We All Use Telepathy
“The Hermetic Teachings go much further than those of modern science. They teach that all manifestations of thought, emotion, reason, will or desire, or any mental state or conditions, are accompanied by vibrations, a portion of which are thrown off and which tent to affect the minds of other persons by ‘induction’. This is the principle which produces the phenomena of ‘telepathy’. …
“Every thought, emotion, or mental state has its corresponding rate and mode of vibration. And by an effort of the will of the person, or of other persons, these mental states may be reproduced, just as a musical tone may be reproduced by causing an instrument to vibrate at a certain rate. … By a knowledge of the Principle of Vibration, … one may polarize his mind at any degree he wishes, thus gaining a perfect control over his mental states, moods, etc.” ~The Three Initiates
We think of telepathy as either a trick of stage magicians and mentalists, or a psychic ability available to just a few of us. In fact, we all use it regularly on a subconscious level. It is why when we look at a strange object, most people in the group will see essentially the same thing. For example, if a UFO appears over Paris, and thousands of people see it, their descriptions will be very similar. This is at least partially due to the fact that they are communicating with each other subconsciously, working out their differences, and forming a consensus: a group mind activity.
If you are empathic, as I am at times, and to varying degrees, you may find yourself feeling joint pain when around someone with arthritis. You may feel sad when walking past a funeral home where a wake is taking place. You may act strangely as part of a crowd and not understand afterward why you did. What we call empathy is, in my opinion, just a form of telepathy. You receive vibrations—mental, emotional, or physical—from another person and this programs your mind to some degree to experience the same thing. It is the natural type of virtual reality.
The Initiates note that this is much like a musical instrument picking up vibrations from another. The usual example of this is the tuning fork that start vibrating along with another tuning fork that has been struck. This is a two-way street, of course. Just as our vibrations affect others, their vibrations, thoughts, emotions affect us. But even vibrations that are not from people affect us, though probably to a lesser degree. The empathic person might feel sad around a group of elephants grieving the lose of one of their family, for example. But even the vibration of those musical instruments do the same. We might feel happy when we hear certain music because the vibrations release the chemicals in our brains that produce joy. So in a sense, we are also being telepathic with the drum, guitar, and piano.
In the final part of the quote, the Initiates indicate that one can control this to some degree and block undesirable vibrations, while allowing in the good ones. That is true, but not always an easy thing to do. I do know that if someone is trying to read your mind, you can usually block them by concentrating on some meaningless thing very strongly, much like the guy concentrating on a brink wall in the movie “Village of the Damned” to block out the alien kids who read minds. I think it would help all of us if we spent time occasionally visualizing a kind of screen or filter around us that would allow pleasant and peaceful thoughts and higher vibrations to pass through and help us, but block the fearful, angry, painful, lower vibrations that harm us. It probably won’t always work, but it can certainly help. And we also have to remember that we are all engaging in telepathy, even though we are not consciously aware of it.