The basic difference between premonition and precognition is that premonition is a vision or sense that occurs during daylight hours. Precognition occurs at night during dream states. Premonition and precognition usually occur with individuals with "second sight" or extrasensory perception. These individuals have the ability to sense this on a deeper, more metaphysical level.
Premonitions and Sensory Perceptions
During waking hours, many things occur that most individuals without sensory perception ignore. For example, women tend to possess a greater level of "intuition" than men.
Individuals with acute sensory perception are impelled by overwhelming feelings based on a sense of the outcomes of seemingly insignificant events. For example, there are individuals who may be occupied with a task at home when suddenly they feel a sense of impending danger. This may be as simple as the woodblock full of kitchen knives suddenly fallen off a shelf or having a vision of someone who makes contact after a long period of lack of communication. These are premonitions.
Due to women having a heightened sense of intuition, their ability to use their sense of premonition with regard to loved ones has been well documented. One of these is the famous Jean Dixon who felt an intense premonition of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Before their flight to a rock concert, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynard Skynyrd, said before boarding the plane, "C’mon, let’s go. If it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.” The band's plane went down in Mississippi killing Ronnie Van Zant Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. Cassie Gaines told Ronnie Van Zant the day before she had a premonition about a plane going down in flames.
Often during times of war, mothers and wives have told of premonitions of their loved ones dying in battle. Sometimes, the premonition is so powerful and overwhelming that it feels as if the individuals are living the premonition before it actually happens.
Precognitions of the Dream State
Much study has been done about the dream state. Writers tend to have a heightened sense of precognition that results in many of their fictional stories. Precognition occurs while dreaming. Scientists have determined that precognitive dreams occur during REM phases of sleep. (Ref. www2.ucsc.edu/dreams) Studies have also been done by Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud who found that precognition during REM sleep are usually remembered after waking.
Some of the most famous precognitive dreams occur as a result of the brain at its least stressful and while the individual may have seen or heard something during their awake state that manifests itself during the dream state. The difference between precognition and lucid dream is that precognition is not controlled or induced intentionally by the individual. Precognition like premonition creates sensory perceptions about people, place or events that are part of the dream state.
Premonition vs. Precognition
Heightened sensory perception or "second sight" links both premonition and precognition by the "supposed ability to perceive future or distant events; clairvoyance," the definition generally accepted for second sight. Not all premonitions or precognitive dreams imply danger or doom. In fact, in some situations, the sense of "nearness" to someone can be strong enough to create a premonition of their imminent presence. For example, an individual may have a premonition that their child has happy news to share.
Precognition may also play out in dreams that tell stories about persons known or unknown. The dream may leave a lingering aura for days or weeks after it occurs, so powerful is the precognition the dream implies.
Some acutely perceptive individuals have the ability to "read" the characters or actions of others. This is based purely on the suggestions they experienced in precognitive dreams or premonitions. These individuals "see" what others miss. It may be some relatively unimportant word that passes in conversation or body language that the individual recalls from a dream. This points out the power of the human brain to absorb much more than the individual realizes. Yet, the ideas, thoughts, events and characters the brain pours forth during precognitive dreams create the basis of premonition during waking hours.
Sharpening the Senses of Premonition and Precognition
All humans have the ability to utilize the parts of the human brain that stores worthwhile thoughts. There are fortunate individuals who are heavily psychically attuned to using these parts of their brains as tools to guide them to greater depths of knowledge of the world they live in. Sharpening the senses of premonition and precognition requires becoming more sensitive to details that occur during waking hours and using precognitive dreams as a guide to becoming more consciously observant. In this way, individuals train their brains to release long forgotten thoughts and visions past. Apply premonitions and precognition as visionary tools.