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Clairvoyance Of The Future

Future-Time Clairvoyance, as indicated by its name, is that class of
clairvoyant phenomena which is concerned with the perception of facts,
events and happenings of future time. In this class of clairvoyant
phenomena naturally fall all genuine cases of prophecy, prevision,
foretelling, second-sight, etc. History, theological and secular, is
filled with instances of the foretelling of the future by prophets, wise
men, and others. By many, such powers are generally regarded as
supernatural or divine. Without wishing to combat such theories and
beliefs, I would say that the advanced occultists account for all such
phenomena under the general laws of clairvoyance.

But while the phenomena itself is very well known, and is accepted as
genuine in even many cases in which past-time clairvoyance is doubted,
still it is even more difficult to explain than is past-time clairvoyance
based on the Akashic Records or the Astral Light. To the person not well
versed in occult knowledge, and esoteric principles, it is deemed
impossible to intelligently account for the perception of an event before
it has actually happened--perhaps years before its actual happening. While
I cannot hope to make this matter absolutely clear to the person who is
not an advanced student of occultism, still I shall try to throw at least
some light on the underlying principles of this wonderful class of occult
phenomena. The main point for the student to realize is that there are
natural laws underlying this phenomenon, and that it is not a matter of
supernatural power, or necessarily of divine special dispensation.

In the first place, in some of the simpler forms of future-time
clairvoyance, there is merely a high development of subconscious reasoning
from analogy. That is to say, the subconscious mental faculties of the
person reason out that such-and-so being the case, then it follows that
so-and-so will result, unless something entirely unexpected should prevent
or intervene. This is merely an extension of certain forms of reasoning
that we perform ordinarily. For instance, we see a child playing with a
sharp tool, and we naturally reason that it will cut itself. We see a man
acting in certain ways which generally lead to certain ends, and we
naturally reason that the expected result will occur. The more experience
that the observer has had, and the keener his faculty of perception and
his power of deductive reasoning, the wider will be the range of his power
in the direction of predicting future results from present happenings and

In this connection, we must remember that the ordinary clairvoyant has
easier access to his subconscious mentality than has the average person.
The subconscious mind perceives and notes many little things that the
conscious mind overlooks, and therefore has better data from which to
reason. Moreover, as all students of the subconscious know, these
wonderful subconscious mental factulties have a very highly developed
power of reasoning deductively from a given premise or fact. In fact, the
subconscious faculties are almost perfect reasoning machines, providing
they are supplied with correct data in the first place. Much of the
so-called "intuitive reasoning" of persons arises from the operations of
the subconscious mental faculties just mentioned.

But, you may say, this is very interesting, but it is not clairvoyance.
Certainly, good student, but still clairvoyance plays an important part
even in this elementary form of prevision and future-seeing. You must
remember that by clairvoyant vision the real thoughts and feelings of a
person may be perceived. But, unless the attention of the clairvoyant is
specially directed to this, the conscious mind does not note it, and the
matter reaches the subconscious faculties without interference or
conscious knowledge on the part of the clairvoyant. This being so, it will
be seen that the subconscious mind of the clairvoyant is able to reason
deductively, in such cases, far beyond the power of even the subconscious
mind of the ordinary person--it has fuller data and more complete material
to work upon, of course.

It has become a proverb of the race that "coming events cast their shadows
before"; and many persons frequently have little flashes of future-time
seeing without realizing that they are really exercising elementary
clairvoyant powers. The combination of even a simple form of clairvoyance
and an active subconscious mind will often produce very wonderful
results--although not of course the more complex phenomena of full
clairvoyance and prevision. Some persons have claimed that even this form
of prevision implies something like fate or predestination, but this is
not fully true, for we must remember the fact that in some cases it is
possible to so act in accordance with a clairvoyant warning of this kind
that the impending calamity may be escaped. But, on the other hand, we
must also remember that every event is the result of certain preceding
events, without which it could not have happened, and which existing it
must happen unless some new element intervenes. There is such a thing as
cause and effect, we must remember--and if we can reason clearly from one
to the other with sufficient clearness, then we may actually prophesy
certain things in advance, always making allowance for the intervention of
the unexpected.

