Telepathy is the psychic phenomena by which communication occurs between minds, or mind-to-mind communication (telepathically).
Such mental telepathy communication includes thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations and mental images.
Telepathic descriptions are universally found in writings and oral lore. In tribal societies such as the Aborigines of Australia telepathy is accepted as a human faculty, while in more advanced societies it is thought a special ability belonging to mystics and psychics.
Although not scientifically proven, telepathy is being increasingly studied in psychical research. It is also known as mind reading.
“Telepathy” is derived from the Greek terms tele (“distant” or “distance”) and pathe (“occurrence” or “feeling”).
So Telepathy actually means getting feelings through a distance. The term was coined in 1882 by the French psychical researcher Fredric W. H. Myers, a founder of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR).
Myers thought his term described the phenomenon better than previously used terms such as the French “communication de pensees,” “thought-transference,” and “thought-reading.”
To elaborate, Telepathy is the communication between two minds, separated over a distance, without the use of the five known senses.
At some point or the other, we all have experienced Telepathy. Maybe you were thinking of someone you haven’t talked to in months and you suddenly get a call from him.
Or when two people are together, they might say the same thing at the same time. These are spontaneous mind-to-mind communication. Such Telepathy that tends to occur frequently between closely related individuals.
Research interest in telepathy had its beginning in Mesmerism. The magnetists discovered that telepathy was among the so-called “higher-phenomena” observed in magnetized subjects, who read the thoughts of the magnetists and carried out the unspoken instructions.
Soon other psychologists and psychiatrists were observing the same phenomena in their patients. Sigmund Freud noticed it so often that he had to address it.
He termed it a regressive, primitive faculty that was lost in the course of evolution, but which still had the ability to manifest itself under certain conditions. Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung thought it more important.
He considered it a function of synchronicity. Psychologist and philosopher William James was very enthusiastic toward telepathy and encouraged more research to be put into it.
When the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was founded in 1885, after the SPR in 1884, telepathy became the first psychic phenomenon to be studied scientifically. The first testing was simple. A sender in one room would try to transmit a two-digit number, a taste, or a visual image to a receiver in another room.
The French physiologist Charles Richet introduced a mathematical chance to the tests and also discovered that telepathy occurred independently of hypnotism.
Interest in telepathy increased following World War I as thousands of bereaved turned toward Spiritualism attempting to communicate with their dead loved ones.
The telepathic parlor game called “willing” became popular. Mass telepathic experiments were undertaken in the United States and Britain.
Most often telepathy occurs spontaneously in incidents of crisis where a relative or friend has been injured or killed in an accident.
An individual is aware of the danger to the other person from a distance. Such information seems to come in different forms as in thought fragments like something is wrong; in dreams, visions, hallucinations, mental images, in clairaudience, or in words that pop into the mind.
Often such information causes the person, the receiver, to change is the course of action, such as changing his travel plans or daily schedule or to just call or contact the other person. Some incidents involve apparent telepathy between humans and animals.
Telepathy seems to be related to the individual’s emotional state. This is true of both the sender and receiver. Most women were receivers, as case findings showed, and one possible explanation is that women are more in touch with their emotions and rely on intuition more than men.
Geriatric telepathy is fairly common, this may be due, it is speculated, to the impairment of the senses with age.
Telepathy can be induced in the dream state.
It appears to be related to some biological factors: blood volume changes during telepathic sending and electroencephalogram monitoring show that the brain waves of the recipient change to match those of the sender.
Dissociative drugs adversely affect telepathy, but caffeine has a positive effect on it.
During his 1930 ESP experiments, J. B. Rhine also made some discoveries concerning telepathy: It was often difficult to determine whether information was communicated through telepathy, clairvoyance, or precognitive clairvoyance.
He concluded that telepathy and clairvoyance were the same psychic function manifested in different ways. Also, telepathy is not affected by distance or obstacles between the sender and the receiver.
A telepathic experiment conducted during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 proved distance is not a barrier. The experiment was not authorized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), nor was it announced until the mission was completed.
Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell conducted the experiment with four recipients on Earth, 150,000 miles below. Mitchell concentrated on sequences of twenty-five random numbers.
He completed 200 sequences. Guessing 40 correctly was the mean chance. Two of the recipients guessed 51 correctly. This far exceeded Mitchell’s expectations, but still was only moderately significant.
Although over the centuries various theories have been advanced to describe the functioning of telepathy, none seem to be adequate. Telepathy, like other psychic phenomena, transcends time and space.
The ancient Greek philosopher Democritus put forth the wave and corpuscle theories to explain telepathy. In the 19th century, the British chemist and physicist William Crookes thought telepathy rode on the radio- like brain waves.
Later in the 20th century, the Soviet scientist L. L. Vasiliev proposed the electromagnetic theory. The American psychologist Lawrence LeShan proposed that each person has his or her personal reality, and the psychics and mystics share separate ones from other people which allow them to access information not available to others.
In conclusion telepathy, like the other forms of psychic phenomena is elusive and difficult to test systematically. Enough evidence is available to reasonably substantiate the phenomenon does exist.
But, quantifying it seems to be another matter. The phenomenon is closely connected to the emotional states on both the sender and receiver which creates difficulty in replicating experimental results.
Attitudinal factors also influence the phenomenon. The best that researchers can hope for is to have supportive and receptive subjects in experiments that produce similar results.
