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commented on April 16, 2012
Hi, I'm new to this website. I am unashamed to admit that it is Dan Brown's book that sparked an interest in Noetic science in me! I've read stories on this forum about people having experiences where they just know something is going to happen and it does, and I can relate to these experiences. However I'm writing this because I've got a theory as to why we experience these feelings of "inner knowing." Maybe it's all down to our subconscious. We receive so much information every day but we don't always remember it all the next day. Example—A friend tells me to ring them tomorrow but the next day I forget to.
But what if we don't actually forget this information? What if it's still stored in our subconscious? In fact we know that it's still stored in our subconscious because two days later when I bump into that same friend and he asks why I didn't ring I will remember instantly. I will recall his request for me to ring him. So we know that we still store information in our brain even if we're not always aware of it.
So now let me propose something after I tell you this story. A week ago a person who lives in my locality died. Yesterday my Mam and Dad were talking about the funeral which took place today. This morning I woke up to the sound of my Dad pulling out of the driveway. He often has to make short journeys away from the house because of work commitments, usually he comes back to the house after an hour or two, but this morning when I got and was eating my breakfast I had the smallest of feelings that he would be gone for a good while. I took no notice and continued with my day every now and again I fleetingly wondered where he was and when he would be back but every time I though about I kept getting a slight feeling that he wasn't on a standard work related trip and that he would be gone for a large part of the day.
That evening a family friend knocked on the front door and gave my Mam keys to my Dad's vehicle. I asked why he had Dad's keys and she said because Dad was going with the family friend to a bar in the friend's car, then she said they shouldn't be using someones funeral as an excuse to get drunk! Thats when I remembered the conversation between my parents the previous day about the funeral. So, it is possible my brain stored information of that conversation in my brain or subconscious so even when I didn't remember that the funeral was taking place today I still had the feeling my Dad would be gone for a good while (funerals in my country are usually day long affairs).
Was it my subconscious giving me this feeling because it held the information about the funeral taking place? Do you think this could be an explanation for people experiencing "inner knowing." Could it just be that our subconscious holds a wealth of information that we aren't consciously aware of but it gives us a feeling of knowing something that we think couldn't possibly know. I know I could completely wrong but what is your opinion on this?