An authority says on this phase of the question: "There is no doubt
whatever that, just as what is happening now is the result of causes set
in motion in the past, so what will happen in the future will be the
result of causes already in operation. Even on this plane of life we can
calculate that if certain actions are performed, certain results will
follow; but our reckoning is constantly liable to be disturbed by the
interference of factors which we have not been able to take into account.
But if we raise our consciousness to the higher planes we can see much
further into the results of our actions. We can trace, for example, the
effect of a casual word, not only upon the person to whom it was
addressed, but through him on many others as it is passed on in widening
circles, until it seems to have affected the whole country; and one
glimpse of such a vision is more efficient than any number of moral
precepts in impressing upon us the necessity of extreme circumspection in
thought, word, and deed. Not only can we from that plane see thus fully
the result of every action, but we can also see where and in what way the
results of other actions apparently quite unconnected with it will
interfere with and modify it. In fact, it may be said that the results of
all causes at present in action are clearly visible--that the future, as
it would be if no entirely new causes should arise, lies open before our

"New causes of course do arise, because man's will is free; but in the
case of all ordinary people the use which they make of their freedom may
be calculated beforehand with considerable accuracy. The average man has
so little real will that he is very much the creature of circumstances;
his action in previous lives places him amid certain surroundings, and
their influence upon him is so very much the most important factor in his
life-story that his future course may be predicted with almost
mathematical certainty. With the developed man the case is different; for
him also the main events of life are arranged by his past actions, but the
way in which he will allow them to affect him, the methods by which he
will deal with them and perhaps triumph over them--these are all his own,
and they cannot be foreseen even on the mental plane except as

"Looking down on man's life in this way from above, it seems as though his
free will could be exercised only in certain crises in his career. He
arrives at a point in his life where there are obviously two or three
alternative courses open before him; he is absolutely free to choose which
of them he pleases, and although someone who knew his nature thoroughly
well might feel almost certain what his choice would be, such knowledge on
his friend's part is in no sense a compelling force. But when he has
chosen, he has to go through with it and take the consequences; having
entered upon a particular path he may, in many cases, be forced to go on
for a very long time before he has any opportunity to turn aside. His
position is somewhat like that of a driver of a train; when he comes to a
junction he may have the points set either this way or that, and so can
pass on to whichever line he pleases, but when he has passed on to one of
them he is compelled to run on along the line which he has selected until
he reaches another set of points, where again an opportunity of choice is
offered to him."

But, interesting and wonderful as this phase of future-time clairvoyance
undoubtedly is, it pales before the fuller and more complete phases. And,
in the latter, we must look elsewhere for the explanation--or approach to
an explanation. The explanation of this higher form of future-time
clairvoyance must be looked for in a new conception of the nature and
meaning of time. It is difficult to approach this question without
becoming at once involved in technical metaphysical discussion. As an
example of this difficulty, I invite you to consider the following from
Sir Oliver Lodge, in his address to the British Association, at Cardiff,
several years ago. While what he says is very clear to the mind of a
person trained along these lines of subtle thought, it will be almost like
Greek to the average person. Sir Oliver Lodge said:

"A luminous and helpful idea is that time is but a relative mode of
regarding things; we progress through phenomena at a certain definite
pace, and this subjective advance we interpret in an objective manner, as
if events moved necessarily in this order and at this precise rate. But
that may be only one mode of regarding them. The events may be in some
sense of existence always, both past and future, and it may be we who are
arriving at them, not they which are happening. The analogy of a traveller
in a railway train is useful; if he could never leave the train nor alter
its pace he would probably consider the landscapes as necessarily
successive and be unable to conceive their co-existence * * * We perceive,
therefore, a possible fourth dimensional aspect about time, the
inexorableness of whose flow may be a natural part of our present
limitations. And if we once grasp the idea that past and future may be
actually existing, we can recognize that they may have a controlling
influence on all present action, and the two together may constitute the
'higher plane' or totality of things after which, as it seems to me, we
are impelled to seek, in connection with the directing of form or
determinism, and the action of living being consciously directed to a
definite and preconceived end."