Techniques, how to do
In this section, we will go through the steps required to practice voluntary Telepathy. Is it real? Just try the steps:
1. Sender And Receiver
We will need two people. One will be the Sender, who will attempt to transmit thoughts; the other will be the Receiver, who will attempt to receive the thoughts transmitted by the Sender.
Prior to the experiment, decide clearly if you are going to be the Sender or the Receiver. If you don’t, you both might end up being Receivers or Senders! Avoid that confusion.
For this article, we will assume that you are the Sender.
First of all, it is very important that the Sender and the Receiver both believe that Telepathy is possible. Even if the belief is not 100%, an open-minded attitude is a must.
In fact, it is best if the participants not only believe in Telepathy but also actually deeply desire it to occur. If you are a skeptic, and if the doors of your mind are closed, you will get very poor results.
3. Physical Relaxation
Telepathy is most effective when the Sender and the Receiver are both totally relaxed physically. Also, being in positive health makes you concentrate better. Try not to practice when you are unwell.
Relax yourself using any relaxation method you find best. You can either breathe deeply a couple of times or use the progressive relaxation method.
4. Mental Relaxation
Clear your mind of unwanted thoughts. Make your mind tranquil. Let thoughts come and go, but don’t get attached to them. Focus on your purpose.
Since you are the Sender, your focus will be to send your thoughts across. Your partner, the Receiver should focus his mind to be receptive to your thoughts.
Make sure that both of you do not have any distractions around. A disturbed environment will be detrimental to your progress. A calm and quiet environment will give maximum results.
Before beginning the transmission, it is important that the previous steps are well followed. They will set up the foundation for your success.
With your eyes shut, visualize a very clear picture of the Receiver. Imagine that he is a few feet away from you. Visualize him in full color.
Feel that he is actually there. If you want, you can even look at a colored picture of him before the experiment. This will help you visualize him properly.
Now imagine a silver tube connecting your mind and his mind. This tube is the channel through which your thoughts would be communicated to him. Visualize this tube to be full of energy. Know in your heart that this tube is very effective and will do the job well.
Please note that visualizing the tube is not a must. It is just a very effective aid to help you focus and gives your thoughts a well-defined direction. Instead of this tube, you can even visualize that you are talking to your friend over the telephone.
Now imagine that your thoughts are being transmitted through the tube – from your mind to his mind.
If you are thinking of transmitting a mental picture of an apple, visualize a bright, red, juicy apple traveling across our tube. Make the picture as vivid as possible. Charge the apple with emotion. Believe that Telepathy is real.
Desire that your thoughts reach your friend. Imagine the feeling you will have when you succeed. This is very crucial. Emotions are a very powerful trigger and give excellent results.
Very often, Telepathy experiments fail because the thoughts lack emotional charge. Make sure you do not strain yourself to send the thought. You have to be relaxed and composed.
7. When to stop
While you are sending your thoughts, there will be a moment when you will have a strong feeling that the thought has been transmitted.
This is an unmistakable feeling that cannot be faked. Whenever you get such a feeling, the job is done. This might take a few seconds to several minutes.
If even after 15 minutes, you do not get this feeling, you can abandon the experiment and try at a later date. Trying further will not help much because your mind would be exhausted.
8. The Receiver
Throughout the experiment, the Receiver should keep his mind blank and should try to receive the thoughts being sent by you.
He should avoid trying too hard. Forcing himself to sense what you are thinking will sabotage your attempts. His mind will be most receptive when he is relaxed and at ease.
He will get several impressions coming to his mind. He should keep a pen and paper next to him, and note down whatever thoughts come to his mind. He will probably feel that he is making things up. But that’s OK. This is how Telepathy works.
9. Compare results
Once you are through with your experiments, compare your results. Check all the impressions that the Receiver has written down.
Does it contain the thought that you tried to transmit? The more you practice, the more accurate results you will get.
10. Repeat the experiment
You should then repeat the experiment – either immediately or at a later date. If you have got some success, your confidence would be quite high and you would want to repeat it immediately.
But if there was no success, do not get discouraged and try the next day. Regular practice sessions are a must because only consistency will make you better.
You should also alternate between being the Receiver and the Sender. This will tell you what you are better at – Receiving or Sending.
Keep it short
Keep your experiments short, maybe 15 minutes or less. This will prevent boredom and fatigue. Your Telepathic ability is at its peak when you feel most energized.
One of the most important conditions of experimental telepathic work is patience. Don’t be discouraged if you do not find much success initially.
Any psychic experiment, including Telepathy, takes some practice before you see results. Once you practice for a few days, you will start getting more successes.
Stay aware from skeptics
Skeptics have got one purpose in life: To sidetrack believers. Stay away from such people because they will put doubt in your mind and will dampen your spirits.
Your results prove to you that Telepathy works. Skeptics will not help you much. Sharing your results with them will only discourage and hinder your accomplishments.
Only try to share your experiences with like-minded people, people who are positive and encouraging.
Exploring your own Telepathic abilities is an incredible journey. Although it will be fun and exciting, developing a strong foundation will take time and patience. Never expect too much success in the beginning.
But the good news is that Telepathy can be learned and cultivated very easily. With regular practice, you will become a Telepathy adept! You will always be correct in sending and receiving messages, with astounding clarity and accuracy.
*This article was originally published at www.themystica.com.