If you've ever felt able to read someone's thoughts, had a strong "feeling" about someone, or just "known" that something is about to happen shortly before it does, then you're probably telepathic.
But what is telepathy exactly? Is it for real or is it all just in the mind?
Scenario one: The phone rings. You answer it. Your first words are: "Hi, I was just about to call you!"
Scenario 2: You're thinking about an old friend - someone you haven't seen for ages. Later that day, you bump into them.
Scenario 3: For no apparent reason, you can't stop thinking about a certain relative. You call them, only to discover they're ill.
How many of the above scenarios are familiar to you? Chances are, at least one of them. There's often no obvious explanation for why these things happen. They just happen... It's simply coincidence. Or is there more to it than that?
There is a belief that all humans are born with the ability to communicate without the use of words, expressions or gestures; by the power of thought alone; by telepathy...
Telepathy is defined as the direct transmission of thoughts from one mind to another without using any of the five commonly-recognised senses (i.e. sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch).
In the prehistoric times, the basic survival instincts of our distant ancestors employed natural telepathy. If you've ever had the feeling that someone's watching you, you'll understand exactly how our ancestor cavemen (and women) felt, but back then it was more likely to be a sabre tooth tiger than an old lady in the bus queue doing the staring!
The word "telepathy" was first coined in 1882 by Frederic Myers, founder member of the Society for Psychical Research. He was keen to investigate the idea that human beings could communicate mind-to-mind. Despite doing many experiments, he didn't come up with any significant proof, most results being attributed to chance. Over the years, however, more evidence is mounting for the existence of telepathy as our "sixth sense", and many people experience the phenomena at some point.
Telepathy seems to work best when there's a strong link between the people concerned. Close friends, parent and child, or siblings (twins especially) seem to be most likely to be able to communicate this way. In certain circumstances, telepathy is triggered by a painful emotional or physical event. If the telepathically-connected pair are apart and one person is suffering, the other may feel their pain or get a strong feeling that there's something wrong.
There have been some fantastic recorded cases of telepathy. When writer Jane Goldman was researching her new book The X-Files Book Of The Unexplained, she was inundated with tales of telepathy. "One woman told me about the time she was at a restaurant with friends, having lunch, when out of the corner of her eye, she saw her son pass by the window. She was amazed - her son lived miles away - and immediately dashed out to see him. When she got outside, he was nowhere to be seen and she just presumed he'd disappeared into the crowds. She was mystified, so immediately went to a telephone and tapped out his number. When she got though, her son's wife was in floods of tears, saying she'd been trying to call to let her know that her he'd had a motorbike accident and was unconscious. The son survived and amazingly told her that while he was unconscious he had a "dream" of seeing his mother eating in a restaurant! The woman had never had an experience like it before and put it down to the fact that she and her son had always been very close."
Despite there being many well-documented cases of telepathy, many scientists are still dubious about its existence. But as time goes by, ESP is being taken increasingly seriously. There are various theories as to what telepathy actually is. In an attempt to explain it, prominent psychic researcher Dame Edith Lyttelton once said: "Telepathy does not merely bridge space, it annihilates it - space becomes an irrelevance."
Funny - I was just about to say that...
How To Send A Telepathic Message
Becoming telepathic is likely to be a gradual process. If you've had no experience of telepathy, it probably won't happen overnight. If you want to try to develop your telepathic skills, however, you should start by trying out some mind-to-mind communication. Here's how...