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An Eerie Premonition of 9/11

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Indie author via Amazon Publishing of historical romance and paranormal novellas.

Three Months Before

Twin Towers three months to the day before 9/11
Twin Towers three months to the day before 9/11 | Source

A Day Like Any Other Day

Most of us can remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. However, I knew exactly where I had been three months before.

While visiting family in Queens on a layover while traveling to Italy, I had decided to take my son on an all day excursion into Manhattan to let him experience the sights and sounds of a big city. We started the day, bright and early. From the Whitestone hub, we bustled on through the subway system, making stops here and there along the way.

The A Eighth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway runs from 207th Street in Inwood, Manhattan, to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens.
The A Eighth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway runs from 207th Street in Inwood, Manhattan, to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens. | Source

A Spiritual Awakening

At this one particular stop, there was a black woman standing outside the gangway, yelling and screaming at the top of her voice. She wasn't in trouble nor was she seeking help. No, actually she was preaching a spiritual message to the masses en route into the city. I've experienced this type of preaching before when I was a kid since my mother ushered us into a number of small town Pentecostal churches where preachers would run up and down aisles and the congregation raised their hands and spoke in spiritual tongues. Many people on the subway were laughing at this woman because they thought she was crazy, but having knowledge of this type of prophetic spiritual movement I listened carefully because I recognized something powerful.

The Prophecy

She told those on the subway to listen, and to listen well for God is speaking to us and forewarning us of impending doom. She called to the mothers to grab hold of their children, and husbands to cling to their wives for the time of God was near, and many shall perish. She moved into the car, marching up and down the aisles and I felt the spiritual power move through the entire cabin. She stood right behind me, laid her hands on an individual next to me, and started praying. Again, she called to everyone, cast your sins aside and get right with God for the day of reckoning is at hand. As she marched one last time through the car, I realized not a soul laughed. Instead, there were many with their heads down or those who quietly stared the other way. Perhaps they sensed the same power, but they couldn't understand what was happening. As quickly as she got into the car, she got off and went on marching through the subway with her bible in her hand and our subway car rambled away, and people from every walk of life went back to what they were doing, most everyone except for me. I sat there pondering the next ten minutes trying to understand what she'd been trying to say. For the life of me, I couldn't understand what type of impending doom she was trying to communicate and eventually as we drew near to the city, I became excited and forgot the preaching woman in the subway.

Lower Manhattan

A view of the skyline of Lower Manhattan while en route to where my family first immigrated to the United States at Ferris Island, New York City. Image taken on a foggy morning in New York City.
A view of the skyline of Lower Manhattan while en route to where my family first immigrated to the United States at Ferris Island, New York City. Image taken on a foggy morning in New York City. | Source

The Twin Towers

Our first stop was Battery Park, and then we walked a few blocks into the financial district until we headed straight for the Twin Towers, which had always fascinated me. The idea was to take my son to the top of the tower so he could get an incredible view of the entire city. Unfortunately, the lines were very long, and there was so much to do and see that we decided to go into the other tower to the bottom floor mall and purchase some more film for my camera. We stopped to talk to an old black gentleman, a building security attendant who worked just outside the mall. He was a nice man who smiled and seemed like he really enjoyed his job and hence to this day I often wonder if he ever made it out of the towers alive.

As soon as we made our way into the tower mall, I immediately felt this strange wave of oppression. From the pit of my stomach came this feeling and it traveled to my heart, and I felt a huge burden, and one that I'd never felt so powerful before.

The Premonition

I knew I was picking up on something the spirits were whizzing around, and they were whispering frantically to any psychic heart that would listen. This is what they do right before any kind of disaster. I knew this because, in my late teens, I'd had this same feeling when someone I knew had died. I listened to my psychic nature, and I became increasingly restless as I went into a drugstore and purchased the film. The burden in my heart hurt, it hurt so bad that I felt like crying, and it was becoming harder and harder for me to breathe. I remember my son asking me what was wrong with me. For some people, there is spiritual knowledge in the air and all you have to do is listen, be in tune and reach out and grab it. I replied to my son, telling him that the building was going to fall, and we needed to get out of there as soon as possible. I remember the way my son looked at me as is I was joking. About that time, I got so lightheaded from the dizziness of the oppression that I had to sit down on a step just outside the mall. My son answered to me "Mom this building is not going to fall." and I replied, "Yes it is and many people are going to die.” We quickly departed, and back into the subway and far away until we reached the Central Park. Again, the day was still young, and there was so much to see that eventually I forgot about my insight.


