4 Telepathy in action
Psychic transmission of information is very possible, and it can be easy, too. With relaxation and visualization, you can telepathically obtain information, communicate with friends and loved ones, and send your heartfelt requests into the Universe for their manifestation. One very well known technique which frequently has astonishing results is that of sending messages to someone. What you are actually doing is psychically attracting some other person's attention by sending a 'signal' to his or her mind. In telepathic exercises like these, there are certain conditions which give rise to a higher rate of success.
Telepathy in Action
One very well known technique which frequently has astonishing results is that of sending messages to someone. What you are actually doing is attracting some other person's attention by placing a 'signal' in his or her mind. In telepathic exercises like these, there are certain conditions which give rise to a higher rate of success. Obviously you should be relaxed and quiet. This gives you control over the conditions at your end of the contact. You cannot, however, assume that the person you wish to contact is in a receptive frame of mind. If he is very occupied with an animated discussion or argument, the message which you plant in his subconscious is unlikely to be noticed by his conscious mind. Remember, telepathy is not a conversation between two minds. If you are in a relationship with the person receiving the message, you are much more likely to be successful in communicating with them.
Rather, the sender is implanting a message in the subconscious of the receiver which he will only notice as an emotion or feeling. Thus, if you want someone to telephone you, he may indeed call after the mental signal has reached him, but he will not have done so because he knew you wanted him to ring. If you were to ask, you would probably be told: 'Oh, I just felt I had to ring you.' Equally, if you send a signal to a friend, asking him to bring a book for you to read, when he sees you he will say something like: 'I thought you might want this.' On the other hand, if you are transmitting an image to someone's mind, you may find that he has a mental flash of what you are sending. This will work best if both you and the receiver are at alpha; the results can then be really astounding - almost frightening.
Here is another telepathic technique. Next time you are in a situation where someone may be waiting to serve you - a waiter in a restaurant, say - take five deep breaths and visualize, as vividly as you can, the waiter turning round to look at you and walking across to your table. (You will probably find that it works better to start with if you close your eyes briefly.) Often when you do this, the waiter will indeed turn and look at you.
After you have been doing this for a while, your strength and ability to attract attention increase, so even if you do not succeed at first, keep trying.
I would like to think that is all there is to telepathy, but alas, such is not the case. Some people cannot visualize with their eyes open, and others are slightly embarrassed at closing them in case they achieve their objective so quickly that the waiter, say, gets across to them before they are aware of it! Of course such feelings quite destroy any chance you have of succeeding. So here is a different technique. Still in the same restaurant, take five deep breaths and imagine a string between you and the waiter. Imagine a pulse of energy collecting at your forehead and then travelling along the string to strike the waiter's head.
Dr Jean Burns gives a lovely description of what happens when someone receives a pulse. She describes an incident in a lecture room, when somebody had his hand up to ask a question, but the lecturer had not noticed. Dr Burns tried to help by sending a pulse to the lecturer to attract his attention. He jumped up into the air, spun a half circle and finished up looking straight at Dr Burns, who then pointed weakly to the man with the question!'
Such dramatic results do not always occur. It may be some time before either of these methods works consistently well, so you can aid the development of your skill by practising. If you have a friend who is willing to try, you could spend some time trying to send pulses to each other. It will function better if you are emotionally close to the person you work with, because you can then establish a good rapport. My experience suggests that the results will feel very pleasant. Whenever I have tried this, a deep feeling of peace has come over me and I have experienced a sensation of great calm. Very relaxing to describe. After a short time (say, two hours) you may well discover that the pulses become very clear and You are certain when one has been received because of a feeling you get in your mind - unique and very rewarding.
Either of those methods should eventually produce good results. Here is something else to try. Breathe deeply five times. Close your eyes while sitting comfortably in a chair with all the body supported, and visualize as clearly as possible a friend going to the telephone in his or her house, picking up the receiver and dialling your number. See every detail of the scene, in as bright and clear a picture as you can manage. Keep this up for at least ten minutes, and if your mind wanders, bring it back gently to the image. If you want to go to a deeper level of mind, count slowly down from ten to one and continue with the visualization. You may well be surprised when your friend rings you; do not be too downhearted if nothing happens, however he may be out, or concentrating on some work of his own. Keep trying.
