Telepathy and Writing

Deep down each of us have a strong but underused connection to the world around us.

Consider the time when you sensed someone watching you, even if you couldn’t see them. Or the gut feeling, telling you something significant was about to happen. Or the intuitive, instinctive feeling that gave you the name of the person on the other end of the line before checking the caller ID.

If we learn how to tap into this sixth sense, we begin to notice when someone—dead or alive—is thinking about us, even when we’re physically apart.

Telepathic communication explains why, when you randomly thought of a friend and she texted you the next day. Or that time when you spontaneously called your third cousin, and he said, “Oh em gee, I was just thinking about you!”

Writers are especially attuned to the “little voice” inside us.

Some are more intuitive than others, but we all have an underutilized sixth sense. Once we learn its power and how to use it, new doorways open up, doorways that enhance our writing.

The more we open up to the possibility of telepathy, the more we’ll start to notice the messages from our spirit guides and ancestors, and the synchronicities or coincidences that have always been present in our lives.

The Natural World thrives on telepathic communication.

An animal’s survival depends on it. If you’ve ever wondered how one species warns another about potential threats, telepathy answers this question. And humans — as members of the Natural World — can tap into that same energy.

The notion of telepathic communication first intrigued me as a way to chat with animals, wild and domestic. Because when we watch and listen to animals, they help us reach our full potential. Animals enrich the mind, body, and soul. They’re sentient, intuitive beings who communicate with us in many ways. Body language, vocals, and telepathy, whether we’re cognizant of it or not.

Think about this: Most animals know more about their environment than you or I ever will.

An intuitive exchange with any animal — cats, dogs, guinea pigs, crows — begins the same way. First, with physical body cues. Then with the silent language of love.

So, how can we telepathically communicate with animals?

Step 1: Rest your hands over your heart and practice deep breathing exercises.

Step 2: Once you’re relaxed, pay attention to your heart, to your soul, and feel the gravity of your love for the animal.

Step 3: Express your love for that animal by visualizing a soft beam of light, a tether connecting the two of you.

Step 4: Silently or vocally ask the animal for permission to telepathically communicate with them.

Step 5: If you don’t sense any reluctance, express how you’re open to receiving messages in return. Keep it light in the beginning and progress deeper once you build trust, confidence, and strengthen your bond.

Keep in mind, animals live in the moment. They’re not distracted by the phone, the to-do list, or regret. And so, you must also be in the present moment to connect with them.

The only obstacle is you.

Trust the flow, the energetic pulse of life. Align with, not against, this flow. By blocking out all distractions, the energy exchanges between you and animals will occur effortlessly. You are in the present, anchored by love and grace, and coming from a place of neutrality. You are part of the Natural World, connected across space and time.

The same principals apply to human-to-human telepathic communication. Both parties must be willing participants. Don’t use this life skill for evil (unless you’re targeting fictional characters).

Remember These Three Simple Truths

  1. We are all part of divine consciousness.
  2. Love creates alignment with all creation.
  3. We all have the ability to listen with our heart.

When we refocus on lowering the frequency of emotions — fear, self-doubt, anxiety — we raise our cognition, enhance the vibration of our energy, we align with nature. Animals are drawn to bright inner lights, and therefore will be enthusiastic about communicating with you.

That’s all well and good, Sue, but how does that help our writing?

Glad you asked. 😉

In On Writing, Stephen King provides the perfect example of telepathy and writing.

“Telepathy, of course. It’s amusing when you stop to think about it—for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists—and all the time it’s been right there, lying out in the open like Mr. Poe’s The Purloined Letter. All the arts depend on telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.”

What does the quote mean?

The best way to think about writing is the process of transferring a mental image from your mind to the mind of a reader. As writers, we envision scenes, settings, characters, etc. Our job is to transfer that mental image to the page for the reader to experience later.

Sounds a lot like telepathy, doesn’t it? Because it is!

Hence why writing coaches tell us to envision our ideal reader, carrying that image with us while writing. The trick is learning what images to include and what to leave out. Hint: Less is more.

Want to hear something bizarre?

While writing this post in Word, the document kept disappearing. One second it’d be on my screen, gone the next. And I had three other documents open at the time. The other two stayed on the screen. Coincidence? You tell me.

