Why We ALL Have Psychic Powers: How Thought Premonitions & Telepathy are More Common Than We Thought

November 9, 2012 | By | 13 Replies More

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

Like many mothers who feared for their family’s safety during World War II, Mona Miller was evacuated from London to the peaceful seaside town of Babbacombe in Devon.

It seemed like a wise precaution but, shortly after her arrival there with her young children, Mrs Miller became increasingly uneasy.

‘I had a feeling that I must leave Devon and return home,’ she told me.

‘At first I dismissed the idea; why leave when I was so happy and contented despite the war going on around me?

I’ve long believed that presentiments, premonitions and other psychic phenomena such as telepathy should be taken more seriously by my scientific colleagues

‘But the feeling increased. The walls of my room seemed to speak to me: “Go home to London.” I resisted the call for about four months then, one day, like a flash of light, I knew we must leave.

‘On a Saturday in late 1942, we travelled back to London and a few days later I received a letter from a friend in Devon.

‘“Thank God you took the children on Saturday,” she wrote. “Early Sunday morning, Jerry dropped three bombs and one fell on the house where you were living, demolishing it, and killing all the neighbours on either side.”’

Mrs Miller was far from the only person to experience such forebodings during the war.

Three years later, in the spring of 1945, U.S. serviceman Charles Bernuth took part in the invasion of Germany and, shortly after crossing the Rhine, found himself driving along the autobahn one night with two officers.

He described how a ‘still, small voice’ within him told him there was something wrong with the road ahead.

‘I stopped, amid the groans and jeers of the other two. I started walking along the road.

‘About 50 yards from where I had left the jeep, I found out what was wrong.

‘We were about to go over a bridge — only the bridge wasn’t there. It had been blown up and there was a sheer drop of about 75ft.’

Both Mrs Miller and Charles Bernuth had experienced presentiments — feelings that something was going to happen without knowing what it would be.

These differ from premonitions, where the person involved has an insight into what lies ahead, as when 16-year-old Carole Davies visited a London amusement arcade during the Seventies.

‘While standing looking out into the night, I had a sense of danger,’ she recalled.

‘Then I saw what looked like a picture in front of me showing people on the floor with tiles and metal girders on them. I realised that this was to happen here. I began to shout at people to get out. No one listened.’

Together with her friends, Carole hurried out and went to a nearby cafe.

As they sat inside, they heard sirens in the street outside. A weakness in the arcade building’s structure had brought its roof and walls crashing down on those within.

‘We all ran down the road to see what had happened,’ Carole remembered.

‘It was just as I had seen. A man I had shouted at was being pulled from under the debris.’

Like Mona Miller and Charles Bernuth before her, Carole was convinced she owed her life to her mysterious sixth sense, a notion which you might expect a scientist of my background to dismiss out of hand.

I am a biologist who has studied, researched and taught at both Cambridge and Harvard, and held senior academic posts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Yet I’ve long believed that presentiments, premonitions and other psychic phenomena such as telepathy should be taken more seriously by my scientific colleagues.

My fascination with this subject began during the Sixties when I was a graduate student in the biochemistry department at Cambridge University.

This was not long after the South African writer Laurens van der Post had published his accounts of life with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert.

Like most traditional societies, theirs was one in which telepathy was not only taken for granted, but put to practical use, as van der Post saw when his hosts hunted down and killed an eland antelope many miles from camp.

As they were driving back in a Land Rover laden with meat, he asked one of the Bushmen how those back at camp would react when they learned of this success.

‘They already know — we Bushmen have a wire here,’ he replied, tapping his chest. ‘It brings us news.’

He was comparing their method of communication with the white man’s telegram or ‘wire’.

Sure enough, when they approached the camp, the people were singing the ‘Eland Song’ and preparing to give the hunters the greatest of welcomes.

Many other travellers in Africa have reported that people seemed to know when loved ones were coming home.

The same would occur in rural Norway, where the inhabitants developed a special word — vardoger — for the anticipation of arrivals.

Similarly, accounts I read of the ‘second sight’ of some inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands included visions of arrivals before the person in question appeared.

But none of this convinced me, converted as I was to the dogma of ‘materialism’ which has dominated scientific thought since the late 19th century, and still does so today.

According to materialists, science will eventually explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry.

And anything that cannot be thus explained can be dismissed as illusory.

Educated in this tradition, I adopted the standard dismissive attitude when the subject of telepathy came up in the laboratory tearoom one day.