Perhaps you are wondering if there is any way in which you can develop telepathic abilities while going about everyday business. The answer is - yes, by becoming more sensitive to the information that your subconscious is presenting to you. Normally your conscious activity excludes just about every impression your subconscious throws at you, unless it is a very powerful one such as fear or anger or sickness. Since all telepathic information is received subconsciously, it must go through a filtering process before it reaches awareness.
If you think about it for a minute, you will realize that not all the information received by our normal sense organs manages to reach our minds - a radio or television in the background is filtered out after a while because the brain realizes that it is of no importance. But if there was an announcement of a rail or air crash which could have invoIved one of your family, your attention is immediately switched back on to it.
Clearly something was listening all the time, but the conscious mind was not aware of it. And I have already mentioned how one hears one's own name at a party amongst all the indistinguishable background noise. So by learning to be more responsive to, or aware of, the information coming from the subconscious, the chance of noticing information received psychically is greatly improved.
Basically there are two ways of doing this. Here they are. Learning to be aware of impressions Sit quietly in a chair and let mental activity decrease as much as possible. Focus your attention on the weight of your body pressing onto the chair - can you feel the chair seat and back? Mentally examine each place where you feel your body touching the chair, and assess whether you usually notice these sensations when you are sitting down. Slowly shift your attention to the feeling of the clothes resting loosely on your skin. Can you distinguish between cotton and wool or man-made fibre? See if you can pick out the pattern on the surface of the material.
Now try and feel any movement of air across the skin; perhaps it is moving the hairs on your arms and legs. Does one side of your face feel warmer than the other, and is this accompanied by brighter light from one side or the other? Finally bring into your picture the sensations in your feet and legs - how do your clothes touch your body? What are the sensations in your feet where they touch the ground? If you have been able to focus clearly on each of these feelings, try to assimilate them so that you are aware of all of them at the same time. Hold your impressions for two or three minutes.
Once you have become adept at this exercise (and you will be surprised how quickly your skill develops if you practise two or three times a day), it is helpful to develop your awareness still further by concentrating on the sensations being received by your other senses - what can you smell, taste and hear?
Probably there are all sorts of noises in the background which are unfamiliar to you. Try to identify them by listening carefully; at the same time see if you can keep awareness of all the impressions you noticed in the first half of the exercise. Most people find it very difficult to keep awareness at such a high level. If you do not succeed, do not be concerned. The very act of trying will enable you to listen more carefully to impressions from the subconscious.
A variation of the technique above relates to emotions and feelings. I sometimes find myself noticing a tenseness, irritation or uneasiness growing in certain situations. Next time this happens to you, do not ignore it or avoid it by frantically throwing your attention into some other activity.
Stop what you are doing and analyse the way you feel. See whether the sensation is located in one part of your body. Examine your attitude and try to place the emotion you feel - is it jealousy, fear, anger, sadness or what? Be especially careful to examine whether the emotion is directed against yourself or somebody else. You can also try an exercise in awareness when you are having a conversation. See if you can identify the emotions and feelings, thoughts and impressions that cross your mind. These are what always make up those familiar feelings: 'I disliked him from the moment I met him' or 'It was love at first sight'.
By trying these simple self-awareness exercises, you will increase your awareness of parts of your mind normally inaccessible to you; in fact you will come to realize how little of your mind is used consciously. One example which illustrates the point should be familiar to many readers. When I took my young children out into the country to look at a waterfall, they quickly became bored despite the glorious sunshine, the reflections on the water, the rainbows produced in the spray, and all the other sights and sounds. While we adults were looking and listening, finding our attention fully occupied, the children were saying, 'Daddy, can we go and play? There's nothing to do here.'
This was because their awareness is only advanced in matters which directly concern them - while adult awareness tends to be high when the self is not involved. Think back to the last time you were unjustly reprimanded by your superior at work. I would imagine all you were aware of was a blank mind with a feeling of outrage and anger. At such an emotional moment, you were almost certainly unaware of other thoughts and feelings in your mind: your attention was directed totally towards your own feelings of anger or outrage. In fact a system has been proposed for the classification of areas in which self awareness is lacking: these are called inclusion, control and affection areas.'
Inclusion areas of life are basically those in which there is the possibility of being accepted (or rejected) by a group. You would be classed as having a lack of self-awareness in inclusion situations if you could not face a group of people because of shyness. The shyness is actually based on a fear of rejection by other people, but you are unaware of this. All you will experience is the feeling of trepidation at the thought of meeting new people.
