent science studying what is known as ?presentiment?; a discussion of what it all means to daily life; and practical, field-tested techniques for inviting premonitions.

Just as he did in Healing Words, the groundbreaking book that propelled Dossey into the public consciousness, in this compelling new book Dossey uses cutting-edge science to prove the value of what had long been considered spiritual mumbo-jumbo. This is a book for the skeptical mind, but it?s also for the believer?s heart?because its author possesses the rare gift of having both.

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  • Ever Wish You Could Predict Next Week's Lotto Numbers?
    Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

    A FirstLook Review: The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing The Future Can Shape Our Lives (Dutton/ Apr 2009) by Larry Dossey, M.D.

    Ever wish you could predict the numbers in next week's lotto pick? Or have you had a dream that later came true? Believe it or not, Larry Dossey says that these things have happened. It's called premonition--a forewarning of an event yet to occur, also known as first sight or mindsight.

    Premonition has been around a long time, dating back in history to the ancient Greeks, the native Americans, and to the Hebrew people. Though most of us don't discuss such mystical experiences openly, odds are you've experienced this phenomena yourself.

    An interesting story from my own family: Not long ago my father was dying from pancreatic cancer, in his home, under hospice's care. My extended family, including my father's brother, sat together just outside on the home's lanai. During this emotional time, my uncle related a very incredible story about a dream he'd had in 1995 at his home in Michigan.

    In the dream my uncle saw a motorcycle accident, and laying face down on the side of a highway was my father, the motorcycle severed in half. My uncle raised his eyes to another person standing on the side, wagging his finger at my father's prone body--it was my grandfather who had passed away in the 1970's.

    My uncle was alarmed by the dream he said, but the only comforting factor was the motorcycle in the dream--a Honda Goldwing. He knew that Dad owned another type of bike.

    Nonetheless, my uncle phoned my dad, just to "Say Hi." At the end of the conversation, Dad cheerfully asked his brother, "By the way, did I tell you that I bought a Honda Goldwing?" Reluctantly, my uncle ignored his premonition and said nothing about it, thinking that he might sound a little nuts.

    A few months later, my dad lost his leg in a motorcycle accident on the side of I-95 under an overpass while avoiding the rain. He should have died three times that day, but unbelievable circumstances protected him. Seconds before the accident occurred, Dad thought, "Gee I should get over some more, before I get hit."

    Larry Dossey, M.D. is the award-winning author of several books. He has lectured at such major medical schools as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and the Mayo Clinic. Dossey is an international advocate for the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare.

    Larry Dossey shows through The Power of Premonitions how we all possess the innate capability of tapping into our possible future whether we like it or not.

    In his book, Dossey:

    * Describes cases of actual instances of premonitions: the Titantic, the Aberfan disaster, Harriet Tubman, Beatrice Nebraska, September 11, 2001 (9/11)
    * Examines "recent contributions of modern technology to this science: John L. Petersen at The Arlington Institute (government intelligence), James C. Carpenter of the Rhine Research Center, Dean Radin--psi researcher
    * Explores the Why? What? And How? Of typical questions people have regarding premonitions: Why are premonitions not completely accurate? What is the purpose of symbolism in dreams? Why do we repress our hunches, foreboding, and intuition?
    * Explains the importance and dangers of them: focuses on the importance of belief on this issue, defines actions to enhance premonition
    * Examines the "impact of premonitions on how we see the world." Time for us flows in one direction, not back into the past or jumping into the future; therefore, it is difficult to understand how premonition could actually exist. Delves into touchy points here with discussions of premonition and physics, laws of nature, free will, and consciousness.

    The Power of Premonitions is really a scientifically based read for the lay person. Dr. Dossey includes several pages of notes and references backing up his research. Will you read the book and explore the power of understanding forewarning? The new publication is fascinating reading!

    5 Stars

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  • Venturing beyond the material realm
    In The Power of Premonitions, Larry Dossey, MD delves deeply into the phenomenon of premonitions providing the clarity you need to learn to trust these unbidden hints, when appropriate. Through Dossey's evocative exploration of the subtle threshold between the present and the future, you may just get inspired to keep a diary on your bedside table to jot down and capture what comes to you in the sleep state.

    Anything from a vivid nightmare of disaster to a vague feeling of uneasiness can turn out to be lifesaving, if acted upon. But it's hard to distinguish ordinary worries, chronic uneasiness in a time of great change, from true warnings. Compounding the challenge is the fact that premonitions are often imprecise.

    Dossey suggests that receptivity to premonitions has evolutionary value. Yet, for many this skill is unconscious or may be interpreted as accidental or based on some concrete indicator.

    Dossey's book tantalizes by questioning whether the rule of material logic doesn't omit something people seem to need: mystery. According to Dossey, studies show that women who "regularly engage in mini-mysteries... taking on novel experiences that get them out of familiar routines (better) preserve their mental faculties later in life." If perching on the verge of mystery conveys health benefits, it may be because it's scary, humbling, and inspiring to acknowledge that reality extends beyond our perceived limits into a territory we can't measure with a slide rule....more info
  • Back to the future...
    "O, that a man might know the end of this day's business ere it come!" Julius Caesar, Act V, Scene I.

    Time and other thieves... The good Doctor has unleashed an outstanding contribution to our attempts to understand the chaos of being, and the very nature of time itself.

    In a work that manages to be both deeply scholarly and highly entertaining, Dr. Dossey has fashioned a mosaic of strange bedfellows that will at the very least help us to start asking the right questions.

    As expected, the book is a masterpiece of research, supported by acres of notes and references, dealing with numerous core topics, such as the block universe, chaos, entropy, repression and a look into the paradox-drenched quantum arena as a whole.

    While the case examples are fascinating and well chosen, the book also looks into cases of people successfully acting on premonitions, and the rituals of some cultures whereby destructive dreamed premonitions might be negated and dark outcomes averted.

    For me, the book's crowning magic lies in the closing sections, in which Larry Dossey cites examples of how mystery and embracing the unknown can be good for our psychological and physical wellbeing. We do indeed seem to need just enough chaos and uncertainty in our lives. In the same way, one of the theories about reincarnation is that we are not supposed to remember details of our previous lives, lest it bias our thoughts and actions in our current life.

    There's an allegorical song by Ani DiFranco called Little Plastic Castle, in which she sings...

    "They say goldfish have no memory
    I guess their lives are much like mine
    And the little plastic castle
    Is a surprise every time..."

    Good job, given the dang size of the bowl...

    Dr. Dossey takes the unusual and insightful step of asking the reader whether they want to invite premonitions into their consciousness, given the responsibility that may come with it. This dilemma was beautifully captured in the Garth Brooks classic, The Dance.

    "Hey who's to say, you know I might have changed it all
    And now I'm glad I didn't know
    The way it all would end, the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to chance
    I could have missed the pain
    But I'd have had to miss the dance..."

    Live with passion.

    Steven Cain (Sirius Moonlight, One Star Awake)...more info


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