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Extra Sensory Perception: Do you have it, too?

Updated on January 28, 2013

A feeling or clairvoyance?

Knowing what you shouldn't be able to know (or so folks think.)
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ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) is something I don’t understand, even though I have instances where I have had it.

What is it that causes us to know things with a certainty that logic dictates we shouldn’t be able to know?

I offer this example:

On a week-long fishing trip with my dad and my uncle, my dad woke me up and said “It’s time to get up. Breakfast is ready, and we’re going to have a great day of fishing.” His last statement caused me to think about what kind of a day he and my uncle would have, and whether or not I should join them. Every fisherman knows that some days of fishing will be better than others, but to flat out state that “we’re going to have a great day of fishing” is impossible to guarantee.

I replied to my dad with the clear thought which came into my mind: “No, it’s not going to be a good day. I will go back to sleep and eat the leftover breakfast, then I will go down to the boathouse and fish for suckers (a type of fish I had occasionally seen there.)

My dad replied something to the effect of “Suit yourself, but you will miss out on a great day of fishing!”

I went back to sleep and later enjoyed eating the leftovers which had earlier been intended for my breakfast.

I was in the boathouse later that morning, and had just started fishing for suckers, when surprisingly my dad and my uncle walked in. That was surprising, because their day was planned to be a whole day spent out on Moosehead Lake fishing for togue and land-locked salmon, and it was still early on a beautiful day. [Trivia: Moosehead Lake in Maine is the largest freshwater lake contained solely within one state in the United States.]

My dad’s first remark was “How did you know we weren’t going to have a good day of fishing?”

I replied that his statement had challenged me to think about what kind of a day they would have, and for some reason it was clear to me that they would not have a good day.

My dad continued: “We have never had such a bad day! We carried everything down from the cabin, rented a boat and a motor, loaded and balanced the boat for a whole day of fishing, started out of the bay and onto the lake, when the motor died. We tried clearing anything that might be plugging the fuel line. We cleaned the sparkplug. Try as we might, the motor wouldn’t start. By then we were one of the last boats headed out to fish, and we had to row the boat back to the dock. By the time we got back to the dock there were no more motors available for rent, and all we could do was unload the boat and carry everything back up the hill to the cabin, and come find you.”

My dad and uncle were wishing they had believed me earlier. It would have saved them all that fruitless effort.

There are said to be people who are clairvoyant, persons who can perceive things which are not normally perceivable. Police have sometimes sought out such persons for hints and possible insights on difficult cases which have the police stumped.

The chances are reasonably good that you yourself have experienced times like the example I mentioned here, a time when you had a premonition, which a religious person might call an inspiration, about some event just ahead which would affect you positively or adversely.

There is a difference between ESP and my dad’s own feeling that “…we’re going to have a great day of fishing.”

A feeling is just that: “today feels as if it will be a good day” or “today doesn’t feel like a good day.”

ESP is different, for if it is truly an extra sensory perception, you somehow know what logic would dictate that you shouldn’t be able to know, as surely as I knew what I wouldn’t be missing out on that "great day of fishing" by going back to sleep and eating a cold breakfast on that beautiful day at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine.

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      btrbell: It's important that it is the first impression, a second or third impression is thinking (not ESP.) If, however, the first impression resolves the first question, but brings on a new one, then it is okay to consider a first impression for the second question, also.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I definitely believe in different forms of ESP. Some people are much more developed at it then others. I loved this hub and your choice of examples. Many people when talking about ESP look for major "predictions". Instead it is all about feelings and impressions! Great hub! Thank you

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: Your recounted experience seems related to mental Telepathy which is certainly a form of ESP, such as the mother who calls the family to urgent prayer because her son far away at war needs their prayers "right now."

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Au fait: Valid points you make, and your Comments are as well written as you Hubs. Thanks for this converesation.

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      C E Clark 6 years ago from North Texas

      Read another of your hubs on what one thinks Heaven may be like. I didn't comment on it, but I do not believe Heaven will be dull and boring (I'm never bored here either), and I do think we will continue to reach for our full potential and to learn in whatever form we may take so long as we exist.

      Expect you have been impulsive all of your life. Expect you made impulsive decisions at every age. Some worked out, some maybe not. Today, you remain impulsive, but the decisions -- and mistakes if any, are different that the ones made previously when your experience was less.

