The corniest example of ‘telepathy’ is seen in couples that seem to know what the other is thinking, even before something is said. I’ve had my own fair share of telepathic synchronicities and I wanted to give this metaphysical subject some space on the blog. Let’s dive in!
When I first wrote this article, some examples of a telepathic connection that personally happened were:
- Wanting to eat a specific food, and my mom preparing it for dinner, without me mentioning it to her!
- Walking with a friend, and thinking about ending the walk, only to find them saying so too.
- On a long drive, thinking about halting for a pee break, and another friend immediately saying the same thing aloud.
- Thinking about drinking water and my roommate handing me a water bottle the very next moment.
It makes one wonder – was it a coincidence, or is something deeper happening that we can’t explain because we don’t understand it yet?
Let’s take a step back and talk about the origin of our thoughts.
To get to the topic of telepathy, we need to explore a few other concepts first.
Have you ever noticed where your thought originated from? Sometimes, we latch onto a thought and begin creating more thoughts generated from this original thought.
For example, one day, you might wonder what you will have for dinner, and then immediately remember you haven’t met your friend in a while, so you should plan dinner together sometime.
So then, you wonder why your friend hasn’t talked to you in a while.
And then, you create your own conclusions about how they’ve ‘changed’ or that they’re probably mad at you. BAM!
Broken dinner plans for tonight.
Now you’re in a bad mood, perhaps even experiencing a trigger of abandonment issues. You may continue to think more disappointing thoughts now.
It’s an endless cycle, you see? And in this case – a downward spiral.
Side note: If you tend to spiral down like the example above, or have lots of negative thoughts, you’ll love the masterclass I recently put up: Building Mental Fitness.
But here’s where metaphysics kicks in.
As Buddha said, we are not our thoughts.
Thoughts come and go. So what is happening?
Based on the “frequency” with which we are functioning at any given point of time, a Thought Bubble (as spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle calls them) will be interpreted accordingly.
For instance, let’s say that you are observing a fender-bender. The person that got rammed would probably be very angry and their thoughts are about blaming the offender, worrying about fixing the damage, etc. Their thoughts might run for hours or days.
On the other hand, the person that caused the damage might be very scared or anxious. Their thoughts might be revolving around getting out of this sticky situation without charges. Maybe their inner critic has also heightened and they’re blaming themselves internally, and this experience also stays in their heads for hours or days.
However, you, as the observer are at your own frequency and might experience initial shock but will probably let it go within a few minutes, as you pass by.
Now let’s come back to what the Buddha said (and then to our conversation about telepathy).
In this example, the original thought was “fender bender”. And based on different experiences and worldviews, the consequent thoughts might vary.
So… these thoughts that Buddha called ‘coming and going’ are really just bubbles of energy.
When they pass through our inner filter, we experience them as good or bad.
Now what is the relation between Thought Bubbles and Telepathy?
When two people spend time together and are getting along well – their “frequency” is beginning to align. Therefore, amongst the different thought bubbles present in a space, sometimes, two people may catch the same one at the same time, and look at it in the same way.
There, at that moment, they might experience a telepathic connection and think, oh my, you can read my mind!
I, therefore, define telepathy as: Our original thought is not only received at the same time, it’s received in the same way.
Of course, this isn’t limited to geographic proximity. Our intuitive awareness also plays a big role in helping us predict who is calling without seeing the caller ID, or instinctively knowing to reach out to a sick friend without knowing they need us.
Also, this concept can be explored from a neuroscientific lens. There’s something called the Mirror Neuron Effect. When we are REALLY in tune with somebody’s thoughts, we can even experience our neurons involuntarily echoing their behavior. It looks like this:
- Our body language might change to mirror theirs’,
- We will feel their emotional response to the situation and soak it up,
- We might use the same vocabulary as theirs’,
- And so on…
This leads me to the next question.
Can You Train to Read Someone’s Mind?
So, you want to become like Edward Cullen? *wink*
If you’re like me, you may have seen one of those videos about a mind reader demonstrating their craft on stage. How do they do that? I honestly haven’t dived into that! It’s not something I aspire for. And a part of me feels skeptical because I know from my parallel education in hypnosis that a lot of the stage shows around “mind magic” are staged.
We can’t gain control over someone’s mind, at least not in the ways demonstrated on TV!
Even the metaphysical books by Dr. Michael Newton confirm that our thoughts are private, even when we’re connecting with our spirit guides and soul family.
But I do believe that the following factors can help us become better at attuning to someone’s mind:
- Our emotional connection with them,
- The relationship we have with our own intuition,
- Our ability to understand projections, trauma, triggers, etc. (dedicated article here)
Closing Thoughts (pun intended)
While I love to dabble in the metaphysical world, I also realize that our minds can only go so far. Sometimes, it’s hard to explain something logically and I have come to appreciate the Universe’s out-of-reachness in those moments!
Do you believe that telepathy is real? Can we explain how telepathic connections happen?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Vasundhra is the Founder & Writer of My Spiritual Shenanigans. After seeing 11:11 on the clock one fateful night, her life turned around. Ever since, she has been blending modern psychology and ancient spirituality, to help herself and people around the world elevate the quality of their lives.
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