A few years ago I was attending a university in Tampa. I held a job at a mall that required a small drive on the nearby highway. I often would work the closing shift which led me to be on the highway at night. One night while I was driving, this terrible thought bright as day ran through my head that there was going to be a severe car accident. I was so shaken up by the thought that I called my mother crying on the phone afraid that something was going to happen to me. I made it back to my apartment safe but still had this unsettling feeling and knowledge that an accident was going to happen on that highway. About a week later there was a serious accident on the highway exactly where I had that original thought and 5 students from my university died.
I rarely get these clear as day thoughts but when I do they shake me down to my being. Most of the time they are absolutely random and they have always been something bad. Any advice for channeling more of these thoughts or strengthening my ability to receive them?
There was another situation that I'll never be able to forget. When I was 17 I traveled to Brasil for the summer. I am a dual citizen. I spent a month there and was to return to the US. The policy for leaving Brasil is that Brasilian minors must have paperwork from both parents to leave the country. I was missing the document from my father. As the immigration was reviewing my paper work a thought came into my head "I need to get home. My dog is going to die". I was immediately filled with this horrible feeling and somehow made it onto that plane in tears. When I landed I asked my mom how my dog was doing and she broke down crying that she was very sick. My dog was in perfect health to our knowledge when I left. My mom didn't want to worry me while I was away since there was nothing I would have been able to do. Later that night my dogs condition deteriorated and we had to have her put down.