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A string of gruesome murders rocks the small town of Alexandria, New Hampshire, with all the victims staged to resemble dead angels, and strange red and pink balloons appearing out of nowhere.

All the clues point to the Romeo Killer’s return. Except one: he died eight years ago.

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With only hours left to live, how can Sage convince her Sheriff husband before the sand in her hourglass runs out?




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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as “Best 100 Crime Blogs on the Net.” She also blogs at the Kill Zone, Story Empire, and Writers Helping Writers. Sue lives with her husband in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Her backlist includes psychological thrillers, the Mayhem Series (books 1-3) and Grafton County Series, and true crime/narrative nonfiction. Now, she exclusively writes eco-thrillers, Mayhem Series (books 4-8 and continuing). Sue's appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series, Storm of Suspicion, and three episodes of A Time to Kill on Investigation Discovery. Learn more about Sue and her books at

30 thoughts on “Telepathy and Writing

  1. Cops call it that gut feeling, nerds call it their spidey senses, humans who are owned by pets call it “feed me NOW.” I’ve been surrounded by animals my whole life, and too much weird information has passed between us for me to deny its existence. Humans with their hard heads and their focus on everything outward are much harder to connect with. They also have much less interesting things to express.

    I’d call some of the things you mention empathy rather than telepathy, but it’s splitting hairs in most situations.

    • You’re so right, Marilynn. Humans are much harder to connect with than animals, who remain open, loving, and responsive.

      Glad you mentioned gut feelings, spidey senses, and “feed me NOW” LOL — it’s all intuition. 🙂

  2. Interesting post, Sue. I don’t know (or can’t tell you) why your document kept disappearing. I haven’t yet established a telepathic communication with your computer. Sorry, just trying to be funny.

    The animal communication is very fascinating. I know nothing about the subject in animals, except that growing up I learned at an early age that horses and dogs can tell whether you’re afraid of them. And it’s far safer to not be.

    The derivation of telepathy (I believe) means sensing or reading emotion from a distance. With human interaction, it’s very important. Learning to “read” the person with whom we’re trying to communicate by using visual, auditory, olfactory, and maybe tactile clues, can create a more successful connection. Relating those clues when we describe a character can better make that character come alive for our readers. I like your reminder to keep our ideal reader in mind while we write. Maybe we should find a picture of them and place it where we can see it while we write.

    Looking forward to reading Haloed.

    Have a wonderful week!

    • The derivation of telepathy (I believe) means sensing or reading emotion from a distance.

      Perfect definition, Steve. Thanks for getting my point. I told my husband, “Well, most will probably think I’ve lost my mind, but I’ll form a greater connection with the ones who don’t.” 🙂

  3. A little bird told me to read this post…

    The best way to think about writing is the process of transferring a mental image from your mind to the mind of a reader. As writers, we envision scenes, settings, characters, etc. Our job is to transfer that mental image to the page for the reader to experience later.

    Exactly! We talked about this a bit in yesterday’s convo. I tell students that craft is “translation software for your imagination.” It makes possible that writer-to-reader transfer you’re talking about.

    Telepathy? Well, writers through the ages have talked about their “Muse.” That might just be the Boys in the Basement playing around. Thus, what we call telepathy may be dream weaving…or cognitive bias…or some combination of other things. To press further, I’d advise caution. Yes, listen to the heart, but let the brain into the conversation, too. I recall Philip K. Dick actually coming to believe (via LSD) in a Gnostic demiurge named Valis. Things got a very strange after that…

  4. Twenty years ago, give or take, when I was writing SCOTT FREE, something happened to me that has never happened before or since: I felt compelled to get out of bed, go to my office, and write through the night. The scene dealt with our protagonist, Scott O’Toole, traipsing through the woods on a snowy night, hoping to find shelter after surviving a private plane crash. The scene was beyond vivid in my head, and I couldn’t let it go. Again, I’m not that kind of writer. I like my sleep.

