Most of us (all of us?) remember where we were on 9/11, just as most of us (who are old enough) remember where we were when President Kennedy was assassinated.
As we remember and honor the dead today, we remember too that a few had dreams or visions or extreme agitation/intuition of something dreadful occurring, which sadly were confirmed later on 9/11.
The Gift: ESP, the Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People by Dr. Sally Rhine Feather and Michael Schmicker offers several accounts. Here is one.
A well-educated, forty-year-old woman named Marie living in North Carolina was visiting Washington DC with her husband. Because of weather and traffic, they did not visit the Pentagon, but they did drive past it on their way out of town.
When Marie turned to the right to look, she saw “huge billows of thick, black smoke pouring out of it, just huge clouds of smoke. I didn’t see fire, I saw smoke, like a bomb had gone off, billows and billows of black smoke going up in the sky.” (25)
She screamed, was almost hyperventilating, and felt like she was literally falling into the Pentagon itself, which is why she slammed her hands against the dashboard to stop and support herself. She continues her account:
“I truly felt like we were in danger, even though we were…a couple of miles away from the Pentagon. I thought it was on fire. My husband said the Pentagon was not on fire…And as fast as it had started, it stopped.” (25)
She was shaken and confused and had not had such an experience before. Two weeks later, American Airlines Flight 77 dived into the Pentagon setting off fires that created billows and billows of thick, black smoke.
There are many more such experiences that seem to foreshadow the events of that terrible day. In a few cases, the experiences seemed so realistic that the people felt they were actually living through what they saw.
At least since the 19th century, there have been people studying and verifying ESP and databases recording occurrences. The Gift offers almost 300 pages of ESP stories of disasters, yes, but also of mothers, children, romantic partners and from the dead.
The authors write, “ESP continues to manifest itself spontaneously in people’s lives, in consistent, familiar ways that suggest a universal, human phenomenon.” (at 23)
Do you believe in ESP? Have you ever had a dream or a feeling about something? If yes, what did you do about it?