In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a tiny novel about a large ocean liner that sinks in the month of April in the North Atlantic Ocean, after hitting an iceberg. The ship’s name was the Titan.
14 years later, in the month of April 1912, the Titanic met the exact same fate.
But the similarities don’t end there.
- were of the approximate same size
- had a shortage of life boats
- were traveling at approximately the same speed when they hit the iceberg – the Titan 25 knots; the Titanic 22 ½ knots
- struck the iceberg 400 nautical miles from Newfoundland
And more than half of the passengers on both ships (2,200 on the Titanic and 2,500 on the Titan) died.
Fascinating, isn’t it? Now, some may put that under the heading of “life imitating art.” Others may use the heading of “mere coincidence,” while some would side with Carl Jung and use the heading of “synchronicity,” which is when two events occur with no causal relativity, yet appear to be seemingly related.
Whichever heading you choose, it’s hard to dismiss the vast similarities. It wasn’t that just one fictional ocean liner and one real ocean liner with a similar name sank by hitting an iceberg, but that so many of the other details of each ship lined up very closely.
Were these two events somehow connected?
Quantum physicists believe that we are all connected. Everything is connected to everything. After all, if the theory of the Big Bang is correct, what is the universe today (and that includes us humans) all came from one itsy bitsy speck of something that exploded and, voila, here we are. We all came from the same source, and by the word “we,” I mean humans, animals, plants, the moon, the milky way and so on.
Was there something that connected Robertson’s fictional story to the real story of the Titanic? Was what Robertson created in his mind a warning that went unseen or unheeded by the builders of the Titanic? It’s unlikely that the builders were aware of Robertson’s book, but even if they were, it’s highly likely that they would have, unfortunately, dismissed it as fiction.
How often do we dismiss “intuitive warnings” that appear in our mind. A thought occurs that delivers a warning of a possible future problem and, many times, we dismiss it, only later to remark – after the damage has been done – with, “I thought that might happen.”
It’s difficult to know when a precognitive or intuitive thought of a problem is actually a potential problem or just a silly thought… a piece of fiction created in our mind.
Yet, perhaps, Robertson’s story was not only a warning to the builders of the Titanic, but also a message to us that we need to look closely at the cautions that enter our consciousness – our intuition.
That doesn’t mean you should walk around being fearful and worried, it just means to be aware. Be aware of your thoughts. Be mindful of that sense we get when “something” just doesn’t “feel” quite right. Be mindful of your intuition.
Photo of the Titanic in Public Domain.
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