WHY I DON'T READ MINDS
by Serge Kahili King
When I came back to the United States from Africa in 1971 there was a sort of Psychic Revolution going on.
The bookstores were so flooded with books on every aspect of it that huge sections of the stores were
devoted to it. Magazines specializing in it could be found in supermarkets. Workshops on it abounded,
related products and gadgets by the hundreds were being marketed, weekend Expos featuring books, speakers
and products drew 20,000 or more people. If you weren’t part of it, it’s really hard to grasp today how
massive the movement was, especially since there was no public internet then and personal computers were
still on the drawing boards.
This was so much a part of my shamanic background that I plunged right into it, experimenting with every
phase of it, writing articles about it for magazines, and basing my very first published book—Mana
But what does this have to do with reading minds?
Shortly after returning from Africa I got a job that taught various aspects of ESP (extra-sensory
perception, for you newbies). My role was to assist the director in teaching classes, counseling and leading
meditation and practice groups. Telepathy and clairvoyance were major topics, of course. Fortunately, I was
no stranger to these things, but I had never before been in a position where I had to learn more about them
quickly and use them on a daily basis to help people.
In this company, a weekly practice group always included a section on clairvoyance, which means “clear
seeing.” The practice involved exchanging an object with a partner, like a ring, or a pen, a piece of
jewelry or a watch. The receiver would hold the object and meditate on it, paying attention to whatever came
to his or her mind while holding it. After a short period of time, the partners would share what they had
“picked up” about each other. Sometimes it was surprisingly accurate, in that what the receiver received was
definitely related to something in the partner’s life. Sometimes, according to the partner, there was no
relationship at all.
In the counseling sessions, I would do something similar for the... let’s say it... customer. I would either
hold the person’s hand or an object belonging to the person, and attempt to “tune” in to something related
to a problem the customer had, then use that to help the customer solve the problem. I was surprisingly
accurate most of the time, but surprisingly inaccurate at other times.
After quitting that job—the boss was jealous of my successes—I continued on my own with the same technique
for quite a while, eventually discovering that I didn’t need the object. I could get the same degree of
information just by focusing on the person, which means sometimes accurate, sometimes not.
Over years of experimenting, I came to the conclusion that each of us is broadcasting everything about
ourselves to the entire universe, as if we were the source of an unlimited number of personal radio and
television stations. But another part of the universe—another person, for example—is only able to tune into
a limited number of those stations, if even one, at any particular time.
Why? Because if the receiver is not interested in football or cooking, he or she will not tune into your
football or cooking stations, no matter how much they interest you. And what he or she does tune into may be
a station that you’ve completely forgotten about.
As an example, I’ll relate the story of a famous, unnamed psychic. A reporter came to the psychic’s door.
The psychic opened the door and the reporter was just standing there, staring at him intensely. The psychic
was startled at first, then said, “Oh, I see what you are doing. Let’s see. Hmm. I pick up tennis rackets
and golf clubs.” “Hah! said the reporter. “You are wrong! I was thinking about horses!” Smugly thinking he
had proven the psychic a fake, the reporter went back to his car and opened the trunk to put his camera case
in it. And scattered on the bed of his trunk were his tennis rackets and golf clubs.
So, if someone asks me to read his or her mind, I say, “No, I don’t do that. If you have a problem, let me
know and I’ll try and help.” That’s so much easier, faster and more effective than trying to tune into the
Oh, I also don’t send telepathic messages, but that’s another story.