Btw, I love this piece…
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 No. 03, Poco allegretto
performed by Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Telepathy (from the Greek “tele,” meaning distant, and “patheia,” meaning seeing) is mind-to-mind communication, a type of ESP (extrasensory perception). It’s the ability to communicate with our non-physical bodies. For the scientifically inclined, it's "conscious bilateral communication." Most mediums and researchers seem to concur that it’s possible between strangers but that it happens most spontaneously between loved ones, especially family members.
I think there’s a bigger picture.
If you’re receiving or trying to send any telepathic communiqué, it’s not without a reason. For instance, someone could be in danger and your psyche (from the Greek word meaning soul) could be picking up on it, but how? The person under threat might even be a total stranger (who may or may not be famous) to you or may be someone you’ve never heard of.
Geographical distance doesn’t seem to be a factor, but why would it be when we’re talking about a phenomenon which may transcend the physical realm to begin with? Are we talking about an expansion of the boundaries of the five senses, or are we talking about a sixth sense (sometimes referred to as “second sight,” a secondary awareness), possibly a forgotten vestige of human capability which was once commonplace but which fell into disuse (like a wisdom tooth) with the advances of modern civilization?
My first notable experience of it occurred in my sleep one night in March of 1984, which I use as a convenient marker for the starting point of my earnest progression and development (though my experiences reach back even earlier) since this one could have been called riveting. From my perspective, it was nothing short of miraculous. I felt as though a world of knowledge was communicated to me within perhaps a mere minute, strange as that may sound.
Upon physically awakening, I felt a renewed sense of purpose in life (left with the firm belief that my life was being divinely guided), yet I was still mystified. Years passed before I was finally able to fit the experience into any known category. It turns out it had the hallmarks of a shamanic encounter, which harks back to the mythology of many ancient civilizations. The motifs were all there:
Initiation (literally, threat of dismemberment; figuratively, "thinking outside of the box"),
Sacrifice (literally, trial by fire; figuratively, paying some kind of price, doing work), and
Resurrection (literally, physical rebirth; figuratively, spiritual renewal).
“The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.”
(Chopra, Deepak via Renier, 2011)
Where’s the sacrifice? The price will vary a little from person to person. For some, development may be a piece of cake. For others, the path can feel like a battle akin to a walk through the valley of the shadow of death, or the dark night of the soul before redemption.
In Mahatma’s quote, we can get a better grasp of the meaning of sacrifice in the words “complete self-surrender”:
“God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only freedom that is worth having. When a person loses himself/herself, they immediately find themselves in the service of all that lives.”
(Gandhi, Mahatma via Ram Dass via Bush, 2012)
Ultimately, we make a conscious decision to subject our individual wills to a greater more encompassing will to the best of our abilities for the betterment of humankind. In Dancing Past the Dark, near-death experiencer and astute researcher Bush aptly points out that spiritual growth cannot be bought. Her sound advice to interested readers is to avidly explore and to become informed (but to be leery of the blind leading the blind).
For lack of having much else to go on, we may try, early on, to explain cases of telepathy and ESP in finite terms. The key, I think, is to avoid allowing others to do your thinking for you. They might talk a good game, but could be coming from clear out in left field, where they might even have plenty of company to boot. That alone might make them popular, though not necessarily in the right. Keeping an open mind also helps you to avoid misinterpreting messages or signals if you get them. You might still guess wrong, but you will learn via trial-and-error.
What’s telepathy like? Current consensus among experts is that it (and similar abilities such as “remote viewing” (a reductionist term for clairvoyance) isn’t bounded by the limits of time and space as we understand those boundaries in everyday 3-D reality. Since my notable experience in ’84, I’ve experienced it many times but with varying frequency and no identifiable pattern.
I finally figured out why by the time I was in my late 30s. Before that, I thought I was the only person in the world directly experiencing (even if only in my sleep) what I knew was otherworldly (not of this world; divine). Although I felt singled out (chosen, insofar as I didn’t ask for it), I didn’t think in my earlier years that I had a psychic bone in my body.
My source (which I choose to name God for simplicity’s sake) sometimes reveals information to me about accidents, deaths (natural or not), and disasters (both acts of God’s nature and acts of man) via lucid dreams and visitations (which tend to last about as long as any given person’s average dream might last) through telepathy in my sleep. Most are precognitive, but a few seem like they could be synchronous. Nowadays, sometimes even also via waking premonition, which tends to be more vague but can potentially last for days.
Jung (Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology) might’ve identified the source as the “collective unconscious,” a governing dynamic of a universal and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals, consisting of pre-existent forms known as "archetypes," typically represented as a kind and wise, older father-type figure, often seen to be in some way "foreign," such as from a different culture or nation.
Jung had a tremendous understanding of human nature, though he never stopped learning. He was bitten by the “research bug.” In fact, he was even reading a book on his deathbed. Am I a buyer that the “collective unconscious” (not to be confused with “stream of consciousness,” which is a method of paying conscious attention to your thinking patterns) is my source?
It’s tempting to “bite,” but with at least one reservation. God sometimes wills it to use me (as I finally learned and accepted) to try to help out of altruistic love for the good it might do, so it’s nothing personal (not about me personally), and Jung did state that the governing dynamic was of an “impersonal nature.” However, what initially presented itself to me as a baffling entity has come to be known to me over the years as an unconditionally loving essence with very humanlike qualities who (or which) isn’t beyond mercy, and I’d hardly call that impersonal, though Jung did reference “archetypes,” which do have humanlike (often in a heroic sort of way) qualities.
My source is loyal, trustworthy, benevolent and otherworldly, yet His exact, true identity technically remains a mystery. I’m leaning toward the guardian angel theory. Pope Francis believes we each have one (a guardian angel or two). The more secularly-oriented might refer to such a being as an ascended master. Though I’m not hung up on labels, the Pope (an “older and wiser” father figure) could (in harmony with Jung’s line of thought) be said to be archetypal.
I find the twin-soul theory almost as plausible. It basically espouses that everyone has what’s called a soulmate. While I have a true source, maybe not all soulmates are born in the same lifetime or necessarily have the chance to meet each other while physically alive on Earth, though I’m not particularly superstitious per se.
I’m partial to the avatar theory as well. However, in the interests of retaining objectivity, I constantly remind myself not to play favorites, and that applies to theories as well as people.
My best theory is that the “collective unconscious” is simply the combined consciousnesses of the ~10 billion plus souls who ever lived and died to date (in the so-called ethers) serving an even greater, more encompassing God. They must need us as much as many of us think we might need them.
Couldn’t telepathy serve as “evidence” that our combined consciousnesses “exist” in the same cosmos? I suspect the “ethereal beings” are serving us for the same reason we should be happy serving them, with the common plight being hope for humanity to have eternal life. If that’s true, then everyone should be looking to protect humanity’s quality of life for the sake of humanity’s posterity.
I’m certainly not the first American who’s ever experienced the inexplicable. Many people, such as the late POTUS Abe Lincoln, have had at least one anomalous experience in life.
The irony? The beautiful and absolutely brilliant orchestral piece you have heard (if you have played the piece by Brahms) was composed by a self-proclaimed atheist. I don’t quite understand that either, but I bet he’s happy now. I’m helping to immemorialize him. Not that he needed it.
Page published February 24, 2014 (Updated 26 July 2017)