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Excerpt from The Empath’s Survival Guide: The Science of Precognition

As a psychiatrist and an empath, I am fascinated by how the phenomenon of intuition and precognition work.

In my book The Empath’s Survival Guide I discuss the different types of intuitive empaths including the precognitive empath. This type of empath has premonitions about the future, either awake or in dreams. They may come spontaneously, or they can intentionally tune in, a skill which can improve with practice. They may receive premonitions about someone’s health, relationships, career, or other issues. For instance, you know if a friend will become ill or pass away, or get married, or be accepted into college long before others do. You are receiving non-local data which doesn’t originate in the material world, but comes from a timeless place.

Some mystics call this storehouse of collective information the Akashic Records or Book of Life, which is thought to contain all of human history, past, present and future. Your intuition can reach beyond linear reality to access this knowledge. There are mentions of such records in myths of many cultures and in the Old and New Testaments. Belief in these spiritual tablets can be traced back to ancient Assyria, Phoenicia, Babylonia, India, and to the Hebrews. The concept of the Akashic Records has existed since primeval times.

Precognitive empaths must be clear about how to use their foreknowledge with integrity. Sometimes they can warn others of a stressful or dangerous situation so they will be more cautious or avoid it. With happy outcomes such as a couple becoming pregnant, one can say in a light tone, “My intuition tells me you will have a child soon.” Since the future information you’re sensing is simply a probability (there’s always a chance you’re wrong because most futures aren’t fixed), don’t present yourself as an all-knowing authority.

Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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