“I knew this was going to happen! How did I know that?!”
Nearly every story of a premonitions includes these two exclamations. A complete certainty that the event before us is not new but instead more like a re-run, a repeating of something we have already seen, or felt, or imagined, or thought. We wonder how such a thing could be possible, especially those of us living in the middle of a culture that remains firm in the conviction that such moments cannot be what they seem.
What are premonitions? If you are looking for a scientific explanation you might be out of luck. Researchers are still at the beginning, arguing about whether or not premonitions exist. I have a few links to researchers and organizations, but they all come with their critics and detractors. The argument is far from settled.
But if you are looking for an explanation you can live with, an explanation to help you settle back into daily life, then this might be the place for you.
There are almost as many explanations and reasons for premonitions as there are people who have them, because at their core premonitions are a human event. They are subjective and fluid, just as our lives are subjective and fluid. What a premonition means depends on just who is having the premonition and about what kind of event is being seen (or thought or felt or imagined). Premonitions are more like emotions. We don’t look to science to validate emotions are real, we just get on with feeling them, figuring them out through stories, songs, poetry, movies. We all know that what love is depends on just who is loving what (or whom).
I hope we can share our stories here, along with the explanations we each like best.