Telepathy, a form of extrasensory perception (ESP), is the direct communication between two living beings on a level that is void of written or verbal communication or the use of the five senses. One is considered the “sender” or “transmitter,” and the other is the “receiver.” Telepathy is not limited to humans. It occurs between animals and between humans and animals. The term telepathy was coined in 1882, by Fredric W. H. Myers, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research. In the field of parapsychology, telepathy and forms of ESP fall under the category of psi-gamma. Telepathy is divided into three different types.
1. Physical – Sensations of hunger, pain or illness occur spontaneously.
2. Mental – Communication and visualization occur between individuals without any physical media.
3. Emotional – Individuals may feel different levels of depression, excitement or fear, without explanation.
“Telepathy” is derived from the Greek terms tele (“distant”) and pathe (“occurrence” or “feeling”). 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 previous used terms such as the French “communication de pensees,” “thought-transference,” and “thought-reading.”
In its earliest forms, telepathy appears to be instinctive. However, it can be developed further with practice. A widely used test for telepathy is done using Zener cards (five groups each of five like cards). Each card contains an image of either a circle, cross, square, star or wavy line. The 25 cards are shuffled and kept out of sight from the individual being tested. The subject is then asked to give the identity of the card. A scoring system of how many correct card matches made by the subject determines his/her level of telepathy. For example, a score of 10 correct out of 25 indicates some form of telepathy.
Another way to practice the development of telepathy is to sit with another individual. One person acts as the sender and the other as the receiver. Both individuals need to become centered and grounded and clear their minds. They should sit back to back or across from each other at a table. The sender chooses either images or a deck of playing cards, or simply thinks of something. The receiver tries to determine which card, image or thought is coming from the sender. With practice, it has shown that many individuals can achieve a higher level of telepathy.