Wow, this is an awfully interesting discussion. Paula, I get sensations when I am close to finding the object in question too. Sometimes, I think, you have to be open, and not let your brain filter the reality. Mental clarity..you know, like not trying so hard to imagine where the object should or could be.
Willow, I have something similar...in a sense. I get, what I've only ever described as "ominous" feelings. It is kind of funny that I've always used that word to describe those feelings, because when I started using it, I didn't know that it meant "pertaining to an omen." Anyway, I get these dark feelings; I feel anxious; my skin feels nearly feverish...and I have the urge to tell someone, "Today is an ominous day." It has been my experience that when I get these feelings, something tragic happens shortly: someone close to me dies. I don't seem to get these feelings when someone dies a peaceful death. The first time it happened, (I was 16), a good friend of mine was hit by a car while she was walking up a main road. The second time, (I actually made sure to tell someone that it was an ominous day), someone I went to school with had been killed in a horrible plane crash.
I've gotten these strong feelings also before:
a girl I knew died in a car accident,
a young boy (friend of the family) was in a horrible accident,
a girl that went to bootcamp with me died from a sudden illness
when my grandfather died a painful death.
and before my father died.
In most of these circumstances, I've turned to someone and said, "This is a very ominous day."
I feel weird, akward and sometimes guilty for these feelings. I can't explain it, but when I was younger, I felt almost like I was some kind of curse. It's as though I get feelings about people's destinies. It is very hard for me to articulate.
It's like my ex-boyfriend. My husband couldn't understand why I always wondered about him (normal concern, I guess!). Anyway, I googled, googled, and found nothing. I was always worried about something horible happening to him. I even checked the news to see if he was involved in accidents on a regular basis. I would see that a tragic accident happened in my home town, my heart would skip a beat, I'd find out it wasn't him, then I'd move on.
Well, one day, I used MSN instead of Google. I found out he was in a serious car accident which caused extensive damage, but he survived. Somehow, I feel at peace now. I have absolutely no residual concern, other than the normal concern one has for such people.
There were also other incidents that weren't as clear as the ones I've mentioned.