Telepathy can have many meanings to many people, the simply put definition is that it is being able to feel what another feels without being around them. This must be done without being able to see them, hear them, or touch them physically.
Telepathic communication is therefore communication on another level entirely. Indeed, many animal trainers and scientists researching the ways animal communicate have become convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that animals are using telepathic communications in addition to other means of reaching each other, and sometimes their telepathic communications extend over vast distances.
Some anthropologists are also fully convinced that there are some primitive tribes who today can still use the power of telepathy to communicate with one another.
There are many common cases of telepathy, though it is still considered by some to just be witch craft or that telepathy does not exist at all. While the reality is that one can learn this ability as one learns other aspects of human life such as writing and talking to one another in a way that is comprehensible. If we have problems with these tasks, we do not say they do not exist because we can not learn them, we just adapt our learning to circumvent the block or problem that causes the learning disability.
One of the abilities it is thought we had as humans long ago was telepathy, but that has evolved out of our consciousness. It is felt that this sixth sense was as normal as the other senses.
Telepathy is in fact linked with the 'sixth sense', sometimes referred to also as the 'third eye'. These two things are not exactly the same thing, but telepathic powers come from that same second nature of human beings and animals.
Many experience telepathy with out even knowing what it is. Do you ever get the heebie jeebies and do not know why? That can be a form of telepathy know as intuition. Have you ever changed a constant routine just because you have a weird feeling about taking your normal route just to find out an accident had happened where you were supposed to be traveling and at the same time as well. This may leave you to wonder if you may have been involved had you kept to your regular route. This is your intuition speaking to your, or your telepathy that there was potential danger.
As we have grown in our cultures, we have lost touch with our telepathic ancestors. Most of do not even recognize our own telepathy. The advent of modern day religions has effectively demonized telepathic powers to the point that the only association they have is with demonic control or with a tool of Satan. There are many new age religions that are becoming more in tune with telepathy however.
Because of the nature of these older religions and the stigma of telepathy, it is hard for some to have any thoughts of telepathy even truly existing. The only faith any more is in specific religious leaders or prophets instead of putting faith in themselves as people.
Religion first brought about the change in thoughts of telepaths as it was fearful for the early organized religious leaders. By eradicating any trace of this element of human nature, they force the trust onto religious icons instead. Of course this is not true with everyone, or we would not even know that telepathy is a genuine talent.
Scientists have a basic need to be able to explain any event. Because of the elusive nature of telepathy, they do not believe it exists even though many people have had these experiences in their lives. A lot of testing has been done on known telepaths but still the scientific community as a whole has discounted these revelations. They assume there is some type of hoax involved as some of these tests have not been in controlled situations.
Yet, emotions and instincts are known and accepted to exist by scientists. So it would seem that what we have here is simple prejudice: scientists can feel emotions themselves so they have to accept them. Instincts can also be felt by humans, and instincts are needed to explain much animal behavior, so they feel compelled to accept them, too. Yet these things are as elusive as telepathy.
Whether scientists choose to call it instinct or just refuse to believe because they do not experience it themselves is mute, the point is it just because you do not feel it does no mean it does not exist.
As to why humanity began losing touch with telepathy at all, perhaps it's as simple as the Tower of Babylon story--perhaps the languages that were confused by God or the gods were not just those of speech but also the language of telepathy.
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