      Just guessing of course, but I think you will retain your impulsivity since it would seem to be a big part of who you are, but I do think you will make more sophisticated decisions just as your impulsive decisions are likely more sophisticated now than they were even a few years ago.

      Even though you will likely make decisions differently as your knowledge and experience grow, that does not preclude impulsivity. However, impulsive or not, your decisions will likely get better as a result of experience and education. Another words, having knowledge and education about something doesn't mean you can't act on that education and knowledge both impulsively and well.

      People tend to give negative connotations to certain things, like being impulsive. Generally people think impulsive behavior is not desirable or good, but it has 2 sides like everything else and need not be negative.

      It is entirely possible that your subconscious mind is giving consideration to your strengths and weaknesses without your realizing it. Whether that is so or not, in time you may still learn to consider these things when impulsively making decisions. Some people can think things through much faster than other people and you may be one of them, in which case your impulsivity may be you taking advantage of an opportunity that would disappear if you took what some people considered a reasonable period of time to think it through first.

      I think it may well be possible to make wrong decisions even in the hereafter while attempting to meet one's full potential, but without the dire consequences, since pain, sorrow, and sickness, etc. will no longer exist.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Au fait: Can we one day tap the full potential we have as a creation of a loving God? If we do meet our full potential, will we still make wrong choices? I tend to be impulsive despite my education and experiences. Acting impulsively seems to preclude my fully considering my strengths and weaknesses when making my decisions. I suspect I am not alone in that. But what if I tap my full potential? Would I make choices differently even though I will still be me?

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      C E Clark 6 years ago from North Texas

      God has said He made each of us the way we are and who we are. Presumably He had a reason for so doing. It is for that reason, the fact that He made us who we are, that we are to accept everyone and love them as is, for who is any one of us to take issue with God for making people who they are?

      It is likely we would not avoid any mistakes by knowing the end before the beginning because we made those mistakes as a result of who we are in the first place. We called upon our education, our experience, and our talents while taking into consideration our strengths and weaknesses when making our decisions.

      While it may appear that we have made wrong choices -- most of us believe that we have at one time or another -- the truth may be that we made the right choices because God intended for us to learn from those choices. Had we not made the 'mistakes' we have made, we would not have learned from them. So how can we be certain we have made any 'wrong choices,' in that sense?

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Au fait: You described the essence of your experiences with ESP very well. I appreciated the thought that God made man in His image, and that God "knows the end even before there was a beginning." That raises this question: "if we were to know the end at or before the beginning, how many wrong choices might we avoid making?

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      C E Clark 6 years ago from North Texas

      I have had several experiences such as you describe. Sometimes I can call upon my ability to know the outcome of something, but not often. It isn't something that I can control or I would be rich. I find that if I am angry or have negative feelings at all, my 'perception' is not dependable, and often inaccurate.

      I think what you call ESP is a talent or ability like so many others, and that most people have it in varying degrees. God has many ways of communicating with us, and I think one of them is through thought. Also, He knew/knows the end even before there was a beginning. We were made in His image . . .

      Agree that we must do our best not to influence these perceptions because invariably what we think we want to happen will interfere with the authentic message if we are not very careful. When that happens, our interpretation is usually wrong.

      Interesting hub!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone: There surely are variations in individuals' experiences with ESP. Some people are so consistently good at "having it" that they get paid to exercise it. I am not at all discounting inspiration from the Holy Ghost, and learning to heed such promptings. It has been said that "a righteous person is entitled to know all things" just as in the experience of my wife's grandfather who knew that "It's the fullness of my time."

      True ESP, as with any truth, is a good gift we will surely understand more fully some day. Whether inspiration or ESP, it is important that unless it includes an answer to "when?" we should not give that part of the experience our own answer. Take it for what is given. Avoid adding to it.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: Don't sell your brain short! When ESP occurs, it must have something to do with a faculty of the brain which we don't as yet fully comprehend. After all, the brain gives rise to the conscious thoughts we have. How much of ESP stems from unconscious abilities we sometimes tap, but perhaps could tap more often, is the real mystery. Just for your own experiment, take a moment at the beginning of a day, and attempt to visualize the day ahead as well as any surprises in store.

