Precognition is one of the most intriguing paranormal abilities. The ability to see the future is probably a talent that most of us have, but when we experience it, our left brains often interfere and hurl up all sorts of arguments about why what we’re seeing can’t be so. These left-brain objections and arguments are usually rooted in our cultural and societal mass beliefs, which prove to be quite powerful and persuasive. Nonetheless, we can tune into the future, usually when our need and desire are great. What we do with the information depends on our particular beliefs.
And that intro brings me to Igno Swann. He’s probably most famous for being the co-creator – along with Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff – of the remote viewing project at Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s. This project eventually became the U.S. government’s Stargate project – psychic spying. Swann also wrote several books about remote viewing and psychic phenomena and this evening, I happened across one of them – The Nostradamus Factor: Accessing Your Innate Ability to See into the Future. We’ve owned this book for probably twenty years and as I paged through it, I realized I had never read it!
The premise is that any one of us can see the future- something that Swann didn’t understand until April 1988, when he was lecturing in Dermold, then in West Germany. He had been invited to give a series of lectures about psi research. He was billed as the famous American super psychic who had astonished scientists since his first formal laboratory experiments in 1970 (at Stanford).
Other speakers were there, too, some of them practicing psychics who were doing readings. The irony was that Swann didn’t do individual readings, and despite all his research into prophecy and prediction, didn’t provide any predictions about the future, either. He knew that many predictions turned out to be wrong and he felt he had a scientific reputation to protect.
After he gave the keynote address, he asked for questions from he audiene of several hundred people. The room was utterly silent. Finally, an elderly woman asked Swann to give the group at least one prediction. He was irritated about being put in this position and frantically sought a diplomatic way to get out of the situation.
As his irritation escalated into anger, he heard a rushing sound around him and had a sense of getting larger. “Then there was a clarity of some unfamiliar kind, which was somehow like liquid- and in this liquidness what seemed like a thousand pictures flashed through my consciousness. I had the distinct, lightninglike impression that most of the people in the audience already knew the future at some ‘place’ deep within them. And I knew their conscious minds were disconnected from this deep place.”
He felt he knew what they knew collectively, and an aspect of this “hidden knowledge” exploded into his consciousness. He blurted, “Okay, you want prediction? Here’s a prediction. The Berlin Wall will come down in eighteen to twenty-four months.” The translator repeated the prediction twice. After an initial silence, the people in the audience began to rise to their feet, clapping, and then the crowd, Swann, wrote, “became unglued.” People burst into tears, hugged each other, and some people even rushed to the podium and hugged him.
Swan couldn’t understand why he’d blurted the prediction. After all, at the time he gave this prediction, it looked as if the Berlin Wall would still be standing well into the 21st century. He felt his colleagues would believe he had lost his marbles.
However, nineteen months later, the Berlin Wall came down practically overnight. Swann felt vindicated. “I had one of the most rewarding experiences of my life…watching my prediction come true on real-time television right before my eyes.”
As he watched the wall coming down, he wondered if he could foresee other things. By the end of 1990, he had discovered the answer: yes. And that answer was one of the reasons he wrote Your Nostradamus Factor.
Swann – like Targ and Puthoff, Colin Wilson, Terrence McKenna, Whitley Strieber, Dean Radin, Caroline Myss, Mona Lisa Schultz, Lynn McTaggart, Jane Roberts, and many others – was a pioneer in consciousness research. He died in January 2013. His book is no longer in print. But there are so many astounding anecdotes in the book, that from time to time we’ll be posting some of them. Even though these stories are older, they are somehow perennial and have much to show us about how precognition – future seeing – can work for each of us.