Vanity Fair by Guy Denning. Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2007. Exhibited at the '5/11' show Red Propeller, Kingsbridge.
Vanity Fair by Guy Denning. Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2007. Exhibited at the '5/11' show Red Propeller, Kingsbridge. | Source

Mourning a Loved One

Ground Zero, NY, September 11, 2007 -- Ground Zero mourner reflects on the death of a loved one during 9-11 Memorial Service. Andrea Booher/FEMA
Ground Zero, NY, September 11, 2007 -- Ground Zero mourner reflects on the death of a loved one during 9-11 Memorial Service. Andrea Booher/FEMA | Source

"Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life." ~ Lord Byron

The Day of Reckoning

A few months later while in Italy, my husband called me at about 4pm in the afternoon. He told me to rush over to the community center on post and watch the main lobby television since our TV was broken. I asked him why and he told me something terrible has happened, and he was on alert. Alarmed, I got on my bike and pedaled as fast as I could to Caserma Ederle military post and went to the community center. There must have been at least a hundred people milling around, watching the CNN news. The only sound I heard was the chaos coming from the television. All around me saw the soldiers I saw their faces, the outrage, the horror on the wives faces, the tears of desperation. In that moment, it all came back to me. The preacher in the subway, the burden in my soul as I walked the halls of the twin towers mall, and the night before when I recognized the airplane in flight. Little premonitions that I knew but did not heed ... I often wonder if I had been brave enough, strong enough like that preacher to roam the streets seeking anyone that would listen, would it have made a difference?

Later, my son talked to me. He said, "Mom, do you remember that day when we went to New York City, and you said the building was going to fall?” I silently replied, more than you will ever know.

© Ziyena 2017


9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition
9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition

In a fateful instant on the morning of September 11, 2001 documentary filmmakers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet, followed NYC firefighters into the heart of what would be known as Ground Zero. What emerged is an unforgettably powerful visual document and a stirring tribute to real-life heroes who, in their city's darkest hour, rose to extraordinary acts of courage and compassion.


Understanding Premonitions

Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What
Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What

Is it possible that some people can read your mind? (Telepathy) Or look into the future? ( Clairvoyancy ) Why is it that some people can cure themselves while in the last stages of a deadly cancer? (Healing).

Does mind over matter (Telekinesis) really exist, and if so how do we explain this? People claim to 'see' distant objects or places (Remote Viewing). Do they really 'see' something? And where is the boundary between 'real' magical powers and fraud? Can these miracles of the mind be explained? These questions and more are explored and answered in this fascinating and quirky feature documentary "Something Unknown is doing we don't know what" (105 ' min) by Dutch filmmaker Renée Scheltema.

Along the way she also collects anecdotal stories from celebrities within the field, such as Psychic Detective Nancy Myer, Author Arielle Ford, Astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, and Intuitive Catherine Yunt.

They all weigh in on the Big Five Psychic Phenomena: Precognition, Telepathy, Remote Viewing, Psycho-Kinesis, and Spiritual Healing.

Renée found that experiments of today reveal how science is verifying numerous kinds of connections : 'mind to mind'; 'mind to body' , and 'mind to world', demonstrating that psychic abilities are part of our inherent nature.

Join leading experts in the field of science, alternative medicine and para-psychology as they reveal profound insights into the world of the unsee and offer scientific evidence behind psychic phenomena.

With: Prof. Charles Tart, Dr Dean Radin of IONS, Prof. Gary Schwartz, Dr Larry Dossey, Dr Hal Puthoff, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Dr Roger Nelson. Dr Edgar Mitchell.

Experience this mysterious and fascinating film!


© 2012 ziyena


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    ziyena 6 months ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    I've been asked that before but no ... the energy that I received was much too urgent and frantic. I do believe in spiritual warnings. Cheers Robert

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    Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

    An interesting Hub. For what it's worth there is nothing you could have done that would have made a difference. The woman in the subway, like most people who shout on the streets, was ignored. There is no reason to believe anyone would have paid attention to you. If I may probe a bit could what you sensed have been from the 1993 bombing?

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    kwade tweeling 3 years ago from USA

    My family has similar gifts. Be it through dreams, feelings, or visions that feel like daydreams, nearly all of us are connected to exterior events. Especially when it involves someone close.

    Having experienced such premonitions numerous times, I'm of the opinion these insights are to be shared. If for no other reason to be learned from. Unfortunately, many such warnings fall on deaf ears. It's important to remember that you can help others only so long as they are willing to accept the help.

    The burden of responsibility though, is not yours. Witnessing events ahead of time does not infer a responsibility to stop the event. It certainly inspires a desire to do so, but not a responsibility. Tragic as such events are, sometimes the only thing to do is learn what you can from it.

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thank you Moonlake

    Yes, definitely a warning which still seems like just yesterday.


