Did Helen Keller demonstrate paranormal abilities similar to some people with severe autism?

“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or heard, they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

I have worked with many children and adults diagnosed with severe non-verbal autism. I was taught that the merging of consciousness renders language impairments based on linear thinking obsolete. Subconscious knowing emerges, as a mutual flow of ideas comes to the fore. Unconditional love, trust, and the expectation of competition open this channel. A sense of balance is established. We are in communion. By linking souls, our individual perceptual realities become intertwined. I guess Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller had a similar bond.

Helen had typical sensory experiences until 18 months. At that time, he had a fever. The age of onset is similar to reports from parents who say their autistic child was developing normally and suddenly regressed. Because of her illness and loss of hearing and vision, Helen’s typical sensory processes were disrupted.

Helen was lost until Annie Sullivan came along. I see a correlation between Helen’s journey and her relationship with Annie Sullivan with some of the children I have worked with. This kind of catalytic relationship is both humbling and impressive.

Many of the students I worked with demonstrated atypical sensing such as telepathy. Helen and Annie’s relationship was noted to have extrasensory elements, according to Dennett’s (1998) article titled “Helen Keller: Did the Deaf-Blind Genius Possess Ways of Sensing Beyond the Normal?” I guess Annie and Helen merged consciousness. Perhaps synchronizing brain waves and sensory systems was the initial “key” to unlocking Helen’s understanding. I suspect I join the consciousness with severely autistic children. I suspect that Helen and Annie also merged consciousness. Perhaps this fusion helped Helen experience information through Annie’s sensory system? Lawrence? Hutton stated: “Miss Sullivan told us that without conscious movement, without intentional or perceptible ‘finger talking’, she could make the boy follow his own thoughts, do what he wanted, go where he wanted him to go. , perform any of the acts of ‘mind reading’ that professional psychologists exhibit on stage, or in an amateur way.”

I have had many children select the word or picture I sent them through a form of telepathy. I have also had students write letter for letter and word for word based on my conscious thought alone. I have also had students with limited verbal ability say the words I sent them telepathically.

According to Dennett, Sullivan stated, “Helen Keller’s development suggests to me that the loss of one or more faculties may, through discipline, lead the disabled person to deeper levels of willpower than are required normally equipped human beings. They have no doubt that most people live within a very narrow range of their potential capacities. They make use of only a small part of their possible powers and resources of their minds. It is as if , of all their physical equipment, should use only a fraction of each sense.”

I agree with Annie. Typical people, no matter how extreme their cultural differences, have a shared perceptual reality based on information received through their senses. It is natural to develop a different perceptual reality when one has atypical sensory experiences. This would surely have an altering effect on perceptual reality and the ability to interact with the world.

The article mentions Mark Twain’s fascinating meeting with Helen and Annie: “Annie asked, ‘Why does Mr. Clemens?” Helen replied, in her halting speech, “For his humor.” Mark Twain spoke modestly and said, “And for his wisdom.” Helen instantly said the same words,’ and for her wisdom.'” Twain says, “I guess it was mental telegraphy because there was no way for her to know what she had said.” I have experienced an instant familiarity with my students. Fleeting anticipatory thoughts often resulted in immediate responses.

The article quotes Helen: “It has always been a great belief with me that there are powers in many animals which can be developed beyond the physical senses, and it is gratifying to see that orthodox scientists are beginning to look for causes other than mechanical . to explain telepathy… Surely if creatures without the faculty of reasoning can do these wonders, man endowed with spiritual and intellectual powers can achieve phenomena that are not explained by mechanisms but by laws yet to be discoveries”.

People with severe autism have shown me that they have developed their senses beyond normal. They are more in touch with subconscious knowledge and the spiritual side of life. Their souls have not fully integrated with their bodies. This lack of integration leaves the soul in a unique position, unlike those who have fully integrated, resulting in a greater connection to the subconscious or spiritual self. This lack of foundation makes the body unsure of how to address itself in the physical world. As if in a dream state, the individual has difficulty controlling or categorizing thought. The knowledge itself, however, is vast, and encompasses the innate understanding of universal truths lost to the more integrated individual.

The artist and sculptor Gutzon Borglum, mentioned in the article, wrote of his meeting with Helen Keller: “I will never forget that hour with Helen Keller… From her I learned that the soul, above the body, he has eyes.” I came to the same realization when working with children and adults with severe autism. Some even seemed to direct their bodies from outside themselves.

According to the article, Helen appeared to have a profound out-of-body experience. Helen said: “I had been sitting in silence in the library for half an hour. I turned to my teacher and said, ‘Something so strange has happened! I’ve been away all this time and I haven’t left the room. “What do you mean, Helen?” he asked, surprised. “Why,” I exclaimed, “I have been to Athens.” Scarcely were the words out of my mouth, when a brilliant and startling realization seemed to seize my mind and set it on fire. I perceived the reality of my soul and its pure independence from all conditions of place and body. It was clear to me that it was because it was a spirit that had so vividly “seen” and felt a place thousands of miles away. Space was nothing to the spirit! In that new consciousness shone the presence of God, himself a Spirit everywhere at once, the Creator dwelling in everything. the universe at once.”

My answer to this final quote based on my experiences is AMEN! My students, who are actually my teachers, have been patiently guiding me to this realization.

It seems that Helen was finally completely independent of Annie, functioning in this world without giving up her gifts of telepathy, thought exchange, remote viewing, or spirit connection. I hope that one day people with low-functioning non-verbal autism will do the same.


Dennett, PE (1998) Helen Keller: Did the Deaf-Blind Genius Possess Extra-Ordinary Senses? Atlantis Rising 17,