A lucky escape – premonition, guidance, or both?

Butterfly flying

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I often wonder about the timing of events.

Just the other day Elizabeth and I were walking our dog Oscar (now ten and a half months old, if you’ve been following his progress 🙂 ) towards the park in the morning. We were walking along a street when a pane of glass fell out of an upstairs window and smashed on the ground just 10 metres in front of us. It would almost certainly have caused us serious injury had we arrived a few seconds earlier.

The thing is, when we were leaving our house a few moments earlier, Elizabeth had to go back in to collect something she’d left on the table. This slowed us down by a few seconds.

Had Elizabeth not gone back into the house, we would probably have been right underneath the glass when it fell.

We were stunned at what happened and got to thinking how lucky we were.

I wondered afterwards, did Elizabeth have a premonition – a presentiment – and so cause us a delay that meant we missed the falling glass?

It’s a subject I’ve often thought about and I even wrote a chapter of my book, Is Your Life Mapped Out: Unravelling the mystery of destiny vs free will, on the research into presentiment. Basically, research seems to show that we ‘feel’ events before they occur. That’s what presentiment is – a pre-feeling. I believe that Elizabeth did receive a presentiment.

Another way you might look at it is that we were guided to slow down by guardian angels, spirit guides, our higher selves, or even deceased relatives.

It might seem strange for a person with a background in science to say he believes that angels or spirit guides exist, but why not? I am of the opinion that consciousness is not inside our heads, which is where I deviate from the mainstream scientific opinion of consciousness. I believe consciousness is fundamental to nature; it’s part of reality itself, and the brain (& heart) act more like aerials that receive it, much as your TV receives movies.

If consciousness is not inside your head then where is it? Everywhere!

I believe that the universe as we know it arises out of consciousness much as a sapling arises out of fertile soil. A field of consciousness, therefore, is the basis of all reality.

I doubt very much that human consciousness is the only color, or shade, of consciousness then. Just as pure white light can be split by a raindrop to present a rainbow of colors, so perhaps pure consciousness also splits into different colors, with human consciousness being one colour and angels, guides, etc, being another.

And if their consciousness is of a higher energy (or frequency) than human consciousness, just as violet is higher energy than red, then this might give them the ability to watch in on human life and guide us from time to time. That is what I believe.

Were we guided to avoid the falling pane of glass? I believe we were. Did Elizabeth also receive a presentiment of it? I believe she did.

Interestingly, Oscar received a sharp cut to his mouth earlier in the morning. We were playing and I kicked a hard rubber ring (one of his toys) and it knocked his food bowl and water bowl into each other, causing his food bowl to break. He lunged into the broken pieces of porcelain to get the ring and cut the inside of his mouth.

Strange things happen in our world and I believe events are connected. That Oscar received a cut to his mouth, was he taking on the energy of a glass cut that somehow spared us from being cut by the falling glass? Some people say that dogs can absorb energy, deflecting it away, in a sense, from their owners. Or was Oscar being cut somehow a manifestation of a presentiment of the potential for us to be hit by the glass?

Some might say there is no connection and that these were just random events, that we connect events together to give meaning to our lives. I don’t think we should always be quite so quick to dismiss things as random. We are far more connected than we think. In Sanskrit, the words ‘Aham Brahasmi’ mean ‘the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists’.

If consciousness is the core of reality, then it seems to me that we, and the events of our lives, are far more connected than science would have us believe. Our lives are intertwined, where people and events are connected in space and time.

Forces exist that pull people together for a ‘reason, a season, or a lifetime’ and lead us to events that are meaningful for us.

So all things considered, I do think were we meant to avoid the falling glass and I’m very grateful for that.


  1. Heidi Hudson Bassett on July 11, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I have enjoyed (connected with) this piece more than any others I have read. I am at a place where I am learning, and yearning for, more about our higher selves and spirit guides, and this blog came at exactly the right time for me. Thank you for sharing. I thank you and your partner, Elizabeth (and Oscar, too), for being you, and for your sharing these little events with us, that some otherwise may not think much about.

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Heidi, and I wish you well in your continued journey. Namaste

  2. shirley harper on July 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

    so thankful you are all okay David x

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Shirley. 🙂

  3. Elaine on July 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Thankfully no serious harm has occurred phew!!! I know of presentiment from my own personal experience and it was interesting to me to first read your words which put into form and validated my experience, further enhancing my trust in my “inner voice”.

    Whenever we are speaking of connection I am often taken back to Chief Seattles famous speech on the Environment of 1854. One can google it or read the simple version here: https://www.savethefrogs.com/students/chief-seattle.html This is one of the most beautiful speeches I have heard and touches every part of my being. I wanted to share this with you.

    With love and blessings, Elaine

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Elaine, I’m glad my article validated some of your own experience. Thank you so much for posting Chief Seattle’s speech. I hadn’t been aware of it. I feel that we would all do well to remember his wise words. The world would be a much different place – that I’m certain of. 🙂

  4. Jan on July 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hi David!
    This article reminded me of an incident when I was walking in the foothills of the Himalayas many years ago. I was marching purposefully along the path appreciating the utter peacefulness of the scene but trying to catch up with my companion who was out of sight ahead, when suddenly I found that I had stopped. Literally that – I didn’t decide to stop, I just found that I was no longer walking. As I stood there wondering why, a rock came crashing down the hillside out of the undergrowth and landed on the path, as far as I could tell just about where I would have been if something hadn’t made me stand still! I know you could say I must have heard it, but I was definitely not consciously aware of the sound until a few seconds after I stopped.
    I definitely felt I had been protected, so I understand how you feel about your narrow escape.

