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By Cheryl Petersen
He read my mind perfectly.
Walking into the kitchen, I said, “Vladimir, I need your help.”
He replied, “Okay, coming.”
Vladimir followed me down the long hallway at the children’s Day Care building where we
work. We spoke no words. Vladimir stopped to get a mop and bucket out of the closet. We
continued walking another 70’ and turned a corner. Here on the floor was a mess of spilled milk.
Vladimir, with the intent to help, shooed me away and uncomplainingly began mopping up the
spilled milk.
Vladimir knew exactly what was in my mind even though it was physically impossible for
him to see, or hear, the gallon of milk spill one minute ago. And, it isn’t as though I spill milk on
a regular basis. I don’t. In fact, the entire time Vladimir and I have worked together, he has never
had to mop up spilled milk.
Vladimir and I are developing the skill to read minds. Mainly out of necessity.
I speak English. Vladimir speaks Russian, plus a modicum of English. His grasp on the
English language is either laughable or infuriating. As co-workers, I’ve learned to keep quiet
especially when urgent business is required. I’m quiet because Vladimir annoys me beyond
words with his self-satisfied belief that we have practical conversations. We don’t. When words
are involved, his misunderstanding of the English language gets irksome and our job productivity
plummets. Therefore, silence is the best option. Fortunately, Vladimir makes effort not to assume
I’m angry. We then practice improving our mind-reading skill because Vladimir has
acknowledged the probability of knowingness.
Knowingness results from reading the all-knowing Mind greater than our human minds.
Familiarity with the All-knowing allows people to perceive essential facts that lead to helpful
responses. This differs from the telepathic mind-readers who only read human imprints and
memories and who exhibit an aura of mystery.
Although I have yet to meet a person who has not experienced in some degree the
phenomenon of mind-reading, the skill needs fine tuning.
In the effort to understand mind-reading better, human beings invent brain scanners and high-
tech machines that can read body language and brain reactions. However, my rule of thumb is:
The use of human invention is optional, but the reliance on knowingness is mandatory. Basically,
human inventions can’t detect Mind, and are known to be unreliable. We can’t even rely on the
invention of language!
On 9/11, al-Qaeda mocked our reliance on the human language. At the airports, al-Qaeda
hijackers said, or didn’t say certain words and passed security check points to commit dreadful
attacks on American land.
The human reaction to our “not knowing an enemy when it is standing in front of us”, was to
heftily notch up security measures in airports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
systematically implemented x-ray machines and detectors in all airports. I saw these inventions
as temporarily giving us more time to develop our Mind-reading skills, or, as providing us with a
superficial sense of security. The use of inventions is optional, but the reliance on knowingness
is mandatory. Otherwise…
Christmas Day, 2009, alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, manages to get through
the airport security machines, undetected, with a bomb of mass destruction hidden in his
underpants on Christmas Day. Abdulmutallab boards a plane heading for Detroit. Thankfully,
human inventions are unreliable, because, before the plane landed in Detroit, the bomb’s
detonation went afoul. Passengers were safe. Abdulmutallab was arrested.
In retrospect, Abdulmutallab’s father came closest to reading his son’s negatively inclined
behavior. He even warned authorities. The father did not need a fMRI scanner or a WeCU
device. He knew his son’s expectations were not in line with the thoughts of Mind knowing
goodness and life.
Inventions only pick up on trained behavior and the past, both of which are quite fickle. How
many times have I contemplated bad thoughts and not acted on them? Many fewer times now
than 10 years ago! I am learning to consciously think before acting, even if my brain is triggering
every which way. From Scientific American,” In the end, what the fMRI scanner is picking up is
a very noisy, indirect measure of neural activity, and this creates inherent limits on what’s
possible. (
The physical sciences lack substantial evidence that the brain is the ultimate decision maker.
While, Mind-science is accumulating a fine repertoire of proof—personal and collective—that
human beings are developing the skill of knowingness. The use of human inventions is giving
new observations that change my convictions. I no longer believe mind is in the brain. I know
the brain is an object in mind. It is mandatory I get to know the All-knowing better!

Cheryl Petersen lives in N.Y. Cheryl published a modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s
Science and Health, a textbook on metaphysical healing. Her website is