He is trained
in internal medicine and is the former Chief of Staff of Medical
City Dallas Hospital, and has lectured in medical schools and hospitals
throughout the US. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi
Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India. Hes the only physician
ever invited to do so.
He has also
served as the co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions,
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the
National Institutes of Health.
are extremely common. In fact, human beings appear to be hardwired
for premonitions, and the ability to know what we "can't"
possibly know is definitely a natural part of the human experience.
The word "premonition"
means literally "a forewarning," indicating that they
often announce upcoming events that are unpleasant e.g., a health
crisis or a natural disaster. This is not absolute, however; premonitions
may also foretell pleasing events of both minor and major importance.
Dossey, has written 11 books primarily focused on consciousness
and spirituality and the impact of spirituality on your health.
He's been an important teacher of mine for many years.
His most recent
Power of Premonition, delves into what these forewarnings
are, the role they play in the human condition, and, ultimately,
what they say about the nature of consciousness.
Over the years,
Dr. Dossey amassed a large number of stories of health related premonitions
from patients and other health practitioners that played out in
a clinical context.
five years ago, solid scientific studies began emerging, showing
that these capabilities are not random chance.
many of these are health related that I have come to believe that
premonitions are a kind of preventive medicine If you take
action, you can actually prevent some calamity happening to your
of Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine
In 1993, only
three of the United States' 125 medical schools offered any sort
of course work exploring the area of spirituality and medicine.
90 of these medical schools have formal courses where they explore
randomized controlled studies and the effects of spiritual practices
on longevity and health outcomes a sure sign that what was
once considered taboo is beginning to receive the discussion and
serious investigation it deserves.
think we're opening up," Dossey says. "I'm sure you
remember, about 40 years ago when meditation burst upon the scene
in medicine, it was put down. It was called California Woo woo.
Nobody wanted to have anything to do with it. But now nobody raises
an eye about meditation and yoga, even in medicine.
the same place with spirituality that we were with meditation
about 20 years ago. People know you can't ignore it. The correlation
between spiritual practice and health outcomes is just too strong.
the data shows that people who follow some sort of spiritual path
in their life live on average seven to 13 years longer than
people who do not follow a spiritual practice."
Yes, the more
we learn about energy and physics, the more impossible it becomes
to avoid addressing the impact of consciousness and spirituality
on your physical health.
cultures knew this, and there are few lines dividing spirituality,
the mind, and medicine in these cultures. Ironically, modern science
now allows us to rediscover these ancient truths, which fell by
the wayside with the advent of medical science and its narrow focus
on individual parts as opposed to investigating the connections
within the whole.
now a couple of dozen major human studies showing the correlations
between healing intentions and improved health outcomes.
data is so strong," Dossey says. "It's strong not only
in human beings but in non-humans [as well]. You can show the
same effects in biological systems such as rats and mice; even
in microbial cultures in test tubes.
So we have
a huge spectrum of data that shows, I think compellingly, that
your thoughts really matter when it comes to someone/something
else getting well."
is clearly not alone in this field. Other modern-day researchers
who are having a dramatic impact and slowly but surely are helping
to turn conventional dogma on its ear include Dr. Bruce Lipton,
one of the foremost experts in the
field of epigenetics, and Gregg Braden, a true pioneer who bridges
science and spirituality with clear-spoken ease, just to name
old idea that your consciousness is produced by the brain; that
it's confined to your cranium and to the present moment and can't
operate outside your own brain and body in the present, is an
idea that just doesn't fit with the data anymore.
for example in remote healing where someone can affect
the clinical outcome of someone else who is on the other side
of the earth are forcing us to create a new image of consciousness.
is the term borrowed from modern quantum physics. It's a synonym
for the term "infinite."
is non-local with respect to space and time, it's infinite in
space and infinite in time. Well, this is the way consciousness
behaves in these experiments.
it doesn't matter how far away from the object of your healing
intentions that you happen to be. Healing intentions work as effectively
at the bedside and the other side of the earth. Spatial separation
evidence now that consciousness can work outside the present.
It can anticipate things to come and it also appears to be able
to work into the past."
