The dictionary definition of the word prescience implies it is somehow possible receive fore-knowledge ahead of when things have actually happened.

We can ’see’ this more clearly when we insert a simple hyphen to get “pre-science”.

It could explain how Leonardo da Vinci was able to sketch helicopters and parachutes. Many other scientists and visionaries seem to receive their insights in visions or even dreams.

Newton ’got’ gravity in a split second and took the rest of his life working out the maths of apples falling to earth. The chemist Kekulé dreamt of a snake eating its own tail and then made the intuitive leap to work out the ring structure of the benzene ring which lead to the basis of all organic chemistry.

For mere mortals, making giant leaps of scientific discovery may not be high on our daily To Do lists. However if we are involved in the creative industries, being able to see the ’near-future’ could have its uses. We could ’see’ what is is we need to create, be it the title and words for a book or the scope and shape of a client’s marketing campaign. If you work in the financial sector, knowing what to invest in is obviously useful. Note that there are reasons why we can’t simply get the lottery numbers.

But how do you go about getting into the state where such flashes of insight pop in?

Well the key lies in learning how to enter the meditative state at will – ideally with your eyes open. What then happens is that time and ’The Now’ softens and we find it easier to resonate with both the past and future versions of ’Us’. Rupert Sheldrake describes the mechanism whereby this occurs in his wonderful theories called morphic resonance. By quietening the conscious mind and that inner chatter, past memories become more accessible as do ‘future memories’.

The diagram below shows how an author can tune into the words they have yet to write. If our conscious mind is active, it blocks the flow.

Tuning into Your Future Self

If you don’t know how to meditate and can’t make your mind go blank, help is at hand.

The Manage Your Time with Mindfulness ecourse is designed not only to show you how to stretch time by changing the speed of your thoughts but also how to tune into ‘future memories’.