“I wish, I could read your mind”. This is a phrase we have almost all said or thought at some point. No matter how well we know our loved ones or friends, what is going on in their brains remains unknown to us. This seems to be the ultimate boundary of our knowledge about the other person. But is the thought of the other an unreachable realm?
No, not at all. We know there is empathy, the emotional intelligence that turns somebody sensitive to the emotionality of a different person. But there is also telepathy, namely the “art of distant perception” as the word suggests. And this sounds really mesmerizing!
For some scientists, the attempt to reach the ability of telepathy is purely pseudoscience. Yet, interestingly enough, mainstream science still researches the phenomenon, as you can also see in the video below:
Indeed, telepathy has captivated the interest of scientists and artists. Personalities such as Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley or Oscar Wilde experimented with it. The interesting historical work of Roger Luckhurst called The Invention of Telepathy: 1870-1901 shows the early fascination for telepathy. And the enthusiasm about it is ongoing.
The Astral Senses
The senses we traditionally refer to are five: Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) – see more here in Psychic Powers. Still, the human being also possesses two more kinds of senses that belong to subtler forms of understanding and reasoning. While the five senses are connected with the physical body, there are also senses that have to do with the astral body. These are the “astral senses”. The astral senses are the counterparts of the physical senses on the level of the astral body. These are bound with intuition, creation and emotions.
One may claim that only the physical senses are true and everything else is “hogwash”. Yet, think of the fact that our senses may deceive us. Colors are impressions of certain light waves, they do not really exist themselves. Without astronomy and telescopes and the human intellect, it would be impossible to conclude that the Earth is a sphere solely by means of senses. There are things we do not see which exist, like X-Rays, radio waves or bacteria. So, senses do not deliver an unmistakable image of the world.
The lost senses
For a trained person, the astral senses complete the physical ones. Such a person can shift from the physical to the astral body without making a sharp distinction between the two levels.
To the five senses we must add two more senses: (1) the sense of the presence of other living things; and (2) the telepathic sense[i]. These senses are found in higher forms of animals and in all human beings. Yet, the civilized man does not make of these senses and in fact even the rest of our senses are nowadays not as acute as they were in previous stages. This is because what we may call “logic” or reasoning does not help sharpen our senses and our mental powers. So, what we should do is not to develop but to re-awake these senses we already have at our disposal.