“He could have taken my life, but for whatever reason he close not to.”
Marquis de Lafayette, the French soldier who fought the British in the American Revolution was a believer in psychic phenomenon.
In his memoirs he recounted several episodes of paranormal activities, a number of which he believed were lifesaving.
Lafayette recalled one instance in which he sensed imminent danger. “I was atop my horse when I felt I was going to be struck by an enemy bullet. I turned and stared into the barrel of a gun held by a young British soldier.
“We made eye contact, and both he and I knew if he fired the gun, I’d be dead. But somehow in that moment, we made a connection. I don’t understand how or why, but the young man lowered his rifle and we stared at each other for a moment. I tipped my hat to him and nodded. He did the same and we went on our way.
“I don’t know what happened to him, or whether or not he survived the war, but he could have taken my life that day. For whatever reason, he chose not to. I owe him my life.”
On another occasion, prior to a battle that Lafayette felt could go either way, he consulted with an astrologer who advised him to take a different course of action due to the stars being aligned in a certain way.
Lafayette recounted how he failed to listen to the advice, and in the ensuing battle his forces suffered a severe setback, precisely the way the astrologer had predicted.