I was gently taken to task by Sir Rudolph Peters, one of the doyens of British biochemistry. He was a kindly man with twinkly eyes and more curiosity than most people half his age.

He told me of an ophthalmologist friend who had a severely disabled and mentally retarded young boy as a patient.

Although he was almost blind, he seemed able to read the letters on the optician’s chart very well, but only when his mother was looking at them.

The only explanation appeared to be some form of telepathic communication between the two, and in 1968 Sir Rudolph conducted an experiment in which the boy correctly guessed many of the written numbers or words shown to his mother, even though they were sitting on either side of a screen which prevented him from picking up any visual or auditory cues.

Sir Rudolph concluded that this telepathy had developed to an unusual degree because of the boy’s extreme needs and his mother’s desire to help him.

But, as I discovered, even laboratory experiments involving strangers had produced results which, if less marked, were still compelling.

For example, the years between 1880 and 1939 saw something of a boom in early psychical research, with the publication of more than 186 studies involving trials in which subjects guessed which randomly selected cards a ‘sender’ was looking at.

When the four million individual results were combined in a statistical procedure called meta-analysis, the overall results were hugely significant because they were considerably more accurate than would have been expected from random chance.

Later experiments during the Seventies involved subjects sleeping in a soundproofed laboratory while a ‘sender’ in another room, and in some cases another building, opened a sealed package containing a randomly selected picture and concentrated on it, trying to influence the subject’s dream.

Sometimes the thought transference was very clear: one subject described having dreamed about buying tickets for a prize fight while the sender was looking at a picture of a boxing match.

Occasionally, it was more symbolic, as when the subject dreamed of a dead rat in a cigar box while the sender was looking at a picture of a dead gangster in a coffin. But in 450 such trials the overall results were very significantly above the chance level.

My research has included more than 4,000 cases of psychic phenomena. Many, like Mona Miller’s near-miss in the Blitz, involve mothers.

Hundreds told me that during the months they were breastfeeding, they’d know when their baby needed them, even from miles away, because they began secreting breast milk.

With the help of a midwife, I studied nine nursing mothers in North London during a two-month period, and found that their unexpected ‘let-downs’ of milk when they were separated from their babies very often coincided with their infants experiencing distress.

The odds against this occurring by chance as often as it did were a billion to one, and this telepathic connection makes good evolutionary sense.

Mothers who could tell at a distance when their babies were unhappy would tend to have babies that survived better than those of insensitive mothers.

Such connections often seem to continue even when the children have grown up, with many stories on my database concerning mothers who had an urge to get in touch with their children when they could not have known by any conventional means that they were in trouble.

Many would do so by telephone, the method of communication most commonly mentioned in reports of telepathic experiences in general.

Many people told me they had thought of someone for no apparent reason, and then that person rang in a way that seemed uncanny. Or they knew who was calling when the phone rang, even before they picked up the receiver.

I designed an experiment to test this, a simplified version of which you can try through my website.

This involved asking subjects for the names and phone numbers of four friends or family members before placing them alone in a room with a landline telephone with no caller ID.

I then selected one of the four callers at random and asked them to phone the subject, who had to say who was on the line before answering.

By guessing at random, subjects would have been right about one time in four, or 25 per cent.

In fact, the average hit rate was 45 per cent, very significantly above the level of chance, and these results have been replicated independently at universities in Germany and Holland.

In attempting to explain such phenomena, we need to look far beyond the traditional scientific view that everything is essentially material or physical, including the human mind.

That materialist approach was summed up by Francis Crick, who in 1962 shared a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

‘You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules,’ he wrote.

Crick spoke for the scientific mainstream, as did influential neuroscientist Susan Greenfield when she described seeing an exposed brain in an operating theatre.

‘This is all there was to (the patient) Sarah, or indeed to any of us,’ she reflected in a paper published in 2000.

‘We are but sludgy brains and somehow a character and mind are generated in this soupy mess.’

Yet this idea that our minds are fixed physically inside our heads, and that consciousness is nothing but a by-product of the activity of the brain, runs contrary to our everyday experience.

When we look around us, the images of the things we see are outside us, not in our heads. The feelings in my fingers are in my fingers, not in my head.

The human intuitions I have described fit better with the ‘field theory’ of minds.

We are used to the fact that fields exist both within and outside material objects such as magnets and mobile phones, and there is reason to believe that our minds have similar fields which have their roots within our brains, but also extend beyond them.

Extraordinary though this sounds, it’s supported by studies of another remarkable psychic phenomenon — the sense of being stared at.

