Prevision
Foreknowledge of the future acquired in a visual form. Reportedly,
such visions are mostly spontaneous, but there are
means of experimentally inducing them through crystal gazing
and other forms of divination.
In the experiments of Col. Eugene Rochas, he supposedly
took his hypnotic subjects on longitudinal passes into past
phases of their lives and brought them back to transversal passes.
Reportedly, if these passes were continued beyond the present
age the subject went into the future. These experiments are
also known as ‘‘hypnotic regression.’’
Florence Marryat, in her book There is No Death (1892),
claims her spirit was summoned by friends, sitting in a circle,
while she was fast asleep in her home. Her spirit begged to be
sent back with the words ‘‘There is a great danger hanging
over my children, I must go back to my children.’’ The day after
the séance, her brother-in-law accidentally discharged a rifle in
the midst of her seven children and a bullet passed through the
wall close to her eldest daughter’s head.
The mechanism of prevision was described in Vincent Turvey’s
The Beginnings of Seership (1911)
‘‘At certain times I see a sort of film or ribbon continually
moving as does an endless belt in a cinematograph film. This
film is in colour of a very, very pale pinky-heliotrope, and it
seems to vibrate with very great velocity. Upon it are numerous
little pictures, some of which appear to be engraved on the film
itself, whilst others are like pale blue photographs stuck on the
film. The former I have found to refer to past events, the latter
to those about to happen. The locality of the event is judged
by the scenery and the climatic heat. I have to estimate dates
by the clearness of the pictures. I foresee more unpleasant than
pleasant things. I believe the reason to be that evil, being
nearer to matter than to spirit, is more ponderous in the ether
than its opposite, and is therefore sensed more easily by a Seer.
I not only see, but feel, the density of evil.’’
(See also Arnall Bloxham)
Sources
Besterman, Theodore. Crystal Gazing A Study in the History,
Distribution, Theory and Practice of Scrying. London William
Rider, 1924. Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books,
1965.
Grey, E. Howard. Visions, Previsions and Miracles in Modern
Times. London L. N. Fowler, 1915.
Turvey, Vincent N. The Beginnings of Seership. London
Stead’s Publishing House, 1911. Reprint, New Hyde Park,
N.Y. University Books, 1969.