The Truth about Telepathy


While I wish that telepathy was as magical and phenomenal as I thought it was when I was a kid, the truth is that it’s just an animal instinct we all have. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has done a lot of work on this, and if you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend reading his books. On his website, he states “My research on telepathy in animals (summarized in my book Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home and published in detail in a series of papers (listed here) led me to see telepathy as a normal, rather the paranormal, phenomenon, an aspect of communication between members of animal social groups. The same principles apply to human telepathy, and I have investigated little explored aspects of human telepathy, such as telepathy between mothers and babies, telephone telepathy (thinking of someone who soon afterwards calls) and email telepathy.”

Despite the fact that telepathy is more of an instinct than a super power, it’s still fun to see it in action. I’m thrilled every time I hear my cat Coco meowing when I open the door, not to my apartment, but to the building I live in. How does she know it’s me? Telepathy! I used to know my mom was coming home when I was little because I could hear her heels and I knew her walk, but Coco knows it’s me even when I’m in ballet slippers. It’s remarkable.

Children are super telepathic. I was astounded the other day when I had Ivan, my 7 month old baby, on the changing table. I thought I heard my husband come in through the front door, but I wasn’t sure. The next thing you know, Ivan turned and looked towards the doorway of his room as if Ryan was there. I looked too, but he wasn’t. Literally 10 seconds later, though, he came in. Ivan literally sensed his presence!

My friend has two little girls who are extremely telepathic. The other day, she was driving the car with her girls in the back seat, wondering what to pick up for dinner. She knew they’d be passing a McDonald’s on the way home and pondered taking a different route, because once the girls saw McDonald’s, they’d beg her to get it for dinner, and she thought “I can’t let them have that – it’s not healthy.” The next thing you know, her 4 year old piped up: “Mama, we shouldn’t eat at McDonald’s, because that food’s not good for you, is it.” They hadn’t even passed McDonald’s, and my friend hadn’t uttered a single word about what she was thinking: her daughter literally picked up her thought and carried it through as though they had been having a verbal conversation.

Some people worry about telepathy because it makes them fearful that someone will go in and read their mind, accessing their private thoughts. But it doesn’t work like that. You’d have to be a pretty nasty, manipulative person if your motive was to find out what everyone was thinking so you could use it either against them or for your own gain, and it would take a lot, lot, lot of hard, focused effort to get to be that good at it. Luckily, most people are too lazy for that. They’d rather just be wicked by scheming or blowing stuff up.

If you approach telepathy with a pure, ethical mindset, and a sense of delight and fun, it can serve to protect you and just help you to be more aware of what’s going on around you. You’ll be able to sense how your friends and family are doing, and in turn be able to respond to them more intuitively. You can develop a knowing, a sense, of the subtle underlying energy of things, and this will help you respond to the world around you with more grounded awareness.

To develop your telepathy, just set the intention to become more conscious of, and responsive to, the energetic world around you. You can test yourself by guessing who’s calling when you hear your phone ring, or when you get a text or email alert. Try and sense what kind of mood your boss will be in when you get to work, or what your family will want for dinner. Rupert Sheldrake has developed some fun online telepathy tests you can access here. All it takes is practice, because telepathy is an instinct. You just have to work on it until you get the hang of it.