As I write this at 1:04pm Mountain Standard Time on Monday November 3rd, I can confidently state that the election has already been decided. All that's left is the formality of registering each of the electorate's individual votes and counting them (or mis-counting them, as the case may be). Here's one authority's take on how things come to pass:
Your Nostradamus Factor, by Ingo Swann
Chapter 1: Jumping The Time Barrier
Like many others, I've had good reasons during my life to assume that the future can be seen. But if I had any doubt it would have vanished as a result of an astonishing forty-five seconds when I found myself in Detmold, then in West Germany, in the spring of 1988.
Detmold is near the beautiful Teutoburger Forest and a famous pre-Christian shrine, Horn-Externstein, which is a pile of towering rocks riddled with sonorous cavbes. Until the time of Charlemagne it is said that Nordic kings came to Horn-Externstein to consult seers about the future.
I was invited to Detmold by Herr Manfred Himmel in April 19988 to give a series of lectures about psi research. This was Herr Himmel's fifth "esoteric" conference, and it was well attended by several hundred people. Herr Himmel was ardent about psychic matters, and the talks of his other spearkers were interesting to me. Some of these speakers were also practicing psychics who were busy giving individual "readings" and making predictions about the future.
I was billed as the famous American superpsychic who had "astonished scientists" since my first formal laboratory experiments in 1970. But I have never given individual "readings," and I never made predictions about the future.
Many of Herr Himmel's conference attendees were visibly disappointed that I did not give the expected readings and did not foresee the future. Although I had studied "prophecy" and predicting for many years and had even experienced some novel insights about it, I was well aware that most predictions turn out to be wrong. I felt I had a scientific reputation to protect, which would be damaged if I accumulated a list of erroneous predictions. Moreover, I didn't view myself as a future-seer in any professional sense, and I though that predicting should be left to those who were or at least tried to be.
I gave several lectures and workshops at the conference, as well as the keynote address. I had worked hard at preparing this address, entitling it "Revising Psychic Research Methods and Expectations in the New Age," and even gave the opening statements in German before continuing in English with the aid of a translator.
This was, I thought, and improtant lecture. And, indeed, the audience listened attentively. When the talk was over, I asked for questions. The hall was silent -- until an elderly woman sitting in the second row stood up and meekly asked: "Herr Schwann, won't you give us at least one prediction?"
Caught very unexpectedly and in clear view between the proverbial rock and a hard place, I began grasphing for a diplomatic way to get out of making a prediction.
I was quite angry to be put in this position. But as my anger rose, there was a "noise" or rushing sound around me, and I had a sense of getting "larger." Then there was a clarity of some unfamiliar kind, which somehow was liquid -- and in this liquidness what seemed like a thousand pictures flashed through my consciousness. I had the distinct, lightninglike impression that most people in the audience already knew the future at some "place" deep within them. And I knew that their conscious minds were disconnected from this deep place.
And I knew what they knew, so to speak, and one aspect of this hidden knowledge boiled up into my intellectual consciousness. Without deciding to do so, I said: "Okay! You want a prediction? Here's a prediction. The Berlin Wall will come down in eighteen to twenty-four months." I spat this out intensely and fast, holding on to the podium wiht both hands.
The translator standing by my side looked at me with wide eyes. My own narrowed. "Translate it -- translate it NOW!"
She did. When it appeared that the audience had not heard it correctly, she translated it again somewhat nervously. The initial silence of the audience was complete. Then they began to rise to their feet, one by one. Someone began to clap, and in the next moment the audience lost its composure and became unglued. Several burst into tears and began to hug each other. And some rushed to the podium and began to hug me. "Wait a moment," I tried to yell into the melee. "It's only a prediction."
And when it was over, I was absolutely astonished that I had spoken the words in the first place. "Lord," I thought, "my colleagues back in the States are going to think I've lost it. And the skeptics will have a field day." In April 1988 the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall seemed destined to ride intact into the twenty-first century.
Once back in New York, I was glad enough to forget that I had made this rash prediction. And it was doubly rash because I had given it a time-window -- eighteen to twenty-four months as of April 1988. Anyone could have predicted that the Wall would come down at some indeterminate future time -- and it probably would. But I had said when.
Nineteen months later, the Berlin Wall came down almost overnight, a historic event that caught everyone (including the CIA, MI-5, the Mosad, and even the KGB) by complete surprise, if the media are to be believed. And I had one of the most rewarding experiences of my life -- lying in bed eating potato chips, watching my prediction come true on real-time television right before my eyes. Somehow, something in me had spontaneously foreseen a bit of the future, and that part had ultimately manifested itself in the physical universe.
How does what begins as a mind-image in someone's inner sensing systems ultimately become or manifest itself as fact in the physical universe? How is it that our inner sensing systems can transcend the "absolute" linear time of our physical universe? And why is it that this awesome and improtant faculty, reported since the dawn of human activity on earth, has the low esteem it does today?
What is involved here are mysterious processes that we do not know about or, if we do, understand very well. Could everyone foresee better if they understood those processes? And why didn't I realize that I could future-see -- even though I had studied predictions and seers for over thirty years (as part of my overall interest in psychic matters)?
I am not, of course, the first, nor will I be the last, to foresee some completely unanticipated bit of the future. ...
Mr. Swann says that future-seeing works much better if you believe that it's possible. If you don't believe, just pretend that it is, vote, then write your own story.