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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    I come from a family that has premonitions. I have had them myself or feelings of impending dome. It's like when the phone rings and you just know it's bad. The horror of that day will always be with all of us. You got a warning that day to stay away from the towers, it was also a gift. Voted up on your hub and shared.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California


    This was a fabulous experience you encountered. I have had several myself. They started out with me not paying attention to those "feelings" but would soon lead to paying attention to everything around me. Like you mentioned, we all have the ability, some stronger than others, however, the more we exercise these gifts, the better we can use them. The trick is not to be afraid, but to act upon in the right way. Great job and I'm so pleased you shared it with us! Voted up and shared.


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    Cat 4 years ago from New York


    I don't envy the position you were in and how truly 'eerie' that must've all been. If you don't already have a hub about it, I think it would be quite interesting to read more about your psychic-like abilities. Just a thought. I've always been fascinated by that kind of thing.

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    On occasion I do feel the pain, not as a person who witnessed it while watching television, but as someone who actually felt the "burden" or sorrow before it happened, I guess it's the only way to explain it. And your right, if I had all the answers then, would they had listened? I've thought of that myself, and as you came to the same conclusion. CRAZY lol

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York


    That's a tough one; what a heavy weight to bear. As absolutely awesome as I think it would be to have any kind of psychic abilities and the good that could potentially come from it, there must be 'bad' that would be inventible as well. I truly hope you don't or haven't put any kind of guilt on yourself over this as I'm sure there probably wouldn't have been anything you could've done. Could you imagine if you tried to warn the world or government or law enforcement, etc., how crazy they might've thought you were? I don't mean that to be funny, but people just don't seem to listen. I can't help but wonder if there wasn't some knowledge, prior to 9/11, that something bad was coming. I know the government keeps secrets and I fear they do not take appropriate action all the time. I do believe many have learned lessons after this tragedy and I know we operate much differently now. I'd so much rather be working on world peace, rather than figuring out how to protect ourselves from hate.

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Greater things? I think not, but perhaps because I've always been psychic to an extent and knew better about these things and I didn't truly listen as I should have, perhaps I would not have had to ask myself what could I have done to help before it was too late. Maybe that is not what the almighty intended, maybe it is what it is. A lesson :)

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York


    The tragic events of that day will forever pull the strings of my heart and I think it is important we never forget all of those who have lost something or someone that day. It almost seems like premonitions could be a gift, but I'm guessing it has caused a lot questioning for yourself; why you, why then... etc. I can't even imagine what that must've felt like on that day and then on September 11th, itself. Maybe you're intended for greater things?

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Cat ... Thank you. I'm glad you picked up on the enrgy of that pic ... as it was a very spiritual day for me. At the time, aside from my premonitions, every street corner, every person, every builing, and the air we breathed that day told of what was coming, thought we could feel it, we did not hear or see ... Like you, I will never forget this day. I had insight three months to the day where the towers fell, and I felt the grief and pain before it happened, and that energy stays with me. I can hear their voices, lost and confused, they were the innocent and many of those souls still cry out, trying to get home to their loved ones. We must remember them. Thanks for sharing

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York


    I'm so glad I chose this hub as my first of yours to read! It was your picture that compelled me to click on it and the title only furthered my curiosity. That picture made my heart stop and took my breath away... there is something in that picture and I can feel it!

    September 11th changed my life and I'm sure the life of many others. I will always remember that day and my Special Forces, Air Force brother was up in the sky that day and on top of all the tragedy and deep rooted sorrow I was overwhelmed with, I had to worry if my brother was dead or alive until the following day. After that day... I began looking over my shoulder and feared all noises... When? Where? WHY?

    What a powerful story you told!

    Voted up and others ~ Sharing too!


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    LupitaRonquillo 5 years ago

    The "crazy" lady preaching in the middle of the city wasn't crazy at all. We ARE living in the last days (Matthew 24) and some people are gifted with having these feelings of something coming. I don't believe in calling them a "gift" rather it's a "closeness" with our Creator that gives us these senses of doom. The Holy Spirit "oppressed" on you to leave, even 3 months away! There is a huge difference with just reading the bible and actually connecting with It. On May 19th, 2004, I was going through what I call now a spiritual awakening that involved some eery and strange circumstances including a poem I wrote and had sent out, even my mom and brother had seen the strangeness right before their eyes. During this time I had asked God a question through prayer and decided to randomly open the bible for possibly the answer, I got it! It was simply amazing to say the least! The scripture I stumbled upon was Isaiah 12. To anyone else, this scripture may not have any significant meaning except the one that is read but for me, at this time in my life, it read the Answer in my life!