Most people have felt someone looking at them from behind, turned around and met the person’s eyes.

And most people have experienced the converse: making someone turn around by staring at them.

In extensive surveys in Europe and North America, between 70 and 97 per cent of adults and children reported such experiences.

In a series of interviews with police officers, surveillance personnel and soldiers, I discovered most felt that some people seemed to know they were being observed, even though the watchers were well hidden.

‘A lot of times the crook will just get a feeling that things aren’t right,’ I was told by one narcotics officer.

‘We often have someone look right in our direction even though he can’t see us. A lot of times we’re inside a vehicle.’

Surprisingly, laboratory tests have shown that the sense of being stared at works even when people are looked at on screens, rather than directly.

Our emotional response can be measured by the activity of our sweat glands and this increases in many subjects being watched on CCTV, even though they are unaware of their response.

All this suggests that, whether through direct staring or CCTV, we are capable of ‘touching’ each other with our sight — further evidence that our minds are not confined to the inside of our brains.

With telepathic communication, it seems that these fields somehow interact at a distance, picking up feelings, needs or thoughts across space.

As for presentiments and premonitions, these imply links across time, as we tune into our future mental states.

That such links are real was suggested by a series of experiments in the U.S. and Holland over the past 20 years.

These measured responses to a series of noxious smells, mild electric shocks, emotive words and provocative photographs, interspersed with calming stimuli which had no physiological effect on subjects at all.

No one, not even the experimenters, knew what kind of stimuli the computer involved would produce next, but in a significant number of cases the subjects reacted to the unpleasant stimuli some three or four seconds in advance, somehow connecting with their future selves who would be experiencing the stimuli for real.

These findings are fascinating in themselves but, as I will explain in Monday’s Mail, psychic phenomena are not restricted to human beings.

There are amazing stories of telepathy and premonitions of disaster in many other species, including pet dogs.

As for exactly how such phenomena operate, it may be years before we understand them, but an important first step is for scientists to acknowledge that they exist, and that the minds of both animals and humans interact in as yet unexplained ways.

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  1. Phyl says:

    No not years before we understand it, but soon. When Gaia finally settles into her 4/5th dimensional place in space (we are 3.9+ there so far)all 3D paradigm man-made creation will dissipate into fine energy we will, being freewill beings, then have the choice of whether one would wish to still experience a 3D life or experience the 4D/5D life…for example…
    Once Earth is vibrating in the fourth dimension, Earth’s remaining sentient inhabitants, including all humans, will be forever changed. The moment of change to 4D human life will happen in the ‘blink of an eye’, that fast. Once changed, people will manifest a variety of natural, multi-sensory abilities as never before experienced in Earth’s history. These new abilities include: telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and levitation. For all of transformed humanity – human consciousness, human life, will make a quantum leap in evolution.

    Humans finally experience and learn first hand about the truth & reality of their own soul, about their true spiritual birth essence & origin. 4D humanity experiences a true spiritual life – complete self awareness and cognition, total memory recall, clairvoyance, clairsentience & greater natural harmony with others…http://www.andromedacouncil.com/

  2. pb says:

    “Or they knew who was calling when the phone rang, even before they picked up the receiver.”

    Happens with me all of the time.

  3. Daniel says:

    The 4D/5D will not happen to all, only to those that are on the eight fold path.

  4. OhioRiver says:

    Another great article that all of us can read and reflect upon. Our scientists and ‘experts’ seem to think they know everything in the universe, but they know so little of what transends throughout the universal vibrations. We know so little about anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      That statement is completely illogical, it is because that scientists don’t know everything that they have a job and they know and respect that, and you should open your mind to the ways other people think and not just your crude inexperienced stereotypes.

  5. Phyl says:

    …You are in the beginning stages of many changes that will take place throughout the world. It is a time of what appears to be rebellion, but what is actually the awakening of the masses to their entitled freedom. Now is the time when unknown to themselves, people are feeling an opening to their higher energies which is causing them to feel the need and desire for the experience of freedom. That is; freedom from the tyranny of those who would dictate, freedom of those who would have you believe that you need them, and freedom from those who would condemn you for not believing as they do. It is a powerful energy dear ones, that is now awakening many to the realization that they have been kept in bondage by the few.

