Prescience

: foreknowledge of events:
a: divine omniscience
b: human anticipation of the course of events : foresight

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Prescience (n): late 14th century, from Old French prescience (13c.) and directly from Late Latin praescientia fore-knowledge,” from praescireto know in advance,” from Latin praebefore” (related to pre) + scireto know” (related to science).

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The mind can never foresee its own advance”

Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992, Austrian and British economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism)

Bio Source:

hayekcenter.org/

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days . . .nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, 35th President of the U.S, the youngest man elected to the office and the young president to die; he was hardly past his thousand day in office when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas)

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnfkennedy

“I am sure that you have had, as we all have, that mysterious experience of prescience--a moment when, beyond reason and cause, at a word, or a flicker of an eyelid, or at anything at all, one has a sudden foreboding--of what, one does not know. I am not a religious man; but sometimes I am nearly tempted to believe that the gods do speak to us, and that only in unguarded moments do we listen.”

John Edward Williams (1922-1994, American author, editor, and professor; best known for his novels Stoner (1965) and Augustus (1972), the latter of which won the National Book Award.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Williams

“It is a consolation or a misfortune that the wrong kind of people are too often correct in their prognostications of the future; the far-seeing are also the foolish.”

Robbie Ross (1869-1918, born Robert Baldwin”Robbie” Ross, Canadian journalist, art critic, and art dealer; best known for his relationship with Oscar Wilde, as a devoted friend, lover, and executor)

Bio Source:

www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7867-0781-2

“If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939, author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction)

Bio Source:

margaretatwood.ca/biography/

“The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time... and you can't see it if you refuse to face the possibility.”

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, born William Seward Burroughs II, Beat Generation writer, known for his startling personal accounts of the drug culture and most famously the books “Naked Lunch” and “Junkie”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/william-s-burroughs-9232376

“In much of the rest of the world, rich people live in gated communities and drink bottled water. That's increasingly the case in Los Angeles where I come from. So that wealthy people in much of the world are insulated from the consequences of their actions.”

Jared Diamond (b. 1937, professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles; scientist of physiology, evolutionary biography and biogeography)

Bio Source:

www.jareddiamond.org/Jared_Diamond/Welcome.html

Meditation

“The mind can never foresee its own advance”

— Friedrich Hayek

As much as we may love the mind’s capacity for prescience and its ability predict future events, there’s more gratification in Life’s elements of surprise, those unexpected occurrences that reveal worlds beyond our wildest imaginations.

Yes, sometimes it feels awful to be blind and challenged, fumbling around in the dark searching for clues.  But, if we have the heart to explore the unknown depths of our souls and the undiscovered realms of our world, then we are in stages of great potential.

We must push forward and not give up, for these are the most challenging and rewarding legs of our journey, the Faith Walk.  We are on the cusp of something extraordinary.

Our evolving consciousness is a subtle climb.  So, we must stay awake to understand its meaning as well as the beauty of its unfolding.

Stay well, alert, and powerful, my dear friends.

Much Love, Tonya

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