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I was only a baby when this happened but I’ve heard the story so many times over the years, it’s almost like I was there too. Although it doesn’t technically involve travel in the traditional sense, my mother traveled a few thousand miles on this night. She just did it without leaving home.
It was 1973, the night of Yom Kippur. My mother woke with a start from a deep sleep. She was confused to see floodlights streaming in through her bedroom window.
Something was going on. Something big and mysterious. She heard the rumbling of trucks and the sounds of machinery, men shouting. She ran to the front of the house to look out the front door.
What she saw shocked and terrified her. Military troops assembling, large trucks and tanks, gathering in her suburban cul de sac. Giant searchlights lit the surreal scene, spilling into the living room.
Naturally, she woke my dad. “Sol!,” she shouted, ” Get up! Get up! We’ve go to get out of here! We’re under attack!”
But he shook his head bewildered. “What the heck are you talking about?”
It turns out what my mom was seeing wasn’t happening in her own backyard. And only she could see it. She didn’t just wake my father, she woke my brothers as well. She simply couldn’t believe that she was the only one who could see what was “going on” out there.
Except it wasn’t going on out there. It was going on, on the other side of the world. Her bizarre vision coincided with the onset of the Yom Kippur War, many thousands of miles away in Israel. She had no idea about the war that had just started thousands of miles away. She had never experienced anything at all like this before.
The psychic phenomenon she experienced is known as “remote viewing”. It’s a common enough experience that the military has studied it and considered harnessing this “power” strategically. There are psychics who claim to travel this way frequently, and at will. But for my mother, it was not intentional. It just happened. Almost against her will.
There’s no explaining some experiences. Why her? Why then?
Here’s my mom’s thoughts, in her own words, about that night and her unexpected abilities. She shares her thoughts about psychic experiences, cultivating psychic powers and what it was like to have this sort of experience.