    Be aware of false prophets. We speak of those who would speak to you in tongues gentle with what seems to be truth, and yet is simply another way of keeping you in bondage. Please always trust your intuition and do not be fooled, for the false prophets are “coming out of the woodwork” so to speak at this time on earth. Many spread fear with revelations of what is about to take place, and would guide you with tongues of silk while pushing you into fear regarding nuclear war (which will not come as has been decreed by the higher energies) and earth catastrophes (which are a part of the earth cleansing but which will be done by Gaia as carefully as she can). Be alert to this by staying centered within yourselves and asking for guidance to know which information is coming from a place of truth and which is not. It is important to be informed, however do not let the awareness move into fear which then feeds the whole picture. You see, you are creators. Do not put your energy into those seeming negative events which in turn gives them more power.

    Even those who would channel, unless they keep themselves pure and filled with light, will bring forth a false message even though they believe they are bringing a true message. Channeled messages come through a channel and carrying the energy of the channel. Many still confuse psychic with spiritual and they are not the same thing. There are many of a lower resonance waiting for the opportunity to speak through someone. With the higher energies on the planet at this time, many are becoming aware of an ability to hear and see other frequencies and are beginning to channel. If you choose to channel ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ENERGY FIELD IN THE LIGHT AND STATE THAT YOU ARE OPEN ONLY TO BEINGS OF LIGHT. This is very important. There are those who through ignorance or ego are opening themselves in careless ways that are not for their own good or those to whom they give their messages. The messages of Light Beings always carry an energy of love and hope, never fear or negativity; and always carry an energy that will help you move into the higher frequencies of truth. Let that be your yard stick, dear ones. Be aware of false prophets.

    This message is not to trouble you, but to instill in you the need to take back your power of discernment, for you have been taught and accepted that you needed others to tell you what was best for you. This is a big step, but a necessary one in your evolution. You never need anyone to tell you what to do, let information and guidance be a free will choice coming from a place of being centered within. It is fine to ask those who may have more insight on certain issues, certainly that is their gift to the world, but always ask yourself; “How does this feel within?” If it does not resonate with you, then do not feel obligated to accept it even though the one you have asked may be considered an expert.

    There is much energy pouring forth at this time from your sun. Many new frequencies that the earth has not experienced before. This is making changes in your thinking and in your way of doing things. Do not believe that you are going crazy dear ones, as some have believed. You are simply adjusting to new and higher frequencies of light. Many of you are experiencing new aches and pains and rush to see your doctor who tells you he seeing nothing wrong. Often these aches and pains are the clearing of old energies; old beliefs about disease, deterioration, and cellular inheritance- energies from past lives as well as this one. It is the clearing of the energy meridians and the opening of energy portals within your physical bodies. It is also the clearing of your chakras and the opening of new and higher chakras never utilized before.

    Many of you are having problems sleeping. This too is a part of energy integration. Many integrations must take place as you are at rest, but still within the body. Since most people are busy all day, night is the only time when you can be at rest but still in the body if not sleeping. This is actually a good thing dear ones, not a problem. You are used to believing that you must sleep a full night or you will be tired the next day. This is a belief, things are changing.

    Let go of all that is old and open to asking yourselves; “Is this really true?” Experts work from the third dimensional energy of what is already known. Much of what you are experiencing now is not known. New ideas are coming to many of your more enlightened scientists, but they are keeping quiet about it for now, pondering these things within themselves. Let go of your dependence upon the so called experts, for this dependence is what has gotten you into many of the predicaments you find yourselves in now. This is not a judgement, but an explanation of how the old energy has dictated your lives because you believed you needed something outside yourselves to tell you how to live.

    You are beings of light in your true essence. It is time now to claim your true selves. In order to do that, you must not be afraid to release from your belief system all that no longer resonates with you. Experts are simply people that have devoted themselves to a certain topic. If that topic has been totally studied in the third dimensional energy of duality and separation, then it is not of the highest level that could be known. Correct ? Please ponder this dear ones.

    In love we say we are the Arcturian Group.>> onenessofall.com

  6. ?????? says:

    I like what the article has to say. But, I do not think the Earth will separate into 4/5 D. Many of these predictions don’t seem to be panning out. Discernment is key in channeling. Much of what is channeled, I believe, is corrupted. A lot of fluff and no substance.

  7. Alicia says:

    I feel it’s all very simple really. The truth always is. We can easily read each others minds because all minds are joined as one. Only minds can truely communicate.

  8. It’s interesting how you mention that psychic ability is not restricted to humans alone. I’ve always felt that dogs, cats, etc have some sort of psychic ability. They seem to be extremely sensitive, empathic. They tend to ‘know’ when we are feeling down or upset, or if something is wrong. This is certainly true in my own experience with pets. I would love to hear of any research done in to this.

