Not too long ago, I was typing on my computer and out of nowhere, I thought of a friend I hadn't spoken with in some time. As I sat at the computer, I didn’t see a photo of her or scroll past her name on my email contact list. The thought of her simply “popped” into my mind, so I decided at that moment to send her an email to say, “Hello.” Within a few minutes of my email, she responded. This is the email response I received from her, "Your ears must have been burning because I was just talking about you to my husband and just saying I haven't seen you."
Time and time again, many of us have heard this statement or made a statement to indicate the surprising occurrence of being contacted by someone just as you think of them. The typical response is to delegate this event as mere coincidence. However, how could so many of us have this particular “coincidence” so often?
“Anecdotal evidence of telepathy is really quite overwhelming, even if we can't come up with a repeatable scientific test to confirm it. The mother who is instantly aware that her daughter has had an accident, the person who thought about someone they haven't seen in years, then runs across that very person in a supermarket the next day, the strong feeling that the phone is about to ring, and then it does - all of these are likely manifestations of telepathy. As human beings, we are interconnected in ways that we don't fully understand, and therefore, it stands to reason that telepathy is as natural as breathing, but is for the most part stifled in our modern world by so many distractions."
In a recent study, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake shows that modern forms of communication may be connected with a more primeval form of communication—telepathy, and that telepathic ability seems to come through especially clear in relation to people with whom the subjects have strong emotional bonds.
Dr. Sheldrake, Ph.D., who studied biochemistry at Cambridge University and philosophy and history of science at Harvard, tested a group of people by asking them to guess who was calling when their phones rang. Each was given four potential callers to choose from.
In an initial series of trials conducted by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, 63 people got an average hit rate of 40 percent, well above the 25 percent rate dictated by chance.
“The average scores were very significantly above the 25 percent hit rate expected by chance,” wrote Sheldrake in an article published by the Institute of Noetic Science earlier this year.
Dr. Sheldrake anticipates the criticism that a close friend or family member is highly likely to both be in a person’s thoughts and to call that person, and thus the chances of both events occurring at the same time are high.
“The only way to resolve these questions is by means of experimental tests that can be evaluated statistically,” he said. Referring to the experiments he has done along this line, he said, “These tests gave positive, statistically significant results.” Throughout hundreds of tests, Sheldrake has heard from some subjects that they were more often right when they felt confident in their guesses, like their intuition had kicked in.
Sheldrake began also asking subjects how confident they felt about each guess. He gave the example of a female subject who had a hit rate of 85 percent when she felt confident and a hit rate of only 34 percent when she was not very confident. She had a hit rate of only 28 percent when she was just guessing without any feeling of intuition whatsoever.
Pam Smart, Sheldrake’s colleague, conducted experiments to compare the telepathic connection between loved ones versus the connection between strangers. She found the hit rate of 50 percent with familiar callers compared to a hit rate near the chance level of 25 percent with strangers.
Experiments to test for precognition and other potential extra-sensory perceptions came back with negative results, suggesting a connection specifically to the ability of telepathy.
So, do we form telepathic bonds with loved ones?
Dr. Bernard Beitman of the University of Virginia has found in his study of coincidences that people with close bonds can sometimes experience the same things at the same time, particularly distress, even when they are great distances apart. He calls the phenomenon simulpathity.
Beitman had a personal experience of simulpathity that spurred him to study it. When his father was on his deathbed thousands of miles away, Beitman started choking, apparently without cause. He later found out that his father was choking at approximately the same time.
This phenomenon has been known to occur between twins and others with close bonds.
Everyone is born with a telepathic gift, it is learning how to use this gift that can open a greater path of communication.
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