Another example is the person who talks too much - he is doing this because of a subconscious fear that people may not find him interesting. Although he is aware of himself talking, he does not know why he is saying so much, nor is he aware of how people around him are responding. Once again, his awareness is limited to only one part of the feelings in his mind.
Control areas are concerned with life situations where leadership is called for. Most people work below somebody and above others; but a person who lacks self-awareness in this field of life may want to lead all the time. He may be a domineering type, always aggressively putting forward his own plans and adopting a commanding attitude. Other people may have the opposite problem - they wish to be led, and are unable to control their lives. Often a person like this will feel a complete failure when he makes an ordinary mistake. He lacks awareness of how he creates problems for himself and is unable to go back to a problem and start again.
The third area is affection. Many people have difficulty expressing their feelings for other people, or coming to terms with the fact that not everybody is going to like them. Often people do not realize that they are preventing themselves getting close to others because they fear rejection. Someone who lacks self-awareness in this area of life may behave offensively or excessively amiably. In neither case does he really allow people to come close to him, because he cannot handle a fear of rejection after affection has been shown. What is most upsetting is that he does not even realize how he is behaving, let alone why, and often wonders why he is lonely.
You will find that a few minutes' analysis of the day before you go to sleep can be very revealing. You can come to realize why you feel as you do in these situations, and after a time you will find that an awareness of your feelings will aid your relationships with others. However, as far as psychic work is concerned, cultivation of awareness is important because you will come to notice and identify the impressions which your subconscious mind presents to you much more easily.
Listening to your subconscious
The section on consciousness has probably helped you to see the functions of the subconscious mind more easily. To recap, it is the part of the brain which works constantly, even when we are asleep, by controlling breathing, heart rate, gut movements and so on. (Breathing and other subconscious functions can be con- trolled consciously as well, of course; but when you are asleep, the subconscious has complete control of your - body.) Additionally, it processes information and acts as a filter for the conscious i iind. Sometimes you will have been trying to remember a name or place, but been quite unable to recall it.
Doubtless it has popped into your consciousness quite unexpectedly later on, after it was needed. This is because the subconscious has been working through the memory to find what you require. Also, it is why you often choose to 'sleep on a problem' - by the time you wake up, the subconscious has a neatly prepared answer ready. I have mentioned that all psychic information is received in the subconscious and there is the danger that you might not notice if it were to be presented to the conscious mind. Here is an example of this effect. I keep my car keys on a ring which also holds keys for my parents' and brother's cars. They all look similar, so I mark my own with white paint. This is no use at night of course.
After I started the exercises described in this chapter, a remarkable thing began to happen. At first I was unaware of it, but after some time, I stopped to focus on the new sensation that felt each time I unlocked the door. I realized that I was getting a quite unexpected and vivid flash in my mind, in the form of a thought - 'Not that one'- each time I picked up the wrong key. This was always right until I started consciously thinking: is the wrong one.' Obviously this kind of conscious thought does not relate in any way to information received physically.
After I made an effort to stop the thoughts, the 'flashes' came back and they are still 100 per cent correct. I wonder how much 'inspiration' is the product of one's own mind, and how much is psychically received from other individuals? If you make an effort to listen to your subconscious you should be able to repeat this experience. One way is to listen out for strong signals from the subconscious. If a thought flashes into your mind unexpectedly, don't ignore it; follow it up and see if it is of any use and, if possible, whether it is accurate or not. This is especially true if you have a pronounced fear of something or other such as a fear of intimacy which prevent you from establishing good relationships.
Then ask yourself a mental question related to that subject. The answer will be the first thing that comes into your mind, although it may not be as clear as you hope. This once happened to a colleague of mine. He had been told that his father was in hospital, and had travelled straight to the hospital from work, without knowing what the problem was. When he arrived, he met the doctor, introduced himself and asked, 'What is the problem?' As he later told me, before the doctor spoke, he had a clear impression of somebody stuck in a doorway, shouting 'Shut the door' as it shook violently on its hinges. I can imagine how he felt when the doctor told him that his father had a valve in his heart that was not closing properly.
This type of experience is much more common than generally realized, and so you should make an effort to notice all the subconscious impressions which break through to your awareness. In the next chapter, we shall explore more ways that you can develop ESP, particularly through dream analysis. Since the conscious mind is less active during sleep, this provides a way in which everybody can get in touch with their 'psychic power'.