Sir Oliver's illustration is somewhat akin to that of a person who sees a
moving-picture show for the first time, and does not know how it is
produced. To him it looks as if the events of the pictured story actually
were developing and happening in time, whereas, in reality the whole
picture is existing at one time. Its past, present and future is already
pictured, and may be seen by one who knows the secret and how to look for
the past or future scene; while, to the ordinary observer, the scene
progresses in sequence, the present being followed by something else which
is at this moment "in the future," and therefore, unknowable. To the
senses of the ordinary observer only the present is in existence; while,
in fact, the "future" is equally truly in existence at the same time,
although not evident to the senses of the observer. Think over this a
little, and let the idea sink into your mind--it may help you to
understand something concerning the mystery of future-time clairvoyance,
prevision, or second-sight.

Time, you know, is far more relative than we generally conceive it. It is
a scientific fact that a person in the dream state may cover years of
time in a dream that occupies only a few seconds of time. Persons have
nodded and awakened immediately afterwards (as proved by others present in
the room), and yet in that moment's time they have dreamed of long
journeys to foreign lands, great campaigns of war, etc. Moreover, a loud
sound (a pistol shot, for instance) which has awakened a sleeping person,
has also set into effect a dream-state train of circumstances,
constituting a long dream-state story which, after many events and
happenings, terminated in the shot of a firing-squad--and then the man
awoke. Now in this last mentioned case, not only has the dreamer
experienced events covering a long time, all in the space of a second of
time; but, also, the very sound which terminated the dream, also induced
it from the very beginning--the last thing caused the first things to
appear and proceed in sequence to the last! Persons under the influence of
chloroform, or "laughing gas," have similar experiences--often the first
sound heard at the moment of recovering consciousness seems to be the last
thing in a long dream which preceded it, though the long dream was really
caused by the final sound. Now, remember, that here not only did past,
present and future exist at the same moment of time; but, also, the future
caused the past and present to come into being.

On the physical plane, we have analogies illustrating this fact. It is
said that in every acorn rests and exists, in miniature, the form of the
future oak. And, some go so far as to say that the oak is the "ultimate
cause" of the acorn--that the idea of the oak caused the acorn to be at
all. In the same way, the "idea" of the man must be in the infant boy,
from the moment of birth, and even from the moment of conception.
But, let us pass on to the bold conception of the most advanced
metaphysicians--they have a still more dazzling explanation, let us listen
to it.

These occultists and metaphysicians who have thought long and deeply upon
the ultimate facts and nature of the universe, have dared to think that
there must exist some absolute consciousness--some absolute mind--which
must perceive the past, present and future of the universe as one
happening; as simultaneously and actively present at one moment of
absolute time. They reason that just as man may see as one happening of a
moment of his time some particular event which might appear as a year to
some minute form of life and mind--the microscopic creatures in a drop of
water, for instance; so that which seems as a year, or a hundred years, to
the mind of man may appear as the happening of a single moment of a higher
scale of time to some exalted Being or form of consciousness on a higher
plane. You remember that it is said that "a thousand years is but as a day
to the Lord;" and the Hindu Vedas tell us that "the creation, duration,
and destruction of the universe, is as but the time of the twinkling of an
eye to Brahman." I shall not proceed further along this line--I have given
you a very strong hint here; you must work it out for yourself, if you
feel so disposed. But there are certain consequences arising from this
ultimate universal fact, which I must mention before passing on.

The high occult teachings hold that there is a plane of the higher astral
world which may be said to carry a reflection of the Universal Mind--just
as a lake contains a reflection of the distant mountain. Well, then, the
clairvoyant vision at times is able to penetrate to the realm of that
astral reflecting medium, and see somewhat dimly what is pictured there.
As the future may be discerned in this reflected picture, by the
clairvoyant mind, we see how future-seeing, prevision, and second-sight
may be explained scientifically.

A writer has said: "On this plane, in some manner which down here is
totally inexplicable, the past, the present, and the future, are all there
existing simultaneously. One can only accept this fact, for its cause lies
in the faculty of that exalted plane, and the way in which this higher
faculty works is naturally quite incomprehensible to the physical brain.
Yet now and then one may meet with a hint that seems to bring us a trifle
nearer to a dim possibility of comprehension. When the pupil's
consciousness is fully developed upon this higher plane, therefore,
perfect prevision is possible to him, though he may not--nay, he certainly
will not--be able to bring the whole result of his sight through fully and
in order into his physical consciousness. Still, a great deal of clear
foresight is obviously within his power whenever he likes to exercise it;
and even when he is not exercising it, frequent flashes of foreknowledge
come through into his ordinary life, so that he often has an instantaneous
intuition as to how things will turn out."

