Why Mind Reading is not as Scary as it Seems

For those of us on a spiritual path, one of the minor frustrations of life is that society as a whole still does not accept the reality of “high-sense perception”. The notion that we as humans have the ability to communicate with spirits, visually see energy, read other people’s thoughts, or have an intuitive knowing about future events is considered “crazy”. Because of this, many people who have these abilities are afraid to talk about them, much less use them for the benefit of others.

It isn’t that science can’t explain how high-sense perception works. On the contrary, quantum physics is perfectly capable of explaining all such “phenomena”. For a good summary of the science behind high-sense perception, I recommend reading The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot.

There are many possible reasons why society is unwilling to accept the reality of high-sense perception, but I think the foundation for all of these reasons is the same: we fear them. The reasoning is that if somebody could read our thoughts or know our intentions, that person would know who we really are (and that’s not something we would want others to find out).

Overall, mind reading seems like an invasion of privacy. After all, if anything should be allowed to be kept private in this world, logically speaking it should be our thoughts. In this article, I will explain why mind reading isn’t really an invasion of privacy, nor is it as frightening as it initially seems.

There are no original thoughts

In a series of beautiful lectures channeled by Eva Pierrakos, one of the fascinating things mentioned is that the emotions we feel are not “our” emotions. Instead, when we are feeling an emotion, what we are actually doing is “tuning in” to an emotion that already exists. In other words, all emotions are always present all the time and are equally shared by all of humanity. So when we feel sad or happy or afraid, it is simply because our personal energetic vibration has attuned to that specific emotional vibration, causing us to feel an emotion that is already present.

Likewise, spiritual teacher Byron Katie has mentioned in her books that “there is no such thing as an original thought”. I.e., every thought that has appeared in our heads is not something that we “thought up”, it is simply something that we “tuned into” at that moment in time. Where the trouble comes in is when we believe that the thought is “our” thought.

Let’s look at a real life example. Suppose a man sees a young woman in the distance lean over in front of him, and it triggers the following thought: “Wow, she has a nice body.” This is followed by a thought of wanting to have sex with the woman. Next, the man might feel ashamed of having the thought because he is married, and now believes the thought is proof that he is a bad husband.

For this man, the mistake was not in thinking a “bad” thought. Instead, it was in identifying the thought as his own. In other words, he was identifying with his ego. Let’s look at the scenario again from a perspective of non-identification:

The man sees the lady and thinks “wow, nice body!” The man instantly recognizes that the thought is not his, but simply a thought that appeared in his head. When the desire to have sex with the woman appears a moment later, he realizes that it is not his desire, but simply a desire.

Notice that thoughts actually have no power unless you focus on them. The quicker you dismiss a thought as “simply a thought”, the less potential that exists that the thought could lead to negative consequences. By dis-identifying with and dismissing the thought and desire instantly, neither had any power to affect the man psychologically or energetically. No guilt was involved, nor any shame.

Tuning In

Just as negative thoughts come from the ego, positive thoughts (i.e., thoughts founded on unconditional love) come from God. So in our daily lives, we are either tuning in with God, or tuning in with the ego. Note that tuning into the ego is totally normal for the majority of us on this planet. This doesn’t make us “bad”, because as creations of God it is not possible for us to be anything but perfect. Instead, it simply shows that we have (temporarily) forgotten our true identities.

No reason for fear

What this also means is that we do not need to be afraid if others read our thoughts. First of all, if the thoughts in our head are ego thoughts, it just means that we are still identifying with the ego. There is no shame in this. Learning how to dis-identifying with the ego is one of the reasons why we are here.

To be ashamed of identifying with the ego makes no more sense than trying to make a baby feel ashamed because he can’t walk. For the baby, it simply isn’t time yet: further development is needed. Similarly, we still identify with our egos because further spiritual development is needed. There is no need to be ashamed that we are still “spiritual babies”, nor any reason to be scared that other people might discover this fact by reading or minds.


  • Byron Katie. A Thousand Names for Joy. Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are. Harmony. 2008.
  • Eva Pierrakos. Fear No Evil: The Pathwork Method of Transforming the Lower Self. Pathwork Press. 2013.
  • Michael Talbot. The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality. Harper Perennial. 2011.