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Guardian angel ?

Posted on 9-13-2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

By: Harold Battschitz | Location: Middle of nowhere Iowa

I've had a few strange experiences, but what happened to me one day while I was riding in a minivan with coworkers will stick in my brain for ever.

There were six of us in the van, and I was sitting in the back row. We were stopped at a highway crossing, just sitting there for a minute or two.

The driver and passenger were looking at a map trying to figure out how to get to our destination. GPS was still a few years away.

I had my head buried in a magazine while they argued about which direction to go. I could feel the van lurch as the driver eased off the brake and we started to roll.

At that moment I yelled out "STOP" and the driver slammed on the brakes.

A truck that was traveling fast just missed us by a foot. If I had not yelled out we would have been hit broadside and would have been seriously injured or killed. But what was so crazy is that I never saw the truck. I never made a decision to yell out. It was totally involuntary.

Somehow, somebody or some thing took control of me for one moment in time, and whatever it was save all of us from disaster. When I told the other passengers that I had never seen the truck, they didn't believe me.

It was too fantastical to believe. But it happened, I swear on my life it happened.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by I'mConvinced on 13 September, 2017, 14:39
Sounds like the man was saved by his subconscious.While he doesn't remember seeing the truck he did see it and his involuntary subconscious reaction and the drivers quick response saved the day. If we had to wait for a conscious decision to be made before every action taken we would be a very slow species that is incredibly bad at avoiding dangerous situations. To test yourself try thinking about every step you take when walking, you'll find you are more prone to tripping and falling the more attention you give to it. Some actions are just better left to the 'other' you.
Comment icon #2 Posted by aka CAT on 13 September, 2017, 17:03
I believe Harold's having his "head buried in a magazine" was exactly what prompted him to writethis story.
Comment icon #3 Posted by krone on 16 September, 2017, 19:03
I actually had a similar situation involving someone else. I was sitting on my bike at a crossing, and was waiting for the light to go green for me before I crossed. I was looking left, idling there a couple of minutes, and eventually saw that the light was green for me, now. But there was still traffic passing (people running the lights as usual). After the last couple of cars went past I had to wait yet again because a cyclist was running the light too. Just like in your story, I shouted STOP at him so loudly that it made everyone jump, even me. Normally I don't mouth off at bad drivers and ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by I'mConvinced on 17 September, 2017, 16:23
This is still your subconscious. You may not have seen the tram but they are hardly silent and you can 'feel' the electricity as they approach (if close). You brain identified the danger before your conscious mind could process it. It sends a 'request' for the brain to take action, in this case to shout a warning to another member of your social group. Your conscious mind knows you shouted but can't reconcile it with having made a decision. In essence it appears you acted before you thought but it's an illusion. Interesting factoid: Did you know you live at least 2 tenths of a second in the pa... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by mdenise on 14 October, 2017, 23:59
Comment icon #6 Posted by mdenise on 15 October, 2017, 0:00
Comment icon #7 Posted by aka CAT on 18 October, 2017, 6:03
Dear mdenise, Previously, I have mentioned both first and second hand accounts oftime slipswherein I and othersreport vehicles suddenlyvanishing from one location and/or instantly reappearingelsewhere. Such instances seem impossible and sound crazy, unless one has experienced or witnessed such an event. You and I were fortunate to be accompanied by another person whom recalled the same occurrence(s). Time slips cannot be scientifically explained. Inexplicably, the automobile must eithertravel at the speed of light or, in some other way, undergo a dimensional shift--time itselfis con... [More]

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