One of these
quantum physics concepts is Bell's
theorem, which shows that two 'entangled' electrons will continue
to operate as one, simultaneously, even when separated by vast distances.
often quoted here, famously referring to this phenomenon as simply
"spooky action at a distance."
introduced the term "entanglement" in the 1930s, and as
Dossey states, we do seem to have ample evidence that "things
cannot be separated, even though they appear to be separated in
have to go with the data," Dossey says. "The explanation
usually comes later, as it often does in medicine and science
in general. But we have profound evidence that there is some strange
unity connecting people, even at a distance, and that unity seems
to be mediated by concepts such love and compassion."
goes on to tell a fascinating story about one woman's incredible
encounter with premonition related to the health of her son that
truly defies explanation. I highly recommend you listen to the entire
interview so as not to miss this and several other anecdotal stories.
certainly appears to be a natural part of human consciousness, and
these stories serve as vivid examples of how this 'non-local connectedness'
operates within the lives of individual people.
How to Hone
Your Ability to Receive Premonitions
recommends developing a mediation practice, should you be interested
in honing your innate intuitive abilities.
people say that as they become more adept at meditating that their
heart seems to open," Dossey says. "A lot of people
will use the descriptor that they feel sort of "at one with
everything there is," during a transcendental moment during
they're tapping into this, what I call, non-local mind."
He also recommends
not taking it, or yourself, too seriously.
of people really get serious about their spiritual work and their
spiritual practices," he says. "I think this is one of
the best ways to derail your efforts, that I know of. I just think
a light heart and a serious discipline are the best combination."
the book How
to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery, written by psychologist,
Lawrence Leshan in 1974, as a good primer for beginners, especially
if you want to avoid having to delve into the more esoteric Eastern
points of view.
He also recommends
simple affirmations as a tool for opening up your consciousness
to receive "more."
you just simply affirm to the universe, "I want to be open
to this stuff," I think that helps your unconscious communicate
with your conscious mind and makes these premonitions much more
readily available to your conscious awareness," he says.
dream diary is yet another way to help you connect with your larger,
Your Own Resistance
have difficulty wrapping their minds around the possibility of infinite,
unlimited mind, with all that that implies because this opens
up the door not only for premonitions, but for a whole host of other
who want to further investigate what modern science has discovered
about premonitions can find those studies in Dr. Dossey's book.
I highly recommend keeping an open mind and at least reviewing the
data before closing your mental door on this subject.
have yet to meet a skeptic who has read even a handful of the
relevant studies," Dossey says. And that's certainly no surprise.
typical strategy is to find one flawed study and then generalize
to condemn the whole field. This is an embarrassment to science.
That's just not the way science should be done.
statements from skeptics and some of them are just downright humorous.
My favorite is a skeptic who said, "This is the sort of thing
I wouldn't believe even if it were true."
keep that one handy because I think it just captures the ideological,
dogmatic, prejudicial, bigoted response of most skeptics toward
these issues we're talking about."
many ways, has really become a "religion" in and of itself.
Much of it these days has become based on antiquated, misconceived
beliefs, as opposed to unbiased, rigorous investigation and review
This is why
I simply encourage you to think for yourself. Keep an open mind.
And remember: honest scientific investigation will naturally require
you to update your knowledgebase from time to time as new evidence
emerges. Some of it may support and uphold previously established
paradigms. Some of it may shatter those rigid, dogmatic belief systems
Premonitions Tell You About the Human Condition?
believes premonitions can be an invaluable tool within the field
of health and medicine, this may not be the most important take-home
message from this phenomenon.
the years, I have come to believe that even though these practices
such as prayer, meditation and so on can give us
a health advantage I think the messages that are most important
are what they imply about the destiny of human beings, and the
nature of your own consciousness.
you have some non-local quality in your mind which says that it
is infinite in space and time which I firmly believe is
pointed to by the data that's a way of saying that there
is some quality of human consciousness that's immortal, that is
eternal; that is not located specifically to a point in time
these studies in remote human functioning, psychologically speaking,
point like an arrow to immortality.
think it totally turns around the old materialistic notion we've
lived with for the past 200 years in science, which says that
when you die; when your brain dies and your body rots, that's
the end of everything.
say that's not the end of everything. That's hardly the beginning.
There is no beginning. There is no end because we're not
local with respect to time.
sense, we have an immortal quality to our consciousness. I think
that's the biggest lesson we can gain from this work."
If you want
to read a quick summary of The Power of Premonition, please
see my previous report on this book. It also includes a list
of ten things you need to know about premonitions, and how you can
hone your intuition to make better choices in your life.