    It wasn’t till nearly a week later that I learned the spooky part. Our son was away on a week-long high-adventure camping/hiking trip that week, and on picking him up to bring him home, I learned that at the same slice of time when I was pounding away through the night, Chris was the subject of a National Park Service search. A member of his team had hurt his head in a fall, and it was Chris’s job to run back a couple of miles through George Washington National Forest with another camper to flag down a car and get help. They turned left when they should have turned right (or vice versa). Night fell, their flashlight batteries died, and their mistake was about three mile old before they needed to turn around.

    As a side note, he maintains to this day that he was never lost. They were always on a trail, just not in the right place.

    I maintain to this day that I was driven to write a wander-through-the-forest scene through a telegenic connection.

    • Whoa, John. Your story gave me goosebumps. I’ve had similar experiences. Over the years I’ve learned to trust that “little voice” that tells me do something. We may not know the reason in that moment, but later we’ll understand. I bet that scene is still hard for you to read.

    • “As a side note, he maintains to this day that he was never lost. They were always on a trail, just not in the right place.”

      The great pioneer Daniel Boone was once asked if he had ever been lost while in the wilderness. He said, “I’ve never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.”

  5. “The best way to think about writing is the process of transferring a mental image from your mind to the mind of a reader.”

    What a perfect definition, Sue! Simple yet profound.

    If I started to recount all the examples of significant telepathy that family members and I have experienced, they would fill a book. Some have literally been life-saving.

    Our last dog was as dumb as a box of Milk Bones but he was extremely intuitive. He always knew beforehand when I was going on a trip, even w/o clues like getting out the suitcase. His instincts and telepathy were uncanny, almost spooky at times.

    I ordered your new book–but then you already knew that, didn’t you? 😉

    • What we feel while writing our readers feel while reading. How magical is that? If that’s not a form of telepathy, I don’t know what is.

      Ohhhh, pets can be very intuitive. Dumb as box of Milk Bones… You crack me up, Debbie!

      Thanks, sweet friend. xo Hope you enjoy HALOED!

  6. My husband thinks we are communicating telepathically because we occasionally come up with exactly the same thought at exactly the same moment. Most of these are the result of some little cue that may be unrelated but triggers the same thought in both of us. However, there have been times when there didn’t seem to be any outside event that made the connection.

    I don’t know if it’s telepathic, but the ability to create an emotional response in a reader by the use of words is a great talent. Best of luck with “Haloed.”

  7. I’m an engineer, not much given to woo-woo theories, but I’ve seen a few inexplicable things in my life. As a child, I could draw any named card from a deck spread out face down. (I soon lost that skill, so it’s perfectly safe for you to play poker with me, should the occasion arise.)

    But the oddest incident was this. I worked at a plastics plant for 9 years. Several years after leaving, I made an appointment to take my former boss out to lunch. I woke that day with this thought clearly in my mind: “They’re going to ask me about the ethylene tank.”

    I drove down to the plant and, before I could reach my old boss’s office, a worker intercepted me and said, “We can’t find the drawings for the ethylene tank. Do you know where they are?” Despite being away for seven years, I recalled the two engineering job numbers (4907, 4908) and told them to look under the third number (930-7229), filed under capital improvements. But how did I know they were going to ask?

  8. Fascinating discussion, Sue! Another illustration that came to my mind was the “eyes in the back of our heads” that all parents grow…

    I must admit, though, that I’ve never been much disposed toward belief in telepathy, until . . .

    My mother was failing in a nursing home in our town. My brother flew from the east coast to stay with us and to see her. After he’d been here several days, we’d gone to see her in the morning, returning right after lunch.

    I was restless, couldn’t settle down, wandered around the house, and finally announced to brother and husband that I had to get back down there. I couldn’t explain why. I just had to go.

    My brother and I both left, and we ended up spending the night in Mom’s room. I slept next to her in a bed they brought in, my brother taking a reclining chair.

    She died the next morning, shortly after we woke up.

    So, whatever you want to call it, we were so glad we spent her last night on earth with her.

  9. Fascinating post, Sue. There is something beyond words, body language, expression, the look in one’s eyes, your essence, that is another way of communicating. I’m not sure it’s actual telepathy, but it’s real.

    However, I believe writers communicate telepathically with readers through their words, as King points out.

