Forecasts based on plans
perceived in human minds or on circumstances unknown to the recipients.
IN ONE of my earlier sittings, Feda (the intermediary or "control") said that my father was wishful to discover if he could ascertain some plan for the future which was unknown to me, but which he might perceive in the form of thoughts directed towards me. If successful this would be one way of predicting the future.
From time to time this was attempted and usually with success. Here are some examples.
My father remarked one day through Feda that there would shortly be some building erected close by our house. Now this seemed impossible; the houses on both sides come close to ours and no vacant sites are near. Moreover in the deeds regulating our road there is a clause which forbids any building in front gardens within 30 ft. of the road.
Yet it was not long before my next-door neighbour erected a garage just beyond the 30 ft. limit and touching our dividing fence! No inkling of this intention could have reached me. I had not then met
My wife's parents, speaking through Feda, once told me that they were looking forward to seeing us shortly give hospitality to visitors: there would he at least two of them and possibly a third.
Neither my wife nor I could divine the meaning of this, as we certainly had no visitors in prospect. But two days later came a letter from my wife's brother in South Africa saying that he was coming to England with his son and daughter, and that he would like to stay with us until his Bromley house could be made ready; that his son would probably go to a relative, although that was not decided; anyhow two of them would come to us.
Thus the plan was clear-cut in his mind and the letter was already on its way when the forecast was given.
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research for November 1937 I recounted two incidents connected with family silver. One of them will serve to illustrate this simplest type of forecast; indeed it might be more properly called a case of mind-reading by a Communicator. Yet it would have taken the form of a precognition if phrased thus: "Your mother will shortly give you some old family silver. I foresee it, although you
know nothing about it yet". The actual words used were:
Feda: Did your mother wish to give you any thing silver?
C.D.T.: There is no reason for supposing it, so far as I am aware.
Feda: Your father thinks it is something that has been in your mother's thought. She seemed to be thinking, "I should like them to have this". It is something old, and she has had it a long time. Will you enquire about it?
I made no inquiry, deeming it more interesting to await events. We had been at my mother's house earlier on the day of this sitting and no mention was then made of old silver or any proposed gift. But very shortly after this my mother gave me a set of silver spoons which had come into her possession at the death of her mother thirty years before, and which had been in the family a full eighty years. Answering a question my mother said that the gift had been in her mind for some time, but had not been mentioned to
of Changed Plans
If the human plans are changed, subsequently to the giving of the forecast, this may alter the given date of a foreseen and foretold event.
Of this the following incidents are examples.
In my book,
Life Beyond Death with Evidence, p. 100, there is a full account of this striking forecast based on the Communicator's reading in the mind of my mother's friend, Mrs. Whitehead, the intention to give a present. Circumstances led to a postponement of the gift, but the Communicator persisted in the forecast, which proved to have been correct.
Here is the story in brief.
At a sitting on December 22nd, 1922, Etta asked me if our mother had received the gift of a bag Feda continued with a description, "A soft
silk bag, not all one colour, studded or dotted in design, or partly so". On January 5th I remarked that no such bag had appeared.
Feda: "Etta's idea was that it would be a Christmas gift to her mother. It may have been delayed. For she still gets that idea and feels that her mother will have that bag". That confidence
was justified; for the bag arrived and met the above description exactly. It was given on
my mother's birthday, January 27th, by Mrs. Whitehead, who was then on a visit to her.
Mrs. Whitehead informed me that she had made this bag in the autumn, intending to present it at
Christmas, but later decided to keep it back for the birthday gift. When later I asked Etta how she had ascertained her facts she replied that it was done in the usual way by perceiving the thought in a person's aura.
The Normandy Landing
Many statements were made during my sittings in 1944 about events which would transpire at the end of May. These were fulfilled by the Allied landing on the coast of Normandy on D-Day, but with the interesting inaccuracy that this event took place, not at "the end of May", but in the first days of June. Now it is a fact which was later made public that
the invasion had been planned for the end of May and only postponed for a few days on account of unfavourable weather.
A similar delay in the fulfilling of a forecast happened in connection with the Allied crossing of the Rhine. The date given by my father was slightly too early. His subsequent comment was to the effect that although the crossing took place about a week later he believed it had been originally planned for the date he gave, and then unavoidably postponed. "That is one of our difficulties. We see what is proposed, but if in the meantime there should be an alteration I may not have the opportunity for informing you of the change. We have frequently foretold a date and then the plans for it have been altered; so whenever we tell you anything you should bear that possibility in mind."
Errors in the date, and occasional failure of a forecast may serve to emphasise the advice, so often given to novices, not to regard as infallible everything coming through psychic channels. Rather should we weigh and value such messages as we would do had they come to us from a friend or neighbour, and then be guided by our intelligence.
A study of the numerous forecasts which I received relating to important happenings in the War strongly suggests that they were based on the perception by some mind or minds of the plans which the High Command, on this side or on that, proposed to put shortly into action.
And similarly with our instances of unimportant private matters, some of those forecasts would seem to have been based on a perception of purposes in human
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