TelepathyTelepathy - a person's awareness of another's thoughts, without any communication through normal sensory channels.
"When a man addresses another from a distance he has to speak more loudly. If he is close he can whisper into his ear. If it were possible to come into close contact with the spirit of the soul he would need no speech. All he wanted to say would reach the hearer by a soundless way." - Psellus
"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 descrbed the phenomenon better than previous used terms such as the French "communication de pensees," "thought-transference," and "thought-reading."
Research interest in telepathy had its beginning in mesmerism. The magnetists discovered that telepathy was among the so-called "higher-phenomena" observed in magnetized subjects, who read the thoughts of the magnetists and carried out the unspoken instructions.
Soon other psychologists and psychiatrists were observing the same phenomena in their patients. Sigmund Fraud noticed it so often that he son had to address it. He termed it a regressive, primitive faculty that was lost in the course of evolution, but which still had the ability to manifest itself under certain conditions. Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung thought it more important. He considered it a function of synchronicity (1). Psychologist and philosopher William James was very enthusiastic toward telepathy and encouraged more research be put into it.
When the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was founded in 1885, after the SPR in 1884, 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. The French physiologist Charles Richet introduced mathematical chance to the tests, and also discovered that telepathy occurred independent of hypnotism.
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 United States and Britain.
Telepathy is about communicating mind-to-mind, making someone feel or think something from far away, without the use of sounds or symbols or anything else but bare thought. There are some things in life that are hard to explain outside of telepathy : think, for instance, of how our mothers seem to be able to make us feel guilty no matter how far away we might be. Telepathy is said to come in several forms : telepathic impression (planting an message, image, or word into someone else's mind), mind reading (copying, but not interfering with, what's going on in someone else's mind), mental communication (a wireless phone of the mind, but without the bills) and as a medium for mind control
If telepathic ability does exist in all or even some of us, could it be that we're to relate to each other based on trust and cooperation and love rather than by the knowledge of reading minds or the power of planting thoughts? And what of symbolism, visual art, literature, and the art of speech, once the mind can go straight to what the artist is conveying?