    As for the weirdness surrounding your Word doc, it could be a bug somewhere in the millions of lines of code, or..? 🙂

    Incidentally, we’ve been watching classic Perry Mason episodes, and the second of the two we caught last night was the 1961 “Case of the Meddling Medium,” where Perry actually deals with a claim of ESP, and visits a university lab specializing in ESP and paranormal occurrences, and uses an experiment at the lab to finger the murderer.

    Thanks for another great post! Hope you have a wonderful week, free of any more paranormal or buggy influences on your Word docs.

    • Thanks, Dale! I thought of you the other night. New Hampshire had the rare experience of viewing the Northern Lights for two short nights. I was so excited. The first night had too much cloud cover. Not even a star visible. On night two, I waited, watched, waited, watched… A gazillion stars filled the sky. What a gorgeous night, perfect weather, but no Northern Lights. Not sure if the weatherman had misinformation or it was wishing thinking on his part. Bummer.

  10. Sorry to hear that. We were clouded out here in Oregon, though I’ve read that it wouldn’t have reached this far south after all. Predicting an aurora is definitely chancy 🙂

  11. This is a fantastic post, Sue!
    Call it what you will: telepathy, empathy, intuition, instintcs, I strongly believe in the idea of it, too.
    As well as what you and others added about animals. They enjoy and utilize a different sense than we, one that I think we left behind somewhere along our path to Homo Sapien. So much of our brain lies unused!
    …well, save for children. As JGunther mentioned, there are unusual abilities and sensitivities tappable when we’re young that (most of us) lose as we age. Whether that loss is due to hormones, encroaching distractions, or learned behaviours is up for debate, but there are reams of fascinating material out there about it all.
    I thoroughly enjoyed what you wrote about connecting with animals. I wish more people would do this. I think it would go a long way towards changing attitudes about helping the planet we live on instead of leaving it looking like the Woodstock fields as we jet away into space to trash a new one.
    But I’m unabashedly “woo” in that respect. LOL. My fiction may be Grimhope sword-swinging fantasy, but it deals strongly with the connection between humans and Nature.
    Thank you for an entertaining post!
    While, I’m here….if you should happen to see this late reply, can you tell me where I might go to sign back up for email notifications? I noticed this weekend that I’m no longer getting emails from the blog. (No, they’re not ending up in my spam folder.)
    I surfed around in the website, but couldn’t find anything about email subscriptions. Thanks!

    • My ability to ‘read’ the cards freaked my mother out. She consulted an employee, who told her lots of little kids can do that, but they forget it after a while. And that’s what happened. But I’ll never forget the feeling when my hand was hovering about 1/4″ above the right card. It felt like if I lifted my hand, the card would come up with it.

    • I thoroughly enjoyed what you wrote about connecting with animals. I wish more people would do this. I think it would go a long way towards changing attitudes about helping the planet we live on instead of leaving it looking like the Woodstock fields as we jet away into space to trash a new one.

      Yes, yes, yes, Cyn!!!! I could not have said it better.

      Our administrator just fixed the email problem. So, if you go to the home page, re-subscribe for email delivery. If you have a problem, let me know and I’ll have Brian contact you.

      • Like you, Cyn, I’ve added this subject to my Mayhem Series in the last two books. In the current one I’m writing (Book 5), I go a lot deeper, which is what prompted this post. 😉

      • Thank you for the offer, Sue!
        I got a notification today for John (Gilstrap’s) newest post, so I think things are working again?
        Strangely, yesterday, I searched & searched for a Subscribe function to no avail. I guess even that was experiencing difficulties?
        Glad to see TKZ is back in business, though. (^_^)
        And I want to read your new work now even more now!

  12. Great post, Sue! I believe everybody has that “sixth sense” if they don’t block it. Try staring at the back of the head of anybody in a public place and within a minute, most people will turn around and look at you. Telepathy? Undiscovered brain wave activity? Who knows? But it’s real!! And with animals, it’s even more pronounced. Thanks for this!!

  13. I was out for the day and you kept running through my mind – nothing specific, but just some lack of connection. Something was missing… and I sense you were wondering why I hadn’t commented on a subject like telepathy which you’d know would light my candle.

    I believe the physical world operates on the four predictable Einstein principles of gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force. But I believe telepathy operates on an entirely different level of reality.

    Great, great piece, Sue, and kudos to you for tackling it. {{BFF}}

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