    Great hub, rattled up my spirituality and I thank you for sharing! btw... you had "11" comments on this hub...this one makes your 12th :]

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    Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

    Premonitions can be frightening once realized... As they are nothing but a gut feeling until they do become a reality... I've had my share that have done nothing but cause me to wonder why me, and why so defined and exact when they do come to fruition.. Their frequency and accuracy can be quite a burden indeed. Nice Hub that hit nerves. *smiles*

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    Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Great writing and a fascinating story as well. I will read more.

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    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thank you Ms Brown :)

    I think you've got it right. Keeping someone in your mind throughout the day when you get that feeling is the right thing to do. Sending good positive energy perhaps can make them somehow more aware of their own surroundings ... just a thought


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    Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Some call it a gift, some call it a curse. Sometimes I have dreams about someone getting hurt in some way, like I am supossed to do something to help, but I don't know can be frustrating. I just keep them in mind as I go through my day, maybe someday I can do something to help someone before it is too late. I thoroughly enjoyed your hub. Up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Thanks Barnsey ... I still get the chills too.

    Every time I see or hear about the towers.

    Lately, I've been reading about personal experiences of family members who have lost loved ones that day and how some have experienced their spirits coming back to visit and giving signs that they are ok. Very fascinating and some of the experiences are unexplainable.

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    Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

    Got some chills down my spine as I read this. Since I was an adolescent I have had strange, often meaningless premontions. Now, at first they just seem like dreams, but when they happen it smacks you right in the face!

    I'll give you one instance. The first I can recall. I was ten and dreamt of a simple rock and pebble formation in a field. A long time later I was walking across the stony, grassless field near my grandparent's new home. Just walking along with my head down I came upon that identical formation. What did it mean? I don't know for sure but I went into the house to watch the world series game with the family. We were all phillies fans and can you guess what happened next? Yep, the phillies won the world series! Tug MCgraw threw the last pitch and it was set in stone. So, I had a premonition about the day the phillies would win the world series, but had no idea that was what it had been about.

    Trying to figure them out before they happen seems impossible. I read a biography about a person like this who never learned to control or understand it until they reached above middle age.

    All of that being said, that horrible day cannot and must not be forgotten. As long as there are people willing to commit such heinous acts the USA can never rest. Great hub, ziyena!

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    CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

    I don't blame you, Ziyena, for sensing evil at the Capitol's gate, because there is a lot of malevolence, evil, and mischief in all the governmental establishments and offices in Washington D.C..

    It is not a wholesome place to be. George Washington, our first Masonic president, even had the city streets laid out in the form of a Satanic pentagram.

    I think Washington D.C. is a portal for evil and one can see this with all the stife, crime, and murder in that city and this evil can also be witnessed through the deeds of our leaders at home and abroad.

    I fear we haven't even begun to see the depravity our leaders are willing to sink to, in order to achieve their goals and secret ambitions.

    In fact, Congress admitted that the CIA is guilty of a MINIMUM of 100,000 serious human rights violations each and every year across the globe. Not a good bunch of people to be around and little wonder why the U.S. is hated the world over.

    Best wishes to you and yours - C.J. Sledgehammer

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    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Cj ... thanks for your perspective. Unfortunately, I didn't sense evil that day while visiting the Towers ... just sorrow, so powerful it overtook me. BUT I will let you know that I once visited the White House right before the 2nd Bush went into office and I felt an overwhelming sense of evil while standing at the Capitol's gate. Not to say that the people who lived there were evil, but as a collective whole I felt bad intent.

    I've always had a psychic sense, especially right before tragedy. All I can do is be alert, very careful and wait until things happen. Unfortunately, I'm not given the "how or "what", but I'll tell you that horrible feeling I get is enough!

    As for the pics, yeah. I have a bit of ADD

    I need constant change or I get bored really quick.

    Change my FB pics once a week too! lol

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    CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

    Perhaps, Ziyena, you were sensing the evil forces that conspired, plotted, and planned the destruction of the twin towers from the inside of the building, but not the impending doom itself? Perhaps you felt their evil presence and evil intentions, like an echo from the past?

    You are a gifted writer. I just love the way your words flow so effortlessly. :0)

    Voted up and away.

    Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

    P.S. Have you ever taken a bad picture? I've never seen one. And, just so you know, I have been counting the number of times you have changed your profile picture within the past month. And, if I am not mistaken, I think the count is at 4 (?) It really doesn't matter, the cameras just love you and I don't think you have a bad angle. :0)

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    ziyena 6 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Becky ... the problem I have with the insight given to me is that I can never figure it out until it's too late. All I can do is be very cautious ...

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    Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

    I believe that it would be easier not knowing these things in advance. Thank God I do not. I try to keep myself ready, in case something does happen. Bless you for your terrible insights.