The same writer says: "Short of perfect prevision we find that all degrees
of this type of clairvoyance exist, from the occasional vague premonitions
which cannot in any true sense be called sight at all, up to frequent and
fairly complete second-sight. The faculty to which this latter somewhat
misleading name has been given is an extremely interesting one, and would
well repay more careful and systematic study than has hitherto been given
to it. It is best known to us as a not infrequent possession of the
Scottish Highlanders, though it is by no means confined to them.
Occasional instances of it have appeared in almost every nation, but it
has always been commonest among mountaineers and men of lonely life. With
us in England it is often spoken of as if it were the exclusive appanage
of the Celtic race, but in reality it has appeared among similarly
situated peoples the world over, it is stated, for example, to be very
common among the Westphalian peasantry.

"Sometimes the second-sight consists of a picture clearly foreshowing some
coming event; more frequently, perhaps, the glimpse of the future is given
in some symbolical appearance. It is noteworthy that the events foreseen
are invariably unpleasant ones--death being the commonest of all; I do not
recollect a single instance in which the second-sight has shown anything
which was not of the most gloomy nature. It has a ghastly symbolism of
its own--a symbolism of shrouds and corpse-candles, and other funeral
horrors. In some cases it appears to be to a certain extent dependent upon
locality, for it is stated that inhabitants of the Isle of Skye who
possess the faculty often lose it when they leave the island, even though
it be only to cross to the mainland. The gift of such sight is sometimes
hereditary in a family for generations, but this is not an invariable
rule, for it often appears sporadically in one member of a family
otherwise free from its lugubrious influence.

"There may be still some people who deny the possibility of prevision, but
such denial simply shows their ignorance of the evidence on the subject.
The large number of authenticated cases leave no room for doubt as to the
fact, but many of them are of such a nature as to render a reasonable
explanation by no means easy to find. It is evident that the Ego possesses
a certain amount of previsional faculty, and if the events foreseen were
always of great importance, one might suppose that an extraordinary
stimulus had enabled him for that occasion only to make a clear impression
of what he saw upon his lower personality. No doubt that is the
explanation of many of the cases in which death or grave disaster is
foreseen, but there are a large number of instances on record to which it
does not seem to apply, since the events foretold are frequently trivial
and unimportant."

In the following chapter I shall present to your consideration some very
remarkable cases of future-time clairvoyance, prevision, or second-sight;
some of these are historical cases, and all are vouched for by the best
authorities. I quote these cases not merely for their own interesting
features, but also to give you an idea of how remarkable some of these
instances are; and also to give you a clear conception of the way in which
this form of clairvoyance tends to manifest itself.

Before passing on to these interesting cases, however, I wish to remind
you that in future-time clairvoyance, as well as in past-time
clairvoyance, the phenomenon may be manifested in many ways and according
to several methods. That is to say, that in future-time clairvoyance the
vision may come in the state of meditation or reverie; it may come along
the lines of psychometry, some associated object or person supplying the
connecting link; or, again, it may come as the result of crystal-gazing,
etc. This is as we might naturally expect, for this form of clairvoyance
is merely one special and particular phase of clairvoyance in general, and
of course, comes under the general laws and rules governing all
clairvoyant phenomena.

Future-time clairvoyance, prevision and second-sight may, like any other
form of clairvoyance, be developed and unfolded, by means of the same
rules and methods that I have already suggested to you in the preceding
lessons. It is all a matter of attention, application, patience, exercise
and practice. I may say, however, that the strong desire and wish for the
perception of future events, held firmly in mind during the practicing and
exercising, will tend to unfold and develop the clairvoyant faculties in
this particular direction. Strong desire, and earnest attention in the
desired direction, will do much to cultivate, develop and unfold any
psychic faculty.

Just as meditation and reverie about past times and things tend to develop
past-time clairvoyance, so will meditation and reverie about future time
and things tend to develop prevision and the seeing of future things.
This, indeed, is the very first step toward the attainment of this form of
clairvoyance. The attention clears the psychic path, over which the astral
faculties travel. In the astral, as on the physical, the rule is: always
look where you are going--look ahead on the path over which you wish to

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