Наши герои тут перепутали: чтение мыслей - это не эзотерика, а телепатия.
Esotericism, esotericism is a secret, secret, accessible only to the "initiated," a deep knowledge of the nature of man. Esotericists claim to have a secret knowledge of a person who was or was transferred from the Masters of Mankind, or openly in their unique spiritual experience. Esotericism includes doctrines, doctrines, as well as practices and other methods of secret knowledge about human nature that are supposedly accessible only to a narrow circle of initiated, "enlightened" or highly educated people.
Sources of secret knowledge are usually not indicated in any way. Sometimes references to ancient manuscripts are dull, and, on closer examination, the manuscripts do not directly contain secret knowledge. If you freely interpret their artistic images and impressions of the author, then you can read anything there. Another source of secret knowledge is the personal revelation of adepts. Translated into Russian, a person dreamed something or seemed, and it made such an impression on him that he now considers the receiver of the Secrets of the Universe.
Accordingly, the typical problem within esotericism is internal disputes between esotericists, where it is impossible to prove anything. Usually it is decided at the level of authority: if your "revelations" support the revelations of the untwisted authority, then they are recognized as well. If they do not correspond or contradict, they reject it as nonsense.
The history of esotericism
Esotericism represents not one common tradition or a single system of views, but a multitude of separate groups and movements, some of which may differ and even contradict each other. See →
Psychology, mysticism and esotericism
Esotericism in practical psychology should nevertheless be distinguished from mysticism and spiritual teachings. Esotericism in practical psychology presents itself all the same as psychology, as knowledge about a person. Mysticism appears before us as a spiritual teaching, as a doctrine of the structure of the world. Academic psychology cares about its scientific image, and esotericism, at least for the time being, does not let itself get close to itself. Some concessions have been made only by Christian (Orthodox) psychology, the grounds of which can not be recognized as scientific either. As for practical psychology, the situation is much more complicated and disturbing.