On October 9, 2017, my home and office were consumed
by the Tubbs Lane wildfire in northern Santa Rosa,
California. My wife Christine and I escaped with only
moments to spare.
We’d woken up at 12:45 a.m. to see flames racing toward
us. Running to the car, we got out just ahead of the inferno.
Many of our neighbors weren’t so lucky. Firefighters later
estimated the fire had traveled the length of a football field
every three seconds. Forty-two people didn’t escape in time,
but thousands did. Why?
In the weeks since the fire, that time of 12:45 a.m. keeps
cropping up in conversations with friends and neighbors.
Many of them report waking up at that exact time. When
asked why they woke up, they can’t explain it. After they
awoke, they might have smelled smoke or seen the glow
of the fire on the horizon. But what woke them up in the
Many people seem to have premonitions just before
disasters strike. When the New York City police department
produced the first official estimate of the death toll from the
terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it was 6,659. The
number was based on reasonable estimates of the number
of people who should have been at their desks in the Twin
Towers on a weekday morning.
However, the final death toll was only 2,753. Where were
the missing people? Many were evacuated successfully,
but many others reported unusual circumstances that kept
them away. Some had premonitions of disaster. Others had
disturbing dreams that led them to alter their routines.
These subtle signals may be a relic of the sixth sense that
human beings have had since the dawn of history.
A remote chain of 500 islands called the Andamans and
Nicobars lies off the Bay of Bengal in southeast Asia. The
Andaman Islands are inhabited by an aboriginal tribe of
hunter-gatherers called the Jarawa who reject contact with
outsiders. On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami struck
the coast, with the Andamans and Nicobars directly in its
path. Anthropologists feared that all 250 members of the
Jarawa tribe had been washed away. On the neighboring
island of Nicobar, 1,458 people died.
When government helicopters arrived to render aid,
the Jarawa fired arrows at them. Eventually, seven men
emerged from the forest wearing loincloths and amulets.
They told aid workers that not a single member of the tribe
had died. They had moved deep into the jungle before the
Research shows that the electromagnetic fields of
individual human beings are linked to the geomagnetic
fields of the planet as a whole and that communication is
occurring within these fields. “We’re all like little cells in
the bigger Earth brain,” explains Rollin McCraty, director
of research at HeartMath, “sharing information at a subtle,
unseen level that exists between all living systems, not just
humans, but also animals, trees, and so on.”
Human beings are part of the web of life. Modern humans
are capable of picking up on the subtle signals inherent in
nature, just as the Andaman islanders did. With practice, I
believe we can learn to tune in to global natural cycles. Like
any skill, the more you practice the stronger it becomes.
Meditation, prayer, and spiritual practice all can put us back
in tune with natural cycles larger than our individual lives.
My personal reminder of the presence of these global
rhythms comes daily at 12:45 a.m.
How science is uniting body, mind, and spirit
Intuition and Premonitions
HEALING, SCIENCE, AND SPIRITUALITY
DAWSON CHURCH, PH.D., AUTHOR OF
THE UPCOMING MIND TO MATTER (WHICH
HAY HOUSE WILL PUBLISH THIS YEAR), IS A
GENETIC RESEARCHER AND AN ORDAINED
NEW THOUGHT MINISTER. HE SHARES
SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS ON GENETICS AND
SPIRITUALITY AT DAWSONGIFT.COM.