The transfer of thoughts, images and sensations between minds without conventional verbal, written or physical means of communication. Although not scientifically proven, the phenomenon has been described, and often accepted as normal, in many cultures and societies throughout history. It was the first psychic phenomenon to be studied by members of the newly created Society for Psychic Research, established in London in 1884.
More recent research indicates that telepathy often occurs spontaneously during crises, when an individual at a distance is in danger. Information may be transferred as fragmentary images, dreams, visions or words that suddenly pop into the mind. It is more common among women than men, allegedly because telepathy is closely tied to the emotions.
No satisfactory scientific theory has yet been advanced to explain the phenomenon.
One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.
Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans. Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.
Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church. Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.
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