In my book, Rational Spirituality, I describe how I first experienced telepathy when I was 17-years-old and later developed a simple eye contact exercise which enables essentially anyone to experience a form of psychic awareness, visual telepathy, quickly and easily.
We first need to make an observation regarding how visual perception operates.
Please take a look around you and notice how you can see everything quite clearly in just a brief glance. Everything appears to be in focus and there are no areas which are less clear than others. Please do this now.
The next step is look at any word near the top of the page, then without taking your eye off that word, read the third to last word at the bottom of this page. Please do this now.
You will quickly see that the area of clear perception at a normal reading distance is only about 1-inch or 3cm across. When you looked around you earlier and believed you could see everything clearly, you were mistaken. The area of clear perception across the distance inside an average room is only about 1-foot or 35cm across. Everything outside that area is actually unfocused.
Our subconscious mind creates the “impression” of a clear image by referring to objects in memory and filtering out the blurry areas so we can function normally. A quick glance enables us to understand what all the objects in our immediate environment are without the need to focus on every detail. Without this filtering process we would all experience a form of tunnel vision.
The visual telepathy exercise focuses upon what we actually see, rather than what we think we are supposed to see, and in doing so it gives us a glimpse of “the reality behind reality.”
The visual telepathy exercise is extremely easy to perform. It requires your focused attention, but all “effort” is to be avoided.
All you need to do is sit a comfortable distance apart from another person, then look at one of the person’s eyes and attempt to see their entire face as clearly as you see the eye.
Do not look away from the eye. Blink whenever your eyes need wetting but not to regain a clear focus (unless everything you see becomes a total blur).
At first you will only be able to see the eye clearly while the rest of the face appears blurry. The objective is to see the other person’s face as clearly as you can while maintaining a clear focus on the eye. All effort is to be avoided, so do not “try” to see the face clearly — instead, simply be aware of wanting to see the entire face clearly, without looking away from the eye.
Within a few seconds for many people, or a minute or two for others, you will begin to notice changes in the appearance of the face you are looking at. Some areas can become lighter or darker, and some areas will become clearly focused while others become more blurry. Within a few minutes you should notice “distortions” in the other person’s face which can appear hallucinatory. As you continue doing this exercise you may even see the face of the person you are looking at replaced with the face of an entirely different person — which is often a mind-blowing experience. (This is probably how the person you are looking at appeared in a previous incarnation.) These visual changes will cycle in intensity, becoming quite intense at times then diminishing at other times.
If the image you see ever becomes unpleasant simply blink your eyes or look away for a moment and the unpleasant effect will instantly go away.
In the previous chapter we described physical reality as a highly organized dream-world constructed with ideas. As you perform this exercise, always seeking to see the clearest image you can, you will see physical reality “changing” right before your eyes. Under normal conditions others will not see the same changes that you see, but the world you have always believed to be solid and real will be seen as something more nebulous and dreamlike.
All of these visual “distortions” could rationally be written off as simply an affect of an overworked visual mechanism in the brain, but that is not what is going on.
The visual changes happen to both people at the same times and with the same degree of varying intensity.
The significance of that statement must not be overlooked. When you see a dramatic change in the appearance of the other person’s face, the other person sees your face change just as dramatically. You should tell them when a significant change in their appearance occurs and verify that they also saw a change in how your face appeared to them at that same moment.
Emotional reactions to these visual changes can be monitored by measuring galvanic skin response. This is one of the devices used in lie detectors. When a person experiences an emotion the capacitance in their skin changes and this can be plotted on a graph. If two people doing this exercise are monitored with this equipment, emotional reactions to the simultaneous, dramatic visual changes will produce matching curves in the two graphs. The lines plotted on the graphs will rise at the same time and indicate a corresponding level of intensity.
This evidence proves that “something” is connecting the subjective experience of both individuals, and that something is telepathy. I define telepathy as the partial or complete merger of the subjective awareness of more than one individual.
When you do this exercise properly, with all of your attention focused upon the other person while their full attention is focused upon you, the differences in your subjective perception and theirs become minimized. You are both looking at someone’s eye and attempting to see a face as clearly as possible. With nearly all of the attention focused on visual perception, individual thoughts are reduced, which further reduces differences in subjective awareness. One should stop thinking while doing this exercise, but when most people are asked to stop thinking they often focus more on their thoughts, so I simply emphasize the need to focus all of your attention on what you see.
Once the visual changes are occurring consistently, focus your attention on your emotions as well as what you see.
I mentioned that emotional reactions to the visual changes occur at the same time and with the same level of fluctuating intensity, but what is truly mind blowing is that both people feel the same emotion at the same time.
As you perform this exercise you are likely to feel brief emotions that seem to happen out of the blue. For example, you might suddenly feel startled by changes in what you see, but you can also experience brief moments of “liking” the person you are doing this with in a flash of a very pleasant feeling. When “out of the blue” emotions are experienced while doing this exercise, if you ask the other person they will often agree that they experienced the same feeling.
The significance of this phenomenon is profound. The participants do not just feel something similar, they experience the same emotional energy field.
Telepathy occurs when the subjective awareness of the participants merge together, becoming a single perception. Emotional experience is not duplicated, but shared. It is as if there is magnetic-like field which both individuals experience as an emotion. For example, when two people are truly making love they do not simply have similar feelings, but experience the same field of emotional energy.
It is possible to share thoughts telepathically while using this technique, though in my experience this is quite rare. The Rational Spirituality book goes into greater detail with experiments designed to enable people to communicate things like colors, images and playing cards, but the important point here is simply to KNOW, not just believe, that the contents of your conscious mind are not confined within your head. It is necessary to do the visual telepathy exercise with one or more people before you will acquire this certainty. Visual telepathy does not require skill. It is a natural part of human existence and occurs automatically when the proper conditions exist.
In the first chapter we looked at the evidence indicating that the physical universe is not as solid and real as it appears to be, but is instead a result of “idea construction.” These “ideas” are the laws of science, the mathematical formulas which govern the behavior of all physical matter. When you understand that the world around you is just a highly organized dream, then combine that with the knowledge that the contents of your awareness extends outward from your body, it makes sense that what happens inside your mind could influence events and conditions in your future experience. This will be explained in the next chapter which describes “the law of attraction.”