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      My sister and I have always had that little extra something that guided us along every now and then. My sister is better at it than I am. Great Hub.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I love a good story! Thanks for sharing this one. I think we all have clairvoyance. For me, it is a subtle feeling or idea or just knowing that for so long I ignored. Finally I have learned to listen to it and actually count on it. It works much better than my brain!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: If you can, cultivate your ESP by testing your first impressions (such as which elevator door will open first, when you need to call someone, etc.) Anything that challenges you to think about the future is an opportunity to try to engage your ESP. It is not something mystical, or to be avoided, work it.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Curiad: Mental telepathy is surely connected to ESP at least tangentially. We know of numerous occasions, especially during wartime (such as now) when, as Gypsy Rose Lee says here, a feeling of unease or a clear vision of the dangerous circumstance of a loved one is clearly felt (even "seen") thousands of miles away by a famiy member, a sweetheart, or a buddy. In many cases it leads to prayers for the person in need, and confirmation later that the circumstances were real. Our minds and what we might call "the layers of life" remain a vast, unexplored wilderness that will, I am sure, yield its rich treasures when man can better apply them properly.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I've always been followed by premonition and it's saved me from certain situations as well. Once when my grandma got mugged. I was home with mom and I was a nervous wreck for no apparent reason until a good friend of her's called and told us grandma would be fine but she was in the hospital. I called, found out everything was OK and only then I could sleep.

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      flashmakeit 6 years ago from usa

      I have had an extra sensory perception before and it is a somewhat strange feeling knowing something before it happens.

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      Mark G Weller 6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very interesting, I too have had these types of things happen most of my life. It is interesting that science is beginning to believe these things are part of reality lately and one possibility is the theory that time is not a static flow like a river as we tend to think of it. There is a very popular theory among physicists, that time actually exists in three states concurrently. Past/present/future, part of this theory is actually proven, that is that if a person travels fast enough, they will experiences time at a slower rate than another person that is stationary, (IE Astronauts). So it is possible in theory that we at times have glimpses of the future which would explain your examples. This is of course a brief description of the theories that began with Einstein and the theory of relativity, and has been improved and corrected over the years. I just wrote a hub about the connection between these concepts and long distance communications between persons with out using external devices.

      Thank you for this intriguing hub!

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Basically, I somehow knew where the woman was, and went there and found her. Things proceeded as I had hoped.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deborah Brooks: This is indeed a fascinating subject. I once had an encephalopathy (brain fever) and seated on a couch with no view of the front walk I "observed", through a brick wall mind you, a man we all knew walking up the walk toward our door. I told one of the other people in the room who also was not in position to see what I was "observing" in the vision to go to the door and open it for the man I named. Thinking to humor me, he opened the door before the named visitor could knock.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow.. this is so interesting..sometimes things like that happen to me. or I dream about a place and then I am there and realize that I Had never been there before but I knew the place and then i remember I dreamed about it.. wow.. great hub


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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      tmbridgeland: You've piqued our curiosity, so when you are old and gray enough perhaps you will share the experience.

      I was once so bored with a fruitless fishing day on the same Maine lake that I considered crawling in the bulkhead of the boat for a nap. I paused, however, because if we were going to have some excitement I didn't want to miss it. The thought came very specifically that in two and one half minutes one of us would "get a bite" and I decided to forego the nap, but told my dad and uncle what I expected to happen and when. As I was telling them, I realized that I didn't know whether or not we would actually catch the fish, so I told them that, too. My uncle, for lack of anything better to do, took out his pocket watch and decided to keep track of the "time until the bite." He was the one who got a fish on his line, got it up to where we could see it was a good sized salmon, and then lost it...on time.

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      My ESP has never helped my fishing, but once in a while it seems to work for other things. I can only think of once when it was useful, and that is a personal story involving an attractive young lady, that I will not go into, being married now to a different lady!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rebeccamealey: Do you heed those "gut feelings"? What happens when you don't? Have you had enough of them to know when to heed them and when to ignore them? With an ESP experience, you know for sure without really knowing why or how. For Christians, the promptings of the Holy Ghost are true and reliable, and should be heeded.

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very interesting! I think I have "gut feelings" that may be a bit of ESP. You got me thinking here. Good job!


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