"Telepathy" is derived from the Greek meaning ("distant")
The psychic phenomena by which communication occurs between minds, or mind-to-mind communication. Such communication includes thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations and mental images. 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.
Have you ever received a phone call or email from someone right after you were thinking about that person? Or how often have you imagined correctly who is on the other end of the phone when it rings?
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.
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
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 a 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.
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.
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. Telepathy is direct transference of thought from one person (sender or agent) to another (receiver or percipient) without using the usual sensory channels of communication, hence a form of extrasensory perception (ESP). While the existence of telepathy has not yet been proved, some parapsychological research studies have produced favourable results using such techniques as card guessing with a special deck of five sets of five cards. The agent may simply think of a random order of the five card symbols while the percipient tries to think of the order on which the agent is concentrating.
Some parapsychologists turned to free response experimental formats where the target was not limited to a small finite predetermined set of responses (e.g., Zener cards), but rather could be any sort of picture, drawing, photograph, movie clip, piece of music etc.
A telepathic experiment conducted during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 proved distance is not a barrier. The experiment was not authoris ed 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.
Telepathy, like othe r psychic phenome na, transcends time and space. In the 19th century, the British chemist and physicist William Crookes, thought telepathy rode on radio- like brain waves. Later in the 20th century the Soviet scientist L. L. Vasilies 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 connect ed to the emotional states on both the sender and receiver , which creates difficulty in repl icating experimental results. I believe everybody with practice can do this. Have a go at the following exercise.
Make yourself comfortable, be still and quite with no interruptions and with eyes closed. I want you to imagine a ball of light in the centre of your brain, focus on this light, concentrate on making this light brighter and brighter until the brightness of it covers your entire head. Then imagine the light expanding out, covering your entire body. You may actually feel this light traveling down each arm and leg.
Do this exercise now before you finish reading this article.
Did you 'see' in your imagination the light filling your entire body? If you did, you may notice that your head became a bit warmer from all this. Could it be that by creating a light with your imagination you were in fact creating an actual energy? One of the results of light is warmth, and the feeling of warmth should suggest to you that the light you created with your mind is very real.
It should also be noted that really ANYTHING you create with your mind has a possibility to become real. I always like to physically take a body temperature reading before and after a mind experiment. You would be shocked to see it rise. This is similar to the colour experiment I conducted in the features page. Have a go and see what your reaction is.