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      What an amazing experience Jan!! Things like these really have lasting impressions on us and help us to consider life from a different perspective. 🙂 Namaste

  5. Di Kamp on July 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm


    Hallellulia that someone will say this ‘out loud’.. How can we not believe that we are guided, and that science is supposed to help us only in some ways – maybe above all else in finding that the world is more wonderful than it has previously led us to believe, as more and more is explored – as you so well have researched and shown.

  6. Kathryn Fonash on July 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Not lucky then but meant to be David, or should I say not meant to be. I too am very grateful that the three of you have not been injured. Believe you have a great deal more to give. I do believe we are all connected. Hug Oscar for me and your wife too.
    With Love

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Kathy. Hugs to you from us too. 🙂

  7. Donna on July 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Absolutely! Thanks for sharing. It seems I’ve always believed certain things in my life. If I wasn’t watching a certain video over a year ago, I never would’ve seen my first spirit guide. Spirit knows in advance and will guide us…all we have to do is listen and not question.

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      And thanks for your comment Donna. Yes, I think everything happens at just the right time. 🙂

  8. Sophie Oliver on July 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    My feelings exactly! It would be great to work with you at some point in the coming years. Sending you, Elisabeth & Oscar much Love xxx

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Sophie. 🙂

  9. June Moore on July 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Well first may I say I am glad your clear feeling, clear sensing or knowing all kicked in and you averted what could have been tragic for all of you….and I am with you 100% on all of your blog. On Sunday at your workshop in Glasgow we had a conversation that very morning before it began about instances like this…. twice so far I have missed a football catastrophe and the Twin Towers and 9/11 by a matter of hours, still there , but in another time slot, or slightly different place due to something being changed by ourselves or by others……… which on these occasions saved my life…… so I truly believe everything you spoke of here!!! I feel we are aware,know, feel, on some level, and are also reminded or guided on some level, but we may not be aware of it at the time…… however, we are all made of the same consciousness…and we can tap into this energy in many ways. Was not your time Davsie, and I and the rest of the world are ever so grateful for that! Maybe it happened for many reasons, a reminder of that very conversation, or for all of us tuning into this and understanding it more, discussing it through your involvement this way and all the amazing work you are doing RIGHT NOW! Sending gratitude to you, Elizabeth and Oscar for listening to the inner knowledge of your hearts!!! xxxx

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, funny we were speaking of that at the workshop June. I had totally forgotten about that – I’m sure there is a connection there. I’m certainly glad it wasn’t our time. I believe everything is connected in space and time and so there are ‘threads’ linking people and events that seem to be disconnected but are, in fact, totally connected and informing/influencing each other. Thanks for the gratitude. Sending you gratitude too. 🙂

  10. Francesca on July 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Yes I agree with all you are saying and its wonderful but why do some of us have the ‘presentiment’ or premonition and not others? Why do so many others suffer while some are so called ‘saved’.

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Francesca, I’ve often wondered that and I think there are a number of reasons. Some of them are spiritual and perhaps what is ‘meant’ for a person, and some actually, I would say, genetic. I argued in ‘Is Your Life Mapped Out?’ that presentiment was natural and that the ability (as well as esp, psi, etc) was wired. As such, just as all genes have several variants, so too would genes for presentiment, esp, psi, etc. Therefore, you’d find some people would experience it often and easily and some people rarely or not at all. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

  11. dyana on July 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    an additional dimension out there to protect us!
    another sign that you have so much more research to do david and feed back on.
    we look forward to it – thank you

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment Dyana. Yes, I’ve often thought about these kinds of things and it’s prompted me to research further. 🙂

  12. Mandy on July 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I do believe that you were all being looked after and delayed on that particular day. Poor Oscar, he seems to have been in the wars lately, first the attack of the dog and now he is cutting his mouth, bless him. Although he has very wise eyes, I think he has a lot of learning to do, but I am sure he the best teachers to help him progress. I have heard that we don’t pick the dog, but the dog picks us 🙂 David I came to your house for the presentation on that book and you did a wonder goals visualisation with us. I run a therapeutic group for children and thought that it would be great to use in the teenage group. At the end of each session we do some relaxation/visualisation to help their systems learn to calm down and not recognise their internal state as normal. If there was a download of that I would love to purchase and put on my iphone.

    Love to you all

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      I would agree with that one too Mandy – I think Oscar picked us. 🙂 I do intend to record some of these visualizations Mandy (just haven’t got around to it yet. Lol). I hope to get around to it over the summer. 🙂

  13. Ursula on July 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story – It moved my thoughts back to Elizabeth’s poem. By promoting it on your site it was as if you were thanking her – ( this thought made no sense at the time) Time is timeless and not bound to our relative time. Good to know all 3 of you are well .

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on July 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for that thought Ursula. 🙂 It does make sense to me! 🙂

  14. margaret saxon on July 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I have been studying consciousness intensively for the last two years and I feel that my consciousness is more acute when I am outside in nature. I feel more connected but also more whole. I agree with David that consciousness is not inside the brain but probably is in every living thing around us reflected back towards us a part of the whole. But also I believe creative works, art objects such as a book, a tapestry, a painting may have a consciousness as well. At least they seem to have a record in the akasha. I’m still drawing conclusions on what this means …