    Melanie,
    Wishing Moon.

  9. Phyl says:

    Dec 21st 2012…what will happen to our system, to our planet during the time of the Alignment of the planets… Supercharged electromagnetic particles will be flowing and interchanging between planets during 2012 alignment, they will be highly magnified – supercharged, if you will. When they reach earth they will penetrate the crust down into the core of the earth and at the actual moment of alignment it will cause the earth to pause. Keep in mind the current core of the earth, at least, according to the astrophysicists on the Andromeda Council say that the current core of the earth is actually plasma. It is light blue in color and it continuously releases waves of energy outward towards the earth’s surface. It is not ‘red hot molten iron’ as most scientists on earth believe, at least what they theorize. In any case, as these supercharged electromagnetic particles reach the core of the earth they will increase the core’s vibration and elevate it to way beyond anything that has ever been before and these particles will manifest a complete change, a complete transformation in the nature of this plasma core.

    At the peak of this transformative moment of the earth’s plasma core, there will be a beautiful brilliant sparkling white light explosion and a new energy source, a new energy core, will be created at the earths core. The particles from this new energy source will expand from the center of the earth outward through the planet and into space. If people are watching and so too visitors from space, they will be able to see this event – our planet emanating these new core energy particles.

    We now have the transformed core of the earth that is no longer plasma, and keep in mind, THIS IS UNIQUE, more over THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE EVENT, and has not happened this way before to a planet. According to the Andromeda scientist’s records this kind of event has happened to stars many times before, but never to a planet, and in Andromeda Constellation language specifically the language of the Merox Star System, the Andromeda Council scientists call this reborn transformed core, this new energy source from the center of the earth – SAR. This planet will no longer have waves of energy pulsing outward from a plasma core, but rather a continuous release of the new SAR energy particles that will emanate outwardly to space.

    Therefore in order to bring back to center this question of ‘Time’ discussed, given the inherent nature and lower vibration of the plasma core that created the condition of time on this planet, this vibration of ‘Time’ on this planet will begin to go away. And no matter what scientists try to do, and they will try, but they won’t be able to, to institute a fold or fake time program to keep society working and in synch, they just won’t be successful. So from Dec 21st 2012 ‘Time’ as we know it will perpetually diminish and continue to go away thoughout all of 2013 until the complete transformation of earth into a 4D planet, which will happen in January 2014.

    At Dec 21st 2012 will actually be the beginning of the end of an opaque 3D organic earth with a year long transformation period throughout all of 2013 to it becoming a completely translucent 4D spirit essence, higher vibrational fine matter earth.

    What will a reborn higher vibrational 4D earth look like in its future? Lets say 3D people travelling through space in the year 2017 and they are approaching a newly reborn 4D earth, they would see much like a crystal clear sparkling beautiful orb, crystal clear with a blue hue to it, blue glow. keep in mind it will be completely translucent, completely clear but sparkling, this is all they will see.
    Comparatively, lets say we have a group of higher dimensional 4D people, travelling through space heading toward earth to visit. On approach they would see a brilliantly lighted planet, sparkling! covered with a bright glowing light and this bright glowing light will actually be sort of a deep layer of bright light. They would enter into this layer of light they would come through it and then what they would see is much more like a high definition HD, very sharp, very clear, beautiful beautiful planet with vibrant colors and revealing oceans, landmasses, mountains, streams, hills and the bright lights of the new communities that will be established on this reborn earth.
    [December 21, 2012 – What will happen /.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcGv_3-fmyo&Feature=vmdshb
    http://www.andromedacouncil.com/

  10. Wow. If you do the proper research there’s no denying these types of events are a bit more than coincidence. Eventually the scientific world will come round to seeing sense.

  11. Claudia says:

    Some drastic examples, but sometimes that is needed to open your eyes to the possibility of psychic powers. Too many people believe, that telepathy and precognition do not exist, and if they do, these “gifts” ought to be reserved for divine and “deeply spiritual” people. In my mind, that is make belief and discounts the fact, that we all experience these weird situations in our life time. Just aks your friends if they have ever had a weird coincidence for instance. The universe just works in strange ways we can’t explain yet. I think it is great that folks like Sheldrake try to bring science on board when it comes to exloring consciousness, but we should not forget the NOW. How can we strengthen our inner voice? How can we make sure to tell the voice of the divine appart from the voice of the ego, which constantly tries to trap us in the material ?

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