Perhaps you’ve heard the term ESP, which is also known as extrasensory perception? I’d be surprised if you hadn’t. The term has certainly been bandied about in the last couple of decades by everyone from New Age gurus to Hollywood as a collective term for anything even remotely psychic or paranormal in nature. But what is extrasensory perception, really? Are ESP abilities something that everyone has? If so, how can you learn how to tap into them?
A Short Definition of ESP
Extrasensory perception (or ESP) is the term that is used to describe the ability that some people have that allows them to perceive things beyond the five accepted and scientifically measurable senses of taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing.
Commonly referred to as the “sixth” sense, ESP is not just one more “sense” but rather a series of senses (or extrasensory perceptions) that allows an individual to see, hear or be aware of things most people don’t notice; things that seem to originate outside of the realm of physical sensation and awareness.
Extrasensory abilities are not the ability to affect change in one’s physical surroundings (as practiced by magicians or in witchcraft) instead they consist of the ability to pick up information beyond the normal sensory channels.
Everyone shows talent for ESP abilities, even if it is a latent talent. In fact it is commonly accepted that extrasensory perceptions were once very much a part of the human condition; one that has fallen out of use over the millennia thanks to increased technology and faster physical means of communication. But what is it that causes these perceptions outside of the normal realm of sensory perception?
Theories Regarding ESP
There are a number of theories regarding extrasensory perception. These include tapping into the collective unconscious (a theory introduced by Carl Jung the famous psychologist), the presence of macrophages (cells present in connective tissue and/or the bone marrow that act as transmitters and receptors for extrasensory perceptions), theories regarding the transfer of physical energy and thought projection by quantum physical means and even the presence of a second consciousness – a term that the scientific researchers have given to the more commonly accepted term of the “soul” or “higher self” that sends us messages through transphysical means.
Of course, given the nature of extrasensory perception (being outside of the physical senses) there is currently no way to prove any of these theories, though each has aspects that make them plausible enough.
Regardless of where the ability originates, being able to perceive things – know things – that should be impossible given physical circumstances, is an ability that has been recorded in mankind for millennia. Those with these abilities have been referred to throughout history as “seers” (those who see clearly) or, more commonly today referred to as “psychics.”
The Big Three of ESP
Extrasensory perception is divided into three main categories; telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance. Mind you there are overlaps between each of these with some abilities spilling over into other areas but generally speaking a person tends to show a natural tendency towards one or another of these abilities.
Clairvoyance. The word clairvoyance comes from the French and means “clear seeing.” The term means the ability to see an event or an image that has its origins in the past, present or future. This is not a present time “sight” that occurs with the eyes, but rather a seeing with the inner eyes or in your mind. A clairvoyant may see symbols or images in their head or may black out for a few moments to their physical surroundings while experiencing a “vision.” This seeing can include past present and future events, people, places, things or even energy (such as auras, chakras and the like).
Precognition. Precognition is the ability to know impending events; things that will happen in the future. This ‘knowing’ may take the form of waking visions (such as are experienced by clairvoyants) or it may more often come in the form of dreams, as a realization during meditation. Sometimes precognition comes simply as a solid “knowing.” You know something is going to happen before it does. You don’t know how you know it – you just do. The true test of precognition is when the event (regardless of how small or insignificant in the grand scheme of things) comes true.
Telepathy. Telepathy is most easily explained as mind-to-mind communication. This communication can include the transfer of thoughts, feelings and even ideas without any physical means of communication or use of body language or facial expressions. In fact, this form of communication does not rely on a person being physically present, but can take place at extreme distances. This form of communication is described in folklore and traditions from all around the globe and is generally accepted as a talent that is latent in every person on earth and only needs practice in order to be fully realized.
While there are sub-categories to each of these extrasensory abilities, telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition together form the core of ESP abilities. In the next week’s worth of entries we will cover each of these ESP abilities – including the means of recognizing and developing them. So stick around, the fun is just beginning!