According to those who have seriously studied paranormal phenomena, telepathy lies at the core of them. Clairvoyance (now often called remote-viewing), precognition, apparitions, ‘visits from the dead’, etc, all seem to have telepathy underlying them.
Though disbelievers still like to claim that there is no evidence for telepathy, there is a mountain of evidence for it (read J.B. Rhine, A.N.M. Tyrrell, or Robert Van de Castle if you doubt that).
For some, the desire to reject telepathy seems to arise from a belief that believing in it is an unwelcome remnant from our prehistoric superstitious past. These people think we need to escape our past, not re-connect with it. They never seem to consider the possibility that our distant ancestors may have known things that we no longer know.
The change in our accumulated knowledge over time is not all increase. Much gets lost along the way.
But another reason for resistance may be that most people simply haven’t experienced telepathy themselves – or they think they haven’t.
The best way to experience telepathy, and know you have experienced it, is to examine your dreams.
By that, I mean in conjunction with someone else’s dreams. If you’re on intimate and happy terms with anyone – siblings, parents, spouses, friends or lovers – try exchanging accounts of your dreams each morning. You may be surprised by what you find.
For example, back in the 1980s I mentioned to my wife one morning that I’d had a dream in which I was walking down a road carry a bird cage in each hand, with beautiful birds in each one.
“Oh!” she replied, startled, “I dreamt that I saw you walking down a road with a bird cage in your hand!”
That’s when I became aware of telepathic dreams, or ‘shared dreams’ as they are sometimes called. But that doesn’t mean this was the first one that I’d had. Until then, I didn’t even know they were a possibility. For all I knew, I may have had telepathic dreams every night of my life.
Notice, by the way, that in my wife’s dream I had only one cage in my hand. This lack of a perfect match is a characteristic of telepathic dreams.
In another dream I dreamt of driving in a car with a brown rabbit on the seat beside me. The same night one of my daughters dreamt that she was riding in a car with several brown rabbits. But in her dream the car crashed into a tree, while there was no crash in mine.
That daughter and I would have a series of coincidental brown rabbit dreams over the next 2-3 years (two of them when she was living in New York and I in Toronto), then they stopped.
‘Shared dreams’ may not be confined to people close to you. Some years ago I was working on a temporary contract in an office where a woman and I had become attracted to each other. We had been avoiding each other for about two weeks, partly because of my dim view of office love (read The Shyness Guide if you want to know about that), and she for her own reasons.
Then one night I met her in a dream and we made love all night. It was a strong and vivid dream, and even though I woke up twice, which is my normal way of sleeping, when I returned to sleep the love-making resumed each time.
When I looked across the office towards her desk the next morning – a considerable distance – she was staring at me. A couple of times that day I discovered her again watching me.
Unfortunately, we never did get to know each other better, so I don’t know why she was suddenly paying more attention to me.
But don’t get carried away with this. Just because you dream about someone you’re attracted too, doesn’t mean you have connected with them, or that they want to connect with you. Wishful thinking is very common.
Apparently shared dreams don’t have to be confined to two people. In his book Our Dreaming Mind, psychologist Robert Van de Castle tells of a troop of Russian soldiers camped in an abandoned abbey, who, night after night, collectively dreamed of a big black threatening dog, frequently waking in terror and discussing their experience with each other.
Just imagine if sometime in the future we all recorded our dreams each morning, then they were compared through some AI program. There might be some big surprises.
Telepathic dreams could be, and should be, a doorway into telepathy research, but funding for such research was mostly shut down at the end of the 1970s. When it comes to anything considered even remotely ‘paranormal’ we’re living in a repressive time.
Anyway, If I had been in any doubt about the reality of telepathy, it ended when I discovered it in dreams. Why not take a look at them yourself?