In Prophecy, Sylvia Browne turns her psychic wisdom to the puzzling, often contradictory predictions proposed by major historical and contemporary figures, ranging from biblical prophets and Nostradamus to George Washington and NASA scientists.
Bestselling professional psychic Browne (The Other Side and Back) offers comfort and hope in this articulate guide to the future, which starts by placing the prophetic tradition firmly in the spiritual mainstream of Christianity, Islam and Native American religions (given rather a New Age spin here). After discussing such notable past prophets as Helena Blavatsky and Edgar Cayce, she locates the source of prophecy in what she calls the Other Side, the place from which Spirit Guides (hers is named Francine) bring their messages. In the most absorbing part of the book, her own prophecies range widely and often reach far beyond verified scientific fact. Extraterrestrials, aura scanners and the greenhouse effect heating up earth's interior are cases in point. On the other hand, many of her prophecies in the areas of science, technology and medicine are sound futurology, even if she shows a bit of a law-and-order attitude. (By 2020 or so, those elected to the U.S. Senate will have to submit to "weekly drug and alcohol screens.") At the same time, Browne's vision of several generations of communal marriages to save children from the divorce rate and of healing centers to bring all faiths together are radical, innovative and humane. In the end, all readers, even those skeptical of specific forecasts, can applaud the author for her strong spirituality. (July 15) Forecast: You don't need psychic powers to predict another bestseller, debuting at #1 on many lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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July 04, 2005
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Excerpt from Prophecy by Sylvia Browne
It is our nature to want to know what the future holds. From the moment we first began to inhabit this earth in human form, we've believed that forewarned is forearmed, and we've sought out those who seem to have a clearer view of the road ahead than we do. On a small scale, we don't want to get caught in the rain without an umbrella, but we also wouldn't mind knowing whether or not we should save that rainwater for an upcoming drought or man-made crisis. On a much larger scale, we want to know that we personally, we as a community, we as a faith, as a society, as a nation or as a surprisingly fragile planet, are going to be okay and, more to the point, what "okay" is going to look like. We look to prophets and prophecies not just for warnings but also for hope and for comfort, no matter how far in the distance they might be. And because we've been fooled before, and/or not paying attention, and/or too naive or greedy or in too much of a hurry to always rely on our own judgment, we explore prophecies in search of a blueprint for discerning the real from the counterfeit, the truth from the lies, the heroes from the villains, meaningful road signs from time- and soul-wasting detours and, probably most essential of all, the genuinely God-centered from the countless clever pretenders.
The Cultural Bond of Prophecy
One of the countless aspects of prophets and prophecies that has always fascinated me is that they've always been traditional and fundamental to civilizations throughout the world, even the most ancient, isolated cultures who had no interest in or means of communicating with each other. It's not as if the Aborigines of Australia heard that predicting the long-range future had become very popular among American Indians and decided to give it a try, or the Mayans only started coming up with prophecies so they wouldn't be outdone by those Egyptian prophets they kept hearing about. Cultures tend to express the most deep-rooted essences of their people, and each of these cultures, so vastly different in so many ways, has demonstrated, separately and together, that we're eternally united as human beings around the world in our insistence that the future is knowable.